Many Canadians relying on lady luck for their financial future

Keywords Consumer borrowing and saving One third of Canadians admit winning the lottery or receiving a large inheritance is part of their plans for a secured financial future, according to a recent survey commissioned by Credit Canada Debt Solutions and Capital One Canada. At the same time, more than two thirds have felt anxious or lost sleep thinking about their financial situation over the past year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter One in five Canadians will need to liquidate an asset to pay for debt: survey Share this article and your comments with peers on social media More than half of U.S. millennials actively contribute to retirement accounts: survey Related news Canadians more focused on saving than paying down debt: survey IE Staff “It’s troubling to see so many Canadians putting more trust in the lottery than sound financial planning — but I see the effects every day in our agency,” said Laurie Campbell, CEO, Credit Canada Debt Solutions. “Canadians need to recognize that there is no magic solution to gaining control of their finances. It means hard work and sticking to a budget determined by income.” More than two-thirds of those surveyed revealed they spend beyond their monthly budget. Most admitted temptation and reward were the biggest reasons they overspent. The biggest temptation mentioned by respondents was food. Three-quarters of Canadians confess to overspending on groceries, and more than half blow the bank on eating out. “Overspending is a real issue for many Canadians and even though they know what to do, a quarter of us are still not confident we can stick to a monthly budget. These types of findings exemplify why Capital One continues to invest in financial literacy initiatives,” said Rob Livingston, president, Capital One Canada. “We all deserve a treat sometimes and if we plan for it in advance, we are better positioned to stay with our financial means.” They survey also revealed gender traits around spending and overspending: women are more likely than men to overspend on groceries, clothing and personal care products, whereas men are more likely to overspend on bigger ticket items like education, shelter and vehicles; in the past year, 40% of women felt anxious about not being able to pay their bills, as compared to 28% of men; and in planning for a secure future, men are more likely to hope for a salary increase at their current job, whereas women are more likely to hope for a new job that pays significantly more. In September 2012, Credit Canada Debt Solutions and Capital One Canada commissioned a survey of 822 Canadians who have made a resolution regarding their spending behaviours. The survey respondents were equally distributed across the 4 major regions of Canada (West, Ontario, Quebec and East) and the margin of error is +/- 3.4%, 19 times out of 20. read more

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Canadian debt and equity issuance up over last year

Related news Both debt and equity issuance are up through the first nine months of 2013, according to the latest data from Thomson Reuters. The firm reports that overall debt market issuance is up by almost 14% in the year to date, totalling $127.2 billion. However, third quarter issuance was down by 4.3% from the second quarter, it notes. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Government and agency debt makes up about half of the new issuance (49%), followed by financials at 34%. The energy & power sector is a distant third with a 6% market share. The top debt underwriter so far this year is RBC Capital Markets, which Thomson Reuters reports placed first in both the overall Canadian debt league tables, and for Canadian domestic corporate debt. National Bank Financial ranked first in the Canadian government debt rankings, on a full credit basis, while CIBC World Markets took the top spot measured on a true economics basis, it says. On the equity side, issuance was also up year over year. Thomson Reuters reports that Canadian equity & equity-related issuance totalled $21.5 billion in the first nine months of 2013, representing a 3.9% increase in total proceeds from the same period last year. Again, proceeds were down in third quarter however, dropping 18.6% from the second quarter. Canadian secondary offerings made up the bulk of new issuance, the firm says, with $16.3 billion worth so far this year; although, this is down by 4.7% from the same period last year. Issuance of retail structured products and preferred securities is down even more dramatically year over year, off by 28% and 30%, respectively. The energy sector has been the biggest source of new equity so far this year, with a 22% market share; followed by real estate at 21%, and healthcare with 13%, it says. The top equity underwriter of the first nine months of the year was BMO Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters says, as it ranked number one in the Canadian equity & equity-related, common stock and secondary offerings rankings. RBC ranked first in the initial public offering and preferred securities rankings, and CIBC led the way in retail structured products. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The IPO market is booming SPAC deals reach record levels: Refinitiv Keywords Underwriting,  Investment dealers Sustainable bond issuance set record in Q1: Moody’s read more

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National Minerals Policy Forum Staged in St. Mary

