Over 1,900 Children Diverted From State Care

first_img The Child and Family Support Unit (CFSU) of the Child Development Agency (CDA) has implemented strategies to successfully divert 1,901 children from becoming wards of the State. Story Highlights She noted that the main thrust of the Diversion Programme, which began in 2009, is to keep these children who are at risk of being abused from ending up in State care facilities. Speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, Team Leader at the CDA and Overseer in the Child Support Unit, Jean Duhaney, indicated that since the start of the year, there have been 1,924 cases where interventions took place. The Child and Family Support Unit (CFSU) of the Child Development Agency (CDA) has implemented strategies to successfully divert 1,901 children from becoming wards of the State.Speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, Team Leader at the CDA and Overseer in the Child Support Unit, Jean Duhaney, indicated that since the start of the year, there have been 1,924 cases where interventions took place.Of that number, she noted that 23 children ended up in State care.“One of the major reasons why some children end up in State care facilities is the lack of information, especially as it relates to alternative disciplinary measures,” said Ms. Duhaney.She noted that the main thrust of the Diversion Programme, which began in 2009, is to keep these children who are at risk of being abused from ending up in State care facilities.The preferred alternative, she said, is to keep them within their family setting while providing the necessary training support to the families to deal with the challenges that they face.Ms. Duhaney also pointed out that there is need for parents or caregivers to unearth the underlying factors influencing deviant behaviour in children in an effort to properly address the issues.She indicated that there are cases where frustrated parents have come in to the CFSU to complain about children displaying maladaptive behaviours, and insisted on leaving the children in their offices because they are uncertain of what to do under the circumstances.She informed that the Unit has been able to empower such parents through exposure to alternative behavior-modification strategies, and the situations have greatly improved.In the meantime, Ms. Duhaney also noted that during the summer break, children who would have otherwise been unengaged and prone to mischief, benefited from a summer camp organised by the CFSU.They were engaged in various activities such as music, dance, drama, drawing, painting and sewing, among other things.Ms. Duhaney told JIS News that at the end of the camp, children received back-to school packages, which assisted in alleviating some of the financial pressure on the parents.Individuals, who are in need of intervention or support from the CFSU, may visit the office at 40 Duke Street, Kingston, or call 948-1145.Ms. Duhaney also made an appeal for persons wanting to lend their support to the programme through volunteerism, or in any other way, to make contact with the CFSUlast_img read more

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$200 Million for Compensation to West Kingston Residents

first_img A sum of $200 million has been approved by Cabinet as compensation to aggrieved persons who were affected by the operations of the security forces in West Kingston in May 2010.This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in a statement to the House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6).The operations, which were undertaken to capture the fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, resulted in the death of 73 civilians and a soldier, while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.Financial compensation for persons wronged by the State was one of the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed to investigate the operations.The agreed figure was put forward by a Compensation Committee, which was established to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events of May 2010.Another recommendation of the Commission was a formal apology by the State, which Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, delivered in a Statement during Wednesday’s sitting.In the meantime, Minister Chuck informed that the implementation of the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is at varying stages of completion, with some fully completed and others at an advanced stage of completion.“A few of the recommendations will require significant work and resources, but the Government is not short on will to honour its commitment to implement all of the recommendations,” he said.In keeping with the Commission’s recommendations as part of the healing process, Mr. Chuck said the Government has continued its counselling programme for residents, which commenced in the immediate aftermath of the event.Over the last five years, the Victim Services Division of the Justice Ministry counselled 3,125 persons – both new and repeat clients; and a satellite counselling facility, the West Kingston Counselling Centre, was established.Mr. Chuck noted that residents of West Kingston were also assisted by the Guidance Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Child Development Agency (CDA); Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP); volunteers of the associations of psychologists and psychiatrists, and the University of the West Indies.“The Ministry has also put in place additional resources to assist the affected communities in the area of restorative justice. Restorative Justice Centres were established in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town. Since then, 24 conferences involving 183 individuals – both victims and offenders – have been held at the two centres,” he said. The operations, which were undertaken to capture the fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, resulted in the death of 73 civilians and a soldier, while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed. A sum of $200 million has been approved by Cabinet as compensation to aggrieved persons who were affected by the operations of the security forces in West Kingston in May 2010. Story Highlights The agreed figure was put forward by a Compensation Committee, which was established to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events of May 2010. last_img read more

