In West Bengal, an app to help counter sexual abuse in schools

first_imgThe West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) is all set to launch a mobile app to teach schoolchildren how to counter the threat of sexual abuse. The app will also create awareness among schoolchildren about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). The development comes at a time when the alleged sexual abuse of a kindergarten student of a renowned private school in South Kolkata has generated widespread outrage in the State and raised questions on the safety of schoolchildren.Speaking to The Hindu, Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, the chairperson of the WBCPCR, said that the app will comprise of a quiz regarding what a child should do when faced with the threat of sexual abuse.“With the app, the school children will get to answer multiple choice questions regarding what to do, whom to lodge a complaint to if someone tries to sexually abuse them,” she said. Ms. Chakraborti also said that the app is inspired by the online game of the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called ‘Against All Odds’. The UNHCR game — which is for children of the age group of seven years and above — seeks to create awareness among refugee children on how to face persecution and the process to seek asylum. The app is expected to be launched within a couple of months.last_img read more

Bargari sacrilege case: Congress, SAD lock horns

first_imgTo garner the support of the Sikh community ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday tried to project themselves as “pro-Panth” at their respective rallies.Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh accused the ‘Badals’ of lying on the Bargari sacrilege case. His predecessor, Parkash Singh Badal, said the Congress was hatching a conspiracy to grab the Sikh institutions. At Lambi’s Killianwali, Capt. Singh said Mr. Badal had been giving false statements.“How could the Chief Minister of the State not know about such an important development (police firing incidents),” said Capt. Singh, pointing out that the DGP had spoken to Mr. Badal at 2 a.m. that morning and had also spoken with the IG several times. “If, despite this, Mr. Badal did not know about the incident he should be ashamed,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder blamed the ‘Badals’ for the drug-related deaths in the State, and for failing to save the farmers from debt, which was left to his government to waive off despite the economic crisis facing it.“Mr. Badal failed to implement the report of their own Zora Commission formed to probe the sacrilege and firing cases,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that anyone found guilty by the SIT would be punished as per the law and nobody would be spared.“The ‘Badals’ would have to pay for all their sins, including the sacrilege and false cases as well as the deaths of youth due to drugs and of the farmers,” Capt. Singh said.In Patiala, Mr. Badal said these were false allegations. “From now on, the fight is between ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Congress Panth’,” he said, alleging that the Congress government in Punjab has betrayed the people of Punjab by going back on every promise that it had made during the Assembly poll campaign 2017.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those who committed sacrilege at Bargari did it to destroy peace and communal harmony in Punjab. “If anyone was mortified at this development it was the SAD. The Congress used this incident to launch a defamation campaign against us and is still teaming up with elements who are using the name of the Panth to earn money,” alleged Mr. Sukhbir.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebels, led by former leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira held a ‘protest march’ from Kotkapura to Bargari, pressing for action against those responsible for the police firing at Bargari and sacrilege incidents in the State.last_img read more

Playing Bajirao was an intense experience for Ranveer

first_imgPune, Sep 16 (PTI) Actor Ranveer Singh says he gave his best to justify the role of Peshwa Bajirao in his upcoming film “Bajirao Mastani”. “He (Bajirao) was a great man. The deeper I get into it the more I realise what a great man he was. It is a great honour to be selected to play this character,” Ranveer told reporters here at an event. “I did my best to justify what I was given to play. He was a true Maratha. It has been an intense experience for me,” he said. According to Ranveer, “Bajirao Mastani” is one of his few films which required hardcore preparation for the role. “I had to focus and try and create something distinct. It is not easy to do a period character and transport mentally to that time,” he said. “No other film demanded this much of me. It is not a complaint… I am proud and happy to play this role which you get in a decade. I had got to do much for my craft,” he added. The “Band Baaja Baarat” actor thinks Deepika Padukone looks absolutely beautiful in the song “Deewani Mastani”. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a Aaina Mahal (glass palace) for the song. “Bhansali Sir has outdone himself. Sir had to create a Aaina Mahal of that scale and beauty to justify the beauty of his leading lady. That song is incredible… it will be one of the highlights of the film,” the 30-year-old actor said. “Gajanan” aarti song from Eros International and Bhansalis Bajirao Mastani was launched yesterday here at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Balewadi Stadium. “Everybody finds a reason to party during Ganesh Visarjan (immersion). I love dancing in Visarjan processions… I have got down and danced in random Visarjans after becoming an actor.” Ranveer reveals ace choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant calls his style of dancing as “Visarjan”. “It is one of my favourite dance forms of partying on street w ith loud music. People do strange steps. I am very excited and if I cant control I will jump and go and dance in one of the processions,” he said. Ranveer and Deepika were in Pune yesterday for the promotions of Bajirao Mastani. “It is amazing we kickstarted the promotions from Pune as it is appropriate. Bajiraos centre of empire is in Pune, his Mahal and his statue….,” Ranveer said. PTI KKP DK BK RDSlast_img read more


first_imgBopanna and Mergea, on the other hand, did not lose serve Bopanna and Mergea, on the other hand, did not lose serve even once as they won against the unseeded New Zealand-American duo. The opening set was a stroll for the sixth seeds, who broke their rivals twice and held serve effortlessly to grab the initial edge. However, Daniell and Baker clawed back in the second set by saving three break points and drastically improving their first serve. The set finally moved into a tie-break, which Daniell and Baker won to draw level in the match. But the fightback did not last in the third set as Bopanna and Mergea broke them twice and returned rather well to emerge triumphant. Bopanna and Mergea will next face the winners of the match between third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and Chris Guccione and Andre Sa. In another match, Paes and his Polish partner converted one break chance that they got in the opening set, while Soares and Murray could make use of just one of the five breakpoints that they got. The set eventually went into a tie-break, which the Indo-Polish pair clinched to take an upper hand. The second set also went into the tie-break, where Paes and Matkowski managed to held on to their nerves to wrap up the match in style. The Indo-Polish combo will next take on the formidable Bryan Brothers — Bob and Mike. PTI PDS PM CM PDSlast_img read more

