‘10 foreigners among 1,742 drug peddlers arrested in Himachal’

first_imgAs many as 1,742 people, including 10 foreign nationals, were arrested in last one year for allegedly peddling drugs in Himachal Pradesh, Governor Acharya Dev Vrat told the Assembly on Monday. He said the Jai Ram Thakur government is committed towards eradicating the drug menace from the State and 1,342 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Recently, a conference was also held at Panchkula in which Chief Ministers of Haryana, Punjab and Uttrakhand and senior officers of Rajasthan, Delhi and Chandigarh discussed a joint strategy for tackling the menace, the Governor said.MSP hike hailed He also hailed the Centre’s decision of increasing the minimum support price (MSP) of all notified Kharif and Rabi crops by at least 150% of the cost of production. “This initiative of the Union government will help in doubling the income of farmers,” he said in his address to the Assembly. The Governor said the State government had launched the ‘Prakartik Kheti-Khushal Kisan’ scheme to promote natural farming. Under the scheme, about 9,000 farmers were imparted training during the current financial year and about 3,000 farmers have successfully adopted this farming practice, he said. The budget session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly began Monday and would last till February 18. The discussion on the Governor’s address would be held from February 5 to 7, Speaker Rajeev Bindal had said. The Jai Ram Thakur government would present its budget for 2019-20 on February 9.last_img read more

In Assam Police, designations are not a barrier

first_imgConstables follow orders of their seniors. But, besides doing what they are told to do, constables in the Assam Police have begun giving ideas to top officers for better policing.They have, in the process, drawn the attention of the officers to niggles in the department and what needs to be done to boost the morale of men and women at the bottom of the ranks.An “ideas exchange” interaction between the officers and the constabulary was organised on Friday at the 4th Assam Police Battalion in Guwahati. It was a first-of-its-kind initiative where the officers listened to the constables, speaking only to tell them what could be done with their ideas. “This interaction, followed by a community feast, was for letting the constables share their experience since they know the ground realities better and deal with people more than the officers. The idea was to try to incorporate new ideas towards better, people-friendly policing,” Kuladhar Saikia, Assam’s Director-General of Police told The Hindu on Saturday.The officers of the Inspector-General of Police rank and above, noted suggestions such as turning up at social or religious functions to congratulate or wish the people, and attending the funeral of a villager. The constables also suggested putting the “right man in the right place”. Khargeswar Deka, a constable from western Assam’s Dhubri said the force had post-graduates working as drivers and reporting to police station officers who were academically inferior. “We can make better use of qualifications and certain skills of our colleagues with a bit of honing,” he said. Badrul Haque Laskar from southern Assam’s Hailakandi said the constables get deflated by the lack of promotions. “The department has not conducted exams for constables to become assistant sub-inspectors since 2004,” he said. “We are working on skill development. Eight of our 29 Battalions have been chosen for developing classrooms with computers where all police personnel will be given a refresher course including on public relations every three years,” said A.K. Sinha Casshyap, Special DGP (Training and Armed Police). But some constables underlined the deficiencies of the battalions. Hemanta Narzary from north-eastern Assam’s Likabali said the battalions should have a school for children of the department’s staff. “Each battalion has more than a thousand families and a school would keep us off certain worries while on duty,” he said.“We hope to interact more with the backbone of our 80,000-strong force. Their points have been well taken,” Mr. Saikia said.last_img read more

Gujarat floods: Narmada dam gates opened for first time after installation

first_imgThe Gujarat government on August 9 opened 26 of the 30 gates at the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam for the first time after they were installed in 2017 to maintain the water level of 131.18 m allowed by the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) in the reservoir.The total height of the dam is 139 m but the NCA has allowed Gujarat to fill the dam at 131.18 m.The gates were opened after a huge inflow of water from Madhya Pradesh owing to extremely heavy rainfall in the Narmada catchment areas in the State.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and top officials, including Chief Secretary J.N. Singh, K. Kailashbathan and Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam MD Rajiv Kumar Gupta, visited the dam site after the gates were opened by the authorities.“With heavy inflows in #SardarSarovarDam, we started River Bed Power House (1200 MW) after a gap of two years!” Dr. Gupta tweeted on Thursday.Meanwhile, with the release of water from the dam, the administration has alerted three districts downstream — Narmada, Bharuch and Vadodara — about potential flooding in low-lying villages there.The government has also closed several bridges for traffic movement as the Narmada is flowing at danger level.Gujarat continues to receive medium to heavy rainfall as part of south western monsoon in the country. On Thursday, parts of Central Gujarat received extremely heavy downpour, leading to floods in Chhota Udepur district, as all major rivers are overflowing in the region.According to a State government release, 168 talukas received rain in the last 24 hours and as a result, 14 dams and reservoirs had overflowed, while the total monsoon rainfall in the State stood at 66.41% in the current season.To deal with floods, the State has deployed 18 teams of NDRF and 11 teams of SDRF at different locations.last_img read more

