Resource Discovery| Mobile App: PTSD Coach

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTImage from US Department of Veterans Affairs[PTSD Coach Mobile App]June is PTSD Awareness Month and in its honor, we would like to share this great app created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD  in partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience a trauma in their lives. Approximately 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. For Veterans, the number of PTSD cases in a given year varies by the service era with approximately 11-20% who served in OIF or EIF.Thinking about the statistics above and the ever- growing use of technology, the National Center for PTSD has created a mobile app designed to provide education and assistance in managing symptoms that may occur after trauma. This app has multiple features including the following sections: Learn, Track, Manage, and Support.LearnThis option provides three different categories where you can learn about PTSD, get professional help, and how PTSD impacts the family. Each category features questions, answers, and resources that may assist people in learning more about their own symptoms or those of a loved one.TrackThis option also provides three different categories offering users the option of taking an assessment, reviewing assessment history, and scheduling an assessment. These three options allow users to monitor their results over time to assess whether their symptoms are getting better or worse. An easy- to- read graph is provided so that users can quickly determine their progress. Additionally, users can schedule times to take their self-assessments where the app will remind them to complete it. They recommend using the month schedule to take the assessment.ManageThis option has several symptoms in a list, offering the user a ‘distress meter’ where they can determine their level of distress at any given time. After the user enters their level of distress, the app provides a tool to help manage the symptoms and change the level of distress. The tools range from ambient sounds to inspiring quotes. There is also an option for adding favorite pictures and sounds to assist in self-soothing techniques.SupportThe final option offers users three categories as well, including crisis resources, find professional care, and grow your support. These categories feature phone numbers to hotlines for crisis intervention and a place where users can add phone numbers that may be helpful to them. Additionally, there is information on ways to locate mental health care providers for the general public and veterans in their area.PTSD Coach is a wonderful resource for those who are struggling with or know someone who is struggling with symptoms of PTSD. While this does not take the place of professional evaluation and help, it is certainly a tool that can be used in a very personalized and private manner, offering some light during those dark times. This app is available for FREE download from iTunes and Google Play.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Podcast: An uncontacted tribe, the panda’s strange diet, and why you might want to be shocked by 400,000 volts

first_imgWhy has one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes made contact with the outside world? How do pandas survive on their all-bamboo diet? And could applying 400,000 volts to a person’s body pick up drugs on their skin? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.last_img

No time for celebrations, Jeremy looks to bulk up for Tokyo dream

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay (Eds: Recasting overnight story) New Delhi, Oct 10 (PTI) He is living an Olympic dream at 15 but Indian weightlifting sensation Jeremy Lalrinnunga has no time to stay in the moment as he has to bulk up in pursuit of a bigger Olympic goal in less than two years. The Mizo teen, touted as the next best thing in Indian weightlifting, came up with a personal best effort in the 62kg category to clinch India’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on Monday. He is happy beyond words but does not have the time to sit back and relish the moment for too long. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI from the Argentine capital. “I am returning to Patiala on October 21. I have to train hard now for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I am going to change my weight category to 67kg for the Olympics so I have to work harder,” he added. Son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga aspired to don the gloves too but shifted to weightlifting as it involved just power to excel, something he found fascinating. “A new weightlifting academy opened in my village. The moment I saw it I wanted to try out the sport. I used to do boxing when I was younger but when I tried weightlifting I loved it. It’s a sport that involves strength and that is the reason I love it,” Lalrinnunga said. He was eight when Lalrinnunga was enrolled at the Mizoram Weightlifting Academy. A year later he was picked by the scouts of the Army Sports Institute in Pune.advertisement “I have been training at the Army Sports Institute since 2012,” he said. Starting off in the 50kg category, Lalrinnunga won the national gold but the teenager has struggled with maintaining his weight, jumping from 50kg to 62kg in a span of two years. “As I was growing my height and weight was increasing. Then coach sir advised me to switch to 56kg. “After shifting to 56kg also my body continued to grow and it was very difficult for me to maintain that weight, so we decided to go even higher switching to 62kgs.” However, weight issues were not the only obstacles in Lalrinnunga’s Youth Olympics preparation, the teenager also contracted chicken pox months before the big event. “I suffered from chicken pox in May so I had to gain back my strength for 62kg. My focus was on the Youth Olympics so I had to work very hard to recover and start training. “I learned a lot of new techniques in the process. We focused mainly on strength training and perfecting the technique,” Lalrinnunga said. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

