Endangered white pelicans venture to Vancouver Island thrilling bird watchers

first_imgVICTORIA – A rare sighting has bird watchers on Vancouver Island aflutter.American white pelicans have been spotted in several areas of the Island, from Tofino and Parksville, all the way south to a golf course in Victoria.Victoria-area naturalist Ann Nightingale says climate change may have brought the birds further west than usual but she says it’s not certain why the pelicans are suddenly interested in Vancouver Island.A colony of American white pelicans is known to breed at a site west of Williams Lake in the Chilcotin region, but it is the only breeding colony in B.C., although the birds have well-established breeding sites across the Prairies.The Environment Ministry says the white pelican has been legally designated as an endangered species in British Columbia.The migratory bird, which can winter as far south as Central and South America, is one of the largest in North America, with a wing span of up to three metres. (CFAX)last_img read more

Ontario public service employees sue province unions over alleged racism

first_imgTORONTO — Two Ontario public service employees have launched a lawsuit against the provincial government and the unions that represent them, alleging they’ve been subjected to systemic racism for years.Jean-Marie Dixon and Hentrose Nelson claim they experienced prolonged anti-black racism that led to harassment and mistreatment over their careers in the Ontario Public Service.They allege such mistreatment took the form of aggression from colleagues, co-ordinated attempts at intimidation, being mistaken for janitorial staff and demotion from long-held positions.The women also allege the unions they belong to failed to respond to their complaints and helped uphold a culture of systemic racism.The $26-million lawsuit, which contains unproven allegations, calls for a number of actions, including a “truth and conciliation” commission for racialized employees of the Ontario Public Service and anti-racism training for all staff.The government and one of the unions named in the suit didn’t respond to request for comment, while another union — The Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario — said it couldn’t comment on individual cases but it had long advocated for an end to systemic discrimination within the public service.Dixon, a Crown lawyer currently on leave from her role with the Ministry of the Attorney General, said the ideals that shaped her career expectations have been entirely at odds with her experience of working for the Ontario government.“I went in with the idea that I would be able to work for an employer that valued humans, that valued dignity, that encouraged people to seek justice,” she said at a news conference in Toronto on Thursday. “My dreams were crushed. I immediately began to experience anti-black racism in the workplace.”The allegations laid out Dixon and Nelson’s statement of claim involve many aspects of the women’s work lives.Both allege mistreatment at the hands of individual co-workers, harassment from peers and superiors, and a lack of support from the labour groups ostensibly there to help them fight back against workplace discrimination.Dixon, who has worked for the OPS since 2002, alleged there were times when co-workers unplugged her work equipment and forced her to leave rooms where she was trying to conduct government business, making it clear that she was not welcome.She also alleged fellow employees made remarks about the superiority of blonde-haired, blue-eyed children, as well as assertions that “addressing racism in the office would not and should not come at the discomfort of white staff.”Dixon also alleged a co-ordinated effort to alienate her, claiming colleagues who showed her support were threatened with professional reprisals.Nelson, who joined the OPS in 2004 and has worked various administrative roles most recently at the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, alleged a supervisor engaged in an escalating campaign of harassment. This allegedly included assigning Nelson “menial” and “degrading tasks,” such as cleaning out drawers and unravelling phone cords, which were not requested of white colleagues.Nelson alleged the stress caused by the work environment led to illness that ultimately resulted in the premature birth of her baby.Prior to this, Nelson alleged a supervisor verbally expressed a fear of black women, adding she felt she was repeatedly placed in the position of having to prove her intelligence and competence.The statement of claim alleges that “anti-Black racism, and racism in general, along with white privilege and white supremacy, are pervasive and entrenched within the OPS.”Both Dixon and Nelson further allege that the unions representing them — the Association of Law Officers of the Crown and the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees — were complicit in upholding a discriminatory system.“The culture of systemic and institutional anti-Black racism in the OPS influenced AMAPCEO and ALOC so that they have been and are ineffective in protecting the well-being, safety, interests, and concerns of the plaintiffs,” the suit alleged.AMAPCEO said it takes its responsibility of representing members seriously.“AMAPCEO has long advocated for the OPS Employer to end systemic discrimination within the OPS and promote equity in our members’ workplaces,” president Dave Bulmer said in a statement.Both women are on leaves of absence and alleged they felt forced from their workplaces because of efforts to speak out.The government’s own anti-racism policy acknowledges issues within the ranks. According to a 2017 report, racialized groups make up 23 per cent of the OPS workforce but between 17 and nine per cent of senior managers, with the number shrinking as rank increases.“We need to recognize that there are systemic racism barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential,” the anti-racism policy reads. “We need to recognize that histories of colonialism and slavery have resulted in institutionalized inequity for Indigenous, Black and racialized people.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TIFF 2016 The splashy parties sure to draw Alist crowds