Public protest over Doordarshan inability to telecast football World Cup

first_imgGolden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup. Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD,Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup.Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD showed little urgency in damage control, perhaps convinced that football was a passion indulged in only by beer-drinking louts and yobs with painted faces.Not true, says DD Director-General S.Y. Quraishi. “We don’t have Bukhatir’s deep pockets. We did bid for the rights but couldn’t afford them.”They tried, he says, but TEN Sports continued to play “hide and seek” with them until B4U finally offered them the terrestrial rights-a peculiar move given B4U is a satellite channel. DD has now signed a deal with B4U, which will pay Rs 50,000 per half-hour for daily highlights of 60 matches between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. B4U will market the event and DD will save face, somewhat.DD will show the opening and closing ceremonies in full as well as the semi-finals on National Network. But don’t pop the bubbly yet: even these matches will not be shown live.”I’m not happy,” says Quraishi. “In 1998, I sat up to watch all the matches on DD till 3 a.m. every day.” Fancy that.last_img read more

Every international wicket is special to me: Jasprit Bumrah to India Today

first_imgFrom an Australian summer to an American August, from the Sydney Cricket Ground to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, it has been a remarkable, somewhat unimaginable, 2016 for Jasprit Bumrah.  After having made his India debut in the fifth and final ODI at the SCG on January 23, India’s new pace sensation has become Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s go-to man, especially in the T20 format.”It has been a really good journey so far, a great experience. I have learnt with every match that I played, learning from the experienced players and how to go about it. Every youngster dreams to play for India and I have done that. The ride has been pretty good so far. Let’s hope it continues like this,” Bumrah told India Today in an exclusive chat.With 28 wickets from 21 matches, Bumrah is world’s leading wicket taker in international T20s this year. He is followed by teammate Ravichandran Ashwin (23 wickets) and Bangladesh pacer Al-Amin Hossain (22 wickets).”Frankly speaking, I never think about the wickets that I have got, the numbers. I just try to contribute to the team’s success. I believe that whenever you think of the outcome, it doesn’t go your way. So, I just try to contribute in every possible way,” says the 22-year-old from Ahmedabad.SPECIALIST DEATH-BOWLERMuch to skipper Dhoni’s relief, for whom Indian bowlers leaking too many runs in the final overs was always a big headache, death bowling and unleashing toe-crushing yorkers has become Bumrah’s forte.”It feels good (all the praise on his death bowling skills) but I don’t pay too much attention to it. I have done a lot of death bowling for Mumbai Indians and also for Gujarat. I have a fair bit of idea and experience in that area now. I just try to improve my game, try to stick to my strengths and add new things to my bowling. That is the thing which will give me an  advantage in the coming season. I do practice a lot on bowling yorkers and a whole lot of other deliveries in the nets. I repeat the same in a match. I go with a clear plan whenever I play.”advertisementOf course, who would forget how Bumrah shattered Chris Gayle’s off stump off the very first ball of his over in World T20 tournament earlier this year.Chris Gayle’s wicket was one of the best Bumrah has ever taken. (Reuters Photo)”Not just Gayle’s dismissal but every international wicket is special to me. But my debut match, against Australia remains the most memorable moment till now. These days in international cricket, the batsmen know everything. I try to practice a lot of deliveries and try to stick to my strength. These are the things that are helping me. A bowler has to keep on inventing ways to get a wicket,” he says.What helps Bumrah is that he has got a good head on his shoulders, the prime reason why, unlike other international pacers, you won’t see him getting involved in aggressive encounters with the batters.”Yes, I don’t try to show my aggression. I’ll always be aggressive but I try to use it to my advantage. I don’t show it to the batsmen and will never abuse them. I know if you take it in a proper direction, it will help you in the matches.”Maybe it is captain cool’s calm approach to things which is rubbing off on to him as well.”It always give you a good confidence that the captain is backing you. That really helps a youngster to express himself and perform well. The going has been good so far,” Bumrah says as he prepares for another stint in the nets, this time with a pink ball.last_img read more

