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Leading players selected for England men’s squads

first_img30 Nov 2016 Leading players selected for England men’s squads Amateur Champion Scott Gregory and English champion Dan Brown are among the nine players selected for the England men’s squad for 2016/17. Harry Hall, Josh Hilleard and James Walker are all promoted into the men’s squad. Meanwhile, the England A squad includes four new players: George Bloor, Matthew Jordan, Josh McMahon and Jack Yule. The full squads are: England men: Dan Brown of Yorkshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Harry Hall of  Cornwall, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of  Sussex, Alfie Plant of Kent, Sean Towndrow of Lancashire and James Walker of Yorkshire. England A: George Bloor of Derbyshire, Jake Burnage of Devon, Tom Gandy of the Isle of Man, Matthew Jordan of Cheshire, Josh McMahon of Cheshire, Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire, Will Whiteoak of Yorkshire and Jack Yule of Norfolk. The players: Dan Brown, 22, (Masham) won the English amateur championship at Ganton, becoming the third Yorkshireman in a row to hold the title. He also won the North of England amateur. Scott Gregory, 22, (Corhampton) is the Amateur Champion and helped England to win the world silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy. He made his GB&I debut in the winning St Andrews Trophy team. He won the 2016 England men’s Order of Merit. (Pictured top, image © Leaderboard Photography) Harry Hall, 19, (West Cornwall) is an England international in his second year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was his Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship. Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park) was third on the English Men’s Order of Merit after winning four events, and helping England to beat France, win the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament and take second place in the Colombian International. Bradley Moore, 19, (Kedleston Park) was joint runner-up in the Lytham Trophy, was in England’s winning team against France and helped Europe beat Asia Pacific in the 2016 Bonallack Trophy. He reached the matchplay stages of the US Amateur. Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood) was fifth on the English Men’s Order of Merit, having tied for the French amateur among other high finishes. He captained the GB&I boys’ team in the Jacques Leglise match against Continental Europe. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park) won the Lytham Trophy and sank the birdie putt to secure England’s world championship silver medal. He was in GB&I’s winning St Andrews Trophy team and runner up on the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit. Sean Towndrow, 25, (Southport & Ainsdale) is an England international who led the English challenge at the 2015 Amateur Championship, reaching the quarter finals. He also helped Lancashire to win last year’s English Men’s County Finals. James Walker, 22, (The Oaks) helped England beat France in their biennial international, won the Selborne Salver, reached the semi-finals of the Spanish amateur and had a string of top ten finishes in prestigious events. England A George Bloor, 21, (Cavendish) was runner-up to his great friend, Dan Brown, in both the English amateur championship and the North of England amateur. He was also sixth in the Scottish Open and the Midland Open. Jake Burnage, 21, (Saunton) was joint runner-up in the Midland Open and had top ten finishes in the South of England Open, the Brabazon Trophy and the South West county qualifier. Tom Gandy, 24, (Rowany) was a quarter finalist in the English men’s amateur and reached the matchplay stages of the Amateur Championship. His other high finishes included a top ten in the Irish amateur. Matthew Jordan, 20, (Royal Liverpool) had a string of good results, including being  runner-up in the Dutch Junior Open, third in the Hampshire Salver, fourth in the Irish Open and sixth in the Duncan Putter. Josh McMahon, 21, (Wallasey) also impressed with results which included seventh place in the Brabazon Trophy, third in the Northern county qualifier, fourth in the Lee Westwood Trophy and fifth in the West of England amateur. Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the Amateur Championship matchplay and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy. He helped England to second place in the Colombian International and was third individually. Will Whiteoak, 22, (Shipley) was in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament against Finland, Germany and Spain. He also helped Yorkshire to win the 2016 English Men’s County Finals. Jack Yule, 22, (Middleton Hall) won the Biarritz Cup in France, was runner-up in the Italian international, and third in the North of England amateur. He represented England in the Home Internationals.last_img read more