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International Port & Terminal Technology …

first_imgzoom The International Port & Terminal Technology Conference and Exhibition is coming to Savannah, Ga., May 20-21.The Georgia Ports Authority and MCI Media will present the conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.“Savannah is the perfect location for this year’s event, as its container port serves as the major gateway for trade into the vibrant and growing Southeast U.S. region,” said Peter van Schie of the magazine World Port Development, which is organizing the event.The Port & Terminal Technology Conference has taken place in Europe for nearly a decade and is now in its sixth year in the U.S.“We’re excited to host this year’s event,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “The conference will feature an impressive selection of industry experts speaking on innovations that deliver improved port efficiency.”PTT USA 2014 will explore the latest developments, trends and technology affecting global ports and terminals. This conference and exhibition specifically targets industry professionals such as port operations, maintenance and engineering, as well as terminal operators, consultancy firms, dredging contractors, maritime construction firms and suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment.Port & Terminal Technology also features a technical exhibition, enabling companies to reach a target audience, showcase their products and network with potential, new and existing customers. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Georgia Ports Authority, March 4, 2014last_img read more

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Les musées de la NouvelleÉcosse sont prêts à célébrer fièrement la fête

first_imgPlusieurs musées de la Nouvelle-Écosse organisent des activités et des journées portes ouvertes dans le cadre de la fête du Canada, le 1er juillet. « Cette fin de semaine, les Néo-Écossais peuvent célébrer notre pays et apprendre au sujet de la culture et de l’histoire du pays en se rendant à un musée, a dit David Wilson, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. En faisant en sorte que l’apprentissage soit amusant, le réseau des musées de la province améliore la qualité de vie dans les collectivités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Au Musée et parc du domaine Uniacke à Mount Uniacke, les visiteurs peuvent passer l’après-midi à jouer à des jeux traditionnels tout en explorant l’un des manoirs les plus grandioses de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La maison, construite en 1816, contient toujours les biens originaux de la famille Uniacke. Le terrain pittoresque compte des sentiers pédestres dont le niveau de difficulté varie. À Pubnico-Ouest, le Village historique acadien offre de délicieuses gâteries, de la musique qui vous fera danser et l’entrée gratuite de 16 h à 18 h. Les visiteurs de tous les âges sont invités à venir découvrir une communauté prospère dans ce village côtier du début des années 1900 qui présente le caractère assidu et l’esprit joyeux du peuple acadien. À l’autre bout de la province à Iona, dans le comté de Victoria, le Musée du village des Hautes-Terres tient une journée portes ouvertes gratuite dans le cadre de la fête du Canada. Le seul musée d’histoire vivante sur la langue et la culture gaéliques en Amérique du Nord, qui inclut un magnifique terrain de 43 acres, offre aux visiteurs l’occasion de participer à un céilidh traditionnel, d’entendre des chansons gaéliques, d’apprendre des phrases en gaéliques et de découvrir l’esprit pionnier des Gaëls d’Écosse. Dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, le Musée d’histoire naturelle offre l’entrée gratuite toute la journée et met en vente les laissez-passer pour les familles au prix spécial de 18,67 $ (taxes en sus). Le laissez-passer pour les familles inclut l’entrée au musée pour deux adultes et leurs enfants pendant toute une année. Également dans la MRH, l’entrée au CSS Acadia, le plus gros artéfact du Musée maritime de l’Atlantique, est gratuite le jour de la fête du Canada. Le CSS Acadia, qui est accosté derrière le Musée maritime, a été un pionnier dans la recherche hydrographique au début des années 1900. Il a servi de patrouilleur et d’escorteur pendant les deux guerres mondiales, et il s’agit du dernier navire ayant survécu à l’explosion d’Halifax. Le navire célèbre son 98e anniversaire le 8 juillet. Le réseau des musées de la Nouvelle-Écosse, établi en 1868, est l’un des plus anciens réseaux provinciaux au Canada. Ses 27 musées incluent plus de 200 bâtiments historiques, des sites d’histoire vivante, des navires et près d’un million d’artéfacts et de spécimens. Pour plus d’information sur les 27 musées, les activités prévues, les coordonnées des musées, les droits d’entrée et les heures d’ouverture, allez à http://museum.gov.ns.ca.last_img read more

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Bombardier says Russian worker charged with bribery doesnt reflect its values

