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Children’s Exposure to Violence: Treatment Considerations

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTAs we’ve covered in previous posts, the adverse effects associated with children’s exposure to violence are affecting millions of U.S. children and is thought of as a national crisis. What’s more, unrecognized trauma associated with children’s exposure to violence significantly increases the likelihood that these children will engage in violence during adulthood. For these reasons, Attorney General Eric Holder has focused his attention on the Defending Childhood Initiative which aims to:[Flickr, …and this is how we do it, Susana Fernandez, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Prevent children’s exposure to violence,Mitigate the negative impact of children’s exposure to violence when it does occur andAdvance knowledge and awareness about children’s exposure to violence.The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence asks:“…for a collective investment nationwide in defending our children from exposure to violence and psychological trauma, healing families and communities, and enabling all of our children to imagine their safe and creative development and productive futures.” [1]How can professionals working with military families assist in these efforts?“In order to heal and sustain recovery, these children need trauma-focused services and trauma-specific treatment.” [1]The Importance of Trauma-informed Treatment:Treatment and services neglecting to include components of trauma-informed care for the social-emotional and behavioral problems experienced by children exposed to violence are most often not effective [1]. In fact, treatments without trauma-informed care may worsen the child’s symptoms, causing further harm as trauma-specific treatment has three important aspects that are typically missing from standard treatments:Mixon, K. (2013). Trauma-Informed Treatment Provisions. Kacy Mixon gives permission to use her personal photo.Below is a list of resources showing evidence based trauma-informed treatment models that combat adverse effects of violence and psychological trauma to help children continue on a healthy developmental course.SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)Crime Solutions (includes ratings based on evidence of whether a program achieves its goals)Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program GuidesBlueprints for Healthy Youth Development References[1] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). (December 2012). Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Defending Childhood, Author. (p. 27, 85, 36)This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: What Causes Supereruptions?

first_imgSupereruptions are among the most devastating natural disasters—spewing up more than 1000 cubic kilometers of ash and lava, sufficient to drop global temperatures by 10°C for a decade. But what causes these terrifying events? Two research teams have recreated the conditions inside a supervolcano’s magma chamber—digitally and experimentally—to answer this question. Their results, published online today in Nature Geoscience, reveal two distinct trigger mechanisms, related to the evolution of magma reservoirs. Young magma chambers tend to be smaller and in cooler settings. The injection of new magma from deeper in the crust causes increasing pressure in the chamber, forcing it to expand. These stresses can lead to fracturing, allowing magma to escape to the surface in small eruptions. As magma chambers grow in volume, however, the impact of newly injected material diminishes. At the same time, the heating and accumulated damage to the surrounding rock causes the chamber walls to develop a more viscous (rather than elastic) response to stress. Together, these lower the risk of overpressurization and eruptions become less frequent as chambers head into a storage phase, wherein the buoyancy of the magma (compared with denser rock) becomes the dominant source of pressure on the surrounding crust. This alone, the researchers discovered, can actually be enough to trigger an eruption—forcing the chamber roof to crack all the way to the earth’s surface (as seen, developing, in the picture above). Still unclear, however, is whether this must always result in a catastrophic chamber collapse (releasing all the magma in one supereruption), or whether smaller, pressure-relieving releases could occur. It is hoped that greater understanding of these volcanic triggers may lead to an improved ability to predict dangerous eruptions in the future.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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The Ivanka Moment

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Real Madrid stuns Bayern Munich 4-0, storms into Champions League final