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The need for strong and effective regulation to guard against exploitation of the country’s mineral resources was stressed during consultations on the development of a National Minerals Policy, held at the St. Theresa Catholic Church Hall in St. Mary on Monday (Dec. 8).The forum, organized by the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications was part of a series of islandwide consultations being staged to discuss the draft policy document, and solicit the input of civil society in the document’s formulation.Concerns raised by participants, include: the impact of sand mining on infrastructural development in St. Mary; the resulting effects of erosion on communities; and the possible negative environmental effect of river training activities conducted by the National Works Agency (NWA) in some communities.Some of the recommendations proposed include: application of a community development levy to be paid by companies involved in sand mining and quarrying; and the empowerment of citizens to challenge the granting of mining licences to companies and individuals, whose activities are deemed detrimental to communities.Addressing the meeting, Senior Director of Policy Planning Development in the Ministry, Oral Rainford, noted that minerals are valuable and finite resources, which are key to development. As such, he said, there is need to regulate activities involving these to guard against their exploitation, and maximize the benefits which can be derived from their usage.Noting that mining is an “age old” activity in Jamaica, Mr. Rainford stated that, currently, there is no policy guiding activities pertaining to the country’s minerals. This, he added, has given rise to concerns raised in several communities contiguous to mining activities, about the operations of some of the sector’s entities.In giving the assurance that the concerns raised during the forum should be addressed when the National Minerals Policy is formulated, Mr. Rainford emphasised that the mining industry has to exist in harmony with “competing interests” to ensure the success of the sustainable development process in the country.Pointing out that the primary objectives of drafting the policy are the creation of a single modern mineral resources industry, that is profitable and capable of co-existing with competing interests, while contributing to national development, Mr. Rainford said the National Minerals Policy will seek to promote the effective management of the mining industry, mineral resources, and mineral-bearing lands from the pre-mining to the post mining stage. RelatedNational Minerals Policy Forum Staged in St. Mary Advertisements RelatedNational Minerals Policy Forum Staged in St. Marycenter_img RelatedNational Minerals Policy Forum Staged in St. Mary National Minerals Policy Forum Staged in St. Mary UncategorizedDecember 11, 2008last_img read more

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Agriculture, Financial Sectors Grow Despite Economic Challenges

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agriculture and the financial services sectors recorded growth during the last quarter of 2008/09 (January-March, 2009), Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wesley Hughes, has confirmed.Dr. Hughes told today’s (May 18) quarterly media briefing of the PIOJ at its head office in Kingston, that agricultural output increased by 10 percent, while the financial services industry grew by 0.2 percent.He also listed inflation as one of the positive signs coming out of the quarter.“One of the bright spots for the quarter was the rate of inflation, which was about 1.3 percent,” he said.Giving the short term prospects for the April to June first quarter of 2009/10, Dr. Hughes said that while the economy was expected to decline over the period, precipitated by the global economic downturn, there was the possibility of an earlier than anticipated easing of the recession.Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wesley Hughes (second left), responding to questions raised at the quarterly media briefing in the Don Mills Training Room at the PIOJ’s Oxford Road office, Kingston on Monday (May 18). Also pictured from left are: Director in charge of the PIOJ’s Social Policy, Planning, and Research Division, Dr. Pauline Knight; and Managers in that Division, Angela Taylor-Spence, and James Stewart.“We have seen some flicker of this, with some degree of confidence returning in the United States economy,” he said.But Dr. Hughes cautiously noted that the impact of the crisis on the domestic economy was now more pronounced, and this is expected to continue into the next quarter.“The situation will be challenging, particularly for the export industries, like bauxite and alumina. (However) there may be some good news in relation to temporary factors affecting tourism, which may see a stabilisation in the industry in the next couple of weeks (or) months,” Dr. Hughes stated.He pointed out that, in tourism, while cruise ship passenger arrivals fell by 6.6 percent in April, airport arrivals for the month increased by 6%.Dr. Hughes said that the outputs for fourth quarter 2008/09, came against the background of a 2.8 percent decline in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the economy, and a 13.4 percent depreciation in the value of the local exchange rate vis- RelatedAgriculture, Financial Sectors Grow Despite Economic Challenges Agriculture, Financial Sectors Grow Despite Economic Challenges AgricultureMay 19, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedAgriculture, Financial Sectors Grow Despite Economic Challenges RelatedAgriculture, Financial Sectors Grow Despite Economic Challengeslast_img read more

