OTTAWA – Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.The online survey, commissioned by the Public Health Agency of Canada to gauge the country’s grasp and awareness of the concussion issue, found that while 97 per cent of respondents consider it an important health problem, only 51 per cent said they knew where to get information on avoiding one.Forty-six per cent of respondents reported knowing what to do when someone gets a concussion, while 40 per cent said they can recognize the symptoms.About half of those who took part in the survey reported having little or no knowledge about concussions, although most knew the condition as “a blow to the head that causes a variety of symptoms, such as headache or blurred vision.”Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has been mandated to work with the minister of sport and persons with disabilities to implement a pan-Canadian concussion strategy and raise awareness for parents, coaches, and athletes on concussion treatment.Steve Podborski, the president and CEO of Parachute Canada, said the biggest gap in knowledge is at home, where unlike a broken leg or cut, the symptoms of the problem can remain hidden.Parachute Canada developed federal guidelines on concussions in sport last year and Podborski said the goal was to get 20 national sports organizations to adopt the guidelines. As of last month, more than 40 national sports organizations have signed on.Despite the survey’s findings that Canadians don’t know where to find preventative information, Podborski said he’s confident that if they Google “concussion Canada,” his organization’s protocols will show up on the main page.The guidelines aren’t only designed for sports-related concussions, he noted.“I like to say if you take the word ‘sport’ out of The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport —you’ve got a concussion protocol you should use too. It’s generic,” he said.“This is for anybody’s head.”The survey, conducted last winter by market research firm Kantar TNS, gathered responses from 1,895 Canadians aged 18 and older, as well as 391 health care providers.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not random and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Canadians surveyed indicated they know what steps to take if someone has suffered a concussion, but the report notes that respondents were provided a variety of responses and were therefore prompted with options that included the correct answer.The survey also used true or false statements, so in some cases a respondent could guess correctly half the time.The survey also measured concussion awareness and knowledge among parents, teachers, coaches and health care providers.Parents were found to have similar levels of knowledge as the general population, but they were more likely to have searched for information, and to know where to find preventative information and what to do in the event that someone sustains the injury.Teachers were more knowledgeable than the general population in some areas, such as identifying symptoms, and coaches tended to have higher awareness and self-reported knowledge in most areas.Ninety-seven per cent of health care providers said concussion is an important health care issue and 85 per cent reported knowing where to find reliable information on concussion diagnosis.Michelle McDonald, the executive director of Brain Injury Canada, said there’s a need for more education, citing the part of the survey that suggests most respondents believe wearing a helmet can prevent a concussion.“A concussion is caused by the brain hitting the skull on either side, so when you have that blunt force, like someone falling off their bike, the helmet isn’t protecting the inside of the brain — and that’s where the concussion happens.”
VICTORIA — Long stretches of warm weather this spring and too few rainy days are raising alarms about drought across British Columbia.Drought levels have been raised already for parts of the province and Dave Campbell, with the B.C. River Forecast Centre, says the current forecast points to drought conditions provincewide in the coming weeks.Campbell says the snow pack levels from last winter are half of what they would normally be and between 55 per cent and 100 per cent of the snow pack that feeds many of the provincial waterways has already melted.He says if the dry spell continues and spring rains don’t arrive soon, B.C. will start to experience increasing drought conditions by the end of June.Last year, dry weather contributed to B.C.’s record wildfire season, with more than 2,100 fires consuming more than 13,000 square kilometres of forests, grasslands and property.Richard Kennett, an owner of Bucky’s Sports Shop in Duncan, B.C., says local fishing streams and salmon spawning waterways are already at low levels and he worries salmon will not be able to get to their spawning grounds this year. The Canadian Press read more
Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Lance Sampson, a.k.a. aquakultre was announced as the winner of the nation-wide contest on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Though the band was not announced today as the grand prize winner of the CBC Searchlight contest, Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway still managed the impressive feat of finishing the contest as one of the Top 10 finalists.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019. The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the contest’s Top 10 after they ranked in the top five for number of votes cast out of the Top 100 artists. read more
3. Does achieving your current metrics mean that you’ve achieved success?Is it possible to hit all of your metrics and still fall short of your desired results? This happens in the contact center more often than you may realize. Whether it’s quality scores that don’t equate to customer satisfaction results, average handle time metrics that drive the wrong behaviors, or underestimating the contact center’s strategic value and thus limiting investment, each of your metrics should be leading toward your overall success. 4. Are your employees able to impact the metrics for which they’re being held accountable? Can they articulate why each of those metrics matter?One of the worst things that can happen in any organization is to hold someone responsible for something that they can’t affect. It’s demotivating, counter-productive, and often leads to undesired behaviors and outcomes. If organizations want to see their employees drive success, then their employees should only be held accountable for metrics that they can affect. Additionally, employees should understand why each metric matters, how it’s measured, and the role that they plan in impacting it. As 2018 winds to a close, it’s a natural time for contact center leaders to reflect on the year’s achievements, evaluate employee performance, and review and revise goals for the coming year. The meetings and conversations that happen this time of year present a great opportunity to reconsider which metrics are most important — or risk falling into the trap of doing what’s always been done. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? One of the best exercises that I did every year as a contact center leader was to evaluate whether our metrics were providing the most meaningful measures of success. Answering the following set of questions enables you to clarify priorities, engage your employees, and align your resources with the desired outcomes that your organization wants to pursue. 1. What outcomes matter most to your business? Your customers? Your employees?These groups each have a distinct set of expectations and your metrics should indicate whether we’re delivering on what matters most to them. Business metrics for the contact center should focus on cost-efficient service that maximizes revenue. Customers are concerned with metrics that affect whether they can receive service when they want it, where they want it, and without worry once they have it. Employees, on the other hand, want performance measures that make sense to them and aren’t designed for burnout. Goals_Metrics_774.png Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. At Talkdesk, we understand the importance of measuring the most meaningful contact center metrics, which is why we’ve committed to a 100% Uptime SLA. Click here to learn more and discover how we’re helping contact centers achieve success in 2019.Tags:Best PracticesTalkdeskmetricsCXperformance measuresContact Center & Customer ExperienceCCaaSVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » 2. Do your existing metrics define and measure progress toward your goals and desired outcomes?It’s not uncommon for contact centers to measure metrics in terms of “did” or “did not” achieve, meanwhile losing sight of progress along the way. Your metrics shouldn’t just exist to define the finish line. The right performance measures will serve as milestones and indicators of success or failure, which are critical to employee development and coaching conversations. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Log in or register to post comments read more
True Religion Apparel agrees to offer of about $826 million from investment management firm VERNON, Calif. – True Religion Apparel, best known for its high priced denim, has agreed to a buyout offer of about $826 million from the investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners LP.The announcement Friday comes seven months after True Religion said it was exploring strategic options. Like many high-end jean companies, True Religion’s business suffered in recent years as recession-scarred shoppers no longer wanted to pay $200 for a pair of jeans.In March, its CEO Jeff Lubell stepped down and was named chairman emeritus and a creative consultant.TowerBrook Capital has previously invested in companies including designer shoe marketer Jimmy Choo and athletic apparel retailer Odlo but has since sold those stakes.It has agreed to pay $32 per share for True Religion, a 9 per cent premium to its closing price of $29.44 on Thursday.