Serving Those Who Serve Us: Valor Service Dogs

first_imgThis post was written by Carol Lansford. Edits to this post were made by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Carol LansfordValor Service Dogs (2015). Personal photo used with permission from Carol Lansford. Retrieved from:www.valorservicedogs.org“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave”. –Ronald ReaganOn April 23, 2012, Justin and Carol Lansford’s lives were changed forever. Justin was in Ghanzni, Afghanistan serving as a Team Leader and machine gunner for the United States Army. His truck was struck by a roadside bomb, leaving him trapped under the burning vehicle for over 30 minutes. Justin sustained numerous severe injuries including the loss of his left leg above the knee, injuries to his right leg, a ruptured spleen, damage to his liver and pancreas, collapsed lungs, a broken back, and burns on his right arm. Justin was sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his recovery. While there, he suffered several severe infections that nearly claimed his life. After his release to outpatient treatment, Justin’s wife Carol moved to Walter Reed to assist him.In 2013, Justin was medically retired from the United States Army and on his way to becoming more independent through the recovery and therapy process. Carol obtained a position as a government contracted service dog training instructor, which fulfilled both her passion for animals and for helping injured military service members. During Carol’s time with the company, Justin was assigned a dog named Gabe who was recently named Dog of the Year by the World Dog Awards.After two years of service with this company, Justin and Carol moved to Florida. Carol had difficulty finding a position in Florida that fit her passion of helping veterans through the use of service dogs. It was then that Carol decided that she would start her own non-profit doing just that. And, so Valor Service Dogs was created. This organization helps post 9/11 wounded veterans regain their independence, return to civilian life, and maintain successful partnerships through the training and placement of mobility assistance and PTSD service dogs. In addition to aiding their veterans in community reintegration, both physically and psychologically, Valor Service Dogs brings awareness and education to the general public on service dogs, their training, and the laws that allow service dogs to be active members of society.Valor Service Dogs (2015). Personal photo used with permission from Carol Lansford of Valor Service Dogs. Retrieved from:www.valorservicedogs.orgThe dogs at Valor learn approximately 80 commands that will assist in the completion of daily tasks such as retrieving items from various areas of one’s house, picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning on or off lights, getting someone water from the refrigerator, and recognizing and interrupting signs of PTSD; these signs may include shaking or tapping one’s leg when feeling anxious, burying one’s face in their hands, or nervous rubbing together of one’s hands.Carol is often asked how she is able to give up her dogs after spending two years with them. Her response?“These dogs mean the world to me and I love them as if they were my own. But, they have a much bigger purpose in life than me. Our military members have given so much to give us the freedoms we enjoy. This is my chance to give them the same freedom. It is also my way of giving our brave veterans the future they so deserve.”Justin and Carol are a beautiful example of resiliency, hope, and strength. Justin’s heroism and fight for his own life gave Carol the motivation and passion to start her own organization that gives back to our military veterans. By creating this organization, Justin and Carol have given our wounded veterans a chance at life again.If you would like more information on Valor Service Dogs, please visit their Facebook page and website at www.valorservicedogs.org.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Gimbal Based Stabilizers Aren’t Always The Best Choice

