Flemington protester arrested after train line blocked in Manus refugee demonstration

first_img7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne)JUST IN: ‘SOS: Evacuate Manus Now!’ – Protesters scale a crane and unfurl a banner at Flemington. #7News pic.twitter.com/g8TwburdRHNovember 7, 2017 Since you’re here… Melbourne Cup Dougal Beatty (@DougalBeatty)Racegoers on the tracks after train halted by Manus Island protesters dumped car on tracks #melbournecup @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/DNSEfBMCa4November 7, 2017 Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “We don’t want to be doing this but we feel we have no choice when there are 600 people starving,” Arquette said. The protesters responsible for climbing a crane at the Melbourne Cup and unfurling a banner above the racecourse calling for Manus Island refugees to be evacuated have warned they intend to escalate their protests over the next few weeks.Protesters also drove a car onto train tracks near Flemington, causing delays to racegoers and resulting in the arrest of one woman.Charlotte Lynch from the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance helped to organise the action in which two women climbed a crane at the Flemington racecourse before displaying a banner reading: “SOS: Evacuate Manus Now”.Lynch said police were waiting for the women when they climbed down shortly after 3.30pm but that they were not detained or arrested. She said members of the alliance were also involved in an independently organised protest in which a car was driven onto train tracks to block trains heading towards Flemington before the race.“We’ll be escalating out actions and civil disobedience throughout the week and if takes breaking the law to get these men off Manus we’ll do it,” Lynch said. In a statement issued earlier on Tuesday Lynch , described the situation on Manus as “an emergency”. “We are joining with others across Australia to demand that the government evacuate the men on Manus immediately and bring them to safety for processing,” she said. “This is an humanitarian crisis. We refuse to sit by whilst the government, with the complicity of the Labor party, puts over 600 men’s lives at risk.”The women scaled the crane – on site as part of a grandstand redevelopment – at about 11.30am. A woman was arrested after protesters blocked a train line near Flemington, also calling for Manus Island refugees to be brought to Australia. The car was spray painted with messages including “evacuate Manus” and “animal liberation – human liberation”. Turnbull says Manus detainees aren’t scared, just manipulated by ‘activists in Australia’ Passive protests had proved ineffective and protesters wanted to make sure people paid attention, she said. “This should be a priority and it’s not right to be celebrating when this is happening,” Arquette said. Another of the protesters, Miranda Gibson, told Guardian Australia on Tuesday evening the driver of the train had been alerted to the car on the tracks and there was a safety plan in place to ensure no-one was hurt.The activist group Rise, which advocates for current and former asylum seekers and detention centre detainees, claimed responsibility for displaying banners saying #sanctionaustralia around Melbourne on Tuesday, including in front of the racecourse. Share on Facebook Australia sport Melbournecenter_img Read more Support The Guardian Topics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Other activists protesting about Manus drove a Ford Laser onto tracks at Ascot Vale, deflated the car’s tyres and bolted a woman to the steering wheel. “They left the vehicle in situ with the tyres down and a female protester was bolted to the steering wheel,” Supt Tim Hansen told reporters at Flemington.When police arrived at the scene about 20 protesters fled, leaving the woman in the car to be extracted by firefighters. The car was removed but passengers heading for the races were delayed for up to an hour. The 27-year-old Moonee Ponds woman was likely to be charged with conduct endangering life, careless driving and unlicensed driving, Hansen said. “We are really appalled at the situation on Manus Island and we think it’s really inappropriate for people to be celebrating when there are individuals with no water and no security,” protester Sonia Arquette said. Horse racing Share via Email news Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

ESPN: This Is The Hardest Schedule In College Football

first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is just over two months away. We can’t wait for it to get started.Summer practices are here and starting quarterbacks are being named. Teams are gearing up to fight for a title.ESPN’s Football Power Index has updated its preseason rankings in anticipation of the upcoming season. The rankings include strength of schedule rankings.Which teams have the toughest schedules in the country? Which teams have the easiest?ESPN named the hardest schedule in the country. It belongs to a new head coach.Chip Kelly. He is in for a rough inaugural campaign with the Bruins, but if any coach can lead them to a successful season, it’s Kelly.1. UCLAESPN’s Football Power Index projects UCLA to go 5-7 this year. Good luck, Bruins.last_img read more

Canada had a year to end solitary confinement Times up and it

first_imgThe practice of isolating prisoners without meaningful human contact violates inmates’ rights, two separate provincial courts have ruled, and Canada must change it. The government was given one year to draft and pass legislation altering the rules around what it calls “administrative segregation”. That year is up on Dec. 18. While a new bill is in the works, the earliest it could pass is mid-2019, and there are questions about whether it will stand up to a court challenge if it does.Meanwhile, thousands of prisoners remain in limbo. Alone. Some are in solitary right now, and very few of them meet the stereotype Hollywood has given us of the criminals who deserve solitary. Activists say they’re often the most vulnerable people in the correctional system. So, what happens to them when the current standards expire with no replacement? Is Canada violating their human rights? If so, what kind of recourse do they have? How can they tell their stories? This is a problem the government would probably like to bury underground and ignore. Just like…well, you get the idea.THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: Justin Ling, freelance writer (Maclean’s, The Walrus, National Magazine)Today’s Podcast: Canada had a year to end solitary confinement. Time’s up, and it hasn’t.Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_12062018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Murder trial hears of lovers panicked attempts to reach Richard Oland

