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Oxfam Joins With Stars To Launch I Hear You Project In Support

first_imgThis week, Oxfam launches “I Hear You”, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices.The video series features Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Minnie Driver, and more reading the real life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from their homes as they flee conflict, disaster, poverty, inequality, and the effects of climate change, in the hopes that you might hear their stories and join the campaign.In partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), six of the videos, featuring Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Anna Camp, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal will debut on Vanity Fair’s website, along with CNÉ’s The Scene, here.In addition, “I Hear You” features Melissa Leo, Oliver Platt, Erik Griffin, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ari Graynor, Jordana Brewster, Yasmine Al Massri, and Andrea Riseborough. The creator of the project, Julie Anne Robinson, is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated theatre, TV and film director/producer.“I came up with the idea for this project because I wanted to find a way to communicate the human stories of displaced people,” said Julie Anne Robinson. “These are people we tend to fear and reject, but I found they are driven by the same things as all of us- love of their children and a desire to work.”“I don’t believe we can become numb to the pain and suffering of so many people in the world when there are actually real things we can do,” said Minnie Driver, actor and Oxfam celebrity ambassador. “We can share and we can be available to help other each other, and it feels like we’ve forgotten that. I hope that this project helps to remind people of their fundamental humanity and the kindness and love we can and must extend to one another. Love is better than anything.”The full series of videos, including information on how to take action, can be found on Oxfam’s site There, visitors can hear the real life stories of refugees, read more about the refugee crisis, and learn what they can do to help. Viewers can text “I Hear You” to 977-79 to join the campaign.“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes because of violence, persecution and war. These are not just numbers. These are people, with individual stories just like every one of us. Now is a time for solidarity and compassion, not a time to close our minds, our hearts, or our borders.” said Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Oxfam is pleased to join together with Vanity Fair to shine a spotlight on the millions of individuals who have endured unimaginable loss and hardship. Together we can bring an end to the worst refugee crisis of our time.”Oxfam is calling for people to stand together in support of refugees by signing on to a pledge to act with compassion towards all people who have been forced to flee their homes and to advocate for displaced people to be welcomed to the U.S. and other countries regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion or sexual preference. Oxfam is currently working in 20 countries affected by the refugee crisis to help people who have fled their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution. Oxfam is providing food and clean water and building much-needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease, while also making sure people have the information they need to stay safe and obtain access to legal aid. You can sign the pledge at read more

Save with Solar public session coming to Fort St John on September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public information session on solar energy and electric vehicles will be coming to Fort St. John on September 19.Presented by Peace Energy Cooperative, organizers say the ‘Save with Solar’ public session will give residents the opportunity to learn about what the Cooperative does within the community when it comes to renewable energy.A 30-minute presentation will also be given to inform residents about the mechanics and economics of solar energy, along with a review on electric vehicles. The ‘Save with Solar’ public session is taking place on September 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John Passive House, located at 9904 94 Street.For more information and to register for this event, you can call the Peace Energy Cooperative at 250-782-3882.last_img read more