FIFA president Infantino holds talks with Maradona

first_imgFormer Argentina captain Diego Maradona, a long-time critic of FIFA, has held talks in Paris with its president Gianni Infantino, the global soccer body said on Tuesday.FIFA said that the meeting was part of Infantino’s plans to involve top former players in making decisions on the future of the game, and added that the pair also discussed the crisis in the administration of Argentine football.Maradona was a frequent critic of Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter and claimed that there was “a mafia” inside FIFA.He had previously criticised Infantino himself, saying it was “very wrong to go from drawing the lots to run for FIFA president.”The remark was a reference to Infantino’s previous role as general secretary of European soccer body UEFA, where his duties included supervising the draws for European competitions.FIFA has been in turmoil after a wave of indictments of soccer officials in the United States last year, including former members of its executive committee, on corruption-related charges.Other officials, including Blatter and former European soccer boss Michel Platini, have been given lengthy bans by FIFA’s own ethics committee.FIFA said the meeting in Paris last Friday had been “very positive and constructive.””It is important that true legends of the game like Diego Maradona are interested in the future of the game and involve themselves in the promotion and development of football,” FIFA said.”This was another step in implementing the FIFA President’s vision to reconnect FIFA with the players who have made the history of the game.advertisementOne of Infantino’s first moves when he was elected in February was to form a team of top former international players, called the FIFA Legends, to play exhibition matches and also act as informal advisors.FIFA added that Maradona had backed a joint mission by FIFA and the South American soccer body CONMEBOL which is visiting Argentina where the football federation (AFA) is under investigation.A judge has ordered a lawyer and an accountant to be installed at the AFA for three months to look at alleged irregularities in its management of match broadcasting funds.The order included suspending a proposed AFA presidential election on June 30.”FIFA is committed to help and assist find a sustainable solution for the governance of Argentinian football,” FIFA said.last_img read more

Nets not planning for Kevin Durant to play this season

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Durant returned from an injured calf muscle he suffered in the postseason for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but lasted only 12 minutes before leaving with a more severe injury.Marks said Durant hasn’t given any indication that he plans to take things slowly.“I think you’re looking at one of the great competitors out there, so I think I would be remiss if I said no, he probably doesn’t want to play,” Marks said. “I think it’s obvious he wants to play, but I think there’s more at stake here.“This is, again, a long-term approach. There are a lot of people with a lot of sweat equity in this from the rehab perspective and so forth. And so I think it’ll be a group that makes the decision, and obviously Kevin included as to when and how that return is made.”In the meantime, Marks thinks Durant will try to be around his new team, though he can’t predict how much. He isn’t even sure yet whether Durant will accompany the Nets to China next month for their exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – This is a Sept. 24, 2018, file photo showing then-Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant posing for photos during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Oakland, Calif. Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the expectation is Kevin Durant won’t play this season, although the All-Star forward will have a say in determining when he’s ready. Durant is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He was injured while playing for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. He left the Warriors to sign with the Nets in July. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets expect to wait a year before Kevin Durant plays for them.General manager Sean Marks said Tuesday the Nets are planning this season without the injured All-Star. He added Durant will have a say in determining when he’s ready.ADVERTISEMENT “With Kevin, I think what we’re going to say is the expectations are that he’ll be out for the year,” Marks said.Durant is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He was injured while playing for Golden State in the NBA Finals, then left the Warriors to sign with the Nets in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40At the time, the Nets left open the possibility that Durant could play this season. That’s still possible, but Marks isn’t banking on it.“I’ve been excited to see, I think we all have, how he’s approached this rehab, which has been great, very refreshing and energizing for the whole group,” Marks said. “But at the end of the day, this is a long-term plan here. This was never about this next season. This is about getting an elite athlete back to elite physical shape on the court, whatever that takes.” Lionel Messi hurt again as Barcelona beats Villarreal 2-1 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Durant is expected to speak Friday when the Nets hold their media day.He signed with Brooklyn along with fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving, who was hurt Tuesday when he was elbowed during a pickup game. Marks doesn’t believe the injury is serious, although Irving went for an evaluation accompanied by coach Kenny Atkinson.When Durant and Irving join a team that won 42 games and made the playoffs last season, the Nets could turn into one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference. They know it could take a season.“I don’t know that all the guys we signed in the offseason are coming here for mediocrity,” Marks said. “That’s not part of it. This is why we went in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