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — The woman Richard Oland was having an extramarital affair with has described the anger and then the panic she felt as she tried in vain to reach her multimillionaire lover in the hours after he was bludgeoned to death in his office.The videotaped testimony of Diana Sedlacek, a former real estate agent in Saint John who was romantically involved with Oland for eight years, was played at the retrial of Dennis Oland on Tuesday. Oland, 50, has been charged with the second-degree murder of his father on July 6, 2011.In the space of time between 6:44 p.m. on July 6 until late in the morning of July 7, Sedlacek told the court about the text messages she sent Richard Oland, ranging from swearing and threatening to call his home, to praying for him.“Stop this f…… around and answer your damn phone,” she texted on the night of July 6, at which time police believe Richard Oland was lying dead on the floor of his Saint John office, killed by repeated blows to the head.Later the next day, after she watched Richard Oland’s car being towed from his office parking lot by police, she wrote, “I love you. God be with you my love. Praying, praying.”She said she feared he may have had a heart attack.The prosecution is presenting Sedlacek’s testimony from Dennis Oland’s first trial in 2015. In agreement with Oland’s defence team, video replays of several witnesses are being shown at the new trial to save time.Oland was convicted in 2015, but the verdict was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a second trial ordered. It is being held before judge alone in the Saint John Court of Queen’s Bench.The defence did not cross-examine Sedlacek.Prosecutors have told the court they believe Dennis Oland’s anger over his father’s extramarital affair may have contributed to motive in what they describe as a “rage killing.”Sedlacek’s numerous text messages and the responses, or lack of response, from Richard Oland are also being used by prosecutors to help establish a timeline of the multimillionaire’s final hours.There were no voice conversations between Sedlacek and Oland on July 6, 2011 – all communication between the two was through texts on their iPhones.The messages start out happy and cosy in the earlier part of July 6.“Morning Lixxxx on Goldn Gun,” reads her note to Richard at 9:08 a.m. Sedlacek tells the court this was a “term of endearment.”“Did Zu find note? – re Our Trip.”Oland and Sedlacek were planning a road trip to Portland, Me., later that month. Most of the exchanges concern arrangements for the getaway.Both Sedlacek and Oland were married to others.Her last message to Richard Oland, before his phone was turned off, was at 6:44 p.m. – a key time in the murder investigation. Dennis Oland, the last known person to have seen his father alive, would have just left the office a few minutes prior to that 6:44 text, on his way back to his home in Rothesay.The trial already has heard that last message to Richard Oland’s cell phone pinged off a tower in Rothesay near the Renforth wharf, where Dennis Oland had stopped on his way home to see if his children where there.Sedlacek did not receive any responses to her messages to Richard Oland past the early afternoon of July 6, 2011.Oland was 69 at the time of his death. Sedlacek described Oland, a member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family, as an avid skier and talked about his love of sailing.The trial is expected to last until mid-March.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jason Mraz Reduces Bottled Water Waste On Tour

first_imgJason Mraz has long avoided single-use plastic water bottles. Now, the Grammy-winning artist is using his North American tour to encourage others to do the same.Mraz is partnering with Brita and its FilterForGood Music Project to encourage music fans to reduce their bottled water waste during his “Tour is a Four Letter Word” tour. The 37-stop tour started Aug. 9, and runs through Oct 7.As part of his long-standing commitment to environmental preservation, Mraz invited the Brita FilterForGood Music Project to join the tour and help artists, fans and backstage crews reduce their bottled water waste. As a cornerstone to the tour’s greening efforts led by non-profit group REVERB, Brita will provide free filtered water stations so all concert-goers can ditch bottled water at the show and instead use reusable bottles or a Brita Bottle with a built-in water filter. The free filtered water will be a centerpiece of an entire Eco-Village that fans can visit at each show to get involved with local environmental organizations and volunteer for community service projects.“Each and every one of us is responsible for leaving the planet in a better condition than how we found it. One simple but powerful action we can all take is eliminating our disposable water bottle usage. We’re challenging our fans to ask themselves ‘do I need to purchase a bottle of water or can I use a reusable bottle instead?’” said Jason Mraz. “By working with Brita, we are able to provide our fans with an accessible alternative to bottled water that will keep an estimated 35,000 disposable bottles out of landfills and oceans by the end of the tour.”Concert-goers can visit the Brita FilterForGood tent to win prizes, take the Brita FilterForGood pledge and learn more about the Brita FilterForGood movement. Fans can also bring their own reusable bottle to fill up at Brita Hydration Stations by Haws Corporation at the venue to stay cool and hydrated. Special Jason Mraz edition Brita FilterForGood Nalgene bottles will also be available for purchase at merchandise booths on site.last_img read more

