Halifax 2014 a donné le coup d’envoi à sa campagne d’information locale aujourd’hui le 20 septembre en envoyant un groupe d’athlètes et de partisans de Doctors Nova Scotia dans les commerces du centre-ville d’Halifax pour distribuer des autocollants sur lesquels on peut lire « ICI, nous appuyons la candidature ». « Nous mettons tout en oeuvre pour remporter le concours international et assurer que Halifax accueille les Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 », explique Scott Logan, directeur général du comité Halifax 2014. « Il est clair que les résidents veulent en savoir plus sur les retombées des Jeux du Commonwealth pour Halifax. En encourageant les résidents à visiter notre site Web, nous espérons que la campagne ICI leur permettra de trouver des réponses à certaines de leurs questions. » Composante d’un programme de communications continu, la campagne ICI sera en vigueur dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax de la mi-septembre à la mi-novembre. Elle comprend un mélange de publicité imprimée, en ligne et extérieure. Par l’intermédiaire de panneaux-réclames, d’abribus, d’autobus, de traversiers, de terminaux de traversiers, de bancs dans les parcs et d’affiches, la campagne ICI joint les résidents là où ils vivent et travaillent. Des photos de coureurs de haies, de gymnastes et de nageurs paraîtront sur les autobus de Metro Transit, le message de la campagne figurera sur les bancs des parcs de toute la ville et des affiches orneront les murs des terminaux de traversiers. La campagne est le fruit d’un partenariat de création entre Cossette Atlantique, une agence de publicité locale, et Halifax 2014. « La campagne ICI aidera à créer un engouement dans toute la ville alors que nous continuons de déployer des efforts pour accueillir les Jeux du Commonwealth à Halifax en 2014 », affirme M. Logan. « Nous sommes conscients que la publicité n’est qu’une des nombreuses façons de joindre la collectivité. C’est pourquoi nous comptons également tenir des séances d’information communautaires, prononcer des allocutions et faire passer des annonces publiques afin d’aider les résidents à se tenir au courant de la situation. » On a profité du lancement de la campagne d’information pour annoncer que l’organisme Doctors Nova Scotia a décidé d’appuyer la candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux de 2014. « La santé à long terme de nos jeunes repose grandement sur l’adoption d’un mode de vie sain et actif », affirme M. Doug Clarke, président-directeur général de Doctors Nova Scotia. « Il n’y a pas de meilleure façon d’encourager l’activité physique chez nos jeunes que d’aménager des installations sportives de classe mondiale, de rendre hommage aux athlètes exceptionnels et de faire valoir l’aspect divertissant et excitant du sport. La tenue des Jeux du Commonwealth est un excellent moyen de favoriser la santé de la population néo-écossaise. » Grâce à l’appui non financier offert par divers médias, notamment Halifax Daily News, Metro Transit, Pattison Outdoor, CBS Outdoor, Global et CTV, les coûts de la campagne ont été réduits du tiers. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont un événement sportif et culturel d’envergure internationale qui se déroule tous les quatre ans, avec des athlètes en provenance des 71 pays et territoires du Commonwealth. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue pour être la ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité organisateur d’Halifax est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka.
October 20, 2019
New Delhi: An inter-ministerial panel has approved the draft RFP (tender document) to select the auctioneer who will conduct the upcoming spectrum sale, including for 5G radiowaves, according to a source. The Department of Telecom hopes to have the auctioneer in place by early-September, the source added. The matter is likely to be taken up in the next meeting of Digital Communications Commission (DCC) scheduled this month. Once the DCC takes a view on the issue, the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, the source said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe inter-ministerial committee, apart from officials from the Telecom Department, has representation from the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Electronics and IT, and Niti Aayog, among others. The panel has cleared the draft RFP for selection of the auctioneer to conduct the spectrum auction, the source noted. The last spectrum auction in October 2016 saw only 40 per cent of the spectrum offered being sold. In that auction, the government had garnered Rs 65,789 crore from sale of just 965 MHz, out of the entire 2,354.44 MHz that was on offer at the base price of Rs 5.63 lakh crore. Among the bandwidth which went unsold was the valuable 700 Mhz which the telcom companies gave a miss, citing high base price. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe government, which did not auction any spectrum in 2017-18 and 2018-19, wants to hold the nation’s biggest auction of over 8,000 MHz of airwaves this year. However, the price of the radiowaves continues to be a hurdle. Regulator Trai had recently reiterated its recommendation on base price and valuation of spectrum, making it clear to the Telecom Department that it has considered “all relevant factors” while giving views on prices. Last month, amid an industry discontent over the pricing of spectrum, DCC had decided to approach the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to reconsider its spectrum recommendations to ensure competition and greater participation of players in the upcoming auction. In a detailed response to the Telecom Department, Trai last week said it had considered all the relevant factors, including the methodology, assumptions, developments between the spectrum auction in 2016 and its suggestions of August 1, 2018, and the rationale for spectrum valuation and reserve price while giving its recommendations. Trai had also argued that for sale of spectrum in an auction, the bidders consider various factors like company’s vision, network needs, price, and number of competing participants, among others, and so no guarantee can be given about sale of all the spectrum put to auction. Trai further asserted that the government’s own marketing efforts will also have an impact on participation in auction.
October 18, 2019
Darjeeling: The police have asked tourists visiting Darjeeling to abstain from booking vehicles to Tiger Hill without valid passes. Vehicles without valid passes are not being allowed to Tiger Hill by the police.The Darjeeling police and district administrative have heralded in certain changes in the existing traffic system of the town to ensure a hassle-free tourist season that sees a surge in vehicular traffic in town. The changes have been implemented from September 1. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Under the new system, 300 vehicles are allowed to Tiger Hill daily. The vehicles visiting Tiger Hill have to collect the previous day from the traffic office in Darjeeling. The passes are handed out on first come first serve basis and are free of cost. A drop gate has been put up at the start point of the access road at Tiger Hill where the passes are being checked. “On September 1, 24 vehicles with valid passes were allowed while 107 vehicles without passes were returned. Similarly on September 2, 56 vehicles were allowed and 11 returned. We request the Hotels to inform the tourists regarding this system and the tourists should not book vehicles to Tiger Hill without valid passes,” stated Dorjee Sherpa, OC, Traffic, Darjeeling. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen asked if the number of vehicles to Tiger Hill would be increased from 300 during peak tourist season Somnath Saha, DSP, Traffic, Darjeeling stated: “We have sent a letter to the forest department which has an open space in Tiger Hill to be used as a parking lot. If they allow then around 700 to 800 vehicles will easily fit there.” Heavy vehicles were also not allowed to ply in the town from 7am to 8 pm to avoid jams. 4 army trucks ferrying students were also stopped on Monday. “We had informed them of the stricture. All need to comply with the rules for the benefit of the public. The army can use school buses,” added the DSP. However, HD Lama road has not yet been opened to traffic as per earlier plans from September 1. “We will initiate this at the earliest. Some more dialogue is required between various stakeholders, including the Municipality as hawkers need to be removed for vehicular traffic on HD Lama Road,” Saha said.
