TORONTO – With their only child grown up with a family of her own, Louise Hutchison and Dave Sharp were enjoying the freedom of being empty-nesters: travelling, getting together with friends and, of course, visiting with their grandchildren.But three years ago, the Alberta couple’s lives changed dramatically when they went from being grandparents to full-time caregivers of their three young granddaughters after their mother was charged with impaired driving and disappeared from her children’s lives.“It wasn’t what we were planning, because we had been through it,” Hutchison conceded in an interview from her home in Airdrie, near Calgary. “We went from an empty nest to a full house again.“It was actually fun being the grandparents because we could take them and we could have a lot of fun with them,” Hutchison, who works as a company manager, said of her granddaughters Coralynn, 9, Riley, 6, and Hayleigh, almost 4.“And we now have to be more the parents. It’s just not the same, right?”The couple and the girls are what’s known as a skip-generation family, a phenomenon that’s on the rise in Canada as households depart from the traditional two-parent configuration in favour of other caregivers, such as grandparents, step-parents or other siblings.In new 2016 census figures released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said three in 10 Canadian children — 30.3 per cent — were living in either a lone-parent family, a stepfamily or without both of their parents.Of those, some 32,520 children aged 14 and under across Canada were living exclusively with grandparents in 2016, up from about 25,245 in 2001, the census found — an increase of about 29 per cent.“A skip-generation family is where a grandparent is the primary adult in a child’s life, when no parent is present,” explained Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.“And that parent may be absent because they’ve passed away, they may be somewhere else in the world or they may be incapable of parenting. So they might be experiencing mental illness or they might be incarcerated.”Children living in a private household without their parents were most prevalent in the territories, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Statistics Canada reported. Between three and six per cent of children 14 and younger were either living with grandparents, other relatives or as foster children in those regions in 2016, the numbers show.In every other province, the proportion was two per cent or less.Hutchinson and Sharp, both 45, are keenly aware of their disconnect with typically older grandparents, as well as with parents of children who are their granddaughters’ friends.But the biggest challenge is ensuring the girls are happy and emotionally stable, said Hutchinson, describing how she learned through their counselling sessions that her alcoholic daughter would leave them hungry and alone in the car while “she had sex with her boyfriend.”Still, despite the obvious challenges of raising a second family, there are also many rewards.“There’s a lot of joy and there’s also a lot of peace of mind because I don’t have sleepless nights worrying about where they are or what condition they’re in.“And it is great joy. I know my husband feels very much the same way. We’re getting an opportunity to be a strong part of their lives, even though it’s in a different capacity.”Skip-generation families come in many different shapes and sizes and cross all socioeconomic and ethnocultural boundaries, said Spinks.Grandparents may have a deep, vibrant relationship with their grandchildren or a weak and tenuous one, she said. The age of both the adult and the grandchild can colour the nature of that relationship and how a newly configured family melds together — or not.“When a grandparent steps in and it’s an infant or a toddler or a pre-schooler, that can be a very different experience than when a grandparent steps in with a teenager or a tween,” she said.“Where a relationship does exist between the child and the grandparent, it may require renegotiation or restructuring,” said Spinks, pointing out that a change in their family makeup and where they live — as well as parental loss — can spark emotional, behavioural and psychological reactions in children, who may also have experienced trauma.“It’s one thing to go over to Grandma’s for a Sunday afternoon or to be there for a couple of weeks in the summer. It’s another when that grandparent assumes the responsibility of raising a child.”Colleen Longhouse and husband Michael Dawson have been rearing her four-year-old grandson Landon since he was almost two. After a lengthy and expensive court battle, she was granted full guardianship in April 2016 because Landon had been living in hellish conditions with her daughter, a heroin addict with multiple mental health issues, and his father, a violent repeat offender who has been incarcerated dozens of times.“I raised my children and now is supposed to be the time in your life you can sit back and relax and enjoy your grandchildren. But you also have a bit more freedom to do the things and interests that you had earlier in your life that you couldn’t do because you had your own children,” said Longhouse, an elementary school teacher from New Lowell, Ont., west of Barrie, who admitted she can get angry and frustrated over the unexpected turn her life has taken.“My husband and I rarely go out because Landon suffers from attachment disorder … There’s been a lot of struggle for us as a couple.”Even so, Longhouse, 54, said she wouldn’t change anything given the choice again.Landon, who had been “very traumatized,” has made tremendous progress and “has surpassed what anyone thought he would be able to do,” said his grandmother.“He is such a joy, he’s got such a great personality. We do lots of things and he does make us laugh,” said Longhouse, adding that she and her husband want to formally adopt him, and they have the financial resources to make sure his future is secure.