The escalating war between trolls and cricket WAGS

first_imgFans vs the WAGS or the fans vs cricketers are nothing new. When players perform poorly their WAGS become an obvious target by the followers. However, when they perform well for their country the good posts are never directed to the women behind their success.Remember fans trolling Virat Kohli’s poor form by venting their anger at his girlfriend and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma? However, the outspoken Kohli hit back hard by shaming the trolls and defending Sharma. The latest target on Twitter these days is all-rounder Stuart Binny’s wife Mayanti Langer.Binny became a butt of all jokes when he was struck for five sixes in an over by Evin Lewis of West Indies in the first of two T20Is played in Florida previous weekend.Mayanti, a famous Television presenter and a former model, came out all guns blazing in support of her husband as she wrote a strongly-worded post on Twitter slamming the Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) September 1, 2016WHEN KOHLI AND ANUSHKA FACED FANS’ IREIt all started when Kohli started dating Anushka. At the same time Kohli hit a lean patch, something every cricketer has to go through in his career, but the reason for his poor form with the bat was Anushka, according to some of the haters on the social media.The actor was once again targeted when during the 2015 World Cup semi-final against Australia Kohli dropped a catch and scored only 1 run chasing a mammoth 329 for a place in the final.advertisementHave a look at some of the ridiculous and sexist tweets targeted at Anushka.If India loses today,Anushka bhabhi will come and cry on the ground on behalf of our players #IndvsAus Corporate_slave (@arorG89) March 26, 2015What’s true love?Anushka Sharma travelled all the way to Sydney to cheer VK dropping a catch and then score a run with bat! 😛 G?Ñ??Ï?Ñ?ÎÎ (@GP545) March 26, 2015Never liked the ugly anushka sharma. Shes a sign of bad luck and her films should be boycotted #IndvsAus #AUSvIND sarcasticsardar (@idlychutney) March 26, 2015A few days later India’s Test captain shamed the trolls for mercilessly ridiculing him and Anushka.”I just want to speak about something and I want everyone to take note of it,” Kohli had said in April 2015.”The stuff that happened after the World Cup semi-final, the way people reacted towards my personal life and Anushka in particular, was really disrespectful,” he added.”I want to put this out in public because at the human level I was really hurt and wanted to express that for quite a long time,” he said.HATERS TARGETED ANUSHKA AGAINHowever, this did not end here. Haters continued their online slaughter of the NH10 actor when in the series decider against South Africa last year, Kohli once again failed to score big and India lost the series.Anushka on the screen and Virat departs. Reminds me of that “Virat, I want you here in 10 mins” ad. #IndvSA cricBC (@cricBC) October 25, 2015Camera guy’s plan – Show Anushka on the big screen, make Virat nervous, make him play a bad shot, get him out. #INDvSA Pranay (@TheEngineerInMe) October 25, 2015Anushka Sharma ko kisne tickets di thi is match ki. ?? LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) October 25, 2015Kohli once again hit back the critics but this time he tweeted.”Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity”Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2016In an interview to Filmfare magazine last month, Anushka too blamed people for not handling her relationship with Kohli maturely.”I was open about my relationship because I thought that’s me handling something maturely and I expected people also to handle it maturely. But I feel not everyone knows how to do that. All they are interested is in scoops. ‘Oh! They met.’ – If you are dating someone you will meet them na? How can meeting someone become such big news? It was just too much. As an actor, I was giving some of my best performances but in an interview, the headline would always be about my personal life,” she said.EVEN SUNIL GAVASKAR NOT SPAREDCricket legend and commentator Sunil Gavaskar last year found himself at the wrong end of the social media over his act of asking Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli “is she here” during an Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders.advertisementDuring the toss at the Eden Gardens, Gavaskar asked Kohli: “Is she here”. A seemingly blushing Kohli replied: “Yes, she would be”, amid a loud cheer from a near capacity crowd.After all that happened with media, was really bad of Gavaskar to be cheeky to ask Kohli, “Is She here?” Not Expected from him at least. Nikhil ??? (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 11, 2015DHAWAN’S WIFE IGNORES SUCH STUFFSikhar Dhawan was going through a poor form just ahead of the World Cup. His stay at the crease was hardly lasting a few overs. Fans suggested the Indian team management to make “Dhawan trial ball opener.”Shikhar Dhawan should be trial ball opener before Rohit Sharma comes as the real opener. Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 15, 2016Shikhar Dhawan’s Wicket IsJust A Part Of Toss..It TellsWhether India Is Batting OrBowling.!!#IndvsAus Ajeet Kumar (@ajeetrox) January 15, 2016The only reason Shikhar Dhawan is still on field because Sasuraal Genda Phool. #IndvsAus Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) January 12, 2016Shikhar dhawan ??????2nd odi #IndvsAus Aslam malik (@bajrangi_Aslam) January 15, 2016However, Dhawan’s wife Ayesha Mukherjee preferred not to engage herself in such social media criticism.last_img read more

