Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: The Tompkins County Health Department and City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant held the drinking water taste test Sunday, April 28 at Streets Alive! in Fall Creek. In a news release, the health department said, “This friendly competition is put on to recognize all of the water treatment plants for the work they do to provide safe potable drinking water to the residents of Tompkins County.”The second-place winner was Bolton Point water treatment plant followed by the City of Ithaca. The other water samples that were tested came from Newfield, Groton, Dryden, and the Cornell water treatment plans.After clinching the top water honor, the Village of Trumansburg water treatment plant will now move on to represent Tompkins County in an upcoming regional competition held by the New York State Department of Health.For more scenes from the semi-annual Streets Alive! and 4-H Duck Race this weekend, check out a video recap by Jacob Mroczek.Featured image: Attendees of Streets Alive! on Sunday taste water samples. (Photo courtesy of the Tompkins County Health Department.) Kelsey O’Connor Tagged: tompkins county, tompkins county health department, village of trumansburg, water, water treatment plants ITHACA, N.Y. — Who has the best tasting water in Tompkins County? Survey says Trumansburg.Of the 90 people who sampled water from seven municipal water treatment plants in Tompkins County at Streets Alive! this past weekend, the majority thought water from the Village of Trumansburg water system was the top pour. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor
CONCACAF Gold Cup debutants Guyana and Bermuda will meet for the first time since October 11, 2011, when they square off tonight in an International Friendly at Bermuda National Sports Center from 21:00hrs.At a joint press conference hosted yesterday, the respective head coaches expressed that the match is about getting it right, ahead of their showing at the Confederation’s showpiece next week.The two nations have a lot in common as they continue their walk into history – the first time they have both qualified for the highest possible tournament in the Confederation. Guyana have been drawn in Group D along with the USA, Panama and Trinidad & Tobagowhile Bermuda are in Group B alongside Haiti, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.Speaking to the local media were the respective head coaches and captains: Guyana’s Michael Johnson and Sam Cox and Bermuda’s Kyle Lightbourne and Dante Leverock.Johnson explained that Guyana would not be leaving its fate up to another country, adding that his side “just want to look after business ourselves. We can’t start looking and focussing on other teams and what they do and how they do. We’ve just got to go about our business and make sure we are mentally prepared, physically prepared and when we go out there, to perform at the standards that we know we are capable of doing. If we do that, where that takes us, we are more than happy.”Johnson, who would be making his debut as a coach at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, having represented Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as a player in 2010, noted that Guyana would not be showing much from a strategic standpoint as opposing teams would be on the hunt for information.“Are we going to go out and show our formation, our personnel and the players that are going to start, absolutely not; we would be wrong to do that, knowing that the likelihood is that US, Panama and Trinidad would all be looking at this game,” Johnson said..“What we want to do is make sure we are moving and progressing in the right way. The players are looking as sharp and physically ready within the formation that we are going and play,” Johnson said.Johnson reminded that it is not about Guyana’s strongest team or starting eleven as of yet, as this would come for the opening CONCACAF Gold Cup match: “A lot of it is just individual units, just making sure that things are clicking and all the players are in good nick.”Meanwhile, Lightbourne, in sharing his thoughts on his aim for the Gold Cup, said “We’re new to the competition; we’re a nation that’s growing so we are looking for a good performance from our players. If we play to our ability that we know we can play; don’t be afraid of the occasion, enjoy it and maybe put a couple teams on the back foot, that’s what we are looking for at this stage.”Commenting directly on today’s friendly, Lightbourne noted that they are expecting to see what they have been working on during training being executed in offence and defence.Golden Jaguars captain Cox said that he is looking forward to the match and is expecting a tough challenge from Bermuda but suggested that the encounter would be used to build relationships, “see what we are like in and out of possession, and build towards the Gold Cup but we know it’s going to be a competitive fixture and one that we are all looking forward to. Players have all got their heads on it. The focus is on the next two to three weeks but today is going to be a brilliant exercise for both sides for sure.”Bermuda skipper Leverock said there is a good buzz around his team, sharing that the majority of the players have been training for the past month and putting in hard work.Leverock, who plays in Ireland with Sligo Rovers FC, said the players believe they can beat anyone on the day. “We are excited and we are ready to go now.”Both coaches agreed that the main business starts on June 16 in the case of Bermuda and June 18 for Guyana.The last time the two nations met, the match ended in a 1-1 draw and while a win would be accepted, the leading tacticians on both teams also agreed that that would not be the primary focus of the match.