first_imgWhen Freefly Cinema announced the Movi just a year and a half ago, filmmakers everywhere rejoiced. But now that it’s been out in the field for a while (along with dozens of knock offs), many shooters are finding it to be more of a speciality item.[Above image from Copter99]I have been fortunate to have used the Movi a number of times (as well as several other gimbal based stabilizers), and I’ve been able to achieve fantastic results with it – even with no formal training whatsoever. It’s an incredibly innovative product and one of the most powerful tools that we as filmmakers have access to today, but I am not alone in feeling that Gimbal based stabilizers aren’t always the best stabilization choice.When the first promo videos of the Movi were released last year, it truly seemed that this device could do it all. It could theoretically be used to replace just about any type of stabilization system – from a tripod to a jib and everything in between. In many respects, it can replace a lot of traditional stabilization systems…but that doesn’t mean that it’s always better suited than it’s more traditional counterparts.They Can Only Be Held For So LongBefore I ever actually operated a Movi myself, I had not even considered the fact that since the system isn’t attached to any sort of vest (like a Steadicam) it can become extremely tiresome to hold. This is especially true when you have a heavier camera such as a RED Epic set up on it. For those of you that have never operated a Movi yourself, imagine holding out your arms straight for ten minutes… It would get pretty tiring right? Now imagine adding 10 to 20 lbs of weight to the equation and things get even more difficult.I can tell you from personal experience that on any professional set that I’ve been on (where we’ve had a Movi or Ronin and a substantial camera setup on it), our operator was unable to successfully hold the setup for more than a few minutes at a time. This severely limits the way that the device can be used as it doesn’t allow for long takes and requires more time in between takes for the operator to recover. The solution to this problem is to rig the stabilizer up to an Easy Rig (which takes a lot of the weight off of your arms), but then the movement of the Movi is limited heavily and the purpose of having a gimbal based stabilizer is largely diminished.They Require Multiple OperatorsMany filmmakers were excited that the Movi would free us up creatively. If we wanted to try out a completely new type of shot that was never possible before, now the Movi would allow us to get there. That certainly is still true, and I am by no means opposed to the Movi as there are certain cicrumstances where it works beautifully. However, when considering the notion that it frees you up creatively, you also need to consider that it restricts you in other ways – namely crew requirements.In order to really operate a Movi properly you need at least two specific crew members, and potentially three at times. There is the Movi operator, the focus puller, and potentially a third crew member who is responsible for panning and tilting the device via a remote control (if you don’t choose to use it in single operator mode). This means that even though from a technical level it may be possible to accomplish the shot that you’re after, you may now need to hire a couple more crew members to make that happen. And while the same argument can be made about other stabilization systems that require additional crew members (such as a dolly grip for a traditional dolly), the specific crew members you need for Movi operation is often more specifically skilled.They Can Be Overused EasilyMany productions that make use of a Movi fall into the dangerous trap of overusing it simply because they can. Much like shooting handheld, working with any gimbal based stabilizer doesn’t always challenge you to get the most purposeful shots, as you could theoretically leave the camera on it for your entire shoot and make every last shot a Movi shot – even if that’s not what’s best for the scene or sequence. In some rare cases, shooting an entire project on a Movi actually could be a good thing. For instance, maybe you’re shooting something that calls for a very specific and fluid movement throughout, and the Movi is the best tool for it. I would argue though, that more often than not if it’s used from A to Z on an entire shoot, the unique effect of the camera movement can get lost due to overuse.When you need to spend time setting up a dolly or a steadicam, you have no choice but to be especially careful about the choices that you are making. We all know the effects of camera movement on the viewers interpretation of a film, which is why it is so important for those movements to be purposeful. A great film will often make use of many types of camera movement in order to evoke different emotions, and unfortunately when using the Movi it is fairly common to fall into the trap of shooting everything that way, and losing sight of some of the more traditional methods of making a film. That doesn’t mean it has to happen, but simply that it can.Final ThoughtsAfter reading this article you might think that I’m not a fan of the Movi, but that really couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love what Freefly has done and truly believe that gimbal based stabilizers are the future of stabilization in many respects. With that said, there is still a time and a place for them to be used and they aren’t always the best solution – nor is any stabilization system for that matter. If you are shooting on a larger scale production and can afford a couple of crew members that are dedicated to operating/controlling the Movi, then you are in a good place, especially when you know when and where to use it. Just make sure that whenever you make use of a Movi, it is the right choice for your story.last_img read more

Skeletons from hospital graveyard shed light on early dissections

first_imgSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Human dissection: It’s better than it used to be. That’s the conclusion Jenna Dittmar of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has come to after studying skeletons excavated from a hospital graveyard in England, as well as those stored by universities and medical museums. In a talk here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science), she described tracking the change in dissection practices between 1650 and 1900. The excavations often turn up lone limbs and skulls, long separated from the rest of the body, probably indicating that one cadaver would often have been split between many students. A dissectable body was a “very valuable resource,” because there weren’t that many of them around, Dittmar explained. In the early 1820s, for example, there would have been about 700 medical students in London needing to share 52 legally available cadavers. Dittmar uses scanning electron microscopes to examine the cut marks medical students and other dissectors left behind on the bones of their subjects. Those detailed images allow her to reconstruct the kinds of tools that were common at different times. Before 1700, surgical instruments were more like “woodworking tools” than the precision equipment used today, she said. Gradually, the saws got thinner and thinner, and the cuts more and more refined. Techniques improved along with the tools. For example, early dissectors simply sawed off the top of the skull horizontally, which often damaged the brain. But Dittmar found that beginning in the late 1880s, dissectors began cutting a delicate arc across the back of the skull, a technique that protected the fragile organ. Vertical cuts like the one seen on the skull pictured above were more rare and served more specific purposes. This specimen was found in the University of Cambridge’s collection and was likely used as a teaching tool in medical school classrooms. Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? 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Lifesavers stun HD Spikers; Power Hitters score

