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Federal justice minister wants legal alcohol limit for drivers lowered

first_imgFederal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart.In the correspondence sent to Stephanie Vallee on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams.The federal minister said the change would “make it easier to fight the danger posed by drivers who have consumed alcohol.”She said the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his or her system.“More recent research indicates the initial data underestimated that risk,” she wrote.Wilson-Raybould said the risk is twice as high at 50 milligrams and close to three times as high for 80 milligrams, “and the risk increases exponentially after that.”The minister said in her letter to Vallee she was eager to hear her colleague’s thoughts on the proposed legislative change.Neither Wilson-Raybould nor Vallee was available for interviews Tuesday.last_img read more

Distraught Innu leader issues poignant plea for troubled youth after sons death

first_imgThe Canadian PressST. JOHN’S, N.L. — One of Labrador’s most outspoken Indigenous leaders buried his 16-year-old son last week.Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation, says his boy, Thunderheart, took his own life May 24 after two years of treatment for solvent abuse – much of which took place far from his home in Natuashish.“He was in the system and he took his life,” Tshakapesh said in an interview Wednesday. “He was damaged physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. He wasn’t the same. He couldn’t recover.”Despite his deep sorrow and anger, Tshakapesh is now calling on the federal and provincial governments to dramatically alter the way they treat Indigenous youth with substance abuse problems.In particular, the deputy chief says he wants funding for a multicultural youth treatment centre to be built in central Labrador.Earlier in the day, he released an open letter that includes an intensely raw account of how the Innu of Labrador have suffered over the years. The poignant missive also makes it clear that Tshakapesh believes the province’s Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development failed his son.“The question for me now is, how did the system fail him so badly and what can be done to change this situation?” Tshakapesh asks in the letter, which offers a solution.He said he wants to see the provincial and federal governments invest in an Innu-led project that would put an end to the removal of children and youth from their communities.While the removal process may keep vulnerable youth safe and sober, it also destroys connections to their family, language, and community, Tshakapesh said.“Improving a child’s present while not actually preparing them to return to the world from which they were taken can have very tragic consequence,” the letter said. “Their reintegration into family and community is extremely difficult, if not impossible under these circumstances.”Speaking from St. John’s, N.L., Tshakapesh said his son spent a great deal of time over the past two years at treatment centres in Regina and Grand Falls-Windsor, in Newfoundland, where he was prescribed anti-depressant pills. He said two of his nephews followed a similar path. Both took their own lives in the past two years.“It’s time that we not allow our youth to be sent out of province … and it’s time the federal government and the provincial government provide … care within our own territory,” he said in the interview.Tshakapesh says future treatment programs must focus on helping children and youth learn how to survive off the land in the wilder corners of Labrador, a process that would revive the proud history of the Innu as nomadic hunters.Tshakapesh says there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the Innu in general gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment when they are out on the land, doing what their ancestors did for thousands of years.“I have been told that in town the Innu appear downcast and morose,” he said. But when his people are on the land, “they come alive.”“I believe that this is because for millennia the land itself was our home and it became part of who we are. To an Innu, all of Labrador is their living room.”To explain why hunting, trapping and living in the bush is so important to the Innu, Tshakapesh opens his letter with a brief description of how his ancestors continued to hunt in Labrador’s interior in the winter and fish on the coast in the summer until the 1960s when the first permanent villages were settled.The Innu leader said the radical change in lifestyle led to a growing dependence on social assistance, and he argues that families were harmed by sending their children away to school, where their native language was lost.Tshakapesh also mentions the island village of Davis Inlet, which was thrust into the international spotlight in 1993 when video recordings of suicidal, gas-sniffing kids exposed a level of desperation and squalor that few Canadians knew existed in their own country.He would later become chief of the village, and in 2001 he was behind an emergency plan that saw 35 Innu youth sent to St. John’s, Newfoundland for addictions treatment.“It was a big mistake, but our hands were tied at that time,” he said. “We had no resources. We had no facilities.”In 2002, the federal government relocated the residents of Davis Inlet to new homes in nearby Natuashish, but Tshakapesh said alcohol continues to flow in the officially “dry” community. He also described a range of street drugs from pot to cocaine.Last month, Tshakapesh went public about the return of gas sniffing, with kids as young as 11 inhaling the noxious fumes to get high, after two boys were injured in a fire.In a statement Wednesday, Health Canada said it was “deeply concerned” about recent suicides and solvent misuse in Natuashish, and has offered help.“Health Canada has also been actively collaborating in partnership with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the community on an action plan to provide immediate assessment and addiction treatment services to those in need. Health Canada will facilitate transportation as individuals are identified,” said spokesman Eric Morrissette.Sherry Gambin-Walsh, the minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development for Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a statement Wednesday governments are undertaking multiple programs to help Innu communities.“The health and well-being of children and youth depends upon a safe, secure and nurturing environment at home and in the community, which is best achieved by the cooperation of all parties. We are committed to continuing our efforts to collectively find solutions to these complex and critically important issues,” said read more

