Letterkenny conference told of damage caused by homelessness

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Google+ By News Highland – May 27, 2010 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleExplosive device dealt with in StrabaneNext articleDepartment of Agriculture of discriminating against Donegal – Deputy McHugh News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A leading housing charity is forecasting a sharp rise in the number of people in mortgage arrears  this year.New figures published by the Financial Regulator today revealed a 13% increase in accounts in arrears during the first three months of the year.By the end of March, over 32,000 account holders were not making their repayments. However,  the number of legal actions dropped by almost 5% compared to the end of last year.Meanwhile, Dublin based campaigner Fr Peter Mc Verry has been addressing a conference in Letterkenny about the social damage caused by homelessness and exclusion.The conference, which was on the theme ‘Belonging – It’s a Human Right.’ was organised by Donegal Community Development Board’s Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, with support from PEACE III.CDB Chairperson Dessie Larkin says it was a sobering discussion……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/000dessi7.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Letterkenny conference told of damage caused by homelessness Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers last_img read more

The trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’

first_imgiStock/BackyardProduction(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico.As the island slowly rebuilds, first responders, healthcare providers and scientists on the island have been left to deal with the emotional toll on their communities and their own families as members of the “Maria Generation.” Though 64 people died as a direct result of the storm, an estimated 2,975 died as a result of its aftermath, according to Puerto Rico’s most recent official counts based on a study published in August of 2018, conducted by George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico.There has been disagreement about the exact death toll. For example, President Donald Trump tweeted in September of last year that it was as low as six to 18 people. Regardless, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 100 percent of the Puerto Rican population was affected by the storm in some way.As a result of the storm, children on the island were particularly hard-hit, missing an average of 78 days of school, some with no school to return to, and one in four have suffered anxiety, according to a recent report from Instituto Desarrollo Juventud, a group that seeks to advance public policies for the welfare of children.Such “adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) [are] especially detrimental for children, with long-term negative effects on learning, behavior and health,” Victoria Brown, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF), the largest public health philanthropy in the U.S., told ABC News.Of the estimated 175 million children impacted by natural disasters every year in the last decade, those who survive ACEs, like parental separation, may be at an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“For three weeks I thought my kid was dead,” Alexia Suarez, psychological program manager for Americares Puerto Rico Mental Health Services, told ABC News. “And that is devastating.” She added that healing is “an ongoing process because he developed a lot of mistrust.”Children are not alone in coping with ongoing mental health effects.Nerdys Nives, an employee of the Department of Human Resources at Ryder Hospital, told ABC news that 35 hospital employees lost their homes, and three lost family members to the storm. Her hospital is in the town of Humacao, near where the hurricane first hit the island. Nives’ home was destroyed.“I had depression and would cry every time I thought of what I lost in the hurricane,” she said.Aid beyond FEMAPuerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S., and Puerto Ricans have partial voting rights and pay U.S. federal employment taxes, but only pay federal income taxes in some cases.Although the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helped respond to Hurricane Maria, the agency has acknowledged its own shortcomings in its response to this disaster.The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s government-funded medical research agency, has since stepped in to support research around to rebuild and recover.Because Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, the country is eligible to apply for NIH funding, according to Dr. Karen Martinez, associate professor and director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Fear and Anxiety at the University of Puerto Rico. She said that after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the NIH, gave out small grants to study the health effects of the hurricanes. Martinez is part of a team that has grant funding from the NIH to study the biological effects that occur in the babies of pregnant women affected by the hurricane.Since fiscal year of 2018, the NIH has allocated $33,106,284 to the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences, and additional money to other institutions.ResilienceIn Puerto Rico, 31 percent of families suffered a deterioration of their socioeconomic status after Hurricane Maria, according to a recent public policy report from the Instituto Desarrollo Juventud. The island is still covered in “an ocean of tarps on the roofs of many houses,” Suarez said.But beyond physical needs, the need for social and psychological services continues to be a problem, according to Suarez.The RWJF — which promotes resilience building education, advocacy and private grant funding — recently gave $800,000 to Americares to help provide such services.“The [RWJ] Foundation’s response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria have been focused toward supporting behavioral health interventions, especially those aimed at vulnerable children and families. The intent is that these interventions, support and trauma-informed responses can mitigate the impact of this traumatic life event,” said Brown.Suarez explained that Americares provides workshops for healthcare and first-responder organizations to teach “how to recognize trauma related symptoms in themselves as well as the people they serve.”Nerdys Nives said that after working with Americares, she no longer suffers from depression.Americares will also work with the Puerto Rico Pediatric Society to provide services for children.“The literature is clear that the best way to address mental health in children and adolescents is in schools, and we lack a school mental health program,” said Martinez.Evaluation and sustainabilityThough programs like Americares have an important mission, some have voiced concerns over their staying power, and whether their approaches are evidence-based.“What I am most worried about is the long-term sustainability of these programs,” Martinez warned.Nives, however, said that the program aims for longevity.“After [employees] receive the training, they can go out to loved ones and people they know that are also going through these difficult situations and spread that help to get better and learn how to cope,” explained Nives.Americares evaluates all participants before and after involvement with the program to measure its benefits, with NIH funding to analyze and improve program outcomes, according to Suarez.Despite the challenges of community-based programs like Americares, Nives says she wishes everyone had such an opportunity.“Americares was the blessing that came to this hospital to help lift us up!”Dr. Robin Ortiz is an internist and pediatrician and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit. 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Alan Pardew questions costly Dwight Gayle dismissal after Palace suffer defeat

