Judge finds Halifax cabbie not guilty of sexually assaulting passenger

first_imgHALIFAX – A judge has acquitted a former Halifax cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger, saying he believed the woman but the Crown failed to prove the identity of her assailant.The Crown alleged Houssen Milad kissed a female passenger on top of her head when driving her home to the Spryfield neighbourhood in June 2016, and groped her buttocks before she got out of the vehicle.But Judge Gregory Lenehan said Thursday the Crown did not come anywhere near proving its case against Milad beyond a reasonable doubt, and did a “disservice” to the complainant and to the community.“The investigation in this matter lacked a real critical analysis and amounted to a disservice to (the complainant),” Lenehan said. “She deserved to have her complaint given a more thorough investigation.”The judge — who is under investigation for a ruling he gave in a different sexual assault case involving a taxi driver earlier this year — said Thursday the 26-year-old passenger in the Milad case was a credible witness, and he believes she was sexually assaulted.“She was sexually assaulted. There can be no doubt about it,” he told the court. “But, do I have a doubt about the identify of the taxi driver that assaulted (her)? Absolutely.”The judge’s not guilty verdict Thursday hinged on what he described as two holes in the case against Milad.The first revolved around the route the taxi took from downtown Halifax to the woman’s neighbourhood.Yellow Cab, the dispatcher, provided the GPS map of Milad’s taxi route on the night the woman was assaulted, but that route was different than the directions the complainant testified the taxi took after she flagged it down, Lenehan said.The routes were “markedly different,” the judge said, with one heading north of the Halifax Citadel and passing the Scotiabank Centre and Emera Oval, while the other passed the new library on Spring Garden Road.“It’s more than just the street names being different,” Lenehan said. “The landmarks are so strikingly differently it would be almost impossible to think (the GPS route supported the passenger’s evidence).”The other flaw in the Crown’s case was that the complainant’s debit transactions weren’t analyzed to see if there were any from Milad’s cab, he said.“Did anybody think to check the debit transaction?” the judge asked, pointing out that the investigation failed to track down whether her payment was credited to Milad’s account.Defence lawyer Thomas Singleton called the judge’s decision “detailed” and “thorough.”He said the police in the case had tunnel vision, focusing on his client and ignoring other possibilities, and didn’t track down other leads.“The judge was quite critical of the way the police investigated the matter,” Singleton said. “If the police had done their work properly, they probably could have gotten the right person.”The key evidence put forward by the Crown was a business card the complainant obtained at the end of the ride.But the judge suggested that the perpetrator may have “impersonated” Milad, using one of his business cards.“That could explain the rather curious act of a driver giving her a business card with his name on it after kissing her without permission and then groping her bum,” Lenehan said. “The Crown speculates that Mr. Milad is so devious as to turn off his meter early but readily hand out his business card.”While the judge acknowledged that he was speculating, he said the case is built on “circumstantial evidence” and reminded the court that the onus is on the Crown to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty.The complainant was not present for the verdict.The judge said the woman gave clear, cogent answers and offered thoughtful, careful and consistent testimony.“Her assailant was discoverable,” Lenehan said. “He should have been identified properly.”Milad testified in his own defence, denying through an Arabic interpreter that the woman was ever in his vehicle.He broke down in tears Thursday as the judge told him he was “free to leave” Halifax provincial court.“His life has been on hold for the past year,” Singleton, his lawyer, said, adding that he now plans to finish his doctoral thesis in engineering. “He was extremely relieved.”The decision is the latest in a series of court rulings against Halifax taxi drivers accused of sexual assault. Police said last year there had been 14 reported sexual assault cases involving cab drivers in the city over the previous four years.In March, Lenehan acquitted another taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger, Bassam Al-Rawi, in a decision that is now the subject of an investigation by a three-member review committee appointed by Nova Scotia’s chief justice.Lenehan’s choice of words in the Al-Rawi case set off a storm of social media criticism, a letter-writing campaign calling for a judicial council investigation and two public protests.Lenehan said the Crown in the Al-Rawi case had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman, who had been drinking and had no memory of what happened, did not consent to sexual activity with the driver. He said that “clearly, a drunk can consent.”The Crown is seeking an appeal of Lenehan’s decision in the Al-Rawi case. A hearing is scheduled before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for Nov. 22.last_img read more

