Première célébration des apprenants adultes à Wolfville

first_img La première célébration provinciale à l’intention des apprenants adultes aura lieu à Wolfville le samedi 19 juin. Cent dix personnes représenteront plus de 1 500 personnes qui ont mis à jour leurs compétences en mathématiques et en alphabétisation par le truchement d’organismes d’alphabétisation communautaires dans le cadre de l’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. C’est l’Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organizations qui organise l’activité, qui sera suivie du Literacy Mile, une marche pour sensibiliser les gens aux programmes d’alphabétisation des adultes et pour soutenir ces programmes. Les apprenants adultes sont un groupe important visé par le développement de la main-d’œuvre en Nouvelle-Écosse. Avec les niveaux I, II et III du programme de formation des adultes, ces derniers sont mieux en mesure de répondre aux besoins de leur famille, de leur localité et de la population active. « Chacun de ces apprenants adultes a fait des sacrifices personnels pour en arriver aux résultats que nous voyons aujourd’hui, de dire Marilyn More, ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. Il leur a fallu beaucoup de persévérance et de détermination. Je suis fière que le gouvernement améliore la vie des Néo-Écossais en soutenant ces personnes dans leurs efforts pour améliorer leur propre vie, celle de leur famille et celle de leur collectivité en poursuivant leur cheminement d’apprentissage. » L’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse est une initiative du ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre qui appuie les Néo-Écossais dans leurs efforts pour améliorer leurs compétences, leurs connaissances et leurs titres de compétences afin de réussir à la maison, dans la collectivité et au sein de la population active. La province a investi 2,8 millions de dollars dans les organismes d’alphabétisation communautaires par le truchement de l’École de formation des adultes. Les programmes sont offerts gratuitement à plus de 140 endroits dans la province, en partenariat avec le collège communautaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse (NSCC), les conseils scolaires régionaux, l’Université Sainte-Anne et les organismes communautaires d’apprentissage. « La plus grande surprise pour moi en venant ici, c’est que j’ai gagné. Je suis arrivé à mon but, de dire Paul Robson, apprenant adulte. Je ne me serais jamais rendu aussi loin si je n’avais pas suivi des cours à l’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. J’ai pu suivre la formation en entretien des freins à air comprimé et obtenir ma licence. En fait, je garde tous les jours ma licence dans ma poche pour me rappeler ce que j’ai accompli. » La reconnaissance des défis et des réalisations des apprenants sera le point de mire d’une campagne provinciale de recrutement qui sera lancée lors de la célébration. « La célébration est une occasion de mettre l’accent sur le travail acharné et l’engagement de ces apprenants adultes dans le but d’améliorer leur vie », de dire Peter Gillis, organisateur de la célébration et directeur général de la Valley Community Learning Association. TRAVAIL/DÉVELOPPEMENT DE LA MAIN-D’ŒUVRE – Première célébration des apprenants adultes à Wolfvillelast_img read more

Hobo with a Shotgun Canadian Premiere

first_imgA film described as “Gore Gone Wild”, “outside the horror toolbox”, and “double-barreled mayhem” is coming home for its Canadian premiere. The Halifax feature film that has been shocking film festival audiences is opening in theatres across Canada this weekend. To celebrate the film’s success and bring together cast, crew, families, and production partners, Hobo With A Shotgun will have its Canadian premiere on Wednesday, March 23, at an invitation-only event in Halifax. The gory film started its life as a trailer submitted to the Grindhouse Trailer contest put on by the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Following the success of the trailer, it grew into a full-length feature film that is placed alongside Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Receiving rave reviews following the film’s premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January, Hobo headed back to SXSW to show fans how their support has initiated the transformation into a feature film. SXSW is an annual music, film, and interactive festival in Austin, Texas that allows independent movie producers to establish new connections and meet people from the film industry. “Four years ago we brought our little no budget trailer to SXSW and had one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. This time we went back to showcase a film that wouldn’t exist without the support we received from our fans and local partners, said the film’s director, Jason Eisener.”Specifically, we would like to thank Film Nova Scotia, which has been a strong supporter from the beginning.” “Seeing the success the Hobo with a Shotgun team has received really shows the strength of the production industry here in Nova Scotia,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “As an industry, we have the crews, talent, and infrastructure to produce great films and we consider their success a win for the Nova Scotia film industry.” The premiere is sponsored by Film Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada, Alliance Films, Yer Dead Productions, Rhombus Media, Whizbang Films, The Coast, and Q104 Radio. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister for Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 people and contributes $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