a month agoKlopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp thinks it is unlikely Liverpool will break Manchester City’s record for most consecutive Premier League wins.The Reds made 16 with the win over Sheffield United on Saturday, two shy of City’s record of 18.Asked about the possibility of winning 18 straight games, he said: “(There are) interesting games coming up. It doesn’t sound too likely. But we will try and first and foremost Salzburg and then Leicester.”Then it is the international break and hopefully everybody comes back healthy. That is most important.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will play against each other in Singapore, very interesting game obviously, it’s not qualification for anything. So hopefully everyone comes back healthy and then we try to prepare for Man United.”He added: “I try to understand how other people think about things but from the way I think about things I’m not interested in the number to be honest. It’s just a number.”So, you only can create a streak like this if you’re always in the next job. The next job is Salzburg which is a different competition and then Leicester City and that will be difficult.” last_img read more

New Orleans Sees Most Containers in One Year

first_imgzoom The Port of New Orleans’ Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal handled 490,526 TEUs in 2014, an 8.8% increase compared to 2013, and a new record for the U.S. port.The port says that the increase is due to the addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy.The port welcomed a new weekly European service from French container carrier CMA CGM February 2 with the arrival of the CMA CGM Jamaica.In addition, Chiquita Brands International, along with their sailing partner Mediterranean Shipping Company, began weekly service to the Port in October, after relocating its shipping operations to New Orleans after a 40-year hiatus.New Orleans Terminal and Ports America jointly operate the container terminal – with New Orleans Terminal handling the new Chiquita cargo and Ports America handling the CMA CGM service.“Strong export markets, primarily for chemical and agriculture products, together with new inbound customers such as Chiquita contributed to record container volumes,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “New services in 2015, such as the recently announced CMA CGM weekly European service, and a full year of Chiquita cargo could translate into robust results again in 2015.”The new services join existing customers MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, Seaboard Marine, CSAV, Zim, NYK, Orient Overseas Container Line, American President Line, Hyundai and MOL offering regular container services at the terminal. In an effort to attract new container services, the Port’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a new incentive dockage rate for a new service’s first 20 vessel calls.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, May 3———NOTLEY SAYS PROVINCE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FORT MCMURRAY: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley returned to Fort McMurray a year after a fierce wildfire destroyed 10 per cent of the city and told its leaders and residents that the province still has their backs. Notley said it’s sad to remember all that was taken from people — everything from their homes to their cherished belongings. But she also said Fort McMurray residents have shown their resiliency and will continue to do so as the recovery moves ahead. The fire started deep in the bush on May 1, 2016, and exploded into a ferocious blaze that forced the evacuation of the entire city two days later. It was dubbed “The Beast” because it was so fierce and unpredictable. More than 80,000 people fled as towering flames licked at their homes and crackled along the highway used by thousands to leave the city. Activities such as yoga, pancakes and visits with friends were taking place in a riverfront park to mark the one-year anniversary. The low-key event — that also included dance, art, acupuncture and meditation — started at dawn on Wednesday and was to run until dusk.———CENSUS SHOWS COUNTRY AGING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE: After nearly four decades in the workforce, 64-year-old Louise Plouffe is looking ahead to retirement. But Tristan Plummer, 23, is looking for work. Plouffe and Plummer represent opposite ends of the age demographic that defines the Canadian labour force, which is in the throes of unprecedented change, according to Statistics Canada’s latest census figures released Wednesday. The proportion of Canadians aged 15 to 64 grew just 0.4 per cent between 2011 and 2016, its lowest rate since 1851, comprising 66.5 per cent of the population. The agency expects that proportion to decline to about 60 per cent by 2031, when the youngest baby boomers turn 65. By then, the proportion of seniors domestically would rival the level currently seen in Japan, currently home to the oldest population in the G7. That gives Canada a few more years to benefit from what Statistics Canada calls a “demographic dividend”: a growing labour force while other countries watch theirs shrink. Eventually the numbers will decline in Canada as well, once populations age and retirements take hold, said Statistics Canada demographer Andre Lebel.———SAJJAN SAYS MILITARY GRAPPLING WITH UNDERFUNDING: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered a grim assessment Wednesday of the state of the military, saying years of underfunding has hollowed out the armed forces and left it struggling to do even basic tasks. The comments to defence industry representations and experts came as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its new defence policy, which Sajjan promised would begin to fix some of the problems. “It will be a plan to get out of the hole we are starting in and it will be a plan to build an even stronger military,” Sajjan said in a speech to the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. “It will be a plan to allocate realistic funding to those ‘bread and butter’ projects that will keep our military running efficiently and effectively for years to come.” It was the underfunding of those “bread and butter projects,” known in defence circles as the “Key 18,” that were the main focus of Sajjan’s address and which senior defence officials say pose the biggest problem. Those include upgrades and life extensions to two military helicopter fleets, air defences for infantry units, and engineering and logistical vehicles for the army, among others.———MOUNTAINEER PINNED BY WEATHER, QUAKES IN YUKON: Parks Canada says a team from Kluane National Park in Yukon is in close contact with a climber who is stuck on Canada’s highest peak. Natalia Martinez of Argentina is making a solo ascent of Mount Logan but her plans were disrupted by two powerful earthquakes that jolted the Alaska Panhandle and southwestern Yukon early Monday. Parks Canada’s Christine Aikens said the visitor safety team from Kluane National Park in Haines Junction was working with Martinez to develop a plan to get her off the mountain. An official with the company that flew the 37-year-old to the east ridge of Mount Logan several weeks ago said the experienced climber is pinned down at about the 3,700-metre mark of the nearly 6,000-metre peak. Williams said Martinez moved her camp to a safer area and is in good shape but was dealing with stormy weather and heavy snow that could prevent any rescue until Thursday or Friday.