Australian Model Turns Down Cristiano Ronaldo

Rabat – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo allegedly made repeated requests to meet an Australian model despite the latter telling him that she had a boyfriend. The model, identified as Aline Lima from Melbourne, claimed the three-time Ballon D’Or winner asked her to send him pictures of herself at the gym and that he did not mind that she had a boyfriend.The conversation started off innocently when the model messaged the Madrid ace on Instagram to ask if he had received a letter from her man, Alex, a big Real Madrid fan. However, Ronaldo did not seem to be interested in meeting her boyfriend. During the conversation, the former Manchester United man asked for the model’s number and offered her tickets to see him play against Manchester City during the international Champions Cup last month.The model refused his requests but Ronaldo kept on trying, saying: ‘No one knows, baby. Quiet.’ Ronaldo was seemingly surprised to the fact that, despite his fame and riches, he was rejected by the brunette beauty, texting back: ‘Seriously?’Lima asked the superstar again if he would agree to meet her boyfriend but Ronaldo was more interested in meeting her alone.‘Yes, beautiful. But it is difficult. I do not want to know man. I want to meet you,’ he replied via messaging service WhatsApp.”Ronaldo broke up with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk earlier this year when the Russian supermodel made allegations that he had cheated on her multiple times.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Honouring our youngest heroes

Honouring our youngest heroes by News Staff Posted Dec 13, 2013 6:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A few young people were praised instead of criticized during the annual Husky Heroes award presentation on Friday.Fourteen children were recognized for their proper use of 9-1-1 services and for their significant help to a victim or first responders at the scene of an emergency.EMS’ Stuart Brideaux tells 660News, they really want to validate and recognize the work the young folks have done.“We encourage everyone to learn about phoning 911 when they can, teaching their children the appropriate use of 911, for all emergencies. When children have taken that extra step and actually made the difference in an emergency, we want to congratulate them and give them an opportunity to be an example for other children their age of what they can also do in an emergency,” he said.In the last five years, the Husky Heroes program has recognized nearly 40 young people, aged three through 12, who made the difference during an emergency. read more

Healthy ecosystems can help avoid food insecurity in Africa UNbacked conference

The conference, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, Governments and partners, explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.Nearly 800 participants from more than 50 countries attended the conference in the capital city of Nairobi, agreeing that ecosystem-based adaptation provides flexible, cost effective, and broadly applicable alternatives for building robust food systems on less inputs and reducing the impacts of climate change.In Uganda, for example, promotion of agro-forestry and conservation agriculture resulted in more-fertile soils and increased yields. Reducing the time and cost involved in preparing land for farming, gave local farmers more time to diversify their crops, rear livestock and increase the income and food security of 75,000 people.Estimates suggest that food production may have to double by 2050 to meet the demands of changing diets and the projected nine billion citizens, UNEP noted. According to FAO, Africa has 239 million undernourished people, representing nearly a quarter of the entire population. Global food prices are expected to rise by 30 per cent for rice and possibly double for maize by 2050, according to figures cited at the conference, particularly due to projected climate change temperature rises during that time period. This would be particularly worrying for Sub-Saharan Africa, participants noted, since about 60 per cent of the workforce farms, contributing an average of 30 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDPs) in those countries. read more

