Together For Christmas

first_imgStella MacIsaac and Todd Goyetche belt out John Denver’s classic Take Me Home Country Roads from his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers and Promises. They sing the familiar melody in sync — country roads, take me home, to the place I belong. “I’ve got the words memorized now,” says Todd. “We sing it everywhere we go.” It’s an appropriate soundtrack for the reunited couple who have traveled a long road to be together. Today, their life is filled with music, poetry, faith and laughter. This Christmas marks the first anniversary of living in their Dartmouth duplex together. In 2014, they moved into their home just before Christmas, supported by Community Services’ Disabilities Support Program. The goal of the independent living program is to increase housing opportunities, with appropriate supports available, in the heart of the community. The couple first met more than 25 years ago when they were living at the Halifax County Rehabilitation Centre on Bisset Road, Cole Harbour. Todd has an acquired brain injury and for most of his life he’s been living in group residential settings. “I was always able to go and visit my mom a lot. But there’s lots of restrictions living in a group home, and I’m not too fond of those,” says Todd. Stella has struggled with mental illness. In 1988, she became sick and went into the hospital on October 19 — a significant date. “We said see you later then,” says Stella. “We did not say good-bye.” Still, over the years they lost track of one another. Many years later, Todd and Stella were both living in Dartmouth in separate group homes managed by the same service provider. Colonial Community Services oversees staffing and provides appropriate services. Their staff organized a field trip for residents to attend the Pumpkin People Festival.Stella was crossing the road in Kentville when she recognized a familiar face. “I asked ‘Are you Todd?’ and he looked at me and he said right away ‘Are you Stella?'” she laughs. The happy coincidence took place 25 years to the day that they’d separated. And speaking of dates, Todd proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2014. “We talked it over. We wanted to get married and move in with one another,” says Stella. “We love each other as we are and we love helping people.” The wedding was on September 27, 2014. During the ceremony, Stella sang Todd a song that she had written for him. “This was always their plan. They wanted to get married and to live together,” says Lisa Burton, Department of Community Services. “Everyone really wanted to support them and there were a lot of smiles going around when a solution came together.” “Colonial believed in us from the beginning. They had a really nice wedding reception for us,” says Stella. Like other newlyweds, they’re working on the details of living together. Stella is the one who likes cooking more, but she credits Todd for taking care of the laundry. Stella has seen a positive difference in Todd since they’ve been living independently. “He’s come a long way. He goes to work with the Salvation Army once a week at their food bank.” Todd is also a published poet who loves sonnets and the rhythm of iambic pentameter. He has written literally thousands of poems. Stella has found her voice in her music, writing original songs and volunteering. “I use music to help people with mental illness. People need to have a voice,” she says. -30-last_img read more

Nepal UN condemns murder of businessman by Maoists

19 May 2008The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has condemned the recent killing of a local businessman, Ram Hari Shrestha, after Maoist army commanders acknowledged to the mission that the murder was committed by members of their group. UNMIN condemned the killing as a serious breach of the commitments made in an agreement on monitoring arms and armies reached between the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist) and the former Government, and also noted that it was a violation of fundamental human rights. UNMIN arms monitors have conducted a preliminary inquiry and will present the results to the next meeting of Nepal’s Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee. UNMIN has been informed that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is following the investigation that is being carried out by the police.UNMIN calls on the CPN (Maoist) to cooperate fully with the police to ensure that all those responsible for ordering or carrying out the abduction or killing are apprehended and punished in accordance with the law.Last month, with the assistance of UNMIN, Nepal held country-wide elections for a new Constituent Assembly. read more

JPMorgan profit falls 8 per cent fails key regulatory test

JPMorgan Chase said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit fell more than 8 per cent from a year earlier and the bank tried to soothe investor concerns after it failed a key regulatory test designed to prevent another financial crisis.First-quarter profit at JPMorgan, the nation’s largest bank by assets, was hurt by weak results at its investment-banking division and by loans to oil and gas companies that are now struggling to make payments because of low energy prices.As JPMorgan was announcing its quarterly results Wednesday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Federal Reserve announced that it, as well as four other banks, failed to meet a regulatory requirement put in place after the financial crisis. They were required to come up with a plan, known as “living will,” to unwind their operations in the event of a bankruptcy or other upheaval in a way that would avoid triggering another broad financial meltdown.Regulators called the banks’ plans “not credible” and gave them until Oct. 1 to come up with new plans or face more stringent requirements.It was symbolic defeat for JPMorgan and its executives. JPMorgan was one of the few banks to weather the housing downturn and financial crisis and CEO Jamie Dimon has repeatedly touted the firm’s “fortress” balance sheet, which he says would protect it from any future crisis.“We are going to do everything we can to fix this problem,” Dimon said in a conference call with reporters.The regulators’ issues with JPMorgan appear to be tied more into the bank’s legal structure than its balance sheet. JPMorgan’s plan relies on moving money from foreign subsidiaries, which could be difficult in event of a global financial crisis.JP Morgan Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake told investors she did not expect that the bank’s results would be held back as it addresses regulators’ concerns. And investors did not seem to be concerned. Shares in New York-based JPMorgan & Co. rose $2.51, or 4.2 per cent, to close at $61.79 on Wednesday amid a broad rally in bank stocks.Still, this latest regulatory issue comes at a difficult time for JPMorgan and other big banks. Profits and share prices have fallen in recent months because loans to energy companies have gone bad and the Fed signalled it will slow the pace of interest rate increases, which hurts bank profits. Despite Wednesday’s rally, the financial sector is the worst performing sector of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index this year.JPMorgan said it earned $4.99 billion after payments to preferred shareholders in the first quarter. That compares to a profit of $5.45 billion a year earlier. On a per share basis, the bank earned $1.35, compared with $1.45 a year earlier.The results beat analysts’ expectations of $1.26 per share, according to FactSet. That estimate typically excludes one-time items.The bank had to set aside $719 million in the quarter to cover potential defaults of loans to oil and gas companies and materials and mining companies. JPMorgan, like most of its competition, made billions in loans to drilling companies when oil prices were near $100 a barrel. The price fell to a 12-year low to below $27 a barrel in the first quarter.Net revenue at the bank totalled $23.24 billion, compared with $24.07 billion in the same period a year earlier.The company said profit at its investment bank fell 22 per cent from the year before to $1.98 billion. Profit from its consumer bank rose 12 per cent to $2.49 billion. FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, people walk past a branch of Chase Bank, in New York. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, reported first-quarter earnings. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) JPMorgan profit falls 8 per cent, fails key regulatory test by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 5:01 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football Ohio State vs Illinois – By the Numbers

