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Questions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Previous articleFree help to tackle school costsNext articleCouncillor warns of crack cocaine in West Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Full engagement with EU Commission vital for farm scheme flexibility in light of Covid-19 Seven Young People from Special Care are the First to Achieve Gaisce Awards Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Email Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State EU agreement a positive outcome for farmers and rural Ireland center_img TAGSjusticeJustice Minister Charlie FlanaganMinister for Children and Youth AffairsNiall Collins TDTusla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin THE terms of reference for a special investigation into Tusla’s handling of the alleged child abuse and neglect of 16 children in County Limerick have been sent to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for his urgent consideration.And Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins is now seeking a clear statement on the issue, two weeks after concerns over delays in launching the investigation were first aired.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last March, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon was assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding the State’s involvement in uncovering one of the worst child sex abuse scandals to come to light in recent times.16 children from four families are believed to have been at the centre of some of the most horrific paedophilic abuse, neglect and exploitation in the history of the State.The Limerick Post reported that the Special Rapporteur was assisting in drafting the terms of reference but delays in concluding the matter were being criticised.This week however, it has been confirmed Minister Flanagan’s department has a draft of the terms of reference for the scope of the investigation.Responding to Deputy Collins, Minister Flanagan confirmed that his department “recently received the draft terms of reference in question and they are currently receiving attention.“This matter is a complex and sensitive one and it is essential that careful consideration is given to the terms of reference. I can assure the Deputy that my views, and the views of my Department, will be communicated to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the very near future.Read more news stories here. Print NewsPoliticsQuestions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegationsBy Staff Reporter – July 5, 2018 2169 The Limerick man who will steer Tusla through choppy waters Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector last_img read more

Kyler Murray Getting Blasted By Fans After Tweet

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, a former five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer part of Texas A&M’s football program after announcing his decision to transfer from the school Thursday afternoon. Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled with how it all played out.After the news initially broke, Murray took to Twitter to offer a statement on the matter. The responses he received probably weren’t what he was looking for. pic.twitter.com/9scALpH2Hf— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 18, [email protected]/TVWiOLZsRV— Don (@DBlairIII) December 18, [email protected] Who wrote that for you? Hope that door didn’t hurt your precious behind on your way out. Don’t need quitters.— Justin Corn (@aggie4231) December 18, [email protected] ?? You deserted the guys in the locker room. That said good luck and try to avoid SEC linebackers in the future— george martin (@exracer16) December 18, [email protected] No matter what, you will always be known as a quitter. Tough wrap to lose.— Beerandon (@austinag04) December 18, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/uFzpqk6Wsn— Chris Williams (@JChrisWilliams) December 18, [email protected] this is a byproduct of a kid who seeks instant gratification.— Billie Benton (@Picklesoutdoors) December 18, [email protected] Kyler Murray skips leg day pic.twitter.com/Mim2bxw8IO— Zach Coates (@CoatesZa) December 18, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/FvSUFVw49e— Andrew Olson (@Pastygangsta98) December 18, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/kl73cbP3s4— Hayden Hyde (@HaydenHydeNFL) December 18, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/2iztMUu3Xl— Mirk Fouglas (@JRKoeijmans) December 18, [email protected] @air14football what a disgrace to this university. Remember that quitting will be in the back of every scouts head.— Bradley King (@BradleyKingTX) December 18, [email protected] They aren’t and weren’t your guys.— Donna Mencacci (@DonnaMencacci) December 18, [email protected] bad decision bro. You will see in 4 years when your working for your dad…— Jeremy A (@jeremyalderete) December 18, [email protected] Quitter. Quit on TWO Aggie teams. A&M has done so much for your family too. Unreal the lack of respect and maturity— SEC_Aggie (@jcbenedict) December 18, [email protected] you really don’t have 1/1000 of the fans you and daddy think you have. Keep living the Allen HS dream. You’re soft AF.— Englebert Humperdink (@aggiewop) December 18, [email protected] pic.twitter.com/jIOalQSC12— Brian Crow (@bkcrow) December 18, [email protected] @Andy_Staples little midget diva. Go play baseball.— no win no cry (@1neatobendito) December 18, 2015It remains to be seen where Murray is headed next – and which sport he’ll play.last_img read more