Brock research responds to genderbased violence

Jazz Kamal hoped to become an elite-level martial arts athlete, until the inappropriate behaviours of one of her coaches stopped her from pursuing her dream.Now a coach for trauma-informed, non-contact boxing program Shape Your Life, Kamal strives to inspire women to conquer their fears by changing the way they think about their bodies.“As a coach, I set the tone for participants,” she says. “I respect that women all have different bodies, abilities and experiences, but I also teach them our bodies are not cages that confine us or hold us back. Instead, they can be a source of freedom.”The Shape Your Life program uses a trauma-informed approach that accounts for the lasting effects of violence in the lives of its participants. Coaches are aware of the impact trauma has and are able to interact with program participants in an appropriate manner while being sensitive to the experiences they’ve had.“Trauma is held in people’s bodies. Healing from violence involves knowing and feeling that you are in charge of your own body,” says Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Shape Your Life program co-founder Cathy van Ingen. “This means our coaches primary responsibility is to make our participants feel safe in the gym and have an understanding of the kinds of experiences the women are bringing with them.”The program is founded on the idea that non-contact boxing can be used to connect with survivors of violence outside of the typical therapeutic approaches that don’t engage the bodies of women and trans people.“Coaches are not asked to be social workers,” van Ingen explains. “They do need to be participant-centred and foster safety, respect and empowerment.”One way Kamal works to create a safe space is by seeing boxing through the participant’s eyes.“When I first started doing this work, I needed to decide how I was going to present myself to our participants. I thought about the powerful women that lift me up and decided by taking pride in myself, I could be inspiring and help others to conquer their fears,” she says.Each program cycle is 14 weeks. In that time, Kamal says she tries to connect the participants to the feeling of strength, not the appearance of perceived strength.  “I tell the women this is your space to explore your power and express your rage. If you can’t do a push up, that’s OK, at least you tried,” she says. “It’s my job to show you options on how you can move your body correctly for optimal use, then you can be creative with that knowledge.”Shape Your Life has grown immensely since its inception 11 years ago, with more than 1,600 women having participated, van Ingen says.“Along with Associate Professor of Kinesiology Kimberley Gammage and thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada over three years, we’ve been studying the outcomes of the program by exploring the effects of trauma and pathways to recovery,” she says.Another addition to Shape Your Life is Head Coach and four-time amateur national boxing champion Melinda Watpool.“Having been a boxer for more than 10 years, I like to teach the technical aspects so that participants can see how they can benefit from correct blocks, stances and how to hold your hands when punching a bag,” Watpool says. “At Shape Your Life, I’m really focused on safety, structure and fun because this program is about building confidence, learning a new skill and talking about how to make improvements in other aspects of life.”Both Watpool and Kamal agree that while it is rewarding to see their participants make progress over 14 weeks, unfortunately, there is an endless need for this program.“Until I hear there have been zero acts of violence against women this year, I’m going to keep coming back,” says Kamal. read more

Muslims donate 10 tonnes of food in charity drive for homeless at

first_imgShaykh Abdul Qayum, Chief Imam of the East London Mosque, added: “Muslims are inspired by their faith towards helping others in need. It is a religious duty for Muslims to try to help others, irrespective of a person’s faith or background. This compassion is truly reflective of what Islam stands for.“In the cold winter months when we have the luxury of a home and hot food, it’s easy to forget about others that are in dire need around us. So it is in that spirit we take part in this big food drive.”Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said: “Every year, Crisis opens its doors to thousands of homeless people, offering a safe, warm welcome with food and companionship, as well as access to vital services and year-round opportunities.”one of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors, and we’d like to thank Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque for their kind support. This food will help us provide a lifeline for homeless people this Christmas and bring them one step closer to escaping homelessness for good.” Volunteers with some of the donated food Pupils of the London East Academy were among those who helped with the food driveCredit:Muslim Aid/Ben Stevens Muslims in London have donated 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless.The charity drive, organised by Muslim Aid and the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, saw hundreds of congregants arrive to Friday prayers bringing food donationsThe food will be given to homeless charity Crisis, with more than 90 per cent going to  non-Muslims,Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque said: “It was heart-warming to see so many people bringing food to the Mosque and a good sign of our common humanity. We need to build on this and make sure that we support those less fortunate all year round.” 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.center_img Volunteers (l-r)Askor Ali, Head Teacher of the London East Academy school, Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid, Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque and Muslim Aid volunteer Fatema Mawji (l-r)Askor Ali, Head Teacher of the London East Academy school, Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid, Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque and Muslim Aid volunteer Fatema MawjiCredit:Muslim Aid/Ben Stevens The Reverend Bernadette Hegarty of St Pauls, Bow Common Church, said: “Giving is an important part of both the Christian and Islam faith and it is important for us to be working together to do what we can to support our brothers and sisters.”Jehangir Malik, Chief Executive of Muslim Aid, said: “With austerity cuts and the housing crisis, more and more people are ending up on the streets – destitute.”We, as a Muslim charity, want to do everything we can to help the most vulnerable people in this country this Christmas, regardless of faith or background.“Helping those in need is one of the five pillars of Islam and as temperatures plummet we need to do everything we can to protect those most at risk.”last_img read more

No evidence that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare

first_imgTHERE IS NO evidence that a disproportionately high number of migrants are in receipt of social welfare payments, a new report has found.Published by the ESRI, ‘Migrant Access to Social Security and Healthcare: Policies and Practice in Ireland’ studied how many migrants are in receipt of payments compared to their representation in the workforce.Compared with a 15.4% share of the labour force, 14.7% of contributory Jobseekers Benefit receipts are non-Irish nationals.Tipping slightly the opposite direction, these migrants make up 17.5% of the means-tested Jobseekers Allowance recipients.“This report provides a new analysis which shows that, despite concerns expressed in several quarters, there is no consistent pattern of overrepresentation of migrants among social welfare recipients in Ireland,” report author Emma Quinn said.However, she noted that interpreting the number who have access to payments can be difficult.The report suggested that the low number (1.9%, compared to a 13.4% share of the population aged 15 and over) of non-nationals in receipt of the state pension but a high number (20.7%) in receipt of Child Benefit could be due to a young age profile of the population.A number of issues regarding the Habitual Residence Condition, a test to see whether the applicant’s ‘centre of interest’ is in Ireland, are highlighted in the report.“Implementation of the policy is challenging, in part because it is still evolving,” Quinn said.Recent improvements in the availability of supporting guidelines and training must be built upon to help ensure that policy aims are consistently achieved.The report also found “EU15-28 are over-represented among both Jobseekers Allowance and Jobseekers Benefit recipients (9.7% and 8.7% respectively), relative to their proportion in the labour force (7.0%)”.“Non-EU nationals are under-represented among recipients of both Jobseeker payments (3.1% of Jobseekers Allowance and 1.6% of Jobseekers Benefit recipients), compared to 4.1% in the labour force.”On a seasonally adjusted basis the number of people on the Live Register dropped by 4,400 in June to 386,200 – down from 36,200 the previous month.This marks the 24th consecutive month of decreases and 36,544 less people signing on since June 2013, when the figure stood at 435,357.In unadjusted terms terms there were 398,813 signing on.Read: Here’s what the social welfare budget paid for last year >More: Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month >last_img read more