———TORONTO REAL ESTATE PRICES RISE NEARLY 25 PER CENT: The Toronto Real Estate Board says there is fresh evidence indicating that speculation and foreign ownership make up a small component of the city’s housing market, raising questions about the need for Ontario’s plan to tax foreign speculators. The board released new data on foreign buyers at the same time as it reported that prices continued to soar last month, though there were signs the market may be cooling as the number of transactions slipped. TREB says that between 2008 and April 2017, the average share of foreign buyers of properties in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, which stretches from the Niagara Region to Peterborough, Ont., was 2.3 per cent. It says during the same time period, the share of homes that were bought and sold within one year of the original transaction — an indication of speculative activity — was also low. The new data came as the average price for all properties in the Greater Toronto Area last month rose to $920,791, an increase of 24.5 per cent compared to a year ago. That was slightly below the 33.2 per cent year-over-year increase in prices in March.———FBI CHIEF JAMES COMEY DEFENDS CLINTON EMAIL DECISION: Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey insisted during repeated questions Wednesday he was consistent in disclosing information about an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails before Election Day while keeping quiet about a probe into possible contacts between Russia and the Donald Trump’s campaign. Comey, in his most impassioned public defence of how he handled the case, also said it made him feel “mildly nauseous” to think his actions in October might have influenced the race won by Republican Trump over Democrat Clinton. But he told the Senate Judiciary Committee the FBI cannot take into account how its actions might benefit or harm politicians. Persistent questions from senators, and Comey’s testimony, made clear that the FBI director’s decisions of last summer and fall involving both the Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to roil national politics and produce lingering second-guessing about whether the investigations were handled evenly.———POLICE NOW WELCOME AT ST. JOHN’S PRIDE PARADE: The Pride committee in St. John’s, N.L., has reversed course and invited uniformed police officers to march in the city’s Pride parade this July. As police forces across Canada face restrictions or bans at Pride events, St. John’s Pride is now welcoming uniformed members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and RCMP. Last July, the RNC said it would play a “less visible role” at the Pride parade in Newfoundland’s capital than it had in prior years, saying the force would offer traffic support but uniformed officers would not march in the procession. The decision came at the request of Pride event organizers, who had encouraged officers to take part in the proceedings while off-duty and not in uniform in an effort to make the event “more accessible to all.” The organization stressed that uniformed police would not be turned away from the parade, but encouraged officers to represent their unit in other ways like wearing T-shirts or carrying banners. Pride Toronto members voted to ostensibly ban official police floats from marches and parades in January, adopting a list of demands put forward by that city’s chapter of Black Lives Matter.———BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN RECALLED IN FIVE PROVINCES: At least five provincial liquor control agencies are recalling 1.14-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin because they contain more alcohol than the amount stated on the label. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario was the first to remove the affected product from all of its stores shelves. The Crown corporation says the recall was initiated after an investigation by its quality assurance team found the gin’s alcohol content was 77 per cent, instead of the 40 per cent declared on the label. Since then, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, Saskatchewan’s Liquor and Gaming Authority, the Societe Des Alcools du Quebec, and Nova Scotia Liquor Control have all followed suit. Customers and licensees are advised to return the recalled product for a full refund. This is the second such incident in Ontario in as many months. An Ontario-made brand of vodka was pulled from shelves in early March because one batch contained double the stated amount of alcohol.———FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO RISE NEAR MONTREAL: Flood waters are continuing to threaten hundreds of homes in the Montreal-area town of Rigaud. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. says about 400 residences could be affected by the surging water levels. Gruenwald says river levels have risen by eight centimetres in the past two weeks and are expected to climb another five to seven centimetres today. He says that means water could start entering homes through basement windows. Thirty-one families have had to evacuate their homes and are being helped by family, friends and the Red Cross. Flooding is also affecting homes in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro on the western part of the island of Montreal. Gruenwald said he is very concerned with the situation in his community. The Red Cross has helped people in 31 Rigaud residences evacuate and the mayor urged others to follow suit.———B.C. LIBERALS ‘STAND CORRECTED’ ON #IAMLINDA: British Columbia’s Liberals say they “stand corrected” on claims the NDP planted a woman at an election campaign event to confront Christy Clark. The brief encounter last week between the woman and Clark has generated a buzz on social media as the hashtag #IamLinda became a rallying point on Twitter for people who oppose the B.C. Liberal government. When asked Wednesday if they believe the woman was an NDP plant, the Liberals issued a short statement that says: “We’re happy to stand corrected.” A video posted online last week shows Clark in a North Vancouver market shaking hands with a woman who introduces herself as Linda and says she would never vote for the premier and begins to explain why. Clark then cuts her off. Two people connected to Clark’s campaign later accused the woman of being a New Democrat plant and tweeted a picture of her with Nicholas Simons, a New Democrat member of the legislative assembly for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. The Clark encounter went viral and has been shared or retweeted thousands of times on social media. The hashtag had been used more than 34,500 times on Twitter by Wednesday at midday.last_img read more