ATB Financial CEO retiring after leading Crown corp for 11 years

first_imgCALGARY – ATB Financial president and CEO Dave Mowat is retiring at the end of June after 11 years as head of the Alberta Crown corporation.The bank says it is starting a search for a replacement and will announce Mowat’s successor in May.Mowat, 62, led the bank through the 2008-09 financial crisis as well as the oil price downturn that took hold in 2015 and leaves as the economy shows signs of recovery.Over Mowat’s tenure, the bank’s assets climbed from $20.3 billion in 2007 to $49.6 billion as of last September, while total operating revenue went from $751 million to a last reporting of $1.5 billion.He also headed the review of the province’s royalty regime initiated by the Alberta NDP government that left the existing system largely in place.Mowat says that after a decade of leading the bank, it’s time for a new leader to infuse the company with new ideas and approaches.last_img read more

BC set to introduce pot laws but years of fine tuning likely

first_imgVICTORIA – Incoming marijuana legislation heralds momentous change for the approach to pot, but British Columbia Premier John Horgan questions if everyone will buy into the new legal system this summer.Legislation regulating recreational marijuana in B.C. is expected to be introduced Thursday. The province is one of the last in Canada to table its marijuana rules as the country adapts to legalized pot.Horgan said he expects the country to go through an extensive marijuana learning curve that will see some embracing the ability to purchase pot legally at private or government stores while others may stick to illegal suppliers.“This is a massive change in how the people of B.C. and the people of Canada, in this case, interact with what has been to this point in time a controlled substance,” said Horgan.He said he expects the government will have to amend and modify its regulations as people get used to the new legal marijuana market.Horgan said he’s curious to see if people accept the new regulations and buy from government-sanctioned suppliers or if they continue to seek out local dealers, making a reference to a fictional character who sells pot named Betty.He said some people may say “I’d prefer to support Betty rather than Shoppers Drug Mart or the dispensary X or Y. There are going to be people who hold fast to their traditional ways.”Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said the province’s legislation will not be set in stone.“This is not something that is going to end with the introduction and passage of legislation, but rather is going to be an ongoing evolutionary issue for quite some time to come,” he said.Farnworth said the marijuana regulations will require periods of fine tuning.The B.C. government has already announced that marijuana sales will be allowed through both public and private stores to buyers who are at least 19 years old. Retailers will be prohibited from selling marijuana in stores that also sell alcohol and cigarettes.Farnworth said the legislation in B.C. will not include a definitive pricing policy.last_img read more

Bluegreen algae blooms popping up in Charlie Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents in the North Peace are being advised about the presence of algae blooms that have appeared in Charlie Lake.Blooms of algae were photographed earlier this week by staff members at Poor Boy Trucking, who spotted a turquoise-coloured slime on the lake’s surface.A photo of a blue-green algae bloom taken by Tim Toews of Poor Boy Trucking. Submitted photo Blue-green algae – or cyanobacteria – is naturally occurring and can look like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water.The blooms can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.Bruce Kosugi, who is a director on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, said that algal blooms are an annual occurrence on the surface of Charlie Lake since the lake’s hydrology is well-suited for the algae to thrive.“It’s nothing new. There’s evidence of it going back hundreds of years from the sediment studies that have been done. It’s a shallow lake and it’s nutrient-rich. The summer conditions lend to the formation of different algae, but at this time of year, the blue-green algae does start to bloom.”At the beginning of July, Northern Health issued a bulletin reminding residents of precautions they need to take if they encounter blue-green algae.Kosugi said that the main issue with the algae occurs when it begins to die off, during which some species of the algae releases toxins as the algae’s cells break down. People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, a rash, a sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, and potentially develop a fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days.“You can still boat in it, but you don’t want to swim where there are these obviously thick blooms of algae, and you want to keep your pets out of there,” added Kosugi.Residents living near the shores of lakes, as well as visitors and those making day-use of lakes, are advised to take the following precautions:Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae are visible.As a reminder, Northern Health recommends that visitors and residents do not drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake at any time. Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock.  Pet owners should be wary of allowing pets to walk off-leash where they may be able to drink lake water – illnesses are a common outcome.Anyone who suspects a problem related to blue-green algae can connect with the Ministry of Environment at [email protected] If you require further information on health concerns, please call Environmental Health at 250-565-2150. Additional information is also available at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile47.stm.last_img read more