It was hard Portman on Star Wars prequel backlash

first_imgLondon: Actor Natalie Portman says it was “hard” for her to come to terms with the negative reaction received by the prequel trilogy of Star Wars series. Portman, 37, had portrayed Padme Amidala, who is later revealed to be the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, in George Lucas’ prequel films – Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The trilogy was largely panned by the critics and also failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise fans. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed,” Portman told Empire magazine. “Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint,” she added. Portman, however, also believes that fans have over the time come to love the prequels. “With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now. I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in,” she said. Portman currently stars in Brady Corbet’s pop star drama Vox Lux.last_img read more

King of Jordan to Reportedly Lead Airstrikes Against ISIS

Rabat – King of Jordan will reportedly lead revenge airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) following the execution of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-kassasbeh who was burned alive inside a cage.According to media reports, the Jordanian monarch, a trained pilot, may personally participate in airstrikes against IS strongholds on Thursday.“I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down,” King Abdullah of Jordan purportedly told members of the US House Armed Services Committee during his visit to the United States on Tuesday, quoting a movie featuring star Clint Eastwood. California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter who was in the meeting with the king told the Washington Examiner that the King was ‘angry’.“He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS [former name of the Islamic State] hasn’t seen. “They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. And he said, ‘The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.”“He’s ready to get it on. He really is. It reminded me of how we were after 9/11. We were ready to give it to them,” he added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Normality Returns to Orly Airport Following Saturday Shooting

Rabat – Flights are being resumed gradually at France’s Orly airport, following Saturday morning’s fatal shooting of a man identified only as Zied B.According to Reuters, Zied B’s day began in Stains, near the Le Bourget airport. After shooting an officer during a routine road check he fled the area in a car, ending up in the Paris suburb of Vitry. There he hijacked another car and threatened customers at a car, according to Interior Minister, Bruno le Roux.From there the man described by authorities as a 39-year-old “radicalized Muslim,” approached the Orly airport and engaged in a struggle with a female air force officer as he attempted to steal her assault rifle. After what other members describe as an “extremely violent attack,” the two fell to the ground where other team members shot Zied B and killed him. The airport was immediately evacuated and flights were cancelled. Zied B’s father and brother were subsequently arrested after it was revealed by BFM-TV that the perpetrator texted his father “I’ve screwed up. I’ve shot a policeman.” Zied B was already on the police and intelligence watchlist for theft and drug offences.French President, Francois Hollande, declared it was time to fully reactivate the “Sentinelle” security system that was put into place following militant attacks in 2015. For now, the case has been turned over to anti-terrorism prosecutors.Orly is France’s second-busiest airport. Flights has been resuming gradually, with all flights in the west terminal resumed by early Saturday afternoon. read more

Former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka dies

The former U.S Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives John H. Reed passed away in Washington, DC on October 31 at the age of 91, the U.S Embassy in Colombo said today.Reed was U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in 1976-77 and again from 1981 to 1985, serving first under President Gerald R. Ford and later under President Ronald Reagan. He was born in Maine and served as a naval officer in World War II.  In addition to his time as Ambassador, Reed served as Governor of Maine from 1959 to 1966 after beginning his political career in the Maine Legislature. read more

Ranil leaves for China to attend OBOR summit

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed Friday that representatives from the European Union, France, Germany, Britain, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States are among those who will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for China today to attend the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) summit.Wickremesinghe is being accompanied by his wife Professor Maithree Wickremesinghe. Park Byeong-suk, former deputy speaker of National Assembly of the ROK, will also attend, along with Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Geng said.As a special envoy of British Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, will attend the forum; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will send Minister of Economic Affairs Brigitte Zypries. Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin will lead the French delegation, Geng said. According to spokesperson Geng Shuang, the Washington delegation will be led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council. European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen will also attend, Geng said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Curfew reimposed in Teldeniya and Pallekele areas

Meanwhile, 24 suspects were arrested and remanded over their involvement in the violence in Kandy yesterday.The Police said that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has deployed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate the violence in Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) A Police curfew has been re-imposed in the Teldeniya and Pallekele areas today, the Police said.The Police said that the curfew, which was declared in the Kandy district yesterday and lifted this morning, was re-imposed in Teldeniya and Pallekele. read more

Conflict in Liberia pushes Sierra Leonean refugees to return home UN agency

While previously only a dozen or so Sierra Leoneans were returning home through the Jendema border crossing each day, UNHCR estimates that since mid-December, some 1,300 have gone back to their country. In an update issued on Wednesday, the agency noted that “small numbers” of civilians – from both Liberia and Sierra Leone – were fleeing the fighting in northern Lofa County and crossing into Sierra Leone. “Returnees reported being harassed by Liberian Army soldiers,” UNHCR said, adding that troops allegedly entered the Sinje II refugee camp, situated about 80 kilometres northwest of Monrovia. While noting that improved security conditions in Sierra Leone have contributed to the increase in returns, the agency warned that “any mass return, coupled with the arrivals of Liberian refugees, would put pressure on the already limited reception capacities in Sierra Leone.” This capacity could be increased to 4,600 people in eastern Sierra Leone “if sufficient material and shelters are made available,” UNHCR said. read more

Ohio State edges Wisconsin captures Big Ten tournament championship

CHICAGO – Thad Matta said in October that this season’s Ohio State men’s basketball team would play its best basketball in March. There were some doubts regarding that statement throughout the year, but the coach’s prediction proved to be prophecy. OSU bested Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament championship, 50-43, at the United Center in Chicago Sunday afternoon. The conference tournament title is the fourth in the program’s history. The snow pouring of confetti, the bevy of smiles, high-fives and the cutting down of the net comes only weeks after Buckeye players were admittedly “embarrassed” by the Badgers in Madison, 71-49, on Feb. 17. That day in mid-February was the “low point of the season,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes have turned their season around as well as anyone could have imagined since that miserable outing. OSU has won eight straight games and heads into the NCAA Tournament a No. 2 seed in the West Region with as much momentum as any team in the country. Standing on a makeshift trophy-presentation stage in front of thousands of scarlet and gray-clad fans at the United Center following the victory, Matta echoed a sentiment felt by many of his team’s supporters in attendance: pride. “I’ve never been prouder of a basketball team than I am of these guys,” Matta bellowed. “You Buckeye fans, you are the only ones that kept believing.” Lots of people believe in this group now, with numerous analysts projecting OSU to make it back to the Final Four after reaching college basketball’s mecca in 2012. “Where we were, the situations we were in to where we are now is a great accomplishment,” Craft said, sitting in front of his locker at the United Center with the tournament trophy behind him. OSU was the last team standing in the country’s premier conference Sunday following a season of heavyweight slugfest after heavyweight slugfest. The Big Ten has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, five of which are seeded a No. 5 or better. “It was a brutal season with all the bumps and grinds,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson, who celebrated the team’s tournament victory by hugging his parents in the stands. “I think it’s prepared us well.” The bumps and grinds seem to have ended since that game against Wisconsin Feb. 17. The reason for the turnaround after the blowout at the Kohl Center? “We clicked at the right time,” Thomas said while sporting a Big Ten tournament champion T-shirt and hat in OSU’s locker room. “That’s what’s good about this team. We knew we had to sacrifice for it and we did that.” What sacrifices did the team make? “Staying together and staying in the (offense) and playing hard and playing with effort, that’s one thing we sacrificed after that game,” Thomas said. OSU looked like a cohesive unit throughout its time in Chicago. Craft, who dropped 20 points against Michigan State in the tournament semifinal Saturday and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, has proved he can be a potent scorer. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross and sophomore guard Shannon Scott have developed into valuable assets off the bench throughout the weekend. Thompson, a Chicago native, had 19 points in the team’s opening win against Nebraska Friday. OSU won its final two games of the tournament with Thomas, its go-to player and the Big Ten’s leading scorer, shooting an enigmatic 12-38 from the field. “At the beginning of the season we didn’t know who the other scorer was, now we got everybody stepping up, making big plays,” Thomas said. Sunday’s game was, to an extent, a microcosm of the Buckeyes’ season, which started the year ranked No. 4 in the nation, fell out of the top 10 after the beatdown in Madison and now sit atop the nation’s best conference. OSU rode its momentum from Saturday’s 61-58 win against No. 3 seed Michigan State into the beginning of its bout with the Badgers. The Buckeyes stormed out to a 13-6 lead in the opening minutes. Wisconsin clawed back, though, as its outside shots started to fall. The Badgers used a 14-0 run – sparked by an outside jumper from sophomore guard Traevon Jackson and a 3-pointer apiece from senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky – to take a 20-13 lead, forcing a timeout from Matta. The Badgers pushed their lead to 24-15 before Thomas propelled the Buckeyes back. The 6-foot-7 forward scored six points within the last three minutes of the first half – highlighted by a one-handed, no-jump tip-in before heading into halftime to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 24-23. “I was kind of excited when we got down by nine today because we had a bad run and we played ourselves through it. To get it to one (point deficit) at halftime was a great feat for us. A month ago, we couldn’t have done that,” Matta said. OSU and Wisconsin proceeded to trade blow for blow in the game’s second act. Ross hit the Buckeyes’ first 3-pointer of the contest on the team’s ninth attempt from deep. Ross, on a later possession, was called for an offensive foul while driving to the basket, bringing Wisconsin fans to their feet with the game tied, 41-41. Following a steal by Scott, Craft got the ball in transition and finished down low. Ross then scored OSU’s next two baskets to give the Buckeyes their biggest lead of the half, 47-41, with 2:27 left. The lanky sophomore forward scored seven points against the Badgers, all of them coming in the second half. “I told them at the under-eight timeout, somebody just make a play, and we need someone to ignite, and LaQuinton was who that was today,” Matta said. Three consecutive free throws made by Thomas, who led the Buckeyes with 17 points and seven rebounds in the win, all-but wrapped up the win for OSU. Craft, who tallied nine points and six rebounds, dribbled the clock out for OSU, which celebrated modestly as the horn sounded. There were no passionate screams of joy. No leaps in jubilation. “The fun’s just about to begin. We have to take it one game at a time and hopefully there’s more than one game that we get to play,” Craft said. OSU is set to play No. 15 seed Iona (20-13) Friday in Dayton. If the Buckeyes win, they will play the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame (25-9) and No. 10 seed Iowa State (22-11). If OSU gets through its first two games, it will head to Los Angeles for the West Regional semifinal and potential final. Gonzaga (31-2) is the No. 1 seed in the region. read more