October 16, 2019
BOVET 1822 (the Swiss luxury timepiece company) owner Pascal Raffy recently joined Artists for Peace and Justice’s (APJ) New York City Holiday Gala to support fund raising efforts to create positive change for the future through education for children in Haiti.Academy award winning actress Susan Sarandon, actor Daniel Craig, Oscar award winning film director Paul Haggis, Bovet owner Mr. Pascal Raffy at the New York City Holiday GalaCredit/Copyright: Via anamartinspr.comDaniel Craig, Susan Sarandon, and Mr. Raffy, APJ Advisory board members, were joined by renowned artist Chuck Close and actress Heather Graham. Together, BOVET 1822 and APJ raised more than $700,000 that night for the children of Haiti.Pascal Raffy and friend Paul Haggis, Oscar award winning film director and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, also announced the continuation of a beautiful partnership which had already raised over $1,800,000 this year. Five years since its foundation, Artists for Peace and Justice has built Haiti’s largest free high school and first free vocational college, providing over 2,200 underprivileged children the opportunity to continue their education beyond fifth grade. Committed to continuing these efforts toward a brighter future, BOVET 1822 is pleased to announce a minimum five year partnership with APJ.February 2012 marked the first introduction of BOVET 1822 to APJ and their cause as they stepped in to be the main supporting sponsor of APJ’s pre-Oscar event in Hollywood. Drawn to the emotion and sincerity behind the cause, it was no surprise that Bovet was back again in February 2013 as the main sponsor and helped successfully raise over $600,000 that evening.A luncheon in Toronto was added to the calendar this September and BOVET was by APJ’s side again with another successful day raising over $500,000, bringing the total funds raised that year to over $1,800,000.With three events already on the horizon for next year, the future looks brighter for the children in Haiti as Artists for Peace and Justice and BOVET are jointly committed to directing art towards its noblest cause-that of serving education and future generations.
October 14, 2019
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsIndigenous youth from Saskatchewan are set to soon premier three films that they produced from scratch in just two days.The theme? Zombies.
October 11, 2019
“Social justice is more than an ethical imperative; it is a foundation for national stability and global prosperity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message ahead of the World Day of Social Justice, observed on 20 February. “Equal opportunity, solidarity and respect for human rights, these are essential to unlocking the full productive potential of nations and peoples.”UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia also highlighted the linkage between social justice and national stability, citing the protests in North Africa and the Middle East that have already driven Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office.“As Tunisia and Egypt are showing us, jobs and justice, bread and dignity, protection and democracy, national and global security are not unrelated demands,” he said in a message for the Day. “What happens in the future will very much depend on whether the connections are recognized and acted upon.”Mr. Ban said the continuing fallout from the global financial and economic crisis makes achieving social justice more important than ever. “For the tens of millions who have lost their jobs since the crisis began, the global recession is far from over,” he noted, underscoring UN efforts to establish a global “social protection floor” to guarantee food security, health services for all and old-age pensions for the 80 per cent of the world’s people who now lack protection.“No one should live below a certain income level, and everyone should have access to essential public services such as water and sanitation, health and education,” he added. “The pursuit of social justice is crucial to maximizing the potential for growth with equity and minimizing the risks of social unrest. Together, let us rise to the challenge and ensure that our work for sustainable development delivers social justice for all.”Mr. Somavia highlighted decent employment opportunities as a vital plank for social justice. “It is time to build a new era of social justice on a foundation of decent work,” he said. “Women and men without jobs or livelihoods really don’t care if their economies grow at 3, 5 or 10 per cent per year if such growth leaves them behind and without protection.“They do care whether their leaders and their societies promote policies to provide jobs and justice, bread and dignity, freedom to voice their needs, their hopes and their dreams and the space to forge practical solutions where they are not always squeezed… Yet the world of work is in tatters today: more than 200 million people are unemployed worldwide, including nearly 80 million youth.”Both these figures are at or near their highest points ever, while the number of workers in vulnerable employment – some 1.5 billion – and the 630 million working poor living with their families on $1.25 a day or less is increasing, he warned.Among the essential stations on the path to social justice, Mr. Somavia cited the need to make job creation targets a central component of macroeconomic policy priorities alongside low inflation and sound fiscal accounts, and to provide fiscally sustainable social protection to the eight out of 10 people who lack any form of social security in the world today. Outlining the principles behind the social protection floor earlier this week, ILO Social Security Department Director Michael Cichon stressed the fact that it would only take 2 per cent of global GDP [gross domestic product] to basically give security systems to all the world’s poor.Tripartite delegations of Governments, employers and workers from all 183 ILO member States are due to meet in June to draw up a long-term strategy for the floor’s four entitlements that would guarantee basic income security for children; access to some social assistance for people of working age that prevents them from falling into absolute food poverty; a basic old-age pension for people over a certain age; and essential health services for all. 18 February 2011With 80 per cent of the world’s people lacking adequate social protection and global inequalities growing, top United Nations officials are calling for a new era of social justice that offers basic services, decently paid jobs, and safeguards for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized.