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But, as always, PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb was hardly pleased by his charges’ performance.He was furious after the Power Hitters lost four match points in the fourth following a spate of errors.“Good thing they were able to recover. It’s good that they displayed composure and showed that they can recover from an ugly loss in the third set,” added Gorayeb.Foton slumped to its eighth straight defeat despite a new import, Milagros Collar, and the return of Dindin Manabat. Collar had 24 points, while fellow reinforcement Courtney Felinski had 16 for the Tornadoes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kanjana Kuthaisong and Kseniya Kocyigit presided over Generika-Ayala’s steady assault against Cignal, which failed to get its rhythm and slipped to 5-4.Fiola Ceballos also provided support, firing 14 points, matching the output of Kuthaisong. Kocyigit added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEarlier, PLDT hacked out a 25-16, 27-25, 22-25, 26-24 victory over a Foton team that still cannot catch a break this conference.Grace Lazard exploded with 25 points, while Kendra Dahlke added 18 for the Power Hitters, who improved to 5-4. Sasa Devanadera and Aiko Urdas contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for PLDT. View commentscenter_img 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ The Power Hitters celebrate after thwarting the Tornadoes —Sherwin VardeleonGenerika-Ayala scored a morale-boosting win over Cignal while PLDT Home Fibr subdued Foton on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lifesavers needed just three sets to dispose of the HD Spikers, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, and register their second victory in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Vietnam to host F1 race in 2020: official

first_imgHanoi, Nov 1 (AFP) Vietnam will host a Formula One race in April 2020, Hanoi city officials said Thursday, becoming the third Southeast Asian nation to welcome top-flight racing as the franchise seeks to move into new markets.The race will be hosted in the capital Hanoi, with the circuit set to be unveiled at a gala next week, the Hanoi People’s Committee said Thursday in an invite to the event.”The city of Hanoi managed to conclude the cooperation to be entitled as the official host of a race of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship (from) April 2020,” the letter read.Authorities said earlier this year they supported the idea of hosting a race, but would not dip into government coffers to pay for the event.Mai Tien Dung, head of the government office, said in August that he hoped costs could instead be covered by potentially “huge” advertising revenues.Officials had originally considered hosting the race around Hanoi’s scenic Hoan Kiem lake near the bustling Old Quarter, but decided instead on a route near the national stadium, where the roads are wider.Formula One’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), did not immediately reply to AFP’s request for comment on Thursday.F1 race director Charlie Whiting told reporters earlier this month that he had visited the site in Hanoi and was confident the circuit would be ready in time for the 2020 season.He said much of the race would be on existing roads but some sections would need to be built, according to Fox Sports.advertisement”That shouldn’t be a problem based on previous experience,” he said.- Blessing or curse? -========================Formula One races can be costly endeavours and are seen as financially risky for host cities like Hanoi where racing remains outside of the mainstream.In 2017, Malaysia said it would cancel the Formula One races that it has hosted since 1999, saying the loss-making event had been hard hit by competition from neighbouring Singapore.Though informal — and illegal — motorbike street racing, and a nascent offroad racing scene have started to gain traction in Vietnam, Formula One has yet to take hold among the mainstream of sports fans, most of whom are football-mad.Vietnam will be only the third Southeast Asian country to host a Formula One race, after Malaysia and Singapore.Organisers are pinning hopes that a mushrooming middle class in Southeast Asia, home to some of Asia’s fastest growing economies, will embrace sports like racing that have taken off in richer nations.Formula One was taken over by US firm Liberty Media last year for $8 billion, and the new owners have said they are keen on exploring new regions.In the right markets, the sport has been highly profitable and raked in billions from advertisers and broadcasting rights.Formula One-branded merchandise also brings in riches, but some F1 teams are plagued by financial problems and the sport has limited activity in the social and digital media platforms crucial to courting the next generation of fans. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Bristol City ride wave of emotion but Birmingham hit rock bottom