A lesson for Jose? How FA Cup glory saved Sir Alex

first_imgPremier League A lesson for Jose? How FA Cup glory paved the way for Man Utd greatness under Ferguson Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Getty/Goal Premier League Manchester United v Watford Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Watford Chelsea FA Cup Opinion It’s perhaps hard to believe now but there was a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was under serious pressure at Old Trafford before he won his first trophy Jose Mourinho has taken flak all season long. That’s in spite of the fact he’s led Manchester United to the Europa League and now back onto the Wembley stage. But it’s nothing compared to what the United boss at the time was facing back in 1990. Then, as now, the manager was under pressure not only to deliver meaningful trophies but to win in style. Then, as now, there was an FA Cup final to look forward to – even in the face of widespread dissatisfaction with results and with the football on offer.Then, as now, there was big money spent with little evidence that the team would ever get supporters’ blood pumping. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hard to imagine now given his successes but that manager was Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho’s second-placed outfit are bona-fide superstars next to his one.United had been badly mismanaged and trophy-less for a long time but still there persisted a belief on the terraces that they should be winning and winning in a manner befitting the stature of Sir Matt Busby’s club; European champions in 1968.The team had played some attractive stuff under Ron Atkinson but were a little soft – especially when midfielder Bryan Robson didn’t play. Atkinson’s replacement – a certain pre-knighthood Ferguson – produced some encouraging results during his first season in charge but things went south very quickly.By the end of that 1989-90 season they would end up 13th – their worst league finish since being promoted back to the top flight in 1975. That despite the fact that the squad had been expensively furnished with the signings of Danny Wallace, Neil Webb, Paul Ince and Gary Pallister.Things were critical; Ferguson was not simply under pressure but there were outright demands for his sacking.Paul Ince Manchester United 1990 FA Cup final“Fergie had spent big the previous summer,” says Wayne Barton, author of The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying – the Jimmy Murphy biography .“It was the most expensively assembled side in the club’s history. There was a tremendous amount of pressure. United were expected to win the league.”They never got close. The nadir came on a cold December day when minnows Crystal Palace visited Old Trafford and took home the points. Palace were terrible that season themselves and had already been slapped 9-0 by champions-elect Liverpool. In all United were to endure a run of 11 consecutive matches without a solitary league win. At one stage they looked a decent bet for relegation. Crowds for home games had gone down to the low thirty-thousands.“There was a run around Christmas they lost four in six and they scored one goal in those six games,” Barton says. “Those were dire times. He was on borrowed time a little bit because he spent all that money and, if anything, they had gone backwards from the Ron Atkinson era. They lost seven or eight games before Christmas.”One United fan by the name of Pete Molyneux had brought along a homemade banner that day with an accurate summary of the feeling widespread in the stands.3 YEARS OF EXCUSES AND IT’S STILL CRAPTA RA FERGIEThat white bedsheet has become legendary in Manchester. It captured the spirit of the times perfectly and showed how much Ferguson would have to do just to meet expectations – if he could somehow survive the season.While those at the club always insist that the manager’s job was never truly in danger, by the time United played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup early that January there was a palpable sense that a failure to progress there and he would have to go.Manchester United 1990 FA Cup final“He was odds on to be sacked before the end of the season,” says Barton. “Speculation was raging. The pundits in the paper were saying if they lost against Forest he wouldn’t survive. It was the cup run keeping him alive.”Mark Robins etched his name into United folklore by giving his boss a stay of execution and setting up a fourth-round date at lowly Hereford.“Their league form was still rubbish,” says Barton. “They lost their next two games after. His job was still at risk there.“He could have lost that game and probably would have been sacked. They scored with about four minutes to go on a terrible pitch.”He got lucky more than once in the draw; first by coming out opposite Oldham in the semi-finals after wins against Newcastle and Sheffield United and then again when Palace somehow upset Liverpool in the other one.Onward to Wembley. United would eventually need a replay to dispose of Palace after a 3-3 thriller. Left-back Lee Martin scored the only goal of the second game. But Ferguson finally had something to build on.“Getting there and winning the trophy was a massive boost because it was the first one under Ferguson and it bought him that little bit more time,” says Barton. “It did a lot to give that squad confidence. It was a crucial moment in United’s history.”Manchester United Cup Winners' Cup 1991The following season English teams were re-admitted to European football after the ban stemming from Heysel in 1985. United set about turning Barcelona over in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Rotterdam.“Because they hadn’t played in European football for a while, the English style of play was new to those continental players they were coming up against,” says Barton. “They were caught cold by it.”While the FA Cup bought Fergie time, it was the European win which gave United steam. They knew then what it took to meet expectations and got into winning habits.“It wasn’t like they didn’t have the talent,” Barton says. “It’s just that they were so burdened by the weight of expectation. When they started winning games the confidence blossomed from that.“Barcelona were widely considered to be the best team in Europe. It was a huge shot in the arm. Winning those games was enough to get momentum.”The League Cup fell next; then that first crucial Premier League title. In the transfer market everything Ferguson touched turned to gold. Denis Irwin came in 1990, Peter Schmeichel and Paul Parker a year later. Eric Cantona in 1992 would turn a great team into an exceptional one.But it was in that FA Cup run that Ferguson’s gold-laden journey truly began; the seed planted.Had there been defeat to Forest or Hereford or anyone else along the way there would be no 1999 and no 2008. There would be no history for Ferguson to write. There would be no banner in Old Trafford which today reads EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US LOVES SIR ALEX FERGUSON.And the standards Ferguson set made life a hell of a lot more difficult for his successors. He built on the foundations of Sir Matt Busby and satisfied those demands that United not only had to win but win in style.“Because of what Ferguson did, as we saw with Louis Van Gaal, winning the FA Cup is no longer enough,” says Barton. “It still is a big trophy but Van Gaal could have finished fourth and probably kept his job.“If you look at Mourinho it’s not enough United are winning but they have to win in a certain way. It shows you what a complex job it is to coach at that level. Every single game is a cup final.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Effective Support System Essential in Treating Mental Illness