Justin Long Joins DoSomethingorgs Personal Finance Campaign‏

first_imgThe No. 1 fear of young people? Paying for college. According to a poll by Young Money, more than three in four students feel they don’t know enough about personal finance.Video: Play Would You Rather w/ JUSTIN LONG (plus BLOOPERS)That’s why and H&R Block Dollars & Sense are joining forces for the second year to help by giving teens personal finance tips through a hilarious campaign called “Would You Rather.”“Would You Rather” uses an interactive SMS text message experience that asks teens to choose between multiple penny-pinching situations. Since, on average, teens send more than 3,300 texts a month and text messages have a 99 percent open rate, it’s an effective medium to reach young people.Beginning January 28, teens can challenge their friends to the experience and engage in a conversation around crazy ways to save money. For example, participants will be asked, “Would you rather A) take a date to the drive thru; or B) pick your date up on your Razor scooter?” The experience is followed by action steps and tips to get teens thinking about and saving for their financial future.To help raise awareness of the issue and encourage young people to participate in the campaign, actor Justin Long recorded a public service announcement.“I love this campaign because the situations are hilarious and it makes me want to learn how to save some cash,” said Justin Long. “My favorite scenario: What would you rather do to save money? Only buy used underwear from a thrift shop or never wear underwear? Guess which one I picked…”Together, and H&R Block are making an “adult” topic more accessible for young people.“Would You Rather’ provides a fun way for teens to interact with friends and think about the realities of their financial future at a young age,” said Kathy Collins, chief marketing officer at H&R Block. “We’re taking two topics many of us would rather avoid thinking about – saving and financial fitness – and making them relatable.”To participate in the campaign, teens can text “START” to 38383 or visit read more

Sarnia rail blockade enters fourth day police have no intention of shutting

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAs members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation enter their fourth day of blocking a railway line running through their reserve in Sarnia, Ont., the mayor of the city is now questioning why Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t just meet with First Nation leaders, the main demand of the protesters.The Aamjiwnaang protesters say they’re acting in solidarity with Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence who is in her 14th day of a hunger strike in Ottawa to force a meeting.“I don’t understand why Stephen Harper can’t unite Canadians by saying ‘yes, we will meet at the highest level possible and talk about these issues.’ There is a solution there and it’s not a difficult one. That’s the frustration,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike BradleyBradley said municipal officials have no intention of shutting the blockade down through force because they don’t want to impair relations between the City of Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which sits within the boundaries of the city.“This is an issue between the First Nations and the federal government and the community and the police service is in the middle. Our concerns are we have a very good relationship,” said Bradley. “CN (Rail) wants to ship products and get that line back open and we’re saying you’re going to have to live with some disruption until we can resolve this issue. Our long-term relationship is much more important to us as a community.”The blockade began Friday and won’t stop until Harper gives in to the demands of Spence, said blockade spokesman Ron Plain.Plain said they are disrupting shipments to dozens of oil refineries in an area known as Chemical Valley.He said CN representatives came to them Sunday trying to negotiate a closure of the blockade by promising to write Prime Minister Harper and urging him to meet with First Nation leaders.“We made them blink. They came to us (Sunday) to get us off the tracks. CN and companies of Chemical Valley are willing to write a letter to Harper telling him they want Harper to meet with Chief Spence,” he said. “Tha’s all well and good but until the meeting takes place we won’t consider taking it down. But the fact that we made them blink tells you something.”CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny said they are calling on the local and federal governments to stop the “illegal” blockade.“Some plants are facing shutdowns if service is not resumed. It could potentially affect the supply of various products, including propane,” said Feeny.Plain said they have moved their blockade once after being served with a court injunction by CN police but now believe they are in a position where the courts can’t touch them.“The CN police came to the first site we were at and handed us an injunction to have us removed. There is several sites where these tracks cross reserve roads and there is one road in particular where there was no agreement ever made with the Indian agents over the road because the road didn’t exist when the Indian agents were around,” he said. “They don’t have permission to cross that road so that’s where we moved the blockade to on the second day and we have been there since. They can’t issue an injunction to that piece of road because they don’t have legal crossing on that road.”Plain said the crossings were negotiated back in the 1960s and because Chemical Valley grew so fast there are some crossings CN doesn’t have permission to cross.“We have several of these holes in their legislation because of Chemical Valley, because it was built so fast,” he said.Bradley said he hadn’t heard of this and was going to look into it. He was told there is a court date scheduled for Thursday to deal with the court injunction. As far as he knows police have the right to stop the blockade but will not.Plain also said they’ve been told their blockade is causing $5 million dollars a day in economic disruption but Bradley said while there is disruption he hasn’t heard of that number.Feeny said CN Rail is in a legal position to shut the blockade down and while there is some economic affect it’s too early for CN to say how much per day.Meanwhile, Aamjiwnaang members were also planning to shutdown Highway 402 and the Blue Water Bridge Monday halting traffic across the United States read more

Is it time for more female chiefs

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe position of chief has been historically held by men.But as times change some question whether or not it’s time for more women to hold that role.Some feel the time is now.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