first_imgBristol City • Bristol City ensured Derby did not go above them into third during an emotional 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate. First-half goals from Marlon Pack and Joe Bryan gave City an advantage that meant Kieran Dowell’s reply was only a consolation, and City’s players and staff dedicated their win to the family of eight-year-old Robins fan Ben Pritchard, who died from a brain tumour last month. Both sets of supporters applauded in the eighth minute and Ben’s parents and sister were guests at the game. Cuty’s assistant head coach, Dean Holden, said: “Ben’s final days were spent at the hospice which is our adopted charity and all the players felt deeply over his passing at such a young age. It was a very emotional day for the club and sometimes football does not seem the most important thing in the world.” 5Accrington Stanley21837 3Blackburn212043 PosTeamPGDPts Twitter Championship• Andreas Weimann returned to haunt his former club with the opening goal that set Derby on their way to a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in a battle of the promotion hopefuls at Pride Park. The Austria international, who joined County from Villa in 2015, scored after a mistake by Glenn Whelan and Villa created little before Johnny Russell secured Derby’s fifth victory in six games. Villa’s injury problems were highlighted by Josh Onomah playing as a striker but it was their defence that came under pressure throughout. The victory enabled Derby to open up a four-point gap between themselves in fourth and fifth-placed Villa, whose manager, Steve Bruce, was not happy afterwards. “From the very first minute, we put them through and didn’t really recover,” he said. “We made far too many mistakes, we’ve gifted them the game.” 4Wycombe221037 Share via Email 1Luton223245 Read more 2Cardiff221747 3Bristol City221343 Results: Barnet 2-1 Morecambe, Cambridge United 1-2 Newport County, Carlisle United 1-2 Port Vale, Coventry City 2-1 Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Crawley Town, Exeter City 2-1 Stevenage, Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Luton Town, Lincoln City 2-0 Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town 0-0 Yeovil Town, Notts County 0-0 Grimsby Town, Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Chesterfield.View full League Two table 5Aston Villa22937 Aston Villa 2Shrewsbury211444 • Lincoln City are beginning to threaten the automatic promotion places, goals from Matt Green and Matt Rhead downing fellow high-fliers Accrington 2-0. Green scored a penalty and Rhead added a second after the break. That is four straight wins in all competitions for the Imps, who are now up to sixth, just a point behind their opponents, who had Farrend Rawson sent off on the stroke of half-time.• Barnet moved off the bottom and above both Forest Green and Chesterfield after giving their fans a rare victory to celebrate by beating Morecambe 2-1. Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s long-range drive and a Jack Taylor goal put the Bees in charge at half-time, but after John Akinde fired his penalty over the crossbar the visitors pulled one back through Adam Campbell. Barnet held on to record their first home league win since September. Crewe moved clear of the relegation zone as goals from Callum Ainley and Chris Dagnall (two) secured a 3-0 win against Crawley, who had both skipper Jimmy Smith and Jordan Roberts dismissed in the second half. • Lloyd Dyer scored the only goal of the game as Burton moved off the foot of the table after edging to a precious 1-0 victory at fellow strugglers Bolton. The experienced winger fired in his fourth goal of the season midway through the first half to lift Burton above the Trotters in the standings, with Birmingham now rock-bottom. Albion had taken only one point from their last five league matches and this was only their second victory in 14 games but Steve Cotterill’s side now prop up the division after their 2-1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers. “When I came in we were second from bottom so nothing has changed,” said the Birmingham manager. “It makes it worse looking at the table. We now have to work harder to get out of trouble.” PosTeamPGDPts Championship Facebook Share on Messenger Results: Birmingham 1-2 QPR 2, Bolton 0-1 Burton Albion, Brentford 0-0 Barnsley, Bristol City 2-1 Nottm Forest, Cardiff 1-0 Hull, Derby 2-0 Aston Villa, Ipswich 2-0 Reading, Leeds 1-0 Norwich, Millwall 2-1 Middlesbrough, Preston North End 1-0 Sheffield United, Sunderland 1-0 Fulham 0.View full Championship tableLeague One• Wigan continue to dominate League One and consolidated their four-point lead at the top with a crushing a 4-0 win at struggling AFC Wimbledon, who finished with 10 men. The leaders were frustrated for long periods but turned on the gas after Michael Jacobs broke the deadlock on 57 minutes and the hosts had Harry Forrester sent off not long afterwards. Nick Powell, formerly of Manchester United, made it 2-0 before Max Power added a third and substitute Ivan Toney completed the rout in stoppage time.• Shrewsbury are keeping up a valiant pursuit of their more fancied rivals and remain second after a 1-0 home win over Blackpool, secured by a 54th-minute goal from midfielder Jon Nolan. However they have some big-name teams breathing down their neck. Blackburn are just a point behind the Shrews in third after they beat fellow play-off hopefuls Charlton 2-0 at Ewood Park through an own goal from Leon Best on 30 minutes and Danny Graham’s stoppage-time strike. Bradford are a point further back after they snatched a 2-1 win at Southend with a last-minute penalty from Charlie Wyke. 3Exeter22539 Sunderland delight as Josh Maja sinks Fulham to end barren home year Free-scoring Luton are bringing the style on their push for promotion Pinterest Barnet Facebook 4Bradford22942 PosTeamPGDPts 1Wolverhampton222551 2Notts County221543 Twitter League One 1Wigan213048 4Derby221441 5Scunthorpe221139 Share on Twitter Pinterest Lloyd Dyer celebrates scoring the only goal of the game at Bolton. Photograph: Holme/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock Results: AFC Wimbledon 0-4 Wigan, Blackburn 2-0 Charlton, Doncaster 1 -1 Oldham, Gillingham 4-1 Bristol Rovers, Northampton 2-1 Walsall, Portsmouth 1-0 Bury, Rochdale 0-0 Oxford United, Rotherham 1-1 Plymouth 1, Scunthorpe 2-2 Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury 1-0 Blackpool, Southend 1-2 Bradford 2. View full League One tableLeague Two• Luton moved clear at the top of with a 2-0 win against Forest Green, who are now bottom. The Hatters took a first-half lead trough Alan Sheehan’s strike but had to play the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Jack Stacey was shown a red card for a high foot. It did not seem to hinder them though, Danny Hylton adding a second in the 68th minute to ensure Luton extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games. That was enough to move two points clear of Notts County, who drew at home against Grimsby. Derby County Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp news Charlie Wyke celebrates his last-minute winner for Bradford City at Southend. Photograph: Brist/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock Read more Football League Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics • At the bottom Gillingham pulled clear of the relegation zone with a confidence-building 4-1 home win over Bristol Rovers, although Mark Byrne’s penalty-taking techique may need a little revision. Byrne scored from a rebound after his initial spot-kick had been saved to give the Gills the lead and Alex Lacey headed in a second on 37 minutes. Josh Parker made it 3-0 soon after the restart. Byrne scored again after the break but missed a hat-trick chance in the 65th minute when he shot wide from the penalty spot. Liam Sercombe netted a consolation for Rovers in stoppage time. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bloc Quebecois leader to award Quebec legislature medal to Mark Norman