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TIFF 2016 Aside from the films, a big part of the Toronto International Film Festival is the parties. Each year, there are dozens of splashy events that see celebrities mix and mingle with each other and a select group of industry heavyweights and influencers. Many of the events raise funds for charity and several feature big-name performances.This year is no different. In fact, TIFF 2016 is shaping up to be a year of unique bashes. While some are more intimate, others are so star-studded they’re likely to be talked about for weeks to come.Here are the most covetable tickets in town this TIFF!AMBI Gala When: Wednesday, Sept. 7Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 55 Simcoe St.Why: Hosted by the AMBI Group’s co-founders – Italian-Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino and businesswoman, producer and philanthropist Lady Monika Bacardi – this event will raise funds for Children’s Aid Foundation and UforChange. Earth, Wind & Fire and The Tenors are set to perform, while James Franco, Martin Short and William Baldwin will be part of the evening’s formal program. Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover, Paul Sorvino and Heidi Klum are also set to attend. Legendary singer Diana Ross performed at last year’s gala.Maison MoëtWhen: Thursday, Sept. 8 & Friday, Sept. 9Where: 111 King St. E.Why: If you want to sip on something like the stars, this is the bash to try to get into! Presented by Moët & Chandon, it will feature A-list DJs Hannah Bronfman and Jason Palma who will keep the dance floor full of celebs all night long.Producers Ball Presented by FandangoWhen: Friday, Sept. 9Where: IT House x Producers Ball, 128 Peter StreetWhy: This annual event hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott celebrates the behind-the-scenes work producers do to make films happen. Directors, celebs and other media are also expected to attend.Bungalow 8 Pop Up at The Rooftop LoungeWhen: September 8, 9 & 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: The tight-lipped pop-up nightclub at Thompson’s Rooftop Lounge, Bungalow 8 was a legendary nightspot in NYC popular with celebrities for its private discretion. This year, it’s coming to Toronto for a third year. In 2015, Idris Elba, Darren Aronofsky, Cary Fukunaga, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Donald Glover and Zachary Levi attended.InStyle GalaWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas St.Why: A staple of the TIFF circuit, the annual InStyle Gala returns to the Windsor Arms for another year. This is always one of the most star-studded events of the festival because it draws Hollywood heavyweights looking to get away from the public spotlight. Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott return as hosts in 2016.Entertainment Weekly Must List PartyWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: This is the second year for this incredibly popular party, though details on what’s happening are scant (organizers don’t want too many secrets leaked about the event!). Last year, the festival’s biggest stars swung by the party, including Sandra Bullock, Tom Hiddleston, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and Brie Larson.Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice 2016 Festival FairWhen: Sunday, Sept. 11Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin TerraceWhy: This annual benefit marks its eighth year at the film festival, as usual raising funds and awareness for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). This year’s co-hosts include Maria Bello, Jeremy Renner, Catherine Keener and Maxwell, while APJ board members Paul Haggis, Pascal Raffy, George Stroumboulopoulos and more will attend. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Mehbooba leads protest march against suspension of LoC trade

first_imgSrinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday led a protest march of her party activists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the suspension of cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI). The protest march was taken out from Town Hall Pulwama to deputy commissioner’s office. Mehbooba demanded the revocation of the decision to suspend the cross-LoC trade and sought immediate release of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from custody. She also sought revocation of ban on JeI and an end to the ban on civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Malik is not in good health. I want to tell the Government of India that if God forbid, his health worsens, then the situation here will deteriorate further which will be very difficult to control. Our fight is against militants, but you should not harass their families, she told reporters.last_img read more

ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Sudanese minister for Darfur crimes

According to a news release issued by the court, the evidence led the prosecutor to conclude that Mr. Hussein is one of those who bears the greatest criminal responsibility for the same crimes and incidents presented in previous warrants of arrest for government minister Ahmed Harun and Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb, both of whom have been indicted by the court.The alleged crimes that Mr. Hussein is allegedly responsible for were perpetrated during attacks on the towns and villages of Kodoom, Bindisi, Mukjar and Arawala in the Wadi Salih and Mukjar localities of West Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.The attacks followed a common pattern: Sudanese Government forces surrounded the villages, the Air Force dropped bombs indiscriminately and foot soldiers, including militia or Janjaweed, killed, raped and looted the entire village, forcing the displacement of four million inhabitants. Currently, 2.5 million people remain internally displaced.At that time Mr. Hussein was the Sudanese Minister for the Interior as well as Special Representative of the President in Darfur, with all of the powers and responsibilities of the President. He delegated some of his responsibilities to Mr. Harun, the Minister of State for the Interior, whom he appointed to head the “Darfur Security Desk.”In the case against Mr. Harun and Mr. Kushayb, the pre-trial chamber ruled that local security committees coordinated these attacks. They were supervised by state security committees, which reported to Mr. Harun, who in turn, according to the evidence, reported to Mr. Hussein.“The evidence shows that this was a State policy supervised by Mr. Hussein to ensure the coordination of attacks against civilians,” said Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.“Moreover, the evidence shows that directly and through Mr. Harun, Mr. Hussein played a central role in coordinating the crimes, including in recruiting, mobilizing, funding, arming, training and the deployment of the militia/Janjaweed as part of the Government of the Sudan forces, with the knowledge that these forces would commit the crimes,” he stated.The Prosecutor believes that Mr. Hussein should be arrested to prevent him from continuing to commit crimes within the jurisdiction of the court.This is the ICC’s fourth case in Darfur, which the Security Council referred to it in 2005 after a UN inquiry found serious violations of international human rights law. In addition to Mr. Harun and Mr. Kushayb, ICC judges have issued arrest warrants against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and summonses to appear for rebel leaders Abdallah Banda, Saleh Jerbo and Abu Garda for war crimes. 2 December 2011The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today requested an arrest warrant against Sudanese Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur. read more