October 7, 2019
NIPAWIN — David Petersen could not speak for several moments after a Nipawin provincial court judge declared him not guilty of threatening to shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and threatening to blow up Parliament.“He is innocent, as we already knew,” Petersen’s wife, Shanon Petersen, said after the judge made the ruling on Tuesday. She said the court process has taken a toll on her family.“I think it’s been very stressful for David. Equally stressful for me, but I know what was true and I really felt the truth would come out in the end. I’m very thankful for the judge,” she said.David said it “would be way easier to unfairly say I was guilty seven months ago” (by pleading guilty) and to have already been serving a 12-month probation.“I’d be three-quarters of the way through this already,” he said.“But his wife wouldn’t let him do that,” Shanon said. “Or his kids. Or his brothers. We said, ‘No, you didn’t do that and you need to stand innocent. Speak for yourself.’ ”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Petersen, 53, stood trial over comments he made on the phone to a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee on Feb. 12.The trial took place over two days last week and resumed on Tuesday, when Judge Hugh Harradence acquitted him.Last week court heard from Paul Sveinson, the CRA employee who spoke with Petersen on Feb. 12. Sveinson said Petersen seemed “desperate,” and talked about “lashing out.” According to Sveinson, Petersen also said he “would like to take a shot at Trudeau” and stated “I don’t want to be the guy that goes and blows up Parliament.” The call was not recorded.Sveinson said he was concerned Petersen would commit suicide and so reported the call to his supervisor, who called the RCMP.In subsequent interviews with RCMP, Petersen said he’d meant that he wanted to take a shot with his fist or poke the prime minister in the nose and said he didn’t remember making comments about blowing up Parliament.Testifying in his own defence, he told court he would never intend to kill another human.“Life is God’s to give and God’s to take,” he said.Petersen said he was guilty of “seriously disliking” the prime minister and of “foolishly” expressing himself while talking to a CRA representative on the phone, but not of wishing anyone any harm.“I don’t have a memory of the exact words used, but I do know what was in my heart,” Petersen said. “I believe that the giving and taking of life belongs to God alone.”Harradence said he accepted Sveinson’s sincerity but, given the fact Sveinson could not recall the conversation in its entirety, the Crown failed to provide needed context.“His finding was that the Crown hadn’t proven the mental element, or the intention behind the threat, as required by law,” Crown prosecutor Lori O’Connor said.Related Man charged with threatening to shoot prime minister on trial in Nipawin
October 2, 2019
Anyone travelling to and from Brock should exercise patience as construction on roads, sidewalks and bus bays on St. David’s Road, Glenridge Avenue and Merrittville Highway continues.Students and staff coming to and from Brock University should expect delays in the coming weeks as construction around the St. Catharines campus is expected to continue through late October.Motorists, pedestrians and those taking public transit should exercise patience as Niagara Region and Rankin Construction finish work on roads, sidewalks and bus bays on St. David’s Road, Glenridge Avenue and Merrittville Highway.“People will be passing near construction zones on the way to campus and it is essential that they observe signage provided by the contractor both for safety and to maintain near normal traffic flow,” Brock Facilities Management project manager Scott Roper said. “The contractor is trying to keep traffic flow as close to normal as possible. Drivers should remember that roads are usually slow at move-in and the first week even without construction. Patience and co-operation will help the contractor to complete the work as quickly as possible.”All lanes of the main roads surrounding the campus should be open for the first week back as work is kept to the perimeter of the roadway. There may be a slight impact to St. David’s Road on Friday, Sept. 5 for curb work, and there will be a flagged single lane of traffic on the Glenridge hill.Additional work will take place on Glenridge Avenue between Norman Road and Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital in the latter part of September as a failed substrate is rebuilt.Merrittville Highway will probably remain in its present condition until it is repaved in October.Lanes may be periodically reduced or closed, and none of the construction zones will be fully opened until paving is completed sometime in October. At no time will any roads be fully closed.Also, temporary fencing and signage has been put up on parts of St. David’s Road and Glenridge Avenue to protect pedestrians.A website has been set up to provide Brock students and staff with updates on roadwork. When the projects are completed, the finished product will include:Bike lanes added to St. David’s Road and Merrittville HwyA new dedicated right turn lane onto Glenridge Ave. from St. David’s Road, where a small pedestrian island will also be built.Two bus bays will be built on St. David’s Road and one on Glenridge Ave. to streamline the flow of traffic.The University is planning for a future third entrance at the Merrittville Highway and Schmon Parkway intersection where the Region is soon installing new traffic lights. From that entrance, a future roadway is intended to run south of the school’s southern-most parking lots (T, U and V) to enable access to Isaac Brock Boulevards north and south.Roads surrounding Brock from Highway 406 to the top of Glenridge hill and south to Schmon Parkway will be resurfaced.
September 24, 2019
Roskill reports that figures released by the ISSF showed that world production of stainless steel increased by 7% year-on-year during the first nine months of 2016, to a total of 33.6 Mt. “In China, the increase was even more notable, at 11.4%, compared to 4.2% in the rest of Asia. Smaller increases were recorded in the Americas and Western Europe. The strong growth figures highlight the distinct nature of the stainless steel market, as compared with carbon steel, as stainless demand has continued to grow even as sectors such as construction industries have faltered. “Buoyed by consumer applications, Roskill maintains a bullish outlook on stainless steel, although the 2016 growth rates are unlikely to be sustained, having been inflated by the recovery from a particularly poor preceding year in 2015. Nonetheless, some risks remain, including the impact of environmental regulations put in place in China to combat acute air pollution, which has had an adverse effect on stainless steel processing activity in the closing weeks of the year.”Roskill also notes: “Low prices during 2016 have caused tungsten concentrate supply to drop back more into line with demand, and the market may fall into a slight supply deficit in 2017. This would help to drawn down stockpiles and could see prices for the main tungsten intermediate APT post a small increase next year, with Roskill forecasting an annual average of $234/mtu for Chinese FOB material. European APT prices were stable at $192.50/mtu in mid-December.The picture shows Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine in the UK.