“At this critical inflection point in our business, global growth and product development effort, TowerBrook’s support and experience will be a true differentiator,” Lynn Koplin, the interim CEO and president of True Religion, said in a statement.True Religion’s board unanimously approved the transaction. It still needs approval from the Vernon, Calif., company’s stockholders.Separately, True Religion Apparel Inc. reported a dramatic drop in its first-quarter net income on Friday as the company’s results were dragged down by costs of the company’s strategic review and the separation agreement with Lubell.Its shares rose $2.38, or 8 per cent, to close at $31.82 Friday, after reaching a 52-week high of $31.85 earlier. Shares were still below the offered price. That suggests investors don’t anticipate a richer offer.For the first quarter ended March 31, True Religion posted net income of $526,000, or 2 cents per share, compared with $10.4 million, or 41 cents per share, in the year ago period.Excluding the items, the company earned 22 cents per share for the quarter. Analysts expected 34 cents per share, according to a survey by FactSet.Revenue increased 13.1 per cent to $120.8 million. Analysts expected revenue of $113.2 million.FactSet says True Religion has approximately 25.8 million outstanding shares. The companies put the deal’s total value at about $835 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more
Loonie closes at highest level in more than a month; stock markets pull back TORONTO – The Canadian dollar continued to ride higher with oil prices Tuesday, as both the currency and a barrel of crude climbed in value for a fourth straight day.The loonie added 0.38 of a cent to 77.80 cents U.S., closing at its highest level in more than a month amid a weakening U.S. dollar. The loonie hasn’t closed above 78 cents US since June 23.The currency found support from oil prices, as the September crude contract added 84 cents at US$46.58 per barrel amid growing hopes that OPEC will reach an output deal when the group meets next month.Oil prices have been lifted in recent days after it was reported that Saudi Arabia may be willing to curb production with other OPEC nations to put a floor under prices. These rumours were helped after Russia said it would work with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, to help achieve market stability.“There is some discussion that the Saudis are willing to talk about restraining production and getting some of the supply overhang off the market faster than expected,” said Roland Chalupka, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Canada.He also noted that U.S. rig counts are also in decline, which has been helping crude prices.Meanwhile, North American equity markets ended in the red with Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index losing 73.58 points at 14,703.44, weighed down by gold and materials stocks.In New York, the three major indices retreated from the all-time record closes seen on Monday.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 84.03 points to 18,552.02, the S&P 500 slipped 12 points to 2,178.15 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite snapped three days of record closes and declined 34.91 points to 5,227.11.Much of the retreat was blamed on hawkish comments coming out of the U.S. Federal Reserve, which hinted that a rate hike might come sooner than expected.On Tuesday, New York Fed president William Dudley told Fox Business Network that it’s “possible” for the central bank to rate raise at its September policy meeting if the data supports such a move.Most economists believe the earliest a hike may come would be in December, after the U.S. presidential election or in the new year.But Chalupka said Dudley’s comments were meant as a reminder to stock markets that the bank’s accommodative policies will not last forever.“It’s a balancing act. They have to temper their dovish comments and support for the markets with some hawkish comments so they’re not seen as being so far behind the curve, if inflation does rear its head,” he said.The Fed is set to release the minutes of its July meeting on Wednesday.In commodities, the September natural gas advanced three cents to US$2.62 per mmBTU, September copper was ahead two cents at US$2.17 per pound and December gold contracts rose $9.40 to US$1,356.90.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
ATLANTA (4-8) at GREEN BAY (4-7-1)SUNDAY, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Packers by 6 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-9, Green Bay 4-7-1SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 17-16LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Packers 34-23, Sept. 17, 2017LAST WEEK — Falcons lost to Ravens 26-16; Packers lost to Cardinals 20-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 23, Packers No. 21FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (32), PASS (5)FALCONS Defence — OVERALL (26), RUSH (27), PASS (25)PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (21), PASS (6)PACKERS Defence — OVERALL (13), RUSH (25), PASS (6)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES —Meeting between now struggling participants of NFC title game in 2016 season won by Falcons. … Atlanta has won three straight in series. … Previous meeting was in Atlanta for Falcons’ first