Child Maltreatment Before and After Deployment

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDFamily violence can have a devastating impact on everyone in the home, especially children. Children are vulnerable to being exposed to or experiencing violence in homes where family violence occurs. Thomsen, Rabenhorst, McCarthy, Milner, Travis, Foster, and Copeland (2014), sought to learn more about the relationship between frequency of child maltreatment and the offending parent’s stage of deployment.[Flickr, model: Jo by Deepjoy Tang, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 22, 2015Thomsen and colleagues (2014) examined incidents of child maltreatment that occurred during an 85 month period when the offending parent was an active duty United States Air Force member who had combat related deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The study accomplished this by merging two databases for analysis: the United States Air Force Family Advocacy System of Records and a deployment database. After merging the two databases, the study consisted of 2,287 children who had experienced maltreatment either pre-deployment or post-deployment from their USAF parent. Children were considered to be eligible for the study if they had experienced maltreatment from an active duty USAF parent, who was not married to another service member and had served in one or more combat-related deployments during OIF or OEF. The study reported 2,563 incidents of substantiated maltreatment in the 2,287 child victims. Researchers found that overall incidence of child maltreatment REDUCED after deployment. However, moderate to severe abuse was more likely after deployment, and use of alcohol further increased the likelihood of abuse. However, milder forms of child abuse were much more common prior to deployment.[Flickr, Plastered 20 365 by Rafiq Sarlie, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers encourage future studies to examine what could account for the lower incidence of mild abuse after deployment. They hypothesize that stressors might be lower after deployment, or perhaps growth and maturity could occur over time to reduce the level of mild child maltreatment. Thomsen and colleagues (2014)recommend that clinicians be vigilant in the identification of moderate to severe child maltreatment in post-deployment homes, because children seem to be more at risk at that time. To learn more about child maltreatment please check out our previous blogs on the topic:Child Maltreatment PreventionMilitary Child Maltreatment, Deployment, and Future ResearchResource Discovery on child maltreatmentAlso, we have an archived webinar that explores attachment issues, neurology and interventions for children suffering from trauma.References[1] Thomsen, C., Rabenhorst, M., McCarthy, R., Milner, J., Travis, W., Foster, R., & Copeland, C. (2014). Child maltreatment before and after combat-related deployment among active-duty United States Air Force maltreating parents. Psychology of Violence, 4(2), p. 143 – 155. DOI: 10.1037/a0031766 This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Nirmala Sitharaman meets family of slain jawan Aurangzeb in Poonch

first_imgDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday visited the family of soldier Aurangzeb, who was abducted and killed by terrorists two days ahead of Eid, and described him as an inspiration for the nation.Accompanied by senior Army officers, the Minister went to the remote hamlet of Salani in the border district of Poonch to express her condolences to the family of the slain soldier, officials said.’An inspiration to nation’“I have come here to meet the martyr’s family,” Ms. Sitharaman told reporters after meeting the family, including Aurangzeb’s father, a former Army man who reiterated his resolve to sacrifice his all to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the country.“Here is a family, here is a martyr, who to me and I am sure to the whole nation, stands out as an inspiration… and that is the message I am carrying from here,” she said.Aurangzeb, who was posted with 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was on his way home to celebrate Eid when terrorists abducted him in south Kashmir on June 14 and killed him the same day. He had boarded a private vehicle for Shopian, from where he was supposed to go to Rajouri district.The terrorists intercepted the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted him. His bullet-riddled body was found at Gussu village, about 10 km from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.The Minister’s visit to his family came two days after Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat spent over 30 minutes with his parents.Aurangzeb family’s emotional appeal to PMEarlier, Aurangzeb’s family had made an emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir government to eliminate militancy from the State and avenge his death.“My son has laid down his life for the country. He was a brave soldier. My sons and I will also sacrifice [ourselves] for the nation. We want goons to be wiped out,” Mohammad Hanief, Aurangzeb’s father and a former sepoy of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, had said.last_img read more

Disney’s Next 700 Million Viewers Might be in India

first_imgIf its blockbuster deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox (FOX) goes through, Disney (DIS) will gain a new audience of more than 700 million people in India, one of the world’s hottest media markets.That’s how many viewers Fox’s Star India network says it reaches every month through over 60 television channels offering sports, entertainment and news.Read it at CNN Related Itemslast_img