first_img “Most persons do not understand that mentally ill persons cannot only become active and responsible members of society, but they can actually excel. It is not an issue of the illness the patient has, it is the level of support they receive,” According to Dr. Walcott, persons with mental disorders endure psychological turmoil due to an inability to execute their social responsibilities. Story Highlights Mentally ill patients need their family and community to support them during the course of their treatment. Head of the Kingston and St. Andrew Mental Health Services (KSAMHS), Dr. Geoffrey Walcott, says that an effective social support system is essential in treating persons with a mental disorder.Speaking with JIS News, Dr. Walcott said that contrary to popular belief, the majority of mental health treatments are administered in the home and not the hospital, therefore, mentally ill patients need their family and community to support them during the course of their treatment.According to Dr. Walcott, persons with a mental disorder endure psychological turmoil due to an inability to execute their social responsibilities and expectations that their family, community and the society at large have of them.“Not being able to live up to your social role attacks your issues of self-esteem and self confidence,” he said.He pointed out that through its treatment process, the Community Mental Health Services, which is an affiliate of KSAMHS, works to ensure that patients are stable enough to regain their level of social responsibility, and to get them functioning as they should.The KSAMHS team believes that each patient can be a success story and so focus is heavily placed on building and maintaining social support for patients, through integration with their family and community.“Once this process has begun and is properly maintained, that patient will never go to a hospital. They will probably be employed and become a functional member of their family and the society,” Dr. Walcott pointed out.He noted that one of the difficulties for persons with a mental illness is stigmatization as many are of the view that a mental illness is a permanent stain.However, Dr. Walcott said that a properly supervised patient is no different from someone who is mentally healthy. This is because the symptoms and impairments caused by the illness can be effectively treated.“Most persons do not understand that mentally ill persons cannot only become active and responsible members of society, but they can actually excel. It is not an issue of the illness the patient has, it is the level of support they receive,” he noted.last_img read more

UN rights chief says Maldives must take further steps on path to

24 November 2011The Maldives has made “significant advances” during the first few years of its transition to democracy, but a large gap still exists between the rhetoric and the reality on the ground, the United Nations human rights chief said today. Wrapping up a visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told journalists that the Maldives deserved credit for the progress it has made since a reform agenda began nearly a decade ago. Multi-party presidential elections were held for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule, and the country has ratified six of the seven core international treaties. Ms. Pillay – who met with President Mohamed Nasheed, senior Government officials, opposition figures, leading judges, parliamentarians and representatives of civil society during her visit – noted there has been “a dramatic reduction in the incidence of torture” and the country is also promoting dialogue within both South Asia and the Islamic world on the importance of human rights. “Yet, as virtually all my interlocutors have noted, the process of transition is far from over, and some of the achievements still have shallow roots,” she said. “Some of those with whom I have spoken pointed to a large gap between the political rhetoric and actual implementation of reforms on the ground.” The High Commissioner noted that the Majlis, or parliament, is not in session because of a series of disputes and has therefore passed just five bills and three amendments so far this year. “The enactment of some vital human rights-related pieces of legislation envisaged in the constitution have been held up. These include, most notably, the penal code, the criminal and civil procedures, the law on domestic violence and the right to information bill.” While she found bipartisan political agreement on the need for such laws, “their progress has been paralyzed by the political impasse. I urge politicians of all stripes to set their disputes to one side, because these laws are both necessary and overdue.” Women are also severely under-represented in the country’s judiciary and political ranks – only five of the nearly 200 judges and magistrates are female, for example. “For women to fulfil their potential, they need respect, education, and equal rights and opportunities. This is clearly recognized in the Maldives’ constitution. Yet the widespread domestic violence against women in the Maldives indicates a lack of respect – as does the failure to enact the draft law designed to deal with this issue. And the shortage of women in high-powered jobs indicates both a lack of opportunities, and a lack of ambition solidified by deficiencies in the education of girls.” Ms. Pillay said a starting point to improve female representation would be to expand the role of women on the local councils on the islands, “where their practical experience and know-how could bring quick benefits and recognition.” She also voiced concern about the country’s health-care system, which she described as deteriorating the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers, particularly those from Bangladesh the state of religious freedom and tolerance and the continuing practice of flogging some offenders. read more

SNCLavalin suspended from right to bid on World Bank projects for 10

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) said Wednesday a settlement has been reached with the World Bank Group in an investigation into allegations of bribery involving a bridge contract in Bangladesh.A number of terms of the settlement were being withheld, but they included a suspension of the right of a subsidiary, SNC-Lavalin Inc. and its controlled affiliates, to be awarded World Bank Group-financed projects for 10 years.However, the suspension could be lifted after eight years if the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement are complied with fully, SNC said in a news release Wednesday.No financial penalty was imposed and other SNC-Lavalin Group subsidiaries will be able to bid on such contracts if they meet the terms of the agreement, SNC added.The company said revenues generated from projects in the affected subsidiaries that are financed by the World Bank and other multilateral development banks have historically represented about one per cent of the its annual revenues.The RCMP raided a SNC-Lavalin office in Oakville, Ont., in September 2011 at the request of the World Bank, which was investigating a bridge contract that was never awarded in the South Asian country.The accusations of bribery prompted the World Bank to suspend a US$1.2-billion loan and temporarily barred the SNC-Lavalin subsidiary from bidding on other contracts in the country.A Bangladesh newspaper has reported that the country’s anti-corruption commission was investigating allegations that SNC-Lavalin Inc. offered “huge bribes” to at least six influential Bangladeshi officials, including two former government ministers, to obtain the lucrative bridge contract.SNC-Lavalin Group said Wednesday that the company launched an internal investigation when the matter was first brought to its attention and “has worked closely with the World Bank throughout the settlement process.”“The company’s decision to settle signals our determination as we go forward to set standards for ethics in business conduct and for good governance that are beyond reproach,” CEO Robert Card said.“The company has already taken, and will continue to take, measures to ensure rigorous compliance and control procedures are in place,” Card added.SNC-Lavalin Group is involved in engineering and construction projects around the world.Canadian Press read more