first_img And four minutes into stoppage time Payet raced onto Lanzini’s through-ball before deftly chipping Wayne Hennessey to seal West Ham’s fourth away win of the season – and their best according to manager Slaven Bilic. “We had to be patient and stay in position,” said Bilic. “It’s not easy to score against a team basically defending with nine men. “I was more pleased with performance in the first half. We came here with respect for Palace, they are doing well, they have quality and are the best in the country at set-pieces. “I told the players last night to forget about beating Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and that this is the game I am looking forward to. “We had to match them and hope our quality on the ball would make the difference – and it did.” The sides were locked at 1-1 after Yohan Cabaye’s penalty cancelled out Carl Jenkinson’s opener when striker Gayle launched into a rash challenge on Dimitri Payet. Having been booked for that, Gayle should surely have known better than to slide in on Cheikou Kouyate a minute before half-time. Press Association Alan Pardew admitted Dwight Gayle’s sending-off proved costly as 10-man Crystal Palace were floored by two late goals to go down 3-1 at home to West Ham. Eagles boss Pardew felt referee Mark Clattenburg was quick to produce a second yellow and Gayle’s indiscipline was crucial as West Ham eventually snatched victory through goals from Manuel Lanzini and Payet. “The first challenge from Dwight was bad and was a yellow card,” said Pardew. “But the second, he’s missed the ball by about a centimetre. Perhaps he shouldn’t have made the challenge, and he will have to learn from that, but I still think the referee was hasty. “I said to the referee at half-time ‘did it really warrant that’? Perhaps if he’d taken a couple of seconds after the tackle he might have given him a final warning. I thought the game deserved that. “It kind of knocked the occasion – although not for West Ham, because it played into their hands.” Jenkinson bagged his second goal in two games with a fine 23rd-minute strike, only for the right-back to promptly give away a penalty when he knocked Gayle over in the opposite box. Cabaye tucked away the penalty – but Gayle had encroached in the area, forcing a retake which the France midfielder neatly dispatched into the opposite corner. The 10 men appeared to have held on for a point until the 88th minute when Mauro Zarate crossed to fellow substitute Andy Carroll, who headed back across goal for Lanzini to lash home. last_img read more

Humboldt State football’s 2016 schedule features five home games, lots of travel

first_imgARCATA >> Rob Smith doesn’t hide his desire to continue the Humboldt State football program’s upward trajectory.He not only wants to see his team continue to be one of the best in its region, but also make more of a mark on the national stage.That means building a schedule that will allow the Jacks to potentially get more quality wins and more national attention. And that’s certainly going to be the case come the 2016 season, as Smith has announced an 11-game schedule that will see Humboldt …last_img read more

