first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and requested him to “soften PM’s heart” on the issue of granting special category status to the Rs 2.58 lakh crore debt-ridden state.Reddy also said he would raise the demand in the first meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Saturday. “I met Home Minister to try and prevail upon him and also soften PM’s heart on special category status…,” Reddy told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Shah. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief also urged the Centre to fulfil all commitments made under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Reddy, just before swearing in as chief minister, had met both Modi and Shah on the special category status issue. He had said his party could only request the BJP-led central government and not “demand or command”. “Today, we might not get it (special category status). We have to be at somebody’s mercy but I will remind him (Modi) again and again and someday things will change,” Reddy had told the media after his first meeting with Modi. Asked if the post of deputy speaker in Lok Sabha was offered to YSRCP, Reddy said, “Please don’t speculate on all these things. First of all, there is no offer… We have not asked and we have not spoken. And neither any such proposal has come from any quarter. As of now, there is no conversation or talk on that.” YSRCP won 22 parliamentary seats in the 17th Lok Sabha elections and also swept the assembly polls.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Progressive Conservative government in Ontario would not implement a planned minimum wage increase next year, no matter who ends up winning the race to lead the party through the spring election.In an hour-long debate Thursday, the four candidates vying for the top Tory post were united in their opposition to a key Liberal government promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019.The forum was the first chance for former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, lawyer Caroline Mulroney, former city councillor Doug Ford, and parental rights advocate Tanya Granic Allen to present themselves as the best choice to replace former leader Patrick Brown, who resigned last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.The candidates provided few concrete details on their plans for the province but were clear about their intention to scrap the wage hike, saying the Liberal plan would hurt the province’s economy, particularly small businesses, which have complained about the January increase from $11.60 to $14 per hour.Ford, the brother of notorious late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, called the wage hike a “tax grab” for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and said he would instead eliminate provincial income tax for those making minimum wage.“That will benefit the companies, it will benefit the person leaving their office or their factory at the end of the day,” he said.Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, said she would increase the minimum wage by 25 cents over four years, while Elliott also said she would phase in a hike gradually.“The minimum wage law is a classic example of the way the Liberals have been governing this province, making decisions that help them in the short term — in this case their electoral chances — and hurt the rest of us in the long term,” Caroline Mulroney said. “Small businesses are suffering. It was too much too soon.”Wynne responded to the criticism of the wage hike in a video posted on Twitter prior to her town hall event in Windsor, Ont., saying raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will make the strong Ontario economy even stronger.“We know Conservatives say over and over again that it’s too much, it’s too fast and today they made it clear that a Conservative government would deny that raise,” Wynne said in the video.“But we know that when they say not now, what they’re really saying is not ever, because they want to put wealthy business owners ahead of working people. That’s not okay.”While all four candidates said they opposed a carbon tax to replace the Liberals’ current cap and trade, none of them offered specifics on how they planned to make up for the estimated $4 billion from the tax that was to fund a 22 per cent income tax cut and other key election promises in the party’s platform.Instead, all four suggested savings could be found by cutting waste from the Liberal provincial budget.“In a $141 billion dollar budget, do you think we can find two or three per cent (in savings)?” Ford said.Mulroney said she would deliver her own fully costed plan if she’s elected leader.“This government needs to learn to do more with less,” she said.Elliott, who recently served as the province’s health ombudsman, pitched herself as the experienced candidate best positioned to win the spring election.“I know Kathleen Wynne. I’ve debated against her before,” she said, noting later that with an election in less than 100 days, the party could not afford a “leader-in-training.”Granic Allen, an outspoken critic of the Liberals’ updated sex-education curriculum, pulled no punches during the debate, attacking Brown as a “corrupt leader” who alienated grassroots members with social conservative views and “left the party in tatters.”Brown’s abrupt resignation in late January threw the Progressive Conservatives into turmoil, prompting a hastily called leadership race that will see a new leader in place by March 10. Brown has vehemently denied the allegations and has vowed to clear his name.Genevieve Tellier, a political science professor at the University of Ottawa, said Thursday’s debate didn’t bring any major revelations but confirmed that the candidates appear split into two camps.Elliott and Mulroney have positioned themselves as more moderate, centrist options, and seem to be addressing voters across the province, while Ford and Granic Allen, who lean more to the right, appeal to grassroots members, she said.The candidates stopped short of making any detailed policy commitments, noting they would wait for further consultations on key issues, making it difficult to know where they stand, Tellier said.