first_imgOTTAWA – Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet will give a Quebec national assembly medal to the vice-admiral who is being investigated by the RCMP on suspicion of having leaked cabinet secrets to the Davie shipyard.Mark Norman was head of the navy when the former Conservative government gave the Quebec City-area facility an interim supply-ship project without competition in the summer of 2015.The move came after the navy was forced to retire its only two resupply ships early, leaving a gap until new permanent replacements could be built around 2021.Norman had been a proponent for the project.In January 2017, Norman, who had been promoted in August 2016 to vice chief of defence staff, the military’s second-highest position, was suddenly relieved of duty without explanation.Court documents later showed the RCMP was investigating him on suspicion of having leaked cabinet secrets to Davie in November 2015.The Mounties alleged Norman was upset that the new Trudeau government was reconsidering the interim supply ship contract, and that he worked with Davie to pressure the Liberals into staying the course.Norman remains suspended but has not been charged with any crime. The allegations in the documents have not been tested in court, and Norman’s lawyer has denied her client did anything wrong.The Liberal government ultimately decided to proceed with the ship, the MV Asterix.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ouellet said she considers Norman a whistleblower and “a friend of Quebec.”“He seems to be the target of reprisals because he stood tall,” she said.“We can see he was right because the Asterix is the only ship that has been delivered by a naval shipyard in Canada. It saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and if other other contracts were awarded to Davie, they would be saving billions.”Ouellet, who is also an Independent member of the Quebec legislature after parting ways with the Parti Quebecois, is expected to give Norman the medal at a private ceremony in Ottawa in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Local election monitors note polls peaceful fair

