Expanding midwife services is among the main health objectives of the newly independent state and is particularly crucial in a country with a maternal death rate estimated at 850 per 100,000 live births, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said. It is estimated that only one quarter of all deliveries in Timor-Leste are currently attended by a trained midwife, and increasing the number of midwife-assisted deliveries will help lower maternal death rates.“The problem is that there are just not enough midwives in the country,” Daniel Baker, UNFPA Chief of Operations in Timor-Leste, said during a handover ceremony in the capital, Dili, last week. “Because the areas that the midwives service are often very extensive, with many remote locales, we can only make a difference if we can expand their outreach. That is what these motorbikes are meant to do – to give midwives, especially rural midwives, the opportunity to carry out more pre- and post-natal care visits and to enable them to reach women in remote locations at the time of delivery.”
Neighbours told how the couple had been in a relationship for several months, following the death of Mr Rough’s first wife from cancer two years ago.The couple were understood to have recently enjoyed a holiday together in the Lake District.Three cars belonging to Mr Rough remained parked on the driveway of his home and neighbours said they understood he also owned an ocean-going boat.Forensic officers were continuing to examine the property, while police were also at Mrs Pattenden’s nearby home in Elgar Avenue, Crowthorne.A spokesman for Thames Valley Police confirmed that the death was being treated as murder but said that the victim had not yet been formally identified.The spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation in Crowthorne, Berkshire,“Police received a call shortly before 11.30pm on Sunday night reporting that a woman had died inside a property in Ellis Road.“A man in his mid-50s was found injured at the property and was taken to hospital with what is believed to be stab wounds where he remains in a critical condition.“Officers attended the property and a woman, aged in her early 50s, was found deceased inside the property. Her next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.“A scene watch is currently in place in Ellis Road and officers will be conducting inquiries in the area as part of the investigation.”Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ailsa Kent, from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “A murder investigation has begun following the discovery of a woman’s body in a house in Crowthorne.“Although we are in the early stages of conducting inquiries, this is thought to have been an isolated incident and it is believed the victim was known to the offender.“I would like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area at around the time of the incident.“Officers will be present in the area of Ellis Road and anyone who has any information or concerns can approach an officer to speak to them.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A company director has been arrested in hospital after his girlfriend was found stabbed to death at his home in an upmarket village in Berkshire.The 55-year-old, who runs his own tree surgery and landscaping business, was rushed to hospital suffering from a number of stab wounds and was placed under ‘technical arrest’ by detectives investigating the murder of his 53-year-old partner.Paramedics and police rushed to Michael Rough’s £500,000 detached home in Ellis Close, Crowthorne, following a 999 call.Officers discovered the body of a 53-year-old woman, named locally as Jackie Pattenden, inside the property, along with Mr Rough, who was suffering from stab wounds.He was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where his condition was described as “critical”.Police are not believed to be looking for anyone else in connection with the double stabbing.Police said that a 55-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder but was under “technical arrest” in hospital.
The latest version of MineSight 3D has been released today by Mintec. Version 6.10 of MineSight 3D (MS3D) features numerous Import/Export improvements, including the ability to directly import CAD-Mining (Datamine) files into MineSight, and to import regular geometry into MineSight Planning Database. Used in tandem with MineSight Interactive Planner, MS3D v6.10 can create cuts from a polygon and constraining surfaces. It also allows users to: Clip cuts against polygons and constraining surfaces, thus eliminating the need to set snap modesImprove performance for large numbers of cuts.In response to client feedback about plotting, MS3D v6.10 helpfully locks any two of three controlling factors (area, scale, paper size). MS3D has long helped Mintec clients create, manipulate, and visualise their project data. The software is used worldwide and for a variety of purposes.
MICHAEL NOONAN HAS told Bloomberg TV that Europe now owes Ireland as it has become the ‘A’ student in fulfilling a bailout programme.In a wide-ranging interview, the Finance Minister said Ireland has a “strong case” to get help from Europe to cut the ties between sovereign and banking debt.“Part of the intervention which put the burden of the bank debt – 40 per cent of GDP – onto the shoulder of the taxpayer, while some of it was our own fault, a lot of the action was taken at the direction of the ECB to prevent contagion spreading to the European banking system.“As Ronald Reagan used to say, ‘We took one for the team.’ And I think the team owes us now.”Noonan is still optimistic that a deal can be reached to allow for some sort of retrospective compensation in relation to the €64 billion pumped into Irish banks over the past five years. “There is a lot of goodwill on the political side in Europe to facilitate us in some way.”There is a general understanding that we will be looked after, he added.Prom NightDuring the interview, Noonan dismissed the Bundesbank’s perceived problems with Ireland’s recent promissory note swap.“The discussions have been going on for several months. It couldn’t have happened unless it was agreed in Frankfurt.”There was no dissent when it was noted unanimously by the council of the ECB. The Bundesbank subsequently commented along the lines we expected them to comment, he said.“They didn’t challenge what was done…no rules were broken.”He said he didn’t expect any legal challenge on the promissory note arrangements from “any authority or institution in Europe”. Individuals may take cases but “they don’t go very far”.“The deal is done…The ship has left the port and is sailing on under new rules. There is no suggestion that this will be unwound.”MarketsAsked about Ireland’s return to the markets, Noonan confirmed a long-term bond will be issued in the next four months. To qualify for the ECB’s bond-buying programme, two long-term issuances must be completed.However, Ireland would only use the programme as a “backstop” – to let lenders know it is there.Watch the full interview>