“They’re cautious, they really don’t know where to go, what to target,” she said. “They are all unclear.”In the next, and last debate, set for the end of the month, “they will have to come up with some more precise policy actions that they want to take,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJNG, China — China is confirming that it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of “endangering national security.”Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said today that entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody on Monday.Lu says Canada has been informed of the detentions, but declined to say whether the men have been provided with lawyers.He says they are being handled separately.The two cases ratchet up pressure on Canada, which is holding an executive of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei wanted by the United States.China has demanded the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s CFO and the daughter of its founder.Asked if the men’s detentions were related to Meng’s arrest, Lu said they were being handled according to Chinese law.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgTeen Line, the ground-breaking teen-to-teen support hotline, will honor the Sarah Shindler family with the Family Advocacy Award at the Food for Thought Luncheon, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Actress Katie Lowes of ABC’s hit show Scandal, will host.Teen Line volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents will be honored with the 2017 Family Advocacy Award. Sarah joined Teen Line in the 10th grade and will be graduating this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall. She credits her parents for their support and dedication to the Teen Line program. “I know even as I go to college and my parents have an empty nest, Teen Line will always be a part of our family, no matter where we are and what we are doing,” Shindler said.Also being honored at the luncheon: Naomi Perez will receive the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant will receive Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow will receive the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy will receive Teen Voice Awards; Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff will receive Distinguished Service Awards.“This year’s honorees exemplify the very best of our dedicated supporters who know firsthand how crucial an organization like Teen Line can be in furthering the well-being of our youth,” said Michelle Carlson, Teen Line Executive Director. “Each has made a personal commitment to strengthening the message that we strive to deliver and in so doing, bring hope and reassurance to some of our most vulnerable young people.”Teen Line receives more than 15,000 calls, texts and emails each year, providing a safety net for teenagers dealing with troubled relationships; verbal, emotional or physical abuse; substance abuse; suicide; peer pressure; cyber bullying and other challenges. In addition, more than 25,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.Prior to the luncheon, a boutique will showcase fashionable items for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Teen Line.Sponsorships begin at $1,000; individual tickets, $150. For more information, email or visit read more

first_imgAbout InfluicityFounded in 2012, Influicity is the leading platform for businesses to manage and scale their influencer operations. The suite of products includes influencer search, insights & analytics, campaign management, reporting, social listening, and more. Because Influicity does not operate a limited network of influencers, it can provide global brands with access to any and all social talent, along with the most advanced data analysis on the audiences they reach. The company has offices in Toronto and LA. Influicity indexes over a billion influencers from across the social media spectrum, regardless of their network or affiliation. Through the platform, Bell Media can cultivate and curate the ideal talent rosters based on advertisers’ needs. In addition to offering global scale, Influicity provides access, simple searchability, project management¸ communications services, and analytics tools that show reach and value.“The full suite of features on Influicity ensures that Bell Media can serve its clients with unparalleled levels of service,” says Jonathan Davids, Founder & CEO of Influicity. “We’re excited to partner with Bell Media as they continue to break new ground with the next generation of talent.” Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media announced today a new partnership with Influicity, the world’s leading influencer marketplace and campaign management platform. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster with access to the platform, Bell Media can now provide its clients with unparalleled access to the universe of social influencers. Bell Media also delivers discoverability of the perfect influencer from a centralized marketplace to develop impactful marketing campaigns.Bell Media is already an expert in the field of cultivating and reaching the top influencers through its discovery and development of in-house talent and via its stable of influencers at Much Digital Studios.“Given our success with Much Digital Studios, we were looking to expand our footprint in the social influencer world to include our other brands,” said Alyson Walker, Vice-President, Brand Partnerships. “The Influicity platform offers the most benefits for our advertisers by giving them the ability to connect, measure, and collaborate with 100% of social influencers globally.” About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.last_img read more

