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Red Cross trains thousands of N.Koreans to help cope with coronavirus, floods

first_img“Families are being supported with psychological first aid and awareness activities to maintain hygiene and stay healthy,” he added.Kim has also sent special aid packages to Kaesong, and state media reported on Monday that grain supplies from Pyongyang had arrived in another flood-ravaged county he visited last week.North Korea has not confirmed any coronavirus cases but has enforced strict quarantine measures. South Korea has said there is no evidence the returning defector was infected.The IFRC last month provided North Korea with kits designed to run up to 10,000 coronavirus tests, alongside infrared thermometers, surgical masks, gowns and protective gears.In South Korea, at least 32 people have died after 49 days of monsoon rains, the country’s longest since 1987, caused flooding, landslides and evacuations.  The Red Cross has trained 43,000 North Korean volunteers to help communities, including the locked-down city of Kaesong, fight the novel coronavirus and provide flood assistance, an official with the relief organization said on Monday.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency last month and imposed a lockdown on Kaesong, near the inter-Korean border, after a man who defected to the South in 2017 returned to the city showing coronavirus symptoms.Heavy rain and flooding in recent days have also sparked concern about crop damage and food supplies in the isolated country. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has built an extensive network of North Korean volunteers to help residents in all nine provinces to avoid the virus and reduce damage from floods and landslides, spokesman Antony Balmain said.”Hundreds of homes have been damaged and large areas of rice fields have been submerged due to heavy rain and some flash flooding,” Balmain said.Precipitation levels in the North this month were higher than 2007 when the country suffered its worst floods, a spokesman at Seoul’s Unification Ministry overseeing inter-Korean affairs said.In Kaesong, which was grappling with both the lockdown and floods, IFRC volunteers were providing 2,100 families most at risk with relief items including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, quilts, hygiene kits and water containers, Balmain said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nannie Tolliver Derflinger, 97

first_imgNannie Tolliver Derflinger, 97, of Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on June 1, 2020 of natural causes at her daughter Sue’s residence.Nannie was born on February 21, 1923 in Harlan County, Kentucky, the sixth child of Marion and Parlie (Caldwell) Tolliver. She lived in Middletown, Ohio; Front Royal, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; San Antonio, Texas; and Hanau, Germany before moving to Clarksburg, Indiana where she has lived for the past 53 years.Nannie grew up playing in the beautiful mountain country around Bledsoe, Kentucky.  She attended Red Bird High School near Beverly, Kentucky.  During WW II she served her country working at the Visco factory which made nylon in Front Royal, Virginia.  She met her husband of 43 years, Clarence W. Derflinger, a soldier, in Front Royal, and traveled with him extensively. Shortly after his retirement from the army, they moved to Clarksburg where they farmed for many years.  Nannie was a homemaker to whom family meant everything.  She loved to cook, bake, garden, and sew.  She especially loved surprising her children and grands with extra attention such as doll clothes for the girls and hunting sacks for the boys, and baked goods like German Chocolate Cake, or her famous yeast rolls. She loved making people happy. She loved helping people. When she learned of a need she filled it.  She truly had the gift of kindness, love, hospitality, and compassion.  Nannie was a Christian and a member of the Clarksburg Christian Church.  Even though she is no longer with us, she leaves behind memories filled with love, goodness, laughter, and wisdom.  She will be greatly missed.She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Parlie; husband, Clarence; five brothers, Paul, Oscar, McKinley, Fred, and John Tolliver; two sisters, Betty Stockton, and Susie Franz.She is survived by one brother, Clay (Sandy) Tolliver, two sisters, Clettis (Darrell) Napier, Mary (Melvin) Nantz, all of Bledsoe, Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews; two daughters, Loretta Fay (Ralph) Hollenbeck, Hendersonville, North Carolina; Sue (Paul) Wenning, Greensburg; two sons, Clarence Ronald (Carol) Derflinger, Bloomington, Michael (Carolyn) Derflinger, Greensburg; 11 grandchildren, Troy (Lynnette) Hollenbeck, Todd Hollenbeck, Jeffrey (Michelle) Hollenbeck, Julie-Ann (Joseph) Dickerson, Amy Schlarb, Lorie (John) Zimmerman, Brandon (Kelsey) Schlarb, Christopher Derflinger, Michelle (Brian) Lang, Brandi (Kevin) Kaiser, Tanner (Miranda) Derflinger. 28 great grandchildren, Ashley Hollenbeck, Jason Hollenbeck, Taylor (Holden) Rice, Michael Hollenbeck, Marissa Dickerson, Tristan Dickerson, Cory Cool, Callie Cool, Katelyn (Ethan) Baird, Hannah Cox, Molly Cox, Hudson Schlarb, Norah Schlarb, Brittani Derflinger, Braxtin Kritlow, Alexis Derflinger, Carolynn Derflinger, Emmalynn Derflinger, Madilynn Derflinger, Taylor Lynch, Bryce Lang, Sierra Lang, Aiden Lang, Danika Lang, Gavin Lang, Allison Rippinger, Carmin Rippinger, Macenna Rippinger.7 Great Great Grandchildren, Brayden Kellems, Maysin Kellems, Lisa Kellems, Zaiden Cool, Elijah Lynch, Jackson Lynch, Kasey Baird, and one on the way.In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Christian Appalachian Project, PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555-5911.Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm observing CDC precautions at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home.Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Jerran Jackson of the Clarksburg Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.Online guestbook and condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Local Alpena Family is Closing a Chapter on a Christmas Tradition