Sri Lanka to give effect to UN resolutions on counter terrorism

The Assistant Secretary General Coninsx was in Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, pursuant to a request by President Maithripala Sirisena to the UN Secretary General António Guterres on 24 April in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, to support Sri Lanka in facing the new threats posed by terrorism. At a review meeting held at the conclusion of the visit, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana received an assessment from the visiting ASG and discussed future cooperation with the Government. UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Hanna Singer, officials from the CTED and the UN Country team were associated with the ASG. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission in New York which has been coordinating with the CTED, will engage in necessary follow up from the visit.The CTED was established by the UN Security Council as a special political mission to assist the UN Security Council’s Counter –Terrorism Committee (CTC), and is tasked with carrying out the policy decisions of the CTC, conduct expert assessments of Member States and facilitate counter-terrorism technical assistance to countries. (Colombo Gazette) The meeting was attended by officials from the Foreign Ministry, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies, Attorney General’s Department, Customs, Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank.It was noted that following the recent attacks, the Foreign and Defence Ministries collaborated in designating the three groups involved in the suicide bombings – National Thowheed Jama’at (NTJ), Jama’athe Milla’the Ibrahim (JMI) and Willayath As Seylani (WAS), – as ‘terrorist entities’ under Sri Lanka’s domestic legislation giving effect to terrorist financing and asset freezing aspects of the Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001).The ASG’s visit also explored further measures that need to be taken for Sri Lanka to be compliant with international counter terrorism obligations under relevant Security Council Resolutions, notably Resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2396 (2017) on stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and countering violent extremism, as well as the importance of border security. The subjects covered included terrorist financing and asset freezing, dealing with foreign terrorist fighters, the counter terrorism legislation, countering radicalization and violent extremism, effective border management against terrorist travel, and the threat posed by the internet and social media in spreading radical ideology and violent extremism. The ASG paid courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and met with other political and civil society leaders.At an interactive dialogue held at the Defence Ministry co-chaired by Secretary Defence Shantha Kottegoda and Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, following a comprehensive briefing on the action taken by the security forces following the attacks and future action contemplated, the need for a “Whole of Government” approach to counter terrorism and violent extremism was emphasized. Sri Lanka is to give effect to UN Security Council resolutions to counter terrorism and violent extremism, the Foreign Ministry said today.Tangible measures to collaborate with UN mechanisms in keeping with international norms and practices took center stage at discussions during the recent visit to Sri Lanka by UN Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Executive Director of the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) Michèle Coninsx from 7-8 June 2019. read more

Downtown strategy unveiled

Norfolk County has a game plan for revitalizing downtown Simcoe.The next step involves the execution.Details are contained in a document titled the “Downtown Simcoe Secondary Plan 2019.“Staff in Norfolk’s development and cultural services division spent the better part of 2018 pulling the 21-page document together. It was tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.“Surveys specifically identified downtowns as the No. 1 weakness of Norfolk County’s economy,” staff said in the joint report.“Downtown revitalization was identified as the No. 2 high priority issue. The No. 2 obstacle for growth was the status of our downtowns.“`Safe, well-governed communities’ was the second most important community value identified by respondents. People from the community of Simcoe value safe, well-governed communities more than any other stakeholder group.”In pursuit of these objectives, the county has established a number of short-, medium- and long-term goals.In the near term – one to five years out – the county will seek to expand the number of residential units in downtown Simcoe that are suitable and attractive to students attending the Simcoe campus of Fanshawe College. This will increase foot traffic while establishing the core as a place for aspiring professionals.The county intends to resume talks with the Simcoe Farmers Market to relocate it from the Norfolk County Fairgrounds to the downtown. This too will increase foot traffic in the core while supporting businesses that will benefit from it.Locations and money will be sought for public art installations. In depressed urban centres, vibrant creative communities have been identified as a necessary first step toward re-investment and gentrification.Landscape improvements and parkettes are on the drawing board, as are policies to facilitate mobile food trucks.In the medium term – six years to 10 years out – the county wants urban design standards in place that reflect the kind of core people want to visit.This includes encouraging the use of durable, high-quality building materials. That means more stone, brick and glass. Materials that don’t age well such as stucco, exterior insulation compounds, vinyl and reflective glass will be discouraged.The boundaries of the downtown could also be reduced to distinguish between the established core and areas that are unlikely to meet this standard. Streets and road allowances with low traffic volumes could be closed to create pedestrian-oriented, people-friendly spaces.In the long term – 10 years out and beyond – Norfolk would like to see additional post-secondary programming in Simcoe. This has been a great benefit to downtown Brantford since the establishment of a Wilfrid Laurier satellite campus.A report on the core says there are signs downtown Simcoe is turning the corner. Staff cite Indwell`s purchase of the Norfolk Inn on Norfolk Street South last fall as an example.Once a popular entertainment centre in Norfolk County, the Norfolk Inn in recent years has devolved into a transient housing complex. The run-down building had 41 tenants at the time Indwell, a social housing provider based in Hamilton, acquired it.Indwell representatives spoke to council Tuesday about the $7.4 million renovation.Leah Logan, Indwell’s regional manager, and Graham Cubitt, director of projects and development, delivered a slide show which included interior photos shortly after Indwell bought the property.One photo featured a room heaped with trash and filth. Logan said there was so much garbage in the room that Indwell staff did not notice that the tenant was hiding under a table at the back of the room.“This is not abnormal,” Logan said. “We often see this. We know people thrive in their homes when they have love, dignity and hope. Currently, these residents do not have dignity and hope.”Council was effusive in its praise and wished Indwell the best. When the renovation is finished in 2020, there will be 30 supervised housing units similar to those that Indwell manages at Hambleton Hall on John Street.“This is such a positive step,” said Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele. “I’m so excited to see this. You are literally a godsend, so keep up the good work.”