US committed to build long term sustainable partnerships with Sri Lanka

Anthony Renzulli, the US Embassy’s Head of Political Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremony in Nintavur on February 12 while Public Affairs Officer David McGuire inaugurated the school in Soodaikkudah on February 14, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. Also participating were Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, State Minister of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine Faizal Cassim, Eastern Province Education Ministry Secretary I.K.G. Muthubanda, Provincial Director of Education for Eastern Province M. T. A. Nizam, and Zonal Director of Education and Principal of the Soodaikkudah Barathi School Sivasubramaniam Kirupathas. The United States says it is committed to build long term, sustainable partnerships with the people of Sri Lanka.Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah. At the Soodaikkudah school, INDOPACOM funded the construction of five new classrooms and a 35,000-liter rainwater harvesting system. The classroom building incorporates an emergency shelter on the top floor, providing a safe location for local families in the event of a natural disaster. This project also created a new handicap-accessible toilet block with ten stalls.“These school construction projects symbolize the commitment of the United States to building long term, sustainable partnerships with the people of Sri Lanka,” stated McGuire. “Empowering young Sri Lankans by improving their access to safe, quality spaces in which to learn is just one example of how we stand with the Sri Lankan government as it works to ensure equal rights and opportunity for all. The leaders of tomorrow are learning here today, and our hope is that they see how much more we can achieve when we work together as partners.”These renovations illustrate the strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Sri Lanka and represent the commitment of the United States to continuing a close relationship with Sri Lanka in the future. (Colombo Gazette) INDOPACOM invested more than 190 million Sri Lankan Rupees in these construction projects that directly benefit rural and under-served communities and engaged local school administration officials as partners in the construction, supporting local development and contributing to the education and future of Sri Lankan youth in Eastern Province.The INDOPACOM construction project at the Al Mazhar Girls High School added 12 classrooms, a 35,000-liter rainwater harvesting system, and 17 additional bathroom stalls. The Al Mazhar Girls High School serves 1170 students. “This school represents a chance for Sri Lanka’s youth to learn, to examine, to challenge. It is especially important to offer these opportunities to young women and girls,” said Renzulli. “I’m pleased we can provide this assistance to the future female leaders of Sri Lanka.” read more

Crossborder attacks force movement of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon – UN agency

Some 100 Nigerian refugees cross into Cameroon every day, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in press release, which said that the Nigerian refugees had been living in “absolute fear” of the insurgents.The agency has already relocated more than 8,600 over the past two weeks as cross-border fighting worsened. On 18 September, insurgents attacked a series of Cameroonian villages located along the border with Nigeria and burnt more than 10 churches. Ten days earlier, insurgents attacked villages in the area, killing eight people and seizing 300 motorbikes.Since the beginning of the crisis in Nigeria, local authorities in Cameroon have reported the arrival of 43,720 Nigerian refugees, including 26,720 who have been registered by UNHCR.The crisis in north-eastern Nigeria has also displaced some 70,000 people to neighbouring Niger, according to authorities, and some 1,600 to Chad. An estimated 650,000 people are internally displaced in north-eastern Nigeria due to the insurgency. “The refugees told our teams that they are living in absolute fear as insurgents launch artillery shells into the town and want to relocate as soon as possible,” UNHCR said.The agency said it is moving some 5,000 Nigerian refugees from the border town of Fotokol from the nearby Nigerian town of Gambaru Ngala, which had fallen under insurgent control this month.In Fotokol, living conditions are dire. Refugees are living in overcrowded classrooms and in makeshifts shelters constructed with pieces of cloth. They rely on the local authorities and villagers for food.“In response, we have started to build more family shelters, some 100 per day. We have just completed construction of an emergency health post and our partner, International Medical Corps, has deployed medical staff to provide emergency health care to new arrivals,” UNHCR said. read more