September 22, 2019
LAST MONTH World Suicide Prevention Day was marked, and last week World Mental Health Day took place – it was good to see the important issues raised on these days being debated and heard.The importance of good mental health is beginning to gain the recognition it deserves in Ireland. But it is impossible to be serious about addressing mental health in Ireland without also being serious about resolving our harmful relationship with alcohol.Over the past ten years, progress, albeit slow, has been made towards reducing the stigma that exists around talking about mental health. It has been encouraging to see the bravery of individuals who have come forward to talk about their own experiences – it has a normalising effect on the issue and reduces the isolation of people who may feel alone in their struggles and it can encourage them to seek help.We are also beginning to recognise and take seriously how particularly hard it can be for men to open up emotionally; the frankness of many high-profile individuals, particularly men, is changing our perspective; hearing successful and famous figures talk about their own mental health issues certainly explodes the myth that it is some kind of ‘weakness’.Our harmful relationship with alcoholSo now we have started talking about our mental health we need to talk about how to look after it and addressing our harmful relationship with alcohol is a key part of that.Every one of us will face challenges, sadness and loss at some time in our lives. To cope with these times when they come along it is essential we develop resilience and coping skills. Talking, a good support network, a purpose and direction in life and a healthy lifestyle help build resilience. Understanding the importance of these things in day-to-day life will not provide immunity to mental health problems but they will certainly reduce risk.Critical to building that vital resilience is to have a low-risk relationship with alcohol. Alcohol can affect our ability to cope, manage and overcome everyday stresses and significant life events such as unemployment or bereavement.Unfortunately in Ireland over half the population drink in a high-risk way.So many people in Ireland drink this way that it seems like pretty standard behaviour. We speak casually about experiencing ‘the fear’ on Sundays and Mondays after a heavy weekend session of drinking. It seems scarcely believable that we are inducing a state for anxiety, fear and depression in ourselves as a result of over-drinking – and we are all OK with that. And although most people overcome these feelings after a day or two for some, regular binge-drinking does serious damage to their mental and physical health.Irish people binge-drink more than anyone in Europe – and amongst the public and politicians there is a general acceptance of this risky and harmful behaviour – it’s said to be part of our ‘culture’. The medical community have spoken extensively and alarmingly about the damage being done to people’s health. And yet there has been no real change. When presented with the evidence-based measures that would address this issue of harmful drinking and the myriad problems created for individuals, families and communities as a result, we seem overwhelmed by apathy.Young people and drinkingOf particular concern is the impact of harmful drinking on young people. There is a good reason why drinking under eighteen years of age is illegal – because children and adolescents are neither physically nor emotionally equipped to deal with the effects of alcohol. The exposure that Irish children have to alcohol is enormous – it’s widely available, it’s cheap and, through well-resourced marketing campaigns, made to look very appealing.At least adults are better equipped to try decode the shiny advertising messages, to understand the potential damage of misusing alcohol and, to an extent, cope with the anxiety and depression heavy drinking sessions can induce.The great work of mental-health campaigners will shortly hit the brick-wall of apathy that surrounds the impact of harmful drinking in Ireland. Increased awareness of the importance of mental health is helping everyone – but awareness must be accompanied by understanding of how to maintain good mental health, develop resilience and reduce risk and the action required to support that understanding.Alcohol is factor in over 50 per cent of suicides in Ireland – this stark figure alone should motivate everyone to deal with this problem for once and for all. The World Health Organisation has estimated that the risk of suicide when a person is currently abusing alcohol is eight times greater than if they were not.If we have a chance to reduce the risk of suicide and self-harm in Ireland we must take it. If we have an opportunity to build resilience into Irish people and communities we must take it.This is not an insurmountable task – the evidence-based policy measures that will finally bring about a positive change in our harmful relationship with alcohol are set out in the Steering Group Report on the National Substance Misuse Strategy. The three key areas we need to tackle are the pricing, availability and marketing of alcohol.Minimum unit pricing?The introduction of minimum unit pricing would have a dramatic and immediate effect on the numbers of people drinking – this has been the case in other countries where this measure has been introduced. As minimum unit pricing effectively targets the very cheapest, strongest alcohol sold in the off-trade, it addresses consumption among the most harmful drinkers among us and our young people, who tend to favour these drinks.Introducing effective regulations for alcohol marketing, including bringing an end to alcohol sponsorship of sporting and cultural events, will also help protect children and young people from the current high levels of alcohol marketing exposure that is driving early and harmful drinking patterns,Reducing the availability of alcohol through structural separation in retail outlets will also help reduce our alcohol consumption to the target of 9.2 litres set out in the Healthy Ireland plan earlier this year. This is the level we would reach if everyone aged 15 and over in Ireland drank to their maximum low-risk limit every week – is that really such a big ask?If we are aiming to develop a healthy, resilient society, harmful drinking has no part to play. And if we are serious about improving mental health in Ireland we need to be serious about reducing drinking.Alcohol Action Ireland’s conference Facing ‘The Fear’: Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland takes place on Wednesday, November 20, at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Expert speakers will discuss how alcohol is impacting on mental health in Ireland and the conference will also hear from people who will share their own personal experiences of alcohol and the impact it has had on them and their loved ones. For further information or to register for the conference follow this link.Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental healthRead: Recognising the warning signs can prevent suicidesRead: One in five young people is experiencing a mental disorder – RCSI
September 21, 2019
My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle. Feb 12th 2017, 8:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3233583 By Gerry Edwards Gerry Edwards 119 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM Chairperson, TFMR Ireland Short URL Share432 Tweet Email1 ON THIS DAY sixteen years ago, my first son was born. His name was Joshua and he did not cry. I cried, my wife cried and my mother-in-law cried. I think some of the midwives in attendance cried too.Joshua had a condition called anencephaly. It meant that his skull did not close when the neural tube was developing and because his skull was open most of his brain was missing. He could never live. Joshua was delivered by induced labour at 22 weeks’ gestation.Although we lived in Dublin at the time, Joshua was born in Belfast, in a different country to the rest of his family. The reason for this is because it was illegal for the maternity hospitals in our independent Republic to provide a termination of pregnancy, even by induced labour. Even in circumstances where a baby did not have the capacity to either be born alive or to survive independently.We were unable to bring Joshua home for a funeral because we didn’t know how to explain to anyone that we had a tiny dead baby. What would become of us? Bear in mind that at that time we could be prosecuted under an Act from the same time that Abraham Lincoln became president of America and sentenced to life in