first_imgReal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, congratulates Real’s Sergio Ramos who scored the opening goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match against Bayern Munich. APSergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece as Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League final by stunning title holder Bayern Munich 4-0 on Tuesday.Madrid completed a 5-0 aggregate victory and will now play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid in the May 24 final in Lisbon. Bayern’s slumped to its worst home defeat in the competition, and equaled its heaviest loss overall – 4-0 away to Barcelona in 2009.Madrid had never won in Munich in 10 previous matches, losing nine of them. But this time, Carlo Ancelotti’s team put its stamp on the game early and struck with awesome efficiency.Ramos headed home in the 16th and 20th minutes, and Ronaldo raised his tally to a competition record 16 goals for the season to take Madrid one win away from a record 10th title. Madrid is in its 13th final.Madrid had lost three consecutive semifinals, including a 2012 shootout when Ramos missed a penalty.It was a bitter defeat for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who had so much success against Madrid when he was in charge of Barcelona. Bayern was seeking to become the first team to defend the Champions League title.Madrid’s sweeping, fast counterattacks paced by Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria, along with its tenacious tackling when Bayern tried to come out of the hosts’ own half, were a huge problem for Bayern’s defense but the first two goals came from set pieces, as well as the last.advertisementA corner by Luka Modric was met By Ramos, who headed down past Manuel Neuer, as Dante failed to challenge the Madrid defender.A minute later, Dante was booked for bringing down Ronaldo.The second goal came after Di Maria’s swinging free kick into the box. Pepe nodded the ball on and the diving Ramos headed into the net.Real’s third was a fast break that left the Bayern defense trailing far behind.Benzema fed Bale, who easily outpaced Jerome Boateng and passed to the unmarked Ronaldo, who calmly slotted home in the 34th. Ronaldo then fired a low free kick through the wall in the 89th to complete Madrid’s superb performance.Bayern nerves frayed after the first three goals and the match threatened to get out of hand. Star winger Franck Ribery failed to make an impact and was substituted in the second half. Striker Mario Mandzukic was involved in several incidents and did not come out for the second half.Ronaldo and Bale both missed an empty net when Neuer twice mistimed clearing attempts far outside the penalty box. Ronaldo saw another effort sail wide, although he might have done better by passing to Benzema.The match lost intensity in the second half as Madrid protected its lead while the demoralized Bayern kept possession but rarely threatened.A minute of silence was held before kickoff in memory of former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boskov, a former Serbian coach of Real Madrid. Both died last week.last_img read more

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Stags close in on NCAA Final Four, edge Chiefs

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi, San Sebastian’s 1-2 scoring punch, came out in full force as the Stags moved closer to a semifinal appearance with an 85-82 win over the Arellano Chiefs on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Ilagan, a penetrate-first point guard, got his game going with 20 points, most of them in the second half that perfectly combined with Bulanadi’s game-long brilliance of 19 points and eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Kenneth Villapando, however, provided the cushion that the Stags needed to keep the Chiefs under control in the closing minutes.Villapando’s shotclock-beating three and a layup underneath in the final 35 seconds pushed the Stags safely ahead for a fourth-running 10-7 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThey Stags, who likewise got the stability inside from pivotman JM Calma, need to defeat the Perpetual Altas on Friday to cement their trip to the semis.Successive threes by Kent Salado and Alfren Gayosa coupled with a steal and a conversion from Jade Talampas pulled the Chiefs within three, but these efforts were not enough to stop them from plunging to their 13th defeat in 17 outings. Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The scores:SSC 85—Ilagan 20, Bulanadi 19, Calma 15, Capobres 15, Villapando 12, Calahat 4, Tero 0, Desoyo 0, Cosari 0, Altamirano 0, Sumoda 0, Isidro 0.ARELLANO 82—Salado 26, Arana 13, Concepcion 10, Bayla 9, Gayosa 8, Sablan 7, Talampas 3, Espiritu 3, Oliva 2, Alcoriza 1, Sacramento 0.Quarters: 22-18, 33-35, 57-56, 85-82ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Injured Neymar out for four weeks say PSG DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

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DU to hold 93rd convocation on November 19

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) Delhi Universitys 93rd Annual Convocation will be held on November 19 where eminent jurist professor Ved P Nanda from University of Denver Sturm College of Law will present degrees to students for 2015 session.”The convocation will be conducted on Saturday at the multipurpose hall of universitys sports complex. Chief guest Nanda is associated with University of Denver, United Nations Association, American Bar Association, among others and is the recipient of various prestigious awards,” a Delhi University statement said.”Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi will preside over the function and confer the degrees of PhD, DM, and MCh in all disciplines. 666 doctoral degrees, 37 Doctorate of Medicine degrees and 181 medals will be awarded,” it added.The degrees of the students who passed various examinations in 2015 will be conferred in absentia and shall be released to the respective colleges, institutions, faculties or departments.A live webcast of the convocation will also be available on universitys website. PTI GJS RGlast_img read more