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed meeting

Canadian stocks headed lower Tuesday, as traders stayed wary ahead of a meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve this week.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 20.90 points to 15,461.66.The loonie was up 0.31 of a cent to 90.81 cents US, as the latest data showed that Canadian manufacturing sales in July handily beat analysts’ expectations.Statistics Canada said sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. Economists had expected a gain of one per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Wall Street was mainly weak with the Dow Jones industrials fading 12.33 points to 17,018.81, the Nasdaq was ahead 1.22 points to 4,520.12 and the S&P 500 index gained 0.35 of a point to 1,984.49.Specifically, markets will be looking to see if the statement released by the Fed following its meeting will contain any hints on when the central bank will raise interest rates and if this move will be sooner than mid-2015, which has been widely anticipated. Short-term rates have been near zero since the financial collapse of 2008-09.For some time, the Fed has reassured markets that “it likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends.” Markets will look to see if the Fed drops the words “considerable time” in the announcement.Overseas, there continues to be uncertainty over the outcome of the upcoming referendum in Scotland. With just two days to go until the vote, anti-independence supporters argue that separation would cause economic uncertainty, while yes supporters accuse the no side of scaring voters. Most think the outcome is too close to call at this point.A yes vote would result in huge complications from currency to membership in the European Union and NATO.In corporate news, an investment group that includes Wind Mobile founder Tony Lacavera and Canadian private equity firm West Face Capital has a tentative deal to buy out Wind’s majority shareholder, VimpelCom Ltd., a Russian-Dutch company that has been trying to exit the Canadian market since it was blocked from gaining full ownership of the small wireless carrier last year. Financial terms of the deal were not released.Lacavera, who owns about 35 per cent of Wind Mobile through Globalive, has been attempting to position it as a significant competitor to Canada’s three biggest carriers, which collectively have about 90 per cent of the total wireless subscriber base.Wind currently has about 750,000 customers, or less than 10 per cent of any of the Big Three: Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Telus (TSX:T) and BCE’s Bell (TSX:BCE). The telecom sector on the TSX was down 0.30 per cent.Meanwhile, Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on a step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker’s board. Allergan will hold its special shareholders meeting as planned on Dec. 18, while Pershing Square and its partner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, continue their push for control of the California-based rug company.Valeant, based in Laval, Que., has made several offers to buy Allergan, the latest bid coming in at US$53 billion. Shares in Valeant (TSX:VRX) dipped 0.45 per cent to $133.59.On the commodity markets, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 63 cents to US$93.55 a barrel. December bullion was up $1.30 to US$1,236.40 an ounce, while December copper was up a penny to US$3.09 a pound. read more

Courts may have created accidental bigamists by wrongly applying divorce rules

“I’ve no doubt that the legal advisers at these divorce centres are working to the best of their ability, but the fact is you can’t drastically cut spending and expect the process to carry on as before. It’s the whole system that needs addressing, not just mistakes by individuals.”Sir James added that a new online divorce form, due to be rolled out across the country, would stop the problem arising.Resolution said a draft format contained a question asking petitioners if they had been married for more than a year, and if the answer is “no”, a message appears telling them that divorce is not possible.  “Communications should accordingly be expressed in appropriately sympathetic and apologetic language.” The fact that the President has had to issue this guidance suggests there are basic mistakes being made that simply shouldn’t happen.Margaret Heathcote, chair of Resolution Andrew Newbury, a partner with Hall Brown Family Law, said the mistakes could be down to a lack of resources.”In recent years, there has been a succession of court closures, meaning that there are fewer courts now available to deal with family law matters and each, as a result, appears to be handling a far greater volume of cases.“One unfortunate but inevitable consequence of that situation is that mistakes will be made,” he said. “There is a risk that some individuals who have remarried will now find that their later marriages are in fact invalid because one of the spouses is still legally married to someone else due to their divorce being ineffective.”Margaret Heathcote, chair of Resolution, the family justice body, said about the new guidance, said that the issue could have become more prevalent since an increasing number of people began organising their own divorces.“With the closure of many courts and fewer resources for the family justice system more broadly, it is inevitable that there will be an impact in one form or another.”The fact that the President has had to issue this guidance suggests there are basic mistakes being made that simply shouldn’t happen,” she said.  Courts may have created accidental bigamists by wrongly applying divorce rules, country’s most senior family court judge has warned. Sir James Munby, president of the High Court’s family division, issued a warning that in “a number of cases” couples had not followed the rules properly and courts had allowed divorces which were null and void, invalidating later remarriages. He said that in some cases the problem arose because couples had filed their divorce petition less than a year since the date of the marriage, which is not allowed. In other cases couples divorcing on the grounds that they were living apart had failed to allow the necessary time to elapse before filing their petition. Divorce law allows couples to split after two years’ separation, if both parties agree to the divorce, and after five years separation if one party does not. Some couples will now have to file their divorce petition again and lawyers warned that the revelation meant settlements could be reopened and family inheritances called into question. In guidance for courts, Sir James said they “will wish to be alert to the potentially devastating impact on litigants of being informed that there is a ‘problem’ with their decree, especially if (and this is unlikely to be known to the court when the first communication is made) a litigant who believes that they have been validly divorced has remarried or is due very shortly to remarry.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Green coal power generation