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SA pushes for UN transformation

first_img22 September 2014 – South Africa has vowed to push for the transformation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ahead of the 69th UN General Assembly debate in New York this week.The gathering at the UN headquarters in downtown Manhattan will discuss, among other issues, the crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Syria, progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the proposed post-2015 agenda.The theme for this year’s General Assembly is: Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda. President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to address the summit on Wednesday.UNSC reflects a “post-World War II global order’In an interview in New York on Sunday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane expressed Pretoria’s unhappiness with the composition and functioning of the UNSC. She said the UNSC still mirrored the post-World War II global order and a change was needed in line with the current global challenges facing all UN member states.This is not the first time South Africa has called for the reform of the UNSC. The body’s composition of 15 member states – of which ten are non-permanent and five permanent – remains largely unchanged. At last year’s General Assembly, President Zuma challenged the world body to reform and proposed a more inclusive, democratic and representative UNSC by 2015.South Africa served as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on two occasions, in 2007 to 2008 and then in 2011 to 2012, and the country played a critical role in voting on various resolutions. But it appears that this has not been enough to strengthen the calls for a permanent seat for Africa.“We believe the economic challenges that we are facing, we should look at them with the lack of peace across the globe and the lack of transformation of the UNSC.“When we come back here in 2015, [we should say] at least we started some progress as to what do we do in moving forward in transforming the UNSC because we have so many security issues across the globe that need our attention. But we are still using instruments of 1945 to try resolve those issues,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.“Yes we should be debating issues around the Millennium Development Goals but we should also be hearing a resounding yes to the transformation of the United Nations governing bodies, and in particular the Security Council,’ she said.South Africa is spearheading the motion that the UN include at least two permanent seats for Africa on the UNSC, saying this would amplify the continent’s voice on global security issues, including those that affect Africa. The call makes sense considering that the majority of the issues the UNSC discusses involve Africa. On several occasions, African leaders have had to watch the UNSC make decisions on security issues affecting Africa with little or no say on those matters.“For us, the key for this summit is that the post-2015 agenda will be incomplete if it only looks at some things, but it doesn’t say what we do with the untransformed, undemocratic United Nations Security Council representation.’Africa will also go to the debate on Wednesday with a key question on what happens to the MDGs now that the UN will be seeking to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, she said. Member states are reportedly currently discussing the possibility of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to complement or replace the MDGs.“As long as it (the post-2015 agenda) puts total eradication of poverty and sustainable development that gives room for Africa to continue rising, we will support it,’ said Mashabane. Oksalayo (the fact of the matter is) there will not be development without peace. So we are here, urging, telling, leaders, that there is no celebration of 2015 or the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN without looking at what has not been successful and that’s to bring about world peace,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.The UN could not move on issues when there were still “untransformed and undemocratic’ UN governing bodies, in particular the UNSC. It needed a road map which had to start in 2015 to ensure that all member states are accommodated.“When we start in 2015, we need to know, all of us, we have attainable goals and that all of us are on the same page and give the global community some assurance that indeed we are moving towards a transformed UN. It is very important for us,’ Nkoana- Mashabane said.The General Assembly debate on Wednesday will be preceded by several events, including discussions on climate change, and a report-back on the MDGS. On Monday, President Zuma will also hold a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and will later host a reception for heads of state and government in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy.last_img read more