US mistakenly granted citizenship to 858 immigrants, claims Homeland Security audit

first_imgThe US government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released today.The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birth dates to apply for citizenship with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.SPECIAL INTEREST COUNTRIESThe report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” – those that present a national security concern for the United States – or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials – old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can’t be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review “every file” identified as a case of possible fraud.Roth’s report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn’t consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.advertisementALSO READ: Trump vows ‘tracking system’ to deport everyone whose visa expiresThe government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.ICE IS INVESTIGATING 32 OTHER CASESRoth’s report said federal prosecutors have accepted two criminal cases that led to the immigrants being stripped of their citizenship. But prosecutors declined another 26 cases. ICE is investigating 32 other cases after closing 90 investigations.ICE officials told auditors that the agency hadn’t pursued many of these cases in the past because federal prosecutors “generally did not accept immigration benefits fraud cases.” ICE said the Justice Department has now agreed to focus on cases involving people who have acquired security clearances, jobs of public trust or other security credentials.Mistakenly awarding citizenship to someone ordered deported can have serious consequences because US citizens can typically apply for and receive security clearances or take security-sensitive jobs.At least three of the immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, granting them access to secure areas in airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Their credentials were revoked after they were identified as having been granted citizenship improperly, Roth said in his report.A fourth person is now a law enforcement officer.Roth recommended that all of the outstanding cases be reviewed and fingerprints in those cases be added to the government’s database and that immigration enforcement officials create a system to evaluate each of the cases of immigrants who were improperly granted citizenship. DHS officials agreed with the recommendations and said the agency is working to implement the changes.ALSO READ:Studying abroad: 5 reasons why Indian students get deportedBUSTED: How gangs use sports tournaments as cover to smuggle children to Europelast_img read more

IOC monitoring North Korea crisis, 2018 Olympics ‘on track’

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it was “closely monitoring” rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, less than 200 days before the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.The Games return to the country next year for the first time since the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul. But what would be the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan and the first of three consecutive Olympics on the continent risk being overshadowed by the mounting crisis involving North Korea.The reclusive North’s apparent progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland led to a war of words this week between the two countries, unnerving regional powers.President Donald Trump said the United States would respond with “fire and fury” if North Korea threatened it. North Korea dismissed the warnings and outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.Experts in South Korea said the plans for an attack around Guam ratcheted up risks significantly, since Washington was likely to view any missile aimed at its territory as a provocation, even if it were launched as a test.”We are monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region very closely,” an IOC spokesperson said. “The IOC is keeping itself informed about the developments. We continue working with the organising committee on the preparations of these Games, which continue to be on track.”South Korea had failed twice to land the winter Olympics of 2010 and 2014 but succeeded in getting the nod in 2011 for the 2018 edition, which is scheduled for Feb. 9-25.advertisementSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in said last month the North will be given until the last minute to decide whether it will take part in the Olympics. He wants to get North Korea involved, even though none of its athletes have met the qualification standards.His proposal for a unified team has already been turned down by a top North Korean sports official as unrealistic in the current political climate.last_img read more