UN rights chief welcomes movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the recent movement in India to eradicate manual scavenging, a practice traditionally relegated to Dalit women, and seen as a form of discrimination based on caste and gender. Manual scavenging is essentially the manual removal of human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. In November, thousands of women of the Dalit caste – also known as ‘untouchables’ – began a 63-day National March for the Eradication of Manual Scavenging, advocating the elimination of this practice and calling for comprehensive rehabilitation of those conducting it. The march crossed a total of 200 districts in 18 states and will end on Thursday in New Delhi, the capital. “I congratulate the strenuous efforts and commitment of the organizers, and of all the participants – especially the thousands of liberated manual scavenger women – who marched across the country in support of the many others who are still being forced to carry out this dreadful practice,” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “Because of the nature of the work, manual scavenging has contributed to a self-perpetuating cycle of stigma and untouchability,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that this practice is a “deeply unhealthy, unsavoury and undignified job forced upon people because of the stigma attached to their caste.” Ms. Pillay said she was encouraged to hear that the national march has been supported by a wide cross-section of society and underlined that this degrading activity should be abolished and should not have a place in 21st century India. In September, a new bill to ban manual scavenging and rehabilitate those who were forced to do it was submitted to the Indian Parliament by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. The bill builds on the strong legislative framework already in place prohibiting untouchability and bonded labour, and adds a comprehensive definition of manual scavenging. “India already has strong legal prohibitions on caste discrimination, so the key to the new law will be effective accountability and enforcement. It is also crucial that adequate resources are provided to enable the comprehensive rehabilitation of liberated manual scavengers,” Ms. Pillay said. “This is the only way these grossly exploited people will be able to successfully reintegrate into a healthier and much more dignified work environment, and finally have a real opportunity to improve the quality of their own lives and those of their children and subsequent generations,” she added. read more