first_imgThe Coal 21 Conference 2007, Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based electricity generation will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia, September 18-19, 2007. COAL21 is Australia’s unique collaborative program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Participants in COAL21 include federal and state government agencies, the coal and power generation industries, related unions and key research organisations. The COAL21 National Action Plan was released in March 2004. The plan identifies key technologies with the potential to slash GHG emissions associated with coal-based electricity generation. It also outlines the actions that need to be taken to develop and deploy those technologies in Australia as part of the overall national response to climate change.The COAL21 Conference 2007 will attract the foremost speakers and experts in the field of low emissions technologies. Delegates will include a who’s who of industry, science, technology and policy practitioners.Hear the very latest developments in:Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide:> International developments> Progress on Australia’s first CO2 storage trial in the Otway Basin> Prospects for storage in NSW> The potential for large-scale storage at Moomba> Queensland storage plans> The case for saline aquifers> Offshore WA> Victorian projectsCarbon Dioxide Capture Systems:> International developments> IGCC, IDGCC and other emerging gasification projects> Advanced gas processing and hydrogen> The oxy-fuel project at Callide> PCC projects in NSW and Victoria> Developments in amine and ammonia based PCC systems> Chemical looping and novel approachesConfirmed speakers include leading experts from:> Centre for Low Emission Technology (cLET)> CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development (CCSD)> CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC)> CS Energy> CSIRO> Delta Electricity> FrOG Tech> HRL> Hydrogen Energy> International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre (IEACCC)> International Power> Santos > Schlumberger> University of Newcastle > ZeroGenOther sessions and speakers will examine the role of CCS in the future energy system, future challenges for R&D and the implications of the evolving policy environment for the development and deployment of low emissions technologies.last_img read more

Vancouver man gets 18 years in rapes

first_imgA Clark County judge on Monday sentenced a man accused of raping two women in Clark County to 18 years in prison.Tracy Loren Montgomery, 32, of Vancouver pleaded guilty earlier this month to first-degree rape and second-degree assault. He also entered a Newton plea — acknowledging that a jury could find him guilty of a crime but not admitting guilt — for third-degree rape.Montgomery first appeared in court in April 2015, after he was arrested on suspicion of a February 2015 rape and another rape in September 2014.In February 2015, a woman contacted the Vancouver Police Department to report that she had been assaulted and possibly raped after going to the now-closed Q Nightclub & Lounge in downtown Vancouver with friends. According to court records, she met Montgomery at the bar and agreed to give him a ride home. She let him drive because he knew the way.Montgomery drove them to a remote area on Lower River Road. When she asked where they were going, he assaulted her, punching her in the face. He pulled over to the side of the road, where he grabbed her by the throat, kept punching her and began removing her clothes, according to court records.She lost consciousness at times, and Deputy Clark County Prosecutor Aaron Bartlett said Monday that the woman was unsure whether she was raped until DNA evidence matching Montgomery confirmed it.Court records said the woman identified Montgomery as her attacker, and that investigators contacted staff at the nightclub, who were able to identify him as the man at the club. Montgomery pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and second-degree assault in the case on Oct. 5.last_img read more

Ilani Casinos concert convention venue opens

first_imgCOWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — Ilani Casino Resort opened its new event center Thursday, bringing more demand and attention to northern Clark County.The 30,000-square-foot center allows Ilani to host concerts, trade shows, corporate meetings and other high-traffic events. It will offer the biggest ballroom in the county, and it is already the largest gaming complex near the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.The space’s biggest footprint belongs to a 22,000-square-foot banquet hall that can seat 800 people at tables or serve a standing audience of 2,500. It can be partitioned for other uses, and there are separate conference rooms as well.The venue’s first headliners have already been announced, but the official ribbon-cutting was Thursday morning. It started in the rain outside before crowds of local officials, casino staff and members of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe swarmed indoors and around Ilani’s sprawling gaming floor.Tribal officials said that after nearly two decades of planning and legal battles to build the casino — along Interstate 5 west of La Center at Exit 16 — they now have plenty of momentum. The new venue opens less than a year after the casino, noted Cowlitz Tribe Chairman Bill Iyall.last_img read more