Dalhousie accused of white supremacy amid escalating tensions over racism

first_imgHALIFAX – Amid rising tension at Dalhousie University, a former student interrupted a panel discussion about campus diversity Tuesday to accuse the school of “white supremacy.”“The myth that you share is that Dalhousie is doing a good job about equity and inclusion,” said Ifo Ikede, a former computer engineering and computer science student at the Halifax university.“We’re swimming in a sea of white supremacy,” he said. “The only people who are free to speak are white men and women.”His comments come as the university faces mounting criticism over its handling of recent incidents involving female students of colour.Last week, an Indigenous member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors said she was subjected to institutionalized racism.Now the university is investigating political comments by a student leader — a Muslim woman who wears a hijab — who could face possible sanctions.The incidents have sparked outcry both on campus and beyond.A group of 25 law professors at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law called on the university not to “police and censor” the tone of political speech, while the Ontario Civil Liberties Association accused the university of censoring political speech.On Tuesday, a seminar at Dalhousie open to the public about the under-representation of non-white faculty at Canadian universities appeared to only accept pre-approved questions, prompting Ikede to interrupt concluding remarks.Although the panellists responded to his comments before ending the lecture, the incident highlights the growing controversy engulfing the campus.Ikede said he was upset about disciplinary action being taken against Masuma Khan, a member of the student council executive.The fourth-year student could face possible sanctions for social media comments related to the Dalhousie Student Union’s decision to abstain from Canada 150 celebrations in a show of solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.In a Facebook post responding to criticism of that decision, she questioned why she should be proud of colonization and “over 400 years of genocide.”She used profanity in her post, signing off with hashtags that criticized “white fragility” and said “your white tears aren’t sacred, this land is.”Diane Obed, an Indigenous graduate of Saint Mary’s University, said she attended the lecture on Tuesday to ask about the senate discipline committee hearing into Masuma Khan’s comments.“I couldn’t even ask a question. I’m glad someone spoke up,” she said about Ikede’s comments. “I was very disappointed. It’s typical of how they are going to tone-police and prevent people from having meaningful dialogue about this current issue that is at the forefront right now for Dalhousie.”Obed, who is originally from Labrador, said the reaction against Khan seems out of proportion with the discipline doled out to Dalhousie dentistry students involved in an online scandal a few years ago.“They are taking disciplinary action towards a person of colour for speaking out about colonialism,” she said. “But they didn’t even really discipline the dentistry students who posted harassing and misogynistic comments.”Dalhousie’s vice-provost of student affairs, Arig al Shaibah, issued a message to the university community Monday saying the senate discipline committee will hear the complaint after an “informal resolution” was turned down.She said Khan allegedly breached a section of the code of student conduct against “unwelcome or persistent conduct that the student knows, or ought to reasonably know, would cause another person to feel demeaned, intimidated or harassed.”Meanwhile, Khan has received threats about her comments, prompting her lawyer to ask Dalhousie on Twitter for guidance on how to “respectfully” respond to warnings against her that attack her identity.Dalhousie president Richard Florizone said a memo to the university community Monday that “at Dal we abhor racism, gendered violence and Islamophobia.”“We know we have to strive every day to challenge these,” he said. “Our essential values are equal dignity of all persons, freedom of expression and inquiry, intellectual integrity and respectful relationships.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misquoted part of the Dalhousie student’s social media post.last_img read more

Guterres Appoint Najat Maalla Mji Assistant SG of the United Nations

New York – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Najat Maalla M’jid of Morocco as his Special Representative on Violence Against Children at the level of Assistant Secretary-General, the office of the spokesperson of the UN Secretary General said in a statement Thursday.“She will succeed Marta Santos Pais of Portugal, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her leadership and dedicated commitment during her tenure as the first Special Representative on Violence Against Children,” it added.Dr. M’jid, a medical doctor in pediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights. She was Head of the Pediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca. she is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights and founder of the non-governmental organization Bayti, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets of Morocco. From 2008 to 2014, she served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.Dr. M’jid also works as an Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection. She has participated in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations. She also works as a lecturer at Moroccan and international universities on child rights’ protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies.A member of several regional and international non-governmental organizations and networks working for children’s rights, Dr. M’jid is also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff.Dr. M’jid holds a Doctorate in general medicine from the University of Rabat, a specialization in pediatrics and neonatology from the University of Bordeaux II and a Master’s of Human Rights from the Human Rights Institute, Geneva.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her strong commitment to protecting children’s rights. read more

