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In the news today Oct 9

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 9___FLARE-UPS POSSIBLE AT IRVING REFINERYResidents of a Saint John, N.B., neighbourhood that was the scene of a massive oil refinery explosion have been warned of possible “flare-ups” as the facility restabilizes. The City of Saint John posted on social media Monday evening that emergency management officials remained on site to monitor the Irving Oil refinery as it came back online. An explosion at the facility Monday morning rocked a residential area on the east side of the historic port city, sending flames and black smoke into the sky but causing only minor injuries. A company official told reporters there had been a malfunction in the refinery’s diesel treating unit, where sulphur is removed from diesel fuel.___TRIAL OF BRITISH SAILOR CONTINUES TODAYThe trial of a British sailor accused in a gang rape at a Halifax-area military base continues today, after testimony from a young woman who described a harrowing scene of being virtually alone in barracks with dozens of men. She told Nova Scotia Supreme Court last week she felt “intense fear” as she frantically knocked on doors, calling out the name of a friend she had become separated from in the barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater. The woman said that’s when she realized she was effectively by herself in a building full of men. She came upon a raucous scene: hockey players scattered throughout a room, one naked lying face down on a bed. Darren Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in April 2015 in a case that once involved four accused.___HOMELESS B.C. FIRST NATION BUYS RESERVEThomas Smith says watching people leave their homes on British Columbia’s remote Turnour Island as a young boy is something he can’t forget even though it was more than 50 years ago. He says it’s been a long journey for members of the Tlowitsis First Nation who once lived off northern Vancouver Island. Smith says the nation bought a 257-hectare piece of rural, forested property eight kilometres south of Campbell River and plans are underway to build a community of up to 100 homes. He says the land cost $3.5 million and involved federal approval of the land as a new reserve. Smith says the first nation’s estimated 450 members have been living apart for decades, but the new village site, already named “a place to come home to,” will bring the Tlowitsis back together.___FEDS GIVEN AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR EI, DOCUMENTS SHOWThe Trudeau government has been given an ambitious plan for closing several gaps in the social-safety net for ill and unemployed Canadians that includes creating a new program to help those whose employment insurance or sickness benefits are about to run out. The plan is contained in a government-commissioned report and would represent a major step for a government that has previously tweaked parental and caregiver benefits, among other so-called special EI benefits, but has yet to touch the core of employment insurance — which experts say is in desperate need of reform. Specifically, the report recommended the government close gaps in the social safety net by creating a new program to catch those who exhaust sickness benefits but don’t qualify for a public disability pension.___ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Football player Jerome Messam is scheduled to appear in a Calgary court today on a voyeurism charge.— Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will be in Chicoutimi, Que. discuss how the Government of Canada is improving the Canada Child Benefit.— The trial for Jennifer Clark and Jeromie Clark, who are charged with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life to their 14-month-old son.last_img read more

LeBron James Quest To Be The Best

LeBron James won a championship and nothing changed.Sure, there were a few events. The obligatory champagne shower at his stall in the Miami Heat locker room. The parade before an estimated 400,000 fans. A pep rally at his high school. And Tuesday night brings the ultimate capper, the ring-and-banner ceremony just minutes before the start of a new season.Then it begins again, another year, another quest for a title.Having one title is not completely satisfying for James, who put the he-can’t-win notion to rest when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games for last season’s NBA crown. It was a perfect run for the perennial All-Star: Besides getting engaged and winning his second Olympic gold, James walked away with the NBA’s three most coveted trophies: MVP, Finals MVP and the championship.For an encore, he wants more.“I want to be the best of all-time,” James said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s that simple.”He expressed similar sentiment last year, and the year before that, and probably all the way back to high school in Akron, Ohio. He always wondered if a championship would change that perspective.He now has his answer.“Not really, honestly,” James said. “I haven’t had much time to really just think about what actually happened. At the end of the day, there’s still going to be people that say, well, he’s not going to be able to win two. He’s not going to be able to do it again.”Time will tell.At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds and blessed with a speed-and-strength combination — “he’s a freak,” Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said — James is widely considered the best player in the game today. He has won three MVP awards and some opposing coaches say he might keep winning those until voters get tired of selecting him.But the best of all time, that title will obviously take some work.Read the rest of this story on the Bostonherald.com read more

SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND ON DRIVE TO INCREASE ENROLMENT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:blind, Iyeke Erharuyi, jamaica, salvation army schoo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 29 (JIS): BY: JUDITH A. HUNTER – The Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is on a drive to increase enrolment at the institution.Principal, Iyeke Erharuyi, is encouraging parents with children who are visually impaired to make the effort and give them the quality education they need. “The Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the right place they can have that (quality education). We know that parents with children who are blind would want them to be part of the regular school system, but there are some curricula that we offer that these students cannot access at a regular school,” Mr. Erharuyi tells JIS News in an interview.He cites as examples orientation in ‘Mobility’ and ‘Braille Literacy’, which “the students cannot do without.” The Principal notes that for parents who are unwilling to bring their child to be enrolled, there is an outreach programme where representatives of the school “go from community to community looking for children with this type of disability to register them into our school.” “All parents or guardians need is the child’s birth certificate to enroll. Our admission process is open right through the year, from January to December,” he informs.Mr. Erharuyi believes there is nothing like giving a sound education to a child and that “a child with visual impairment is no different from the regular child.” The school, which is situated at 57 Manning Hills Road in Kingston, has been providing quality education for some of the most vulnerable Jamaicans since 1927 and students who attend are classified as having low vision or totally blind.Mr. Erharuyi says the institution can accommodate up to 200 students, but presently has 145 students enrolled.“The institution is a composite school. We provide education for students at the pre-primary, primary, secondary and vocational levels,” he informs.At present, seven students are enrolled at the pre-primary level; 51 at the primary level; 63 at the secondary and nine at the vocational level. The Assessment and Remedial Department, which facilitates students with multiple disabilities and those who are at an age well above school level, has 15 students. One of them is 21 year-old Andrew Gentles, who gives the institution high marks for the manner in which it engages students. Mr. Gentles wants to be a journalist and credits the school for its nurturing. He describes his overall experience as good, “because the school allows us to reach our goals and I am motivated by a spirit to succeed and a keen sense of ambition.” Mr. Gentles has so far completed level one in Office Administration and Information Technology at HEART Trust/NTA and will sit three CSEC subjects – English, Office Administration and Social Studies – this year. He notes that one of the benefits of going to the school is that the teachers have more time to spend with each student. “I am able to go to a teacher and tell him or her that I did not understand a particular subject and the teachers are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we grasp what is being taught,” he says.Mr. Gentles is also enjoying his status as big brother on campus. “As one of the older students I feel privileged as the younger ones see me as a big brother and would come to me and we would rap together,” he tells JIS News.The institution has 18 teachers on staff, and the school’s curriculum is similar to that in the regular school system. “We go up to CXC and CAPE levels and we also provide vocational training through the HEART Trust/NTA vocational programme,” Mr. Erharuyi explains.The school also has an integrated programme where some students are integrated into the regular school system after passing the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Mr. Erharuyi notes that students at the primary level are able to get the foundation needed to enable them to function properly at the secondary level in the regular school system. He also cites the passing of the Disabilities Act in October 2014 as a good move. “I want to praise the effort of all the persons involved. We are going in the right direction because for so long we have been lacking in this area. The inclusiveness we have been talking about is now incorporated in this Act,” he says. The Principal points out that with the Act, some schools can no longer use the excuse of not having the proper facilities to turn down students. He also foresees better job prospects for graduates as companies will also have to make adjustments to their facilities to accommodate the disabled.“On our part this is going to help us to improve on our own facilities, because we cannot be only talking about other organisations without us not fixing what we have, so it is really a good move for everybody,” he adds. This year six graduates of the school have been admitted to colleges and universities and presently the Guidance Counsellor, English Teacher and Librarian are graduates of the institution. The Salvation Army School For The Blind is a grant aided institution and benefits from regular programmes, such as the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). The Government is responsible for the employment of the staff and provides funding for the operation of the institution annually. The school also gets support from the Salvation Army and their overseas partners and private entities like the Canadian Embassy. Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

Neville reveals Raheem Sterlings cope with criticism

first_imgFormer England manager Gary Neville, revealed an incident that Raheem Sterling had back in the 2016 Euros after so much scrutiny.The whole racial slur situation with Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City has taken on a life of its own, Gary Neville has a direct experience with the player’s reactions to being scrutinized due to his skin color.It was back in the 2016 European Championship in France when England got eliminated by Iceland, all the players were being targeted for criticism after such a shameful way to go but the bashing was especially personal against Raheem Sterling.The player had enough one time and he decided to take his quarrel directly to Neville for advice, the idea was for Gary to give him a better way to cope with so much criticism but the assistant manager back then had no idea how personal things got against Raheem.That’s exactly when Gary Neville realized the level of racism that is still very present in modern England, colored players really do have a very difficult time to coexist with the rest of the world when they represent the England National Team, even the media portrays them in a very different light compared to the rest of the players who are white and have blue eyes.During a very revealing program for Sky Sports where the main discussion was about Raheem’s recent problems, Neville revealed that this has been going on for years now and praised Sterling for having such a strong stomach to deal with all of it.“He came to see me one on one in 2016, I think it was three or four days before the Iceland game,” Neville said on Sky Sports.“Pre-tournament, I don’t know if you remember, he was getting absolutely battered. Getting so much stick, we were aware of that. Fans were onto him, the media was onto him. Asking a lot of questions about him.”“It then continued into the tournament, into the stadiums, to the point where those groans and boos, little things. It takes a lot for a player to come and see a coach. I was in the analysis room, I remember the analysts leaving.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“He walked in and started to unload on me – why was this happening? Why was this so personally accepted? He’d accepted he’d get criticism for playing for England for his performance levels. He’d accepted he’d be scrutinized as an England player, he didn’t want any special treatment.”“But that it was so vicious, he felt so targeted, he didn’t know what to do about it. I saw someone that has a great mentality and is tough but is also vulnerable in terms of how does he deal with it, how does he cope with it, how does he come out of it?” he added.The most interesting part in all of this is the reaction that the player is getting inside of the pitch for both his club and country, as getting criticized so much would’ve broken anybody by now but Sterling seems to thrive when things get even more difficult for him.The fact that he currently is considered the best English player in the world right now, speaks volumes of how impressive his character is and how much we all should appreciate having the chance to witness his career as a professional.Raheem Sterling is arguably one of the most talented players in England’s recent history, he is paving the way for others during such challenging times and he will be recognized by the rest of the world when the time is right.It’s always refreshing to see a player who is getting battered by criticism so much, responding to all the negativity on the pitch with amazing performances and Sterling has been doing it for years now.Neville’s account of this specific incident from 2016 was arguably one of the most important moments in the football world this Monday, worth to analyze in its entirety.Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher discussed the abuse of Raheem Sterling and racism in football on #MNFRead the full transcript and watch the video here: https://t.co/d8LMTNyaw1 pic.twitter.com/6rKQI7jfKp— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) December 10, 2018Do you think Raheem Sterling will maintain the level of performance despite all the criticism he’s been getting? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more