VT League Finals Results

first_imgThe 2012/13 VT League series was a fantastic season and finals day was no exception. With Melbourne showing us the sunshine, family and friends swarmed the beachfront fields to watch the quarter final games get underway at 9.00am.The Mixed final was played at 2.30pm between Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Melbourne City Lions; a 1-2 match up from the ladder. Both teams fought hard all game, with the Melbourne City Lions eventually being the victors 8-6.The Women’s final was next up at 3.30pm with reigning champions Melbourne City Lions taking on the Bayside Vipers. These two teams finished the season on an equal 34 points so this was another 1-2 match up and a game that was not to be missed. Lions came out firing scoring five touchdowns to one in the first half and had scored themselves a good buffer for the second half. With Leah Percy dropping in two touchdowns in the second half, the Lions proved too good, winning their fourth consecutive Women’s Championship title 8-4.The Men’s final was played at 4.30pm with the Western Dodgers trying to stop the Bayside Vipers from back-to-back premiership wins. The Vipers came through their semi-final comfortably defeating the Melbourne City Lions 8-5; whilst the Dodgers participated in a 25 touchdown shootout with the Melbourne University Northern Blacks. The Western Dodgers scored a touchdown in the last minute of the game and took the semi-final 13-12.The Western Dodgers played a great season of VT League with nine wins and went into the grand final confident that they could give the Vipers a run for their money. The Vipers were determined to be back-to-back premiers and shot out to a 4-1 lead in the first half. Derrick Cant proved why he was Player of the Final as he scored four of the Vipers’ seven touchdowns. Vipers secured their Men’s Championship title over the Dodgers with the final score 7-3.Mixed Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks 6Referees – Andrew Clough, Mitch McKenzie and Paul LassigPlayer of the Final – Keisuke YamadaWomen’s Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Bayside Vipers 4                      Referees – Cliff Winnett, Giancarlo Leung and Leigh BryantPlayer of the Final – Jessika GroeneveldMen’s Final Bayside Vipers 7 defeated Western Dodgers 3Referees – Sally Melzer, Matt Vernon and Cam NoblePlayer of the Final – Derrick CantClub Championship – Melbourne City LionsReferee Awards Rookie referee of the League – Paul LassigReferee of the League – Sally MelzerJim Speight Award – Referee of the Year – Giancarlo LeungClub Awards – Rookie of the Year Bayside Vipers Stephanie ReidChris WhiteCaseyKate ScheresJosh MeadsEastern Falcons Sue-Ellen GoddeTom TwentymanMelbourne City Lions Madeline WrightJarryn OsbourneMelbourne University Northern Blacks Katelyn BarryJames DaffWestern Dodgers Dawn Berryman-NathanTanetiki Takuira2013 Super Trans Tasman Recognition Awards Leah PercyMicheal LovettMelissa WoodwardKirsten FriendBrooke JamesJamie Te PaniaBen MoceiwaiDerrick CantHamish McLeanRelated LinksVT League Resultslast_img read more

Michigan QB Brandon Peters Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgMichigan's Brandon Peters drops back to throw against Wisconsin.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Peters #18 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Michigan quarterback room officially took a hit on Tuesday night.Wolverines quarterback Brandon Peters entered the transfer portal earlier this spring after failing to crack the starting rotation.After a meeting with head coach Jim Harbaugh in May, Peters decided it was time to move on from the Michigan football program.On Tuesday night, Peters revealed where he plans to finish his career. “I want to thank the University of Michigan for the opportunity to represent the winged helmet. The memories and friendships that I made along this journey will last a lifetime. I am excited to announce that I will be going to grad school and playing my last 2 years at the University of Illinois,” Peters said on Instagram.Peters finished his Michigan career with 680 passing yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He found himself in the starting role during the 2017 season, but Shea Patterson’s decision to transfer to Michigan was the beginning of the end for Peters.The former four-star quarterback recruit will have two years of eligibility left. He’ll be immediately eligible to play for his new program as a graduate transfer.Lovie Smith and company now have a former top quarterback recruit to pair with their options under center.Stay tuned for the latest college football news.last_img read more

Crystal to Return to Northwest Passage in 2017

first_imgzoom Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ luxury ocean ship will sail a 32-day expedition voyage traversing the Arctic Ocean from Anchorage/Seward, Alaska to New York City via the Northwest Passage (500 miles north of the Arctic Cirle) in August 2017, marking the company’s return to the Northwest Passage.Beginning in August 2016, Crystal Serenity ventured into the northern route and due to the increased interest of travelers for the route, the company decided to return to Northwest Passage also in 2017.“Given the tremendous response to our inaugural Northwest Passage sailing in 2016, it’s clear that discerning travelers continue to value rare and memorable experiences as much as they prize unmatched luxury.” said Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO and President. The first call in the Canadian Arctic is planned for the Hamlet of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, located 1,400 miles from the North Pole.Crystal informed previously about its plans to reposition Crystal Serenity’s 2017 voyages during the spring and summer to Alaska and coastal itineraries.The company plans to cooperate with Expedition Voyage Consulting by Eyos Expeditions, expedition providers, and it has also gathered information and resources from field experts in creation of the expedition voyage.The route will encompass ports of call starting from Alaska to New York as a final port, with the waterways connecting the North Pacific Ocean with the North Atlantic Ocean.last_img read more