Rabat – The CEO of Morocco’s bid committee, Hicham El Amrani, assessed the country’s chances to win the hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup in a recent interview with French-based Radio France International (RFI) in the countdown to the June 13 vote.The Moroccan official refused to comment on US President Donald Trump’s May tweet threatening countries that pledged support for Morocco 2026.“I would rather not share my feelings about this. I simply hope that the global football family will be able to focus on football rather than politics, because if we take football into consideration, Morocco is the ideal choice for this 2026 World Cup.” Morocco has all the assets to host World CupThe CEO of the bid committee touted Morocco’s assets to host the tournament. “Our country is compact enough considering the cities we promise, in relation to the distances that should be made by players and fans.” El Amrani also touted Morocco’s proximity to Europe and other countries by time zone, the “exceptional” passion that Morocco has for football, and its “tolerance and openness that makes building bridges between people possible.”Introducing Morocco’s assets to RFI, the CEO said that the 12 cities selected to stage the games of the 2026 World Cup are located within a 550-kilometer radius of Casablanca.Task force scoring does not disturb Morocco 2026RFI also asked El Amrani whether the task force’s grade for the Moroccan bid is worrying for the future.The task force validated the Moroccan bid with a score of 2.7 out of 5 on June 1. The United 2026 (North American) bid got a score of 4 out of 5.But for Morocco the scoring is not a major issue.“It is not disturbing. Of course, first and foremost, the goal was to ensure that we are above the minimum score of 2 out of 5. Today, we have far exceeded his minimum score. We are almost 3,” said El Amrani.He explained that it was not surprising to Morocco “that our competitors have higher scores in terms of sports facilities. We know that the United States has sports facilities that are ready and available, but it is also the goal of a World Cup to be able to serve as a catalyst for the development of sports.He added that the legacy of a World Cup is essential for both Morocco and Africa to “consolidate this development at different levels.”For Morocco to win the hosting rights, it needs 104 votes. Morocco is counting on African countries to support the Moroccan bid at the 68th FIFA Congress, where the decision will be made on the 2026 World Cup host.“As a member of the African Confederation, we count on the largest number of member federations on the African continent. But of course it will not be enough to reach the required majority to win the vote,” said El Amrani.He added that the committee has been campaigning for the bid in several countries before the vote. read more

Rabat – The UAE vice-president and ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, awarded medals and certificates to all-male candidates on Sunday at the Gender Balance Index 2018 ceremony. The index awards people who promote gender equality.“We are proud of the success of Emirati women and their role is central to shaping the future of the country. Gender balance has become a pillar in our governmental institutions,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted on Sunday, January 27, posting pictures of the winners. . @HHShkMohd: We are proud of the success of Emirati women and their role is central to shaping the future of the country. Gender balance has become a pillar in our governmental institutions. #UAE— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 27, 2019Reacting to the prize-giving, many commenters on social media criticized the absence of women and ridiculed the Emirati government for choosing to honor only men when the initiative intends to foster gender equality in the workplace and promote fair opportunities. Read Also: Stop Normalizing Violence Against WomenThe Gender Balance Index features three award categories: “Best Personality for Supporting Gender Balance,” “Best Federal Entity for Supporting Gender Balance,” and “Best Initiative for Supporting Gender Balance.”Scottish academic Gerry Hassan commented on the controversy through a tweet:  “Tell me this isn’t a subversive satire on gender balance politics, patriarchy & #manels.”  Tell me this isn’t a subversive satire on gender balance politics, patriarchy & #manels.— Gerry Hassan (@GerryHassan) January 27, 2019According to a World Bank report, the Middle East had the lowest rate of female workplace participation in the world in 2016. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2017, the UAE ranked the second highest among Arab countries in terms of equal constitutional rights between men and women. read more

Part of the International Year of the Potato celebrations in 2008, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) awarded first prizes in the contest – called “Focus on a global food” – to professional photographer Eitan Abramovich, and amateur photographer Xi Huang. The 1000 contest entries were reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee of eight panellists including five of the world’s leading professionals, who granted second and third prizes in both the professional and amateur categories to photographers from Spain, Belarus, the Netherlands and the Philippines.In support of the spirit of the International Year, photographers were invited to submit images that illustrated potato cultivation, processing, trade, marketing, consumption and utilization. Sponsored by Nikon Europe and Irge Colore Srl, the event gave photographers an opportunity to showcase previous work or to capture new images depicting the vital crop, single digital images and “photo stories” of four to eight related images in either black or colour.Coinciding with World Food Day – observed annually on 16 October to mark the founding of FAO – the “focus on global food” contest works to support the day’s ethos to highlight the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve hunger and poverty by the year 2015. 16 October 2008A Peruvian and a Chinese photographer were announced today as winners of a world photography contest, launched by the United Nations to highlight the potato’s key role in agriculture, the economy and world food security. read more