UN speaks out against pending execution of Mexican national in United States

1 July 2011The top United Nations human rights official has appealed to a state governor in the United States to commute the death sentence of a Mexican national scheduled to be executed for murder next week, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today. The plea from Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is also supported by two UN rights experts who have urged the US Government to stop the execution for the same reason: the convicted murderer was not granted access to a Mexican consular official at the time of his arrest.Ms. Pillay wrote directly to Texas Governor Rick Perry asking him to order a life sentence for Humberto Leal Garcia, who was condemned to death for the 1994 murder of a 16-year-old girl, according to Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for OHCHR. “Over and above the normal UN position opposing the death penalty, this case raises particular concerns, as Mr. Leal Garcia was not granted consular access, which, as a foreign national, is his right under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” Mr. Colville said.“The lack of consular assistance and advice raises concerns about whether or not Mr. Leal Garcia’s right to a fair trial was fully upheld,” he said. “We understand that Mr. Leal Garcia is due to be executed next Thursday, 7 July, but that the Governor of Texas has the power to commute the sentence to life imprisonment. The High Commissioner has written to him directly requesting him to do so.” The spokesperson said that the case also “raises questions” regarding compliance with a 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that the US breached its obligations under an international convention to 51 Mexicans on death row in US jails when it did not inform them of their right to contact their consular representatives “without delay” after their arrests. In that judgment the ICJ ruled that, as a remedy for the violations of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the US must provide “review and reconsideration” of Mr. Leal Garcia’s conviction and sentence, Mr. Colville said.Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, called on the US Government to cancel the execution. “If the scheduled execution of Mr. Leal García goes ahead, the United States Government will have implemented a death penalty after a trial that did not comply with due process rights,” Mr. Heyns said. “This will be tantamount to an arbitrary deprivation of life.” “Conditions in death row during those 17 years are such that they amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment according to well-established standards in international law,” Mr. Méndez said. Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez are independent, non-paid specialist reporting to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

Another Sri Lankan Magistrate joins the judiciary in Fiji

A new magistrate has joined the ranks of the Magistrate Court in Fiji after being sworn in by Fiji’s President, Jioje Konrote, the Fiji Times reported today.Magistrate Gammaddagoda Priyantha was formally appointed by the head of State with Chief Justice, Judge Anthony Gates, and Chief Registrar Yohan Liyanage present. Priyantha previously worked as the Assistant Director (Legal) and prosecutor at the Permanent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption of Sri Lanka.A government statement issued yesterday said the new appointee had more than nine years experience as a magistrate in various provincial courts in Sri Lanka and had published research articles, and attended numerous international training. (Colombo Gazette) Priyantha joins a number of Sri Lankans who joined the Magistrate Court in Fiji over the years. The event took place at the State House yesterday (Monday). read more

Gaffe in the Gulf Backbenchers criticise Taoiseach over linking pylons and emigration

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been accused of using “scare tactics” and making “unwarranted and unfair” claims after he linked the erection of controversial electricity pylons to the emigration of young people.Kenny was speaking in Saudi Arabia yesterday amid ongoing controversy over Eirgrid’s plans to erect new electricity pylons carrying overhead power cables in many rural parts of the country.The consultation process for the project closes today and Kenny told reporters: “It’s ironic in many ways that some people say to me: ‘Well, my children have to go away, they have to emigrate’. And in many cases they emigrate to countries where these things are a matter of course as providing infrastructure for development.”He also said that it is not the right of any government to “deny the next generation of young people in our country the right to have a job and to live and work in their own area if that be so”.Labour senator John Whelan, who has been strongly critical of the government’s handling of the consultation process, described it as a “gaffe in the Gulf”.“I can only imagine that the sun in Saudi must have got to Mr Kenny for him to resort to using emigration as a way of influencing the consultation process as it enters its final phase,” he said.Fine Gael TD Pat Deering said that Eirgrid’s consultation process has been “farcical” and described Kenny’s comments, linking pylon construction and emigration, as “unfortunate”.‘Not justified’He also said that comments earlier this week by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who said that the pylons are crucial to regional job creation, are “not factually correct”.Deering told TheJournal.ie: “There is hope in Carlow for the sugar industry to be reinvigorated and in the event of the sugar factory being re-established it will require a connection to the new power line. But there are no plans for the substation that would be needed.”Under Eirgrid’s plans, a North-South interconnector would link lines between Meath with Tyrone with a second line linking Kildare to Cork and a third line linking-up Mayo with Roscommon. Ministers argue that the pylons – to be built as part of three projects – are needed to service the grid and for the creation of jobs and infrastructure.Labour senator Denis Landy warned that industries such as tourism and agriculture will be affected by the construction of large pylons in idyllic parts of the country and warned of possible job losses in these industries.“In order for us to build out our economy we obviously have to have power… as the country grows we can’t have a deficit of power. But there has to be a balance between provision, people’s needs, and the respecting existing communities that we live in,” he said.He reiterated calls for a cost-benefit analysis of placing the cables underground to be done, with Deering saying there needs to be a “totally independent set of experts” to assess the implications and costs of underground versus overhead.Landy also said that linking pylon construction and emigration is “unfair, unwarranted and not justified”.‘PR exercise’Opposition parties and TDs have also criticised the Taoiseach.Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary, a constituency colleague of Kenny, said his comments were “nothing more than scaremongering”.“It is an insult to democracy and to the intelligence of the Irish people,” he said. “And in this case, it’s a shameful insult to job seekers.”Sinn Féin senator David Cullinane said the comments are part of a “PR exercise” and said that they “marginalised the concerns of the affected communities”.Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Kenny’s remarks were “patronising in the extreme”.Column: Ireland’s rural community is being ignored over wind energy concernsRead: Underground pylons will add 3% to electricity bills over the next 50 years, says Rabbittelast_img read more