MONTREAL — Bombardier says the filing of formal criminal charges in Sweden on Friday against a railway employee doesn’t reflect its values.“We take these allegations very seriously as they assert conduct that does not reflect our values or the high standards we set for ourselves, our employees and our partners,” the Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) said in a statement.Evgeny Pavlov was charged with aggravated bribery and faces up to six years in jail and deportation if found guilty.Swedish prosecutor Thomas Forsberg says Pavlov bribed a public servant in Azerbaijan to win a 2013 contract to upgrade the rail signalling system with a contract value of around US$340 million.Most of the funding for the project comes from the World Bank, which is conducting an audit on the project.The Bombardier Transportation Sweden AB employee who is on paid leave was held in March in pre-trial custody to prevent him from fleeing or tampering with evidence.Emails seized during a search of Bombardier’s offices in Sweden in October 2016 are considered evidence in the case.His lawyer, Cristina Berger, has previously said that her client says he is innocent.A trial date has not been set yet.Bombardier said it is reviewing the legal filings and supports a complete accounting of the facts and circumstances surrounding the project.— With files from The Associated Press read more

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Talks to resolve water crisis

Silva said that if the issue is not resolved soon he will stand with the public and protest.Tests had shown that water drawn out of wells in parts of Gampaha were contaminated and residents suspect it is owing to chemicals released from a nearby private company. (Colombo Gazette) Discussions were held today in an attempt to resolve the Gampaha water contamination crisis.Public relations Minister Mervyn Silva said that he was to raise the issue with Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

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Higher commodities boost TSX geopolitical worries send crude oil surging

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TORONTO – Resource stocks helped give the Toronto stock market a solid lift Thursday as commodity prices picked up on hopes that central bankers are ready to help with stimulus in the future.Oil in particular got a lift from rising tensions in the Mideast, pushing prices past the US$92 level.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 86.54 points to 11,665.7 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 8.54 points to 1,190.87.The Canadian dollar was up 0.29 of a cent to 99.23 cents US.U.S. markets came off session highs after data showed sales of existing homes in June fell by 5.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.37 million, much lower than the 4.65 million that was expected.“Existing home sales brought to a fairly abrupt end to a run of good news regarding the U.S. housing market,” observed CIBC senior economist Andrew Grantham.“The large decline is at odds with the more positive recent trend in pending home sales, and took the rate of existing home sales down to its lowest so far this year.”As well, data showed manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region rebounded only slightly in July. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s diffusion index rose to negative 12.9 in July from negative 16.6 in June. This is the third straight monthly reading below zero, indicating contraction.The Dow Jones industrials gained 34.66 points to 12,943.36.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 23.3 points to 2,965.9 while the S&P 500 index rose 3.73 points to 1,376.51.Strong earnings news supported New York indexes.IBM had reported after the close Wednesday that quarterly earnings rose six per cent to mark the 38th consecutive quarter that IBM’s net income has climbed from the previous year. Without accounting charges for past acquisitions and the company’s pension, IBM said it would have earned $3.51 per share, beating expectations by eight cents a share. IBM stock ran ahead $7.09 to US$195.34.Morgan Stanley was a disappointment. Net income rose to $564 million or 29 cents a share, missing expectations by three cents. Revenue tumbled 24 per cent to $7 billion and its stock was down 74 cents to $13.25.Microsoft was in focus as the software giant handed in its first-ever quarterly loss after the close because of an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online ad business. The charge led to a US$492 million loss in the April-June quarter, or six cents a share. Excluding extraordinary items, the company reported a profit of 73 cents a share, higher than the 62 cents analysts expected. Its shares were up 1.58 per cent in after-hours trading.In Canadian earnings news, Nexen Inc.’s (TSX:NXY) net income fell 57 per cent from a year ago to $109 million in the second quarter, a bigger decline than analysts had been estimating. Nexen earned 20 cents per share, which was seven cents per share below estimates. Nexen said the latest quarter’s results were hurt by the unsuccessful Kakuna exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico and its stock added a penny to C$17.44.Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) reported second-quarter adjusted earnings of $149 million or 71 cents per share, up 4.4 per cent from the same time last year and a penny ahead of estimates. Its shares improved by 41 cents to $43.07.Traders were focused on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke during his two-day testimony to Congress. And while he did not indicate that another round of stimulus was imminent, his comments led investors to believe further action remained an option. The Fed has already completed two programs of asset purchases, which have the effect of increasing the supply of money, much of which ends up in financial markets.The base metals sector climbed 4.42 per cent while copper, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, ran ahead six cents to US$3.53 a pound. The rise reflected hopes that Chinese authorities will also take steps to improve that country’s performance as the most recent data showed Chinese growth coming in at a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarter. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) was 26 cents higher to $2.89 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) ran up $1.68 to $18.28.Oil traded at seven month highs amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The oil market is concerned once again that Iran will try to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the Persian Gulf through, through which one-fifth of the world’s oil travels every day. On Wednesday Israel blamed Iran for an attack on Israelis in Bulgaria, and vowed to strike back.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $2.79 to US$92.66 a barrel. The energy sector was up 1.61 per cent and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 39 cents to C$30.59 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 91 cents to $28.98.The gold sector advanced 0.77 per cent as bullion prices also rose, up $9.60 to US$1,580.40 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was up 74 cents to C$33.60.The strong IBM results boosted the tech sector by 1.23 per cent. Open Text (TSX:OTC) gained 74 cents to $48.90 while CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) was ahead 34 cents to $24.33.Financials also supported the TSX and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ran up 14 cents to $10.86.The telecom sector was the weakest group with Telus Corp. (TSX:T) down 58 cents to $62.11. Higher commodities boost TSX, geopolitical worries send crude oil surging read more