Dog makes grim discovery of human foot in shoe on Vancouver Island

first_imgSOOKE, B.C. – Another human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline, the latest in more than a dozen such grim discoveries over the past decade.RCMP say a man was out for walk Thursday on the beach in Jordan River, about 30 kilometres northwest of Sooke on Vancouver Island, when his dog found the foot in a shoe with part of the leg attached.Mounties say the man contacted the Sooke detachment, which attended the scene along with a coroner, and the body part was seized and the area searched.The investigation has been turned over to the B.C. Coroners Service and spokesman Andy Watson says an early analysis suggests the remains are human.Watson says the coroner will work to determine the identity of the deceased, how the person died and whether it was accidental, a suicide or homicide.He says the foot is the 13th to wash up on B.C.’s coastline since 2007 and eight of the feet have been identified as belonging to six people, none of whom died by foul play.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the foot was found in Sooke and that 14 feet have washed ashore in the past decade and 10 have been identified as belonging to seven people.last_img read more

Beach Boys Make Commitment To Education Organization

first_imgBeach Boys lead singer, Mike Love, announced today the band will be making a year-long commitment to City Year, a national education-focused organization that unites young AmeriCorps members for a year of service in high-need public schools.Beginning in August and for one year, all Beach Boys concerts will highlight City Year through a special video tribute when performing “Be True to Your School.” Beach Boys fans will be encouraged to make a $10 donation to City Year by using their cell phones to text the word “SCHOOL” to 20222. In addition, City Year will have a booth and representatives at concerts which take place in communities where City Year serves. The Beach Boys have been selling out amphitheaters, concert venues and county fairs across the country. The current tour runs through November, but the band will be announcing new dates for 2014 in the coming weeks.“It’s so rewarding to be in a position to help young people find their way through City Year,” said Mike Love. “When I think back on early life before the Beach Boys, I remember those special people who encouraged me to discover my passion and follow my path. Too many kids lose their way, drop out of school, and never realize their true potential. Be True to Your School was a high school anthem in the early sixties, and for me, fifty years later it’s about inspiring our youth to reach for their dream. City Year makes that possible every day, and I’m grateful to shine a spotlight on their incredible work.”Love was City Year’s recipient of the ‘Seven Generations Award’ at its 2013 National Leadership Summit in May 2013. As one of the organizations highest honors, Mike was ‘jacketed’ in City Year’s signature red jacket worn by all 2,700 corps members.“Mike is a true champion of service and education,” said AnnMaura Connolly, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. “He has a profound compassion for young people, and is committed to doing what he can to help them meet their potential. We are deeply grateful to Mike and The Beach Boys for their extraordinary commitment to supporting the work of City Year AmeriCorps members across the country through this exciting partnership.”As lead singer of the international sensation, The Beach Boys, Mike Love was the first artist to respond to President George H. W. Bush’s call for service as part of the Points of Light Foundation in 1990. Love began StarServe, “Students Taking Action and Responsibility to Serve,” the first Points of Light Initiative which enlisted high profile celebrities to inspire young people to serve their communities. StarServe distributed teachers guides, posters and recognition letters from celebrities to every school in the country — 169,000 at the time — to support teachers and students in creating innovative service projects in their communities.In addition to his leadership of service, Mike Love created the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. Love and his wife Jacquelyne co-founded the Lake Tahoe School, which combines cutting edge curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, and environmentally conscious education for students pre-K through eighth grade. Love’s charitable efforts also include joining a group of students from Cathedral Catholic High School led by Father Kelly who volunteered their labor of love, making much needed repairs to the Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate Mexico. After Hurricane Katrina, Love helped the American Red Cross raise $250,000 in just one hour for families affected by the storm. Alongside The Beach Boys, Mike Love partnered with Operation Smile during their critically acclaimed 50th Anniversary tour which benefited children worldwide. He recently performed a benefit concert for The Foundation for the Children of the California’s, which raised one million dollars to support the expansion of three new surgical suites. A longtime supporter of environmental causes, Love was among speakers at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janiero and Earth Day on the Mall in Washington, D.C.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Ridley Scotts Films Was Banned Because It Depicts God as A