They said he would have an intolerable life they were wrong Pádraig

first_img Pádraig before his accidentA YOUNG DUBLIN man who was seriously injured in the US while on his J1 is to journey back to the site of the accident five years on.Dubliner Pádraig Schaler – whose story we have covered extensively on TheJournal.ie – received a serious brain injury after he was knocked off his bike while in Cape Cod.On the five-year anniversary of the incident on Route 6A in Brewster next week, Pádraig and his parents Reinhard and Patricia will journey to the location to raise awareness of bike safety and to meet with local police and the Attorney General about his case.Pádraig fell into a coma after the incident, and was brought by his family to Germany for treatment. He has since returned to Ireland where thanks to the work and dedication of his family and a team of medical professionals, he is at the point where he can communicate with his family. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2018, 7:31 AM “It’s agony”: Pádraig is in a coma – his family say Ireland’s healthcare system has failed him ‘They said he would have an intolerable life – they were wrong’: Pádraig Schaler returns to spot he was knocked down Pádraig was seriously injured in a bike accident five years ago. By Aoife Barry Closure Pádraig at a recent Nick Cave and Patti Smith gig Source: Reinhard Schaler“It’s the 5th anniversary of Padraig’s accident and there’s a few open issues so we haven’t really found closure on some of the things,” Reinhard – who has been blogging about his son’s experience – tells TheJournal.ie.“The most important is we have told Pádraig about the accident and asked him what he remembers… He knows and remembers that he worked there in a café and a hotel there close to where the accident happened. He obviously doesn’t remember anything from the accident and afterwards.”There were also issues around Pádraig’s insurance, which his father says are being addressed. However at one point, the family thought they “mightn’t just lose Pádraig, but we might lose all our money” due to the insurance issues. Pádraig requires 24-hour care and extensive neuro-rehabilitation.Chiefly, the family say that they were unhappy with the original investigation into Pádraig’s accident and that police told them they were going to get an independent expert to look into the issue.“The Sheriff told us it was the worst accident he had witnessed in his 20-30 year long career,” says Reinhard of his son’s catastrophic accident.The family complained about the police investigation to the Attorney General, and are due to meet with her in Cape Cod.“We sent them all the legal depositions that we have and we haven’t received a proper reply to the point that we were trying to make,” says Reinhard. “We got a phone call. What we want is something a little more formal and to the point and we haven’t received that so what we’re going to do when we get there, we’re going to have a meeting with the Attorney General in her office.”After they arrive at Cape Cod, they will walk from Brewster Police Department to the spot of the incident, which is about a mile in distance, and are inviting people to join them.While in the US, they want to raise awareness around drivers and cyclists staying safe on the road. ”It’s about closure, raising awareness and reminding Americans that cars have to share the road,” says Reinhard, adding that they are even going to bring some Road Safety Authority videos on the issue with them.With their ‘Walk for Life’, they want to:Remind drivers to share the road and drive responsiblyCall for thorough, un-biased accident investigations, especially those involving cyclistsHighlight the enormous emotional and financial burden on families of victimsRepeat their call for a programme of driver education on the Cape and an initiative to make adequate insurance cover for drivers obligatory.Apprehensive Pádraig meets with KodalineHow does he feel about the trip? “I’m pretty apprehensive,” says Reinhard. “This is the closure bit.”He says that one option for the family is “to try and forget about it and move on, and the other is to stay with it and go there and see it and make a new memory of the place.”They family were told that Pádraig “would have an intolerable life” or might not survive his injuries. Neither of these things turned out to be true.“All that is a thing of the past and he is able to travel, he is able to enjoy life to an extent and he is off all that medication. This summer he is going to get rid of his peg so he is eating and drinking since the beginning of the year. That is the last artificial entry into his body so he hasn’t recovered as we might have hoped, but he has [recovered to an extent] and he has been enjoying life,” says his father.Pádraig and his parents have travelled quite a bit, even putting up with cancelled flights and other issues in their quest for Pádraig to have a full life. It is testament to their dedication to their son, and his own strength, that they are at this point.All of what they’ve gone through makes Reinhard reflect on how we treat brain injury in Ireland.“People who say ‘if something like this happens to me tell them to switch off the life support’ and ‘that’s something I wouldn’t want for myself’, that might work for some but I know that Pádraig – he can’t talk yet but he can spell, communicate, he is enjoying life – not all the time but we want to make that as enjoyable as possible to him,” says Reinhard.They have continued to learn since the first trip they took with him, which was a 30-hour train trip to Lourdes with the Order of Malta. “It was a huge big journey and nobody knew how it would turn out – you never know how it would turn out. It’s now almost a routine travelling with Pádraig. It’s still at times a bit nerve-wracking but it’s nothing in comparison with three years ago. It is brilliant.”‘He’s not an exception’Pádraig’s father says his son is not an exception in how he has improved with the level of neuro-rehabilitation care that he has received.“We have a professor in Germany, a specialist. I said to him maybe Pádraig is an exception – he said no, he isn’t. Of course there are always people injured with a brain injury who unfortunately have no prospect of recovery,” says Reinhard. “But generally if you are young and if you get the right support there is a very good chance that you will recover to a degree.”Reinhard describes it as “infuriating” to see what other families with grown children who have brain injury are going through. “There’s no need for anybody to suffer as a lot of those injured people do suffer,” says Reinhard.An SaolThe family have faced many obstacles in their quest to get proper treatment and care for Pádraig. And due to this, they decided that they want to help other people to get the best care they can in this situation.They have developed An Saol, a centre for people with serious acquired brain injury, which they hope will provide therapy services for patients and some respite for their family members.They are awaiting money to arrive from the HSE which will allow them advertise for positions, and lock down a premises.“We’ve done a lot of work already – hopefully it won’t be long before we can start delivering services,” says Reinhard.Reinhard has been critical of the health service in Ireland, and how “there aren’t even waiting lists for people like Pádraig”. Pádraig’s mother Pat is currently on sick leave, while Reinhard is on a career break – and they realise how lucky they are.It shouldn’t be like that, and Pádraig is the example of if you invest in somebody it’s not hopeless.His son lives a dignified life where he is encouraged to reach his full potential.Reinhard compares the treatment of people with serious brain injury to other serious health issues. “Nobody would dream of stopping medication for a cancer patient that is most likely going to die over the next few months,” he says, questioning the level of rehabilitation care that people with brain injury receive in Ireland.He sees the treatment of people with severe brain injury as a scandal on the same level as Magdalene homes – something Ireland will look back on and be ashamed of.“The Magdalenes were always a scandal. It’s just that people didn’t register it, or ignored it. Maybe society was the way it was and just accepted it was normal and it never was.What’s happening to people with very severe acquired brain injury is I think society will look back at today in 20 years time and say ‘oh my God how could we allow this to happen, who was in charge, why did nobody do anything about this?’ We are the people who can bring this change now, we don’t have to wait 20 years. It’s a terrible scandal. It breaks your heart when you see what is happening.The family have met with Health Minister Simon Harris, which led to some moves being made with An Saol. Reinhard says that “what we are doing with [An Saol] is not something that is being recognised as being necessary by the established health system. Even the fact we are getting funding for this is a humongous change in the way it is being looked at, so it’s brilliant”.What this will hopefully kick off is that people will change their hearts and minds about how they think and how they look at how they think about acquired brain injury.He says that professionals have made “incredible statements” to the family, such as a nurse who asked in front of Pádraig: “Would it be better if he died?”“People have to change,” says Reinhard.Pádraig and Reinhard will travel to Cape Cod alongside Patricia, his mother, and friend Cian Waters on 25 June. On 27 June they will undertake their ‘Walk for Life’ to the spot where Pádraig was knocked down.  20,069 Views 6 Comments Share53 Tweet Email2 Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 7:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/4070996 last_img read more