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Met Homers Beat Marlins, 7-0

first_imgMIAMI — Bartolo Colon was in such control against the Marlins Marlins, he took a chance and made play for the highlights.Colon pitched a nine-hitter and made a nifty behind-the-back toss on a grounder, and the New York Mets hit three homers in a 7-0 victory over the Marlins Sept. 5.In the bottom of the sixth, Colon fielded Justin Bour’s slow-rolling grounder near the first-base line and flipped the ball behind his back to first base as he crossed the line to end the inning.“I thought about (the flip) before I got the ball,” Colon said. “Because there were two outs and we were seven runs ahead, I did it.”Asked if he had ever done such a move before, Colon said: “No, but I practice it (with the other pitchers).”New York manager Terry Collins was left amazed by the play. “I’ve never seen anything like it. He better be No. 1 on SportsCenter tonight,” Collins said with a smile.Colon (13-11) struck out two and walked none while throwing 100 pitches and extending his scoreless innings streak to 25. The 42-year-old right-hander became the oldest Mets pitcher to throw a shutout. He topped Miguel Batista, who threw one at age 40 in 2011.“I’ve been working hard in the bullpen with the pitching coach, mainly on my secondary pitches, and that’s made by fast ball better,” said Colon through a translator.It was Colon’s 36th career complete game and 13th career shutout. He last accomplished both feats during the 2013 season. It was also the 12th shutout for Mets pitchers this season.“He’s a very crafty and tough veteran,” Miami manager Dan Jennings said. “He understands the art of pitching and that’s why he’s had the success he’s had.”Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning and Juan Lagares went deep in a three-run second to help the Mets win at Miami for the 10th time in the last 15 games.“I think (d’Arnaud’s home run) woke us up a little bit. The ball was absolutely crushed,” Collins said of the shot to dead center field.Brad Hand (4-5) gave up all seven runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings to fall to 0-5 in his career against the Mets.“I was leaving the ball up and everything was flat,” Hand said. “They were sitting on the heater and they got to it.”Colon was never in serious trouble. Miami had runners on first and third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Colon got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to third to end the threat.J.T. Realmoto’s double in the seventh inning was the Marlins’ only extra-base hit as Colon improved to 7-3 against them as a Met.The Mets got to Hand quickly. David Wright singled with one out in the first and Yoenis Cespedes walked. One out later, d’Arnaud hit a three-run homer to center that cleared the deepest part of Marlins Park. Flores followed with his 15th, a blast to left center.Lagares’ two-run homer in the second made it 6-0, and d’Arnaud’s RBI single off reliever Andre Rienzo later in the inning capped the scoring.Wright continues to have success at Marlins Park. His two singles in four at-bats improved his average to .331 in 31 career games in Miami. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Robben welcomes Heynckes return

first_imgBayern München Heynckes return ‘a positive surprise’, says Robben Iain Strachan 04:41 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg Bundesliga Carlo Ancelotti The Die Roten favourite has been appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s interim successor at Bayern Munich and one player at least is in favour of the reunion Arjen Robben was pleasantly surprised at the return of Jupp Heynckes to Bayern Munich and has called on the team to improve in the weeks ahead.Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti last month after a poor start to the season, the 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain proving too much for the club’s board to stomach.The Bundesliga title-holders have lured Heynckes out of retirement to lead the rescue mission. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And Robben, who won the Champions League under the 72-year-old in 2012-13, was delighted to learn he will be working under a familiar face. “It was strange because I was gone in Holland and of course the Dutch media was full of speculation too but nobody ever mentioned the name Heynckes,” he said of the change in personnel made during the international break. “Therefore, it was a big surprise for me too but it was a positive surprise. I’m really happy [he] returned.”@ArjenRobbendiscusses Jupp #Heynckes, his international retirement and the upcoming fixtures! #packmas— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 12, 2017Bayern return to domestic action at home to Freiburg in the league this weekend and Robben knows the players have little margin for error if they are to catch the early frontrunners. “I’m confident we can get going in the upcoming weeks, beginning on Saturday, and I expect to have a good time together,” the veteran forward said.”Now it’s up to the players. We have to bring it on to the pitch now. It begins on Saturday. We’re trailing [Borussia] Dortmund by five points and of course we can’t afford to let this gap increase any further. “We have to establish a series now, we have to work on certain things and improve. We need to elevate our game and I am certain we will achieve that. As a team we have to show character now.”last_img read more

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Chelsea-linked Belotti avoids serious knee injury

first_imgAndrea Belotti Chelsea-linked Belotti avoids knee ligament damage Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AndreaBelotti - Cropped Getty Images Torino Serie A Chelsea Premier League Torino have confirmed that their star striker has not suffered a serious injury amid reports that he could leave the club in the January window Torino have ruled out a serious knee injury to reported Chelsea target Andrea Belotti amid fears he had suffered ligament damage.It had initially appeared that Belotti had sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee after going down in training on Wednesday.However, Torino provided a further update on Thursday to rule out significant damage to their star striker, who remains a reported target for many of European football’s heavyweights, including Antonio Conte’s Blues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A statement on the club’s website read: “Andrea Belotti suffered a distortive trauma to his right knee. “The investigations performed exclude a ligament or meniscal lesion. The prognosis will depend on the clinical evolution.”Belotti missed most of October with a knee injury, and he has just four goals in 15 Serie A appearances this season having netted 26 last term.last_img read more