Be Ready for Dangerous Storm

first_imgAs Hurricane Noel approaches Nova Scotia, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) reminds people of the importance of being prepared for weather-related emergencies. It is also important to realize that tropical storms or hurricanes can be very unpredictable, especially when it comes to coastal surges. EMO is closely monitoring the storm and Environment Canada forecasts and is in close contact with municipal emergency measures co-ordinators, departmental emergency staff, Public Safety Canada, Nova Scotia Power, RCMP, the military and other partner agencies. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management, said, “people can prepare for emergencies by having a kit with items such as a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, a flashlight, canned food and a supply of water.” Nova Scotians should be prepared to cope with the impacts of a weather-related emergency for at least 72 hours after the event. Craig MacLaughlan, chief executive officer of EMO, encourages people to listen for weather updates. “One of the most important things individuals can do is listen for updated weather information from Environment Canada or public-safety bulletins, and then take any necessary precautions,” he said. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img read more

Ivorian leader and UN envoy discuss peace process

During yesterday’s meeting in the capital, Yamoussoukro, with President Laurent Gbagbo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Y. J. Choi, congratulated the Ivorian Government for its identification and voter registration scheme, which wrapped up on 30 June.With 6.5 million voters having been identified or registered, Mr. Choi said the operation “constitutes a solid basis to accelerate the crisis resolution process.”The stalled elections, scheduled for 29 November, present an “exceptional window of opportunity,” he told Mr. Gbagbo.Financing for the polls has been secured and the political will needed is in place, with technical, management and planning issues being the remaining challenges, the Special Representative said.In his latest report on the work of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that Côte d’Ivoire’s political parties have the responsibility for ensuring that the elections are held on time and are free, fair and transparent.He wrote that he has been encouraged by the progress so far, including the ongoing pre-electoral campaigning activities and the parties’ reaffirmation that all signatories of a 2003 peace accord are eligible to stand as candidates in the upcoming polls.“It is important that the Ivorian parties sustain the progress achieved so far and complete, in a timely manner, the remaining stages of the peace process,” the report, made public last week, said. “The parties should also preserve the prevailing positive political climate.”Mr. Ban also emphasized the need for more progress towards reunification – in 2002 Côte d’Ivoire became divided between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north – before the elections, which were previously supposed to be conducted in 2005 and 2008.“It is the political will and calculations of the main Ivorian political players that will ultimately determine whether or not the election date will be respected… Their successful conduct will place Côte d’Ivoire on the path to reclaim its place as a pillar of stability, democracy and development in the subregion,” he wrote. 13 July 2009The top United Nations envoy to Côte d’Ivoire has held talks with the President of the West African nation on progress made in the peace process, including voter identification and registration, as well as the upcoming long-awaited presidential elections. read more

More governments tackle violence as a public health threat – UN agency

“A few years ago you could have counted on one hand the number of countries able to spell out the links between violence, public health, and prevention,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Catherine Le Galès-Camus said.“Today more than 70 countries have national violence prevention focal points and more than 50 have initiated policies and programmes focused on addressing the root causes of violence,” she added.At the global violence prevention conference in San Francisco, which is jointly sponsored by WHO and the California Wellness Foundation, experts will be assessing advances in the field of violence prevention.Examples of efforts to address the problem include Jamaica, where violence is the leading cause of death among young males, and the fifth leading cause of death among people, costing the country more than $700 million a year. In response, the Ministry of Health launched the Violence Prevention Alliance, a network of national and international agencies which share a public health approach to violence, WHO said.A UN World report on violence and health issued in 2002 said that suicide and homicide were the 5th and 6th leading causes of death in people aged 15 to 29 years in age, and more than 90 per cent of those were concentrated in low- and middle-income countries. That report was pivotal in changing the notion that violence is not just a phenomenon, it can also be prevented, and has led many countries to adopt violence prevention programmes, said WHO.“For many countries, accepting the notion that violence can be prevented has been nothing short of revolutionary,” said WHO’s Director of the Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, Etienne Krug, adding: “This in fact may be the most important of all milestones achieved to date.”The tools to address the problem include parent training, home visitation services, reducing alcohol availability and access to firearms, helping high-risk adolescents to complete schooling, changing cultural norms that condone violence, and providing adequate emergency care, WHO said. read more