Saganash pulled off flight because he was too drunk report

first_imgAPTN National newsNDP MP Romeo Saganash apologized Monday after he was taken off an Air Canada Jazz flight Friday because he was too drunk to fly, CBC is reporting.“It was Friday, it had been a long week and we’re all stressed out at that time,” Saganash told CBC News. “I apologize…This is the first time that it has happened in 30 years in the air. I regret what happened and it won’t happen again.”Saganash, a Cree MP, represents the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.Saganash has taken a temporary leave of absence from his role as MP to seek treatment.In a statement, posted on his website, Saganash said he is battling with a “dependence on alcohol” which he said was an illness.“Neither fatigue nor stress can justify what I did. I need help to overcome a medical problem, a dependence on alcohol, like far too many Canadians,” he said, in the statement. “I am not looking at excuses, but I know that profound scars were left on me because of my time in residential school. I never shied away from that. The death of my friend and mentor Jack Layton also greatly affected me. Like him, I needed a crutch. The leadership race wore me out, on top of taking me away from my children and my loved ones even more often.”Saganash also ran for the NDP leadership but later dropped out.last_img read more

Weekend house fire on 88a St deemed not suspicious though cause is

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fire that erupted at a home on 88a St. early Saturday morning has been deemed not suspicious in nature, though the fire’s cause is still undetermined.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said that fire crews were called out to the fire, which occurred inside a duplex in the 10400 block of 88a St., at around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the room of origin, while the rest of the duplex unit suffered smoke and water damage. The neighbouring unit also suffered minor smoke damage.Blades said that initially, the RCMP was asked to assist the fire department with their investigation and that the cause of the fire could have been deemed suspicious. He said that investigators have since deemed the fire to not be suspicious in nature, though the exact cause of the fire was not able to be determined. Blades estimated that damage to the home is estimated at less than $50,000.last_img read more