Column 5 ways to get money back from the taxman

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4059284 WORKING IN THIS industry, I am acutely aware of the fact that millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year.For most of us, quite aside from any “luxury” spending on new clothes or holidays, the price we pay for day-to-day living expenses is not cheap – this is especially true when it comes to larger expenses such as medical care, providing care for a loved one, paying college fees for children or personal further education, and even nursing home fees for an elderly parent or relative.I doubt that there’s anyone in the country who wouldn’t welcome a financial helping hand with these costs.TaxapathyOver the years we’ve done a lot of research at Taxback.com in order to get to the bottom of an apparent “taxapathy” amongst Irish taxpayers. Our various surveys, customer analysis reports, focus groups etc. have all shed some light on what’s holding people back.While the reasons behind individual behaviour differ greatly, if we could pinpoint one reason behind the inaction of the Irish taxpayer when it comes to getting what’s owed, I believe that it’s lack of awareness and/or knowledge. Quite simply, people either don’t know about the tax reliefs they are eligible for, or think the process of applying for a refund is “way too much hassle”.Without knowledge, others are afraid to claim for fear that they will end up owing the Revenue. Therefore, knowledge is critical when dealing with tax. The average refund our Irish PAYE clients get is somewhere in and around €995 so it’s not small money. But again, I think people just don’t realise this.Age definitely impacts financial behaviours and we have found that those in the 20 – 40 year age bracket are better at coming forth to claim refunds and entitlements. But in fact, it’s often older workers who are usually entitled to more!5 ways to claim money from the taxmanMedical expensesOne of the most accessible and common expenses that can be claimed. Relief at 20% is available and can be claimed on most unreimbursed expenses and on qualifying, non-routine dental expenses.Home Carer Tax CreditMany people wrongly believe that this credit is for those caring for other people’s children, the elderly or disabled people. In fact, the credit of €1,200 (2018) can be claimed by any married couple, where one spouse is a housewife/househusband and cares for one/more dependent persons, which includes their own children under 18.Tuition feesIf you are paying tuition fees for a full or part-time third level course, be it for yourself or for your child, then you may well be entitled to tax relief on the cost. Third level fee payers can claim tax relief on tuition fees (including the student contribution) that are paid for eligible education courses. The relief is available to whoever is paying the cost of the fees.And if you are paying for more than one child to go to college, the good news is that there is no limit on the number of individuals for whom you can claim. In fact, most claims for this type of relief come from parents with more than one child in college at the same time.Tax relief is granted at 20% – the standard rate of tax. However, the relief is only applicable on any amount above €3,000 and there is a limit of fees, at €7,000 per course, on which you can claim relief.Flat Rate ExpensesMost employees are unaware they can be reimbursed for any expenses incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of their duties. Flat rate expense allowances are set for various classes of employee, eg shop workers are granted €121 per year and bar trade employees get €97 per annum.Nurses who supply and launder their own uniforms can claim a deduction of €733. Deductions are available to doctors, engineers, plumbers, journalists, teachers and hospitality sector workers, among other professions.Nursing Homes CostsDespite a gradual erosion of reliefs, nursing home fees have remained as one of the few items where relief is still available at the higher rate of 40%. This makes it even more surprising that not everyone is claiming this relief.Each year, 400,000 taxpayers claim back €150 million from Revenue in respect of medical expenses and nursing home fees alone, but we have estimated that as much as €150 million more could be left unclaimed in credits for unreimbursed medical expenses each year.In the hope of encouraging more people to getting what’s owed, last year we launched an online resource to provide Ireland’s PAYE tax payers with an easy-to-access, easy-to-use tax guide that illustrates how the tax system works, what reliefs are available and how to can go about getting them.Barry Flanagan is a Tax Manager at Taxback.com. Barry Flanagan Share42 Tweet Email12 Jun 17th 2018, 3:00 PM 70,388 Views Column: 5 ways to get money back from the taxman Millions of euro in tax refunds goes unclaimed by the Irish public every year, writes Barry Flanagan. Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>center_img Short URL Tax Director, Taxback.com Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19 Comments By Barry Flanagan Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:00 PMlast_img read more