Travel Advisory expands to the South Peace Region due to freezing rain

first_imgTransit buses have started to run again in FSJ while School buses have been cancelled. Both school buses and the City buses have been cancelled in Dawson Creek today due to the poor driving conditions.Work crews are out sanding and salting roads to improve the driving condition. People are being asked not to travel until conditions get better. Road crews are asking for extra room while they are working.Please check Drive BC for current conditions.Update from Drivebc.ca;Highway 2  SOUTH PEACE REGION, B.C. – Freezing rain overnight has compromised the safety of travel on the roads in the North Peace Region, now expanding to the South Peace Region.The advisory has been issued due to freezing rain in these areas.  With the roads being icy and very slick the Fort St. John RCMP are asking residents to slow down and leave adequate space between vehicles while travelling.Dawson Creek Highways 97 from Taylor to East Pine, Highway 2 and Highway 49 all have a travel advisory on. Taylor Hill remains closed. Highway 49 Highway 49. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and 201 Rd for 13.8 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km west of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3540)Highway 97 Highway 97. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and Big Bam Rd for 52.7 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km south of Taylor). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:29 AM MST. (DBC-3541)center_img     Highway 2. Travel advisory in effect between 201 Rd and Highway 97 for 41.2 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km north of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3539)last_img read more

Government of Canada invests in safety at North Peace Airport

first_img“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”The funding for the new grader comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program and to date, the North Peace Airport has received more than $16.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects.For more information on the ACAP funding, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be making an investment in safety at the North Peace Regional Airport.According to the Government, it will be purchasing a grader for the Airport, valued at $223,728, which will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says his Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to economic growth, adding that these investments will allow access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options.last_img read more

Traffic movement unhindered in city despite PMs rally

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement in the city was more or less normal with the Kolkata Police making arrangements in advance to restore normalcy in traffic, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground. “The movement of goods vehicles in the city from 12 noon to 8 pm, along with some restrictions in parking in and around the meeting venue augured well for us and traffic flow was more or less normal,” a senior police officer of the Traffic department of Kolkata Police said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police did not allow any sort of parking in and around Victoria Memorial, Kidderpore Road, Hospital Road, Queens way, Cathedral Road, Casuarina Avenue and Lovers Lane. Senior officials of Kolkata Police were on the road and made necessary diversions as and when required. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma had instructed the traffic wing to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that common people are not inconvenienced by any means.last_img read more