prison.Instead we arranged with the hospital to have Joshua cremated in Belfast. We did not know when this would take place and we were unable to be with him. Sometime later we had what was for us our funeral – his remains were delivered to us in a padded envelope by a courier. Source: Gerry Edwards Joshua’s remains as sent on from the crematorium in Belfast. Source: Gerry EdwardsThe thought that our son was cremated alone in a different country troubled us greatly for many years. We found out recently that a pathologist in the hospital always takes the babies left in her charge to the crematorium in her car and sits with them during their cremation. Hearing about this individual act of kindness and respect for our son made us cry again, but with gratitude.It reminded us that although we felt totally abandoned by Ireland when we needed her most, people are inherently good. They care and they have respect for others, their challenges and the choices they make.Unfortunately, although my mother-in-law met Joshua because she travelled with us, my father-in-law could not. My parents never met him, my sisters never met him and my wife’s brothers never met him. Nobody else got to see him or kiss him goodbye. We were denied the opportunity to be publicly supported in our grief by our friends, colleagues and neighbours. It was as though our son never existed.Joshua was real, he was wantedThis is why marking his anniversary is so important for us. Joshua was real, he was wanted, he was and to this day is loved and he is my son.In the years that passed Gaye and I were lucky enough to have four beautiful children. It was a difficult journey and was not without further losses. It is a time I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, but I would do it all again tomorrow to have the family I have today.During the 2002 Referendum, which sought yet again to remove suicide as legitimate grounds for abortion, Bertie Ahern said in relation to Deirdre Conroy’s story of her termination of pregnancy following a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly, that he could not legislate for individual cases. This prompted my wife to write about Joshua to point out that Deirdre’s case was not unique. But Bertie and his Government didn’t care.Deirdre wrote her letter as Deirdre DeBarra and my wife wrote hers as Gaye Brennan. This was the impact of the shaming and intimidation of women at that time. No-one felt safe in coming forward with their true identities.Just over four years ago, Arlette, Amanda, Ruth and Jennifer came forward to tell their stories of being forced to travel abroad to have a termination of pregnancy following their tragic diagnoses, and they did so using their own identities and set up the group TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons). This was the beginning of a social change.I felt pride – and shameAmid a feeling of pride for these women, I also felt shame. If I had been as brave as them many years before, could they have been spared the additional suffering they had to endure? It was not until President Higgins was signing in the PLDPA 2013 that the fury finally broke through. Our Oireachtas had declined the opportunity to include a provision to deal with fatal foetal anomalies. I wrote a letter to all TDs and Senators imploring them to amend the law and to stop this cruelty, and that letter was published here in TheJournal.ie.I fully expected an urgent response from our elected representatives – that they would feel compelled to do the right thing. However, we have moved to 2017 with two rejected Fatal Foetal Anomaly Bills and a rejected Repeal the 8th Bill.Still women go to our maternity hospitals every day, and still several every week will receive the devastating news that, due to a cruelty of nature, their much-wanted baby will die in the womb, during birth or shortly after.Still, this time due to the cruelty of people, those who feel they cannot continue the pregnancy in these circumstances will need to travel as we did to avail of termination of pregnancy services overseas or else be forced to continue the pregnancy against their will in Ireland, wondering every day if that will be the day their baby dies inside them.Those who feel entitled to publicly condemn usAlthough the general levels of support and respect from people in Ireland towards those women, and men, who share their personal stories has been overwhelming, it is very clear that there are those who are not satisfied simply to disagree with the choice we, and others like us, made. Instead they feel entitled to publicly condemn us for them.These range from anonymous trolls on social media who can be extremely overt and callous in their comments, all the way through to members of the Oireachtas and clergy who try to portray us as cold and uncaring people who were just dissatisfied that our babies were not perfect. They imply that we did not value or love our babies. One even went so far as to refer to our precious babies as “debris, not the kind of thing you put into a coffin and grieve over”.They deliberately conflate our babies’ conditions with illnesses and disabilities, most particularly with Down Syndrome. There has even been a concerted effort to prevent the use of the phrase “fatal foetal anomaly” in place of inaccurate euphemisms like “life-limiting condition” or “poor prognosis”.I believe that all of this is a deliberate effort to deflect public discussion from the realities of the most tragic of situations that we faced. Our experience has generally been that the more some people claim to have moral superiority, the less they seem to demonstrate it.Cruel, inhuman, degradingIn June last year the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Amanda Mellet, one of those founders of TFMR, by being denied access to a lawful termination of pregnancy in Ireland, was subjected to severe emotional and mental suffering and that Ireland violated her rights to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, privacy and equality before the law.Our Government’s response was not to put a Referendum on Repeal of the 8th before the people of Ireland, but instead to set up a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss the issue. The Edwards family in front of street art by Maser, shortly before it was removed. Source: Gerry EdwardsI have always maintained that this was a completely unnecessary step and was in fact a mechanism to abdicate, at least temporarily, their responsibility to act as our elected legislators. That said, I feel that Justice Laffoy is doing an excellent job and that the selected 99 citizens are taking their responsibilities very seriously, and I expect them to make their recommendations to the Oireachtas in May or June this year.The question remains though, having set up the Citizens’ Assembly and given them timeframes within which to report on a number of issues, what will the Oireachtas do next? Will they prove to the sceptics that this was just a can-kicking exercise or will they show some respect to the volunteer citizens who have done what was asked of them?It is imperative that the Oireachtas establishes a special Committee to act upon the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly, whatever they may be. Clear terms of reference should be set out including a maximum time frame within which the Committee should report to Government.This can and should be done in advance of the Citizens’ Assembly report. On the basis that we know that women’s human rights are being violated on a daily basis there simply cannot be any more deferral on the part of Government. It is time for them all to grow up and accept the responsibility they sought. They need to put a Referendum to Repeal the 8th before the people of Ireland so that they can determine whether or not they wish to decriminalise abortion and extend the provision of these essential medical services to women in Ireland.As we remember Joshua today I can’t help but wonder whether or not we as a society will stop punishing tragedy before his 17th anniversary. And if not, why not?Gerry Edwards is chairperson of TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons) 1,404 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 21, 2019