“So the joy is knowing that he’s safe, the joy is knowing that he’s going to have a chance.”At 72, Sharon Green is the sole parent in a “skip-skip” generation family: she has legal custody of her three-year-old great-granddaughter Avery, whose mother tried to give her away as an infant to a distant relative on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, where she lives. Neither Green’s son — the little girl’s grandfather — nor either of her grandmothers was able to care for the child.“One of the problems is Ontario Works only gives me $263 a month (for a dependent child) and I’m a pensioner, of course,” she said by phone from her home in Cloyne, Ont., northeast of Toronto. “It can be difficult. I rely on my daughters quite a bit to help me.”Keeping up with a three-year-old can be taxing even for twenty-something mothers, but Green said she’s in “pretty good shape” for her age and she and her great-granddaughter “do quite a bit together.”“Every day, she’s full of energy. She loves to dance to music,” Green confided as Avery squealed with laughter in the background while banging away on a pot. “She’s just bright and happy and smiles and gives me hugs all the time and tells me she loves me.“There’s just so much joy with this child.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s public safety minister says he hopes the province’s wildfire situation is not the new normal but the issue of climate change and its impact on forests must be taken into account.“Obviously we know that climate is changing, we know that the fire season is starting earlier … we have been doing planning earlier, getting aircraft earlier, but it is a situation that we have to take seriously, the issue of climate change,” Mike Farnworth said Wednesday shortly after the government declared a provincewide state of emergency in response to hundreds of wildfires.It’s the second time in as many years that a state of emergency has been declared during the wildfire season and the fourth time in just over two decades. Provincial states of emergency were also declared in 1996 and 2003.The BC Wildfire Service said 559 fires were burning Wednesday in all corners of the province, with 31 new starts since Tuesday. Just over 1,800 blazes have been recorded since the wildfire season began April 1.The latest state of emergency will remain in effect for 14 days but can be extended or rescinded as necessary, Farnworth said, adding it ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated manner.In northwestern B.C., a 333-square kilometre fire has destroyed more than 40 homes and properties in and around Telegraph Creek, said Forests Minister Doug Donaldson. Nearly a dozen agencies including firefighters from local First Nations and crews from outside the province were working to save homes in the community, he said.“This state of emergency improves our ability to increase that co-ordination as we see risk increasing in other communities,” he said.Farnworth, who is also the province’s solicitor general, said the emergency was declared based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service and emergency management officials.“As wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” he added.Kevin Skrepnek of the Wildfire Service said more than 1,500 properties were on evacuation order at midday Wednesday and at least 10,000 were on an alert, with residents advised to be ready to leave on short notice.“Certainly, given the number of fires we have going on right now, given the fire activity we are seeing out there, and given the fact that we really see no relief from the weather, there’s definitely the potential this season is going to get worse before it gets better,” he said.The province is waiting for the arrival of 200 Armed Forces’ members. Skrepnek said most of them would likely be sent to the Okanagan to help with wildfire mop-up.The RCMP said Wednesday it would send officers and equipment to assist detachments in central, northern and southern B.C. that have been most affected by fires, which could include vehicles, supplies and additional officers to help at check points or provide relief to local detachments.By this time last year, hundreds of homes been lost to wildfires and tens of thousands of people had been displaced. The human cost has not been as high this year, but the total number of fires is greater, said Skrepnek.The most severe losses this year have been in the Telegraph Creek area, which Donaldson visited on Tuesday.“In the town site we saw the random nature of forest fires … there’d be a house standing and three doors down there’d be a house totally destroyed, all that was left was the foundation and some twisted and melted metal,” he said.Crews were protecting heritage buildings in the old part of town and setting up sprinklers on the roofs of other homes, he said.Donaldson described the situation as volatile, adding “a change in wind direction could change everything.”Environment Canada issued air quality advisories for much of B.C., all of Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as smoke from the fires drifts east. It advised children, the elderly and those with heart and lung conditions to limit their exposure.The dense smoke also made it more difficult to find fires that were sparked by lightning last weekend, said Skrepnek.“We can almost guarantee that there are fires out there that haven’t been detected yet,” he said, adding that rain is the only solution to the increasing risk but that isn’t in the forecast.“Rain is going to be absolutely critical. That is what we need to see and not just a small, quick event. We need to see a widespread rain across the entire province to alleviate the situation.”— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.Angelique Kidjo engages with children in the Housh el Refka informal settlement, Bekaa ValleyCredit/Copyright: UNICEF//Ibarra Sanchez“Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important – Their future is our future” said Angelique Kidjo after speaking to Syrian and Lebanese children and young people in the Bekaa Valley.To mark World Youth Skills Day, Kidjo visited projects implemented by a UNICEF youth partner, the Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training) in and around Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Kidjo spoke to the children and young people about the challenges they face in pursuing an education, finding opportunities, living in refugee settlements and breaking down barriers between the two communities.Kidjo took part in a Life Skills Training and attended focus group discussions with young women whose lives have been improved thanks to a practical skills training, preparing them for the job market.“Meeting with the girls and boys, the young men and women, you sense how hard they need to fight to hold on to a hope of a dignified future in their circumstances, At the same time, you know that what they need is within reach. Today I’ve actually seen how the training provided is bearing fruit, improving the lives of these inspiring young men and women,” Kidjo said.Lebanon, a country which already faces a number of challenges, has been heavily affected by the conflict in neighbouring Syria. More than one in four people in the country are now refugees; the highest proportion per capita of any country in the world.The sheer number of refugees is putting an enormous strain on the labour market and the education sector, with general poverty on the rise.“Some of the most pressing issues facing Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian youth are deprivation, discrimination and even a fear of the other. That’s why UNICEF is bringing together youth from all communities, particularly girls and young women, equipping them with skills and knowledge that enable them to participate in the labor market, as well as overcome persistent social and cultural divides,” said Tanya Chapuisat, Representative of UNICEF Lebanon.On a regional level, more than six years into an unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, the optimism among young Arabs is waning, they feel overlooked by policymakers, and see unemployment and extremisms as the biggest problems in the region. Youth in Lebanon, be they Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian, are no exception from the rule and often don’t have the opportunity of playing an active, positive role in the society they live in.There are one million people aged between 15 and 24 in Lebanon, or one in six. Among Lebanese youth, the unemployment rate is 35%. The picture of opportunities facing Syrian youth is even bleaker. Only a small minority is able to generate an income, and more than nine in ten Syrians aged 15-24 are not enrolled in any formal education. Building skills and capacity, and empowering youth is therefore a driving principle of UNICEF’s work in Lebanon.“If you want to build a durable foundation for stability in the future in the Middle East, what do you do? You work with youth and you make sure they get an education and the means of securing what’s needed for them to live a decent life,” said Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.
Bengaluru: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here Thursday stayed the order of the Election Commission suspending IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for checking prime minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter in Odisha.The officer from Karnataka cadre, deployed in Odisha as a general observer, was suspended on April 17 for checking Modi’s helicopter in Odisha’s Sambalpur in violation of norms for dealing with SPG protectees and sent back to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CAT maintained that during an election process while reasonable assurances of protection and security must be made available to SPG protectees, it cannot be said “they are eligible for anything and everything.” Mohsin had tried to check some luggage in the convoy of the Prime Minister and the EC order had said he had acted in violation of existing instructions of the commission. In its order, the CAT, which adjudicates disputes involving central government employees, noted that there was a circular regarding the SPG protectees that they are exempted from certain examinations on certain grounds. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt also said:”We will not go into the SPG protectees guidelines as per the bluebook right now but the rule of law must prevail.” The tribunal also took note of the submission of the applicant’s counsel who pointed out that there were news about heavy packages unloaded from prime minister’s cavalcade being taken away in other vehicle. “It has been laid down that SPG protectees are exempted from checking. He should have known the instruction being an observer. The reason for suspension is dereliction of duty,” a source in the EC had said following suspension.
Speaking at a press briefing on this week’s meetings, Ambassador Walter Lichem, head of Austria’s delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, noted that “space is moving to development.” In the past, security policies and technological power had been expressed in terms of space capacities, he said. “Today, we’re moving to a new space age,” one in which space technology “can be key in relation to whole number of core items on our global agenda,” from natural resource management to disaster reduction to the environment. As part of the Assembly’s debate, the Vienna-based UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) has organized a panel discussion Tuesday on “Outer Space and the Global Agenda.” The meeting will seek to highlight space technology’s contribution towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets that seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, curb infant mortality rates and major diseases, and improve access to education and health care for all – all by 2015.