Cyprus future on the table

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a resumption of UN-led peace talks on Cyprus gets closer, Cypriot communities in Australia and New Zealand will meet in Melbourne next week to discuss their most pressing priorities, as well as the role they can play in promoting a just solution for the island. The Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia and NZ annual conference – which takes place between February 14 and 16 – will see delegates from every Australian state (bar Tasmania) and from New Zealand, discuss how a stronger voice can emerge to articulate ‘the Cyprus issue’, and closer to home, how the communities can increase their young people’s involvement in community affairs. Federation President Michael Christodoulou AM told Neos Kosmos that one of the most vital issues for the conference was how ties to each community’s youth could be reinforced – in order to pass the torch to a new generation – a generation who too often see their traditional community organisations as peripheral to their own ambitions. “The theme this year is how we are to engage young people. We’re failing with the youth,” said Mr Christodoulou, who sits as a commissioner for the NSW government’s Community Relations Commission. “It’s a universal problem. Younger people today have different ideas. The long-term aim is to make sure they take over the reins [of the Communities]. Unless they participate today in the community’s life, they will never come back later on.” Aged care provision and the challenges faced by new models of support for culturally-appropriate care will be another major topic on the conference agenda. The Federation’s annual conference said Mr Christodoulou was the ideal environment to share ideas and forge new approaches. “It’s very important for us to keep in touch with one another, and to work together.” On the international front, assisting Cyprus as it continues to struggle with the effects of its own economic crisis is also uppermost as the kind of new interventions Christodoulou would like to see Cyprus communities in Australia and NZ develop. “There have been major issues in Cyprus in 2013, and I’ll be bringing to the table a suggestion we should raise money to send back to Cyprus, to help needy people,” said Mr Christodoulou.“The theme this year is how we are to engage young people. We’re failing with the youth.”“Here in Sydney we’re looking at collecting clothes and sending a full container later this year.”Developments in relation to ‘the Cyprus issue’ are due to be discussed at length during Saturday’s conference sessions.PASEKA President Constantinos Procopiou told Neos Kosmos that a continuing challenge was to improve the effectiveness of communities’ activities “to make the people of Australia [and NZ] aware that the injustice the people of Cyprus suffered in 1974 is still continuing, regardless of the numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council and the requirements of the EU. “We’ll try to find ways to persuade the international community – including Australia – to exert pressure on Turkey to withdraw their troops from Cyprus and let all Cypriots to live in peace and harmony as they had done for so many years,” said Mr Procopiou.Last month UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was hopeful of a resumption of UN-brokered negotiations on Cyprus in the near future. The United Nations has been working on the wording of a ‘joint statement’ to restart negotiations which broke off in mid-2012. In a televised address in Cyprus on Thursday, President Nicos Anastasiades said there were “serious prospects” that the long-stalled talks to reunify the island could resume between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, and that from the Cyprus government’s side – the wording of the joint communiqué had been finalised.President Anastasiades travelled to Athens to brief the Greek government on the joint communiqué yesterday.The opening ceremony and reception of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia and New Zealand takes place on Friday 14th February at 7.00 pm at the Cyprus Village Community Centre. 100 Forrest Street, Ardeer, VIC 3022.Registration of delegates will take place at the same venue between 8.30-9.00 am on Saturday 15 February. Conference sessions will run from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm. For further information contact Chris Christofourou on 0418 177912.last_img read more