Slade awarded for community spirit

Debbie SladeDebbie Slade has received a 2010 Niagara Women in Business Award for Community Spirit, but she’s not taking all the credit for the honor.“This award is recognition for arts and culture in Niagara,” said Slade, director of Brock’s Centre of the Arts for 23 years. “And I gratefully accept it on behalf of all the individuals and arts organizations in Niagara who are working to help transform our communities through ideas, creativity and the arts.”The award, which acknowledges the outstanding community contribution of a woman in business, is part of the Women in Business Awards. Since 2000, these awards have honoured Niagara women whose businesses and community contributions have a significant impact on our region.“I have such incredible respect for Deb’s professional expertise and her contribution to our community,” said Rebecca Cann, cultural planning supervisor with the City of St. Catharines. “She has been a tremendous promoter of local talent and a leader in the arts of Niagara. Her award speaks to the future of Niagara as a creative, entrepreneurial community.”Under Slade’s leadership, the Centre for the Arts has promoted and provided rich cultural and artistic experiences and services to the community. It has steadily built a reputation as one of Canada’s premier performing arts venues.Slade oversees the centre’s day-to-day operations, which includes curating more than 70 performances annually and promoting its programming to motivate cultural interest in the arts both at Brock and in the region. Now entering its 41st season, the centre has presented more than 1,000 artists and entertained close to two million people.Under Slade’s leadership, the centre has partnered and collaborated with many not-for-profit community organizations, among them Niagara Symphony, Suitcase In Point Theatre Company and Chorus Niagara. She has also organized audience and outreach activities that broaden the link between the arts and community.As the new Niagara Centre for the Arts in downtown St. Catharines gets closer to becoming reality, the Centre for the Arts at Brock, under Slade’s direction, will be a key player in providing all Niagarans with quality arts experiences, both entertaining and educational.“I am humbled and honored by this award,” Slade said, “particularly since it recognizes not only the work I do at the centre and in the community, but also the work of so many wonderful people I work with who are terribly smart and creative.” read more

Grammar school parents in revolt over plans to drop entry marks for

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. Grammar school parents are in open revolt over plans to drop entry marks for disadvantaged pupils.Over 3,000 people have signed an online petition warning that reducing the pass mark for the Eleven Plus will lead to standards dropping “dramatically”.The King Edward VI Academy Trust, which runs six grammar schools in Birmingham, plans to introduce new catchment areas from next September that will give priority to disadvantaged pupils who live in those areas, even if they achieve slightly lower entry scores.Kaja Fawthrop, who wrote the petition, said that parents have raised almost £2,000 for a barrister’s opinion on the legality of the plans. They have also lodged an appeal with the  Office of the Schools Adjudicator.“We reject proposals to create new catchment areas around each Grammar school and drastically reduce the pass mark causing standards to drop dramatically in the best schools in our City,” the petition says.“They are some of the best State Grammar schools outside London, with entry based purely on merit, not how much money you have.”  The petition, titled “Keep Birmingham State Grammar Schools”, points out that if a child is bright enough to pass the Eleven Plus and win a place at a selective school then “it’s fair to hope they can have the chance to be educated with peers of a similar ability”. Writing on the site change.org, Ms Fawthrop said: “Grammar schools are designed for academically high achieving children. If entrance is decided on by postcode, what is the point of Grammar schools? What is the point of the 11+ test if catchment area is the deciding factor?”Current legislation forbids new grammar schools from being created, but a £50 million fund was created by the Prime Minister last year to create extra places at existing selective schools. So far, 16 grammars have been awarded funds to create new places on their existing site.The £50 million expansion fund is the bedrock of Theresa May’s trimmed-down grammar revolution. The money will be available to existing grammars on the condition they can prove they will take in more children from lower income backgrounds.Heath Monk, executive director of King Edward VI Foundation, has previously said: “Grammar schools have got to be more socially inclusive and they have got to do more to reach out to disadvantaged children and that inevitably means some fear of displacement. “What we are doing it is in line with government policy and where government wants grammar schools to go in terms of accessibility and access of disadvantaged children.” read more