The incident delayed a British Airways flight bound for Heathrow as air traffic controllers tracked the aircraft.He said: “It is no secret that Spain has been deliberately causing problems for Gibraltar at our border and through its incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.“Today’s incursion into Gibraltar’s airspace, in the middle of a busy day when several civilian flights were scheduled to arrive and depart from the Gibraltar International Airport, takes the Spanish harassment of Gibraltar to new heights.” 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. Gibraltar says it has been the victim of a campaign of Spanish harrasmentCredit: MARCOS MORENO/AFP Gibraltar’s government has accused Spain of “completely unacceptable” interference after a Spanish military aircraft strayed inside its air space.A passenger jet using the territory’s airport was delayed after the Spanish military P3 Orion flew to within two miles of Gibraltar’s coastline, a statement said.Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister, said the incursion on Friday was the latest in a deliberate campaign of harassment. Gibraltar’s government said the Spanish maritime patrol plane was being directed by air traffic controllers in in Seville.He went on: “It is completely unacceptable that the Spanish military have interfered with the movement of civilian aircraft in this dangerous manner. Gibraltar International Airport is an extremely busy base for civilian passengers who are significant contributors to the tourism economy of the campo area.“Delays caused by the politically-motivated manoeuvres of the Spanish military are intolerable but thanks to the swift action of Gibraltar’s Air Traffic Control, delays were the only consequence. Today’s incident could have ended much worse.’
PORTLAND — Police in Oregon say the body of a missing university student has been found, and his death is believed to be a suicide.The Newberg-Dundee Police Department says detectives found Daniel Mellers’ body in the trunk of his car. It was parked in Sherwood, roughly 10 miles from where the 21-year-old student attended George Fox University.Mellers was last seen Saturday night. He never returned after telling roommates he was walking to a convenience store to buy soda.
KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter San Diego Sheriff’s Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018 Updated: 8:20 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Sheriff’s Department announced Monday they will review their investigation of the death of Rebecca Zahau.“The Sheriff’s Department has continually indicated its willingness to reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case if new evidence was presented. After a productive conversation with the family’s attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence was presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial. In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information. Without having the materials and reports from the civil attorney in front of us at this time, it is difficult to say how long this review will take; however, we expect it will take at least 90 days.When our investigation is complete, we will meet with the family’s attorney to discuss our findings. Ultimately, the cause and manner of death, in any case, is determined by the Medical Examiner. In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner’s Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff’s Department.”Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family disputed that finding and in a wrongful death suit, alleged that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In early April, a California civil jury found Adam Shacknai guilty and he was ordered to pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.Adam Shacknai released a statement Monday following the announcement from the Sheriff’s Department.“I welcome a fresh review by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. As I have maintained from the beginning, I was in no way involved with Rebecca’s death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along.” April 16, 2018
Updated: 3:47 PM Today California politicians banned travel to South Carolina for its “anti-gay” laws. Same idiots also applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for traveling to El Salvador to stand in solidarity with that country. Guess they don’t care about the anti-gay laws in El Salvador. *sigh*— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 California’s State employees cannot travel on state business to South Carolina.Attorney General Xavier Beccerra imposed the rule of law because South Carolina now allows Christian based foster homes to deny placement of children, if the potential guardians are not of that faith.It is California law that the state can sanction travel to states that restrict access to gays, transgender people, or in this case, faiths from the rights of the general population.The South Carolina law is likely to be challenged in court, and is judged by many to be patently unconstitutional.The Office of the Attorney General in the State of California Department of Justice released the following information regarding the decision to ban state funded travel to South Carolina:SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that, effective April 15, 2019, California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Carolina as a result of a discriminatory provision buried deep within a general budget bill enacted on July 5, 2018 in South Carolina. The law, H-4950 Paragraph 38.29, enables private faith-based child-placing agencies to discriminate against those who do not conform to their religious beliefs or moral convictions, including members of the LGBTQ community. Although H-4950 does not mention sexual orientation explicitly, it is written broadly enough to authorize such discrimination, subjecting it to the provisions of California’s Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887).