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Beginning at Durham, changing world

first_imgBeginning at Durham, changing world Photo by Artem Beliaikin from PexelsDurham researchers, students and alumni do outstanding things that change the world. Here’s a few highlights from just the past few months…Training dogs to sniff out Covid-19Our bioscientists are working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Medical Detection Dogs to investigate whether sniffer dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19.The trial has received UK Government funding and been praised by the Health Minister Lord Bethell, as reported in the Daily Mail.During a visit to the project, the Duchess of Cornwall described it as ‘game-changing’, The Telegraph reported, and recently Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, was treated to a training demonstration at Paddington Station, London.Pioneering mass testing for Covid-19Continuing on the Covid-19 theme, we’ve been working with the UK Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the University of Oxford to pioneer mass testing for Covid-19.Hundreds of our students and staff have volunteered for the Lateral Flow Test programme, which involves a simple nostrils and tonsils swab and tells you whether you’re infectious in just 30 minutes.Professor Jacqui Ramagge has spoken with the BBC, The Guardian and others about her belief that mass testing must be part of our response to the pandemic, before a vaccine is commonly available.How should we respond to Covid-19?Among those reflecting on how society should respond to the Covid-19 pandemic is Pope Francis, leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.He recently launched a new communication, a Papal Encyclical titled ‘Fratelli Tutti’, on the subject – and a Durham theologian was right there with him. /Durham University Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Catholic Church, communication, covid-19, demonstration, Department of Health, detection, Durham University, Government, health minister, medicine, Professor, public health, Secretary, UK, UK Government, university, University of Oxfordlast_img read more

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Sydney Cricket Ground confirmed for Vodafone Pink Test

first_imgSydney Cricket Ground confirmed for Vodafone Pink Test Cricket Australia has confirmed the Vodafone Pink Test between Australia and India will remain at the Sydney Cricket Ground as scheduled. Cricket Australia has confirmed the Vodafone Pink Test between Australia and India will remain at the Sydney Cricket Ground as scheduled.The decision to keep the New Year’s Test at its traditional venue was made after several days of meetings that considered the impacts of the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the northern beaches of Sydney.Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, said that health advice from the NSW Government and collaboration with both the NSW and Queensland Governments had informed today’s decision.“Despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am delighted to say Cricket Australia remains on track to deliver the men’s international series as scheduled,” Hockley said.“We have met regularly over the past week to assess the unfolding public health situation in Sydney and gauge its impact on border restrictions around the country. To date, we have been able to deliver a safe and successful summer thanks to our detailed biosecurity protocols and the amazing work of so many great people behind the scenes.“To that end, we have made the decision to keep the New Year’s Test at the SCG, which has a wonderful recent history of hosting the Pink Test and Jane McGrath Day on the third day of play.“We are confident that both this match, and the fourth Test in Brisbane, will play out in a safe and successful manner and thus round out what has been a magnificent men’s international program this summer.“We are very grateful to the New South Wales and Queensland Governments for their willingness to work with us to deliver the series as planned in a manner that places the safety and wellbeing of the players, officials, staff and the wider community as its top priority.“In response to the public health situation in NSW and the requirements of the Queensland Government, CA will put in place appropriate biosecurity measures and we thank all players, staff and broadcasters for their cooperation to play the matches safely.‘We especially thank the BCCI for their continued support of the original schedule, as our respective teams compete in the most enthralling series.“It must not be forgotten that NSW Government and Sydney Cricket Ground provided exceptional support to bring India’s squad safely into the country and stage the brilliant Dettol ODI and T20I Series to start the men’s international season.“I would also like to thank the Victorian Government and Melbourne Cricket Club for hosting a wonderful Boxing Day Test, not to mention their support over recent days in providing a strong contingency plan for the third Test, whilst we completed our due diligence.“This whole summer has been a tremendous team effort and I want to thank our State and Territory Associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, our broadcast partners and commercial partners for their ongoing support. I also want to thank our staff for their professionalism, dedication, resilience, adaptability and sheer hard work as they continue to deliver an outstanding summer of cricket despite the unprecedent challenges,” he said.Glenn McGrath, Co-Founder and President of the McGrath Foundation, said:“We are thrilled the Vodafone Pink Test will still take place at the SCG. It is the home of the Pink Test and the spirit and support of the crowd at the SCG have become a huge part of the Pink Test atmosphere over the past 12 years.“In the coming days, we will be announcing our new exciting digital initiative for this year’s Pink Test, which will mean people can get involved, no matter whether they are in the stadium or watching from home.“The Vodafone Pink Test is one of our key fundraising events of the year, so we hope people across Australia will help keep the ‘pink’ in the Pink Test and show their support by visiting pinktest.com.au to find out how they can get involved.”Kerrie Mather, CEO Venues NSW, said:“The New Year’s Test is our most important event of the year and the one that is most looked forward to by our loyal fans and members. This is just reward for their considerable sacrifices this year.“The SCG will work closely with the NSW Government and Cricket Australia to maintain its impeccable record in protecting the safety of players, staff, fans and members.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:atmosphere, Australia, Australian, community, covid-19, cricket, Cricket Australia, Government, India, Melbourne, New South Wales, NSW, President, public health, Queensland, resilience, Victorialast_img read more