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PM says no concerns of foreign troops invading Sri Lanka

“The Prime Minister never mentioned that we will not be resisting any invasion. Further, no Navy in the region has the capacity to land an army division in Sri Lanka,” the Prime Minister’s office said in the statement.The statement said that as far as the Hambantota port is concerned it will only be a commercial port which will trigger off much needed economic development of backward districts of Hambantota and Monaragala very soon. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka has no concerns of an invasion of the country through the southern seas.In a statement issued today to clarify a speech he had made this week, the Prime Minister said that the Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota and there is no need to be frightened as security of the Hambantota port will be under the control of the Sri Lanka Navy. The Prime Minister’s office said that at the Dr. Saman Kelegama memorial conference held yesterday the Prime Minister stated that he negotiated with Prime Minister Li and President Xi of China and came up with a proposal on the Hambantota port which was beneficial for both parties. The Prime Minister’s office further said that once an American had asked the Prime Minister what he will do if Chinese troops land in Hambantota.The Prime Minister has responded saying that there is a full army division stationed at Hambantota. “Sri Lanka also informed the Chinese that Hambantota cannot be used for military purposes. The Sri Lanka Navy is moving its Southern Command to Hambantota. There is no need to be frightened as security of the port will be under the control of Sri Lanka Navy,” the Prime Minister’s office said. read more

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Security Council extends UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus through 15 December

Unanimously adopting resolution 1354 (2001), the Council also urged the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to lift restrictions imposed on 30 June on the mission’s operations and to restore the military status quo ante at Strovilia. Originally set up in 1964, UNFICYP is mandated to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities on the island. As of 29 May, the Force comprised 1,216 troops and 35 civilian police supported by 40 international civilian personnel and 143 local civilian staff. read more

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Annan proposes package of actions to staunch bloodshed in Lebanon

“Both the deliberate targeting by Hizbollah of Israeli population centres with hundreds of indiscriminate weapons and Israel’s disproportionate use of force and collective punishment of the Lebanese people must stop,” Mr. Annan told the Security Council upon his return to UN Headquarters today.Painting a grim picture of the widespread devastation, he noted that already, over 300 Lebanese have been killed and more than 600 wounded – mainly civilians, about one third of them children. “Much of the infrastructure in Beirut and around the country has been destroyed,” he said. “Lebanon remains under an Israeli military blockade, imposed by sea and air.”At the same time, he observed that the Israeli people, “who had hoped that Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon… would bring security along their northern border, find themselves under constant Hezbollah rocket attacks, which every day reach further into Israeli territory.” To date 28 Israelis have been killed and over 200 wounded.Humanitarian conditions continue to worsen, and the UN is unable to respond with aid. “Israeli operations have made it impossible for UN agencies and their humanitarian partners to reach almost any part of southern Lebanon, even to assess the needs, let alone to deliver the actual assistance needed.”The Secretary-General said the abducted Israeli soldiers “must be released as soon as possible, and in any event the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) must be granted immediate access to them.”He added that the Israeli Government “must allow humanitarian agencies access to civilians. And the democratically elected Government of Lebanon must be urgently supported in its hour of crisis.”In parallel with these “urgent steps,” he said a political framework must be developed for a lasting settlement of the conflict, voicing his conviction that “most people in the region rightly reject a simple return to the status quo ante, since any truce based on such a limited outcome could not be expected to last.”The Secretary-General was blunt in describing the findings of the mission he sent to the region, headed by his Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar. “Let me be frank with the Council,” he said. “The mission’s assessment is that there are serious obstacles to reaching a ceasefire, or even to diminishing the violence quickly.”Despite the fact that “a full ceasefire remains difficult to achieve at this time,” he said the international community must make its position clear on “the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and a far greater and more credible effort by Israel to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure while the conditions for such a cessation are urgently developed.” The team has suggested elements which must form the political basis of a lasting ceasefire, and on which they have conducted consultations with the leaders of Lebanon and Israel.Those elements include the transfer of the Israeli soldiers whose capture sparked the crisis to Lebanese authorities under the auspices of the ICRC, with a view to their repatriation, and an ensuing ceasefire.On the Lebanese side of the Blue Line – as the line of withdrawal is known – an expanded peacekeeping force would work to stabilize the situation, working with the Lebanese Government to help strengthen its army, deploy it fully throughout the area and establish Government sovereignty and control there.At the same time, the Prime Minister of Lebanon would unequivocally confirm to the Secretary-General and the Security Council that his country will respect the Blue Line in its entirety until agreement on Lebanon’s final international boundaries is reached. A donor framework would be established to secure funding for an urgent package of aid, reconstruction and development for Lebanon, while a mechanism involving key regional and international actors would be set up to monitor and guarantee the implementation of all aspects of the agreement, Mr. Annan said. On the origins of the fighting, he said the trigger was Hizbollah’s “provocative attack” on 12 July. The Lebanese Government clearly had no advance knowledge of this attack, which Mr. Annan condemned at the time, acknowledging Israel’s right to self-defence. He repeated that condemnation today, also condemning “Hizbollah’s reckless disregard for the wishes of the elected Government of Lebanon, and for the interests of the Lebanese people and the wider region.”While Israel states that it has no quarrel with the Government or the people of Lebanon, and that it is taking extreme precautions to avoid harm to them, “a number of its actions have hurt and killed Lebanese civilians and military personnel and caused great damage to infrastructure.” The excessive use of force is to be condemned, Mr. Annan said. The Secretary-General cited Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, who said Israel’s actions had “torn the country to shreds.” He also noted the observation of the Nambiar team that Israel’s operations, whatever their effect on Hizbollah’s military capabilities, “are doing little or nothing to decrease popular support for Hezbollah in Lebanon or the region, but are doing a great deal to weaken the Government of Lebanon.”Mr. Annan also voiced concern about Gaza, where Palestinians “are suffering deeply, with well over 100, many of them civilians, killed in the last month alone.” He called for “an immediate cessation of indiscriminate and disproportionate violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a reopening of closed crossing-points, without which Gaza will continue to be sucked into a downward spiral of suffering and chaos, and the region further inflamed.”The Secretary-General emphasized that only the simultaneous implementation of the different elements of the package he put forward will allow for the transformation of any cessation of hostilities into a durable ceasefire. “When this is achieved, the international community will need to develop a framework for the final delineation of the borders of Lebanon and a decisive revival of the Middle East peace process,” he said. read more