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Read the latest issue of Moods

The latest issue of Moods magazine has hit newsstands.To read the magazine, which features Serena Ryder on the cover this month, visit moodsmag.com and log on using ‘brockst’ as the username and password.Moods is a national publication that features stories about celebrity success, healthy living, and good nutrition. Moods emphasizes preventive measures, while also diminishing the stigma attached to mental illness.

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Sleepin investor denies knowledge of SOCU probe

Clifton Bacchus, the owner of Sleepin and a prospective investor in the casino business, has hit back against reports that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has him under investigation for money laundering.Bacchus denied that he has ever been approached by SOCU. He stated that the reports, which first appeared in the state media on Tuesday, were deliberately sensationalized and suggested that someone was carrying out a vendetta against him.“I read with absolute shock the blazing and bold headlines. There was a special effort and a deliberate intent to sensationalise that story. From the article, I learnt for the first time that I, my company and a number of associates are subjects of a money laundering investigation being conducted by SOCU,” the businessman said in a statement responding to the reports.“SOCU has never made any contact with me, to date, whatsoever. As far as I am aware, SOCU has not made contact with any person close to me in relation to the Sleepin International Hotel and Casino Inc.”Sleepin’s Church Street branch has been making preparations for quite some time to set up a casino. Under the law, only three casinos are allowed in each Region in Guyana. For Region Four, Ramada Princess has one, while another has been earmarked for the Marriott Hotel at Kingston. Sleepin has sought the third one.With a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), made with the previous government being cast aside by the coalition and after being rejected initially by the Gaming Authority, Bacchus had reapplied for a licence.Noting that this application is currently being processed, Bacchus asserted that additional financial information was requested and are being provided to go along with his application to the Gaming Authority.Bacchus was adamant that the documents he submitted to the Gaming Authority establish the source of his capital financing. According to the businessman, his sources of finance include loans from local commercial banks and an overseas investor, which were secured by mortgages.“These documents are all filed as of record with the Deeds and Commercial Registry Authority. Copies have been submitted to the Gaming Authority. If SOCU requires them, I will gladly supply copies to them. However, as I indicated, they have never made contact.”According to the businessman, the situation is causing irreparable damage to the perception of Guyana being open to investment. Bacchus expressed the hope that this was not an official position of a government being uninterested in job creation but interested in publicly humiliating investors.“After all,” he said. “Which investor will want to invest in a country in which they will be exposed to this level of embarrassment, trauma and reputational damage?”In the report, SOCU head Sydney James was quoted as saying that Bacchus and “a number of associates” have been under investigation since July 2016. He had also related that information for financial and other assets was sourced through court orders. In addition, he had said that statutory agencies were approached for “pertinent” information.This was contained in a letter he wrote in response to a letter from head of the Gaming Authority, Roysdale Forde. It was reported that in the letter, Forde had requested information on the businessman, as it was reviewing his application for a licence.It is understood that in order to qualify for a license, casino operators must prove that they are financially sound. The failure to provide certain documents had been used by the authority as justification for the initial refusal. Bacchus has always maintained that his enterprise is solely funded by above board sources.SOCU has faced much criticism from the political opposition that it has not operated in an objective manner, but has rather gone after persons due to political affiliations with the previous administration. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTermination, transfer of SOCU officials needed – RamjattanMay 3, 2019In “Crime”PS Omar Shariff breaks silenceAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Misuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still on the job – Top CopApril 9, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Simon Hick column Changes at top make for exciting times at Lansdowne