GARDAÍ ARE CONTINUING to search for a man who absconded from a Dublin courthouse after walking out an unlocked cell door and escaping.The man, who was due in court to face a robbery charge, had been brought to Cloverhill courthouse from the adjacent remand prison when he noticed that a cell door was unlocked.It is understood he walked up the stairs from the cell, through the courtroom and then out the main doors of the building.The man walked out the door and carried out what sources have described as “an opportunistic escape”.He began running when he made it outside and entered a housing estate where he stole a bike and made his escape.The garda helicopter was deployed and searches for the man, who has previously survived a shooting, are ongoing.Gardaí are searching areas he is known to frequent including the Crumlin, Kimmage and the Harold’s Cross areas of Dublin.A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service confirmed that the incident occurred and that an update on the situation will be provided once information becomes available. http://jrnl.ie/4068198 Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews Jun 13th 2018, 11:51 AM 25,310 Views Share394 Tweet Email Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 11:51 AM Gardaí continue search for man who escaped Cloverhill Court after walking out unlocked door and robbing bike The incident happened yesterday afternoon. Short URL By Garreth MacNamee No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 20, 2019
La plage du Porge fermée à son tour à cause des physaliesMardi, une invasion massive de physalies a obligé les responsables du poste de secours des CRS de Porge, en Gironde, à interdire la baignade sur la plage toute la journée. Après la plage de Lacanau, c’est au tour de la station balnéaire de Porge, toujours en Gironde, d’être la proie des physalies. Mardi matin, sur la plage, les autorités ont constaté la présence d’une quantité massive de ces créatures marines venimeuses aux aspects de méduse. Pour protéger les vacanciers, ils ont alors décidé l’interdiction de la baignade et ce, jusqu’à nouvel ordre.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?”Nous avons découvert mardi matin une quarantaine de physalies sur la plage, ce qui a motivé notre décision d’interdire pour toute la journée la baignade aux vacanciers”, a expliqué à l’AFP Vincent Boselli, le chef du poste de secours des CRS du centre balnéaire, qui a également précisé qu’ils referont le point mercredi matin “et déciderons du maintien ou non de l’interdiction”.Lundi, c’est la plage de Lacanau qui avait été fermée pour les mêmes raisons. Mais celle-ci a été rouverte mardi alors que les CRS, responsables de la surveillance, ont constaté la disparition des quelque 200 physalies qu’ils avaient vues la veille. Si ces créatures marines ont déjà été observées sur les côtes atlantiques, c’était alors l’échouage le plus massif jamais constaté en Gironde. Le 10 août 2011 à 09:02 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Une thérapie génique contre la cécité montre des résultats prometteursSelon un essai clinique publié hier, une thérapie génétique expérimentale destinée à lutter contre la cécité a donné des résultats encourageants. Pour la seconde fois, elle a permis de restaurer partiellement la vision de personnes atteintes de cécité rare.L’amaurose congénitale de Leber (ACL) est une dégénérescence incurable des récepteurs lumineux de la rétine. Elle entraîne une cécité progressive qui devient complète entre 20 et 30 ans. Celle-ci étant irréversible, les chercheurs essaient depuis longtemps d’élucider les mécanismes afin de trouver un traitement potentiel. Ainsi, une expérience a été menée sur trois jeunes adultes souffrant de cette maladie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Basé sur un procédé de thérapie génique, le traitement a consisté à corriger la mutation du gène RPE65, responsable de cette atteinte. Pour cela, un virus a servi de vecteur et a acheminé la version normale du gène. Une expérience qui avait en réalité déjà été tentée. En effet, les chercheurs à l’origine de ce traitement avaient initialement tenté ce traitement génétique sur ces trois mêmes jeunes adultes à l’Hôpital des enfants de Philadelphie (en Pennsylvanie) mais seulement sur un œil.Après le premier traitement, effectué sur l’œil le plus atteint, les chercheurs ont ainsi obtenu des résultats encourageants : lire des lignes au tableau utilisé par les ophtalmologues pour tester la vision était déjà possible. Mais après avoir reçu ce second traitement génétique dans l’autre œil, les observations ont été toute aussi prometteuses : les malades ont pu voir dans une luminosité réduite. Deux ont même été capables de se déplacer parmi des obstacles dans des endroits sombres, expliquent les chercheurs cités par l’AFP. Ils soulignent également que ces patients n’ont fait part d’aucun effet secondaire particulier. Au contraire même : “ces patients nous disent combien leur vie a changé depuis qu’ils ont eu ce traitement génétique”, souligne le Dr Jean Bennett, professeur d’Ophtalmologie à l’Université de Pennsylvanie, un des principaux auteurs de cette étude clinique.Le 9 février 2012 à 15:37 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Dinosaure : un splendide museau d’Apatosaurus Ajax découvert aux Etats-UnisUn museau d’Apatosaurus ajax, un spécimen de dinosaure à long cou a été retrouvé dans une petite carrière située au bord de la route Ouest de Denver aux Etats-Unis. Il s’agit du seul museau recensé jusqu’à présent pour cette espèce.Une petite carrière située au bord de la route de Denver recèle de trésors paléontologiques. Parmi les derniers os excavés, les chercheurs ont découvert le museau d’un Apatosaurus Ajax, un spécimen de dinosaure à long cou. Le fossile, est le seul museau recensé jusqu’à présent pour cette espèce. Il pourrait ainsi permettre de mieux comprendre les liens de parentés entre A. Ajax et les autres membres du groupe des Apatosaures.L’incroyable découverte remonte à quelques années, en 2003. A l’époque, les bénévoles d’une association travaillaient sur le site archéologique et ont repéré pour la première fois une partie du fossile, intégré dans un énorme bloc de grès. Pensant qu’il s’agissait de dents de crocodiles, ils ont demandé à Matthew Mossbrucker, directeur du Musée d’histoire naturelle de Morrison, de venir identifier le vestige.En arrivant sur le site, le paléontologue a tout de suite compris qu’il ne s’agissait pas d’un crocodile. Il explique à LiveScience “L’émail était trop mince et la géométrie des dents complètement différente”. Afin de protéger ce trésor, le chercheur a entrepris avec son équipe d’extraire l’intégralité de la roche pour la déplacer jusqu’au Musée. Toutefois, le fossile étant fortement incrusté aucune extraction n’a été envisagée par la suite. Deux ans pour extraire la précieuse pièce En 2011, l’équipe a acquis un certain nombre d’outils technologiques permettant d’extirper le museau sans pour autant l’endommager. Au total, deux ans ont été nécessaires pour nettoyer minutieusement une partie du fossile. Un travail de longue haleine, récompensé par le résultat. “C’est le plus beau museau d’Apatosaure retrouvé sur la planète” confie le directeur. Le spécimen, surnommé Kevin, était aussi long que trois autobus, avec un cou mesurant un tiers de la longueur totale. Par ailleurs, il était aussi lourd que huit éléphants d’Asie réunis. Les restes du museau découvert comprennent pour le moment le maxillaire et le prémaxillaire inférieur ainsi que les os du nez. Cette découverte permet de mettre en évidence des caractéristiques anatomiques jusqu’à présent inconnues d’A. ajax. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’avantage d’analyses, sont encore nécessaires pour envisager de visualiser le museau dans son ensemble. Les chercheurs envisagent d’utiliser des techniques de tomographie pour visualiser les restes du fossile à l’intérieur du bloc de pierre et éventuellement en imprimer une copie parfaite en trois dimensions. (Crédit photo : Stephanie Pappas for LiveScience) Le 22 novembre 2013 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
September 19, 2019
Two neighborhood traffic safety construction projects, in the Parkside neighborhood of east Vancouver and in the Lincoln and Northwest neighborhoods in its west, won funding as part of the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, which works with residents to manage and address traffic concerns in the city.The project in the Parkside neighborhood will add a series of speed bumps along Northeast 141st Avenue, between Northeast 28th Street and Northeast 39th Street. The Lincoln and Northwest neighborhoods project will include crosswalk improvements, including pavement striping and crossing signals, at the intersection of Northwest 44th Street and West 43rd Street.The nearly $300,000 awarded for the projects comes from the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.The two projects, along with two projects that were awarded funding in 2017, are slated for construction during the summer of 2019, according to the city.