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Creating Motion Infographics in Adobe After Effects

first_imgWant to create snappy motion infographics?  Check out this in-depth video tutorial series on creating engaging infographics using After Effects.If you’re looking to explain a concept, product or social initiative, motion infographics are effective at engaging your audience and delivering your message.  For the newbie video editor and motion designer however, the task of conceptualizing and creating motion infographics in After Effects can be a daunting task.Portland based animator and designer Michael Jones recently created a sharp motion infographic, and then broke down the process in a series of in-depth video tutorials.  He demonstrates how he created specific shots, by explaining the step by step process in After Effects (see the video tutorials below).  The final video has a faith-based message, but the techniques used can obviously be applied to any project where you need to outline information (corporate, commercial, churches, organizations, etc).First, let’s take a look at the final video:This is a great series of case studies and tutorials for anyone interested in creating professional infographics in After Effects.  Thanks for sharing, Michael!Learn how to visualize and setup this type of After Effects infographic project – overview and preproduction:An in-depth look at text animation and creating a text reveal effect:Animate a floating box with with masks in After Effects:Recreate the cool shattered lightbulb effect:last_img read more


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Tips for Documentary Film Productions

first_imgShooting a documentary? Follow these quick tips.Documentary film inherently presents challenges that don’t exist within narrative film – crafting a story through interviews, utilizing archival footage and shooting in unsecure locations. The following tips are good jumping off points for those new to the documentary format, as well as solid reminders for seasoned documentarians.Utilize the Environment Around YouDon’t just capture the subject, but capture the environment as well. I worked as the Director of Cinematography on a documentary film about an explosion that rocked a small community. The crew was not there to capture the blast, but we were there for the aftermath. We spent several weeks in and around the small town capturing everything from destroyed houses with abandoned toys on the floor to the unscathed main street and even the quiet outskirts with nothing but cotton fields. All of these shots of the environment are vital in telling the total story and for giving your audience a sense of place.Connecting FramesWhen filming you want to make sure that the shots you capture have good variety and are covering as much of the action as possible. The last thing you want to do is go into the editing room with a host of shots that look exactly the same in terms of framing, movement or non-movement. Variety makes it much easier to develop the visuals underneath the narrative from your subjects. Having these solid starting and ending frames will save you a lot of headaches and make it much easier to develop pacing for your film. So while your filming think about each shot and how you would connect one with the other. How can you frame in such a way to create smooth transition from one cut to another?Lighting, Lighting, LightingThe audience needs to clearly see your interview subject so light them accordingly. If you don’t have access to a light kit you’ll want to utilize natural light as much as possible. Setting up near a window can work if you use it as a side light or back light, then reflect that light back onto the subject. When going outside to conduct your interview be sure to do so either in the morning or afternoon (you don’t want a noon day sun shining down on your subject). Lighting can sway an audience’s emotions one way or another, so use that to your advantage.Erick Beck with Indy Mogul has a good video up where he goes through his top 5 Lighting Techniques.Capture Ambient SoundWhen you’re filming in your subject’s environment take some time once the interview or action is over and have your sound recordist just capture the natural tone of the environment. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve utilized this natural tone. It’s a life saver. You can also use that captured sound and incorporate that into your soundtrack. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it, capture the audio anyway. Chances are you may need it.Even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it, capture the audio anyway. Chances are you may need it.Remember the Rule of ThirdsAudiences come into a documentary film much differently than they do to a narrative film so make it personal and use a zoom lens to get in tight. Explore the various ways you can use this closeness effectively, but in most cases heed the rule of thirds.In this episode of Reel Rebels Stephen Schweickart gives us a rundown on the ‘Rule of Thirds’.Archival FootageIn regards to format and frame size, archival footage often won’t match the original shots you’re capturing for your film. In many instances, you may simply want to add black bars to 4:3 archival footage if you’re putting it in a 16:9 project. If you’re editing your project in HD you may choose to upscale your archival footage to better match your timeline. Our friends over at ToolFarm have put together detailed instructions for upscaling footage using different editing applications and  video plugins.Long time documentary film journalist Katharine Relth wrote a great article on archival footage for PBS through POV.Have other useful tips you would like us to cover or add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more



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Demetrious Johnson breaks UFC record with 11th title defense