It’s no doubt that Suresh Kalmadi is in for a tough time over allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.Be it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) is being given the royal snub ever since the Games ended.While the Prime Minister has ordered a probe over alleged financial irregularities, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has gone on record claiming the needle of suspicion is on the Kalmadi-led OC. But in her haste to blame Kalmadi and company, the chief minister perhaps failed to overlook the doings of her own departments.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has pointed out several irregularities in the two showpiece road projects built specially for the Commonwealth Games by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government. In documents provided in an RTI reply to Mail Today, the CVC has expressed shock at how the cost of the prestigious elevated road over Barapullah Nullah could increase by over Rs 80 crore.The RTI query found out that while the estimated cost was Rs 352 crore, the tender was awarded for Rs 433 crore and that too within days of drawing up the estimate.”The estimate for the project was approved on July 30, 2008. Approximately 90 per cent items in the estimate were calculated on the prevailing market rate. But the work was awarded by the PWD (in August the same year) on higher rates by 23 per cent,” the CVC said in its reply.advertisementThe CVC has also indicted the PWD’s Ring Road bypass project, which provided dedicated access to the Indira Gandhi Stadium.The tender for this project was awarded by the department for Rs 214 crore to M/ S Simplex Infrastructure Ltd against an estimated cost of Rs 172 crore. The CVC documents say the tender was awarded by the PWD at “very high rates” by jacking up prices of materials and labour by as much as 36 per cent.” The amount was highly inflated by various methods. In labour rates, Rs 3.68 crore was included as transportation cost from labour camp to site of work which was not justified.Surprisingly, labour camps were allowed on site and do not involve any transportation of labour. There was another unjustified amount of Rs 25.84 crore by way of 25 per cent extra charges on labour and machinery cost,” the CVC document pointed out.With inputs from agencies
New Delhi: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday denied that there was any shortage of medicines and essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and said communication curbs helped save many lives there.Mailk also said no life has been lost in Jammu and Kashmir due to any violence in the last 10 days after the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories.”If blockade of communication helps saves lives, what is the harm?” he told reporters when asked to comment on how long the restrictions will continue. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMalik said that in the past, whenever there was a crisis in Kashmir, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself.”Our attitude that there should be no loss of human life. ’10 din telephone nahi honge, nahi honge, lekin hum bahut jaldi sab wapas kar denge. (If there is no phone connection for 10 days, so be it. But, we will restore everything soon),” he said.Malik said there has been no shortage of medicines and essential commodities anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir and enough stocks were available for the people to buy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”In fact, we delivered meat, vegetables and eggs to people’s doorsteps on Eid,” he said.The Governor was in the national capital to pay his last respect to former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.Fondly remembering Jaitley, Malik said it was the departed leader who had insisted him to take up the responsibility as the Jammu and Kashmir Governor last year. “I was advised by Arun Jaitley to take up the responsibility as Governor. He told me that it will be historic. He also told me that his in-laws are from Jammu,” he said.
As The Duke of Cambridge tours China this week — the first such visit by a senior member of the British Royal Family since the 1980s — WildAid and its partners are spreading the word for elephants and rhinos with public service announcements starring His Royal Highness across the country.Video: WildAid and the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) Give 40-Story Shout Out to ElephantsIn 2013, The Duke was joined by WildAid ambassadors Yao Ming and David Beckham to film two PSAs (“Whole World” and “Fatherhood”) urging people around the world never to buy rhino horn, ivory or shark fin.A new message running on the world’s largest video screen, seen by millions of people each day on the façade of Citi Tower on the Bund in Shanghai. This 40-story video screen is a prominent display on the city’s iconic waterfront.Central China Television (CCTV), one of WildAid’s key media partners in China, is donating primetime placement for two WildAid-produced PSAs featuring The Duke. These ads will be shown a total of 150 times during the week of the royal visit. The Duke is also actively supporting efforts to reduce the wildlife trade as Patron of the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife.The Duke has also lent his support along with several other WildAid ambassadors to the Ivory Free campaign with partners the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants. Over 100 billboards have been placed at airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. All told, they’re spreading the word on ivory and rhino horn to hundreds of millions of people this week.The Duke’s conservation message adds an important voice as more consumers in China have become aware of the wildlife poaching and illegal trade while momentum builds for stronger actions. In two reports published Tuesday, WildAid found a significant improvement in awareness on how rhino horn and ivory are obtained as well as how the market for such products is devastating elephant and rhino populations while supporting criminal networks in Africa and Asia. The surveys also found that 95 percent of respondents supported an ivory ban, while an equal percentage favored stricter punishments for rhino horn trade offenders.Over the past 18 months, WildAid has seen an increasing commitment by the Chinese government to restrict the ivory market — most recently with last week’s announcement of a one-year ban on imports of African ivory carvings. A ban on the China’s domestic ivory market is what’s truly needed to save Africa’s elephants, and we’re very hopeful this can be achieved.On Monday, The Duke met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where they discussed wildlife issues, according to the BBC. On Wednesday, His Royal Highness is scheduled to travel to China’s Yunnan province, home to an estimated 250 Asian elephants. There he will visit an elephant sanctuary and give a speech at a regional conservation conference.Source:WildAid