Arsenal lean on Alexandre Lacazette Aubameyang to save their season

first_imgLondon: Arsenal’s collapse at the business end of the Premier League season means the success or failure of Unai Emery’s first campaign now solely depends on lifting the Europa League and as a result sealing Champions League football. The Gunners travel to Emery’s old club Valencia on Thursday defending a 3-1 semi-final, first leg lead given to them by star strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates last week. Arsenal’s awful record on the road this season will give the Spanish side plenty of encouragement that they can overturn a two-goal deficit. Emery’s men conceded three times in losing at Wolves and Leicester in their last two away league games and were also defeated at BATE Borisov and Rennes before turning Europa League ties around at the Emirates. Attack may therefore be the visitors’ best form of defence in the cauldron of the Mestalla and Arsenal are at least getting what they paid for from Lacazette and Aubameyang. “We played against two strikers that are very good which is why they cost the millions that they did,” said Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral. “With the slightest error they punish you.” Arsenal have taken one point from their last four Premier League games to realistically end their chances of a top-four finish and the first leg against Valencia could easily have gone the same way as Marcelino’s men scored an early away goal and led the Gunners to a merry dance for the first 20 minutes. However, one moment of magic turned the tie as Lacazette played in Aubameyang, who paused, left Neto, Ezequiel Garay and Facundo Roncaglia on the floor before squaring for his strike partner to roll into an empty net. Lacazette added his second eight minutes later and Aubameyang’s late strike gave Arsenal the two-goal cushion they may well need. The Londoners’ first season without Arsene Wenger for 22 years has been dogged by many of the same defensive problems suffered by the Frenchman towards the end of his reign. But Wenger’s final two big signings have come good as club record fees were paid for Lacazette in the summer of 2017 and Aubameyang in January 2018. After a difficult first six months in England, many thought Aubameyang’s arrival was ominous for Lacazette’s longevity at the club, but the two have formed a fine partnership on and off the field. Only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored more Premier League goals than Aubameyang’s 20, but it is Lacazette who won the club’s player of the year prize for his all round contribution with 18 goals and 12 assists.last_img read more

Cold Weather Snowfall in Morocco to Persist Tuesday and  Wednesday

Rabat – Cold weather and snowfall will be recorded in several areas of Morocco on Tuesday and  Wednesday, announced the national meteorology in a special bulletin.Cold weather will particularly affect the Rif, the Oriental, the plateaus of phosphate and Oulmes, the Saiss and the interior plains with minimum temperatures reaching 01/05 ° C, says the directorate.Meanwhile, the provinces of Boulmane, Ifrane, Khénifra, Midelt, Beni Mellal, Azilal, Errachidia, Tinghir, Ouarzazate, Al Haouz and Chichaoua will see snowfall.

Report calls proposed air passenger rules inhumane as consultations wrap up

A new report states that proposed rules around air passenger rights are “inhumane” and will deprive travellers of proper compensation.Advocacy group Air Passenger Rights says would-be regulations that allow airlines to keep passengers on the tarmac for up to three hours and 45 minutes are “unacceptable” and grant more than twice the time permitted under European Union legislation.The rules would impose no obligation on airlines to pay customers for delays or cancellations if they were caused by mechanical problems discovered in a pre-flight check, rather than during scheduled maintenance.Group founder Gabor Lukacs also argues the criteria for monetary compensation can be virtually impossible to meet, in some cases requiring passengers to present evidence that is in the airlines’ control.The report, which cites more than 8,000 emails protesting the proposed rules, comes on the final day of consultations on air passenger protection regulations under the Canadian Transportation Act, which passed last May.The Canadian Transportation Agency and an airline lobby group did not respond immediately to requests for comment.The Canadian Press read more

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore launches Mobile Service for migrant workers

Inaugurating the event, the Acting High Commissioner Ameer Ajwad stated that the High Commission initiated this outreach programme as part of its efforts to bring labour welfare and consular services closer to the Sri Lankan migrant workers and expatriates living in Singapore. Ven. Dr. Gunaratne Thero of SriLankaramaya, President of the Singapore Sinhala Buddhist Association, Mr. Bennet Manukularatne, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Mr. A.A.M. Hilme Aziz, President of FAST Mr. Seah Seng Choon, Chairman Clubhouse Management Committee of FAST Mr. Stephen Chia, Director of Education and Programmes of HOME Sisi Sukiato, Asst. Director of CDE Ms. Don Chen, and Manager Operations of Aaxconn Ivan  Som, High Commission staff and a large number of Sri Lankan migrant workers and expatriate Sri Lankans participated at the launch of the mobile service. (Colombo Gazette) He further said that one of the objectives of this initiative is to increase awareness among Sri Lankan migrant workers to utilize this programme which includes  career upgrading courses offered by Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE),Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) and Aaxonn, who are partners of the Sri Lanka High Commission in providing skills training to Sri Lankan domestic workers in Singapore. The event attracted over 300 Sri Lankan migrant workers who interacted with the officials of the Foreign Employment and Labour Welfare Division of the High Commission. Representatives from CDE FAST, HOME and Aaxonn were present on this. The mobile service also facilitated the registration of migrant workers with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The participants were also briefed on worker’s insurance benefits.The High Commission’s Consular Officials apprised the participants on consular related services such as renewal of passports, attestation of documents, issuance of birth/citizenship certificates and other consular services. An official WhatsApp group was also launched to connect the Sri Lankan migrant workers in Singapore with the Labour Division of the Sri Lanka High Commission. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore launched its first Mobile Service at Srilankaramaya Temple premises, Singapore on Sunday, 27th January 2019, the Foreign Ministry said today. The programme is scheduled to be held on the last Sunday of every month. read more