Five Things One Executive Has Found to Be True

first_img■ One new approach to serving a market, is the Sharing Model. It starts, McCarthy said, with the notion that “Anything I’m interested in, people who are interested in me will also be interested in.” Based on that, then share what you have, as you get it. “Go into the market,” McCarthy said. “We have people who are knowledgeable. Let them go find things out and share them with greater frequency. It’s a level of confidence. Instead of having everything you learn go into a funnel to be produced in a magazine or as a Web site, share as it happens frequently, in an unproduced manner.”■ There is a meaningful increase in brand vibrancy just by building a digital network. It doesn’t take costly Web design, or expensive SEO. Use Facebook, Twitter, and use the entire workforce, whether sales, editorial, production, circulation or more. Instead, use high-frequency content updates by all staff. At the recent Niche Digital event in Minneapolis, keynoter and Network Communications Inc. CEO Dan McCarthy offered a wealth of takeaway quotes. Among them: ■ There are two indisputable realities in the media world these days, and we need to adjust accordingly. First, readers and users of our products are increasingly distracted and have abundant alternative sources of information. And second, advertisers want to spend less money.■ The world is post-digital. If the IT person or the CIO is driving your Web strategies, you’re going for a ride. The truth is that technology just works. We don’t care how an iPhone or BlackBerry does what it does, we are not engaged with the technology behind devices, we just assume they will work. Instead, consumer behavior is the real driver and that’s what company leaders should focus on.■ A true premise, from which business strategy should evolve: “If you increase the channels of engagement with a market, you enhance yourselves and offer more marketing solutions.”last_img read more

Nagarkurnool 15 Gurukul school students taken ill after

first_imgNagarkurnool: As many as 15 students studying in Jyotirao Phule BC Gurukul School had fallen sick on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water. The students who drank the water provided by the school authorities complained of vomiting sensation and later developed rashes.After noticing the plight of the students, the school staff immediately shifted them to the Achampet government hospital for treatment. The doctors said that itching sensation and rashes were symptoms of allergy and could have been caused due to consumption of contaminated food or water. The parents, who were informed about the illness of their wards, immediately rushed to the hospital. However, the doctors have asked the parents to not to worry as allergy caused due to consumption of contaminated food or water was very common.last_img read more

Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live streaming playing XI and

first_imgChennai Super Kings will welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the opening encounter of Indian Premier League 2019 on March 23.When and where to watch the match on TV, onlineThe IPL match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will start at 8 pm local time and 2:30 pm GMT.Star Sports 1 & HD1 (English) and Star Sports 3 & HD3 (Hindi) will provide live television coverage of the match. The worldwide live stream will be available on Hotstar.CSK vs RCB previewThe defending champions under the stewardship of the unflappable MS Dhoni will take on the current India skipper’s side RCB in what promises to be a mouth-watering opener to the 12th edition of India’s premier cricketing extravaganza. Both Dhoni and Kohli are magnetic figures in the cricketing circuit but while the former has won it all, the latter is desperate to add the IPL trophy to his cabinet. Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL title on Sunday, May 27.IANSCSK has the most experienced side in the tournament which bodes well for them as they have players who have been in tough situations and have won tournaments for their side. On the other hand, the whirlpool of experience also brings with it an ageing side which should not be a problem at the beginning of the tournament. Dhoni knows his team very well and treats the CSK team as his family. He was a rejuvenated cricketer last season when he donned the yellow after two long years.Kohli’s tale with RCB has been that of so close, yet so far. He has been runners up on three occasions and this time will be aiming to go all the way before heading to the World Cup, which will be firmly on his mind. The Bangalore brigade will be without all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile in this encounter as they are away on international duty for Australia against Pakistan.The RCB side is filled with all-rounders this time which will help them sort out their issues with a top-heavy batting line up but their death bowling still remains a cause of concern. Meanwhile, CSK will miss the services of young South African pacer Lungi Ngidi as he pulled out of the tournament with a side strain.Despite the injury, the CSK side definitely looks more balanced but in a T20 format, short bursts of excellence can completely change a game.Probable XIs CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C) (WK), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the two key players for Royal Challengers BangaloreIANSRCB: Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers, Shimron Hetmeyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed SirajGlobal TV listingsSubcontinentSubcontinentStar SportsStar SportsSubcontinentUKStar SportsStar GoldSubcontinentAustraliaStar SportsFox SportsSubcontinentSouth AfricaStar SportsSuperSportSubcontinentCanadaStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentUSAStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentCaribbeanStar SportsSportsMaxSubcontinentBangladeshStar SportsChannel 9SubcontinentNew ZealandStar SportsSky SportsSubcontinentAfghanistanStar SportsLemar TV CaribbeanSportsMax SubcontinentStar Sports BangladeshChannel 9 Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finals IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:23Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … AustraliaFox Sports CanadaWillow TVcenter_img South AfricaSuperSport New ZealandSky Sports Close UKStar Gold USAWillow TV AfghanistanLemar TVlast_img read more

Flood situation deteriorates in 4 dists

first_imgOverflown Jamuna river inundates Bordah area in Sariakandi of Bogra district.The flood situation in Jamalpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha deteriorated further as major rivers there kept overflowing on Thursday, leaving two children dead and thousands of people marooned, reports UNB.In Gaibandha, two children — Sawpna Khatun of Kamarjani union in Sadar upazila and Pinha of Kabilpur in Phulchhari upazila — drowned in floodwater on Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.Besides, river erosion took a furious turn as water level in Bramhaputra and Ghaghat rivers continued to rise over the last few days, witnesses said.The people of the flood-hit areas have been facing immense sufferings for lack of adequate food, safe drinking water and sanitation.District administration source said a total of 2,10,000 people of 190 villages in 29 unions were affected by the flood while only 3,000 people took refuge in shelter centers. Besides, at least 123 primary schools remained closed in four upazilas of the district due to the flood.In Kurigram, the overall flood situation of the district worsened further as the Brahmaputra was flowing 37 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 18 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.The water level in Dudhkumar increased by 4 cm, while the flow of the Teesta decreased by 14 cm. The two rivers were flowing slight below their danger levels.In the last 24 hours, 15 villages went under water afresh.Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.More than 2,00,000 people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.Though the government has initiated the distribution of relief materials in the flood-affected areas but it is not adequate, said locals.Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said they distributed three mts rice, cash Tk 8 lakh, 2,000 packets of dry food among flood-affected people in seven upazilas.In Jamalpur, almost one lakh people have been marooned in 35 unions in six upazilas and the Jamuna River was flowing 84 centimetres above the danger level at Bahadurshah point.District Relief and Rehabilitation office sources said seven unions of Islampur, eight of Dewanganj, seven in Madarganj, five in Sarishbari, three in Bakshiganj and one union in Melanandah were inundated.District primary education officer Md Shahidul Islam said a total 187 schools in seven upazilas remained shut due to the flood.Civil Surgeon Mosa-e-ul-Islam Ratan said 77 medical teams have been working with one in each union of the district.Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Kabir said they have distributed 180 mts rice, Tk 3.10 lakh among the flood victims.In Lalmonirhat, over one lakh people at 36 villages of 16 unions in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.The Teesta River was flowing 20 cm below the danger level while the Dharola was flowing 25 cm above the red mark at Kulaghat point on Thursday morning, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.Sudden decrease in water flow triggered serious river erosion in some areas. The Teesta and Dharla devoured at least 63 houses in the last 24 hours.Besides, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Md Alauddin Khan said they distributed 500 packets of dry food, Tk 2,00,000 in cash and 8 tonnes of GR rice among the flood-affected people in Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas.last_img read more