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Ebola UN launches push to engage more women community leaders in fight

“The decline in confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease has halted over the last three weeks,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update. “To accelerate the decline towards zero cases will require stronger community engagement, improved contact tracing and earlier case identification.” As part of the push to engage more community involvement, the UN Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported “in view of evidence that women are disproportionately more affected by Ebola (56.7 per cent) than men (43.3 per cent), UNMEER is collaborating with UN Women and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists to bring women into the mainstream of EVD Response in Sierra Leone through a focus on community, youth, religious and women leaders.” Starting today, there will be country-wide training of journalists on how to better engage women at the community level and women-themed radio programmes, including a simulcast on 41 radio stations in which representatives from UN Women, survivors, and women’s leaders will discuss issues around bringing transmission to a resilient zero, according to UNMEER. UNMEER also reported a campaign to engage communities in early detection of Ebola cases in Guinea, including the sensitization of local traditional healers. According to WHO, more than 26,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with over 10,800 deaths. The agency also says that 21 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea, 12 in Sierra Leone and none in Liberia in the latest seven day reporting period. “Community engagement appears to be steadily improving in Guinea and Sierra Leone, but more needs to be done to identify all chains of transmission,” according the UN health agency. read more

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Government launches See Inside Manufacturing to inspire automotive careers

“We want them to See Inside Manufacturing and inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to create a whole range of new iconic UK based products that are exported worldwide.” In June there will be a number of co-ordinated regional events to promote the open days through teachers and careers advisers. Business Secretary Vince Cable said:“Young people buy and use the latest gadgets and products but we also need them to think how exciting it could be to design, engineer or make them too. Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said:“The See Inside Manufacturing initiative is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the range of exciting careers available in the UK automotive industry. Being part of a global industry, particularly one that is leading the transition to low carbon, is incredibly rewarding. Despite difficult economic conditions, automotive companies are looking to recruit at all levels and the See Inside Manufacturing programme will help give parents, teachers and students the chance to learn more about the industry and the opportunities on offer.” The UK automotive sector has responded swiftly to government calls for action to improve the image of manufacturing and to attract the brightest and best talent into industry.As part of See Inside Manufacturing nearly 30 companies will throw open their doors in October so that school children and students can get a look behind the scenes at what a career in manufacturing or engineering can offer. Go to for more information.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) See Inside Manufacturing will focus on young people to encourage take up of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects as well as undergraduates considering their future career options. All the automotive activities are being co-ordinated by the joint industry/government Automotive Council. read more