September 15, 2019
Admiral Group, Hilton, Pets at Home, The Sovini Group and TSB Bank are among the organisations recognised on the UK’s Best workplaces for women 2018 list, compiled by Great Place to Work.The list, which has been launched for the first time this year, recognises organisations that go beyond statutory requirements to ensure that women are treated fairly in respect of pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities and catering to caring responsibilities.The list also takes into consideration what employers do to ensure female staff have a fair and positive work experience, in which they are able to contribute their talents and develop personally and professionally.For employers to be eligible to feature on the list, women must make up a minimum of 25% of their workforce, and a minimum of 25% of senior roles must be held by women. Organisations must meet the qualifying criteria for Great Place to Work’s Best workplace list, with a minimum trust index score of 70% for large organisations and 75% for medium organisations, and there must be an 80% confidence level from women within the workforce.Eligible organisations must also have less than a 10 percentage point difference in the trust index scores between men and women, and either a favourable, equal or one percentage point difference between men and women to the question ‘people in my workplace are treated fairly regardless of their sex’. Lastly, employers have to submit a 1,000-word statement describing what the organisation does to support women in their workforce.Employers in the large category that have been recognised for 2018 include hospitality business Hyatt Hotels Corporation and professional services firm REL Field Marketing, while organisations featured in the medium category for 2018 include IT organisation Workday, charity WaterAid UK and software provider Reward Gateway.The full list of the UK’s Best workplaces for women, large category 2018 is:The Sovini GroupHiltonAdmiral GroupREL Field MarketingTSB BankAccorHotels UK and IrelandBright Horizons Family SolutionsHome GroupHyatt Hotels CorporationPets at HomeThe full list of the UK’s Best workplaces for women, medium category 2018 is:WorkdayFoundLiberisRHPSouth Liverpool HomesAXONRoyal College of Veterinary SurgeonsTreasury Wines EstatesWaterAid UKStarPowerforce Field Marketing and Retail ServicesReward GatewayMarketMakersSC JohnsonThird BridgeCristina Nestares, chief executive officer at Admiral UK, said: “We are so proud of this recognition. 2018 is the first time the Great Place to Work Institute has compiled a list of best workplaces for women in the UK so it’s great to be one of the first organisations to be recognised. I’d like to thank all of our amazing staff for making Admiral a great place to work for everyone.”
September 15, 2019
Street Flood Advisory has been issued for portions of Miami-Dade County. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/aj8lAaeEqs— Miss Chavis (@karlenechavis) July 13, 2017Officials said the advisory lasted until 9:15 a.m. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Plenty of rain now! Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Doral, Miami Lakes and Hialeah Gardens already experiencing flooding. pic.twitter.com/Mup2qyijM1— Vivian Gonzalez (@VivianGonzalez7) July 13, 2017 MIAMI (WSVN) – A flood advisory was issued, Thursday, for parts of Miami-Dade due to heavy rain.The advisory was expected to affect Hialeah, Virginia Gardens, Doral and Hialeah Gardens.
September 10, 2019
Enlarge ImageBuild your own Mustang — no wrenches or oil required. Lego These days, everything is awesome for car enthusiasts who enjoy building with plastic bricks. Lego has launched a large array of automotive building sets, from the many small and affordable Speed Champions offerings to more involved choices like a 3,599-piece Bugatti Chiron. On Friday, Lego introduced another offering: a 1960s Ford Mustang muscle car.With 1,470 pieces, the Mustang is part of Lego’s Creator Expert line. The finished product measures more than 3 inches tall, 13 inches long and 5 inches wide. It’s a faithful recreation of a 1967 Mustang fastback — possibly best known as Nic Cage’s muse “Eleanor” in Gone in 60 Seconds — with dark blue paint and white racing stripes, five-spoke wheels and various Mustang logo and GT badges.The hood can be opened to reveal a (plastic, nonfunctional) 390-cubic-inch V8 engine. Builders can even pull off the car’s hood scoop and remove the carburetor to stick a giant supercharger on there instead. The doors open to reveal a detailed interior with working steering. And in the trunk, there’s space and hoses for installing a nitrous-oxide tank, should your Mustang need an extra shot of speed. Lego Creator Expert 1967 Ford Mustang is 1,500 bricks of nostalgia Ford Preview • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: Iconic cool 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ford Lego Car Culture Toys and Tabletop Games 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Other optional add-ons include a ducktail rear spoiler and a front splitter, both of which help add a meaner look to complement the car’s supercharger. An assortment of license plates and side-exit exhausts are available, too. Finally, you can even adjust the rear suspension’s ride height to go from a stock, street-cruising stance to a more drag-racing-focused angle.The Ford Mustang Lego Creator Expert costs $150 and will be available from Lego stores and shop.lego.com starting March 1. It remains to be seen how long it’ll take fans to build the 1,470-piece set, but we’re guessing it’ll be just a smidge quicker than it took to create a 334,544-brick, full-size recreation of the Chevrolet Silverado. 1 Share your voice Comment Tags 13 Photos More From Roadshow More about 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Fastback
September 1, 2019
The University of Louisville softball team will play host to Lipscomb Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Cardinals will then hit the road for a matchup at Western Kentucky Wednesday at 6 p.m. (ET). GAME DAY INFORMATIONOpponent: LipscombDate, Time: Tuesday, April 2, 5 p.m.Location: Louisville, Ky., Ulmer StadiumTelevision: ACC Network ExtraAnnouncers: Don Russell (play-by-play), Suzanne Bush (analyst)Live scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball MELTON STEALING AT A RECORD RATESidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.•The senior infielder leads the team with 18 stolen bases on the season, and stands tied for seventh on Louisville’s single season list. She needs one more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Jennifer Esteban (2011) and Kenzie Meisenburg (2001).• She now has 51 runs in her career, placing her third on Louisville’s all-time list and needs nine more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12).AND ON THE RUNMelton recently increased her career run tally to 133 stands seventh on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs five more to tie for sixth with Jennifer Esteban (2010-13).• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. WKU | April 3 | WKU Softball ComplexSeries Record: UL leads 17-3Last Meeting: April 19, 2017 – UL won 1-0 at Ulmer Stadium. Megan Hensley tossed a complete game one-hit shutout and drove in the only run of the game to lift the Cards to a 1-0 win at Ulmer Stadium.• Hensley struck out three and walked two in her first complete game shutout of the season. After giving up a single to Adarian Gray in the fourth, the sophomore retired the final 11 batters she faced to get the win.NOTE: As a freshman in 2016, Hensley hit a grand slam to lift the Cards to a 12-0 win at the WKU Softball Complex.Scouting the Hilltoppers: Western Kentucky (26-5) is riding a 11-game win streak entering Wednesday’s matchup. The streak includes a 4-1 win against then-No. 18/17 Kentucky. The Hilltoppers’ last loss came on March 13, when they fell 9-7 to Louisville’s Tuesday night opponent, Lipscomb.• Western Kentucky is led at the plate by Shannon Plese, who is hitting .370 (34-for-92). Current ACC Co-Player of the Week (and former UofL player) Jordan Vorbrink follows at a .358 clip. Kendall Smith leads the team with seven home runs and 28 RBIs on the season.