Gentrification Good for Some Black Owned Businesses

first_imgOwners at Lee’s Flower Shop say business has grown tremendously in recent years.WASHINGTON — It is a busy time for Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, just days before Valentine’s Day, when Americans spend $1.9 billion on flowers and 64 percent of men and 36 percent of women give flowes to a significant other. The staff in the shop, located on U Street and 11th Avenue in northwest Washington, is swamped as workers rush tor fill orders for weddings, Valentine’s Day, and other events.Two blocks away on the corner of U Street and Georgia Avenue, workers at Johnnie’s Florist, another black-owned floral shop in the Shaw neighborhood, are just as hurried.  Business is good. This year, business is better than it has been in a long time as the flood of new residents into the neighborhood, most of them White, have the cash registers at both establishments ringing like never before.“In the past five years, we have seen business grow tremendously,” said Stacy Lee Banks, a third generation owner of the store her grandparents started in 1945.  “People want fresh flowers for their home, for dinner parties, for dates.“Because the people of the neighborhood are changing, you have those with eclectic interests. There are more and more people into plants, herbs, and flowers. They have a passion for these things.  So they don’t mind spending.”Johnnie Harris echoed those sentiments. “We have clients all over the D.C. metro area,” Harris said, “but the new boom in the neighborhood has definitely been a plus.”In the past five years, U Street and Georgia Avenue have undergone tremendous change as new residents, most of them White, have moved in. Expensive condominiums, renovated homes and businesses, trendy bars, restaurants, and lounges have changed the landscape and demographics of the area.   Some long-time residents sold their homes at a profit and moved to the suburbs or to retirement communities.  Others, however, were forced out by climbing rents or newly constructed high-end housing.While gentrification has been bad for some, causing businesses to shrink and close, it has been good for Lee’s and Johnnie’s.  “Gentrification has had no effect on my business in a negative way,” said Harris, who has been in business for 20 years. “We have profited for there being changes around the area.”Lee’s has seen profits double in the past five years, said Lee-Banks, a business graduate of nearby Howard University who began working in the store at age 12.  “Business is booming,” she said.  “At one point, the majority of our customers were half and half, and now it’s mostly White. There is nothing wrong with it.  We accommodate our customers and business is better than ever before.”Though profits are soaring and business is doing well, Lee Banks said she does have some regrets. “Although I love the new business and customers we receive, it has been bittersweet,” she said, “sweet for us and the business, but bitter for the people of the community who have lost their homes.”last_img read more

Study shows crayfish exhibit anxietylike behavior when stressed

first_img Play Spontaneous behavior of unstressed crayfish in the aquatic dark/light plus-shaped maze. Credit: Pascal Fossat. In another part of the experiment, the researchers examined the stressed crayfish and found they had elevated levels of serotonin, the same neurotransmitter that has been found to be elevated in stressed humans. The team found that they could cause the same types of protective behavior in the crayfish just by injecting them with serotonin. They also found that they could calm the crayfish by injecting them with chlordiazepoxide, a drug used to treat anxiety in humans—afterwards the stressed subjects ventured into the well-lit parts of the tanks in much the same ways as the unstressed crayfish. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Science 13 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6189 pp. 1293-1297 DOI: 10.1126/science.1248811 A new tiny species of crayfish from the swamps of coastal eastern Australia Citation: Study shows crayfish exhibit anxiety-like behavior when stressed (2014, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-crayfish-anxiety-like-behavior-stressed.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in France has found that when stressed, crayfish tend to exhibit anxiety-like behavior. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they conducted experiments involving crayfish behavior under stressful conditions and found that in addition to changes in behavior, the crustaceans also had elevated levels of a neurotransmitter also found in stressed humans. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Stress and anxiety are common problems in modern life as people try to fulfill expectations that arise from their jobs, family life and friends. Prior research has shown that stress is hard on people, both mentally and physically. For that reason, scientists have been searching for many years for ways to alleviate the stress that people feel—they’ve come up with many solutions, from advocating exercise to administering pharmaceuticals. None have been found to be the ultimate cure, however, so the search continues. In this new effort, the researchers in France studied anxiety behavior due to stress in crayfish to gain a new perspective on the condition and perhaps ways to treat it.To find out how crayfish respond to stress, the researchers subjected several of them to mild electric shocks then placed them into a specially designed tank of water—it was shaped like a cross, with two wings well lit, and two left in the dark. The researchers found that when the stressed crayfish were placed into the tank, they tended to avoid the well lit wings—a protective sort of behavior. Unstressed crayfish placed in the tank were tentative but did eventually explore the well-lit parts of the tank as they searched for food. Play This AAAS animation describes a primitive form of anxiety in crayfish, which is controlled by serotonin and treatable with anxiolytic drugs. Credit: Science/AAAS. The researchers note that their findings do not indicate that crayfish feel stress or anxiety in the same ways as we do, but instead suggest that the mechanism behind both is clearly similar, which hints at a shared evolutionary origin. A crayfish entering a light arm. Credit: Jean-Paul Delbecque. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more