Inmates overdosing at Barton jail

A recent string of drug overdoses at the Barton Street Jail — has prompted a grieving mother to end her silence. Brenda Bourque’s son Dallas died in 2007 after overdosing on oxycodone and heroin. Dallas is one of several inmates who’s died from an overdose. Since his death seven years ago, Bourque’s mother has thought about why little has been done to stop drugs from getting into the jail. Now, with the coroner’s office poised to launch an inquest into the latest deaths, she may finally get an answer.Brenda Bourque: “And he says I’ll talk to you at 6:30 and I never ever heard his voice again.”When Brenda Bourque last spoke to her 21-year old son Dallas, he told her he had just taken two oxycontin tablets in his Barton Street jail cell.He followed that with a fatal dose of heroin.“I had 21 questions at that time, that I still never got answers to.”An inquest was launched into Bourque’s death. It found either he or someone else smuggled the drugs into the jail, but couldn’t pinpoint a source. The jury didn’t make any recommendations on how similar deaths could be prevented.Deaths like that of Marty Tykoliz, a friend of Bourque’s, known as tyke. The 38-year old inmate fatally overdosed last week on powdered methadone.He was tough on the exterior, but I know that he was just as lost and broken as the rest — as any addict.Less than two months before tyke died, 38-year old Trevor Burke of St. catharines overdosed in the jail. Two years before that, it was 41-year old Louie Unelli of Hamilton.Some say the drugs are smuggled into the jail by inmates serving weekend sentences. Others claim corrections officers are to blame.But most agree, more equipment and staff are needed for intake searches.“Seven years later, and still the same thing happens, and still nothing changes and nothing gets done.”Bourque has been waiting since 2007, and may finally see reform at the Barton Street jail. Regional Supervising Coroner Jack Stanborough says his team will likely launch a joint inquest into the deaths of Tykoliz, Burke and Unelli. “There might be a common systemic issue here.”A joint inquest would investigate how the inmates obtained the drugs and what was done once they started to overdose. Whether that happens depends on the results of investigations into Tykoliz and Burke’s deaths. Those are still pending, but Stanborough says a joint inquest is probable. read more

Instagram launches private photo messaging service

first_imgINSTAGRAM HAS LAUNCHED its new private messaging service Instagram Direct, allowing it to challenge Snapchat, WhatsApp and other messaging apps.In a press event in New York, its co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom revealed that the feature, which went live today, allows users to send photos and videos to up to 15 people at a time.He said that introducing private messaging is “huge” for Instagram as it allows it to compete with messaging apps like WhatsApp, which are growing in popularity.When you’re posting a photo or video, you will be given the option to publish it publicly or send it to specific people. When a person sees a photo, their profile picture underneath will receive a tick function, while those who like a photo will have a heart icon.(Image: Instagram)Only people who follow you can send photos and videos to you directly. If you don’t follow someone, they can still send you messages, but they will go into pending requests. This prevents your inbox from being spammed with messages from people you don’t know.Systrom said that the reason why users can only send one message at a time was to keep things simple. It also avoided text messaging because it wanted to focus on the app’s strengths, which are photos and videos.Instagram currently has 150 million users worldwide, and more and half use the service daily.Read: Explainer: Why are the major social media sites trying to break into mobile messaging? >Read: 10 messaging apps that are worth downloading >last_img read more