Rabat – Sarim Fassi Fihri, director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM) said that the decision to ban Ridely Scott’s movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was in accordance with the applicable laws.Speaking at a press conference at the Center’s headquarters in Casablanca, Fassi Fihri said that a film approval commission, which consists of representatives from the Ministry of Communication, the Ministry of Culture, the owners of cinemas and film distributors and the Cinematographic Center, had seen the film, adding that the representative of the Ministry of Communication had reservations about a scene which depicts god as a child during the period of revelation to the prophet Moses.The new director of the CCM also said that the decision was not made to satisfy certain parties, but in order to avoid problems as it was the case in many other countries where films depicting god were screened, adding that anything can be open to debate but the security of Moroccans. Fassi Fihri went on to say that during the seventies, very bold and controversial films used to be screened in Morocco without any problems. However, things now are very different.He added that if the producer of the film has proposed to delete the controversial scene in which god was embodied, he would ask for a new meeting with the commission in order to consider the matter. read more

Police blotter Flight from police

A 29-year-old Norfolk motorist was charged this week after a vehicle failed to stop for police.Norfolk OPP attempted the pullover on Colborne Street North in Simcoe but the driver did not comply.The suspect vehicle was later located at a residence. The alleged driver was taken into custody without incident.The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. Wednesday.The accused has been charged with flight from a police officer, driving without proper rear lights, and failure to comply with the terms of a recognizance.Car smashedA vehicle suffered extensive damage after the driver failed to negotiate a curve on Turkey Point Road this week.Authorities were alerted to the crash around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday. The driver suffered minor injuries.A 23-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol content in excess of the legal limit.Bicycle stolen in LangtonPolice are asking residents to lock their garages and sheds at night after a bicycle was stolen in Langton.The theft occurred on George Street in the early morning hours of Monday. Norfolk OPP are reviewing security camera footage to determine the identity of the culprit.Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000. read more

At General Debate Turkeys Foreign Minister urges UN reform action on Syrian

The Security Council must be reformed in order to respond to the world’s “real needs,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said today in his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, adding that without reform, the UN body risked irrelevance. “The working methods and structures of the UN are not commensurate with the current realities of the world,” Mr. Davutoglu told the gathered delegates at the 67th Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York.“While we cannot resolve current problems, each year we find ourselves besieged by ever mounting new ones,” he continued, noting that in order to establish “a strong, efficient and credible” United Nations, “the long outstanding issue” of UN reform had to be tackled.Mr. Davutoglu pointed to issues on the global agenda, such as the unresolved political divisions between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities and the question of Palestine, saying that on many matters Member States “speak as one, yet we often fail to act in unity.” “The UN Security Council, with its primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security, should become more representative and functional,” he stated, suggesting that only through reform could the Council “remain relevant in the enormous challenges we all face.” Turning to the continuing violence in Syria, where more than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began 18 months ago, Mr. Davutoglu also exhorted the Security Council to break its diplomatic deadlock. “It is high time that the UN Security Council must take action as this Assembly called for. There has to be a solution to ensure the immediate safety and security of the Syrian people,” he said, adding that there was “no legitimate explanation” for the Council’s failure to reflect the will of the international community. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.The Turkish Foreign Minister also drew attention to the recent spate of protests in various cities around the world following the release of an anti-Islamic video produced by a US citizen, as well as cartoons published in a French magazine, and urged more global cooperation in the fight against the defamation of religions. “Islamophobia has also become a new form of racism like anti-Semitism,” Mr. Davutoglu said. “It can no longer be tolerated under the guise of freedom of expression.” The Foreign Minister called on UN Member States to establish denigration of all religions and their followers as a hate crime and prevent what he said were “reckless provocations.” “We need to craft a universal policy and legal instrument that while protecting free expression, should also ensure respect for religion and prevent the intentional insults against everyone’s faiths,” he said. Turkey’s Foreign Minister is one of scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