Victoria affirms commitment to coal

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has endorsed the Victorian Budget’s strong contribution to sustainable economic growth, to effective climate change policies and to addressing capacity constraints in the economy that threaten the scale and longevity of the present minerals industry expansion. The Budget confirms the Victorian Government’s commitment to clean coal technologies as a cornerstone response to the challenges of reconciling energy security with climate change.MCA, Executive Director, Victoria, Chris Fraser said: “the Victorian Budget provides a responsible basis to ensure strong sustainable development of the State that is financially sound and delivers effective environmental and social dividends. It provides the framework to enable the minerals industry to continue to make a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the State, particularly in regional and rural Victoria.This commitment is especially significant in the Government’s initiative to expand the Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) by A$110M, which is supported by the MCA.” The A$110 million commitment is to support new large-scale pre-commercial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration projects in Victoria. This will assist greatly in mastering clean coal technologies and ensuring that the State’s vast resources of brown coal can continue to underpin Victoria’s economy,” Fraser said.In addition, the State budget confirmed that A$12.2 million would be made available for the establishment of Clean Coal Victoria and a further A$5.2 million for investigating carbon storage sites in Gippsland. “The commitment to establish Clean Coal Victoria fulfils an obligation made prior to the last election, but more importantly allocates additional funds to those originally proposed. These extra funds will make Clean Coal Victoria far more capable ofcontributing to the strategic development of the Gippsland coalfields, Fraser said.“The long term development of the vast Gippsland coalfields and Victoria’s realisation of its incredible natural endowment depends upon the ability of coal users to reduce greenhouse gases – the ‘clean coal’ solution. That is, solutions to the critical economic, regulatory and technological constraints for the capture of carbon dioxide from processing plants, transporting the carbon dioxide and burying the carbon dioxide deep underground. Work is required on the critical constraints to capture, transport and storage and the funds announced in the budget today will assist greatly in meeting that challenge.”“On the matter of research, development and demonstration funding more generally, the MCA is disappointed that the Budget has deferred further financial commitment to an innovation statement that the Government signalled will be made later in the year. Victoria has a strong base for research and development in the minerals industry and, as identified in the Innovation Roadmap of Victoria’s Earth Resources prepared by the Victorian Government and Minerals Council of Australia in 2006, it is good business for government to participate in pre-competitive minerals research in Victoria.“We hope that the innovation statement identifies this benefit and that the Brumby Government earmarks research, development and demonstration funding for the minerals industry in future,” Fraser said.MCA is also disappointed that the Budget did not take the opportunity to substantially increase spending on vocational education and training. “The Australian economy is limited in its ability to grow due to critical and in some cases chronic shortages of skilled workers. This is especially the case in the minerals industry which will need an additional 27,000 skilled trades people by the year 2015. The vocational education and training sector is in dire need of reform and this includes the injection of additional funds. It is hoped that the Victorian and Australian Governments urgently address this critical capacity constraint in future,” Fraser said.last_img read more

Battle Ground grad looks for love on MTV

first_imgThere was a month-long period in 2016 when Taylor Selfridge’s friends thought she was living with her grandmother in Florida with a broken phone.In reality, she in was in the Dominican Republic looking for love.Selfridge was there to film “Are You The One?,” an MTV dating show where 22 men and women compete in challenges while getting to know each other and figure out which other cast member is their “perfect match,” as determined by matchmakers. If the 22 cast members pair up perfectly, they split a $1 million prize. The fifth season premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday.Selfridge, 22, didn’t tell many people she was appearing on the show, and had her mother cover for her by telling them she was in Florida and couldn’t be reached. The Battle Ground High School grad, who grew up in Battle Ground and Yacolt, now lives in Lake Stevens, where she is saving up money in hopes of moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling.More than fame or money, she said she went on the show to try and find love.“I can’t find it on my own, so I might as well have somebody help me,” she said. “We have matchmakers, so I felt like I had a good chance.”She can’t say what happened during filming of the show, however she did enjoy trying to date during filming more than in the real world. A big reason for that is because during filming, cast members aren’t allowed to have their phones. There’s no access to TV or the internet.last_img read more

Seven Stars Resort Spa is honored by TripAdvisor And US News World

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2018 – Providenciales – Seven Stars Resort & Spa, located on the island’s pristine beach, Grace Bay beach, is honored to be recognized by TripAdvisor in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Top Hotels in the Caribbean and U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos.TripAdvisor ranked Seven Stars Resort & Spa as one of the top 25 hotels in the Caribbean and amongst the top 1 percent of all hotels listed.  TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased hotel reviews and opinions on™, and content from across the web.  The TripAdvisor community writes over 30 million trusted reviews and opinions that include best and worst vacation descriptions, attraction suggestions and photos.In addition, Seven Stars Resort & Spa was ranked number four on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos list.“Being recognized by our guests through The Travelers’ Choice awards and by travel editors alike for the U.S. News & World Report Award rankings reinforces our incomparable world-class service provided by our committed and fantastic team members,” said Ken Patterson, CEO,Seven Stars Resort & Spa.  “We are thrilled to earn these distinctions from travelers who know us best and travel editors who recognize our luxury standard of island hospitality.”Seven Stars Resort & Spa lives up to these prestigious accolades by offering guests top-notch service and well-appointed luxury suites that are among the island’s most spacious.  The 167 guest accommodations range in size from junior, one, two and three-bedroom suites equipped with ocean views, granite kitchen counters, and marble bathroom floors.  Seven Stars is home to Turks & Caicos’ only heated salt-water pool and offers guests private pool deck cabanas for lounging, beach butler service, on-site spa and wellness services and award-winning top gourmet dining options. For more information on Seven Stars Resort & Spa visit Release: SevenStarts Resort Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Committee Approves Water Resources Development Act

first_imgThe Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Wednesday approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) proposal (S. 601) introduced just last week by Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.). The proposal passed on a vote of 18-0.The measure authorizes water infrastructure and flood control projects and includes changes, supported by the American Soybean Association (ASA), to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to ensure that all user fees collected annually will be spent solely on port maintenance and dredging projects. Currently, only about half of the more than $1.8 billion collected in port fees annually goes to fund harbor maintenance. The rest has been used for general government spending.Other key provisions included in S. 601 would streamline environmental reviews by increasing coordination among involved entities and imposing financial penalties on federal agencies that do not meet deadlines. The expedited environmental review requirements are similar to provisions included in the 2012 surface transportation bill.Harbor maintenance dredging. (Photo by Chris Miller, Newport Beach Harbor)The bill does not address the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and lock and dam infrastructure. Committee leaders have indicated their intent that inland waterways issues will be addressed when the bill reaches the floor of the Senate and the Finance Committee has the opportunity to have input on the funding issues.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indicated that WRDA could be considered by the full Senate in late April.last_img read more