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Cabinet still million miles away from agreeing Brexit position as Theresa May

first_imgAt a lavish black-tie event on Wednesday night, Mrs May said she had an “ambitious” vision for the UK after Brexit. Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit  Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit Credit:PA One source said: “There is mounting concern that nothing has been agreed yet. No-one seems to know when this is going to be sorted out.“There has been talk of the Cabinet being taken away to Chequers to thrash out an agreement on what kind of trade deal we want and how we solve the Northern Ireland issue, but nothing has been arranged. Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum Credit:Getty The 11-strong Cabinet Brexit committee consists of Mrs May, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, David Davis, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, Karen Bradley and Greg Clark.The Cabinet must agree its position on the transition period before March, when the European Council next meets to cement the terms of a transition deal.Mr Davis then hopes to agree the terms of a trade deal by October so that it can be voted on by all 28 member states, including Britain, before Britain leaves the European Union in March next year.Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed back, potentially increasing the chances of Britain leaving the EU without a deal. Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed back “It also means control of our borders – so we decide on our own immigration policy; one which attracts the brightest and the best to come to these shores, and one which also ensures we are investing in our own talent here at home.”And it means control of our laws – so British courts are supreme and the European Court of Justice no longer overrules them.”She stressed her plan would mean leaving the single market and customs union but “constructing a completely new trading partnership with the EU”. Theresa May’s Cabinet is still “a million miles away” from agreeing the Government’s position on Brexit after the first of two key meetings of senior ministers, The Daily Telegraph has been told.With concern growing within the Cabinet over a lack of progress on such crucial issues as the Irish border and citizens’ rights, the Prime Minister sought to ease Tory tensions over her approach by insisting she had “no doubts” about her plan for a new relationship with Brussels.Sources say there are still “substantial divisions” between Brexiteers and Remainers in the 11-strong Brexit “war Cabinet”, which will meet again on Thursday to discuss the Government’s position on a future trade deal. “Nothing” was agreed after two hours of discussion on Wednesday.The consecutive two-hour meetings of the committee had been billed as the moment the Cabinet’s direction of travel on Brexit would finally crystallise.But Whitehall sources said the meeting was “flat” with “no real in-depth discussion of the issues”. Any delay in agreeing Britain’s position could lead to the October deadline being pushed backCredit: NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum  “Ever since the British people delivered their vote in the referendum, I have had no doubts about what our new relationship with the EU must mean for the United Kingdom,” she told the  donors, celebrities and politicians at the Tory party’s annual Black and White Ball in London.”It will mean taking control of our money – so we are not sending vast annual subscriptions to the EU. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball  Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball Credit:Getty “At the moment it feels like the Cabinet is a million miles away from agreeing a position.”Another source said: “The Cabinet is closer to agreeing a position on transition than it is to agreeing on the end state.“There are some pretty substantial divisions between different members of the Cabinet on the sort of Brexit we are pursuing, and it doesn’t seem as though any of them are going to undergo a Damascene conversion any time soon.”last_img read more

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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd may contest extradition to Britain his lawyer says