win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. … QB Matt Ryan third in NFL with 3,814 yards passing. Ryan has 124.9 rating with 12 TDs and one INT in last four against Packers, including playoffs. … RB Ito Smith second among NFC rookies with four rushing TDs. … WR Julio Jones leads NFL with 1,323 yards receiving. … LB Deion Jones had career-high 15 tackles and sack last week, returning after missing 10 games due to injury. … Defence 31st in NFL against third downs (51 per cent). … Packers led by interim head coach Joe Philbin for first time following firing of Mike McCarthy. … Also offensive co-ordinator, Philbin calling plays for first time in 16 NFL seasons. … QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown franchise record 336 attempts without INT, trailing only Patriots QB Tom Brady (358 in 2010-11) for longest such stretch in league history. … Offense 26th in league in third-down situations (35.6 per cent) … RB Aaron Jones second in NFL with 5.73 yards per carry average. Jones’ six TDs since Week 10 tied with Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey for most in league in that span. … WR Davante Adams tied for second in NFL with 11 TD catches. … LB Blake Martinez has NFC-high 106 tackles. … Fantasy tip: TE Jimmy Graham coming off game with season-high eight catches for 50 yards. Graham also had 11 targets against Cardinals, tying season high.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said that he has no intention of re-opening the Moriarty Tribunal – or any other tribunal.He made the comment during Leaders’ Questions today, when questioned by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.Re-examinationDeputy Martin asked him if he would facilitate re-examination of new issues related to the Moriarty Tribunal, by a tribunal of inquiry. He made the comments in relation to an article in the Sunday Independent at the weekend that contained a transcript of a conversation between Deputy Michael Lowry and land agent Kevin Phelan that mentioned a previously undisclosed sum of between €200,000 – €250,000.However, the Taoiseach said that when a tribunal is set up by the houses of Oireachtas, the Oireachtas has no further function. Kenny said he agreed with Martin that if any information comes to light it should be forwarded to the appropriate authorities as well, but that whether there was any validity or veracity to the transcript “it’s not for me to judge”.While Martin said that “there is enough new material there for this house to revisit the issue”, and questioned if the new information means that the tribunal “might have been fatally undermined” and if that concerned the Taoiseach, Kenny said that the comments he made could have been applied to a number of other personalities in other tribunals also.Martin said no one has denied the veracity of the transcript and that he believed “there’s enough new material there for his house to revisit the issue”.The Taoiseach said he has “no intention to re-open the tribunal or any other tribunal”. “If there is information out there that somebody has access to, I would suggest they bring that information to the appropriate authorities,” he said.Read: Lowry: Payment in taped conversation was tax compliant> read more
Une bactérie ‘accro’ à la caféine pour lutter contre la pollution de l’eau ?Une équipe de microbiologistes américain a mis au point une bactérie génétiquement modifiée qui a absolument besoin de caféine pour vivre. Elle pourrait permettre notamment de lutter contre la pollution de l’eau.Tout comme certaines personnes, la bactérie Pseudomonas putida CBB5 a besoin de sa dose quotidienne de caféine ! En effet, cette bactérie ne peut vivre qu’en présence de caféine qu’elle est capable de métaboliser. C’est en transplantant le gène de cette bactérie capable de cette métabolisation qu’une équipe de microbiologistes de l’université d’Austin, au Texas, a créé génétiquement une bactérie E. Coli elle-même capable de cela.Comme l’expliquent les chercheurs cités par le Huffington Post, “E. coli est un micro-organisme très bien connu et facile à manipuler génétiquement”. Pour le Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick qui a dirigé les recherches, c’est un organisme de test idéal dans le domaine de la biotechnologie. Après avoir inséré le gène, les scientifiques ont ainsi cultivé les micro-organismes qui ont réussi à se multiplier sans difficulté. Ceci a alors permis d’obtenir des bactéries E. coli tout aussi “accro” à la caféine que l’est Pseudomonas putida CBB5. Si l’étude réalisée représente déjà une prouesse biotechnologique, cette bactérie ainsi modifiée pourrait se révéler très utile dans un domaine inattendu. En effet, elle serait en mesure de dépolluer l’eau qui, de nos jours, véhicule énormément de caféine provenant des cafés, des sodas, de certains médicaments, etc. Depuis quelques années, cette substance est devenue un véritable polluant dans les zones très habitées mais les moyens de s’en débarrasser manquent.Dépolluer les eaux hautement caféinées À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, les microbiologistes espèrent que cette bactérie insatiable de caféine pourrait être capable de se gaver de cette substance, de s’en débarrasser et de la dégrader dans le but de dépolluer des eaux contaminées. De la même manière, selon les chercheurs, elle pourrait aussi permettre de détoxifier les matériaux hautement caféinés issus de la séparation des graines et des baies de café. “L’E.coli dépendant pourrait être utilisée comme un biocapteur des niveaux de caféine dans des environnements hautement pollués, de la même manière qu’elle pourrait servir à mesurer combien de caféine il y a dans l’expresso que vous buvez au café”, a ainsi conclu Barrick. Le 3 avril 2013 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambert read more