Bilingual radio program to simplify aged care for the community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new national bilingual radio project aiming to help the diverse communities of Australia understand the aged care sector and issues surrounding ageing and geriatric health has been laucnhed in Canberra by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.Coordinated by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW Inc, the Speak My Language project is expected to reach more than 50,000 seniors each week covering more than 25 language groups, including Greek.“We owe our older Australians an inclusive aged care system, one that embraces diversity,” Minister Wyatt said, discussing the difficulties Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians have in navigating the system.“What they’re looking for is reassurance, understanding and support to ensure their quality of life.”The program will be funded by a $1 million grant and engage 160 bilingual aged care facilitators across Australia, not least among them Fronditha Care.Fronditha will facilitate the Greek language program, which will act as a forum for Greek speaking aged care stakeholders to raise awareness on sector issues and give a platform to Greek Australians to speak about their experiences with aged care.The café conversation podcasts of the project will aim to encourage Greek speakers to share their stories and discuss what is working and what isn’t in aged care services for CALD communities.It will inform people about their rights and the procedures they must follow to qualify for commonwealth supported packages, but also encourage frank conversations on issues like elder abuse, dementia, and ageing with an improved quality of life.Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP (C), Speak My Language Program Manager Terrie Leoleos (R) and Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos.Fronditha Care’s Community and Media Affairs Officer Odysseas Kripotos says the program will be a way to tackle some uncomfortable topics.“Greek Australians struggle with the idea of putting a loved one in a nursing home or asking for help in caring for them,” he said.“It’s hard for people to admit they need help, and this program will try and remove the stigmas associated with aged care and open a more positive dialogue.”The Greek language project is currently being developed and is calling for interested participants to contribute to the discussion, particularly those who are in care or receive services, those who have a loved one in care, those who have experienced dementia or had a loved one suffer with the disease.To participate, please email the facilitator Odysseas.Kripotos@fronditha.org For more information on the project visit speakmylanguageradio.com/last_img read more

Fire that displaced two likely caused by smoking materials

first_imgA fire that damaged two mobile homes and left two women displaced in east Orchards on Tuesday was likely caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.Deborah Holter, 64, reported the blaze at about 3:25 p.m. after she saw flames outside her window at her home at Green Mountain Mobile Ranch at 21209 N.E. 58th Ave. Multiple fire departments responded.Firefighters were challenged by the day’s heat and the closeness of the two units.Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Young said the probable cause (meaning there is more than a 50-percent certainty) was that smoking materials discarded by a contractor who worked on a nearby shed earlier in the day ignited the fire.He estimated the fire caused $50,000 damage to the two homes.last_img

Jamaicans Urged To Designate Day To Clean Their Communities

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:fenton forguson, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 17 (Jamaican Information Service): Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is calling on all Jamaicans to come together and designate a day to undertake community clean-up activities. He pointed out that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmit the Chikungunya virus, breeds in and around areas where people gather, so the school, home, church and business places should be a part of this clean-up.“I urge Parliamentarians to lead their constituents in this drive,” Dr. Ferguson said.Speaking in the House of Representatives, today (September 17), the Minister also called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to engage in constructive discussion about the Chikungunya virus.“I must caution persons to be careful with the discourse, as the misinformation being spread in some quarters is not in the best interest of the public and can only be detrimental to efforts to secure public health,” Dr. Ferguson said.He informed that as of September 16, there was seven affected parishes with the disease, as the Caribbean Public Health Agency has confirmed one case from St. Mary and three from Portland. The other parishes are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Ann and St. Thomas.The Minister noted that up to the week ending September 13, there were 524 notifications of which 251 were classified as suspected cases. He added that as of September 16, 31 cases were laboratory confirmed, with 26 being discharged due to negative results and 194 cases remain suspected.So far, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas seem to be the areas with the most cases, he added. Dr. Ferguson informed that he has visited Nutts River in Eastern St. Thomas as well as the Yallahs Primary School, where it was reported that a number of students and teachers were displaying flu like symptoms.“I expressed my sympathies and assured the leadership of the school that we will continue to work closely with them through the St. Thomas Health Department, which has visited the institution four times since August 25,” the Minister said. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

Sixthgrader launches refrain against bullying

first_imgIn a crowded coffee shop in Vancouver’s Cascade Park neighborhood, Alexis Miller sang audibly yet softly: “Why can’t you see what you’re doin’ to me?”Inspired by the “It Gets Better” campaign, which was sparked by several suicide deaths of bullied homosexual teenagers, the 11-year-old Wy’east student wrote a song about her own struggle with being teased and taunted. “I just want kids to be aware of bullying and how they can help stop it,” Alexis says. “I want them to stand up to the bully.”The song is just the beginning of an anti-bullying message the sixth-grader, who said she has alternately been called “fat” and “anorexic,” plans to push. Alexis said she hopes to be allowed to lead an assembly warning against bullying that she would ultimately want expanded into classroom curriculum. Alexis is in the early stages of launching a nonprofit devoted to sounding the horn against bullying.“I’ve been bullied and I don’t like seeing other kids bullied, so I want to stop it,” Alexis says.To make that happen, students need to adjust their perception of cool, Alexis said during a recent appearance at an anti-bullying forum. “I think that we should look out for each other. It is that simple. If I see someone being bullied in the hall at school, I can walk up to them and ask if they are OK. Imagine if a football player is being picked on and a goth kid walks up and says are you OK? … and then a cheerleader, then a drama kid. The bully will see that the kids are not going to put up with it. We need to make bullying not cool … anti-bullying is the cool thing to do!”last_img read more