first_imgWITH THE APPOINTMENTS of Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane and Joe Schmidt, Irish sport is about to get a lot more interesting.The expectation is that the Latvia game will draw a huge crowd, the New Zealand match is a sell-out, the Australia one isn’t far behind, and even Samoa will attract over 40,000 fans. Lansdowne Road is the place to be over the next few weeks.Some pundits expressed their surprise that so many would turn up to effectively watch the same group of players that in the last year were so disappointing for the rugby and football teams. How could a group of coaches and managers have such pull? Some will just go to see Roy Keane in an FAI tracksuit, Eamon Dunphy said that in some ways it’s about hope, but for those who attend, it’s grounded in reality too.Nobody can explain it fully, but force of personality, charisma, momentum, and leadership, all have a huge influence on the outcome of games at international level.Boston strongLast week the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, having been the worst team in the league last season. In the wake of the Boston bombing the team and the fans tapped into that raw emotion, but the only concrete reason anyone could provide for this unprecedented flip in form was a change of manager. Last year Bobby Valentine was in charge, and so toxic was his management style that he was literally booed out of the ground in his final game. His replacement, John Farrell, ended the season with the World Series and a congratulatory phone call from Barack Obama.Under Farrell senior players were revived, unknown pitchers became throwing machines, twitchy players became clutch players, and fans loved him from the off. It got to the point where there was a sense of inevitability about the World Series, long before it was won. For the franchise that copied the Oakland A’s famed moneyball and data analytics model more than any other, this success came down to chemistry.In the case of Irish football, there is a feeling that the sport here needs an injection of energy, something or someone to focus on, and even those who disliked him as a player can’t deny the power Roy Keane has to influence those around him. Even to get back to interesting press conferences and post match interviews will be comforting.The sense always with Trapattoni was he cared about winning because it preserved his own status in the game, whereas Keane, in spite of his constant criticism and sniping, clearly cares about Irish football. Rugby is not at such a low ebb here. Fans still have the provinces to follow and they know that there is fresh talent coming through the academies, but last season was our worst in the Six Nations (for lots of reasons) since the 1990s, and the atmosphere at games has been poor for a while now.Schmidt may not have as much influence on his team’s style of play as the provincial coaches do, but he will have a lot more access to his players than his football counterparts. The vast majority of the rugby players reside here, Ireland play 11 or 12 games a season, there’s a proper competition once a year, and they go into camp for extended periods. Plus, by the nature of the sport, rugby coaches can put more of a pattern on things, individual talent is less of a factor. There is no equivalent of Messi in rugby, because no one man can influence things the same way, even Dan Carter. New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane working for ITV last night in San Sebastian alongside Lee Dixon and Adrian Chiles . Pic: INPHO/Donall FarmerSo while the football fans will turn up to the Latvia game to witness a movement, a possible culture change in the sport, the rugby fans will expect and probably see a discernible change on the field of play as early as the second or third game of Schmidt’s reign.John Plumtree, Ireland’s new forwards coach, said this week that with all the new coaches and players and terminology floating around, at the moment its more about ‘sorting things out’, which suggests there wont be a huge amount of complexity to the game plan against Samoa. Plus, there’s something about a Samoan shoulder to the rib cage that simplifies things in a player’s mind. On Saturday, however, and in the weeks to follow, fans of both sports will have a sense of hope and a sense of excitement as they walk towards Lansdowne Road, and thats one of the best feelings in sport.McFadden reflects on Ireland’s crash landing under KidneyWarburton unfazed by reunion with Irish ref Rollandlast_img read more