Community Health profs book nabs Canadian Historical Association award

Prof. Dan Malleck has won the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Award for the best book of Ontario history for 2012.A Brock prof’s book examining how the Ontario government dealt with the regulation of alcohol and public drinking in the province in the post-prohibition ‘20s and ‘30s has received national accolades from the Canadian Historical Association (CHA).Dan Malleck’s Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 (UBC Press) was recognized this past June with a CHA Clio Award for the best book of Ontario history for 2012. The Clio awards are presented to historians for commendable publications or exceptional contributions to regional history in six areas: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, The Prairies, British Columbia, and The North.Malleck’s book, which looks at how the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) implemented a new set of behavioural norms for public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario, was recognized for its in-depth social history of alcohol as well as its attention to the history of state formation. The work navigates a demanding research topic by tracing its relations to overarching social themes, such as political patronage, race, ethnicity, family, security, and the Second World War.“I tried to address what I saw as bigger questions around that time period,” says Malleck, associate professor, Community Health Sciences. “Liquor regulation touched everyone, so it reached into these different fields.”The CHA citation for Try to Control Yourself notes: “The book demonstrates a sound command of the historical literature on drink and temperance in Canada, but leads the reader through his argument with agility and engaging, compelling writing. The best compliment that can be paid to any scholarly history is true of this one: it is convincing.”“With this book I tried to look at the complexity of policy and regulation formation while addressing some of the myths around drinking and drinking regulations in Ontario,” Malleck says.Some of the myths Malleck addresses are the beliefs that political patronage is always a bad thing and that liquor regulation was simply the government imposing temperance values on drinkers. Another common assumption is that ethnic drinkers were generally oppressed and dismissed as outsiders by the LCBO, and expected to act like white Anglo-Canadians when they drank.“In fact, what I found is that the LCBO was conscious of the cultural differences of drinking patterns,” Malleck says. “For example, Germans in Waterloo County seemed to want to drink more beer than other Ontarians and they saw the drinking space as a family space. So the LCBO had to negotiate that more than just saying ‘sorry you can’t do that that way.’”When asked why the history of Canadian alcohol policy is relevant to society today, Malleck notes that “understanding how the state control of a problematic behavior develops is useful.”“This kind of history informs our perceptions of why a particular system exists and the process around creating that system. It goes against the idea that it’s just a bunch of people saying ‘oh let’s just do it this way,’” he says.“We see a gradual acceptance of the government influencing our lives in this way. That’s why I called the book Try to Control Yourself because it’s about constructing a system that encourages people to manage themselves and internalize these sorts of controls. That internalization is necessary for the system to work.”Between researching and writing, Malleck’s award-winning book took more than eight years to complete. Most of that was spent sitting in the Ontario provincial archives going through hundreds of old records from the LCBO, including inspection reports for licensed beverage rooms, most of which were located in hotels.“I looked at everything for the six regions in the book,which includes Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Essex County, Waterloo County and the Thunder Bay district.“My next work will not take so long,” he adds wryly.The recognition by the CHA is a big deal, Malleck says, because its from his peers.“People I don’t know and perhaps will never meet think this was a good book, so that’s wonderful,” he says. “It’s also nice because I’m a historian but not located in a history department, so to have the Canadian Historical Association judge my work as a valuable work of history means a lot to me.”Malleck’s current research looks at the development of Canada’s drug laws from the nineteenth century to 1911. read more

Free event teaches high school students financial literacy

Nearly 300 Grade 10 and 11 students from St. Catharines will get a lesson in money management as Brock University hosts its second Financial Literacy Day Thursday, May 23.For the second year, Brock’s Student Financial Services team is hosting the free event to help the high school students get a better understanding of financial well-being, literacy and knowledge.“Money is a significant stress factor and is one of the main barriers preventing university students from graduating,” said Audrianna Kervoelen, Student Financial Services Officer at Brock. “Financial literacy is not formally taught in high school or post-secondary, yet it is a valuable skill for everyday life.”Kervoelen hopes that participating high school students will gain a better understanding of the financial realities of a post-secondary education and start thinking about university sooner.“Our team frequently deals with students who aren’t aware of all the costs associated with going to university. It’s why we host this event — to reach them before they enrol,” said Kervoelen. “Ultimately, we want them to successfully start and finish their university education and fulfil their future goals.”A series of presentations on topics such as saving, budgeting, money-management and funding university, will take place in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Lunch and campus tours will follow.Although the event is targeted at high school students, Brock also has services available for current University students and weekly financial literacy drop-in sessions during the Fall and Winter Terms. read more