No 19 Syracuse beats Boston College 4221

BOSTON — Eric Dungey ran for three touchdowns and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead No. 19 Syracuse to a 42-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.The Orange (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up the first score of the game and then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, starting with a 75-yard pass from Dungey to a wide-open Sean Riley. BC fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up Dungey’s 4-yard run to make it 14-7 and the Eagles (7-5, 4-4) never got any closer.Dungey followed with a 2-yard touchdown run and also scored on an 18-yard quarterback sneak right before the half to give the Orange a 28-14 lead.Riley caught five passes for 115 yards, and Dontae Strickland carried 20 times for 129 yards for Syracuse, which bounced back from a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame to win for the fifth time in six games.Boston College finished with a three-game losing streak after opening the season 7-2 and rising to No. 17 in the AP Top 25.Anthony Brown completed 17 of 37 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw two interceptions and fumbled away what may have been the Eagles’ last chance to come back.BC running back AJ Dillon, who has been nursing an ankle injury, ran 12 times for 56 yards before leaving the game at halftime. Defensive ends Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray, two of the Eagles’ biggest stars, also left with injuries.BIG PLAYSReilly was so wide open on Syracuse’s first touchdown that Dungey was able to just loft it up to him. He waited for it to come down and then waltzed into the end zone.The Eagles took advantage of a blown coverage by the Orange on a 69-yard connection from Brown to Jeff Smith that made it 21-14.THE TAKEAWAYThe Orange finished with nine wins for the first time since 2001 and were second only to Clemson in the ACC. The Eagles concluded with a three-game losing streak and — unless they win their bowl game — their fifth seven-win season in six years under coach Steve Addazio.UP NEXTSyracuse: The Orange will be a candidate for the Camping World Bowl.Boston College: The Eagles could be headed for the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, or the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, both on Dec. 31.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State basketball to make second international appearance in Bahamas

Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorCoach Thad Matta and the Ohio State men’s basketball team are gearing up for a trip to the Bahamas, where they will take part in two exhibition matches.Last season, the Buckeyes’ run ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 60-59 loss to the Dayton Flyers.Following the 2013 season, the Buckeyes lost guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to graduation, forward LaQuinton Ross to the NBA draft and guard Amedeo Della Valle to the European professional league.Craft and Ross, neither of whom were selected in the NBA draft, saw action in the NBA Summer League, as Craft suited up for the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors while Ross took the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.During the offseason, the Buckeyes were able to add two transfers, forward Anthony Lee and center Trevor Thompson, to the roster.Lee, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Temple graduate started 27 games last season with 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and a .495 field goal percentage.Lee said Matta was the reason why he transferred to Ohio State and added, “I know I have the opportunity to win a possible championship, and so I wanted to be a part of that.”Thompson, a Virginia Tech transfer, will not make the trip with the team and is awaiting word on whether or not he will be eligible for the rest of the season. Last year the 6-foot-11, 210-pound freshman forward averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game before transferring to Ohio State.During the Buckeyes’ final practice before making the trip to the Bahamas, senior forward Sam Thompson applauded the attitudes and work ethic of the new recruiting class.“They all came in ready work and willing to learn from some of the older guys, so anytime you have guys coming into your program with that kind of attitude it’s a great experience,” Thompson said.Sophomore forward Marc Loving and senior guard Shannon Scott also commented on the improvements and expectations the offense has going forward into this season.“I think our offense is going to take a really big step then what it was last year, but we’re not going to let that change our defense,” Scott said.“Everyone can spread the floor, everyone can create their own shot and create for others, it’s going to be hard for teams to guard us,” Loving added.The Buckeyes leave Columbus on Tuesday morning and will play the Bahamas All Stars on Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. and the Providence Storm on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. read more

Officer dies following motorcycle accident

A 39-year-old motorcyclist is now in police custody after he was involved in an accident in the wee hours of Diwali morning (Wednesday October 18 2017) resulting in the death of a member of the Guyana Defence Force.The dead man has been identified as Devin Fraser, 28, of Buxton, East Coast Demerara.Dead: Devin FraserAccording to Police, the accident occurred at around 02:20hrs on the Lethem Public Road.Investigations revealed that Fraser, in the company of another person, was walking on the eastern side of the public road, heading south when a motorcycle proceeding allegedly at a fast rate and heading in the same direction collided with the Lance Corporal from behind.As a result of the impact, the now dead man and the cyclist received injuries about their body.They were both taken to the Lethem Regional Hospital where 28-year-old Fraser was pronounced dead on arrival and the cyclist was admitted.Fraser’s body is presently at the said Hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.A breathalyzer test was conducted on the rider and he was found to be above the legal limit of alcohol consumption. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotorcyclist charged for soldier’s death, claims police brutalityOctober 25, 2017In “Court”Two killed in Coverden accident – two others criticalApril 17, 2016In “latest news”Mason dies after crashing into utility pole at AtlanticvilleFebruary 2, 2018In “Crime” read more