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients   The 31-year-old Johnson (27-2-1) broke the defense record he shared with longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva.“Shout out to Las Vegas,” Johnson said. “Thank you so much to all the first responders.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBorg dropped to 11-3.“Ray Borg was running his mouth,” Johnson said. “I got the suplex and the armor, I knew I got it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The third round found Borg looking to secure another single-leg takedown early, only to be reversed once again with Johnson on top. Johnson’s ever-active smothering grappling rendered Borg ineffective for most of the first three rounds.Most of Borg’s energy was spent simply trying to escape his disadvantaged position, while fighting off submission attempts. Johnson was able to mount Borg shortly toward the end of a dominating round.Borg pressed early in the fourth and took Johnson down with an impressive takedown. Johnson, true to form, wasted little time in scrambling back to top position and controlled from there for much of the remainder of the round. The final round was much of the same, with Johnson securing multiple takedowns while keeping Borg on the defense. Late in the round, Johnson secured Borg’s back, executed a slam and transitioned to an armbar. Johnson locked in the submission and forced Borg to tap.Lee was able to takedown and mount Ferguson in a dominant first round.The two stood toe-to-toe for much of the second round, with neither fighter gaining a distinct advantage. Lee looked to be in control in the third round with a slam and top control. Ferguson, however, was able to stay focused from bottom position, working potential submissions until he was able to secure a triangle around Lee’s neck.“I knew I had to weather the storm and he was going to waste his energy,” Ferguson said. “Then I knew I’d get the submission.”Ferguson has won 10 straight fights. He called out lightweight champion Connor McGregor in an expletive laden post-fight rant.Lee was humble in defeat.“I have nothing but respect for this man, I’ll be back,” he said. View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Salem regains shooting touch in NU win over UP Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Demetrious Johnson poses on the scale during a weigh-in for UFC 197, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. Johnson is scheduled to fight Henry Cejudo in a flyweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his flyweight title for a record-breaking 11th time, stopping Ray Borg by armor submission at 3:15 of fifth round Saturday night at UFC 216.The card was the first major sporting event in Las Vegas since the mass shooting that killed 58 people this week. A moment of silence kicked off the pay-per-view portion of the event, then a handful of survivors and first responders were brought into the octagon and recognized as Everlast performed “America the Beautiful”. The UFC has pledged to donate $1 million to help victims and their families.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Also, Tony Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee to win the UFC’s interim lightweight title. Ferguson survived a slam and another takedown, secured a triangle choke, and forced Lee to tap out at 4:02 of the third round.“Whewwww!” Ferguson shouted after the fight. “Feels good. This is exactly the way I wanted it to be.”Ferguson improved to 23-3, and Lee dropped to 16-3.Johnson landed a heavy body kick in the first round and was able to gain top control, working from half-guard for most of the round while neutralizing any offense from Borg.In the second round, Borg was able to press forward and secure a short takedown before briefly taking Johnson’s back. Johnson offered a quick reversal and was once again on top of Borg in dominant position.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


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Bucks roll in Mike Budenholzer’s 1st game vs Hawks