SUV slips off boat ramp at Watson Island Marina

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An SUV slipped off a boat ramp and nearly sank into Biscayne Bay, Monday.According to police, an SUV ended up in the water at the Watson Island Marina after it slid off a boat ramp.Thankfully, everyone inside of the vehicle was able to exit before it sank.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

New bill would make Facebook Twitter liable for political bias

first_img NEW → Sen. Hawley released a new bill that will remove the immunity big tech companies receive under Section 230 unless they submit to an external audit that proves that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral.— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) June 19, 2019 Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation that would affect big tech companies.  Getty Images A new piece of legislation aims to put pressure on tech companies to show that they’re politically neutral. At risk is the tech companies’ immunity over content published on their platforms.Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, introduced on Wednesday the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which would remove tech companies’ automatic immunity, provided in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. This section protects online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from liability for content posted by their users. To receive immunity under the new act, tech companies would have to subject themselves to an external audit proving to the Federal Trade Commission that their practices are politically neutral. 14 Photos The Internet Association — a trade association representing Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies on matters of public policy — says the companies it represents share the same goal as Hawley but take issue with his legislation. “This bill forces platforms to make an impossible choice: either host reprehensible, but First Amendment protected speech, or lose legal protections that allow them to moderate illegal content like human trafficking and violent extremism,” Michael Beckerman, Internet Association president and CEO, said in a statement Wednesday. “That shouldn’t be a tradeoff.” Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Facebook’s a giant, but its supporters don’t think it… Tags 17 Mobile Politics This act would only affect larger tech companies, which it defines as having more than 30 million active monthly users in the US, more than 300 million active monthly users worldwide, and more than $500 million in global annual revenue. Those that don’t meet the criteria would still receive automatic immunity. “With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley said in a press release. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.Facebook and Twitter declined to comment. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced the original Communications Decency Act of 1996 in the House of Representative when he was a Congressman at the time. He tweeted Wednesday that Sen. Hawley’s legislation as a violation of the First Amendment and would make the government the “speech police.” He also says the Senator from Missouri’s legislation didn’t grasp Section 230 of the act. 2:15 Share your voice Last July, representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter testified in a congressional hearing that their respective companies made mistakes on what content gets published, but that they aren’t censoring with a political bias. President Donald Trump in March accused social media sites of being biased against conservatives. Then in May, the White House launched a website where people can report whether they thought their social media accounts were banned due to political bias. Originally published June 19 at 8:14 a.m. PT.Update 10:45 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Internet Association and background info. 1:16 p.m. PT: Adds Sen. Wyden tweet. Now playing: Watch this: Comments CDA 230 lets private companies take down inappropriate third-party posts without incurring liability. It’s designed to protect companies from floods of lawsuits, the sort that kill innovation in its infancy. Republicans used to fight tooth and nail for these protections.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 19, 2019 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Unfair to brand Jharkhand as a hub of mob lynching says PM

first_imgHe also spoke about parliamentarians questioning the credibility of Electronic Voting Machine, saying that, “Parties that are represented in the Rajya Sabha have got opportunities to govern in some state or the other after elections conducted through EVMs.””Why question EVMs today?” asked PM Modi.”We also took time to understand the EVM. It is a technology, and must be understood and promoted. We saw that by doubting it, we were going down the wrong path. We told ourselves that that is not the way to be, and we handled it maturely. We stopped blaming others,” said PM Modi. PM Modi said that the deaths due to Encephalitis outbreak in Bihar are saddening and embarrassing.”We need to take the issue seriously. People should be made aware of vaccination, safety, and other health benefits. I believe that this is a sad state. Today it is one state, can happen in another state tomorrow,” said PM Modi.”The need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. We want our poor to get top quality and affordable treatment. I am in constant touch with the state government and I am sure we will collectively come out of this crisis soon,” he added. “I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost,” said PM Modi.TwitterPrime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the mob lynching in Jharkhand, emphasising that the accused should be brought to law, in his reply to the ‘Motion Of Thanks On the President’s Address’ in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, June 26.The PM spoke on various crucial issues including the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar and the water crisis throughout the country.He also attacked the Opposition and said that the Congress has not been able to digest their loss. “They have not been able to accept defeat. I do not consider this to be a healthy sign in a democracy,” said PM Modi.He also said that the voters are aware of all that happens in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and that they have voted keeping this in mind.”I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate. Why question the wisdom of voters?” he said. TwitterHere are the highlights of PM Modi’s address in Rajya Sabha:Speaking on the issue of Jharkhand mob lynching, PM Modi said that the whole state shouldn’t be branded as a “hub of mob lynching”.”The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand,” he said.”It is our responsibility to protect each citizen. If we stop seeing through the political lens, we will be able to see a bright future,” he added. PM Modi said that almost 226 districts in the country are dealing with water crisis.”Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds. We also have to make society aware on water issues. A Jal Shakti Ministry has also been setup,” he said. On the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018, PM said that the government was only following Supreme Court’s instructions. He also said that the NRC was part of accord signed by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.last_img read more