In a statement read out by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the Council presidency this month, the 15-member panel said it was especially concerned about the humanitarian effects on the area’s civilians and urged Government forces and rebel groups to respect a ceasefire.“The Council strongly condemns the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups as well as the continued prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence… It urges all parties to comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law.”Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes in eastern DRC in recent weeks, mainly in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, because of fighting between Government forces (known as the FARDC) and the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP).Armed groups operating in the region must lay down their arms and present themselves immediately to the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) for disarmament, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration, Mr. Yesui said.“The Security Council welcomes MONUC’s intention to reconfigure its forces and optimize their deployment so as to enhance its efficiency within the existing mandate and troop ceiling,” according to the presidential statement, which noted the recent request from Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, for additional capacities for the mission.The statement urged Kinshasa to ensure there is no cooperation between elements of the FARDC and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a mainly Hutu rebel group.It also called on other governments in the region to stop any support of armed groups in the eastern DRC, and urged the DRC and Rwanda to take immediate steps to reconcile their differences. 21 October 2008The Security Council today voiced deep concern over the recent resurgence of violence in the easternmost provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), warning of its potential to undermine the wider Great Lakes region of Central Africa. read more

Countries agreed in a declaration at the end of the 6-8 November gathering in New Delhi, India, on a roadmap to battle the wheat stem rust disease strain Ug99.The virulent virus was discovered in Uganda in 1999 and has spread from East Africa to Yemen, Sudan and Iran. To date, there is no evidence that it has moved to other countries, with a recent field survey finding that it is not present in India, Pakistan, Egypt and China.It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of all wheat varieties in Asia and Africa are susceptible to the strain, with spores of wheat rust carried by wind over long distances and across continents.More than 130 participants from agricultural ministries’ of 31 nations, as well as researchers, seed producers and plant production experts attended the meeting, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Indian Government and other partners.They stressed the importance of stepping up plant breeding research and global collaboration to develop Ug99-resistant varieties of wheat to be distributed to needy farming communities.“We will continue supporting countries in building national capacities for research, extension, plant protection and seed production and get the support of the international community for achieving our common goals in responding to the wheat rust global threat and improving livelihoods through enhanced food security,” said Modibo Traore, FAO Assistant-General in the Agricultural and Consumer Protection Department.The agency’s Wheat Rust Disease Global Programme supports almost 30 countries in East and North Africa, the Near East and Central and South Asia which are either affected or are at risk of the disease and together account for over one-third of global wheat production.In a related development, the former Director of FAO’s Liaison Office in New York has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland.Themba N. Masuku, who has also served as the South African nation’s finance minister, worked with FAO for over a decade.“He made thoughtful and informed contributions to the ongoing fight to reduce world hunger and increase investment in agriculture,” said Jacques Diouf, the agency’s Director-General, adding that he looks forward to continuing to work with his former colleague in his new capacity. 12 November 2008A United Nations-backed conference of major wheat producing countries has concluded with a call for urgent international action prevent and control a dangerous fungus that can cause heavy damage to wheat crops and threatens food security. read more

(Updated)The clean up in Burlington continues after an unprecedented storm hit the city right around this time last night. The rain was relentless — and left a big section of the city under water and at a standstill. All day today, city crews and residents have been assessing the damage.One forecaster called it a weather “bomb” that hit Burlington last night. In the aftermath, parts of the city look for all the world like disaster zones.This was the scene throughout areas of Burlington in the wake of the record rainfall — crews tossing out mud and water-soaked possessions.Jane: “That was deepest, it was up to here.”Homeowners inspecting the damage from shoulder-high water in their basements.It was the result of more than two hours of thunderstorms that hit on Monday night — shutting down the QEW, trapping cars, and swamping neighbourhoods with rainfall estimated at 150 millimetres or more.Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring: “We had about two months of rainfall within about a three or four hour period.”Mayor Rick Goldring says the number of homes flooded could range from 500 to a thousand.Homeowners Jim and Jane Ridley: “It seemed to be coming up and coming in. And then we had it coming in from the roof as well.”Homes like Jim and Jane Ridley’s in the Fairview/Appleby area, who were trying to save their possessions as the basement water got higher and higher.Jim and Jane: “We tried to save the big things didn’t we. We need a new furnace, we need a new water heater, washer and dryer. And then on top of that, you’ve got floor drywall. I can’t even think — it’s overwhelming.”Down the street is homeowner Neil Osborne: “It started to come out of the drains on the floor and then it kind of built up from there and filled our basement.”Restoration workers are scrambling.John Markun, Winmar Property Restoration: “Right now we’re sitting at well over a hundred residences that have been impacted by the water, as well as commercial properties.”That’s just one of about 20 restoration companies.Nearby, in the New Street/Walkers Line area, homeowner Glenn Nicholson had similar problems: “Water was coming around both sides of the house. I came into the backyard, it was four foot deep. The basement was flooded and the whole backyard was a lake.”In this area, Tuck Creek overflowed its banks under the flooding onslaught — possibly because of trees knocked down by the storm blocking the creek — sending two feet of water across yards and roads and into houses.Andy Dylag, homeowner: “It was about knee deep. Cars were getting stuck here. Water was rushing through this whole portion of the bridge. It was a disaster.”And roads like Guelph Line north of Dundas needed repairs after the storm wore away the roadbed.In the wake of the disaster, the city says it’s going to be some time before there’s any firm figure on how much damage the storm left behind.There’s one small lesson that we can learn for this Burlington experience. It’s the importance of knowing where you’re valuables are. Now Jim and Jane Ridley had things in the basement that they were looking for when the floods hit. But the water was coming up so fast, they couldn’t actually locate them. And in the end, they don’t really know what they lost in the flood.For the latest now on the situation in Burlington, the city’s mayor Rick Goldring joins us and answered these questions from anchor Nick Dixon.1– Do you know tonight how many homes and businesses were impacted by the flooding? Closer to 1,000 than 500 homes. A lot of families have not dialed Halton Region at 311 yet to report damage.2– What is the city doing to help residents affected by the flooding? City wants to know about where the extreme events have been occurring like sanitary backup so that we can deploy the programs that are in place to help residents. Plus the city need to know the impact on the ground water from the flooding of peoples basements.3– You saw the number of roads that were flooded and impassable last night — what does it tell you about the state of the infrastructure in Burlington — and what can you now do about it?? I think we have to be careful not to judge the infrastructure after a one-in-200 year event. Reports will be tabled to city council in the fall to see how some of these events can be addressed for the future.4– Is there any reason for the city to be going to province at this point for any funding — or help for homeowners??? In order to get provincial help, I don’t know if the city will qualify5– Your impressions of the city’s response to the situation last night??? I was very impressed by the city services, the region of Halton and the positive spirit of neighbours helping each other out. Some people in the community have been hit more than once this year.Additional video: News Now coverage of Goldring’s midday news conference: read more

first_img 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.   He added: “The overwhelming message from the experts is that Scotland could significantly reduce reoffending by better use of electronic tagging and emerging monitoring technology.  “I welcome all of the recommendations the panel has made and am determined that we seize this opportunity to reduce crime even further and make our communities safer.”  The new projects will see GPS tracking used in addition to the current radio frequency technology employed to monitor people as part of their sentence.  An increase in the use of electronic tagging would be employed in addition to community payback orders and other measures to tackle offending behaviour, ministers said.  The introduction of electronic monitoring to tackle the “disproportionately high” rate of people on remand in prison will also be explored.  “Effective community sentences have driven Scotland’s reoffending rate down to a 17-year low using smarter, more effective interventions,” Mr Matheson said.  “The potential of combining community sentencing alternatives with tagging will allow us to hold people to greater account during their sentence and focus on rehabilitating them.”  Ministers say international research shows that short term sentences are not the most effective way of bringing down reoffending.  On the use of electronic monitoring ahead of sentencing, Dr Hannah Graham, a Stirling University criminologist, said: “There is a disproportionately high rate of people on remand in prison in Scotland.  “The recommendation to introduce electronic monitoring as an alternative to remand opens up extra opportunities to address this issue by closely monitoring and supporting more people in the community pre-trial, without losing sight of the need to ensure public safety.” Ministers set up expert group on taggingCredit:PA Scottish Parliament Ministers are proposing a radical expansion of the use of electronic tags in a bid to reduce reoffending.  Pilot projects will involve GPS tracking, alcohol monitoring technology and tagging as an alternative to custody.  The plans, announced by Michael Matheson, the justice minister, will be accompanied by a wider package of support for offenders and follow the recommendations of an expert group.  The “sobriety tags” that will be tested respond to ethanol in an individual’s sweat and could be used as an alternative to prison for those who offend under the influence of alcohol.   The changes, proposed by an expert group set up by the Scottish Government two years ago, will require new regulations and legislation and further pilot projects are expected to be announced in the coming months.  Tagging has been used for around 15 years, largely to ensure offenders remain in their homes overnight under early release from jail, or as an alternative to prison. Under the new proposals, forms of tagging will be used as an alternative to remand in prison and as a condition of bail.  Mr Matheson said he wanted Scotland to learn from the systems used in the Netherlands.last_img read more