Chinabuilt railway in southern Sri Lanka starts tracklaying

The project, funded by the EXIM Bank of China on a concessional loan, is being constructed by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) in consultation with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.Vice President of CMC Zhao Jun said the railway extension project, which was under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, is a key project closely related to the development of Sri Lanka, since in future the railway will connect many industrial areas in the south of the country. (Courtesy Xinhua) The track-laying commencement of the first phase of the China-built Matara-Kataragama railway extension project has been held in Matara in southern Sri Lanka.The first phase of the project includes constructing a railway service from Matara to Beliatta, in the south of the island country. “Successive governments in the past have tried to implement this project. Due to the assistance of the Chinese government and the Chinese company, this project will soon be a reality,” the minister added.The Matara-Kataragama railway project is the first new railway line constructed in Sri Lanka since the island country gained independence in 1948. Sri Lankan State Minister for State Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said during the ceremony on Friday that the Sri Lankan government was hoping to finish the first phase of the railway project in the coming months, which will benefit the public and tourists. “On behalf of the president and the Sri Lankan government, I would like to thank the Chinese government for this historic event. The extension is a historic development which will hugely benefit the public transport sector as well as the country’s tourism sector,” Abeywardena said. read more

Sri Lankan refugee boat arrivals mount in India UN agency reports

More than 1,000 Sri Lankans have fled to southern India since the beginning of the year, the vast majority by boat, because of the upsurge of violence between Government and rebel Tamil forces in the north and east of the island, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.Yesterday alone, 102 people arrived in India’s Tamil Nadu state, the largest number in a single day since the present outflow began, bringing the total to 1,019. They are being housed in camps run by the government, where 60,000 refugees from previous arrivals in the 20-year conflict are living. “After arriving in India, they told UNHCR they fled because they were scared of the rapidly deteriorating security situation,” Agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. “There are reports that more arrivals are on their way, but although we are monitoring the situation closely we are currently unable to verify this,” she added.Reports have been received that residents leaving Trincomalee district are selling their possessions to pay for the boat trip to India. Some have sought asylum in India before with one family saying they were going to India for the third time, Ms. Pagonis said.The latest outflow is a complete reversal of what had been happening in 2005, when UNHCR helped 1,173 refugees return home by air to Sri Lanka. Since 2002, when the now fraying ceasefire between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was signed, a total of 5,000 refugees have returned to Sri Lanka.Since the beginning of April, when the level of violence sharply increased, some 31,000 people have reportedly been internally displaced in Trincomalee District. UNHCR is now working closely with the Government, UN sister agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners to verify how many have returned home after stabilization in some parts of the district. read more

With Fed looming global shares remain buoyant

With Fed looming, global shares remain buoyant LONDON – Global stock markets rose Tuesday as oil prices gained for a third day and China reported relatively strong industrial output for November. The focus is increasingly turning onto Wednesday’s policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve accompanying the central bank’s anticipated first rate hike of the year.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX advanced 0.6 per cent to 11,261 while France’s CAC-40 was up 0.6 per cent at 4,791. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 per cent, too, to 6,930. Wall Street was poised to push onto further record highs, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.3 per cent.FED WATCH: Investors expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike interest rates when it ends a policy meeting Wednesday. It would be only the second increase in a decade. The Fed has kept rates near zero since the 2008 global crisis but its leaders have indicated the U.S. economy is improving enough to start moving gradually toward normal policy. Low interest rates have helped to boost stock prices but are hurting savers who look for income from bank accounts and bonds.ANALYST TAKE: “The Fed’s projections and dot plot combined with Chair Janet Yellen’s comments in the press conference could be crucial in determining whether the Santa rally makes it to the new year,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA. “Investors haven’t been easily spooked recently but the prospect of three or four rate hikes next year may be enough to do it.”DOLLAR ASCENDANT: With expectations growing that the Fed may outline a series of rate hikes next year, the dollar continues to remain in favour. A day ahead of the decision, the euro fell 0.3 per cent to $1.0610 while the dollar rose 0.3 per cent to 115.28 yen.CHINA: Economic data for November showed relatively strong activity. Growth in industrial production accelerated to 6.2 per cent over a year earlier from October’s 6.1 per cent. Retail sales and investment in real estate and other fixed assets also rose. “Another set of broadly positive data suggest that China is on track to end this year on a strong note,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.ASIA’S DAY: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 per cent to 19,250.52 and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1 per cent to 3,155.04. Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.4 per cent to 2,035.98 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.1 per cent to 22,446.70. India’s Sensex gained 0.7 per cent to 26,700.46.ENERGY: Oil prices rose further in the wake of last week’s decision by non-OPEC producers to cut production alongside the previously announced OPEC reduction. Benchmark U.S. crude was up 55 cents at $53.38 a barrel while Brent, the international standard, rose 57 cents, to $56.26 a barrel. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A man looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Asian stocks were lower Tuesday following Wall Street’s declines while oil prices eased after two days of strong gains. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) read more