An anniversary without celebration Its five years since Lehman Brothers collapsed

first_imgIT IS AN anniversary without celebration: five years after the implosion of banking giant Lehman Brothers sparked the worst crisis in generations, the US can say it avoided catastrophe.After just barely pulling back from the precipice, industry is picking up, home prices are gaining, banks are stable and American consumers have started spending – albeit still with great caution.But the millions still jobless, and an economy still needing stimulus, shows the scars have yet to heal.“I wouldn’t say we’re anywhere near having a fantastic situation again,” says Harvard economics professor Kenneth Rogoff. “But at least the economy has stabilised and is now moderately robust.”The economy was already struggling under the housing market collapse when on 15 September 2008, Lehman crumbled and the government’s decision not to save it sent a shock down Wall Street.The fall of the century-old US investment banking stalwart detonated an implosion in the US financial sector that reverberated around the globe.The government quickly mobilised more than $420 billion to prop up other banks and automakers General Motors and Chrysler, whose collapse would have meant hundreds of thousands more jobs lost.But that was not enough to contain the hemorrhage.Rocketing unemploymentIn the 12 months from September 2008, unemployment rocketed from 6.1 per cent to 9.8 per cent. The economy melted down, contracting at an 8.3 per cent annual rate in the final quarter of 2008.With receipts sinking and intervention costs rising, the government deficit soared to $1.4 trillion, from 3.2 per cent of gross domestic product to 10.1 per cent by 2009.“It was a very risky period, we could have had a new Great Depression,” said Rogoff.Five years later, that nightmare has passed. With the exception of a mild relapse in early 2011, the economy has been growing steadily, if slowly, since the autumn of 2009.“The ability of the US authorities to take an aggressive approach to resolve the financial crisis was decisive,” said Nicolas Veron, a researcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.It was crucial to shore up faith in the banks.last_img read more

Nintendo Warns About 3DSs Risk to Kids Eyesight

first_imgIs Nintendo’s forthcoming portable gaming system hazardous to your health? The company has issued warnings about the 3DS ahead of its upcoming Nintendo World conference, suggesting that extended use of the console may be harmful for children under the age of six.“Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,” the company said in a warning on its site, “delivers 3D images with different left and right eye images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes.”AdChoices广告This isn’t the first time the company has issued such a warning for the glasses-free 3D console. When the device was announced back in June at E3, Nintendo America’s head, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Kotaku that the company was recommending a break after playing for an hour. Nintendo has since halved that number, suggesting that players take a break after 30 minutes,Fortunately, the device lets the user dial down or turn off the 3D effect.last_img read more