first_img1. Eros (Passionate Love)– Taking its name from the Greek god of fertility, Eros best defines our modern concept of romantic love. Eros is primal, powerful, and intense. It is guided by lust, pleasure, and infatuation – and it often involves a loss of control. For this reason, the Ancient Greeks didn’t necessarily think that it was always a good thing. It can be dangerous and is likely to burn out quickly unless supported with one of the less superficial loves below.2. Ludus (Playful Love)– Often paired with Eros and associated with puppy love, Ludus is the playful affection that you feel during the early stages of a relationship. You laugh, you tease, you flirt. But you also feel Ludus when you’re laughing and bantering with friends, dancing with strangers, or sending flirty messages online. Ludus makes you feel young and euphoric.3. Philautia (Self Love) – Loving yourself is the bedrock for loving other people. Having pride in your work, taking care yourself, and maintaining a loving inner dialogue are all parts of Philautia. Self-loathing people have little love to give. After all, you can’t “love your neighbor as yourself” unless you love yourself first. Beware the negative form of Philautia, narcissism. An Ancient Greek idea that we know all too well today, narcissism is defined by self-obsession, vanity, and a narrow focus on one’s personal gain.4. Mania (Obsessive Love) – Unbalanced Eros and a lack of healthy Philautia can easily foment into Mania, or madness. Stalking behaviors, co-dependency, extreme jealousy, and violence are all symptoms of Mania. Love can be a balm for low self-esteem, and Mania sufferers are desperate to keep the sense of self-value that their desired partner provides.5. Pragma (Committed Love) – A hallmark of healthy, long-term relationships, Pragma is a deep understanding and unique harmony between two people. While Eros is about finding love, Pragma is about giving love. Patience, tolerance, and compromise are essential elements.6. Storge (Family Love) – Naturally flowing between parents and children, Storge is a familiar fondness most often associated with kinship. It often involves an unbalanced relationship, where the flow of love is asymmetrical or even unilateral. Born out of familiarity and dependency, Storge is unconditional. It is a very powerful force, and can also be generated between friends, bosses and colleagues, and owners and pets.7. Philia (Friendship Love) – Philia is the love between equals who share goodwill toward each other. Ancient Greeks valued Philia over all other types of love. Features of this deep feeling of friendship include loyalty, the sharing of emotions (good and bad), and a sense of shared sacrifice. Philia is a virtuous, intimate companionship that has the power to transform eros from lust to spiritual understanding.8. Agape (Compassionate Love) – Agape is selfless, unconditional love for the entire world: neighbors, strangers, everybody. Existing on the spiritual plane, it is the highest form of love – and the one in shortest supply in today’s society. Empathy fuels Agape love, which is given freely without any desires, expectations, or judgment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe French Bayern Munich footballer feels his manager has the personality to coach a big team like the German giantsFrench midfielder Franck Ribery believes Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has the personality to coach a team like the German Bundesliga club.And in an interview with the league’s official website, he was full of praise for the Croatian.“Things are great with [him],” said Ribery.“He takes me to one side and explains the situation. I’ve got no problem with it at all. He knows exactly how much game time to give me.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“When I get along with someone, then they can count on me,” Ribery continued.“For me, communication is the most important thing. There are things you have to talk about.”“Niko’s got the personality to coach a big team,” he added.“He’s got great qualities. You can see that in the way he leads us and talks to us. He’s analyzed all the players’ personalities in the team, knows how they tick and how he can get through to them. That’s priceless.”last_img read more

first_imgIan Hodson has been promoted to head of reward at the University of Lincoln.In his new role, Hodson will oversee senior reward, payroll, pensions and employee benefits, as well as role evaluation and HR systems.Previously, Hodson was reward and benefits manager at the University of Lincoln.Prior to joining the university, Hodson held positions at Lincolnshire County Council and Mars UK.last_img