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd could remain in Georgia after it emerged he is considering fighting his extradition to Britain, his lawyer said. Lawyer Tariel Kakabadze said 31-year-old web designer Shepherd believes he is innocent and insisted it was wrong to criticise someone for “trying to protect himself”.Shepherd failed to attend his trial at the Old Bailey in July and was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence and sentenced to six years in prison.Efforts to “swiftly” extradite Shepherd are under way after he surrendered at a police station in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi on Wednesday – six months after he was convicted of killing 24-year-old Charlotte Brown during a speedboat date on the Thames.The web designer has already made a mockery of the justice system when he was controversially granted leave to appeal while on the run in December.On Wednesday night the Crown Prosecution Service was preparing an extradition request to be lodged with Georgian legal authorities.But Mr Kakabadze, confirmed that the process to extradite him back to the UK may be contested, and said: “We just need to study the case documents and I need to discuss it with my client before making the final decision about it. The fugitive blamed his decision to flee the country rather than participate in the trial on Ms Brown’s father Graham, saying the civil servant has “power within the prison system”.But speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, Mr Brown said Shepherd’s claims were “very misleading and inaccurate”.He said: “To say that I could possibly influence that is completely misleading and inaccurate. In actual fact if Jack Shepherd knew the truth, and the truth was after the death of my daughter I was so profoundly affected by it I had to retire.”I’ve taken partial retirement and my work, the Ministry of Justice, have given me a very low level admin role just to help me through this. To say I’ve got any influence at all is so inaccurate it defies belief.”Mr Brown told the show he will attend Shepherd’s court hearings back in Britain to make sure “he does face up to what he’s done”. Under Georgian law, prosecutors are required to apply for restriction measures for a person wanted in another country within 48 hours of them being arrested.Ms Brown’s father, Graham Brown, celebrated the “overwhelming” development, writing on Facebook: “Justice for Charlotte is close!””My opinions towards Jack Shepherd is that he’s a very crass, reckless man, who managed to abscond and stick two fingers up at the judiciary,” Mr Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live.”He’s got to come back to atone for all that and I think that he’s done the right thing and thank goodness he’s realised that now and handed himself in.”Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, died in December 2015 when Shepherd’s boat flipped into the wintry waters of the River Thames in London after they shared a Champagne-fuelled first date.Mr Kakabadze said his client is now “ready to participate in the court sessions to find out the truth” and first contacted him by phone on Wednesday.”I told him to go to the police and this would be easier for him to fight legally. But it was also his desire,” he said.”I believe his evidence will be extremely important. But he needs to work legally and not just escape from the police, that’s not going to help him out.” “As a lawyer I have to agree each step with my client. If the extradition happens, it is important to make sure there will not be a danger to him in the UK.”If I get assurances that his extradition is not dangerous, we might not disagree with extradition. Each step will be decided after we carefully study all the possibilities and options.” Jack Shepherd pictured on Wednesday night He said: “I think he’s shown himself, from what I’ve seen of him, to be a very arrogant, immature man who needs to face up to what he’s done.”Let’s not forget this is about our daughter, who can’t be here, who’s had her life robbed of her because of this man. She would still be alive if it wasn’t for Jack Shepherd.”Everyone who knew Charlotte knew what a wonderful, caring, loving person she was, which is the polar opposite to what Shepherd has displayed.” The family of Charlotte Brown, father Graham Brown (left) sister Katie (second left) and mother Roz Wickens (right)Credit:Yui Mok/PA Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) ‘may contest extradition’ to Britain, his lawyer saysCredit:Rustavi2 Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) 'may contest extradition' to Britain, his lawyer says Scotland Yard, the force leading the investigation, said officers had been updated by the National Crime Agency on the development and are awaiting confirmation of Shepherd’s identity.The Metropolitan Police added that once identity was secured extradition proceedings “will begin immediately” against Shepherd, originally from Exeter, who was the subject of an international arrest warrant. 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. Jack Shepherd pictured on Wednesday nightCredit:Reuters TV “Many people have opinions which are not based on facts. Every person who is blamed of a crime has the right to efficient and good legal help. Criticising somebody for protecting himself is not right. He believes that he is innocent.”The lawyer said he had “huge respect for the United Kingdom, for the UK Government and the people,” but added: “As a lawyer, I believe that evidence is what we should make the decisions on.”The judges should not be interrupted and they should not feel pressure from people, from politicians. Judges should be left to make objective decisions. Judges are the only people who should make the final decision about the case.”Ms Brown’s family said they were overwhelmed with emotion after it emerged Shepherd had surrendered and her father said it was time for him to “atone” for his actions.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it is “vital Charlotte Brown’s family see justice done” and UK law enforcement will “seek to swiftly extradite him to Britain”. The family of Charlotte Brown, father Graham Brown (left) sister Katie (second left) and mother Roz Wickens (right) Mr Kakabadze, said Shepherd may go before a court in Tbilisi on Thursday or Friday, but suggested it may be “some time” before he returns to the UK.”Extradition doesn’t happen in one or two days. All the documents will need to be translated, many things will need to be made ready,” he said.”Depending on what evidence they show us… it might be very soon or it might be several months.”On Wednesday a heavily-bearded Shepherd smiled as he walked into the station some 2,000 miles away while flanked by lawyers.He vowed to local reporters he would clear his name over the “tragic accident”.Mr Kakabadze said he had seen “a lot of negative comments” about Shepherd online and his client is “extremely sad” about Ms Brown’s death. read more

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Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered in two adjoining Kerry properties