Guess whos back Pat Rabbitte and Ruairí Quinn replace new ministers on

first_imgTHREE LABOUR MINISTERS dropped from Cabinet as part of reshuffle have been handed spots on Oireachtas committees today — replacing party colleagues who were handed promotions.Pat Rabbitte – who was said to be ‘fuming’ after being sent to the backbenches last week by new party leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton – is to join the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform in place of Kevin Humphreys, who was elevated to the junior ministerial ranks this week.Ruairí Quinn, who resigned as Education Minister in advance of last Friday’s reshuffle, takes Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s place on the Committee on the Implementation on the Good Friday Agreement.Joe Costello — dropped as a junior minister in the second phase of the coalition’s reshuffle on Tuesday — will join the Public Accounts Committee, replacing new ‘super’ junior minister Gerald Nash.Nash’s seat on the foreign affairs and trade committee will also be taken by Quinn.The TDs won’t receive any extra payments for their appointments — only committee chairs receive an extra allowance: currently the going rate is €8,740 annually.In other appointments announced today, Robert Dowds and Eamonn Moloney (both of whom are Dublin TDs) will take the places formerly held by Nash and Humphreys on the Select Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.Elsewhere, Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy joins the jobs and enterprise committee, replacing the newly-promoted Damien English.And Labour’s Michael Conaghan takes Ó Ríordáin’s seat on the Select Committee on Education and Social Protection.Confirmed: Harris is junior finance minister, Joe Costello sent to backbenchesEarlier: The junior minister reshuffle is happening right now, here’s what we know so far…last_img read more

Im not a victim Im a survivor MP gives powerful speech about

first_img MP Michelle Thomson MP Michelle Thomson Image: Screengrab/YouTube ‘I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor’: MP gives powerful speech about being raped at 14 A number of MPs were moved to tears when Michelle Thomson recalled the ordeal. Source: Michelle Thomson MP/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 8th 2016, 9:57 PM By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email1 Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 9:57 PM 15 Comments A SCOTTISH MP has spoken in the House of Commons about being raped when she was a teenager.Michelle Thomson moved fellow MPs to tears when she recalled the incident. She was speaking during a debate on the UN’s International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women.The MP for Edinburgh West said she was raped by a man who offered to walk her home from a youth event when she was just 14 years old.She said “didn’t think any of it” when he suggested they go a “slightly different way”.However, she became worried when he said he wanted to show her something in a wooded area.“I did have a warning bell, but I overrode that warning bell because I knew him and therefore there was a level of trust in place.“To be honest, looking back, at that point I don’t think I knew what rape was. It was not something that was talked about. My mother never talked to me about it. I didn’t hear other girls or other women talking about it.It was mercifully quick and I remember first of all feeling surprise, then fear, then horror as I realised I quite simply couldn’t escape because obviously he was stronger than me, and there was no sense even initially of any sexual desire from him, which I suppose, looking back, again I find odd.“My senses were absolutely numbed. Thinking about it now, 37 years later, I cannot remember hearing anything when I replay it in my mind.” Source: Sky News/YouTubeThomson said she “froze”, adding: “Afterwards I walked home alone, I was crying, I was cold and I shivering and I now realise, of course, that was the shock.”She said she “bottled it all up inside me” and didn’t tell her parents, friends or the police.“I was very ashamed, ashamed that I had allowed this to happen to me,” she said she felt she “deserved it in a way” and was “spoiled and impure”.She described being revulsed by herself and detaching from the child she had been up to that point.Thomson said her mother died of cancer young, before she knew the truth. She said she wanted to tell her but “couldn’t bring myself to”. 19,523 Views Image: Screengrab/YouTube Short URL Overwhelmed by the number of supportive messages I have received today. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch.— Michelle Thomson (@MichelleThomson) December 8, 2016 She says she now realises that rape has little to do with sex, more power and control, describing it as a “crime of violence”.I still pick up on where the myths about rape are perpetuated from a male perspective: ‘Surely you could have fought him off? Did you scream loudly enough?’She said blaming victims of rape for subtly hinting they “wanted it” is “outrageous”.Thomson finished her speech by saying: “I’m not scared. I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor.” Speaker John Bercow was clearly moved by her speech Source: Screengrab/YouTubeSeveral MPs were clearly moved by her words, with Speaker John Bercow saying they had “left an indelible impression on us all”.The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre can be contacted on 1800 77 88 88.Read: Student considered moving university over way her sexual assault allegation was handledRead: Convicted child rapist who assaulted girl for two years until she became pregnant jailed for 11 yearslast_img read more