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust about everything that could have gone right for No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) went right. The Buckeyes steamrolled Illinois (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) 52-14 Saturday in Ohio Stadium. This was the final home game for the 19 Ohio State seniors, and the Buckeyes’ final test before traveling on the road to face No. 24 Michigan.5 – Illinois first downs. Ohio State dominated in nearly all facets of the game Saturday, and it showed in the offensive numbers put up by Illinois. The Fighting Illini offense was unable to get anything going all day, and it took until there was just 3:37 left in the second half for Illinois to come up with a first down. All told, the Fighting Illini were able to muster just five first downs in the game. Ohio State’s defense was suffocating, and the inaccuracy of Illinois’ quarterback did not help. Quarterback Chayce Crouch was just 4-for-14 and had five (counting) incomplete passes on third down tries, contributing to the 8 percent third-down conversion rating. The weather also contributed to the struggles of the Fighting Illini, affecting multiple receivers who dropped third-down passes. Though holding the Illini to few first downs, Ohio State’s defensive strength was just as responsible as Illinois’ offensive futility. 18:05 – Time spent by J.T. Barrett under center. On his senior day, quarterback J.T. Barrett spent a total of 18:05 playing quarterback for Ohio State. He was in the game for all of the first quarter, two full drives in the second quarter and two in the third quarter when he was subbed back in for the backups. Ohio State had possession of the ball for 37:16 in the game.Barrett’s final game in the ‘Shoe was exactly how many expected it would be: a blowout victory and early curtain call. The only reason Barrett returned at all for the third quarter was because backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins fumbled the football and saw the defense return it for a touchdown. Barrett then came out, had a three-and-out and then regained possession of the ball when Illinois muffed the punt. It was an early and expected hook for the three-time captain in a blowout as he attempts to stay healthy for Ohio State’s matchup against Michigan. He finished the game going 11-for-19 with 141 passing yards, two touchdowns. He added 33 rushing yards on five carries and a touchdown. 4 – Ohio State rushing touchdowns. Ohio State put up its most impressive rushing display of the season last game against Michigan State with 335 yards on 42 carries and four touchdowns. Though the Buckeyes did not have quite that much success against the Illini, its 325 rushing yards were good for second-most this season and the four rushing touchdowns were tied for the most. While a lot of the rushing yardage came toward the end, when Ohio State was just trying to run out the clock, the rushing touchdowns for Ohio State in the first half were more the product of a team relying on its biggest offensive strength. Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber punched in two on the ground in the first quarter, Barrett also had one in the first and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins had one in the second quarter. This was the second consecutive game where even in meaningful minutes, Ohio State relied heavily on its running backs once again for the majority of its offensive production, and the offensive line was able to provide the backs with the space to run. Ohio State seems to have found where its offense has the most success, and heading into a matchup against two of the best rushing defenses in the nation in Michigan and Wisconsin, it will need to hope the offensive line holds up against a pair of potent pass-rushes.55 – Illinois penalty yards. When it rains, it pours. And for Illinois, the rain was just the struggles to keep up with the gap in talent between the two teams. But so often, Ohio State poured it on the Illini by their penalties committed. Illinois had two penalties that resulted in the Ohio State offense receiving a first down, three penalties that pushed its own offense back and two on special teams. When it was all said and done, Illinois had a total of 55 penalty yards on seven penalties. For most of the season, Ohio State has been the team that has been penalized. Ohio State’s 72.2 penalty yards per game were the 10th-most by any team in the nation heading into the game. While the Buckeyes ultimately finished with more penalty yardage (68) and the same number of penalties, Ohio State’s advantage in talent helped minimize the damage felt by its penalties. The lack of discipline by Illinois was not the difference maker in the game, but it certainly did not help an already overmatched Illinois team.100 – Dwayne Haskins all-purpose yards. Ohio State was ahead by so much that it was able to send backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins into the game in the second quarter to get some playing time. And while he could not get anything going during his first two drives and fumbled on his third, he quickly turned things around and finished the game with 100 all-purpose yards, 77 through the air and 23 on the ground.Haskins was just one of three Ohio State quarterbacks to play in the game — he received the second-most playing time — but he still fell just 6 yards shy of surpassing the total yardage of the entire Illinois offense. His performance was far from perfect, but even he was able to lead Ohio State to more offensive success on just his small handful of drives than the Illinois’ offense was able to produce the entire game. read more