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED hundreds of cannabis plants from two adjoining properties in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.Gardai searched two houses at approximately 6.30 pm yesterday evening, Friday 30 May, 2014. During the course of the search, a total of some 250 plants in various stages of growth were discovered at the two properties. Gardaí say the plants have an estimated street value of up to €200,000, pending analysis.A Garda spokesperson said the discovery was part of ongoing intelligence-led operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs, and that seizures play a “critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities”.No arrests were made and investigations are continuing.Read: Over 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabislast_img read more

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ELSTAT chief to testify in probe

first_imgThe head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou, is to testify on December 12 in a criminal investigation into claims that his office falsely inflated Greece’s budget deficit in 2009 to make the country’s debt crisis look worse so that it could qualify for an international bailout. Georgiou, who has denied any wrongdoing, has not yet been charged with any offense in the probe, which was launched following allegations made in September by Zoe Georganta, a former employee of ELSTAT. Shortly after she was dismissed from the service, Georganta claimed that 2009 deficit data had been artificially inflated from around 12-13 per cent to 15.4 per cent of gross domestic product. The allegations of Georganta, who gave a six-hour deposition to a prosecutor probing the case, have reportedly been supported by Nikos Logothetis, the former vice president of (ELSTAT). Logothetis denies charges that he hacked into the e-mail account of Georgiou. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Séisme en NouvelleZélande le plus meurtrier depuis 80 ans

first_imgSéisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : le plus meurtrier depuis 80 ansLe tremblement de terre qui a secoué la ville de Christchurch en Nouvelle-Zélande hier affiche un lourd bilan humain : 75 morts et plus de 300 personnes disparues. La ville, dévastée, ressemble aujourd’hui à un champ de bataille.Christchurch et sa région viennent de connaître “la mort et la destruction à une échelle épouvantable”. Ce sont les propos du premier ministre néo-zélandais John Key, qui a décrété l’état d’urgence au niveau national peu après que le séisme de magnitude 6,3 ne secoue le pays. Pendant ce temps, les secouristes et la police, sur le terrain, parlent d’un “véritable carnage dans toute la ville” sur les ondes de la radio nationale. “Des corps sont piégés dans des voitures ou sous des décombres”, a indiqué le commissaire de police Russell Gibson, cité par Le Figaro. Enormément de bâtiments se sont effondrés. Des sauveteurs ont dû amputer des membres de certains survivants afin de pouvoir les extraire des décombres. Par ailleurs, des répliques du séisme ont rendu leur travail difficile, ont déploré les autorités néo-zélandaises. Aujourd’hui la ville est toujours privée de courant.Pour aider à la recherche de survivants, les Etats-Unis, le Japon et l’Australie ont envoyé des renforts. La France a également proposé son aide, en mettant à disposition des “moyens spécialisés” en matière de déblaiement et d’aides aux victimes, rapporte Le Parisien.À lire aussiUn village de Nouvelle-Zélande veut bannir les chats pour protéger sa fauneEn septembre 2010 déjà, Christchurch avait été secouée par un tremblement de terre de magnitude 7, qui n’avait pas fait de morts, mais avait causé des dégâts considérables.Mais le tremblement de terre qui a secoué la ville hier est le plus meurtrier que la Nouvelle-Zélande ait connu depuis 80 ans. Situé sur la ceinture du feu, à la frontière des plaques tectoniques australienne et du Pacifique, le pays enregistre jusqu’à 15.000 secousses sismiques par an.La ville de Christchurch après le séisme en images sur Maxisciences. Le 23 février 2011 à 09:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man accused in Little Italy Apartment flooding held on 1million bail

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than four dozen felon charges were filed today against a man who allegedly flooded all eight floors of a Little Italy apartment complex by opening several fire valves within the building.Francisco Morales, 37, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and 45 felony counts of vandalism.Morales’ alleged act rendered the building uninhabitable and displaced around 200 residents of the apartment complex at 1810 State Street, according to prosecutors.Water began gushing through the building shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police officers evacuated the residents, and San Diego Gas & Electric personnel were called in to shut off power to the apartments as crews worked to get the flooding under control.Morales was arrested a short distance from the soaked building, San Diego police Sgt. Thomas Sullivan said. It was unclear what might have motivated the act.Deputy District Attorney Nereida Melgarejo said the damage to the building was “in the millions” and that the structure was in danger of being condemned.The prosecutor declined to comment on how much prison time Morales could face if convicted, but did note at the defendant’s arraignment that he has no prior criminal record.Morales, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is due back in court March 8 for a readiness conference. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Man accused in Little Italy Apartment flooding held on $1million bail Posted: February 27, 2019center_img February 27, 2019 Updated: 6:54 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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