first_imgThis photo taken on 12 October, 2017 shows tourists taking photographs in front of City Hall in the downtown area of Yangon. Photo: AFPOnly a few years ago Beyonce and Jay-Z were posing for photos among Myanmar’s famed temples, heralding the former junta-run country’s rise as one of the hottest new tourist destinations on the map.But that dream is cracking as images of burnt villages and Muslim Rohingya fleeing army-led violence in western Rakhine shock the globe, sparking outrage over a staggering scale of human suffering that has festered along the border.Ever since the bloodshed broke out in late August, tourism operators have witnessed a cascade of cancellations, rippling fear through a nascent industry that was gearing up for its high season in October.”Almost all the trips scheduled for October and November have been cancelled due to instability in the country, because of the situation in Rakhine state,” said Tun Tun Naing from New Fantastic Asia Travels and Tour, an agency that leads trips to the pristine beaches and mist-shrouded lakes that dot the lush country.”Most groups in Japan, Australia and other Asian countries cited security reasons and some Europeans have clearly said they boycotted because of the humanitarian situation,” he told AFP.In Yangon, a bustling city known for its crumbling colonial architecture, some foreign tourists could still be seen circling the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda that looms over the former capital.But they admitted that the ongoing crisis is an awkward backdrop for their holiday.”It’s very sad to see what the country is becoming, our guide told us that Muslims were dangerous and that they were not Burmese,” said French tourist Christine, who declined to give her surname, of a crisis that has spiked religious tensions in the Buddhist majority country.Some distinguished guests are also keeping their distance, with Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla deciding to skip a stop in the former colony during an autumn tour of Asia.- One step forward, two back? -There are fears the refugee crisis could throw Myanmar’s fledgling tourism sector back to the dark days under military rule, when many travellers passed over the pariah state to avoid lining the pockets of generals who brutally suppressed human rights.All that had started to change after the army initiated a transition to partial democracy in 2011.The move saw Western sanctions lifted as foreign tourists flocked to landscapes unspoiled by the crowds and travel infrastructure that has mushroomed elsewhere in the region.The first half of 2017 kicked off well with a 22 percent increase in visitors compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Ministry of Tourism, which hopes to double the number of annual arrivals to 7.5 million by 2020.But at the end of August, western Rakhine state was in flames.Raids by mobs of poorly-armed Rohingya militants prompted a military backlash so brutal the UN says it likely amounts to ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.More than half a million Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in two months, carrying testimony of killings, rape and arson at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist mobs.Their chilling stories, alongside photos of gaunt and weary refugees cramming into Bangladesh’s ramshackle refugee camps, have seized headlines around the globe and cast a pall over the young democracy’s rise.A few hours south of the conflict zone in Rakhine state lies Mrauk-U, an ancient capital and hallowed archaeological site.Two months into the crisis, locals say the site is empty of the tourists normally buzzing around its ruins.”All people who live on tourism are out of work now,” guide Aung Soe Myint told AFP.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Multi-million dollar contracts end with Southwest Key Confirmation of new potential shelters comes as Austin-based non-profit Southwest Key closes down two Texas facilities, one in Conroe and another in Harlingen. The federal government ended those contracts due to an “unexpected loss of federal funding.”None of the new facilities would be run by Southwest Key. Children have now been removed from the Conroe facility, according to an August census of all unaccompanied minor facilities in Texas. Kids had been removed from the Harlingen shelter by mid-July. The non-profit Southwest Key operates more than a third of unaccompanied minor facilities statewide through multi-million dollar federal contracts. Inside Houston’s Newest Migrant Shelter For Unaccompanied TeensThe organization has been under fire for more than a year, especially after they were slated to open a shelter for children under the age of 12 in Houston during the height of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. That shelter, on Emancipation Avenue, is now licensed to hold 16 and 17-year-olds. In July, NPR reported that the federal government is requesting bids on large migrant shelters in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Atlanta and Phoenix. The total capacity of these shelters is 2,500. Here’s a map of the area in #Houston where the govt wants to put a new shelter for #migrant minors who arrive at the #border w/out parents #hounews >>— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) July 2, 2019The new Houston shelter will hold 500 migrant children, according to government documents, and will be built in northwest Houston.Some 4,300 children are currently being held in unaccompanied minor facilities statewide. Correction (8/28/19): A previous version of this article stated that there would be three new shelters. It has been updated to reflect that one of the three applications is for a new child placement agency which won’t directly care for migrant kids.  Share Listencenter_img X Courtesy of Southwest KeyInside Casa Sunzal, an unaccompanied minor shelter run by Southwest Key.Texas Health and Human Services has confirmed that applications have come in for two new shelters that would hold migrant youth who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without a guardian.  The unaccompanied minor facilities are slated for the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen and Los Fresnos. Lutheran Social Services of the South and CHSI would operate the new facilities. The Los Fresnos shelter would hold children as young as infants and as old as 17, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Another application, for a child placing agency, which would supervise the placement of migrant foster children, is also pending approval. That agency, operated by Foster Texas, would be in Cedar Park, north of Austin. 