Culture Perth and Kinross gains living wage accreditation

first_imgMuseum and library services trust Culture Perth and Kinross has been accredited as a living wage employer by The Poverty Alliance.The Perth-based charitable trust has committed to paying its 119 permanent UK employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.The Poverty Alliance promotes the voluntary living wage rate in Scotland.Helen Smout, chief executive officer at Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “Living wage accreditation formally recognises what was already in place for the majority of our employees. We believe it’s important that all of our staff receive a wage which supports living, accommodation, food and inflation costs.”Peter Kelly, director at The Poverty Alliance, added: “We congratulate Culture Perth and Kinross on [its] living wage accreditation and we are excited to get more employers in Perth and Kinross signing up. Accredited living wage employers tell us that they see benefits from better staff morale, increased productivity and retention. We hope many more employers in the area will join [Culture Perth and Kinross] in realising this.”last_img read more

Bishop Briggs On Baby Church Of Scars ACL

first_img https://twitter.com/thatgirlbishop/status/1038064570311630848 Bishop Briggs On “Baby,” ACL & More bishop-briggs-baby-church-scars-acl Bishop Briggs On “Baby,” ‘Church Of Scars’ & ACL NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 11, 2018 – 3:59 pm Bishop Briggs On “Baby,” ACL & More Twitter Bishop Briggs’ tour schedule has several remaining performances in North America until Dec. when she starts on her tour of Australia.Bishop Briggs Reveals Her River Of InfluencesRead more Facebook center_img News Email Backstage at ACL, we spoke with the frank and fun singer/songwriter about her latest single, debut album, and opening for a BeatlePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 11, 2018 – 3:59 pm Bishop Briggs released her debut album Church Of Scars in April 2018, fulfilling the promise of her viral hits before it, such as “White Flag” and “River.” The album reached No. 29 on the Billboard 200 in May. Backstage at ACL, we caught up with the singer/songwriter to discuss the album, her latest single, “Baby,” and how it feels to play on the same stage just a few acts before Beatle legend Paul McCartney. The album title comes from its single “Hallowed Ground,” confessing her sacred space within will not be limited or confined by the emotional damage that marks her heart. Facing inner darkness and grooving with it has become a signature element of her multi-faceted style.Briggs’ recent release, “Baby,” extends that premise to relationships.  The result was refreshingly frank, although — and probably because — she hadn’t considered all of the consequences of writing with such honesty. “That song really came from a place of, ‘What would I write if I was just talking to friends and I didn’t release it? What would that be?'” she confided. “That was the song, more of a joking-with-friends thing. Didn’t think about telling my mom and dad.”The town of Bishopbriggs in Scotland was her parents’ place of birth, a suburb north of Glasgow that’s the origin of her stage name. She debuted the track for them online. “I played it for them over Skype and it wasn’t until the chorus hit that I thought, ‘My face is burning,'” she told us. “It was straight up burning, but I was like, ‘They need to know.’ They’re sweet Scottish people. They need to know.” OUT NOW 👶 10,000 thanks to the masters behind this video – Malia James, @seedanimation, and Anja Slibar!! https://t.co/djZ4tWMp1h pic.twitter.com/geUqPFMiZH— Bishop Briggs (@thatgirlbishop) September 7, 2018last_img read more

OBITUARY Bernice Claire Epple Nickerson 87

first_imgSANDOWN, NH — Bernice Claire (Epple) Nickerson, 87, a longtime resident of Sandown, died October 10, 2018 at The Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood.Born in Boston, daughter of the late Frank and Bernice (Hayes) Epple, she was raised in the Boston area and graduated from Brookline High School. She lived in Chicago, Ill from 1951 until until 1970 when she moved Wilmington, MA and lived there until , relocating to Sandown in 1990. She was employed as a telephone operator at New England Telephone and Telegraph for several years and later at Fiduciary Trust Co. in Boston.Devoted to her family, Mrs. Nickerson enjoyed towle painting and listening to Judge Judy on television.She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence S. Nickerson in 2012, and is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Cripps of Newton, NH, a son Robert Nickerson and his partner Maureen of Sandown, a grandson Jesse Nickerson and his wife Nicole of Sandown, and a great-grand-daughter Aurora Nickerson of Sandown. She was predeceased by her brother Richard Epple.Relatives and friends attended a graveside service held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Center Cemetery Sandown. A reception followed the service at the Pasta Loft in East Hampstead. Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main ST, Plaistow, NH. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit http://www.brooksidechapelfh.com(NOTE: The above obituary is from Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Troopers say mans 2015 disappearance suspicious

first_imgAlaska State Troopers say a Big Lake man’s disappearance last year is suspicious and they are investigating it as a death.Listen nowTroopers say 46-year-old Daniel Roy Buckwalter was last known to be alive the afternoon of Aug. 4, 2015, at a home in in the Meadow Lakes area.Two days later, troopers happened upon his pickup truck but could not find the owner.The vehicle was impounded after Buckwalter was reported missing Aug. 12.Troopers say foul play is suspected in the disappearance and they are looking for further leads.last_img