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— What started out as a heart warming gift from a mother turned into a tradition for Alpena families. For many years, the Jones family has decorated their residence for on lookers to enjoy, but this is the last Christmas season for the annual festivity.Each tree has a different number and name, but all serving one purpose of spreading holiday cheer. The Jones family set out on that mission forty–five years ago decorating trees and making room for a visit from Santa before Christmas.Families got the opportunity to see fifty–seven Christmas trees this season while children dropped off their letters to the jolly ol fella. Jones says, her and her husband have kept those letters in hopes to one day share them with the community.All holiday decorations will be given to the Salvation Army after the holiday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City Manager Greg Sundin celebrates retirementNext Anonymous donor drops gold coin in Salvation Army kettlelast_img read more

Hard Times Behind Suicide In Red Bank

first_imgRED BANK — Mark Gibson’s family has lots of questions about what went wrong.Gibson had lived in Red Bank for more than 15 years, had worked at a good job. But over the course of time, things had spiraled out of control, to the point that two weeks ago, Gibson made the terrible decision to end his life.According to Red Bank Police Lieutenant Eliot Ramos, Gibson’s body was discovered in his West Front Street apartment at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Jan. 27. And while the county medical examiner’s report is not yet completed, Ramos characterized his death as “non-suspicious.”Shocked and grieving family members last week acknowledged that Gibson, 50, had committed suicide.His father, Ron Gibson, speaking from his San Francisco, California, home this week, said Jan. 27 was the last day his son could be in his Red Bank apartment, as a sheriff’s officer was scheduled to arrive and serve Mark with his final eviction notice.“He was going through distress,” said his sister Kathy Gibson-Swing, of her brother’s last few months of life.Gibson, 50, had seen his life take a downward trend, most severely in the last few months, family members explained. His sister Connie D’Aura said Gibson over the years had grown somewhat distant from family members. But in the last few months he began contacting them asking for assistance, as he faced challenges in paying his rent and buying groceries.Family members wondered and worried about him, his sisters said last week, when they came to Red Bank to clean out his apartment and get his affairs in order.Gibson grew up in the Bay Area and had joined the Navy out of high school. Following his enlistment, he eventually made his way east working for AT&T at the telecommunications firm’s Staten Island location, and settling in in Red Bank, according to family members.“He was making six-figures, paying taxes,” the elder Gibson remembered.However, it appears he hadn’t worked on a regular basis for a number of years. He suffered a serious injury as a passenger on a motorcycle, which caused him to remain out from work on disability for quite a while, his sisters said. And when he returned to work, it was in another slot that was eventually earmarked for elimination as the company underwent downsizing and reorganization.Gibson, they said, didn’t file for unemployment after losing his job; instead he lived off his severance package, retirement money, an insurance settlement from the accident and the dividends from investments. But Gibson’s investments, his father said, took a hit in the 2008 financial meltdown, contributing to his son’s financial and emotional distress.“It was his lowest point to have to ask for money,” Gibson-Swing.“He was very independent,” sister Carol Rogers added.“There are a lot of people who don’t understand what it’s like to not have a job and be alone,” Gibson-Swing observed as she recalled her brother, who never married or had kids.Gibson’s difficulties extended beyond his inability to pay rent, and he began going most days to Lunch Break soup kitchen and food pantry, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard. There he would get a meal, some groceries and talk with some of the clients.“He seemed like such a nice person,” remembered Pam Elam, Asbury Park, who sat at Lunch Break, working on her word puzzles. “It’s so sad, so sad.”Medhat Michail, who goes by “M&M,” a Bank Street resident, said Gibson would often help him navigate on the facility’s computer, while Gibson would use it to actively search for a job.“He was depressed,” Michail said, recalling Gibson telling him the only thing he owned was his car, though it was rundown, and he couldn’t afford gas or insurance. “I asked him why didn’t he sell it,” Michail said. “He said it was the last thing he had and he didn’t want to give it up.”“I think he felt trapped,” Michail said.“I thought he was quiet, very respectful,” said Lunch Break’s executive director Gwendolyn Love.Lunch Break recently put a couple of computers in the main area, creating an Internet café to allow clients to look for work. “He was helping a lot of clients, helping with the computers,” which he seemed to enjoy,” Love said, remembering that she had asked him about working as a computer counselor. That idea seemed to appeal to him, Love said, but he declined, telling her he planned on moving in with his sister.After his final court appearance on the eviction notice, Rogers said, her husband planned to help Gibson move to their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, home, where he could get things together and start fresh.At that point he began to search out social services but appeared to have become frustrated with the bureaucracy. His attempt to file for unemployment years after losing his job got him nowhere, with Gibson being told it was too late for benefits, according to his sister.It appeared that everything came crashing down with the final eviction notice. “It was almost like he got some shocking, horrible news that pushed him over the edge,” Gibson-Swing said.Her brother spoke three languages, loved art and music, wrote poetry. “You see how beautiful somebody is on the inside when they write something like this,” Gibson-Swing said of her brother’s poetry.Gibson had been treated for depression years earlier while still living in San Francisco, the elder Gibson said. And Mark had made an appointment to meet with someone from the Veterans Administration for possible treatment, the elder Gibson only recently found out. “So, he knew he was hurting,” he said.“I read somewhere that people who are very bright are able to mask depression,” he said. “And I think that was what it was in this case.”His phone had been cut off, his car was in no condition to make the trip to Harrisburg and it seemed there were only dead ends. “I just wish we would have been able to help him,” Gibson-Swing said.“Some people are just too proud to let people know their circumstances,” Love said. But there was help available, which Love said she finds really distressing.“You feel like you let him down, some how,” she said. “Because it should have not happened.”last_img read more

Rebels off to Kootenay Conference Final after doubling Hawks 4-2

first_imgThe Rebels advanced to the series by doubing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-2  in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff action Thursday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar wins the Murdoch Division Final 4-1.The Rebels meet the winner of the Eddie Mountain Final. Currently the Fernie Ghostriders lead the series 3-2 after edging Creston Valley Thunder Cats 3-1 Thursday.Game six is tonight in Creston. If a game seven is necessary it will be played Saturday in Fernie.The Kootenay Conference title is tentatively set to start Sunday. The Castlegar Rebels are off to the Kootenay Conference Final.last_img read more

First World Forestry Congress for Africa

first_img4 May 2011For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress will come to Africa. The congress’s next gathering, held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will take place in Durban in 2015.The announcement was made just before the February launch of 2011 as the International Year of Forests, a declaration of the UN General Assembly.“What we need during the International Year of Forests is to emphasise the connection between people and forests,” said the FAO’s assistant director-general for forestry Eduardo Rojas, “and the benefits that can accrue when forests are managed by local people in sustainable and innovative ways.”During its 140th session, held in December 2010, the FAO decided that Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) would be the ideal venue for the upcoming 14th congress, a week-long event.The ICC is fast growing in status as an international convention venue and is also scheduled to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) later in 2011.South Africa’s national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) will host the world’s forestry experts in 2015. With 7 000 participants from 160 countries flocking to the previous event, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2009, an estimated 10 000 delegates will make their way to Durban for the next event.The local economy is expected to benefit from the congress to the tune of R100-million (US$13.7-million).South African experts presented scientific papers and participated actively in South America, an experience that stood them in good stead when bidding for hosting rights for 2015. The city of Durban was easily able to snatch the prestigious event from its closest rival, Hyderabad in India.“We are extremely excited that we have won the bid to host this large conference at which many important discussions will take place regarding global forestry issues,” said the ICC’s acting CEO, Jeremy Hurter.According to Daff, South Africa’s involvement in the global dialogue on sustainable forest development has led to its vital contribution to the International Arrangements on Forests, a device of the UN Forum on Forests.The upcoming World Forestry Congress will also boost the country’s contribution to the conservation of the Congo Basin forests, through the Congo Basin Forest Partnership which was set up in September 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.Looking after our forestsThe World Forestry Congress was launched in Rome in 1926 and takes place every six years. The event addresses a range of current silvicultural issues such as forest policy, biodiversity, international dialogue and socio-economic implications.In its 2008 publication titled Practical Guidance for Sustaining Forests in Development Cooperation, the World Bank reported that over 1.6-billion people depend on forests to survive, and a further 100-million have found employment in forestry-related industries.The organisation also said that 80% of the world’s remaining terrestrial biodiversity is found in forests, and about 66% of the entire world’s species live in forest areas.In addition, the leafy regions play a vital role in the regulation of the earth’s climate because trees trap carbon dioxide. FAO data suggests that trees and their surrounding soil hold as much as 1-trillion tons of carbon – double the amount found in the atmosphere. It’s not hard to see why trees are so important to the continued survival of the planet.The UN plans to use 2011 as the opportunity to raise awareness among policy makers and the public of the need to conserve, protect and manage forests in a sustainable way.According to the FAO, about 130 000 square kilometres of forest – and a tragic 100 animal and plant species – are lost every year to deforestation, whether because of conversion of forests to arable land, unsustainable logging, human encroachment, or bad land management practice. The World Bank estimates that these activities are responsible for up to 20% of annual greenhouse gas emissions.Green South AfricaSouth Africa is home to one of the largest human-made forests on earth – the city of Johannesburg. A report on the city’s website states that although there are some 10-million trees growing in Johannesburg, it is classed as an urban forest rather than a rain forest because it doesn’t get enough annual rainfall to qualify as the latter – albeit human-made.Elsewhere in the country, about 1.3-million hectares of South Africa’s surface area are covered by lush green planted forests, used for commercial purposes. The forestry sector employs almost 170 000 people, and adds R16-billlion ($2.2-billion) to the national economy.South Africa also has rich indigenous forests, which have been inventoried by Daff and are now closely monitored and protected. Some 530 000 hectares of dense growth occur mainly along the coastal areas and the eastern and southern escarpments, as well as in isolated valleys and ravines.A number of these natural forest regions, such as the Tsitsikamma National Park – now encompassed in the Garden Route National Park – are important tourist attractions.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Remembering Mama Africa: 10 classic Miriam Makeba moments

first_img9 November 2016Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg on 4 March 1932; she died on 9 November 2008 in Castel Volturno, Italy, following a concert performance.Miriam Makeba a.k.a. Mama Africa (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008) – She was a South African singer and civil rights activist. #F2FA #africa pic.twitter.com/Y5sA8NAvuf— Face2face Africa (@Face2faceAFRICA) November 3, 2016She began her professional singing career in the 1950s as a member of the Manhattan Brothers, later working with the Skylarks. Her powerful, distinctive voice and fresh approach to mixing traditional African music with newer jazz sounds helped to make her 1956 solo single Pata Pata a national radio hit.Makeba sang the lead in the local musical King Kong and following an appearance in the anti-apartheid documentary Come Back, Africa, she left South Africa to reprise her King Kong role on London’s West End.She met American singer Harry Belafonte in 1959, who helped to boost her singing career in the US. Makeba released her first solo album in 1960, featuring her signature hit song, the classic Click Song.Makeba performed for the American president, John F Kennedy, and appeared on the popular Ed Sullivan television show, which boosted her profile among American audiences. Time magazine called her the “most exciting new singing talent to appear in many years”, while Newsweek compared her to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.Unable to return to apartheid South Africa, Makeba lived in exile for the next 30 years.Makeba and Belafonte married in 1964 and together recorded the Grammy- winning An Evening with… featuring the hits Train Song / Mbombela and Malaika. She was considered one of the innovators of the world music genre and was famed for her idiosyncratic, proudly African fashion sense. She re-recorded Pata Pata in 1967, which become a global smash hit.Makeba and Belafonte divorced and she went on to married US civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael. She addressed the UN in 1975, calling for global political and economic pressure on South Africa’s apartheid government. Makeba later moved to Brussels, Belgium, to focus on family life and her political activism; she also undertook several successful tours on the European jazz circuit.After touring with Paul Simon on his groundbreaking Graceland tour in 1987, Makeba’s music career experienced a revival, and she released her first new music in a decade. She also performed at the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute in London, where she performed the song Soweto Blues with Hugh Masekela to an estimated global audience of 600 million.Makeba returned to South Africa in 1990, after the release of Mandela, and set about creating, alongside other former musical exiles, a new soundtrack for post- apartheid South Africa. Her 1991 album, Eye on Tomorrow, featured performances with American jazz greats Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie.Her final studio album, Homeland, released in 2000, featured an updated version of Pata Pata and earned the singer a Grammy for Best World Music Album.Makeba suffered a fatal heart attack following a performance in Castel Volturno, in Italy, on 9 November 2008. Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer Angélique Kidjo curated a performance piece, titled Mama Africa: Celebrating Miriam Makeba, that gathered together African and international female performers to pay tribute to the life and art of Makeba and her groundbreaking role in bringing African music to a global audience.Source: South African History OnlineSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Men’s Open Team – 2019 World Cup

first_imgThe following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Men’s Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.MEN’S OPEN TEAMJames BlackwoodStuart BriertyScott BuckleyScott BundyJustin CostelloShaun FrancisNick GoodDylan HennesseyMichael LawJordan Marshall-KingMadalitso MasachePeter NormanJonathan PalauAdam PrydeJames ShuteCiaran TonerCoach: Tony TradAsst Coach: Paul SfeirAsst Coach: Phil GyemoreManager: Paul FarahPhotography: Glen Eatonlast_img read more

Montreal sets up hotline for citizens to report coyote sightings

first_imgMONTREAL – After almost 400 reported sightings of coyotes on the island of Montreal over the past nine months, authorities announced on Tuesday a new hotline citizens can use if they spot the wild animals, who continue to pose risks to public safety.Montreal joins several other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, Vancouver and Niagara Falls, that have set up hotlines and put in place other measures to deal with coyotes who inhabit urban environments.Emilie Thuillier, a Montreal borough mayor and the city’s spokesperson on the coyote issue, said the presence of the animals in residential areas needs to be taken seriously.Aside from the new hotline that goes into service on Wednesday, the city formed a committee that is organizing information sessions about coyotes, patrols in various urban parks and door-to-door visits.There have been 379 sightings on the island of Montreal since last June, Thuillier said, but added there is no indication how many different coyotes might be involved.If there are 10 reported sightings in one day, it is usually the same coyote that’s been seen, Thuillier explained.“We know that there have been coyotes in Montreal for the past 40 years and particularly in the city’s large parks,” she said. “They usually wander along railway tracks that pass through residential areas.”She said coyotes are generally afraid of humans and are aggressive in only a few cases, but it’s unclear what triggers the wild animals to attack.“We don’t know why and that’s why we tell people not to feed them,” Thuillier said.Since last June, she said there have been five reported incidents on the island of Montreal involving aggressive coyotes that have snapped at people and nipped at their pants, but no one was hurt.There have also been 10 cases of dogs being bitten, with one dying, she said. Some of the attacks were in her northeastern borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.Lesley Sampson, who co-founded Coyote Watch Canada in 2008, said in an interview there’s been a noticeable increase in the number of communities that have consulted her non-profit advisory council.“For me, the increase in the consultations since 2010 has just blossomed,” said Sampson.Sampson said her nation-wide organization, which is based in southern Ontario, has helped communities implement a “humane wildlife strategy framework.”Trapping and killing the animals doesn’t solve anything because more will move in, she said.Sampson noted that Vancouver, for example, has had a co-existence program in place since the 1990s.Carey Campbell, Niagara Falls city manager, says 127 coyote sightings were reported in her region since January 2017, but none were threatening.She said residents began reporting the sightings in 2009.“If there are concerns about the animals going into residential areas, feeding off people’s compost or garbage, we’ll do an education blitz in the neighbourhood,” Campbell said.last_img read more

In the news today Oct 31

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Oct. 31———KENNEY TURFS PARTY MEMBER AMID REPORT OF EXTREME VIEWSAlberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has turfed a party member who once ran the call centre for his leadership bid amid reports the worker is behind an online store that sells white supremacist memorabilia. “I am shocked and disturbed by reports of hateful and extreme online activity by a UCP member named Adam Strashok,” Kenney said in a statement on Twitter Tuesday. “Neither I nor anyone on my staff was aware of the extreme views of the individual in question.” Kenney said he has ordered party officials to cancel Strashok’s membership.———FUNDING PROPOSAL REACHED FOR CALGARY OLYMPIC BIDCalgary city council will decide today whether a last-minute revamping of financial terms is enough to save a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. A bid seemed destined for the dust bin after Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s Olympic assessment committee that brought forth motions to kill the bid and cancel a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want the Games or not. But Calgary 2026 announced Tuesday night that an agreement was reached between the federal and provincial governments to consider a new funding proposal. The public investment required was reduced by $125 million to $2.875 billion.———DOGS USE UNDERWATER SCENT TO FIND BOY’S BODYThe search for an 11-year-old boy who fell into the St. Lawrence River near Rockport, Ont., this fall took an agonizing 48 days and involved dozens of people from amateur dive teams to military divers, police helicopter units and the Canadian Coast Guard. His body was finally found Oct. 18 by a sonar expert trolling the water from above, but the location in a channel near Club Island was no surprise. He was exactly where a team of search and rescue dogs from Ottawa pointed more than a month earlier. The dogs’ handler insists they were just one part of the effort but the boy’s family and friends on social media say the dogs were “instrumental” to finding him.———CANADA POST ROTATING STRIKES MOVE TO P.E.I.Canada Post employees in two Prince Edward Island communities are joining the Canada-wide rotating strikes a day after about 6,000 workers walked off the job in Montreal. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says walkouts started in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., on Wednesday just after midnight local time. CUPW also says the seven Ontario communities are still on strike, as well as five in B.C. and three in Saskatchewan.———NOVELIST STEVEN GALLOWAY FILES DEFAMATION SUITThe former chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia is suing a woman, claiming she falsely accused him of sexual and physical assaults. Steven Galloway’s lawsuit also accuses two dozen other people of repeating the accusations on social media. The lawsuit filed by the novelist in the B.C. Supreme Court claims he was defamed and suffered damage to his reputation. It asks for damages and an injunction preventing the defendants from repeating the allegations, as well as having them removed from the internet.———BOARD REJECTS BERNARDO’S LOW SELF-ESTEEM ‘MANTRA’The fact that convicted killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo resorted to blaming his sadistic behaviour on an anxiety disorder and low self-esteem underlines his lack of insight into his criminality, the Parole Board of Canada said. In providing written reasons Tuesday for why it refused to grant him day or full parole at a hearing two weeks ago, the board said it doubted Bernardo had truly come to understand the depravity behind his horrific crime wave in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bernardo, 54, who has served more than 25 years of a life sentence for the savage kidnapping and killing of two teen girls, was rejected for day or full parole on Oct. 17.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting of German tourist in Calgary is scheduled to appear in court today.— Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will testify today before a Senate committee on banking, trade and commerce.— Statistics Canada is expected to releases gross domestic product by industry figures for August.— RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust will release its third-quarter results today and hold a conference call with financial analysts.last_img read more