Yakima deputies Man who claimed to find body in barn long knew

first_imgGLEED — Authorities say a man who claimed to find a body while digging in a barn near Yakima this week had long known it was there.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the man claimed to have found the body Tuesday in the barn in Gleed, northwest of Yakima.But the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office says the man is actually a suspect in the case and that he told his mother in November there might be a body in the barn.The mother relayed that information to authorities, but a cadaver dog failed to find anything at the time.An autopsy on Wednesday determined that the victim was at least 30 years old and had been shot to death. Authorities planned to try to identify him by using dental records.The sheriff’s office says there are at least two other persons of interest in the case.last_img read more

ASA Honors E James Dunphy with Pinnacle Award

first_imgASA President John Heisdorffer (left) presents Dr. E. James Dunphy (right) with the Pinnacle Award during the annual ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif on Feb. 28. Credit: Joe MurphyThe American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized E. James Dunphy, from Raleigh, N.C., with its Pinnacle Award at its annual awards banquet during the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif.The Pinnacle Award is an industry-wide recognition of individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of contribution and leadership within the soybean family and industry, through work involving a significant amount of their lifetime.Dr. Jim Dunphy is a professor of crop science and soybean extension specialist at North Carolina State University.  He’s served and led within the soybean family and industry for nearly 50 years.Dunphy is recognized as an excellent teacher, a top-notch researcher and an exemplary extension specialist.“Dr. Dunphy is a tireless worker and has made it his mission personally to serve the soybean growers of North Carolina,” said John Fleming, president of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, in his nomination letter. “And while we know we have gained the most from Dr. Dunphy’s contributions, we also know he has had a significant impact on the soybean industry at large. Soybean farmers across the United States have benefited from his 50 years of dedicated service to research and teaching.”Dunphy was a pioneer in helping growers save money by reducing their soybean plant populations, while still maximizing their yields. His work on soybean plant populations is used by soybean researchers across the country.Dunphy used data from research on row spacing to educate growers about achieving yield increases from planting in narrow rows versus wide rows.  And he’s become a leading expert on double cropping soybeans with wheat.His work has contributed to growth in the soybean industry through yield and acreage increases in North Carolina and on a national level.Dunphy has been a strong collaborator on projects with other state soybean extension specialists. He’s collaborated on numerous multi-state projects, including planting considerations, planting date and population studies, variety evaluations, and a soybean rust information platform, to name just a few.Dunphy’s legacy includes educating thousands of soybean farmers and students; operating an extension program that is a model for how to effectively reach soybean farmers; and always making it a priority to put the soybean farmer first in his research and extension work.last_img read more