OSU mens soccer finishes second in Wolstein Classic

Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior midfielder Yianni Sarris plays the ball forward during a game against IPFW Aug. 20, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team took second in the eighth annual Wolstein Classic over the weekend, finishing behind undefeated UNC Wilmington and going 1-1 in the tournament as it opened regular season play.OSU dropped its first game of the season Friday to UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime. Buckeye senior captain and defender Sage Gardner scored OSU’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute. OSU was forced to play a man down late in the game after freshman defender Tyler Kidwell was shown a red card.The Buckeyes then took on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon to finish off the tournament. Both teams came out aggressively in the first half and the officials gave out four yellow cards, three to the Buckeyes, and had to stop play to settle down the teams multiple times.“Well we got into a little trouble in the first half with three yellow cards,” coach John Bluem said after the game. “Those players have to be careful if you put them back into the game because if you get another yellow card, then you’re playing a man down, which happened to us Friday night and had a lot to do with our loss.”The Buckeyes scored the only goal of the first half in the 31st minute when Gardner took a free kick from just outside the right side of the box and played the ball in to where senior defender Alex Harrison was waiting to head it in the goal. This was Harrison’s first goal for the Buckeyes after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh for his senior season.Both teams began the second half with the same intensity, and in the 63rd minute senior forward James Stevenson’s penalty kick for Northern Illinois was saved by OSU junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov after he dove to the right and held onto the ball, maintaining the 1-0 lead.In the 73rd minute the Buckeyes added to their lead when sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic saved the ball from going out of bounds and played it in the middle of the box to junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic who put it into the back of the net.Ivanov saved another penalty kick in the 82nd minute, securing his first shutout and the Buckeyes first victory of the season.“I feel great,” Ivanov said. “I mean to keep the shutout and to get that monkey off my back tonight; it’s my first career shutout so I’m really proud about that.”The Buckeyes head to Tulsa, Okla., Friday for the University of Tulsa Classic. They are scheduled to play Tulsa at 8:30 p.m. and finish off the weekend with Southern Methodist Sunday at 1 p.m.Gardner is hoping the victory will carry over into next weekend.“It’s huge momentum, especially after the disappointing loss Friday,” Gardner said. “It immediately turns our season around and I think we take this into a tough weekend next weekend.” read more

Ohio State mens volleyball takes 2 against conference opponents

Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz attempts to serve the ball during a match against Ball State Feb. 26 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterAfter five consecutive losses, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team finally got out of its slump, pulling out a pair home wins against Quincy and Lindenwood this weekend.Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said the five losses motivated the team to work much harder in practice, which helped them bring home two wins.“Our most recent practices have been our most successful, and I think that our losses have made us work much harder,” Henchy said.The Buckeyes (10-13, 6-6) ended their weekend with a second victory this season against Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., 3-2.Henchy led the Buckeyes with a season-high 19 kills and added 12 digs, while redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous finished second on the team with 14 kills of his own.Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary said concentration was a main contributor to the team’s wins this weekend.“We have had a lot of trouble focusing all of our attention on the match — this weekend I definitely saw a change in that, which I think made a huge impact on the outcome,” Neary said.The Buckeyes started off their alumni weekend with a 3-1 win against Quincy in Quincy, Ill., Friday.Nearly notched a career-best seven blocks, while Henchy finished with 11 kills and five block assists. Redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz led the team with 12 kills and added nine digs, and Guessous had five blocks.With the season winding down and the Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships quickly approaching — it is set to begin April 18 — the Buckeyes need all the wins they can get to help with the seeding of the tournament.Coach Pete Hanson said if the Buckeyes win their remaining two league matches of the season against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Loyola, they have a chance to be placed fourth going into the conference tournament.He added that the team is not focused on the tournament right now and still has a couple of matches remaining in the season before it can start preparing.“We are not looking that far ahead, we have to get through these matches one at a time. Thinking ahead to the tournament is a distraction when preparing for the next match,” Hanson said.OSU is next slated to take on IPFW Friday at 7 p.m. read more

Iceland finished fifth at EHF EURO 2014

EHF EURO 2014handballIcelandPoland Iceland made one of largest success on international scene by winning the fifth place at Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Icelanders have won the battle for the fifth place over Poland 28:27 (13:16). In very tight match Iceland had more c0ncentration at the end led by Snorri Gudjonsson, who scored 8 goals…STATISTICS ← Previous Story Ljuba Vranjes about EHF EURO 2014: Denmark is the biggest favorite for gold Next Story → France is the first finalist at EHF EURO 2014!