“The State of South Carolina recently enacted a measure that sanctions discrimination against families in the placement of children in need of homes. The State of California stands strongly against any form of discrimination. AB 1887 authorizes my office to make that promise real,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Pursuant to AB 1887, California will now bar state-funded or sponsored travel to South Carolina.”South Carolina’s discriminatory measure comes on the heels of other actions taken in the state prior to the enactment of H-4950. Earlier in 2018, South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services waive all applicable anti-discrimination regulations to permit the faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill, as well as other such agencies receiving public funds, to discriminate on any basis consistent with their religious beliefs. As a result of these discriminatory laws, Miracle Hill is able to collect information on the faith of those applying to be foster parents and use it to reject families who want to provide foster care solely on the basis of those beliefs. In one instance, these policies led to the exclusion of a Jewish woman who simply sought to mentor foster youth. This is particularly egregious in light of the fact that Miracle Hill accounted for 15% of all South Carolina foster placements and is reportedly the largest provider of foster families for children who do not have significant special needs in the state. Shortly after requesting an exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Governor McMaster then issued an executive order propping up this discriminatory practice. In January 2019, the Trump Administration granted the waiver requested by Governor McMaster, sanctioning this form of discrimination in South Carolina’s foster care system.AB 1887, which took effect in 2017, prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. AB 1887’s restriction on using state funds for travel applies to California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University.For additional information on AB 1887, including the list of states subject to its provisions, visit: www.oag.ca.gov/ab1887. California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina KUSI Newsroom South Carolina recently enacted a law allowing child-placing agencies to discriminate against prospective parents. We stand strongly against any form of discrimination, so, effective April 15, California will restrict state-funded travel to South Carolina. https://t.co/yUhXt8y3gS pic.twitter.com/eodf91atly— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) April 2, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials at the Hard Rock Stadium are making final preparations for a college football clash.7Skyforce HD hovered above to capture a glimpse of the stadium in Miami Gardens, Thursday.The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in a college football playoff semifinal.A crowd of more than 66,000 is expected at the stadium.Meanwhile, the stage is set for the pre-game Capitol One Beach Bash on South Beach, Friday.The Dave Matthews Band and other musical acts will play a free concert as part of the event.Beach games, food vendors and a beer garden will be available for all. Gates open at 4 p.m., and it’s going to be on a first-come first-serve basis.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The NOOK Newsstand for Barnes & Noble’s e-reader offering NOOK has added more titles from Meredith and Time Inc. to its periodical roster. NOOK is also updating its newsstand to 1.3 software, increasing capability for the platform. Interactive options now include video, audio podcasts, animations and photo galleries, according to a Barnes & Noble press statement.Time Inc. releases FORTUNE, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and TIME magazines for the NOOK; the publisher says all 21 of its titles will be available for the NOOK by year’s end. Current print subscribers can download these digital editions for free.Meredith Corp. brings Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, Eating Well, Midwest Living, Siempre Mujer, Traditional Home and Fitness magazines to the digital newsstand, with Better Homes and Gardens being added this fall. Meredith plans to have almost two dozen titles on the NOOK by 2012. Subscriptions and single copy sales are available for Meredith users, with a free 14-day trial for digital subscription purchase. In April, the NOOK Color refreshed its offerings by including web options, built-in email and new additions to Shop on NOOK Color. This increased functionality brings the e-reader NOOK (once viewed solely as a platform for digital versions of PDFs) in direct competition with tablet competitors like the iPad and the Motorola Xoom.Time Inc. is making it entire magazine portfolio available on several platforms, with all 21 of its titles to be available for download on the iPad by January 2012.
The Praetorian Group has been expanding its public safety business rapidly since last year. Now, they’re branching out to the larger local government space with the acquisition of EfficientGov.Terms weren’t disclosed.Public safety—markets like fire and police departments, emergency management and corrections—can account for more than half of a municipality’s budget, says Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian, but there’s another half his company didn’t have an entrance into. Areas like planning and development, education and transportation were untapped. Ford says the digital media model Praetorian uses in its current markets—a mix of analysis and news content, along with grant assistance and education—can be applied to an audience of municipal leaders as well.”Public safety is a subset of local government,” he says. “It’s a logical extension to take that model to the rest of local government with a similar mission.”He adds: “We see the same exact model that’s working so well for us in public safety applying to local government more broadly, accessing an opportunity that’s more than twice the size.”See also: Praetorian Buys Fire Chief Assets from Penton The EfficientGov acquisition doesn’t get them all the way there—at least as comprehensively as they serve the public safety market—but Praetorian now has a foothold with the decision makers that hold influence over multiple segments, inside and outside of public safety. Ford says the deal brings about 44,000 new government officials into the fold.EfficientGov will continue to operate as a standalone brand, but will aggregate content from Praetorian’s network of more than 15 sites, Ford says.Prior to the acquisition, the company also announced that John Suhler, formerly the head of private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson, has joined Praetorian in an advisory role.”Since his retirement from VSS, he now has the opportunity to take a more formal role and is excited about our opportunity to scale and grow the business,” Ford says. “He has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge of how to grow digital media companies. His connections are probably, bar none, some of the best in the media world, so he’s going to be a great asset.”