00:00 /00:40last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Colombia government, rebels to set up truth commission Colombia, FARC reach agreement on de-escalating conflict An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory Colombia announces cease-fire deal to end 52-year conflict with FARC A Colombian National Police sergeant who was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and held captive for 13 years is now a police attaché working in the Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica.During Colombia’s presidential elections on Sunday, César Augusto Lasso, 47, described being held captive for more than a decade in the Colombian jungle. Lasso was one of several victims kidnapped by the FARC in a famous incident known as the “Toma de Mitú,” in the departmental capital of Vaupés, in southeastern Colombia, in the Amazon basin.On Nov. 1, 1998 at 4:45 a.m., approximately 1,500 FARC guerrilla fighters attacked a police station in Mitú, outnumbering the small town’s squad of 120 police officers.“After several hours of combat, our people were falling. They [the FARC] killed 18 of my compañeros and they kidnapped 61 of us,” Lasso, who was then 34, said in an interview outside the Colombian Embassy in San José.“From then on, it was one continuous hike through the jungles of Colombia waiting to be rescued, or for a chance to escape, or to be traded in a prisoner exchange, or a unilateral release, as the guerrillas did in the end,” Lasso said. Former Colombian Police Sargeant José Libardo Forero, right, hugs his wife next to Sargeant César Augusto Lasso on April 4, 2012. Guillermo Legaría/AFPLasso and the other hostages spent the entire 13 years chained at the neck, in pairs. They endured horrid conditions, including unbearable heat, high humidity, tropical disease, and – most of all – isolation.“We didn’t have direct communication with our family members. We could only hear messages from them, mostly my mother and my children, when our captors allowed us to listen to the radio,” he said.“In all that time, [the FARC] never showed anyone from the outside proof that we were still alive. But thanks to God’s will and the strength he gave us, we were able to make it out alive, although other compañeros didn’t make it,” Lasso said. “Some died, others are still missing.”The FARC released Lasso on April 2, 2012. During those 13 years, Lasso said what he missed most was the chance to see his children grow up, along with “the many things that life gives you, the ability to educate yourself, perfect yourself.“Pero bueno,” he said, “life goes on.”Lasso never got another chance to see his father, who died 10 years after the kidnapping. Former FARC hostage César Augusto Lass, right, arrives in Villavicencio, Colombia, on April 2, 2012, after being freed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). AFP/ICRC/Boris HegerThe FARC is currently engaged in peace negotiations with the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba, one of the central issues in the South American country’s current electoral process.Colombian opposition candidate Óscar Zuluaga led President Juan Manuel Santos in Sunday’s elections, but neither candidate captured enough votes to avoid a runoff. Santos favors continuing his administration’s 18-month negotiations with the Marxist rebels, but Zuluaga, who has the support of former conservative president Álvaro Uribe, has vowed to take a harder line and end the peace talks.Recommended: Colombian leader, rival head to runoff vote After 13 years captive in a Colombian jungle, César Augusto Lasso can still smile. Guillermo Legaria/AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgQantas A330Australian World Orchestra surprise inflight performancePassengers on QF81 flight from Sydney to Singapore received a “classical” surprise at 36,000 feet, when nine musicians from the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) performed a pop-up concert.The Symphonic Serenade in the Sky saw a nine-piece AWO ensemble, including a French horn, snare drum, cello, flute, trumpets, and saxophone, serenade fellow passengers with Ravel’s famous musical composition, ‘Bolero’, celebrating the orchestra’s first concert in Singapore this weekend.The performance for the nearly 300 passengers on board took place shortly after take-off, once the A330-300 aircraft had reached its cruising altitude of 36,000 feet.Qantas A330 Second Officer Mitch Clark said the crew was thrilled to work with the AWO to bring a truly memorable experience to passengers.“Australia is lucky to have some of the best musicians in the world,” Second Officer Clark said.“For the AWO to share their talent with us was a treat not only for the passengers but also for our crew.“Qantas has always had great in-flight entertainment, but a live performance specially arranged for our passengers is a real high note in my time flying.”Together with members of the AWO, Qantas also carried nearly 100 instruments, including seven double basses checked as freight and a number of cellos given their own seats. Qantas engineers, pilots, safety and crew worked with the AWO to prepare for the performance, ensuring all in-flight safety requirements were met.The orchestra received a spontaneous round of applause from passengers and crew at the end of the  five minute show, with encore performances played to each of  the cabins in the aircraft.Alison Mitchell, Flautist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, said the performance held special significance for multiple reasons.“As a flautist I have played this famous tune [from Bolero] all over the world – but I never thought I’d get to play it in the sky! It is an extra special performance because my colleagues are all fellow Australians, brought together by the AWO.”The AWO, which brings together Australia’s very best classical musicians from around the world into a national orchestra, performed in Sydney on 28 September and travelled to Singapore with Qantas to perform at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore on 1 October, 2016. Qantasbook flights here Source = Qantaslast_img read more