Merimna celebrates for a good cause

first_imgPeople from all parts of Melbourne’s Greek community joined in to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Merimna.Hosted on Sunday at the Xenia Food Store on Lygon Street, the event was held by the Merimna Committee, which celebrated its successful impact on the community.Among the attendees were representatives of the the Papaflessas Social Club, historian – and regular Neos Kosmos contributor – Jim Claven, as well as many of the Merimna sponsors, such as the Marble Centre, Eleni’s Kitchen, and Ithea.The event was also an opportunity for the organisation to raise funds – accumulating close to $7,500 – in order to erect a monument in commemoration of Major George Devine Treloar, who helped the migrants of Asia Minor re-establish themselves in their new homes in Thrace during the incident of 1923.The Merimna Committee is working in association with the Ballarat RSL Pontiaki Estia and the city of Ballarat, Major Treloar’s birthplace in hopes that this monument will be built by March of next year.Right now they are in the process of selecting the artist suitable to undertake the task, among a shortlist of three. The final selection will be made in September so that the work on the monument can move on as scheduled. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Free info session on proposed changes to rules regarding Australian visas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In 2012, PRONIA initiated the “Settlement Services for Newly Arrived Greek People” program to support and meet the needs of newly arrived Greek migrants. Funded by the State Government since 2015, the program has assisted over 3,500 families, in the last 3 years.  The program aims to support individual and family migrants and to advocate on migrant issues on a broader level.The program provides individual casework assistance, delivers community education and awareness sessions, employment assistance and a Volunteer Migration Agent and Referral Service. The migration agent service operates via appointments fortnightly from the Brunswick office.  Seven volunteer migration agents provide assistance free of charge for initial consultations and complex matters.  The volunteer Migration Agent services receive over 400 appointments per year and is a much-valued service by the community. The service would not be possible without the dedication and support of the volunteer Migration Agents.There are major changes announced in April 2017 to the employer-sponsored work visa and to the skilled visa programs. Additional significant changes are planned for 2019.  If you are thinking of applying for an Australian visa, it is important that you are aware of these changes.PRONIA is holding an information session about the proposed changes on Wednesday 6 March at 6.30 pm, at 64 Portman Street Oakleigh.  Migration agent Peter Michalopoulos will be there to provide information and answer your questions. Telephone PRONIA on (03) 9388 9998last_img read more

San Diego Convention Center Update

first_img Steve Bosh, April 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is making what will likely be his last attempt at Convention Center expansion.He wants City Council to put this on the March 2020 primary ballot, and not wait until November as required by Measure l, which voters approved overwhelmingly last November.Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, Richard Rider, says the council rebuffed earlier attempts by the mayor to get this before the voters, who on three previous occasions failed to approve an increase in the hotel tax .The land for expansion has been the thorniest issue in the last several years and is under lease by Fifth Avenue Landing Company.It’s plan to develop five acres will be up for approval by the Port Commission next month. If the Port approves the development plan, and the City Council next week says no early vote, the mayor will not likely get his number one priority before he leaves office next year. Steve Bosh San Diego Convention Center Update Posted: April 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Proxy hunters help harvest moose for those who cant