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Playing WA grants program brings arts organisations to regional WA

first_imgPlaying WA grants program brings arts organisations to regional WA Four arts organisations sharing $1.6 million to bring their shows to regional WA Tours include opera, ballet, orchestral and family theatre programs Four major WA touring companies will share just under $1.6 million, taking their productions to regional Western Australia over the next three years, as part of the McGowan Government’s Playing WA Multi-year grants program.The West Australian Ballet will receive $399,953 to take a children’s ballet and mixed bill gala program to Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Port Hedland next year, with Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury and Mandurah on the tour in 2023.Regional opera lovers are also in for a treat, with the West Australian Opera receiving $400,000 to take a combination of outdoor opera concerts, gala concerts and a regional tour of Opera for Young People to various regional locations.Funding of $399,545 to the Barking Gecko Theatre Company will enable more regional families to enjoy world class theatre experiences for children, while the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will receive funding of $399,707 to provide a full-orchestra program for regional communities.The Playing WA Multi-year grants program supports the costs of touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in WA.The multi-year funding round of Playing WA supports a three-year touring program, allowing organisations to engage in longer term planning for regional touring.The grants program is delivered as part of the State Government’s Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP) to support arts and cultural activity in regional WA.The RACIP is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:“Culture and the arts bring vibrancy to our regional towns and cities, and these touring shows will do just that.“I’m pleased that this funding has been allocated after such a tough year. These touring shows will do their part in WA’s economic and social recovery from COVID-19.”As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:“Just because you live in the regions doesn’t mean you don’t love opera and ballet.“These tours have been funded to come to WA’s regions long-term, and in some cases they have been specially tailored for regional audiences.“The McGowan Government recognises the importance of creative industries and cultural life to regional Western Australia.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, children, covid-19, Government, grants program, Investment, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Local Government, Mandurah, Minister, Port Hedland, regional development, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

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Caribbean Food and Drink for Culinary Tour of UK