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie, Ore., say four people suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a chemical cloud was released from a manufacturing business.The release prompted the evacuation of Precision Castparts. Officials warned residents within a half-mile radius to stay inside Wednesday night.At 5 a.m. today, emergency officials declared the area clear and workers were returning to the plant.Two firefighters and two company employees suffered respiratory irritation. Clackamas Fire District 1 spokesman Steve McAdoo says they were taken to a hospital as a precaution.The Oregonian described the cloud as hydrochloric and nitric acid. McAdoo says a power failure affected the air scrubber that scrubs the fumes at the plant, so fumes built up and then escaped. He says the chemicals are used to clean and cut metal.Precision Castparts’ website describes it as a manufacturer of complex metal products. read more
Tags Sci-Tech The Mars Express imagery isn’t the first sign of long-gone rivers on Mars, but it’s one of the reasons we still hold out hope of one day finding signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Scientists also suspect Mars is hiding a salty lake under its southern ice cap.Mars is due to get a couple of new rovers from ESA/Roscosmos and NASA over the next few years. Both will be searching for signs of past life. ESA’s river valley view just adds to the anticipation. ESA’s Mars Express caught sight of this dried-out river valley network in November 2018. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Thanks to aerial and satellite views of Earth, we’re all familiar with what river valleys look like from above. Seeing one on Mars highlights how similar our planets can appear despite their drastic differences.The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft has given us a spectacular view of a relic of the Red Planet’s past. It’s dry and dusty now, but we can see the remnants of a branching river valley network. ESA also generated a perspective view that makes it feel like you’re soaring across the planet.A perspective view of a dried-out river valley on Mars. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Mars Express captured the image in November 2018 and ESA shared it on Thursday, saying it shows “clear signs of past water activity.” The valley network is located in a highlands area east of the Huygens impact crater and north of the Hellas impact basin.The valleys have undergone erosion over time, but the branch-like tributaries are still easily to spot.ESA points to recent research indicating “the planet once had a thicker, denser atmosphere that was able to lock in far greater amounts of warmth, and therefore facilitate and support the flow of liquid water on the surface below.” 43 Photos Space Post a comment If Mars had water, this is what it would look like Scientists think Mars lake may be created by recent volcanic activity Mars and water 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Share your voice 0 read more
New Delhi: A day after a major fire broke out in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) complex, the Central government-run hospital began an internal enquiry on Sunday to know what caused the disaster and how to strengthen anti-fire measures. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation at AIIMS along with the hospital Director and senior faculty members. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “The fire which is suspected to have started from the microbiology laboratory area has affected some laboratories and office areas. The hospital area has not been affected by the fire and there has been no casualty,” the hospital said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, AIIMS administration had shifted patients from AB wing to other areas of the hospital. These patients have been shifted back to their respective wards. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us “The hospital along with the emergency department and emergency laboratories is fully functional,” the statement said. It said the AIIMS administration had initiated an internal enquiry to look into the cause of the fire and further strengthen preventive measure. “AIIMS has a regular fire prevention system. There are fire personnel deployed round the clock with fire fighting safety systems regularly tested including clearance of fire exits and corridors. Awareness of fire fighting systems among staff is conducted regularly,” it added. read more