Migrant suicides – invisible

first_imgAs a young child I remember the absorption of sadness by some of Sydney’s Greek community of the suicide by a newly-arrived young male Greek. Years later I would read some of his letters to the homeland, yearning to return someday after he made his quid in a country he believed found it hard to accept him. This is the tale of many newly-arrived migrants to one of the world’s most culturally diverse nations. One quarter of the Australian nation is comprised of migrants.The migrant population is lost in translation when we discuss this nation’s suicide toll, and the limited data disaggregation is a major part of the problem. But not only are certain layers of migrants at elevated risk to suicide, so too are the children of migrants. Migrant parents are burying their Australian-born children. The risk factors are multifactorial and not the purpose of this article. I have written before on migrant suicides. We must identify the high-risk groups within the migrant population and among the children of migrants.According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 26 per cent of the suicide toll is comprised of migrants. More than 60 per cent of these suicides are of migrants from non-English speaking countries.More than 5.3 million Australians are migrants but the majority have been here for decades. According to the ABS, the median time the migrant population have lived as Australians has been 20 years. The longer the stretch, so too increase the protective factors. Historically, elevated risks were found among the newly arrived.We have not disaggregated to the highest risk groups where so much evidence and validations are warranted. The ABS lacks information on this because they don’t disaggregate far enough. In recent years we have been able to disaggregate further into the layers of the tragedy that is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicides. We need to do this in order to tailor- make prevention, responses and support.In my preliminary estimations, the highest risk groups are most likely Indians and Chinese and then east European females, New Zealanders, and more than likely central Asians in general and eastern Africans.The majority of Chinese immigrants are relative recent arrivals, with a median of eight years living in Australia. Indians have a median of five years.According to the ABS, Australia has one of the world’s highest proportions of migrants – 26 per cent as opposed to NZ with 23 per cent, Canada 21 per cent, the USA and UK both at 13 per cent each.Australia has the fourth-highest proportion of migrants in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The OECD has 34 member states.Of Australia’s 5.3 million migrants, 1.1 million migrants are from the UK, 483,000 from New Zealand, 319,000 from China, 295,000 from India, 185,000 from Italy and 185,000 from Vietnam. These six nations comprise 49 per cent of the migrant population.Others with around 100,000 migrants include: the Philippines, South Africa, Malaysia, Greece, Sri Lanka, the USA, Lebanon and the Netherlands.The immigration trends have changed historically from predominately English-speaking countries and the culturally and linguistic diverse peoples from southern Europe to the majority of migrants from Asia. In the last 15 years, 60 per cent of migrants have come from Asia.When the migrant suicides peak so too does the Australian suicide rate as it did in 1963, at 17 suicides per 100,000 population. There was an influx of migrants in the late 1950s and 1960s from culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds. There was little tailor-made support for them at the time, and language and a sense of isolation were obvious barriers. As the incumbent migrant population grew older, certain barriers became less of an issue and the depression and suicide rates lowered. As the migrant suicides lessened so too did the national suicide rate to about 11 per 100,000 by the early 1980s. As waves of culturally and linguistic diverse migrants arrived in the 1990s, the migrant suicides increased and therefore so did the national suicide toll to 14 per 100,000. Once again, with time the migrant and national suicide tolls slowly decreased but in recent years the national suicide toll has increased from 10.5 to 12.2 and once again there has been a significant influx of migrants from India, China, other central Asian countries and eastern Africa facing many of the same pressures that newly-arrived migrants do; language and cultural barriers, a sense of racism, economic disadvantage and the sense of isolation.Some researchers estimate that around 12 per cent of people with severe mental illness suicide and it is more than likely that migrants are at elevated risk of mental illness, and if disaggregated further to migrants coming from significant economic disadvantage, culturally and linguistically diverse ethnicities and from significant trauma, they will be at elevated risk to mental illness. Currently 1.4 per cent of the rest of the population’s deaths are registered as suicides. The 12 per cent rate needs validation but it is obvious that someone with a mental illness would be six or seven times more likely to suicide.We need to disaggregate to cultural groups, linguistic groups in addition to country of origin, to means of migration for instance if by asylum seeking and to length of time in Australia in order to ascertain the elevated risk groups. If we do not disaggregate we discriminate, we make cultural groups invisible. If we do not disaggregate we cannot enable tailor-made support.Since writing the recent suite of articles on migrant suicides and data disaggregation I have been contacted by a number of Australian migrants. Caroline, a Kenyan woman living in Melbourne: “Your articles on migrant suicides touched my heart and especially your comments that we are invisible, which is exactly the case.”The fact is that despite Australia’s bent for assimilation, it is a culturally-diverse nation, one of the world’s most culturally diverse and therefore it is paramount that no cultural groups should be devastated into invisibility. We need the data disaggregation. Not long ago I listened to a distraught individual who had lost their father to suicide; this was a newly-arrived Indian family. I listened to the same tragedy with a Sri Lankan family. We need to hear them all.* Gerry Georgatos is a suicide prevention researcher and advocate with the Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights. He works closely and supports suicide trauma related families. For inquiries and further information call Lifeline’s 24-hour hotline – 13 11 14You can also contact Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Beyond Blue -1300 22 4636 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Second annual Multicultural Museums Cook Off is on

first_imgThe Hellenic Museum will be defending its Cook Off champion title on Sunday 23 October, again represented by Bahari’s chef Phil Vakos against the Islamic Museum of Australia, the Jewish Museum of Australia and Museo Italiano (Co.As.It.).Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Carlton Italian Festa will play host to this year’s Cook Off, which will be broadcast live on 774 ABC Melbourne and across ABC Victoria by Sunday mornings presenter Libbi Gorr and Brian Nankervis from The Friday Revue. The Cook Off challenges four contemporary chefs to show off their culinary skills by cooking a meal inspired by their cultural backgrounds, whilst celebrating the vibrancy of Melbourne’s multicultural communities. Each dish will be put to the test by four judges also representing each museum; respected TV journalist George Donikian (Hellenic Museum); Executive Producer SBS Radio Italian Program, Magica Fossati (Museo Italiano); comedian and Creative Director of Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival, Justine Sless (Jewish Museum); and Australian Rules Footballer for the Gold Coast Suns, Adam Saad (Islamic Museum). Participating chefs will have just over an hour to prepare from scratch a main dish from their culture, which must be vegetarian and contain no alcohol.Both Phil Vakos and Islamic Museum’s Samira El Khafir who penned Eat with Love, have previously appeared on MasterChef Australia and represented their cultural heritage in last year’s event.Guy Hamawi, an expert in Jewish Sephardi Mediterranean cuisine and Giulia Biviano; author of the cookbook Dolci di Casa Nostra will join the 2016 Cook Off representing the Jewish and Italian museum respectively.Winner of the Multicultural Cook Off in 2015, Phil Vakos said he is excited to be celebrating the Cook Off again in 2016.“Melbourne’s food scene is a melting pot of different cultures and that’s why it’s so unique! I’m looking forward once again to being part of the Museums Cook Off and celebrating this Multicultural Community we live in.”“I’ll proudly defend my title and represent the Hellenic Museum, and can’t wait to see what diverse creations will be showcased on the day,” Vakos enthused. Where: at the Italian Festa at Argyle Square, Carlton (entrance is free) When: Sunday 23 October from 9.45am until midday Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Newest sheriffs office K9s catch escapee

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s newest K-9s helped track and catch an inmate Thursday who escaped the Clark County Jail Work Center.The sheriff’s office said Cory V. Cunningham, 44, climbed over a fence at the work center, 5197 N.W. Lower River Road, around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, then fled toward the Port of Vancouver.Deputy Eric Cramer, with Apollo, and deputy Erik Dunham, with Gus, responded to track Cunningham about 45 minutes later.The sheriff’s office said Apollo found Cunningham about 100 yards away from where he was last spotted. He had buried himself under sand in some thick brush, obscuring him to human eyes and noses.Cunningham was hurt, and taken to a hospital for treatment before being brought to jail.Gus and Apollo recently finished their training, and were sworn in Aug. 1.Jail records show Cunningham was in jail for pending and old charges of violating domestic violence-related court orders.The sheriff’s office said he’s now being held pending new charges related to the escape.last_img read more

Walcott There is never a good time to play against Man

first_imgEverton forward Theo Walcott believes that there is never a good time to face Manchester United, regardless of their current strugglesThe Red Devils head into Sunday’s fixture at Old Trafford in 10th-place in the Premier League with just four wins from nine games.Their troubles only deepened on Tuesday, where they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Juventus in the Champions League with manager Jose Mourinho admitting afterwards they were outclassed by the Italians.On the other hand, Everton have won their last three league games and sit in eighth place in the standings and a point ahead of United.But Walcott knows better than to take the 20-time English champions lightly.“I don’t think it’s the best time playing Man United at any time, I really don’t,” Walcott told ESPN.“But we are in good spirits, we are in good form, we’re enjoying ourselves.“It’s obviously well documented [United’s struggles] but the players they have, it’s not going to be an easy game.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“But we know our strengths, we know what to do to obviously keep the fans quiet, that’s the most important thing.“We need to focus on ourselves really, not them. We need to do the stuff that the manager drills into us every day in training and if we do that and if everyone works to the ability we know we can, we have a very good chance.”The former Arsenal player is wary of a response from United, after their defeat to Juventus, this weekend.“If you think that a team is not playing with confidence that’s probably when they are at their best,” added Walcott.“You may be going into the game a bit more relaxed and you don’t need that, not in these sorts of games.“Everyone needs to be fully focused because Man United is a massive game and this will see where we are at with them as well.”Walcott has contributed towards four goals in nine Premier League starts for Everton this season.last_img read more

Fighter jets scramble after Delta pilot locks himself in lavatory

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A pilot accidentally locked himself in the bathroom aboard a flight to New York City and touched off a brief hijacking terror scare that underscored the fears about air travel that still linger more than a decade after 9/11.The captain of Delta Flight 6132 got stuck in the lavatory Wednesday during the flight from Asheville, N.C., to La Guardia Airport.When a passenger with an accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit, the co-pilot became alarmed and notified air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the radio exchange from the website“The captain has disappeared in the back, and I have someone with a thick foreign accent trying to access the cockpit right now, and I’ve got to deal with this situation,” the co-pilot said.Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines, which operates the flight for Delta, said the pilot had decided to take a bathroom break about 30 minutes from LaGuardia after controllers told the crew to expect to be in a holding pattern.The sole flight attendant on board had entered the cockpit when the captain left because security rules require two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The Embraer 145 commuter jet was carrying 14 passengers.last_img read more