Price of the good life

first_imgManual labour has become a thing of the past for most of us. This indicates better living, lesser wear and tear of the body and sometimes the mind, better use of our cerebral senses and diminishing psychological pressure of targets and deadlines. Nevertheless, the fatigue continues as there is constant pressure to excel and work harder to achieve the best of what life has to offer. In all this, what we tend to forget is the fact that the body goes through a deluge of ups and downs, owing to our sedentary lifestyle and lack of proper relaxation. A recent survey shows how visits to doctor clinics increased to 3.2 times a year in 2018, highlighting a rise in lifestyle ailments in India by almost 2.7 times compared to the previous year. Correspondingly, the sale of medicines has increased too. The first-ever mapping indicates most visits were to gynaecologists, dermatologists and paediatricians. This states that women and children’s issues demand more attention along with skin problems. The study also shows four out of 10 medicines ordered were to treat Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies, while two were for diabetes. Another research points out that sedentary lifestyle may be a risk factor for early mortality as well. For those who get the least amount of physical exercise, replacing half an hour of sitting time with physical activity was associated with up to nearly 50 per cent reduction in the mortality rate. The study suggested that replacing the modest amount of sitting time with even light physical activity may have the potential to reduce the risk of premature deaths among less active adults. Yet another analysis revealed that prolonged sedentary time significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes, regardless of physical exercise. The health risk associated with prolonged sitting is not cancelled out by exercise. Further, the longer one sits, the higher the risk of chronic diseases. In some countries, employers are trying to come up with innovative and useful wellness strategies for their employees who form the core machinery of their organisations. Thus, the irony lies in the fact that we all work for better living but in the process, we cause much harm to our own body. People do travel to places in order to rejuvenate and keep their body and mind calm, relaxed and fresh but they tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle for days and months relentlessly, inflicting self-sabotage on something which they so dearly want to protect.last_img read more

JanMarch gold demand shines by 5 to 159 tonne

first_imgMumbai: India’s gold demand rose 5 per cent to 159 tonne during January-March period this year on fall in prices that boosted jewellery sales during wedding season, a World Gold Council (WGC) report says. Gold demand stood at 151.5 tonne in the first quarter of 2018, according to WGC’s Q1 Gold Demand Trends’ report. In terms of value, there was a 13 per cent growth during the quarter at Rs 47,010 crore compared to Rs 41,680 crore in the same period last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The strengthening of the rupee and the fall in local gold prices towards the later part of the quarter triggered a rise in Q1 gold demand to 159 tonne. Growth of 5 per cent in Indian jewellery demand to 125.4 tonne uplifted global demand and boosted retail sentiment. “The increase in auspicious wedding days during the quarter to 21 days from 8 in the same period of 2018 also played a crucial role in increase in demand,” WGC managing director, India, Somasundaram PR said here. Gold prices dropped to Rs 32,000 per 10 grams by the first week of March, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAlso, he said, there was a jump in volume following stringent checking during the ongoing elections controlled the grey market, which benefitted the organised retail industry. “Smuggling has come down, however structurally nothing has changed. Unless some policy decision is taken like reducing the Customs Duty to a reasonable level the grey market will bounce back after the elections,” he added. Total jewellery demand in the first quarter was up by 5 per cent at 125.4 tonne compared to 119.2 tonne in the corresponding period of 2018. In value, jewellery demand grew by 13 per cent to Rs 37,070 crore against Rs 32,790 crore in the same quarter of 2018. Total Investment demand for Q1 2019 was up by 4 per cent at 33.6 tonne from 32.3 tonne in the same period of 2018. In value terms, gold investment demand went up by 12 per cent to Rs 9,940 crore from Rs 8,890 crore in first quarter of 2018. The stronger rupee benefited investors, with demand for gold bars and coins in the first quarter, Somasundaram said. Total gold recycled in the country also grew by 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 to 16.1 tonne compared to 14.1 tonne in Q1 2018. Going forward, Somasundaram said, demand is likely to be boosted in second quarter due to traditional wedding season buying, the Akshaya Tritiya festival and rising crop prices. “In addition, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of normal monsoon this year which augurs well for the rural economy and gold. The gold prices is also expected to remain attractive to boost consumer sentiment,” he added. Talking about import, Somasundaram said, the shipments into the country grew by 11 per cent to 175 tonne compared to 157 tonne in the same period of 2018. “Demand is likely to be more in the higher end of 750 to 850 tonne in 2019. But it may not be driven by imports. Further manufacturing will be way ahead of demand,” he added.last_img read more