first_imgA moose hunting brochure from the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game. (Photo by Jillian Rogers)Since Saturday, hunters around Haines have been out in the woods in search of moose. Hunting the large animals is not only good outdoor recreation but a great source of meat to harvest before winter sets in.Listen nowHowever, the elderly and people with disabilities may have a difficult time taking advantage of the local bounty. Hunting and butchering a moose is no small task. That’s why Alaska Department of Fish & Game sometimes allows people to hunt on behalf of those who may not be physically capable.Nathanael Motes moved to Haines four years ago from Louisiana. He has been an avid hunter his whole life and was excited to take advantage of the game that Alaska has to offer. He said Alaska presents some unique challenges.“Man, everything is different here,” Motes said. “You got bears that’ll eat you. You’re walking through the woods and it’s a lot more nerve-wracking. That and the terrain. I thought moving to Alaska there would be vast openness and flatness, but it’s been a surprise how much everything is at an incline here. That and the devil’s club and the impenetrable alders. Hunting in Alaska is definitely a lot tougher than anywhere else I’ve ever hunted. There is a big difference between hunting here and down in the Lower 48.”Motes said he is particularly keen to hunt moose, but he hasn’t been able to since he arrived.“I’ve never moose hunted because of the fact that since I’ve been here I haven’t been able to get a moose tag. There’s kind of an algorithm that the Department of Fish and Game run where you get points taken away or points added to you for how long you’ve lived here, how much game you take every year for subsistence living, stuff like that. I haven’t met the criteria mainly because I haven’t been here long enough,” Motes said.Priority for moose hunting permits is given to hunters who have lived in Alaska for a longer period of time.But in some cases, someone who has depended on meat from these hunts for years may reach an age where they’re unable to hunt anymore. Haines resident Sally Reno has found herself in that situation.“Well I’ve been hunting since I was 14 years old, you know. Not just for moose here, I lived in Michigan and hunted deer there and, of course, took home lots of meat. Well, my legs don’t want to do it anymore. This getting older thing,” Reno said.But Reno has a better chance of getting a moose permit than Motes. She has lived in Alaska for 35 years and applies for a moose permit every year. This racks up points in her favor.So, Motes is an avid hunter ready for his first Alaskan moose hunt but unable to get a permit. Reno has no problem getting a permit but can’t hunt the way she used to.Both found a solution through the ADF&G’s proxy hunting system. Alaskans who are over the age of 65, blind or at least 70 percent disabled may find an eligible hunter to hunt for them by proxy.Carl Koch is the assistant area management biologist for ADF&G’s Douglas Office. He helps manage the Tier II moose hunt for the Upper Lynn Canal.“This is designed for someone to get meat,” Koch said. “So the proxy has to destroy the antlers of both the beneficiary’s moose and his or her own moose while proxy hunting. So in other words, proxy hunting is not meant to be trophy hunting. It’s meant to help somebody who is unable to get out there get meat in their freezer.”Koch said both the beneficiary and the proxy hunter must have their own hunting licenses. The proxy must keep both licenses while hunting.The Tier II moose hunt has strict specifications for the type of moose that can be taken. Hunts are limited to one bull moose with spike-fork antlers, antlers wider than 50 inches or antlers with at least three brow tines on one side. Reno said these characteristics can be difficult to determine while hunting.“You really have to know what you are doing. It’s like you almost have to go out there and tie it up and measure the antlers and then shoot,” Reno said.Koch says that is why it is very important to choose a skilled proxy hunter.“If the beneficiary selects a proxy and that proxy goes out and shoots an illegal animal, that animal is confiscated and the bag limit is filled. That beneficiary cannot go and find some other hunter to go hunt again for them. Their season is over.”This year Motes will be hunting on behalf of Reno. He said he has been preparing by searching the woods for scat and prints. He’s also set up three stands in the trees to shoot from.“Pretty much that’s it. Just get in the woods. It’s a numbers game. The more you’re in the woods, the more chances you get of finding a moose. So you just got to get out there and do it,” Motes said.Tier II moose hunting for the Upper Lynn Canal ends October 7th. So far 11 moose have been taken since the hunt opened on Saturday.last_img read more

Meghan Markle wont keep calm until satisfied with her goal is royal

first_imgMeghan MarkleGett”Those three quills —the one thing they don’t like very much is being written about when it’s somebody saying the wrong thing.”Palace officials have also been responsible for not making Meghan Markle a part of the inner circle. They are still continuing this and it is influencing her more to be independent of the royal family. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry recently visited the New Zealand embassy in London to pay their respects to the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings. There, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laid a bouquet of flowers along with a message on the condolence book. The 37-year-old former Suits actress wrote, “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.”After analysing the handwriting, professional graphologists Tracey Trussell has derived that Meghan Markle deeply desires for perfection. “She has a perfectionist streak and desire for beauty and the nice things in life,” said Tracey. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex sign a book of condolence on behalf of The Royal Family at New Zealand House.Getty imagesTracey also revealed that Meghan Markle’s handwriting shows that she self-disciplines to maintain the right-profile needed to keep up with the royal life. The graphologist further deciphered how Meghan Markle would not stop at anything until she is satisfied with her goal.The Royals are expecting their first child between April and May. They have also been making preparations to move out of Kensington Palace and living in Frogmore Cottage. And that caused some upheaval about a potential separation in the royal family.Reportedly, the Queen is concerned about the impact that this separation will leave on the royal household. As the royal family expert, Judy James claims, “I’m just wondering whether a lot of the symbolism won’t actually be worrying the older royals.”last_img read more