Local election monitors said the Parliamentary election held today was the most peaceful and fair in the recent history of the country.Rohana Hettiarchchie, Executive Director of the Peoples Action for a Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) said that the predominant feature of these elections was the deference given to rulings of the Election Commissioner by the Government, contesting political parties and by the supporters of the political parties. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) meanwhile said that whilst there have been reports of violence and malpractice, polling in this General Election had been largely peaceful and without hindrance.CMEV said the police in particular have been vigilant in protecting the integrity of the electoral process and have arrested 50 individuals for violations of election law. He said that a total of 212 incidents were reported on Election Day, but none of them were of serious consequence. At the end of polling, CMEV has recorded a total of 316 incidents. Of these, while 109 have been categorized as Major Incidents, 196 Minor Incidents have also been reported. The highest number of Major Incidents relate to the intimidatory presence of party supporters in the vicinity of polling centres.Four (4) incidents of threat and Intimidation in the polling divisions of Pathadumbara in Kandy, Medawachchiya in Anuradhapura, Kopay in Jaffna and Eheliyagoda in Ratnapura respectively were also reported along with 01 incident of assault from Nawalapitiya in the Kandy district. (Colombo Gazette) “This showed a real shift in power towards the elections commissioner who was not contesting the government to ensure that the law was implemented.  The change was especially stark in relation to the election that preceded this, the presidential election of January 2015 in which violations of election law that involved the gross abuse and misuse of state resources took place on a large scale, including on Election Day itself,” he said. read more

Army Corps delays plan to charge for US reservoir water

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Trump administration has delayed an Obama-era proposal that could allow the federal government to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages.Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works R.D. James says in a memo Monday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will delay the Water Supply Rule “for a minimum of six months to better integrate input from stakeholders.”Attorneys general from a dozen western states sent a letter last month to the Trump administration asking that the proposal be withdrawn.North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem headed the effort backed by attorneys general from Idaho, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.Stenehjem says the rule usurps states’ authority over their own water.The Associated Press read more

LRC report recommends nonIrish citizens for jury duty

first_imgJury panels should also include EU citizens and other long-term residents (at least 5 years). This would add about 200,000 persons to those qualified for jury service.Jurors should be able to read, write, speak and understand English to the extent that they can carry out their functions.The existing blanket excusal from jury service “as of right” for many professionals and public servants should be repealed, and be replaced by an individualised excusal “for good cause.”Jurors should be allowed deferral of service for up to 12 months to facilitate those who have good reasons to decline jury service.A person with a disability should be eligible for jury service unless the disability would mean that he or she could not perform the duties of a juror.The number of objections to jurors without the need to give any reason (peremptory challenges) – which is currently seven for both the prosecution and the defence – should be retained; and pre-trial questionnaires to jurors should continue to be prohibited.A modest daily flat rate payment should be paid to jurors to cover their travel and subsistence costs; and the government should do what they can to alleviate the financial burden that jury service involves for small businesses and self-employed persons. THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION (LRC) is recommending that non-Irish citizens become eligible for jury duty and that up to three additional jurors are selected for long-running trials.The recommendations are contained in the LRC’s report on Jury Service which is being launched this evening, and forms part of the commission’s Third Programme of Law Reform.Among the 56 recommendations contained in the report are: Jury tampering, internet access and numbersThe report also recommends that, to address jury tampering, the right to inspect the jury panel should be limited to being examined by legal advisers four days before the start of a trial; and that the law on jury tampering should be set out in a single comprehensive offence.It is also recommended that juries be given a specific warning not to access the internet during a trial and that a specific offence is created to address this.In cases where a trial is expected to extend beyond three months, the report recommends that a court should be allowed to empanel up to three additional jurors.The Report also recommends that research should be carried out on matters such as jury representativeness, juror comprehension, juror management and juror capacity and competence.Read: Reporting to be allowed on family law and child care court cases >last_img read more