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Galway Mayor calls for netting to be put on two bridges to

first_imgThe suicide rates are there, the figures speak for themselves, their alarming and we have to try and do something. It might save somebody, if we save even one life than it would be worth it.Helplines:Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieChildline 1800 66 66 66Read: Up to 560 suicides linked to the recession>Read: Ireland to spend €8.8 million on reducing suicide this year> THE MAYOR OF Galway has called for netting to be put on the side of two bridges in Galway city to try and stop people from taking their own lives.Mayor Padraig Conneely told TheJournal.ie that “anything that would be a deterant would be welcome”.He said that it is just a suggestion that he is putting out there and that he is looking for feedback from the City Council, the HSE and suicide awareness groups.He said he has received no response yet but the Connacht Tribune reports today that the Council said it could be considered.However, a spokesperson told the newspaper that a multi-agency approach would have to be taken.The netting is being proposed for the side of O’Brien’s Bridge and the Salmon Weir Bridge where a number of people have died.Mayor Conneely said,last_img read more

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Kokoris completes US leg

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After 44 days in the saddle Tom Kokoris and his daughter Olga, rolled into New York City on Friday, having safely completed the 5000 km US leg of their charity bike ride from Sydney to Greece. The dynamic duo left Sydney on April 1 on a multi-continent cycle ride to raise money for ELPIDA, the Greek charity that cares for children suffering from cancer. They biked to Brisbane before flying into Los Angeles to begin their trek across the United States. Olga’s trip finishes in the States, but later this month Tom will fly to Lisbon and continue until he gets to ELPIDA’s headquarters on the outskirts of Athens. During the first half of the US trip, temperatures varied from below freezing to more than 38 degrees Centigrade ,Tom told Northwestern Missouri’s St. Joseph News-Press. In Arizona they were caught in a sandstorm and had to accept a lift from a local family to find shelter. Crossing Kansas, they hit windy patches that made it feel like their bikes carried an additional 30 kilos of weight, said Tom. American hospitality has impressed Tom almost as much as the scenery Tom told the American newspaper. “Every hotel we’ve stopped, they’ve said, ‘Take care,’ ‘Be careful,’” he said. “That’s kind of a nice, comforting thought.” Tom and Olga will now enjoy a two-week break in New York where family have arrived to meet them. Tom will then journey on to Lisbon on his own to begin the final 5,500 km to Greece. To follow Tom on the European leg and for details on how to make donations, go to Facebook and search for ‘ELPIDA-Association of Friends of Children With Cancer’. You can also follow Tom via his blog at http://podilato-elpida.blogspot.com.au/ Additional material: St. Joseph News-Presslast_img read more

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Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in countrys history

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Cabinet Report by Premier, His Excellency present. HAMILTON, Bermuda July 19, 2017 — Following a landslide win for the Bermuda Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in Tuesday’s general election, the country has today sworn in its youngest Premier in history – PLP political leader David Burt. Burt, 38, is an IT consultant, project manager, husband and father of two. At his swearing in ceremony, Burt pledged to begin working immediately and to govern all Bermudians equally. “We will be a government that will put Bermudians first and make sure we work to advance the interests of every single Bermudian in this country,” he said. “We will be a government that will govern with integrity and will work every day to improve the conditions for so many of us. Today the work begins. This is without question an honour but without question there is an incredible amount of work to be done.”With voter turnout over 72 per cent, the PLP won 24 of 36 seats leaving the former ruling party One Bermuda Alliance just 12 seats. This election saw an increase in Independent candidates, including former PLP premier Paula Cox. Cox was only able to garner 41 votes, however, and Independents collectively received only 0.5 per cent of the vote.#MagneticMediaNews#DavidBurt Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bermuda, David Burt, general election, premier, Progressive Labour Party Governor says voters need to decide on Independencelast_img read more

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In Other News Navy Opening First Newly Built Hotel at NS Newport

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Naval Station Newport, R.I., is scheduled to host a ribbon-cutting Thursday for a $48 million Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) transient lodging facility that will mark the Navy’s first newly constructed property. NGIS historically adapts existing buildings previously built for unaccompanied sailors, according to a press release. The hotel also represents the first NGIS property funded entirely through guest room charges at NGIS locations within the Mid-Atlantic region. The Navy is planning to build several more hotels from the ground up at Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Fla., and Dahlgren, Va., funded through guest fees. NGIS also is working to eliminate smaller facilities that are no longer efficient. … Terry Edwards was installed as the new director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) during a ceremony Monday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Edwards, a career civil engineer and member of the senior executive service, most recently served as executive director of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, according to a press release. Previously he was director of the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment and supported its merger with the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency and Air Force Real Property Agency which formed AFCEC. Edwards replaces Edwin Oshiba who moved to Air Force headquarters to become director of resource integration for the deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection. … A startup company located at Brunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, is developing a rocket for launching small satellites powered by a proprietary bio-derived, carbon neutral rocket fuel formulation. bluShift Aerospace moved from Massachusetts to TechPlace, Brunswick’s technology incubator, in 2016 to take advantage of the Maine Composites Alliance which is based there and the carbon composites study program at Southern Maine Community College. Recently the firm expanded to a remote facility elsewhere at Brunswick Landing, reported the Bangor Daily News.Navy photo by MC2 Rawad Madanatlast_img read more