Foster mother of more than 100 children works to recruit Latino families

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Amy Butler, first female pastor of The Riverside Church, to step down Heather Adams,Load Comments,Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Heather Adams By: Heather Adams Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Heather Adams As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LOS ANGELES — With two biological children at home already, Noemi Amezcua, then not yet 30, asked her priest how she could get more involved in her community.Her priest suggested foster care — something her sister, Maria, was already doing.Twenty-seven years and more than 100 foster children later, Amezcua is working to convince other Latino families to offer themselves as parents to kids in need.Amezcua, now 56, and her daughter, Jc Amezcua, 27, work with FosterAll, a group that recruits prospective foster parents from faith communities in Los Angeles and gives them support and guidance during the experience. FosterAll has worked with more than 140 faith partners across the area.There are more than 40 foster family agencies in Los Angeles. The county can also approve “resource families,” as they are called in California. Each agency has different requirements regarding languages, location, support options, philosophies and more, said Katherine Hernandez, the director of FosterAll’s programs.It can be hard for any one person to navigate, said Hernandez, which is why FosterAll works directly with each family to find the right fit.On Father’s Day, Noemi Amezcua set up her booth outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Rowland Heights, just east of LA, where Masses are offered in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. As people began to file out, a small crowd gathered around the booth, wanting to know more.The Amezcua family. Courtesy photoShe told parts of her own stories, answered questions and invited the congregants to an informational meeting. Jc, who said she grew up not realizing how different her family is, did the same thing at other churches throughout the morning.As the next Mass began, Noemi Amezcua walked to her car as one family continued to ask questions. She moved on to attend two more parishes that morning, with her daughter visiting a few more.Under a state program, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services supports recruitment efforts like FosterAll’s, which focuses on faith communities and pays Amezcua to connect with Latino Catholics in particular.“One of the best places to find stable and loving resource families is through faith communities that promote strong families,” said Michelle Vega, public affairs director at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.Latinos are in great demand as foster families in the county. More than 50% of the nearly 30,000 children in DCFS in Los Angeles are of Latino descent, and the county tries to place children in “homes that meet their cultural and linguistic needs and that of their families,” said Vega.But despite an increase of almost 8,000 in the number of Latino foster families statewide from 2012 to 2016, according to The Chronicle of Social Change, Latino children in care in California still number three times that amount. That means Vega can’t alway place Latino children in homes that match their cultural backgrounds.Removing any child from a home causes trauma, but it’s worse when that child is placed in a home with unfamiliar customs. As Hernandez said, “It’s trauma on top of trauma.”“Therefore,” Vega said, “it is critically important to recruit additional families in Latino communities who are willing to become a placement resource for a child or youth.”FosterAll recruitment materials outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019. RNS photo by Heather AdamsAmezcua warns those she recruits that fostering any child, culturally acclimated or not, isn’t easy. Foster children come from different circumstances — some manageable, some horrific. One of Amezcua’s foster children, for example, a 4-year-old girl, had been seriously burned before she came into Amezcua’s care, and her skin had to be cleaned every four hours.The emotional toll caused Amezcua to wonder if she had the strength to continue helping children in tough situations, until one day the girl told Amezcua that she knew she was in good hands in Amezcua’s house because “there’s a God that heals me here.”That’s when, Amezcua said, she knew why God had brought her this little girl — and so many others.But two years ago, when one of Amezcua’s three adopted children, Jessica, died of cystic fibrosis at age 19, Amezcua took a break from fostering.During this break, she heard about FosterAll and slowly got back into the community, eventually opening her home again. Recently she welcomed three more children in foster care to live under her roof.At their visits to churches like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jc said she gets a lot of questions about requirements regarding same-sex couples, economic status, marriage status and their faith.They welcome everybody, she said.“I’ve heard a lot of myths about the foster care system,” Jc said. “I want to show the good part about it.”The approach seems to be working. Of the more than 150 people who came to a FosterAll information session, 80 of them were people Amezcua had invited, according to Jc. About half filled out an application to become a foster parent.FosterAll can’t say how many applicants became foster parents, as many are still going through the lengthy process. But at a time when California has spent about $140 million to recruit and retain foster parents, these numbers are already telling.Said Jc: “I think our method works because we have hands-on experience.”She believes she’s being “placed in the right direction at the right time.” People often tell her, she said, that they were asking God for a sign or that they had been thinking about foster care or adoption.“We always end up being there,” she said.But then, she added, it’s time for the people they speak with to take that leap of faith.“Stop thinking about it,” Jc said. “The time is now.” Share This! Share This! Catholicism Heather Adams TagsCalifornia foster care agency homepage featured Latino Catholics Los Angeles Roman Catholicism social services,You may also like Newslast_img read more