BSE closes points 6.10 up on Nov 105.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 6.10 up on Nov 105.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 6.10 points up to stand at 27,874.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.25 points up to stand at 8,344.25. RAJESH EXPO and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.22% and 6.98% along with JET AIRWAYS and ING VYSYA BANK with an increase of 6.82% and 6.22% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include ENGINEERS INDIA LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 12.32% and 8.20% along with INDIA CEMENTS and SJVN with a decrease of 6.10% and 5.71% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 62.74 points at 18,275.93 while the banking sector is down 105.02 points at 19,749.40 and the reality sector is down 2.17 points at 1,640.19. The Indian currency is up 0.19 % at Rs 61.50 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 6.10 points up to stand at 27,874.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.25 points up to stand at 8,344.25. RAJESH EXPO and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.22% and 6.98% along with JET AIRWAYS and ING VYSYA BANK with an increase of 6.82% and 6.22% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include ENGINEERS INDIA LTD and KAILASH with a decrease of 12.32% and 8.20% along with INDIA CEMENTS and SJVN with a decrease of 6.10% and 5.71% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 62.74 points at 18,275.93 while the banking sector is down 105.02 points at 19,749.40 and the reality sector is down 2.17 points at 1,640.19. The Indian currency is up 0.19 % at Rs 61.50 per dollar.
A person walks into the entrance of the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center on Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 in Staunton, Va. Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at the juvenile detention center say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The abuse claims are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Photo : APImmigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.”Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me,” said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. “Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn’t really move. … They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on.”In addition to the children’s first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with bruises and broken bones they blamed on guards. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children’s cases.In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all allegations of physical abuse.Many of the children were sent there after US immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.Trump said Wednesday that “our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job” cracking down on MS-13 gang members. “We’re throwing them out by the thousands,” he said.But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries – problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.”The youth were being screened as gang-involved individuals. And then when they came into our care, and they were assessed by our clinical and case management staff … they weren’t necessarily identified as gang-involved individuals,” said Kelsey Wong, a program director at the facility. She testified 26 April before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the treatment of immigrant children apprehended by the Homeland Security Department.Most children held in the Shenandoah facility who were the focus of the abuse lawsuit were caught crossing the border illegally alone. They were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s recent policy and are now in the government’s care. But the facility there operates under the same program run by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement. It was not immediately clear whether any separated children have been sent to Shenandoah Valley since the Trump administration in April announced its “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrant families, after the lawsuit was filed.The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in the United States with federal contracts to provide “secure placement” for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing. The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California has faced litigation over immigrant children mischaracterized as gang members. In Alexandria, Virginia, a board overseeing the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center voted this week to end its contract to house federal immigration detainees, bowing to public pressure.The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by both male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation for wait times in federal immigration courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.Wong said many of the 30 or so children housed there on any given day have mental health needs that would be better served in a residential treatment unit. But such facilities are often unwilling to accept children with significant behavioral issues, she said.Wong and other managers at the Shenandoah center, including Executive Director Timothy J. Smith, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment this week. A city manager on the local commission that oversees the facility referred questions to an official at the Refugee Resettlement agency, who did not respond to a phone message.Financial statements reviewed by AP shows the local government commission that operates the center received nearly $4.2 million in federal funds last year to house the immigrant children – enough to cover about two-thirds of the total operating expenses.The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there “are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care.”The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.The lawsuit recounts multiple alleged violent incidents between Latino children and staff at the Shenandoah center. It describes the guards as mostly white, non-Spanish speakers who are undertrained in dealing with individuals with mental illness. The suit alleges staff members routinely taunt the Latino youths with racially charged epithets, including “wetback,” ”onion head” and “pendejo,” which roughly translates to dumbass in Spanish.A 16-year-old who said he had lived in Texas with his mother since he was an infant ended up at Shenandoah in September after a police officer pulled over a car he was riding in and asked for ID, which he couldn’t provide. As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. He said that angered the guards, resulting in his losing such modest privileges as attending art classes.”If you are behaving bad, resisting the staff when they try to remove you from the program, they will take