SA looks at pension for low-income earners

first_img19 January 2015The Department of Labour was looking into the introduction of a national retirement mechanism for low-income earners in South Africa, Compensation Fund Commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto told a departmental workshop in Irene, in Tshwane on 16 January.A discussion paper would soon be tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), once it had been approved by the Cabinet.The department’s two-day mid-term review workshop was held to evaluate its achievements against targets set, as well as its Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan in the financial year under review. It also looked at crafting a future strategic direction.The workshop was attended by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant; Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa; and Director-General Thobile Lamati, as well as heads of branches and various public entities such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund; the Compensation Fund; Productivity SA; the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, the Sheltered Employment Factories and Nedlac.During its investigation of the retirement mechanism, the department will turn to the International Labour Organization for information on international best practice, according to spokesperson Mokgadi Pela.The initiative is part of the government’s efforts to reform South Africa’s broader social security system. Another process under consideration is the inclusion of government employees in the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act benefits.The reform of social security policies is to be aligned with labour market initiatives, Pela says.Statistics South Africa’s most recent General Household Survey, released on 18 June 2014, reported that the number of people receiving a social grant from the state grew from 12.7% in 2003 to 30.2% in 2013, while the number of households receiving at least one social grant increased from 29.9% to 45.5% over the same period.Meanwhile, the September 2014 Quarterly Employment Statistics report, released by Statistics South Africa on 11 December 2014, reported that total formal non- agricultural employment decreased by 129 000 jobs from 8.67 million in June 2014 to 8.54 million in September.A total of 132 000 jobs were lost in the government sector, mainly at the Independent Electoral Commission, which shed a large number of jobs following the general elections in May 2014. During the September quarter, 9 000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing industry, while 3 000 jobs were lost in both the construction and transport industries.However, quarter-on-quarter increases were reported by the mining (8 000), finance (6 000) and trade (4 000) industries.Year-on-year, an additional 83 000 formal jobs were created between September 2013 and September 2014, an annual increase of 1%. The largest increase was recorded by the community services industry (73 000), followed by the trade and finance industries, with 21 000 and 20 000 jobs, respectively.Gross earnings paid to employees increased by R18.9-billion (+4,6%) from R409-billion in June 2014 to R428-billion in September 2014. The mining industry recorded the largest quarterly percentage increase of 20.9% in earnings, signalling the return of mine workers after the lengthy strike in the platinum belt.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Unfolding Animation in Adobe After Effects

first_img1Create a new composition. Create the letter “U” and lock. 3Scale up to fill in bottom of the “U”. 6Create a new point light. 13Pre compose. 10Duplicate the letter so that each triangle layer has a duplicated letter under it. 2Create a new polygon shape layer, set stroke to 0, points to 3 and toggle 3d on. 7Duplicate triangle layers and parent each duplicate to the original. 11Parent each letter to it’s corresponding triangle (after you move the playhead to the end). 8Easy Ease and offset layers by 4 frames. 14Duplicate and flip horizontally. 12Select all letter layers and set to alpha matte. Change the transfer mode to alpha. Add and change the strokes from 0 to 2. Fold and unfold elements in your After Effects project! In this tutorial we show you how to create this visually impressive effect.In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial, you’ll learn how to fold (and unfold) objects in After Effects. The tutorial specifically covers folding/unfolding a letter, but you can certainly use this technique for any number of elements. We’ll cover a few advanced AE fundamentals, including:Position snappingParentingUsing the Graph EditorPrefer reading to watching? Check out the full step-by-step tutorial below.It is very easy to get overwhelmed when working with an After Effects project with many layers, such as this one. Be sure to label all your layers so you don’t get confused!See our blog for more informative tutorials in Adobe After Effects, as well as other professional video editing and motion graphics applications.Step-by-Step: Unfolding After Effects Tutorial 4Duplicate the root and snap to the center of the triangle vertex. 5Set 1 second rotation keyframes to the top layer over the X axis. 9Continue duplicating until the entire right side of the letter is covered by triangles.last_img read more

Jeff Horn lets Manny Pacquiao know he’s ready for a May 2019 bout

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The problem, however, is that the other welterweight World champions have scheduled fights in March and April.Shawn Porter, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao’s, will defend the WBC title on March 9 while Errol Spence will stake the IBF championship on March 16.Terrence Crawford, who is with Top Rank, will go up against Amir Khan for the defense of the WBO belt.Keith Thurman, the owner of the WBA Super World welterweight belt, was just coming off a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez on January 26.This leaves Horn, who owns two regional titles from WBA and WBO, as a viable opponent for Pacquiao but the Filipino shrugged off his former foe’s wishes.“I was willing to do a rematch with them but they didn’t want to. And now that I am back on top and they are coming off a loss, they are asking for a rematch. No way,” said Pacquiao in the Manila Bulletin report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s a coincidence because May suits me perfectly also,” said Horn (19-1-1) in his Instagram account. MOST READ Horn does have the upper hand against Pacquiao (61-7-2) albeit through a controversial unanimous decision win to take the WBO World welterweight title back in July of 2017.Pacquiao has since bounced back from that shock loss with back-to-back wins, the first of which to take the WBA 147-lb title from Lucas Matthysse via knockout in July 2018 and the last one a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in January 2019 to retain the strap.As per Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao told Premier Boxing Champions—the company that handles the best welterweights—that a May fight suits him since this is the time the Philippine Senate goes into recess to accommodate the 2019 midterm elections.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, lands a left to during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APMANILA, Philippines—Jeff Horn is ready to step up and face Manny Pacquiao for a potential rematch, if it what he teases comes to fruition.The Australian teacher-turned-prize fighter expressed through Instagram his willingness to fight the legendary Filipino with Pacquiao eyeing another match potentially in May.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ex-NBA exec joins ONE Championship as new VP International SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

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