Two convicts get jail term for killing Sri Lankan in UK

A post mortem showed he died from sustained blunt force trauma to the head, which resulted in a brain injury. A jury convicted Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, from Milton Keynes, and a 17-year-old from Croydon of murder. Thevarasa, of Farrier Place, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes, was acquitted of murder and found guilty of the lesser charge. A third defendant, Prashanth Thevarasa, 24, from Milton Keynes, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.The court heard Sivananthan, who was on a visit from Canada, had been staying with Balachandran’s estranged wife in Milton Keynes. Balachandran was told he must serve at least 18 years in prison. The teenager must serve at least 11 years. A man who beat his estranged wife’s new Sri Lankan boyfriend to death has been jailed for life in the UK, the BBC reported.Suren Sivananthan, 32, was found dead near the Co-op in St Leger Drive, Great Linford, Milton Keynes, on 21 January. He acted with “a lack of maturity”, the court heard.The badly beaten body of Mr Sivananthan was found by a parade of shops in Great Linford at about 04:00 GMT on 21 January.He had received 39 separate injuries to his head and neck, plus bruises on his arms, legs, back and chest. Sri Lankan Balachandran snatched his “rival” from a Milton Keynes shopping centre and kept him captive for 12 hours before beating him to death.Sentencing him at Luton Crown Court, Judge Richard Foster told him: “You were unable to accept the reality that your marriage was over and it is clear that you felt humiliated by the situation.”David Bentley QC, defending Balachandran, from The Fleet in Springfield, Milton Keynes, said there had been no evidence to suggest the attack was “pre-planned”. read more

Free dental care for lowincome seniors

The Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health is pleased the province has found a way to deliver free dental care to low-income seniors.It just doesn’t like the one-size-fits-all approach the Ministry of Health has adopted.The board of health will send a letter to this effect to the ministry. The board doesn’t understand why thinly-populated rural areas such as Haldimand and Norfolk can’t contract with local dentists and hygienists to deliver this program.Instead, the Ministry of Health expects the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to hire a dentist (half-time), a full-time hygienist, a full-time dental assistant and a program assistant (half-time) and deliver dental services under its auspices.“This is a really good program for a large urban area,” Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen told the board Tuesday. “But it would be a more efficient use of dollars to cut a deal with a local dental office.“I think the province will recognize the rural areas of Ontario and the different way we have of doing things.”Health units are expected to deliver free dental services to qualifying seniors 65 years of age and older before the end of summer. A report to the board says a single senior with an income of $19,300 a year or less or a senior couple with combined income of $32,300 or less qualify for free dentistry.Participating dentists and hygienists will perform preventive and restorative procedures as well as deliver diagnostic services.“This program aims to prevent chronic disease, reduce infections and improve quality of life while reducing (the) burden on the health-care system,” health minister Christine Elliott said in a letter to Mayor Kristal Chopp, chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health.“A dental program for low-income seniors is a key example of the public health sector’s important role in supporting and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations to help prevent disease, complications and hospitalizations.”At Tuesday’s meeting, the board asked Chopp to write a letter to the ministry asking it to consider alternative delivery models for rural areas such as Haldimand and Norfolk.Chopp was also asked to circulate her request to other rural health units. Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said such a request would gain “good traction” with municipalities facing the same challenges as Haldimand and Norfolk.Board members see a number of problems with the program as currently structured. Chopp likened the provincial model to a controversy last year where the operator of a local yoga studio complained that Norfolk was offering programming in direct competition to her business.Chopp says it doesn’t make sense to use an in-house delivery model when there are numerous private clinics that can provide the same or better service.Marlene Miranda, Haldimand and Norfolk’s general manager of health and social services, shares many of Chopp’s concerns and has already expressed them to the ministry.As it stands, Miranda said the ministry is holding firm to its service-delivery model and that Haldimand and Norfolk’s share of funding for 2019-2020 — $537,900 — cannot be spent outside of it.These concerns are also shared by Dr. Shankar Nesathurai, Haldimand and Norfolk’s medical officer of health.“From my vantage point, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution,” he said.Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor worries the program is going to send demand for dental services locally and elsewhere through the roof. He wonders if there are enough dentists in Haldimand and Norfolk to handle the surge and what effect this might have on the delivery of local dental services in general.Because Norfolk’s population is significantly larger than Haldimand’s, Norfolk council serves as the board of health for both counties.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Micromine aids geologists through economic downturn by improving their skills base

first_imgMicromine UK has committed to hosting a series of MICROMINE Introduction Courses, aimed at geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours. In educating geologists about Micromine’s premier mine design solution, MICROMINE, the course aims to increase attendees’ employment prospects. The initiative was developed in response to the economic downturn, which has resulted in significantly fewer employment opportunities within the geological industry.The MICROMINE Introduction Course is the only course of its kind, and has been endorsed by the Geological Society of London, the United Kingdom’s recognised professional body for geoscientists. James Hogg, UK Technical manager, commented “The course has been applauded by industry members as a necessary offering. Not surprisingly, participants perceive the course as a personal investment in their career”.Hogg continues “An employee’s software knowledge is a valuable asset and almost always considered when seeking employment. Mining companies look favourably on candidates with both a broad knowledge base and existing software skills”. The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with MICROMINE, one of the most commonly used 3D modelling software programs in the industry. The intention is to increase their knowledge base and skill set, making them a more valued prospect to future employers.Hugh Stuart, Vice President Exploration at Redback Mining, commented “Software training is necessary for young geologists entering the workforce. Redback is an extensive user of Micromine’s products and services and commends Micromine for introducing attendees to MICROMINE and providing a positive start to their careers”. The course is comprised of two modules which run as separate courses; Introduction to MICROMINE and Exploration. The course was held twice in 2009, with the next one scheduled for 6-7 July, 2010. Each course has reached maximum capacity and included attendees from as far as France and Albania. It is available to geologists who are currently unemployed or working minimal hours for a nominal fee which covers the cost of the course.last_img read more