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives between Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins and DeAndre’ Bembry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — The last thing the Milwaukee Bucks wanted on Friday was a grind-it-out game, with Eastern Conference rival Toronto coming to town the next night to complete a back-to-back set.No need to worry in Mike Budenholzer’s first game against his former team.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hawks: Host Miami on Sunday.Bucks: Host Toronto on Saturday.center_img LATEST STORIES “It was huge,” Middleton said. “We get off to a great start, set the tone early and keep it going the whole game. Hopefully it can prepare us for tomorrow.”Milwaukee (27-10) improved its NBA-best record as it won its fifth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bucks tied a season high for points in a game, equaling their total against Sacramento on Nov. 4, and scored more than 140 for a league-best third time.“They’re the No. 1 team in the league right now,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “They’re playing with an edge and we saw that tonight.“We just didn’t have it. That’s part of our growing pains and part of our growth, to understand that you have to go through these things.”Toronto (28-12) is coming off a road loss to San Antonio and already has lost the first two games against Milwaukee this season. The Bucks could capture the season tiebreaker with another win Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in just 19 minutes, and the Bucks starters got plenty of rest in a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who led 43-14 after 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Obviously, the first quarter (we) threw a big punch on both ends of the court,” Budenholzer said. “I thought the effort by Eric Bledsoe was great. To have that kind of lead and set the tone, the starters were phenomenal.”Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee starters did not play in the fourth quarter. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s neck-and-neck right now,” Middleton said. “But we try to keep the focus on us. It’s a long season. We’re not complacent with where we’re at right now. We still can be better in some areas so we’re going to stay hungry.”Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team and his 2014-15 squad won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals.The rebuilding Hawks (11-27) were no match for the Bucks, who led by as many as 38 points in the first half. Milwaukee took a 76-43 halftime lead, tying the second-largest halftime lead in franchise history and the largest since 1978.Milwaukee extended the lead to as many as 46 points in the fourth quarter.DeAndre Bembry led Atlanta with 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 14 while hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers.The Bucks had 12 players score eight or more points — the most by any team in a game since the 1976-77 season.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta has two rookies making major contributions: fifth overall pick Trae Young, acquired in a draft-night deal with Dallas; and 19th overall pick Kevin Huerter. Young, the former Oklahoma star and 6-foot-2 guard, entered Friday averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 assists. He had only two points in the first three quarters but finished with 13 points in 31 minutes. Huerter, who played at Maryland, scored a personal-best 22 points at Indiana on Dec. 31 and had 12 points in 44 minutes against Washington on Wednesday. “We played him 40 minutes in Indiana and he gets a career high,” Pierce said. “It was kind of a lesson to me. Play him more. Get him more shots and his shot attempts have gone up in every month, so we’re finding more productivity with more opportunity. So, it’s my job to get him more opportunity.” Huerter scored 10 points Friday. … Former Bucks forward Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) was unavailable for the Hawks after being ruled out following the team’s morning shootaround.Bucks: Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his nose in practice on Dec. 16. Second-year forward D.J. Wilson has played well in Ilyasova’s absence, and Budenholzer said he wasn’t sure how he would distribute playing time. “It’s the hard part about our league,” Budenholzer said. “When you have a roster with a lot of depth and a lot of good players, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Sometimes you play a little bigger rotation. But we’ve certainly been happy with D.J., happy with Thon (Maker). Ersan is a veteran guy and we’re happy to have him back. This league is amazing how opportunity is always right around the corner if someone isn’t playing.” Ilyasova drew a charge — his specialty — just 13 seconds after entering the game in the first quarter. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.UP NEXT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


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10 months agoLiverpool fullback Robertson warns fans: We have nothing

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson warns fans: We have nothingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson has warned fans nothing has yet been won.The Reds meet Manchester City on Thursday.Robertson said after Saturday’s 5-1 Anfield thrashing of Arsenal: “You need to ask other teams about that.“We spoke about City last season and I’m sure every other team. did. They were very hard to beat. Of course we did it here in the league and the Champions League but in the league, not many people could touch them. But the thing is, they completed it and they’ve got their winners’ medal and the trophy.“Just now, we have nothing and that’s why at the end of the season, hopefully we can talk about it.“Of course we hope that we win it but we know how hard it is and we know two teams, probably even more, are right behind us and causing us all sorts of problems. We know they’ll be right on our tails so we keep our feet on the ground and hopefully by then we’ll be celebrating. But we take it game by game.“If teams are coming here maybe a bit worried then of course that works to our advantage. If people are worrying coming here, it’s a good sign for us. But it’s up to us to continue that and we need to keep winning games by doing that.” last_img read more


