War against Covid-19 isn’t won – Foster

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s First Minister has defended the extension of its fourth lockdown saying the war against Covid-19 isn’t won.The restrictions which were imposed on St Stephen’s Day will now run until at least March 5th.A review of the measures will take place on February 18th.Arlene Foster says people in the North need to keep complying with public health measures:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/foster9am.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest By News Highland – January 22, 2021 War against Covid-19 isn’t won – Foster Google+ Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twittercenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleOpen border with North prohibits mandatory quarantine – RyanNext articleDonegal features high in social welfare payments for farmers & fishermen News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

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A case for veterans

first_imgThe average week for a typical law school student involves poring over a list of daunting cases and deconstructing complicated arguments. But last week the work of three Harvard Law School (HLS) students included something else: an appearance in federal court.The students, who are part of the School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, stood before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims last Wednesday to argue for the rights of their client, a decorated U.S. Army veteran.As part of its annual educational and outreach campaign, a three-judge panel traveled from Washington, D.C., to Harvard’s Ames Courtroom to hear oral arguments in the case of Ausmer v. Shinseki, involving a disabled combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The case involves the rights of deployed service members who also have benefits claims pending at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).“The fact that we have a service member here who was deployed, who had some difficulty imposed upon him by that deployment, and allegedly missed the deadline to appeal the VA’s decision, presents the opportunity to argue before the court not just the facts, but the law, and find out what his rights are and establish those rights in the future,” said HLS student Christopher Melendez, who helped argue the case.Melendez, along with fellow students Bradley Hinshelwood and Juan Arguello, represented Lt. Col. Wilson J. Ausmer Jr., who was recalled to active duty in 2011, after he had filed a claim for disability compensation. The Veterans Board of Appeals decision was delivered to Ausmer’s home while he was stationed in Afghanistan. At issue in the case is whether he missed the deadline by filing the appeal after he returned home.Ausmer’s legal team argued that there were defects in mailing the decision and that the VA did not consider the challenges Ausmer faced upon returning to civilian life.“The case really turns on the question of what rules, what appeal deadline should apply when a denial is issued by the VA but the veteran is redeployed,” said Daniel Nagin, a clinical professor of law at HLS who directs the School’s community lawyering program and the Veterans Legal Clinic, which are based at Harvard’s Legal Services Center. Nagin supervised the team of HLS students who worked on the case.“We are arguing to the court that the veteran being overseas when the decision was issued should prevent the appeal clock from starting to tick because of the way that the decision was mailed,” said Nagin, “and alternatively that the court should give him extra time to file his appeal because of his particular circumstances.”The court, which also heard arguments on Wednesday from VA representatives, will likely issue its ruling on the case in the coming months. It’s a decision that could have far-reaching implications for veterans regularly recalled to active duty.“One of the hallmarks or signatures of these recent conflicts, in terms of military personnel, is multiple deployments,” said Nagin. “We don’t think our client is the only one grappling with how these appeal deadlines would apply.”The group Disabled American Veterans has been assisting throughout the proceedings.To prepare for the case, the HLS students took on the role of lawyers, spending countless hours researching and reviewing previous rulings and writing and filing briefs with the court. Working closely with Nagin and their co-counsel from the law firm Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, the students also challenged themselves in rigorous moot court sessions.“You have to be prepared for pretty much anything,” said Hinshelwood, who was tested early when the judges interrupted his opening statement with a barrage of questions. But Hinshelwood stayed calm, carefully responding to each query. In an interview before the session, he said the opportunity to participate in the case was likely “the best practice you can get for actually being a lawyer.”“So much of the law school education is really oriented around reading case law, thinking about the policy implications of legal rules, or learning those legal rules,” he said. “There really aren’t many opportunities, other than clinics, to apply the stuff you learn in class to actual facts and actual situations. And so to have the opportunity to do that is hugely valuable.”Melendez, a former Marine, and Hinshelwood, who knew many people who served in the military from his small hometown in Virginia, said working with the Veterans Legal Clinic has inspired them to work on similar issues in the future.“This will not be the last time that I do veterans work,” said Melendez.“I’d love to continue to do this kind of work, if not full-time, in some kind of pro bono capacity, because there is a lot of work out there,” said Hinshelwood. “It’s obviously an area of huge need.”The court was created in 1988 to review decisions on claims handed down by the Veterans Board.The judges posed for photographs with the students before the proceedings and held a question-and-answer session with the courtroom audience following the oral arguments. They explained that the court started traveling to law schools as part of an educational campaign in 2001. “We want to introduce students to the idea that there is veterans law,” said Chief Judge Bruce E. Kasold.It is “an area that they can either pursue working at the court, or in private practice or [with] the VA, or potentially as a pro-bono counsel,” added Judge Mary J. Schoelen. “We have a very robust pro bono program before our court.”last_img read more

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Adorable Bonding Moment with Twentieth Century’s Kristin Chenoweth & Peter Gallagher