Bitcoin Soars Toward Another Benchmark 10000

first_imgDan Kitwood/Getty ImagesBitcoin prices have spiked since October — and the cryptocurrency is now closing in on $10,000, leading the way for digital currencies that have seen huge gains in 2017.Bitcoin’s price has already spiked more than 1,000 percent in the past 12 months. Now it’s flirting with another milestone: a $10,000 price for a single unit of the cryptocurrency.Bitcoin’s rise has been both meteoric and volatile, with surges in valuation often being driven by positive reports about its status. Earlier this year, for instance, Japan recognized bitcoin as an official method of payment. It has also continued to attract interest from investors.In early October, a single bitcoin cost less than $5,000 on currency exchange sites. A year ago, one could be had for around $730. But as of 7 a.m. ET on Monday, the price for a bitcoin was $9,770, according to data from the Coinbase currency exchange.The digital currency slipped below $9,700 after reaching that mark; the analyst site Coindesk (which is affiliated with Coinbase) says it expects bitcoin to pass “the psychological milestone of $10,000 today,” citing recent momentum. The price roared past $9,000 over the weekend.“Bitcoin’s price has been helped in recent months by the announcement that the world’s biggest derivatives exchange operator CME Group would start offering bitcoin futures,” Reuters says. “The company said last week the futures would launch by the end of the year though no precise date had been set.”Another factor has been the move to split the original bitcoin segment into two currencies: bitcoin classic and bitcoin cash. That change, which became official in August, has allowed large trades in the currency to occur more frequently, while also promising to bolster its infrastructure.When bitcoin surpassed $4,300 in August, the CryptoCoinsNews site declared a “flippening” was taking place, as bitcoin, with a market size of more than $70 billion, had gained “a greater total valuation than payment-processing behemoth PayPal.”Citing the current rise, CryptoCoins says the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies — led by bitcoin and its rivals, ethereum and Ripple — has now topped $300 billion for the first time, making them more valuable than Bank of America, which has a market cap of around $280 billion.Investment analysts have often split on the issue of cryptocurrencies, citing their status as both an emerging technology and an emerging form of exchange and investment.CNBC quotes Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, saying, “I confess it’s an area that to me feels speculative, but you might call me old or old-fashioned. It’s been an amazing run, has it not?”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Road closed due to accident in Northwich

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are asking motorists to avoid a road in Northwich due to an accident near the Cheshire town this evening. Officers in the town are asking drivers to seek alternative routes due to the accident near Chapel Street Junction on Ollershaw Lane. The accident is understood to have taken place shortly before 9pm. We have no further information on the accident itself at this stage. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Motorists please avoid Chapel Street Junction, Ollershaw Lane and the access to the A559 Marston Lane in Northwich as it is currently closed in both directions while we deal with a road traffic collision. Many thanks for your patience.” Read MoreDelays set to ease around new roundabout as traffic restrictions lifted Want the latest news from across South Cheshire?Looking for more news from across South Cheshire? We have dedicated channels for a number of areas, including Crewe, Sandbach, Nantwich, Congleton, Alsager and Mow Cop. For the latest local government news, and planning applications in your area, visit our Cheshire East Council channel here. For incidents and accidents involving the emergency services in the area, you can visit our Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service channels.last_img read more

EAC unions heading towards strike action

first_imgTrade unions of the state power company EAC will next week ask their members to endorse “dynamic measures” – usually code for “strikes” – in protest at government plans to open up the electricity market.The syndicates are opposed to the government’s proposal – already in progress – to make the Transmission System Operator (TSO) a full independent agency.The TSO, which monitors transmission and production, is currently dependent on seconded staff from the EAC.The TSO argues this needs to change, as seconded EAC technicians cannot possibly be given access to electricity competitors’ proprietary data once the market is opened.In addition, it’s understood the government intends to empower the TSO to act as a ‘Market Operator’.This would enable the TSO to interface with independent power producers, thus ending the EAC’s monopoly.Andreas Panorkos, head of the powerful Epopai union, on Thursday accused the government of forcing through its plans without consulting the state power company.He said the energy ministry is lying when it claims that the EAC unions were consulted on the pending changes to the electricity market model.And according to Panorkos, during a closed-doors session of House commerce committee, the ministry conceded that the changes would drive up the cost of electricity anywhere from 20 to 30 per cent.Under the model envisaged by the government, an intermediate period to full competition will be ushered in by allowing private energy producers – mainly from renewable energy sources – to sell their electricity through monthly, bilateral contracts.As it stands, July 2019 is the target date for full market liberalisation.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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