everything in your room away – your mattress, blanket, everything,” he said. “They will also take your clothes. Then they will leave you locked in there for a while. This has happened to me, and I know it has happened to other kids, too.”The immigrant detainees said they were largely segregated from the mostly white juveniles being held on criminal charges, but they could see that the other housing units had amenities that included plush chairs and video gaming consoles not available in the Spartan pods housing the Latinos.In their sworn statements, the teens reported spending the bulk of their days locked alone in their cells, with a few hours set aside for classroom instruction, recreation and meals. Some said they had never been allowed outdoors, while the US-born children were afforded a spacious recreation yard.The Latino children reported being fed sparse and often cold meals that left them hungry, though meals of American fast food were occasionally provided. Records show Shenandoah receives nearly $82,000 a year from the Agriculture Department to feed the immigration detainees.The lawsuit said the poor conditions, frequent physical searches and verbal abuse by staff often escalated into confrontations, as the frustrated children acted out. The staff regularly responded “by physically assaulting the youth, applying an excessive amount of force that goes far beyond what is needed to establish or regain control.”In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Though no forbidden items were found, the teenager was transferred to “Alpha Pod,” described in the lawsuit as a unit within the facility designated for children who engage in bad behavior.The lawsuit said Latino children were frequently punished by being restrained for hours in chairs, with handcuffs and cloth shackles on their legs. Often, the lawsuit alleged, the children were beaten by staff while bound.As a result of such “malicious and sadistic applications of force,” the immigrant youths have “sustained significant injuries, both physical and psychological,” the lawsuit said.After an altercation during which the lawsuit alleged the Mexican teenager bit a staff member during a beating, he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles for 10 days, resulting in bruises and cuts. Other teens interviewed as part of the court case also reported being punished for minor infractions with stints in solitary confinement, during which some of the children said they were left nude and shivering in cold concrete cells.Academic studies of prison inmates kept in solitary confinement have found they often experience high anxiety that can cause panic attacks, paranoia and disordered thinking that may trigger angry outbursts. For those with mental health issues, the effects can be exacerbated, often worsening the very behaviors the staff is attempting to discourage.A Guatemalan youth sent to the center when he was 14 years old said he was often locked in his tiny cell for up to 23 hours a day. After resisting the guards, he said he was also restrained for long periods.”When they couldn’t get one of the kids to calm down, the guards would put us in a chair – a safety chair, I don’t know what they call it – but they would just put us in there all day,” the teen said in a sworn statement. “This happened to me, and I saw it happen to others, too. It was excessive.”A 15-year-old from Mexico held at Shenandoah for nine months also recounted being restrained with a bag over his head. “They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head,” he said, according to his sworn statement. “They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They also put a strap across my chest. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half days, including at night.”After being subjected to such treatment, the 17-year-old Mexican youth said he tried to kill himself in August, only to be punished with further isolation. On other occasions, he said, he has responded to feelings of desperation and hopelessness by cutting his wrists with a piece of glass and banging his head against the wall or floor.”One time I cut myself after I had gotten into a fight with staff,” the teen recounted. “I filled the room with blood. This happened on a Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that they gave me a bandage or medicine for the pain.”The lawsuit alleges other immigrant youths held at Shenandoah have also engaged in cutting and other self-harming behaviors, including ingesting shampoo and attempting to choke themselves.A hearing in the case is set for July 3 before a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.Lawyers on both sides in the lawsuit either did not respond to messages or declined to comment, citing strict confidentiality requirements in the case involving children.The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards.”The majority of the kids we worked with when we went to visit them were emotionally and verbally abused. I had a kid whose foot was broken by a guard,” she said. “They would get put in isolation for months for things like picking up a pencil when a guard had said not to move. Some of them started hearing voices that were telling them to hurt people or hurt themselves, and I knew when they had gotten to Shenandoah they were not having any violent thoughts.”She said she never witnessed staff abuse teens first-hand, but that teens would complain to her of injuries from being tackled by guards and reveal bruises. The specialist encouraged them to file a formal complaint.Though lawyers for Shenandoah responded with court filings denying all wrongdoing, information contained in a separate 2016 lawsuit appears to support some of the information contained in the recent abuse complaints.In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Shenandoah center, a former staff member said he worked in unit called “Alpha Pod” where immigrant minors were held, “including those with psychological and mental issues and those who tend to fight more frequently.”The guard, Trenton Farris, who denied claims that he punched two children, sued the justice center alleging he was wrongly targeted for firing because he is black. Farris said most staff members at the facility are white, and that two white staff members involved in the incident over which he was fired went unpunished.Lawyers for the center denied the former guard’s claims, and the case was settled in January.