Stranger Things 2 Soundtrack Gets Exclusive Colored Vinyl Release

first_imgSo catch up on the latest season if you haven’t already, and get ready to pick up your version of the soundtrack in your favorite color this December.Eminem Drops New Single “Walk On Water” Read more Get Your “Stranger Things 2” Soundtrack In Color stranger-things-2-soundtrack-gets-exclusive-colored-vinyl-release “Stranger Things 2” Soundtrack Gets Exclusive Colored Vinyl Release Facebook News Listen to all your favorite tracks from Netflix’s hit series with these exclusive vinyl designsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 2:11 pm Have you caught up on Netflix’s “Stranger Things 2” yet? If not, what are you waiting for?Lucky for fans and vinyl collectors alike, the soundtrack to the second season of the popular show will be available Dec. 22 via Lakeshore Records, but  it won’t just be any run-of-the-mill release. This vinyl version of the album, featuring music composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, will be available in North America in shades of “Upside Down Inter-dimensional Blue Vinyl.” Twitter As if that isn’t enough, starting Jan. 12, 2018, Invada Records will release three vinyl versions available for the rest of the world. These versions include a standard black vinyl release, “Crystal Clear Vinyl” in blue with white spatter and, via exclusive mail order, “Purple Crystal Vinyl” with white splatter. Email last_img read more

Worst of Bering Sea Storm Over for Aleutian Island Residents

first_imgBering SeaNovember 8, 2014A potent low-pressure system is quickly losing power over the Bering Sea. From the western Aleutian Islands to the Pribilofs, National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines says “everybody has seen the worst of it.” “Originally, all indications were that this low was going to progress a little bit further into the Bering Sea before it slowed down,” Baines says.That would have made for rougher seas and higher winds near Adak and Atka. Instead, the storm stalled out in the southwest Bering Sea. And the biggest winds and waves struck in an area where few people were actually around to see them — the far western Aleutian Islands.The top gust was clocked at 96 miles per hour on Shemya Friday morning. It’s not clear how big the waves got, since the National Weather Service’s weather buoy wasn’t transmitting full data reports.So far, no major damage has been reported along the Aleutians or Pribilofs as a result of the storm. The Coast Guard has been monitoring the region, but Petty Officer Diana Honings says there had been no emergencies as of Saturday afternoon.Justin Patterson helps run the CarQuest auto supply store and repair shop in Unalaska. Before rough weather hit on Friday, he walked around the property tying down loose parts. Patterson has only lived in Unalaska for three months. He says he also prepared to face the storm on a personal level.“I figured it would be like some sort of life-altering experience,” says Patterson. “I mean, I was praying.” Unalaska didn’t see hurricane-force winds Friday night. The top gusts were only about 35 miles per hour.And while there weren’t any reports of damage, police sergeant Jennifer Shockley says there was a potential assault at Unalaska’s sports bar. “When we have bad storms and people are trapped here in port for a while, we do sometimes get a lot of drunken activity that results in a lot of criminal charges,” Shockley says. “But it’s been relatively quiet.”Several crab fishing vessels pulled into Unalaska to dodge rough seas. But they may not have reason to stay much longer.“As this storm continues eastward, it will continue to weaken,” says Baines, the meteorologist. “The winds will pick back up again in Adak and even in Unalaska, but it will be very typical wintertime winds.”Unalaska can expect to see winds around 30 miles per hour into next week. Those gusts may be slightly higher in Adak. By Wednesday, Baines says the storm will likely dissipate. But it will have an impact in the Lower 48 for another week or so.That’s because the low pressure system created a ridge in the weather scale pattern, which will send cold air spilling out of Canada into the contiguous United States. Temperatures will be below average for there the next week, Baines says, and warmer than usual in Alaska.Saturday afternoon in UnalaskaNovember 8, 2014last_img read more