• Current ACC Pitcher of the Week Kelsey Aikey (8-3) carries a 1.97 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 67.2 innings of work. Kennedy Sullivan (14-2) holds a 2.70 ERA with 132 Ks in 88.0 innings. Louisville v Lipscomb WKU Game Notes HOME SWEET HOMELouisville has compiled an 9-1 record at Ulmer Stadium this season. The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange. The Cards resumed their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Tuesday. UP LASTThe Cardinals took game one of an ACC series at No. 24/19 Virginia Tech with 7-5 decision on Friday evening, snapping the Hokies’ 11-game win streak. Virginia Tech went on to win game two 10-1 Saturday and clinched the series with 13-5 decision Sunday.• Senior Sidney Melton led the Cardinals at the plate in the series with a .667 batting average (6-for-9), two runs with two stolen bases. UP NEXTThe Cardinals will return to Ulmer Stadium for a three-game ACC series against 2018 national champion No. 3/3 Florida State April 6-8.• Throughout the weekend, the Cardinals will welcome back former letterwinners and alumnae as they celebrate their 20th season. Monday’s game will be shown on ESPNU. Live scoring vs. Western Kentucky CHUNG NAMED ACC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEKRebecca Chung was named ACC Co-Player of the Week for the period ending on March 17.• She becomes the first Louisville player to earn the league’s weekly honor this season. • Chung (Torrance, Calif) helped lead the Cardinals at the plate as they compiled a 4-1 record on the week. The freshman catcher batted .615 (8-for-13) with a double, a run and seven RBIs and posted a .600 on-base percentage.• She had at least one hit in every game, extending her hitting streak to nine games and her on-base streak to 10. Chung also collected RBIs in three of five games, including a pair of three-RBI performances – one in the 21-1 win over Morehead State on Tuesday and again in the 8-0 win over Syracuse to clinch the ACC series.MELTON EARNS ACC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.•The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.• A three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (121) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology.LOUISVILLE PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN THE ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. CARDS AGAINST THE FIELDLipscomb | April 2 | Ulmer StadiumSeries Record: Lipscomb leads 3-1Last Meeting: March 28, 2018 – Lipscomb won 3-1 at Draper Diamond.Scouting the Lady Bisons: Lipscomb enters the game with a 23-12-1 record. Most recently, the Lady Bisons took two of three games against Atlantic Sun Conference opponent North Florida last weekend. Lipscomb dropped the first game 8-6, but rebounded to take the second game 3-1 and clinch the series with a 13-0 win on Sunday.• The Lady Bisons are led at the plate by Jordan Fortel who is batting .411 with five home runs, 31 runs and 31 RBIs. Hannah Devault paces the team with six home runs and 34 RBIs.• Mandy Jordan (8-7) leads the pitching staff with a 2.86 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division Coastal Division1) Florida State 1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame 2) Pitt3) Louisville 3) Duke4) Syracuse 4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College 5) Virginia Tech6) NC State 6) Virginia THE APRILE ERA2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile is the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Print Friendly Version NOTES AFTER THE WEEKEND • Friday’s win marked the second won over a nationally-ranked team this season. The Cards also beat then-No. 15/17 Michigan on Feb. 6.• Funke connected on her ninth triple of the season, placing her second among Louisville’s single season leaders. She needs one more to tie Audrey Rendon (2005) for first. • She now has 11 career triples and stands fourth on Louisville’s all-time list, needing three more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• Melton is now on a six-game hitting streak.• Snyder has reached base safely in nine straight games. Opponent: Western KentuckyDate, Time: Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m.Location: Bowling Green, Ky., WKU Softball ComplexTelevision: CUSA TVLive scoring: WKUSports.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball BALANCED PITCHINGAll three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.• Megan Hensley (9-2) leads the team in wins and with four shutouts. She stands second among UofL’s starting pitchers with 71 strikeouts in 75.0 innings.• Taylor Roby (6-1) carries a team-best 1.76 ERA and three saves. She stands third on the team with 41 Ks in 47.2 innings.• Danielle Watson (7-9) is holding opponents to a .225 average. She leads the Cardinals with 93 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. CUSA TV Watch Link THE ROAD AHEADThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL faces six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 3/3 Florida State, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 18/17 Kentucky, No. 14/12 Auburn, No. 23/23 Michigan and No. 24/19 Virginia Tech. Northwestern. Notre Dame, North Carolina, Indiana and Cal State Fullerton are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. TRIPLE FORCEJunior Celene Funke is tied for first in the NCAA with nine triples on the season. She stands second among Louisville’s single season leaders and needs one more to tie Audrey Rendon (2005) for first.• The centerfielder has 11 in her career and is tied for fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• She also has two home runs on the season. YOUNG CARDSWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 1.76 ERA and three saves. She also leads the team at the plate with a .351 batting average.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team with 23 RBIs and is tied for second with a .342 batting average. She also carries a team-best .440 on-base percentage.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 30 games in left field and has two home runs.• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting has played in 21 games with four starts.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively. Snyder has reached safely in nine straight games.• Fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 23 games in the outfield.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 93 strikeouts in 88.1 innings and a .225 opposing batting average. Live scoring HITTING FOR AVERAGELouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Freshman Taylor Roby leads the way at .351. Fellow rookie Rebecca Chung and junior Celene Funke are tied for second at .342. Senior Sidney Melton stands fourt at .339 and fell senior Megan Hensley rounds out the top hitters at a .307 clip. CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the week with 22-12 overall record.• The Cards are coming off of a three-game ACC series at No. 24/19 Virginia Tech. Louisville took the opening game 7-5, but the Hokies were victorious in the final two contests by score of 10-1 and 13-5.•UofL is led at the plate by freshman Taylor Roby who is batting .351 (20-for-57). She also carries a team-best 1.76 ERA and has three saves.• Junior Celene Funke has a career-high nine triples and stands tied for first in the nation with CSU Bakersfield’s Cydney Curran.• Sidney Melton leads the team with a career-high 18 stolen bases. She set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12.• Hensley leads the pitching staff with a 9-2record.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (7-9) paces the pitching staff with 93 strikeouts in 88.1 innings and carries a .225 opponent batting average. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. DUAL THREATFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley stands among the Cardinals’ leaders both in the circle and at the plate. The senior carries a team-best 9-2 record is tied for the team lead with three home runs and stands tied for second with 22 RBIs.• She ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories. HENSLEY RECORD WATCHMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Sixth in career RBI (151) needs six more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).• Seventh in career appearances (112). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (78). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (511.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (50). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).• Eighth in career strikeouts (352), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). ACC Network Extra Watch Link CARDS ON THE AIRAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App. ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State.LOOKING BACK AT 2018 • The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Story Links