‘Mental instability’ must be considered when looking for motive behind attack: psychologist

first_imgWhat makes Monday’s horrific van attack so deeply terrifying is almost the “banality” of the new violence, said an expert in crime and human behaviour.“Here you have a major thoroughfare in a major city and people are going about their lives and a van driving down the street just goes up the curb and starts cruising down the sidewalk,” said Frank Farley, a Canadian-born professor of psychological studies and education at Temple University in Philadelphia.“That’s what makes it so exceptionally scary. This is almost a new form of violence that takes place in our 9 to 5 lives.” Read the whole story: The National Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Vaccine situation in South Africa, Chile, Australia

first_imgApr 19, 2010South Africa feels vaccine pinchJust weeks before it hosts the World Cup, South Africa is reporting a shortage of H1N1 vaccine, West Cape News reported today. Doctors and pharmacies have run out of the vaccine, imported from Australia, and say no more is available. The country received 1.3 million doses, which are being used for “front line” port-of-entry workers and certain HIV patients. A further 3.5 million doses donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be used on pregnant women and others at high risk.http://westcapenews.com/?p=1387Apr 19 West Cape News storyChile reports low vaccine uptakeHealth officials in Chile are concerned that only 600,000 of a hoped-for 4 million people have received the H1N1 vaccine in a country that saw 300,000 cases and 1,800 hospitalizations last year, The Santiago Times reported. And this year a Feb 27 earthquake destroyed 5,000 hospital beds in the central region. One university faculty member explained that getting the shot early is essential to prevent overloading of hospitals, because immunity takes about 2 weeks to build.http://www.santiagotimes.cl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18635Apr 18 Santiago Times reportAustralian seasonal flu vaccine delayedAustralia’s efforts to get the seasonal influenza vaccine to as many high-risk people as possible have been met with low availability of doses, at least in part because H1N1 vaccine production has taken precedence, according to Australia’s The Morning Bulletin. Health officials are advising patients to get free H1N1 vaccine now, and then a separate seasonal flu shot as soon as it becomes available, which may be in the coming weeks.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2010/04/19/swine-flu-vaccine-delay-concernApr 19 Morning Bulletin articlelast_img read more

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High numbers of women and solicitors appointed to judicial posts

first_imgMore than half the candidates selected in the last recruitment round for fee-paid employment tribunal judge positions were women, statistics have shown, while three-quarters of selected candidates were solicitors. The Judicial Appointments Commission today published the statistics for the two most popular selection exercises for fee-paid roles run between April and September 2009. In total, 982 lawyers applied for 128 posts as fee-paid recorders on the South East Circuit, and 624 applied for 36 posts as fee-paid employment tribunal judges. Of those selected for fee-paid employment tribunal posts, 54% were women, while 75% were solicitors and 6% were from a black or minority ethnic (BME) background. In the recorder exercise, 37% of those selected were women, 13% were from a BME background and 11% were solicitors. JAC chair Baroness Prashar (pictured) said: ‘BME candidates have done particularly well in the recorder South East exercise, where they performed better than their numbers in the eligible pool, and I am pleased to see our first applications from ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives) fellows seeking to become employment tribunal judges.’ She said the selection process is ‘open and fair’ and the JAC selected only the most talented from those who applied. ‘Diversity and merit go together, because if the best candidates from all backgrounds apply, we can select the most able to recommend to the lord chancellor for appointment.’ Prashar said the legal profession is becoming more diverse, and the statistics showed that the judiciary is beginning to change too. She said the JAC was doing more than ever to encourage a wide range of candidates from across the legal profession, but it looked to others to help remove barriers that were beyond its control. ‘Solicitors say they want more encouragement from their firms. Women say they want more opportunities for part-time working. ‘We know there is more work to be done to encourage solicitors to apply for some posts, and we are working with the Law Society and others to make that happen,’ she added.last_img read more

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The debrief: Blackburn Rovers (H)

first_imgBelow is a summary of what they had to say in the post-match press conference.Lee JohnsonBoth teams were “honest and athletic but “our relentless nature got them in the end,” said JohnsonCity are a “work in progress who are going to keep their heads down and keep working because we are far from where we need to be.”City’s strength in depth is encouraging with players including Bailey Wright, Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker, Mo Eisa, Hakeeb Adelukan not even in the squad todayJohnson saw Niki Mäenpää’s save when Rovers were 1-0 up as a potentially defining moment in the gameDiédhiou was hungry and it was great for him to get a goal after his suspension frustrationJohnson hailed Tomos Kalas as a real warrior adding “it’s great when you look round and see that your mate is going to get a cut eye or what is required for the team at the time.”On his own yellow card, the head coach said Steve Lansdown had told him he could take a “forfeit or a fine!”Marley Watkins’ work rate is second to none and his goal will be an important confidence boost for himJosh BrownhillTo get three wins from the last three games is very important for us but it is early daysWe’ve all chipped in with goals which is important for the squadBrownhill revealed his free-kick “was up there with one of my best goals. We’ve done a lot of practice so it’s good to see it go in in a game day.”The midfielder said City wanted to make Ashton Gate into a fortress, with loud fans who can intimidate the oppositionlast_img read more

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