first_imgRelatedCaribbean Food and Drink for Culinary Tour of UK RelatedCaribbean Food and Drink for Culinary Tour of UK FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A unique programme to take Caribbean food and drink on a culinary tour across the United Kingdom (UK), was launched in London, yesterday (March 9), at a special ceremony, held at the Jamaican High Commission.Chief Executive Officer of World Foods and founder of the event,Mr. Derek Morrison, told JIS News that the initiative, which was started in the summer of 2009, features cooking demonstrations and the sampling of a range of Jamaican and Caribbean foods. The event is hosted on the compound of branches of four of the major supermarket chains in the UK. The event is also held at selected high streets across London, Birmingham and Manchester.“Last year it was a wonderful success. Eighty per cent of the people who sampled and visited the trailer were not of Caribbean heritage, so we’re helping to introduce people to Caribbean goods and taste,” Mr. Morrison said.Chief Executive Officer of World Foods, Mr. Derek Morris, talks to JIS News about the 2010 Caribbean Cuisine Tour, which will visit several locations throughout the United Kingdom from May to August 2010.He said last year’s tour visited some 23 venues and involved two of the major supermarket chains, Asda and Tesco. This year the tour will visit more than 30 venues and include two other major supermarket chains, Sainsbury and Morrison’s.Mr. Morrison, whose parents are from St. Elizabeth, said he decided to initiate a programme to seriously market Jamaican and Caribbean foods and drinks following a 25-year career in marketing. He said the goal was to provide a top class service to raise the profile and prestige of Caribbean foods in the UK and Europe.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Michael Stern (left), speaks to St. Kitts and Nevis High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. James Williams, at a reception held at the Jamaican High Commission, in London, to launch the 2010 Caribbean Cuisine Tour.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Michael Stern, was the special guest at the launch. Mr. Stern is in London for the second Jamaica/United Kingdom Investment Forum, that is scheduled for Thursday, March 11.Mr. Stern expressed support for the programme, noting that it was one way to introduce UK residents to Caribbean food and increase awareness of the rich diversity that it offers. According to Mr. Stern, the tour was an excellent marketing tool that will enhance the drive to increase the market for Jamaican and Caribbean products in Europe.This year the Caribbean Cuisine Tour will start in Sydenham, in London, on May 28 and will end on August 21 with a special Caribbean food and drink festival in Islington, London.Mr. Morrison said this year the cuisine tour will also raise funds to support the Haiti earthquake appeal. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedCaribbean Food and Drink for Culinary Tour of UK Caribbean Food and Drink for Culinary Tour of UK AgricultureMarch 10, 2010last_img read more

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Movie company seeking stories for child abuse documentary

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeMovie company seeking stories for child abuse documentary Mar. 21, 2019 at 7:10 amCrimeFeaturedmovieNewsMovie company seeking stories for child abuse documentaryAngel Carreras2 years agochild abuseChild Not ReleaseddocumentaryKazia ProductionsNational Institute on Drug AbuseRita Ciolek In the fallout of child abuse-centered documentaries such as “Finding Neverland” and “Surviving R. Kelly”, a Santa Monica-based production company wants to reach out and help locals who have experienced child abuse with a documentary of their own.Rita Ciolek, filmmaker and founder of Kazia Productions, is currently in the beginning stages of creating “Child Not Released”, a documentary film examining the long-term consequences of child abuse. The film will examine where trauma begins, how it affects survivors and their futures via addictions and hopeful ways to overcome trauma.The film is already deep in preproduction, with animation to be included and interviews with experts in the field. The filmmaker and her producer are currently in search of survivors stories for the documentary.According to Ciolek’s research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that two-thirds of the people in treatment for drug abuse report being abused or neglected as children, a stat forming the crux of Ciolek’s film.“Someone who has been abused or experienced trauma often don’t realize what they lived through had an impact on them and continues to do so,” Ciolek said. “They may be struggling with addiction, with relationships, they may want to know what’s going on. Step one is we want them to reflect, to get their own insight. That’s where the healing begins.”Similar subject matter has been broached before in Ciolek’s work, whose filmography centers around self-empowerment and healing.“The inspiration has always been personal,” Ciolek said. “Especially for this film. I’m a survivor of child abuse myself … when I was looking for information to help me, it wasn’t there, and the conversation today about it is limited.”Ciolek says she reflected upon her own life, musing upon what abuse has done to her own psyche. She conducted her own research with her producer in tow and discussed possible healing options with noted experts in the field.Her research helped her discover innovative and experimental approaches to helping survivors overcome trauma, different modalities of healing one’s self. Her film and findings, she hopes, will cause survivors to self-reflect, find a community, and help others empathize with survivors.“With this film, I hope survivors can gain insight and knowledge to use for their own journey,” Ciolek said. “I hope this will help family and friends look past addiction and misconceptions of a survivor, to help them see past those and see the person, get curious about what made them this way.”Producers are currently looking for collaborators and survivor stories in the local communities. Correspondence can be sent to [email protected]@smdp.comTags :child abuseChild Not ReleaseddocumentaryKazia ProductionsNational Institute on Drug AbuseRita Ciolekshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentIt Rains Stellar Jazz & ClassicalSMPD seizes almost $50,000 worth of fentanyl, cocaineYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agolast_img read more

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Defense Witness Says Winter Texts Not Suicidal