By The Associated PressA man who had been asked to leave an Idaho apartment complex because of bad behavior returned the next day and stabbed nine people, including six children, at a toddler’s birthday party, police said.Refugees from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia were among the injured. Boise Police Chief William Bones said Sunday that while the suspect is an American, investigators have not found any evidence that would indicate the attack was a hate crime. Still, Bones said, it is one of several possibilities that remain under investigation.Timmy Kinner, 30, is seen in a July 1 booking photo provided by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Idaho police have identified Kinner as the suspect in a mass stabbing at a Boise apartment complex on Saturday night. Police say he was a temporary resident who was recently asked to leave the complex. (Ada County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Timmy Kinner showed up late Saturday at the complex, which houses many resettled refugee families in Boise. Kinner, who is not a refugee, targeted the party that was held a few doors down from the apartment where he had stayed for a short time, police said.“This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” Police Chief William Bones said Sunday.The victims included the 3-year-old birthday girl and five other children ages 4 to 12. Three adults who came to their defense were also hurt. Some were gravely wounded, Bones said.A resident of the complex had recently met Kinner, who was new to the area and needed a place to stay, Bones said.“I believe her perception was, ‘Here’s a helping hand I can give in return for a helping hand I have been given,’” Bones said.The resident asked Kinner to leave Friday when his behavior became a problem, and he did so peacefully, Bones said. The police chief did not elaborate on his behavior. The woman was not among the victims.Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing in the grass behind their apartment when the attack began. They saw the suspect chasing people.“We saw him saying, like, bad words and stabbing a kid and a grown-up and really hard and a lot of times,” Esrom said.The two ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with other children until police told them it was safe to come out, he said.“I saw the police cleaning stuff, and then I came outside,” Fathi said. He said the stabbing victims included three families, all of them friends.Kinner, 30, was arrested near the scene and charged with aggravated battery and of injury to a child. Investigators recovered the knife he was believed to have used in a nearby canal, Bones said.The attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history, the police chief said.“The crime scene, the faces of the parents struggling, the tears coming down their faces, the faces of the children in their hospital beds will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life, as will every first responder that night,” he said.The apartment complex is just off of one of Boise’s busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city. On Sunday, colorful bouquets had been placed just outside crime-scene tape.Residents of the apartments and the rest of the community were “reeling” from the violence, Bones said, and will need long-term community support.“This isn’t something that gets over in the days or weeks that follow. … The level of the some of the injuries will be life-altering in a very negative way,” Bones said.Mayor Dave Bieter condemned the stabbings on Twitter.“Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise,” Bieter wrote. “Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act.”Megan Schwab, who works with the International Rescue Committee in Boise, said the organization was working to provide temporary housing, counseling and other support to those affected by the attack.For some of the refugees living at the complex, the attack revived traumatic memories of the war and violence they had fled. The blood from the stabbings reminded residents Ibod Hasn and Thado Aip of the terror they left in Somalia, they said on Sunday.Aip’s son, Fathi Mahamoud, stayed close by her side Sunday, at times sitting on the grass to lean against her legs as he watched the police at the crime scene. read more
A man’s body was found at about 5am on Tuesday morning (November 22) lying along a pathway between Steadville and Tsakane.The deceased had sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest and back.Police are currently investigating a case of murder.The motive for the killing is unclear at this stage.The murder victim has not yet been identified. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! read more