UN envoy strongly condemns wave of attacks across Iraq

“I strongly condemn the heinous attacks and the senseless violence that, once again, have claimed dozens of lives,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a news release.According to media reports, a series of attacks in 11 cities on Sunday killed more than 50 people and injured more than 200 others. The attacks reportedly targeted Iraqi security forces, police recruits and markets, and involved both bombs and attacks by gunmen. “My thoughts are with all those who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one today, and I wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded,” Mr. Kobler added in the news release. read more

UN agency chiefs condemn Saudicoalition led air strike that killed dozens in

“This is the second time in two weeks that an air strike by the Saudi-led Coalition has resulted in dozens of civilian casualties,” said Mr. Lowcock, noting that “an additional air strike in Al Durayhimi on Thursday resulted in the death of four children”.Yemen’s conflict has its roots in uprisings that date back to 2011, but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of Yemen’s President.Echoing a recent statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Lowcock, who is the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, called for an impartial, independent and prompt investigation into these most recent incidents. “I am also deeply concerned by the proximity of attacks to humanitarian sites, including health facilities and water and sanitation infrastructure,” he stressed, adding that “the UN and its partners are doing all they can to reach people with assistance”.Similar shock was expressed by UNICEF’s Executive Director who stated that she had hoped that the “outrage that followed the Saada attack” two weeks ago would be “a turning point in the conflict,” and that these latest attacks indicate that it was not.Mr. Lowcok highlighted the need for improved humanitarian access and for conflict-affected civilians to have the ability to voluntarily flee the fighting to access humanitarian assistance too.Both officials called the parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and those with influence over them – the UN Security Council and the international community – to ensure that “everything possible is done to protect civilians”, and to “end this conflict once and for all”.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian operation as three in four Yemenis are in need of aid. In 2018, so far, the UN and its partners have reached more than eight million people with direct life-saving assistance. read more