Gawker Upgrades Its Kinja Commenting System

first_imgKinja originally launched in December of 2012.  “To paraphrase Nick [Denton, founder and CEO of Gawker Media], it was developed to solve the tragedy of comments that can be a toxic and poisonous section of a news site or blog,” says Lauren Bertolini, community development manager It is difficult to argue that Internet trolls have become an endemic problem for publishers looking to create quality conversations that engage serious readers. And while Bertolini doesn’t believe there is a way to rid the Web of trolls, she does believe there are better ways to control the conversations of Gawker’s approximately 20 million monthly site visitors. “If you give people the tools to engage and promote a discussion then hopefully they will utilize it,” Bertolini says.  Social Media is in Kinja’s DNA, but its built around news content, thus making it a unique product. Registered users can create a homepage where they can post blogs, share content from users and editors and store comments posted on any of the Gawker Media sites. Users can also follow writers, other users and integrate social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter into their homepage. Editors from each vertical will have the same tools available and are expected to be active members of the community. This incentivizes both the reader and the writer to participate in a manner that keeps the conversation moving forward. “The revamped commenting system debuting today will refine and sharpen that heckling, and make it more likely, we hope, that informed sources and subjects will bring their voices to bear on our stories, unmediated and of their own volition,” explains Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook in a post about the new platform. “It banishes untrusted or new sources to the outer reaches in a ‘pending queue,’ while privileging and highlighting threads started by readers that have been found useful in the past.”Bertonlini adds that while Gawker is primarily a news-producing operation, the ability for readers to contribute to the content by having a conversation around it is important. “We produce news and that’s what our foundation is. We understand the tools that you need to create content and we wanted a platform that was simple and easy to use that can build a rich story and conversation. We are giving people control of the conversation,” she says.Social blogging is not a new concept, but Kinja is unique in that it merges professional and amateur content into one space. This of course raises provocative questions about crowdsourcing content: How could this impact professional journalists? Will readers ultimately take control of content? Bertolini says that is not a concern for the company: “Our content is still edited by John Cook or our other editors and they will always decide what gets posted. The editors are still in control. But we have hired people out of comments.” Gawker Media rolled out its redesigned platform this week across all of its verticals, which include Gawker, Jezebel, Deadspin and a just re-introduced, Silicon Valley-focused Valleywag. Along with all this is a significant upgrade to Gawker’s homegrown commenting platform Kinja, which has been tweaked to surface more constructive content and “banish” pointless or excessively harsh commenters. last_img read more

Homer students to compete in state robotics championship

first_imgAs part of the competition, the middle-schoolers program their Lego robot to perform a series of missions on a tabletop arena.(Photo courtesy of Marj Dunn)This winter, a group of middle schoolers at West Homer Elementary are putting aside hockey sticks and skis in favor of a more unusual team sport: building robots.Listen nowThe group of 10 sixth graders calls themselves the “Brickheads.” They competed against more than 20 teams from across the state at the First Lego League Robotics State Qualifiers in December, winning an award for Best Overall Team. Now they’ve set their sights on an even bigger prize: the Alaska State Championship.The team has been building and programming their Lego robot since October.It’s about the size of a loaf of bread, with small wheels and movable arms. As part of the competition, the robot has less than three minutes to complete a series of missions on a tabletop arena.One of the missions involves collecting Lego “milk” from a cow. The students program the robot to push a lever and dispense the milk. Push the lever too far and the cow drops a load of Lego “manure” instead. The key is to teach the robot where exactly to move.“I had to use a color sensor which measures reflective light off a certain color and that’s how to make it follow that black line that circles the cow,” team-member Alexander Moore said.But programming is only one part of the competition. Judges also evaluate how well the team works together.Over the last few months, the Brickheads have had some tense moments. Team-member Cecilia Fitzpatrick said they had to come up with a creative way to communicate with each other.“It’s hard to talk when you’re talking over each other. We were getting a little irritated, so we invented a talking tiki,” Fitzpatrick said.The West Homer Elementary Brickheads pose with their “talking tiki.” (Photo courtesy of Marj Dunn)It’s a pretty simple system. The rule is whoever is holding the little wooden statue is the one who is allowed to talk.Brickheads coach Marj Dunn said the middle-schoolers are not only learning how to work as team, they’re also becoming more socially aware.“They’ve learned a lot about how to phrase things to sound more gracious and supportive,” Dunn said. “That’s not usually something kids at this age have mastered. There’s a lot of learning going on, but it’s not just the technical skills. It’s also the personal, social and emotional learning that is of utmost importance.”This is Dunn’s first year coaching the team. She said the students have taken complete ownership of the process.“They’re the ones reading the manual, they’re the ones figuring things out, they’re the ones making a plan for success,” Dunn said.The team is now feverishly preparing for the Alaska State Championship, which is scheduled for Jan. 14 at South Anchorage High School.last_img read more