No related posts. Proficiency in English is considered almost requisite to take career strides in Costa Rica. With continued foreign investment by predominantly North American companies, the need for employees with a firm grasp of English is essential for job consideration at the several Fortune 500 businesses present in Costa Rica. As a result, there is a continued need for travelers, recent college graduates and retirees to move to Costa Rica and teach English as a second language.Global TESOL College Costa Rica, a recently launched institute located in Jacó beach on the central Pacific, aims to be the country’s primary source for English teacher education. The center will offer courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and result in certifications that are internationally recognized and guarantees employment for aspiring ESL teachers. The Global TESOL College has certified more than 40,000 graduates globally and continues to be a popular vocational choice that provides teachers the opportunity to explore the world. The Global TESOL College Costa Rica is the only accredited college on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. As the first training center in Jacó beach, it offers five different certificate and diploma certifications that range from 120 to 700 hours, depending on the program chosen. Included in all program packages are accommodations, meal plans, health care, weekend excursions and guaranteed job placement worldwide. Jacó beach is only an hour and a half from the Costa Rican capital of San José and offers all needed amenities, such as health clinics, shopping centers and affordable living arrangements. Global TESOL College originally arrived to Costa Rica in 2009 when franchise owner Andre Sigourney, a Boston native, launched a center in Coronado, a suburb of San José. After deciding to relocate to Jacó this year, Sigourney hired two new instructors, Corey Coates and Andrew Woodbury, who combined have more than 10 years of ESL experience in Latin America. Both served as the academic director of prominent private language institutes in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and will manage the Jacó site to cater to the town’s large English need.Courses at the institute are available every month and the college gives students the flexibility to choose when they want to begin the course. The most popular program, the Advanced TESOL Program, runs for four weeks, Monday through Friday, with in-class sessions in the mornings and practice teaching sessions at a local language institute in the evenings. On weekends students are free to enjoy the beautiful country as they see fit. At the end of the program, the college books in-person job interviews for all students. “I have talked to many people that have done a TESOL or TEFL course and no one I know has told me of a course that covered as much information,” said Jessie Usselman, a former student and program graduate. “It instructs you on how to be a great teacher and gives you the opportunity to implement the techniques learned at Global TESOL College Costa Rica.” You can find more info at http://globaltesolcostarica.com/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 2643-0366.For July 13 and 14, Teatro Jacó with be featuring the Novio en fuga (Runaway Groom) at 7 p.m. General admission is $10, VIP is $20 and includes two drinks. For more info, call 2630-9812.Nadzyra Calonius from the McKee project reports that this month marks 10 years of dedicated service to the community and animal needs by the McKee Project Jacó. Special thanks goes to Alberto Zevallos (Tito) for handling the website free of charge. Since 2003, McKee Jacó has been dedicated to improving animal welfare through public awareness campaigns, education, animal population control and medical aid. Its mission “to end pain and suffering of all companion animals in our county” still stands strong! Looking back, it’s amazing to see what the organization has done with so few members and volunteers: Doris Schluckebier, Arusha Pabisch, Leo Hogan, Silvina Goren and Katja Bader. They are urgently looking for more! It all began when founder and Jacó resident Katja Bader, a fierce animal lover, was on her way to San José with her husband and they saw a taxi driver hit a dog and drive off. They took that dog to a veterinarian in San José and connected with the Director of McKee Costa Rica, Christine Crawford, who asked Katja to join forces and with the McKee family and start McKee Jacó. With the help of veterinarian Dr. Sergio Brenes, McKee Jacó was able to set up a spay-neuter program to control the growth of stray animals and provide assistance with veterinary costs to low-income families. Over the years, McKee Jaco has held events in rural areas aimed at helping stray animals or pets from very poor owners. More than 1,000 animals are successfully treated every year! In response to the increasing amount of injured dogs on the roads, McKee Jacó decided to approach the Animal Hospital at the University of Heredia and ask the veterinarian team there for help. They were more than willing to provide their assistance and have been doing so until this day. “This incredible vet team, headed by Dr. Mauricio Jimenez helps with all the difficult cases that cannot be treated in Jacó. The Mckee foundation gives special thanks to Dr. Yayo Vicente, Dr. Blas Rivas, Dr. Bitter, Dr. Carlos Morales, the Vet team @ UNA in Heredia, Dr. Sergio Brenes, Dr. Rosalinda Alvarez, Dr. Shirley Hernandez, Dr. Roger Alfaro, Dr. Victor Quesada, Dr. Carolina Rodriguez, Dr. Gini