Bruins bounce back to down Maple Leafs in Game 2

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle scored during a raucous first period as the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron had the other goals for Boston, which flexed its muscle following a lacklustre effort against the speedy Leafs in Thursday’s opener. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots, while Marchand added an assist.Nazem Kadri, who could be facing another suspension after crosschecking Jake DeBrusk in the head late in the third following a three-game ban in last spring’s series against the Bruins, replied for Toronto.Frederik Andersen made 37 saves in defeat. Game 3 of the best-of-seven matchup goes Monday at Scotiabank Arena.The Leafs neutralized Boston’s top line of Marchand, Bergeron and David Pastrnak at 5 on 5 in their 4-1 victory in Game 1, while also using their superior quickness to expose 42-year-old defenceman Zdeno Chara.There would be no repeat on this night.Boston came out of the gate with a purpose, hitting every Toronto player in sight and building a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes inside an electric TD Garden.Andersen made terrific early stops on Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk, but could do nothing on Coyle’s opener.Inserted into the lineup after getting healthy scratched for Game 1, veteran winger David Backes was first to a loose puck behind Toronto’s net after a Nikita Zaitsev turnover before feeding Coyle in front to bury a shot past Andersen at 4:44.The Bruins continued to push the physical side, much to the delight of the boisterous Boston crowd. DeBrusk and Kadri went off for roughing after wrestling on the ice, although the latter did little to warrant a penalty, save for getting punched in the face.DeBrusk then went after Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott near the benches, punching the rookie blue-liner repeatedly in a sequence that didn’t result in a penalty.Boston then went ahead on another Toronto defensive miscue at 16:04 when Muzzin whiffed on the puck with his glove in the neutral zone. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 to Marchand, who delayed before sliding a shot through Andersen’s pads as Boston led 24-12 in shot attempts after one.The Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and again last spring, could do nothing with a power play that stretched between the first and second periods before Andersen made two more big stops on DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman.Muzzin crushed Torey Krug along the boards midway through the period on a hit that sent the wobbly Bruins defenceman to Boston’s locker room.Krug did not return, but the Bruins scored just 11 seconds later when William Nylander inexplicably lost the puck at the side of Toronto’s net, leaving an easy tap-in for Heinen behind a helpless Andersen at 10:39.Andersen – by far the best Leaf – robbed Heinen with an exceptional glove save before Rask made a toe stop on Andreas Johnsson at the other end. Kadri and John Tavares were denied on a Leafs’ power play, and Zach Hyman hit the post as the visitors tried to respond.Kadri was assessed a hooking penalty late in the period, and as he raced to get back in the play, grabbed the puck and took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk. The Leafs centre stayed down, skated off on his own and returned for the third.Andersen continued to do his part, robbing Marchand with his glove at the side of the net early in the final period.Leafs head coach Mike Babcock switched up his top two lines and mixed his defence pairings looking for a spark.Toronto got a power play five minutes into the third, but could do nothing until Kadri broke Rask’s shutout bid on a deflection at 10:44.Kadri, who was suspended three games for boarding in last year’s series, got a five-minute major and game misconduct for crossching DeBrusk in the head after the Bruins winger hit Patrick Marleau into the curved glass at the end of the Bruins’ bench.Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 _ likely without Kadri.Notes: DeBrusk played despite missing Friday’s practice. Marcus Johansson (illness) sat out for Boston. … Rob Gronkowski, who retired from the NFL last month after nine seasons with the New England Patriots, revved the crowd up before the opening faceoff. … Game 4 is set for Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena. read more

Lack of rebounding means losses for Ohio State womens basketball

Redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion (25) looks for an open teammate during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIt is said defense wins games, but for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, rebounding has been the deciding factor on the scoreboard this season.In games that OSU has outrebounded its opponents this season, the team is 11-1. When they are outrebounded, the Buckeyes are 3-13.The Buckeyes (14-14, 4-8) are currently ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, getting outrebounded by an average of 4.9 boards per game. That includes getting beat 57-33 on the boards in their most recent game, a 70-49 loss to No. 25 Michigan State Feb. 15, something coach Kevin McGuff said is unsatisfying.“We did not have the intensity or discipline that we had in the Penn State game,” McGuff said Tuesday, referencing his team’s performance on Feb. 9 when they outrebounded then No. 9 Penn State by a 40-38 margin. “It was disappointing.”During its current four-game losing streak, OSU has been outrebounded 187-144 and each game has been decided by 11 or more points.The deficiency in rebounding seems to fall largely on senior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, who played reduced minutes in the loss to Michigan State because of the emergence of redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair. McGuff said Blair played more simply because she gave more effort.“She (Blair) seemed to be playing harder than the other ones,” McGuff said. “Whoever is playing the hardest is who I am going to play.”The rebounding effort is something everyone needs to improve on in order to be successful, redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion said. Scullion is fifth on the team in total rebounds with 110.“That is definitely an area where I have to step up my game,” Scullion said Tuesday. “But rebounding is honestly a team effort so it has to be everyone.”When the Buckeyes have had success rebounding this season, it has typically come against smaller opponents. Their upcoming opponent No. 17 Nebraska (19-5, 9-3), lists their tallest player as 6-foot-5-inch freshman forward Allie Havers. In comparison, Blair is OSU’s tallest player at 6 feet 6 inches tall.The upcoming tilt against the Cornhuskers is a game junior guard Raven Ferguson said the Buckeyes need to win.“We have not beat them since they came into the Big Ten (in 2010),” Ferguson said Tuesday. “This is one of those games that you really want (to win).”Ferguson, who is the second on the team in scoring and third in rebounds, said despite their current losing streak, the feeling in the locker room is still upbeat.“We are still a confident team,” Ferguson said. “I still think we feel like we can win and we can beat anybody. We have seen spurts of that in past games.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to try to rebound their way out of their four-game skid against Nebraska Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Kobe Bryant Says He Feels Good About His Recovery