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Victims families Wettlaufer survivor call for compassion in longterm care

first_imgThe families of eight people killed by an Ontario nurse, as well as one of her surviving victims, lamented a fundamental lack of respect for human life in the province’s long-term care system Monday as they addressed a public inquiry probing the circumstances around the woman’s crimes.In closing submissions at the inquiry into Elizabeth Wettlaufer those most impacted by her actions called for an array of changes, from nursing-home staffing levels to coroner protocols, but railed most emphatically against what they saw as a lack of compassion that harmed everyone involved.“The people with needs have a voice. Now that we’re sick, nobody listens,” said Beverly Bertram, who survived one of Wettlaufer’s attacks in August 2016. “If there was a change I would like to see happen, that would be respect given. Respect for individuals regardless of the roles they’ve played or will play in the future.”Wettlaufer, 51, confessed to murdering eight patients and attempting to kill several more over the course of nearly a decade by injecting them with overdoses of insulin at care homes and private residences across the province.Bertram pulled no punches when outlining the effect Wettlaufer’s attack had on her.The 70-year-old said she no longer knows who she is after the attack, adding she is “consumed” by Wettlaufer and her actions.But Bertram also told the inquiry that the same lack of compassion that allowed her fellow victims to die in relative obscurity also harmed their confessed killer, who told investigators about her long-standing struggles with addiction and mental health issues.“She cried for help many times and none was given,” Bertram told the inquiry. “She was not paid attention to, and this is the aftermath of her journey.”The son of one of Wettlaufer’s other victims also emphasized what he described as the system’s lack of compassion, but his emotional remarks were directed at what he perceived as the people and systems that allowed the nurse to prey on patients with impunity for years.“I saw finger-pointing, I saw people throwing each other under the bus, I saw a lack of compassion,” said Arpad Horvath Jr. “For them to just come and put money and reputation in front of human life is pathetic.”Horvath Jr’s father, 75-year-old Arpad Horvath Sr., became the last of Wettlaufer’s victims when he died at a London, Ont. nursing home in 2014.His death came after Wettlaufer had already killed seven residents of Caressant Care in Woodstock, Ont. The inquiry heard that her crimes went undetected, and that she likely never would have been caught without her confession to police.The nurse was disciplined several times by her employers at the facility, who ultimately fired her in 2014 due to multiple medication errors.Caressant Care’s closing statements reiterated that the facility never suspected Wettlaufer’s crimes despite her mediocre work performance. The submission also states that the facility believes there were no systemic issues that “facilitated or concealed” the murders.“Given what we know from (Wettlaufer’s) confession about her motives … it is submitted that the crimes that she committed at (Caressant Care in Woodstock) could have been committed in any Ontario’s long-term care homes over the same period,” it said.The public inquiry has heard that complaints about Wettlaufer began at the start of her career in 1995 and continued until her confession in 2016, weeks after the attack on Bertram. Wettlaufer ultimately pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.Submissions from the families of Wettlaufer’s victims included a number of recommendations for improvements to the province’s long-term care system.Those included calls for more substantive reference checks at long-term care facilities, overhauls to inspection protocols at the provincial health ministry, and standardization of death investigation practices among Ontario’s coroners.A joint submission made by children of Wettlaufer’s first victim James Silcox, however, expressed open skepticism that those calls would be heeded.“Without radical changes to the collective attitude towards the long-term care system as represented by the government of Ontario, we are not hopeful that the glaring problems unearthed by the inquiry will be solved,” four siblings said in a joint submission.“The inquiry into long-term care has offered an enormous amount of insight into the failure of the province of Ontario to protect our most vulnerable.”The inquiry will continue to hear closing submissions in the coming days, including from the other long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked, the coroner’s office, the Ontario Nurses’ Association, the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.last_img read more


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Goas new CM to be sworn in soon

first_imgPanaji: Goa’s new Chief Minister will be sworn in soon. state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar announced on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Tendulkar, who was exiting a city resort with Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant, one of the candidates for the Chief Minister’s post, said that all issues related to government formation would be cleared soon. The BJP is holding negotiations with potential political allies to stitch together a coalition government and zero-in on a Chief Minister after the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.last_img