Bermudez, Dr. Becky Mora Rojas, Dr. Esteban Soto, Dr. Jose Manuel Jimenez, Dr. Wendy Villalobos, Dr. Yessenia Alpizar, Dr. Federico Chaverri Suarez, Dr. Yeimi Nunez Herrera and Dr. Bernabe Berrocal all from Costa Rica, and Dr. Sean Beck, Dr. Robin Stronk, Dr. Richard Righter, Dr. Lee Wilson, Dr. Ellen Gray and Dr. Kyle Farrell from the U.S. and to Marco Rodríguez from Laboratorio Jacó! One of McKee Jacó’s most important education programs, “Sharing the world with the Animals,” started in May 2009. Together with psychologist and teacher Cynthia Lizano, McKee Jacó reached more than 1,200 students. These days it’s Angela María from Art School ‘Mire Vea’ who does a wonderful job working with the kids. The goal was, and continues to be, to reach as many children in the community as possible and create a sense of “irreversible responsibility” by educating children about the needs of all animals, the relationship between the animal and its environment and the ways in which all animals, the environment and humans are related. The McKee Project is currently looking for sponsors and donations for this education program and for the “I Brake For Animals Program” that will feature bigger road signs. If you wish to support this cause or wish to connect your business with McKee and become a sponsor, please e-mail email@example.com to find out how you can get involved!Mark your calendars for two cool upcoming surf events in the central Pacific zone: Saturday June 20: The Hurley Pros will be in town for Hurley’s Grassroots “Rip My Shred Stick Tour” to be held in Jacó Beach in conjunction with Hurley’s retail partner – Mango Surf Shop. This will be a free event for kids 16 and under and kids get the chance to ride Hurley’s professional surfers’ surfboards and get tips and advice from the pros out in the water as well. Anyone from a first-time, two-year-old surfer to a 16-year-old ripper is welcome and soft tops will be provided for the beginners. This event will be a little different than your normal surf contest – the surfing is judged primarily based on fun. So whoever is having the most fun (dance moves, headstands, wipeouts or good-old-fashioned ripping) will win. The following weekend, the Last Olympus 2013 National Tour presented by Adrenaline Rush will feature the best surfers in the country in Playa Hermosa, beginning Friday July 26 with day one of the competition commencing at 7 a.m. at the Backyard Bar, followed by the Reef Girls Parade at 4:30 p.m. on the beach and a sunset DJ Party with Sweetbo. Saturday July 27 features day two of the competition from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by the weekly Saturday Surf Series and a 6 p.m. concert with Lemon Haze at the Backyard. Later on, the Imperial Closing Party moves to Morgan’s Cove Hotel in Jacó at 8:30 p.m. featuring Sleepwalker, Between the Line, DJ Shonetto, Reef Girls + 150 calendars, Photobooth Olympus, Lounge Adrenaline Rush (VIP Area) and electronic music DJ 979. It will all be capped off with the Grand Finals Sunday July 28 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Backyard, including the Tag Team Competition and the 4 p.m. awards ceremony. For more information, visit surfingcr.net.-Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments read more
Go back to the enewsletterOn Wednesday [10 April 2019], over 100 travel agents and trade partners gathered at ‘View by Sydney’ to discover a different side of Europe. ‘See Europe Differently’ was the theme of the glamorous Soiree put together by Entire Travel Group in partnership with Atout France, Monaco Tourism Board, Switzerland Tourism, Le Boat and Rail Europe.Agents were first invited to explore Entire Travel Group European brands via a marketplace where they were able to taste Swiss cheese & wine, discover Monaco’s famous Orange Liqueur or sip some Italian bubbles with a Prosecco tasting. This was followed by a delicious European dinner during which agents were able to learn about new and different ways to Explore Europe through Q&As sessions with partners as well as Entire Travel Group’s Destination specialists.With potential trips including cruising through the canals of France on a Barge, exploring all of Switzerland with a Grand Train Tour, discovering the green side of Monaco, getting ready for the next Tour de France departing from Nice, self-drive boating at your own pace, or again ticking all the European cities with rail passes, there really is a holiday out there for everyone.Entire Travel Group’s CEO, Brad McDonnell reinforced the positioning and value of using a true specialist wholesaler and took the opportunity to thanks the agents for their support and commitment to Entire Travel Group. “Each of our brand is supported by our highly trained team offering firsthand knowledge of their specialist destination. Our passion and commitment to our destinations transpires in everything we do; we are here to create seamless itineraries and memorable experiences for your clients.”For more information on the Entire Travel Group family of brands, visit www.entiretravelgroup.comGo back to the enewsletter read more
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