Houston Still Has Challenges To End Veterans Homelessness

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:58 Al OrtizThe Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center recently held its annual Stand Down event, which provides information about services for veterans, including housing programs for those who are homeless.Houston’s veterans face different challenges when they transition from military to civilian life and that can make their access to housing difficult despite the city’s progress on homelessness.Former Mayor Annise Parker said in June of last year that Houston had effectively ended veterans’ homelessness, but that is not necessarily the case.According to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County, more than 1,200 homeless veterans have been placed into some type of housing since the day Parker made that statement. But Carl Salazar, director of Houston’s Veterans Affairs Office, says there are always people coming in or falling between the cracks.Salazar says Harris County has the second largest veteran population in the United States, just behind Los Angeles County, with approximately 250,000 veterans.Some of them are in Houston because it is their hometown, but others come because they hear it is an affordable city that also offers many job opportunities.That means Houston regularly receives an influx of veterans and some of them don’t have a place to stay.In some cases the mere process of applying for housing becomes a challenge.That is happening to Calvin Mansell, a 60 year old homeless veteran who is living on the streets, north of downtown Houston.He says he applied for housing about a month ago and hasn’t heard back yet.Mansell also notes the difficulty of the application process. “Sometimes we as homeless people don’t have the access to communications as far as cell phones, computers, applying online, all these type of situations where some of us don’t really know about these types of things,” he said.Mansell says he has two grown daughters, but he doesn’t want to become a burden for them and so he prefers to stay homeless until he finally gets the housing he has applied for.Kim Lanier, who works with the group Life Touch Community Ministries, which helps provide housing services for the homeless population, explains that the eligibility criteria for housing are strict.“You have the population who may have gotten a voucher to (an) apartment or housing,” says Lanier “but their substance abuse was not addressed, so if you don’t get them through the program to address their issues and then reward them with a voucher, then they’re going to lose it because you haven’t changed behavior.”Salazar says although the system isn’t perfect, there are more beds for veterans than there were before. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

How Violence against Black Women Impacts their Overall Health

first_imgWhen physicians diagnosed Beverly Ward with a host of chronic illnesses, including acid reflux, chronic pain, and anxiety, they were unaware that physical violence served as the common underlying cause.  A domestic violence survivor, who left her husband after nearly 12 years of marriage, Ward said that while her bruises healed or have since faded, the conditions she developed as a result of her abuse continue to compromise her health.Ward is among the 1.3 million women who experience sexual, domestic, or intimate partner violence each year and whose abuse triggers seemingly unrelated health conditions.  A recent Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital study found significant links between domestic violence and many chronic health conditions, including stress-related physical consequences like asthma, memory damage, arthritis, and other diseases that can last as many as 20 years after the abuse has ended.Eight years after leaving her husband, Ward, continues to battle anxiety attacks and gastrointestinal concerns. “There was a certain degree of embarrassment I had to get over in even admitting I was being hit or choked, so I hid those aspects of my condition when I went to my doctor. Those feelings of fight or flight never really ended for me though. I will most likely experience this type of fear and pain the rest of my life,” said Ward, whose primary care physician happened to be on call one night when she was admitted with abuse-related injuries. In cross-referencing her chronic conditions with physical trauma, Ward’s physician was able to provide her necessary care.“A woman in a violent relationship is often on high alert: She may be frightened about being killed or worried about her kids; if she tries to get away, she may be stalked. All that stress is really toxic. There’s no organ that’s immune. Your whole body is at risk,” said Michele Black, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Black’s 2011 report on domestic violence-related illness found that victims of intimate partner and sexual violence make more visits to health providers over their lifetime, have more hospital stays, have longer duration of hospital stays, and are at risk of a wide range of physical, mental, reproductive, and other health consequences over their lifetime than non-victims.  Additionally, sustained exposure to violence has been linked with central nervous system problems, including back pain, headaches, and seizures.“The health care system’s response must be strengthened and better coordinated for sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence survivors to help navigate the health care system and access needed services and resources in the short and long term,” Black said.Suggestions for more succinctly linking domestic and intimate partner violence to chronic conditions years after abuse include providing more physicians and other health care professionals with training on forensic and patient care issues related to sexual violence.“One strategy to improve access is co-located, multi-disciplinary service centers that include mental health, legal, economic, housing and other related services for survivors. It is also important that services are specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide range of different populations such as teens, older adults, men, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people,” Black said.Meeting the needs of African-American women impacted by violence, according to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, may be hindered by cultural idioms that deter reporting victimization. Despite making up 29 percent of all victimized women and DV / IPV being among the leading causes of death for Black women ages 15 to 35, Black women are less likely than others to file complaints.Mental health social worker, Feminista Jones, ties the unwillingness to report abuse among African-American women to a culture of race loyalty. “A strong sense of cultural affinity and loyalty to community and race renders many of us silent, so our stories often go untold. One of the biggest related impediments is our hesitation in trusting the police or the justice system,” Jones wrote in a recent {Times} magazine article.  “As Black people, we don’t always feel comfortable surrendering ‘our own’ to the treatment of a racially-biased police state and as women, we don’t always feel safe calling police officers who may harm us instead of helping us.”Gail Reid, director of Advocacy at Turnaround, said that while there is no definitive cause and effect between growing up in abusive households and developing violent tendencies towards others, that violence against women impacts more than those immediately involved.“There is a high correlation between childhood abuse [sexual, physical or exposure to violence in the home] and ending up in abusive relationships as victims or perpetrators. It is important for people to understand that interpersonal violence and victimization is traumatic and survivors suffer from longer term impact of trauma and can impact in many others,” Reid said.The Maryland-based Turnaround, provides trauma therapy, victim advocacy, and community education and training among its services, promoting a platform to address the long-term health needs of those impacted by violence.  Retooling communities to hold victimizers accountable and support survivors, Reid said, is critical to the improved overall health of Black women affected by violence.“The culture of the community has to shift to where the victims stop being blamed for the conditions they develop and instead are offered support. We have to also teach that hitting people you care about is wrong and that is about changing the culture of the community,” Reid said.Peter Sherman, director of Residency Programs in Social Pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center said that primary care and family physicians are in an ideal position to diagnose victims of IPV and provide the victims and their families with the appropriate care that is needed. However, an urgent need remained in integrating information on IPV into medical and health care guidebooks. “If this were an infectious disease, we would have a treatment center in every neighborhood. There is a huge disconnect between the prevalence of domestic violence and what is done in the health system,” Sherman said.last_img read more