The Canadian Press TORONTO – Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital has added a unique service for its Indigenous clients – a sweat lodge to help promote spiritual, physical and emotional healing.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto unveiled the sweat lodge on a tucked-away section of its sprawling campus, fulfilling a goal set years ago to augment its services for Indigenous clients by adding the ceremonial structure.“Having the sweat lodge on-site at CAMH is going to allow us to offer Indigenous healing ceremonies as part of the treatment plans,” Renee Linklater, director of Aboriginal engagement and outreach, said in an interview prior to Thursday’s official opening.“This is going to be really important in our efforts to address what is appropriate Aboriginal client care.”The round sweat lodge – 1.5 metres high and four metres in diameter – is constructed from 35 maple and poplar sapling poles, gathered from the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Heavy tarp overlays the frame, with an opening facing a fire pit, where stones for the purification ceremony are heated.Inside, a second pit has been dug to receive those stones, which will be washed with traditional medicines and the “sacred water” that will turn into a cleansing steam.Participants sit encircling the pit inside the lodge and engage in prayer, songs and other rituals of healing with the help of a ceremonial “conductor.” The process lasts about two hours.Diane Longboat, an elder with CAMH’s Indigenous services, said clients with mental health and/or addiction issues go through a number of individual healing ceremonies before being considered ready for the rituals of the sweat lodge.Taking part in the cleansing ceremony is meant to cast out negative thoughts and feelings, and to help heal “the wounds in their lives,” said Longboat, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in southwestern Ontario.The stones are called “grandmothers and grandfathers,” terms reflective of Indigenous peoples’ great reverence for their ancestors.“When sacred water is placed on them and steam occurs, that’s a release of the spirit inside those rocks we call the eggs of Mother Earth,” explained Longboat. “Not only is it a physical detoxification of your body, but it’s an emotional shift within you.“It is sometimes a miraculous adventure when you go in because there are profound and everlasting healings that occur inside the sweat lodge. And people will look back on life and say: ‘This was a spiritual milestone for me. It was an emotional, mental and physical milestone.”’Ed Bennett, an Inuk born in Happy Valley, N.L., who ended up homeless in Toronto, was a client at CAMH about five years ago and was enrolled in its 21-day in-house program to deal with psychological issues and substance abuse.The program helped Bennett learn to express suppressed feelings, to deal with family-related trauma and to accept his identity as a “two-spirit man and a gay man.”He was able to take part in sweat lodge ceremonies through the Native Men’s Residence, a shelter program in Toronto.“It allows me to cleanse myself, especially of those negative thoughts that keep coming back to me from time to time,” said the 56-year-old. “So the sweat lodge ceremony allows me to release those.“I’m really looking forward to my first sweat lodge ceremony at CAMH and to continue to use this important ceremony in my healing journey.”Linklater, an Anishinaabe from Rainy River First Nations in northwestern Ontario, said she believes Canadian society has become much more aware of the historical scars borne by First Nations, Metis and Inuit as a result of colonization, forced relocations of entire communities, the impact of residential schools and the mass apprehensions of Indigenous children in what’s known as the ’60s Scoop.“We know that this trauma does not resolve on its own, but rather intensifies and then becomes extended to the children and grandchildren,” she said.“And that’s why we feel that it’s really important that health services understand the impacts of multi-generational trauma and begin to offer services that are actually relevant and appropriate.”While the sweat lodge will initially be made available only to Indigenous clients, said Linklater, “we are certainly looking forward to a time when clients from other cultures can participate in our traditional healing processes.”
KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Local middle school teacher on leave after allegedly showing students pornography Posted: April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Horace Mann Middle School teacher who reportedly showed a sixth-grade class pornography has been placed on leave while the allegations are investigated, a school district representative confirmed Thursday.The instructor, whose name has not been made public, allegedly displayed the graphic images — a video of a man and woman having sex — during a physical-education class at the El Cerrito-area campus.Maureen Magee, the spokeswoman for San Diego Unified School District, said SDUSD officials were “aware of the allegations,” and were looking into them.Magee said district personnel policies prohibited her from commenting on any particulars of the case, except to say that the teacher in question has not been arrested.School officials were notified about the alleged incident on Monday. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter