Pope prays for lockdown victims of domestic abuse

first_imgBut worries persist that many abuses go unreported and that the true scale of the violence is unknown.Italy’s interior ministry is using a phone app to help geo-locate reports of domestic of violence.The government has also allocated $30 million euros ($32.8 million) to help shelter women victims of domestic abuse. Topics : Pope Francis prayed Monday for the growing number of women subjected to domestic abuse while living under coronavirus lockdown.The Argentine pontiff livestreamed an Easter Monday prayer from his private library as the Vatican and Italy entered a second month of restrictions on most outdoor activities.Worries about domestic abuse have spread across the world as nations force billions to stay at home to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed nearly 115,000 people.center_img The pope offered a prayer to the “many mothers and sisters who find themselves locked in the house with the whole family, with children, with the elderly and the disabled.”Sometimes they are at risk of being subjected to violence, for a coexistence in which they carry too great a burden,” Francis said.”We pray for them, that God may give them strength and that our communities can support them together with their families.”Countries from Australia to France have seen surges in the number of domestic violence cases reported to the police.last_img read more

Canadian offshore regulator unveils set of measures to mitigate coronavirus impact

first_imgCanada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has revealed its set of measures aimed as a response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.“As the main regulatory body providing oversight to the oil and gas industry offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, we remain committed to providing sound regulatory oversight with our focus squarely on the safety and health of offshore workers and protection of the environment,” the C-NLOPB said in a statement on Tuesday.The regulator added that it was monitoring Provincial and Federal Chief Medical Officers daily updates and that it was in contact with the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore industry’s medical service provider, Atlantic Offshore Medical Services (AOMS), the Government of Canada as well as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, all operators and license holders in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area as well as Cougar Helicopters.The regulator also added that it was holding daily conference calls with operators to monitor the status of COVID-19.The C-NLOPB added that it was implementing recommendations from Public Health and the Government of Canada and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, to ensure the safety of its employees and to monitor the safety of those working offshore.Screening has been in place at the St. John’s Heliport since March 6 and includes a questionnaire and temperature scan for all personnel entering the facility, including Cougar employees.Operators have also implemented additional screening for workers onboard supply vessels and for workers who are off-hitch.The petroleum board stated that all operators had appropriate plans in place and were in communication with each other as well as with appropriate regulators, to ensure a consistent basin-wide response.“Safety is top of mind for everyone involved and both operators and the C-NLOPB are prepared to respond immediately to the rapidly changing response to COVID-19,” the regulator said.Offices of the C-NLOPB are closed to external visitors and non-essential employees are being asked to stay at home and those who can already work from home to do so.The announcement by the C-NLOPB comes nearly a week after the Norwegian oil regulator and offshore safety authority introduced measures for restricting the spread of the coronavirus on oil and gas facilities in the country.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Lacey South Sound Chamber Executive Director Sierra Roundy Accepts Position with…

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey South Sound Chamber of CommerceSierra Roundy. Photo courtesy: Lacey South Sound ChamberExecutive Director of the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Roundy has accepted a position with the Premier Media Group and will be officially leaving her position with the Chamber beginning of June but will stay on in a part-time basis through the South Sound BBQ Festival. Martin McElliott, President, says that he is “proud of what Sierra has been able to accomplish in her time with the Chamber.” The Board of Directors are sad to see her go but are confident that she has left the Chamber in a much better place than when she started almost three years ago. Membership, sponsorship dollars, and event participation have all grown at a faster rate. The energy and excitement that Sierra has brought to the Chamber has created a great reputation around the community and the Board of Directors are honored that Premier Media Group would select Sierra to be a part of their organization. The Executive Board of the Lacey South Sound Chamber is currently seeking qualified individuals to apply for the Executive Director position.Lacey South Sound Chamber contact info:Sierra Roundy, sroundy@laceysschamber.com or 360-491-4141Martin McElliott, ThurstonTalk, mcelliott@thurstontalk.com or 360-482-1671last_img read more

Annual Beach Sweeps Report: Record Number of Volunteers; Balloon Remnants Soar

first_img“We saw over 81 percent of the debris that we collected was plastic, including foam, which is down a little bit from last year,” Alison McCarthy, the coastal watershed protection coordinator for Clean Ocean Action, said April 2 at a beachside press conference at Sandy Hook. “But it’s still astoundingly high and makes up a very large majority of the data.” Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, spoke about the impact plastics have on marine wildlife. In one high-profile example, a whale found dead last month in Italy had about 50 pounds of plastic in its belly. Clean Ocean Action has been organizing beach sweeps since 1985. In that time, 6.7 million pieces of debris have been collected by 133,390 volunteers, McCarthy said. This year’s spring Beach Sweeps will be April 13, at sites from north Jersey to Cape May. Among some of the more unusual items found were a 1930s Philadelphia rail token, a rattrap, a full couch, dentures and a vacuum cleaner. In 2018, 454,365 pieces of debris were collected by 10,148 volunteers at 60 sites around the state, mostly along the Jersey Shore, during the organization’s 33rd annual “Beach Sweeps” of coastline and other areas. Those were record amounts, in material collected and volunteers who participated, in the history of the cleanups. “So there’s somewhere for everybody to join in and get out onto the beaches and give the beaches a good clean sweep,” Zipf said. “We’re not going out on the beaches to give them a clean sweep just because it makes the beaches look good and it makes them safer for marine life. We want to stop these sources of litter, and we want to stop them…at the source.” Once again, the organization is calling for a ban on plastic bags and enforcement of litter laws. Zipf also said wind is a“major source” of litter; trashcans get blown over on awindy day and waste getsblown around. She urgedpeople to make sure theyhave a sealed trash container. The Monmouth County-based environmental group Clean Ocean Action said it recovered everything from balloons to furniture when it cleaned up coastal New Jersey last year. “So the really common items that we’re seeing out on the beaches are plastic and many of them are single-use plastics,” McCarthy said. By Philip Sean Curran “So, pretty fascinatingstuff that we find out on theJersey Shore,” McCarthysaid. “All this plastic debris that we find is absolutely our responsibility,” Zipf said. “We can’t blame Mother Nature for any of this. This is all us being sloppy and not taking care of the products that we use.” “So they’ll find their way into a stream, into a bigger river, and those rivers, of course, all water ways lead to the ocean,” she said. “So that’s how all of that debris gets out into the ocean eventually and then washes up onto the shore.” McCarthy explained thejourney debris takes once itgoes down a storm drain andthen into a waterway. She also pointed to the prevalence of balloons, with a record-setting 5,470 of them collected – a 32 percent increase from 2017. The organization this week issued its annual report highlighting what was found during the cleanups, held in April and October. Topping its “dirty dozen” list of the “most commonly” found objects were plastic pieces, at 75,899, followed by plastic caps and lids at 61,358. Both occupied the top two spots in 2017 and in 2016, the report said. The organization has said its data has been used by government officials to protect the environment. In particular, the group pointed to Gov. Phil Murphy last year signing into law a ban on smoking at all public parks and beaches,effective in 2019. Zipf saidLittle Silver had just bannedplastic bags, straws and foamcontainers town-wide. Zipf said she supports aplastic bag ban, a step NewYork state will take in 2020.last_img read more

Great new sport takes over Nelson — Pickleball

first_imgThere a great new sport in Nelson — and it’s called Pickleball. Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College’s Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.Selkirk students often join the regular players, notably several students from India who are enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism program.It’s an easy-to-learn sport which is played on a badminton-sized court with a hard paddle (often graphite) and a wiffle ball. For more information visit Pickleball Canada or this link.last_img read more