Kobe Bryant has returned to the Lakers after traveling to Germany last week for routine medical treatment on his knee.Bryant received a standing ovation as he walked on to the floor in sweats during Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Lakers preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. The all-star, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last NBA season, spoke about the progress of his injuries in a television interview.“It’s going well,” Bryant said. “I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.”There is no firm return date for Bryant’s return, but he has been making light jogging runs and set shooting in the Laker’s training camp practice.“Just keep grinding. Keep working hard and getting better,” Bryant said. “I gotta get in shape, too. I’ve been sitting on my butt now for a while. I gotta get up and get moving.” read more

Young woman dies after being hit by falling bricks in east London

first_imgA man was also treated at the scene for shock.A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “Inspectors have attended the site and are making ongoing inquiries in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to investigate the circumstances of the incident.”As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further at this time.” Photo shows bricks scattered across the pavement where they fell from a crane Photo shows bricks scattered across the pavement where they fell from a craneCredit:Phil Harris “Our thoughts are with Matthew and his family at this time. Any donations to assist them would be gratefully received.”Within a matter of hours more than £3,000 of a £20,000 target had been reached.Officers from the Met Police attended the scene at 9.38am on Tuesday, where bystanders were helping the woman who had been spotted lying in a pile of rubble and broken wood.center_img 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. A woman has died after being hit by a pallet of bricks that fell from a building site crane.The 29-year-old, named locally as Michaela Boor, died in hospital on Thursday as a result of her injuries after she was hit by debris after bricks fell from a building site crane in Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, on Tuesday morning.A fund set up to raise money for the family of the young mother has received thousands in donations.Claire Thomas, from Matrix Construction where Michaela’s dad Matthew Boor works, set up the JustGiving page to help the family.Writing on the page, she said: “One of our employees Matthew Boor was called away from work yesterday, following the tragic accident at Mile End – His work colleagues have asked us to start this page to help him and his family at this difficult time.last_img read more

Examiners left horrified by flaws in English GCSE marking

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. A GCSE English examiner has warned that marking guidance is so poor that students face being given the wrong grades in the subject.They claimed that fellow examiners for the exam board AQA were left “shocked” and “horrified” by the scripts chosen as guides for marking.In a series of now deleted messages on Twitter, the anonymous examiner alleged that “the standardisation scripts are all over the place” for this year’s English language GCSE.AQA cautioned that these were “personal opinions” adding that they do not “reflect the overall picture”.But the examiner’s claims will add to students’ fears that they will be left disappointed with their results in August. The whistle-blowing examiner said that there was “no debate at pre-standardisation among the senior examiners”.They added: “That means that the meeting where the standard is evaluated and agreed was a farce. We had examiners horrified at the standard.”Problems in the standards were flagged by the number of markers failing to spot elements supposed to ensure consistent standards.In one, the pupil was given 14 out of 40 when the “correct” score should have been 21, and in another a pupil was awarded 26 marks when a more senior examiner deemed the “correct” mark to be 40.They told the Times Education Supplement magazine that some examiners were so unhappy with this year’s standardisation materials they used those for 2018 instead.Claire Thomson, AQA’s director of operations, said: “These personal opinions, which the user has now deleted, don’t reflect the overall picture.“Getting students the results they deserve is our top priority and we have very effective quality assurance measures in place to make sure examiners mark to a high standard.”Ofqual, the exams watchdog, uses a system called “comparable outcomes” to ensure that roughly the same proportion of pupils get similar grades each year, and those who are the first to take the new, reformed courses are not at a disadvantage compared to other cohorts. This summer is the second year that students are taking revamped GCSEs in a raft of subjects, and the third year of the new English literature, English language and maths exams.The new courses were part of a package of reforms by Michael Gove, the former education secretary, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.Last month, the head of exams watchdog warned schools to be braced for “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll. read more