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Attorneys for Evergreen teenager Justine Winter presented the bulk of their case to the jury Tuesday, including a new interpretation of the text message exchange that occurred minutes before a fatal car crash in 2009.The defense asserted that the messages were conversational rather than suicidal.Seventeen-year-old Winter is accused of two counts of deliberate homicide for her involvement in a car crash on March 19, 2009, that killed Erin Thompson, 35, and her son, Caden Odell, 13.Investigators charged Winter after reading several text messages she and her then boyfriend, Ryan Langford, had exchanged just minutes before the crash. The texts, presented by the prosecution as evidence and read in court last Friday, included messages such as, “Goodbye ryan … just know that i am telling the truth when i tell you i love you. my last words. I Love You Ryan!” and “if i won. I would have you. And i wouldn’t crash my car.”According to the prosecution, the texts indicated that Winter was suicidal and intentionally drove her Pontiac Grand Am across the U.S. Highway 93 centerline and into Thompson’s Subaru. According linguist Robert Leonard, however, the texts were part of an ongoing conversation between Langford and Winter in which they talked about killing themselves as a power play for control in the relationship. “It clearly is not a suicide note,” Leonard said. While he noted that law enforcement was right to initially focus on the text conversation in light of the accident, Leonard said further analysis of the exchange shows typical teenage hyperbole. “The analysis of things that seem clear very often shows us we misunderstood,” he said. By introducing “suicide posturing” into the conversation, Leonard said Winter was trying to up the ante and attempt to get the response she wanted from her boyfriend. His responses, such as “You kill yourself i kill myself So come on and don’t be selfish,” deflated her attempt to gain the upper-hand in the argument, Leonard said. During cross-examination by Deputy County Attorney Lori Adams, Leonard said he did not know exactly what was going through the teenagers’ minds the night of the crash, but stuck by his analysis. “I analyze language; I am not a mind reader,” Leonard said. Lenoard, a linguistics professor who also works for federal agencies on threat assessments, said that when considering a threat, it is important to know who the threat is coming from. He said that the assertion that Winter became not only suicidal but homicidal that night in her car did not fit the research on her that he had reviewed. Scott Poland, a licensed school psychologist who specializes in suicide studies, agreed with Leonard’s assessment of Winter.“I had absolutely no indication or evidence that Justine was someone who put herself in danger,” Leonard said, adding later, “I did not see the pattern of youth suicide I look for based on my experience.”Poland said he came to this conclusion after reading reports on Winter from social workers, doctors, linguists, teachers and court transcripts from previous hearings. In a typical suicide, Poland said the victim experiences multiple, devastating events in their life, along with usually suffering from a mental illness like depression. “A lot of things have to go wrong at once,” he said. And while Poland acknowledged that Winter had some family problems at home, he said that sort of situation was probably not severe enough to make her suicidal.“You don’t become suicidal because your parents are having some difficulty,” Poland said.Adams then asked Poland if he knew what Winter’s frame of mind had been on March 19, 2009, to which he replied that he did not. “Nobody knows what Justine Winter’s mental state was on March 19, 2009,” Adams said.The defense also presented the jury with a different interpretation of how the crash happened through the testimony of engineer Scott Curry. Curry, who spent upwards of six hours on the stand from Monday to Tuesday, said that through his crash reconstruction analysis, investigation and document review, he concluded that the crash happened in Winter’s southbound lane rather than Thompson’s lane.Previous testimony from Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glen Barcus indicated that the point of impact had been in Thompson’s lane and that Winter had crossed the centerline.But Curry testified that he found no markers from Winter’s car in Thompson’s northbound lane. He also said that the bridge deck was wet that night, which could have led to fewer tire marks from non-studded tires, like those of the Subaru, on the concrete. Curry also said he found that Thompson’s Subaru model had been recalled due to the master brake cylinder not working well in cold weather. “It actually had created some accidents when people hadn’t been able to stop as fast,” Curry said. County Attorney Ed Corrigan questioned Curry on his qualifications in accident reconstruction, noting that Curry’s resume lists eight reconstruction projects, two of which were listed twice. Curry said that his training as an engineer and training on car accidents he received while working for the U.S. Forest Service qualified him to reconstruct this crash. The prosecution is expected to present eight rebuttal witnesses on Wednesday, which should complete evidence presentation. Closing arguments are expected on Thursday, after which the jurors will begin their deliberations. Emaillast_img read more

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