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away — even ordering a pizza deliverer to leave two pies at the door — as they frantically arranged for $40,000 in cash to be dropped off at the home.But once the money was left on the seat of a red sports car in the family’s garage, Daron Dylon Wint struck and stabbed Savvas Savopoulos, the CEO of the American Iron Works company where he had once worked as a welder, Wint’s charging document said. At a court hearing Friday, Wint was ordered held in jail on a murder charge.Savopoulos’ wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa also were killed, and then the house was set on fire with matches and a flammable liquid.The fire began on the queen-sized mattress where the boy’s body was stabbed and burned, authorities said.Firefighters found the adults’ bodies in the next room. Evidence shows the women suffered “blunt force and sharp force trauma” before the $4.5 million mansion was set on fire.Authorities linked what may have been two different men to Amy Savopoulos’ blue Porsche 911 the day of the killings. One, “with short, well-groomed hair,” was spotted driving erratically away from the crime scene. Another, wearing a dark hoodie, was videotaped carrying a bucket near where the Porsche was set on fire later that day.The pizza gave Wint away. His DNA was found on the crust of a partially eaten slice of pepperoni, one of two pies ordered the night of May 13 while the family and the housekeeper were “being held against their will,” an affidavit said.A woman believed to be Amy Savopoulos paid for the pizzas by credit card and told the delivery person to leave the food on the porch, because she was “nursing her sick child” and would not come to the door, the document says.Wint, who was tracked down by U.S. Marshals and arrested Thursday night with two other men and three women, appeared in a white jumpsuit in court Friday.A court document said authorities believe the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.” None of the people detained with Wint were immediately charged with any crimes.Wint is being represented by Natalie Lawson, a public defender. His defense argued that authorities lack probable cause, since a suspect seen driving the Porsche had short hair. Wanted posters issued while Wint was a fugitive showed him with long hair.D.C. Superior Court Judge Errol Arthur agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Miller to deny bail, noting that Wint was arrested with some of the missing money, and that the DNA from the pizza ties him to the slayings.U.S. Marshals and police had tracked Wint to New York and back before dozens of officers swarmed a car and truck in the nation’s capital, arresting the whole group without a fight.Wint’s record was cited as a reason he should be held. He was arrested three times for assault in 2006 and 2007, serving a 10-month sentence in New York, and then convicted of assaulting a girlfriend in Maryland in 2009.In 2010, he pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property after he allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment, stole a television, vandalized her car and threatened to kill her infant daughter. Also in 2010, Wint was arrested carrying a 2-foot-long machete and a BB pistol outside the American Iron Works headquarters, but weapons charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to possessing an open container of alcohol.Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen said outside the courthouse that prosecutors’ “work is not done” and that they “intend to unseal additional search warrants in the coming days.”___Contributors include Brian Witte, Alex Brandon, Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington; Meredith Somers in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Colleen Long in New York City and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York.
Despite what you may have heard, Mass Effect Andromeda is a great game. While Bioware’s latest delivers a solid RPG experience, it does have issues. Most notably, the game’s facial animations. While previous games in the franchise have had their fair share of odd animations, Andromeda appears to have a great deal more. There may be a reason behind this, according to an ex-Mass Effect animator.Jonathan Cooper is currently an animator on the Uncharted series. Before that, he was an animator on the first two Mass Effect games. Yesterday, he got on Twitter to explain what he believes happened with Mass Effect Andromeda‘s animations.“Animating an RPG is a really, really big undertaking–completely different from a game like Uncharted so comparisons are unfair.” As he explained, a game like Uncharted 4 is “highly controlled.” Going through every animation on a game like that is possible since it is a very contained experience. That isn’t the case with massive RPGs.On that point, he said that “RPGs offer a magnitude more volume of content and importantly, player/story choice. It’s simply a quantity vs. quality trade-off.”Due to the quantity of animations in an RPG (Mass Effect 1 had eight hours, Horizon Zero Dawn, fifteen) designers (not animators) sequence pre-created animations together “like DJs with samples and tracks.” Given the sheer number of dialogue options and conversations, “dialogues are separated into tiered quality levels based on importance/likelihood.” This means that scenes with the lowest quality are handled by algorithms, and not by hand.Cooper believes that Andromeda “lowered the quality of its base algorithm,” and that Bioware “underestimated [the] task” of “hitting every line by hand.”Social media only makes things worse, according to Cooper. The amount of scrutiny Andromeda has gotten “is exacerbated by us living in an era of Share buttons and YouTube. Getting the lowest quality out to the widest audience.”Make sure to read Cooper’s entire thread on this topic since it really is quite fascinating. The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction Stay on target
A 46-year-old Ladysmith woman is lucky to be alive after falling out of a moving taxi.The lady was returning home from the clinic, travelling along Azalea Drive, when the door of the taxi suddenly flew open.She recalls, “I was sitting in the front passenger seat and as the taxi turned, the door opened by itself and I was flung out.”The woman injured her leg and knee, and is using crutches to get around because she cannot put pressure on her leg at all. She says her knee is very swollen due to the injuries she sustained.Also read: Woman killed in horror crash at Limit Hill robotsAlso read: Well-known Ladysmith biker dies in crash on Bergville roadAlso read: Update: Tragic death of well-known Ladysmith biker in crash WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: 2 injured as vehicle rolls near Ladysmith’s Indoor Sports ComplexNeighbours and family members of the injured woman now urge other people using taxis to be careful and vigilant of just how safe the vehicles are, so as to avoid being seriously injured if something like this should happen again.An accident report will be opened by both the injured woman and the taxi owner to address the situation.Click to receive news links viaWhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
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