Cannabis and cocaine are most common drugs used by people seeking treatment

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 10:57 AM Mar 20th 2019, 10:57 AM https://jrnl.ie/4551408 Between 2011 and 2017, 55,675 cases were treated for problem alcohol useThe number of cases decreased to 7,350 in 2017 from a high of 8,876 in 2011The proportion of new cases decreased from 52% in 2011 to 48% in 2017The number of cases involving polydrug use remained relatively stable during the period in question – 20% in 2017 and 19% in 2011.Cannabis was the most common additional drug used. The number of such cases reported declined steadily from 68% in 2011 to 58% in 2016, but increased slightly to 61% in 2017.Cocaine was the second most common additional drug recorded. This has increased from 29% in 2011 to 42% in 2017. In 2017, cocaine as an additional drug was more common among males (44%) than females (34%).Benzodiazepines were the third most common additional drug reported (23%). The proportion reporting benzodiazepines as an additional problem increased from 22% in 2011 to 29% in 2016, and then decreased to 23% in 2017.In 2017, opiates as an additional drug are more common among females (21%) than males (12%).Responding to the figures, Dr Darrin Morrissey, Chief Executive at the HRB, said alcohol “remains the main problem drug that people enter treatment for in Ireland”.He noted that recovery is harder for people trying to give up more than one drug, stating: “That, in conjunction with the very high percentages of cases that are alcohol dependent, point to the chronic nature of addiction.”Age and gender breakdownIn 2017, the median age at which cases first started drinking was 16 years, similar to previous years. Almost three-quarters (72%) of all cases were alcohol dependent.The proportion of previously treated cases who were alcohol dependent increased from 68% in 2011 to 79% in 2017. In 2017, 74% of males treated were alcohol dependent, compared to 68% of females.Dr Suzi Lyons, Senior Researcher at the HRB, said there has been an increasing trend in the percentage of new cases who are already dependent on alcohol when they present to treatment for the first time, up from 50% in 2011 to 68% in 2017.This means that more people are presenting when the problem is already severe which makes treatment more complex and recovery more difficult.Lyons added that the annual reduction in cases being treated in 2017 could be the result of a number of factors such as a decrease in the number of submissions to the reporting system and availability of services, or a real decrease in numbers seeking treatment.The median age of people treated in 2017 was 41 years and almost two-thirds of cases were male (65%). Members of the Irish Travelling community represented 1.6% of all cases.Over half (52%) of cases involved unemployed people. The proportion of cases that were homeless increased from 6% in 2011 to 8% in 2017.In 2017, a higher proportion of males (10%) were homeless than females (5%). Almost one-third (32%) of females were aged 50 and over, compared to one-quarter (25%) of males.The median age of treated cases was higher for females (43 years) than males (40 years). This is reflected in the median age for new cases entering treatment – 38 for males and 43 for females. The HRB compiles this annual report by analysing data from multiple treatment services across Ireland and the National Drug Treatment Reporting System.Each case relates to a treatment episode, not a person. This means the same person could be counted more than once in the same calendar year. By Órla Ryan 42 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/LightField Studios File photo Short URL Image: Shutterstock/LightField Studios Cannabis and cocaine are most common drugs used by people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse There has been a decrease in the number of alcohol dependency cases being treated in recent years, but an increase in their severity. Share66 Tweet Email1 15,153 Views CANNABIS AND COCAINE are the most common additional drugs used by people seeking treatment for alcohol dependency.Some 7,350 cases of alcohol dependency were treated in Ireland in 2017, down from 7,643 cases in 2016.One in five cases involved polydrug use – meaning the person was being treated for problem use of more than one drug.The figures were released by the Health Research Board (HRB) today.The key findings in the report include:last_img read more

Crean announces first cultural policy in almost 20 years

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arts Minister Simon Crean says a multi-million-dollar culture policy is vital to support Australia’s creative sector which is at the “core of a modern economy”. The Federal Government’s Creative Australia policy is the first cultural policy since former prime minister Paul Keating unveiled Creative Nation in 1994. In making the announcement at the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Crean said the policy would strengthen, sustain and grow the economy. The federal government has announced a new policy outlining Australia’s investment in the arts, culture and creativity over the next ten years. The government says its Creative Australia policy is based on recommendations from the 2020 Summit (held in 2010) and after consultation with the arts and cultural sectors. Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean, says creativity is at the heart of Australia’s social fabric and will boost economic productivity. There are five key goals of the policy, including celebrating the culture of Indigenous Australians and ensuring that the diversity of Australia is used to shape the nation’s cultural identity. Other goals include supporting artists, strengthening the capacity of the cultural sector to contribute to Australia and ensuring Australian creativity thrives in a digital environment.last_img read more

Update Police Investigate death of Ensley Rolle

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 28, 2017 – Providenciales – As investigators continue to investigate the circumstances to determine what lead to the death of 29 year-old Ensley Rolle who was killed on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 in the area of Kew Town Providenciales, a 34 year-old male was subsequently arrested on suspicion of Murder.Around 3:40am, Police and Emergency Services were dispatched to an area in Norway Kew Town after a report was made that a man was caught inside of a home. Upon arrival, officers met the complainant who stated while he was asleep the deceased entered his home and upon confronting him, an altercation ensued.  The male is presently on a $20,000 Police bail and will return to station on Monday 27th March 2017.Contrary to what is posted on Social Media, the man in question has not been charged. The decision of whether charges will be laid or not will be a recommendation from the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.   The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more