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 View Comments On The Twentieth Century Star Files It’s almost time to jump on the train! The new revival of On the Twentieth Century arrives on Broadway beginning February 12, 2015, and if Twitter is any indication, stars Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher are already spending some quality time together. Chenoweth posted a snapshot with her “handsome leading man”—the duo is all dressed up for a photo shoot for the new Roundabout Theatre company production. Wow, these two make a seriously cute couple—we can’t wait to see the final shots! Check out this Hot Shot of the stars hanging out behind the scenes, then see Gallagher play Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe and Chenoweth play his glamorous former lover Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century at the American Airlines Theatre. Kristin Chenoweth Related Showslast_img read more

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Indonesia rules out H5N1 case cluster in Sumatra

first_imgAug 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In an online statement posted yesterday, the Indonesian government said 12 villagers from North Sumatra who were hospitalized for suspected avian influenza symptoms had tested negative for the disease, dampening speculation about a possible case cluster.The statement from the health ministry’s avian flu committee, known as KOMNAS FBPI, was dated Aug 9, but appeared on the group’s Web site yesterday. It said 12 villagers from Air Batu village tested negative for the H5N1 virus. All were being treated at Kisaran Hospital, except for a 7-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy who were at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, the provincial capital, where they were reported to be in stable condition.The ministry’s statement did not mention three deaths from suspicious symptoms that have been mentioned along with accounts of up to 13 sick patients in recent media reports. Yesterday, however, Chandra Syafei, an official from North Sumatra’s health office, acknowledged that three people had died and said his office was on “extraordinary occurrence” alert status, according to a Jakarta Post report.”The three people died following the discovery of dead poultry, but we don’t know whether or not it [avian influenza] was the cause,” Chandra told the Post. He said his office had not received autopsy reports from the health ministry.The suspected cases were identified by provincial and local health officials between Aug 5 and 7, and the patients were given oseltamivir when they were hospitalized, the health ministry’s statement said. Also, it said the ministry was conducting surveillance in the area for more patients with suspicious symptoms.The ministry’s message, its first since Jun 19, said the tests were conducted by its Health Research and Development Center. Official news out of Indonesia about H5N1 developments has been scarce since early June, when Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would stop reporting human cases as they occur and instead announce them at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months.Syafei said several health workers, including a team from the World Health Organization (WHO), were in Asahan to investigate the illnesses and monitor developments, according to the Post report.He said animal health officials had destroyed 276 infected birds, and an official from nearby Labuhan Ratu regency said local veterinary workers culled 1,126 birds after hundreds of recent poultry deaths, the Post reported.The health ministry statement said tests conducted by North Sumatra’s livestock office on 15 poultry that died suddenly on Jul 28 were positive for avian influenza. (The statement did not specify the subtype.)Meanwhile, flu blogs and message boards have been following developments in what some fear could represent an H5N1 case cluster, an event that suggests the possibility of human-to-human transmission and an increased risk of a pandemic. For example, members of Flu Trackers and Flu Wiki have been translating foreign-language media reports for clues and developments, though the translations are often difficult to interpret and can be unreliable.ProMED-mail, the Internet based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, has also been posting media reports on the suspected case cluster and has appealed for more information on the cases and deaths. On Aug 10, after noting conflicting reports about the cases, ProMED said it would no longer report suspected avian flu cases in Indonesia until they have been confirmed by the nation’s health ministry. But a protest from a reader prompted the service to say yesterday it would reconsider the decision.See also:ProMed-mail report (Aug 10)ProMed-mail report (Aug 12)last_img read more

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Late goals save Tottenham from Europa League exit in Bulgaria

first_imgTottenham scored twice in the final 10 minutes to avoid a humiliating Europa League exit to Lokomotiv Plovdiv as Jose Mourinho’s men came from behind to beat the nine-man Bulgarians 2-1 on Thursday night. Harry Kane’s penalty and Tanguy Ndombele’s winner five minutes from time ensured the 2019 Champions League finalists did not fall at the first hurdle of their Europa League campaign to a side that have never progressed beyond the qualifying stages of European competition. “I think it was a helluva experience for the players. Sometimes in football miracles happen and when you play a knockout, one-leg it is the perfect scenario for a miracle to happen,” said Mourinho. “Everyone on their side had the moment where they dream and we had the moment where we believed a nightmare could arrive.” Mourinho named a strong side featuring Kane, Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min with just four changes from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton to start their Premier League campaign. But there was more evidence why Spurs are desperate to secure Gareth Bale’s return on loan from Real Madrid as they struggled to break Plovdiv down and went behind to Georgi Minchev’s header 19 minutes from time. The tie swung back in Spurs favour nine minutes later when Momchil Tsvetanov punched clear off his own line and the referee had no option but to point to the spot and send Tsvetanov off. Birsent Karagaren was then also shown a second yellow card before Kane dispatched the spot-kick into the top corner. Ndombele has struggled for game time under Mourinho despite being the club’s record signing. But the Frenchman, who was introduced on the hour mark, proved the match winner by bundling home from close range. A trip to Macedonia next week to face KF Shkendija faces Mourinho’s men in the third qualifying round, by which time they may have Bale to call on with the Welshman expected to complete his move back to the Premier League on Friday. Read Also: Messi, Ronaldo missing from Champions League awards shortlist “For me, at this moment, until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he’s a Real Madrid player, so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player,” added Mourinho. Steven Gerrard’s Rangers enjoyed a far more comfortable progression into round three of qualifying as they thrashed Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps 5-0 with Alfredo Morelos scoring twice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Loading… last_img read more

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