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Alaska Marine Highway will drop price for Taku ferry once again

first_imgThe Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku was tied up in 2015. It’s been for sale, but so far no one has submitted a bid. (Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)The price is dropping for the state ferry Taku.Listen nowAlaska Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey said no one submitted a bid during the most recent sale attempt, which ended May 31st.The minimum bid was $700,000. An earlier attempt priced the ship at $1.5 million.“We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” Falvey said. “We’ve probably had upwards of 25 calls or emails with interest. But no bids.”Falvey said the Taku will be put out to bid one more time at a lower, yet-to-be-determined price. That should happen this week.He said if no one buys the ferry, it could be sold for scrap.The ferry system took the 54-year-old ship out of service about two years ago. It’s been moored at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove.According to Falvey, a buyer would have to accept the ferry as-is, where-is. He said it’s in pretty good shape, but it would need some upgrades and permits before it could carry passengers again.“The boat was certified by our Coast Guard,” Falvey said. “It was operational. It was safe. So I would have to assume that it shouldn’t need anything more than minor maintenance to get it running again because it sat so long.The Taku has been advertised on the state’s website and through the Passenger Vessel Association, a trade organization.The Taku is about 350 feet long. It can carry up to 50 vehicles and 350 passengers. It has 40 staterooms, a cafeteria, observation lounges and a covered solarium. It sailed mostly Southeast routes.last_img read more

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Rep Larry Gonzales Resigns From Texas House

first_imgBob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneState Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, gathers a group of bipartisan House members to admonish the Senate for stalling bills May 28, 2017, the day before the end of the 85th session.State Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, is resigning early, saying “it’s time to get on with the next phase of my life.”Gonzales, a member since 2011 and a Capitol staffer before that, had already decided this would be his last term and didn’t file for re-election this year. His resignation, effective on Thursday, sets up a special election for the remainder of his term.That might take place on the same day as the November general elections. There’s a precedent: State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, quit earlier this year and was appointed to a judicial position; the special election for what’s left of his term will take place in November.During his term in the House, Gonzales chaired the Sunset Advisory Commission and served on several House committees, notably the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.“I first walked into the Texas State Capitol in 1991, a young, eager intern ready to learn as much as I could and help make Texas the beacon of what good state government should be,” Gonzales said in a statement. “Twenty-seven years later … I’m happy with everything we have accomplished.”Still, he said, “it’s time to move on.”“My little family needs me,” he said. “I’ve missed a lot.”Gonzales’ departure leaves just two Hispanic Republicans in the 150-member Texas House: J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, who is seeking another term, and Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who was defeated in the Republican primary and is serving out his term.Republican Cynthia Flores and Democrat James Talarico will be on the ballot for a full term in House District 52 in November; candidates can file for the stub term as soon as Gov. Greg Abbott calls a special election and sets a date. Flores has Gonzales’ support.In a statement Wednesday, Talarico praised Gonzales as “a fierce advocate for commonsense legislation” and said he’d “work every day to live up to his example.”“In divisive times, Rep. Gonzales resisted the tides of partisanship and fought for real solutions to the problems facing our community,” Talarico said. “There are few politicians left like him who put people over politics.”Emma Platoff contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