Capcom is remastering a remake of the original Resident Evil

first_imgResident Evil is coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and the PC, thanks to a plan to remaster the game with 1080p visuals. There’s only expected to be a few minor gameplay tweaks, fixing things like fixed camera angles that were obnoxious in the original. This also means the game will exist in 16:9 for the first time, but if you’re feeling nostalgic you’ll be able to set it back to 4:3 and kick it old school.The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be limited to 720p, but all versions will offer 5.1 surround sound so you’ll be able to wet yourself with fear just like you did the first time you played. Don’t even act like you didn’t. Controls are also being tweaked you may be glad to hear. You can play with the original controls, but expect a new scheme to play with, too.It seems very odd that the Wii U is missing from this party. The original remake was made for the GameCube in 2002, and then ported to the Wii when it was first launched. The console is more than capable of handling everything the Xbox 360 and PS3 can, but the success of decidedly adult games on Nintendo’s latest hardware hasn’t exactly been stellar so far. There’s just not as many Wii U owners out there as there probably should be.There’s no release date yet for this title beyond “2015,” and you won’t be picking it up on disc–this is a strictly digital download-only release. It’s probably safe to say this is the last time Capcom can get away with re-releasing Resident Evil. Unless, of course, returning to that creepy mansion inspires a whole new generation of players to throw themselves into the series.last_img read more

Forest and savanna can switch quickly

first_img Explore further Acacia savanna south of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso. Image: Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — Two recent studies have found that environmental changes can bring previously stable forests and grasslands to tipping points that produce sudden large-scale and sometimes irreversible changes in which forest can become savanna and vice versa. These findings challenge previous assumptions that changes to natural systems occur continuously and smoothly. In one study published in Science, scientists in The Netherlands, led by Marina Hirota of Wageningen University, studied NASA satellite data on forests (around 80% trees), savanna (around 20%) and treeless areas (about 5% tree cover). The group found that intermediate regions were rare, and that the rainfall was the primary factor determining which landscape would be found. The researchers also found that big shifts can suddenly occur in the type of landscape, rather than the slow, smooth transition expected.In a US/South African study also published in Science, researchers led by A. Carla Staver of Princeton University found that the degree of tree coverage generally depends on rainfall and seasonal changes, but in areas where the rainfall level is intermediate (1000-2500 mm annual) and seasonal changes are mild, fire becomes the most important factor in determining whether forest, grassland or treeless landscapes were likely to predominate. They found a tipping point at 40-45% tree coverage: below this fires spread rapidly, and above this the increased tree coverage slows down the spread of fires.Both groups studied data collected by NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites, which use MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instruments to detect vegetation coverage and determine the type of vegetation prevailing. They both concentrated on areas thought to be least affected by human activity, including subtropical and tropical parts of Australia, South America, and Africa.Prevailing theories of ecological development suggest that if the rainfall on a savanna gradually increases, the number of trees should also gradually increase until the region becomes a forest. The new studies suggest instead that the savannas remain grasslands as the rainfall increases until a tipping point is reached, at which time the savanna suddenly switches to a fully-forested area instead. Such sudden changes have been noted on a local scale but until now it had not been known that they occurred on a global scale.The findings could have implications for people whose livelihoods depend on their landscape remaining the same, since it could change rapidly, which would require people to also adapt quickly to the changes. To assist them, Hirota’s team has developed what they call resilience maps identifying regions close to the tipping point. The two studies could also help to refine climate change models, which currently assume the transition between grassland and forest is gradual and depends mainly on rainfall and temperatures. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Study identifies two types of savannas Citation: Forest and savanna can switch quickly (2011, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-forest-savanna-quickly.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more