NGO wants cancellation of AIIMS MBBS counselling

first_imgNew Delhi : An NGO has urged Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to stop the counselling for admission to MBBS course in AIIMS, alleging it was being done in “gross violation” of a Supreme Court order on allotment of seats for reserved category candidates. In its complaint, NGO Janhit Abhiyan stated that after shifting the common counselling process from off-line to online mode in 2018, the Supreme Court directive has been violated to the extent that seats vacated by reserved category candidates, who had taken admission under open competition to fill the seat through general category, was not going to the reserved category candidates. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The apex court directive stated such vacant seats should be filled with a candidate belonging to reserved category only in order of merit. In the present counselling process the condition that “if they vacate unreserved seat that will be added to their respective reserve category,” has been omitted, which simply means that the seat will go to a candidate belonging to the unreserved category instead of one belonging to reserved category, the NGO said. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “This is in gross violation of the Supreme Court’s approval for MBBS counselling process,” stated the complaint which has also been marked to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director. “How any authority can change the reservation process of counselling which was approved by the apex court… The current AIIMS MBBS counselling for session 2019 has to be stopped immediately and the counselling process should be conducted as per judgment of the Supreme Court,” the NGO demanded. The organisation also sought strict action against the officials responsible for violation of the apex court order.last_img read more

FBI Official We Clearly Should Have Done More In Florida Shooting

first_img Share Photo by Mary Beth Koeth/ReutersA memorial seen outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as students arrive for the first time since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mary Beth Koeth – RC1139018F00The FBI could have and should have done more to investigate information it received prior to last month’s massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the agency’s deputy director told a Senate panel on Wednesday.David Bowdich told the Senate Judiciary Committee that authorities will never know if any investigative work would have prevented the shooting, “but we clearly should have done more.”The panel is examining legislative proposals to improve school safety, but much of the early focus was on law enforcement failures. Sen. Charles Grassley, the Republican chairman of the committee, expanded the blame to include local and state officials. He noted that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel declined an invitation to testify Wednesday, as did Michael Carroll, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families.“By thumbing their noses at Congress, Sheriff Israel and Secretary Carroll have let the American people down and also the citizens of Florida they serve,” Grassley said.The FBI has acknowledged it receive separate tips related to the accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz. Bowdich said the tips occurred on September 25, 2017 and on Jan. 5.The first tip came via email from someone in Mississippi who warned that someone had posted on a YouTube page under the username Nikolas Cruz: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”Bowdich said it was determined that the true identity of the poster could not be determined and work on the tip was closed about two weeks later.In January, the FBI received a call from a woman who identified herself as a close friend of the Cruz family and shared information from Cruz’s social media accounts that concerned her. She also warned that Cruz wanted to kill people, was mutilating small animals and he was going to explode.Bowdich said that upon finishing the call, the FBI operator conducted a search of databases and found the closed lead out of Mississippi. The operator then consulted with her supervisor and the matter was closed. He said he didn’t know why the information was not forwarded to local law enforcement.“When we make mistakes, we will not hide them, and we are committed, with your help, to doing whatever is necessary to correct our mistakes and prevent tragedies like this one from being repeated,” Bowdich said.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that the FBI is getting about 4,100 tips a day, while it has about 160 people on staff. He expressed concern that more people should be dedicated to that task.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the shooting stemmed from a catastrophic and systemic failure of law enforcement at every level.Ryan B. Petty’s daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Parkland shooting. In his written testimony, he tells the committee: “Nikolas Cruz and the deadly danger he posed were the worst-kept secrets in Parkland.”He said every relevant authority knew that Cruz was deeply troubled, but “he was a secret kept from many of the parents” of the Parkland students.Separately, The House is set to vote on a measure Wednesday that authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement.The White House said President Donald Trump strongly supports the measure, which if approved, would be the first gun-related action by Congress since the Feb. 14 attack in Parkland that left 17 dead.last_img read more