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Organization Tries to Bring Baltimores Penn and North Back from Brink

first_imgMaria Thompson, President of Coppin State University, was on hand to announce the Coppin’s Science and Technology Center. (Courtesy photo)Last April, the CVS standing atop the MTA metro Station at Penn North Plaza became a nationally televised symbol of Baltimore’s chaotic unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray’s detainment by Baltimore police and subsequent death.  But on MLK Day 2016, the drug store and Plaza served as markers of hope as organizers of Baltimore’s Innovation Village announced the new project from a platform at the Plaza.A contingent of politicians, public figures, university officials and community activists came to lend their support to a partnership seeking to revitalize West Baltimore.  “Innovation Village represents a strong community collaboration that fuels an ambitious agenda by West Baltimore residents who have resolved to do great things,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to about 100 west Baltimore residents who stood in the cold to hear some good news about their community.The Baltimore Innovation Village is a cooperative effort sponsored by the Mount Royal Community Development Corporation (MRCDC) in collaboration with Coppin State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as well as other community and business partners.  Founded on the model of community-driven improvement, Baltimore joins cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit in utilizing Innovation Districts in an attempt to restore urban areas plagued by long standing blight and neglect.   Richard May, one of three co-founders of Innovation Village stressed that Innovation Village is an effort initiated by residents of the West Baltimore community and for the good of the West Baltimore Community.“We addressed the issue of gentrification right at the beginning” said May. ”We do not agree with a displacement model at all.  The greatest advantage that these neighborhoods have is that they have a soul.  They have a cultural underpinning” May said.The Innovation Village initiative hopes to attract businesses and entrepreneurs that can help stabilize the more economically vulnerable West Baltimore neighborhoods. “We have sought out conscious developers with a commitment to the community and we will turn as many existing residents as are interested into entrepreneurs”, said May.  Innovation Village’s goal is to stabilize existing West Baltimore communities while reinvigorating the heritage and culture that made West Baltimore home to nationally known artists and pioneers such as Billie Holiday and Thurgood Marshall.  “The more residents that become entrepreneurs, the more stable communities become” he said.The anchor institutions selected for the project, Coppin State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art were based on the community asset model utilized by MRCDC.  “The opening of Coppin’s Science and Technology Center will strengthen innovation in West Baltimore;   Innovation Village leverages the resources of our community and taps into the talents of many to create entrepreneurial and economic opportunities that ultimately benefit all of Baltimore,” said Maria Thompson, President of Coppin State University.A steering committee will be appointed from the community to develop a 90 day plan to move the innovation District forward. The Innovation District spans close to 7 miles from Druid Hill Park on the North end to MLK Boulevard on the South and from Mondawmin Mall on the West to Penn Station on the East. Brioxy and Dovecote Cafe are two of the new businesses launched by the Innovation Village. Startup Soiree will host its kickoff even on January 27th followed by the Innovation Village’s formal grand opening reception on Jan. 30th.last_img read more

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Go with the Flow with ViosWorks

first_img ViosWorks, GE Healthcare’s new 7D Flow CMR study that can be completed in 10-20 minutes without breath-holds, could benefit the healthcare system as a whole through a direct reduction in imaging costs due to shorter scan times as well as savings from delivery of appropriate therapies.To download the white paper, click here.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 09, 2016 Go with the Flow with ViosWorks last_img

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Chinese billionaire gives France vacation to 6400 workers

first_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life Jinyuan was greeted by France’s foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, mid-week in Paris.French media estimated the trip’s cost at 13-20 million euros ($14.5-$22.3 million).Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement NICE, France (AP) — The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his best salespeople a vacation that started in Paris and ended with a parade on France’s Cote d’Azur.CEO Li Jinyuan said he was celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary by rewarding his staff and aimed for the world record in spelling out a phrase in human bodies.As their vacation wound down, the employees on Friday massed on the coastal promenade in Nice and, dressed in identical sky blue hats and T-shirts, spelled out the words “Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur.” Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Employees of the TIENS Group, a Chinese company, attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France, Friday, May 8, 2015. Li Jinyuan is sending off half his team about 6,400 employees on a two-day trip to Paris and two-day trip in Nice, France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

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first_img RelatedDeal of the weekend – British Airways Great Big Sale now on!Deal of the weekend – British Airways Great Big Sale now on!Bargains of the week: Tenerife | Faro | CancunBargains of the week: Tenerife | Faro | CancunFlyglobespan launches second Egypt routeScottish budget airline Flyglobespan has started selling tickets for its new winter routes. SALE: Sharm El Sheikh return flights; were £299 now £199!Looking for some September sun, sea and sand? Then grab this great bargain to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.Travel between 6 and 12 September, direct from Gatwick.Also available 5 to 12 September for £235 return. Offer ends midnight Thursday 26 August 2010!Book now!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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