Twoheaded porpoise pulled from the ocean in the North Sea

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Reports of conjoined twins in cetaceans (a family that includes whales, porpoises and dolphins) are rare, quite naturally because they occur in the open sea—it is also likely that most would die shortly after birth, like the specimen found by the fishermen. In this case, it appears the porpoise was born without the ability to swim.The fishermen knew the porpoise was a rare find, but because they were subject to rules preventing them from keeping caught mammals, they were compelled to throw it back into the sea—but not before taking multiple photographs, which they sent to the team at Deinsea.In studying the photographs taken by the fishermen, the researchers found signs that it had been born very recently—the dorsal fins were limp and the umbilical opening was still open—also, the tail had not stiffened, which meant it could not swim. Additionally, both of the heads still had rostrum hair, which disappears in healthy porpoises shortly after birth. The research team reports also that the porpoise was male, and that it had two heads that were fully formed. It also had individual pectoral fins, but just one body. They suggest it is likely the porpoise was symmetrically conjoined, which happens when two embryos fuse into one. In other cases, a single embryo does not split, preventing the development of separate twins.Though there have been nine previous cases of known conjoined sightings in cetaceans, this is the first for a porpoise. Researchers believe that twins, conjoined or otherwise, are rare in porpoises because porpoise calves in utero are too large. The development of conjoined twins would normally kill the mother, though it is not known if that was the case for the one found in the North Sea. Explore further © 2017 More information: … 7_1-5_2017_06_07.pdfcenter_img Citation: Two-headed porpoise pulled from the ocean in the North Sea (2017, June 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Mexico to put endangered vaquita porpoises in refuge A newly born two-headed porpoise has been documented by a group of Dutch fishermen and studied by a team of researchers from several institutions in the Netherlands. In their paper published in Deinsea—Online Journal of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, the researchers report how the fishermen caught the porpoise, photographed it and then threw it back into the ocean.last_img read more

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