Column Public and political attitudes to gardaí have to change

first_imgThe lack of understanding and empathy shown by my political colleagues in relation to the closing of Garda stations is very disappointing. The failure to take into account the public’s feelings in relation to station closures highlights the fact that those politicians and civil servants involved are detached from reality.The reality being that losing their local station creates fear in people’s lives. Knowing that you have a police station near you is the same as knowing that you have a local doctor or that the hospital is five miles away, and you know what route to take should you need to go. It’s the same as knowing that you have family around you – should you need to call on them like we all do from time to time. It is perfectly understandable why people in rural communities feel unsafe and let down. Psychologically, people felt safe by merely knowing that their local village had a Garda station in it, despite the fact that it may not have been manned on a full-time basis.Given the difficult financial circumstances we find ourselves in, I have no doubt that some stations needed to be closed and others merged, but failing to clearly explain how gardaí can respond to calls within an appropriate time frame following the various closures indicates that the politicians involved have been consumed with making monetary savings at all costs – rather than balancing their economic objectives with suitable ways of reassuring people that their safety will not be affected. How can the Government compare the savings made by station closures to the effect that these closures have on people’s mental health and quality of life? There should be no comparison: our citizens’ quality of life should always come first.Public attitudes to gardaíUnfortunately over the last 10 to 15 years certain elements within our society have caused a slow erosion of the moral authority once commanded by our gardaí. Continuous and unrelenting negative remarks and commentary by these people about the gardaí has in turn been adopted by certain elements in the Irish media.Nobody is disputing the fact that very small rogue elements within the gardaí have been guilty of certain wrongdoings in recent years.  The establishment of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to investigate complaints was a device that was welcomed by all, including the gardaí – as its independent status showed that there would be no question about the vindication of gardaí when they were cleared of any wrongdoing.However, since the establishment of GSOC, a pattern has emerged in how the media have reported when GSOC have been called in to investigate certain incidents. For example, various articles and broadcasts in recent years have been worded in a way that automatically insinuated wrongdoing on the part of the gardaí involved. Where were the follow-up media reports to show the countless incidents where gardaí were subsequently vindicated by GSOC? Answer – nowhere, because it has become fashionable to only print articles or broadcast reports that criticise the gardaí, as opposed to complimenting them.Irish society needs to realise that continuous negative sensationalist publicity, driven by certain elements, has affected morale across the gardaí, but – more importantly – has slowly impacted on society’s view of the force. The savage murder of Garda Donohoe was clearly carried out by thugs with no respect for the gardaí. Who else does society expect to take on these thugs and put them behind bars so we can all feel safer?Our police force thrived for years because of the close relationship its members had with the community. The Garda organisation was formed as an unarmed service, and gardaí relied on their officers being deeply rooted within communities and building mutual trust with those it served.  It’s time the negative commentary about our gardaí STOPPED, and that more recognition be given to the fact that these brave men and women are prepared to lay down their lives to protect us. The futureWe have seen how effective ‘zero tolerance’ policing was in New York City. It’s time that we dumped our “sure it’s grand” attitude and got tough with our criminals. Members of An Garda Siochana have nothing to fear from the Garda Ombudsman or their senior officers if they work within their powers and within the law. If we start now with a zero tolerance policy, in five years we will have a safer country with safer communities. Garda morale will improve, and gardaí will receive the respect they deserve for putting their lives on the line to protect us. Our streets and communities will be safer places.We should consider asking Europe to fund some of our Garda Units. Specialist Units like the Garda National Drugs Unit, Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and Anti-Terrorist Units should be funded by Europe. Terrorism and Drug trafficking and the financing of same is an international problem.Possessing a law degree or having a background in policing doesn’t necessarily mean you have all the skills required to be a Minister for Justice. Having a thorough understanding of how society works and how policing works is by far the best possible qualification. Until we have a government that is able to prioritise the impact that crime has on our society, rather than being consumed with making financial decisions, we will never have safe communities.Hopefully the tragic death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe will not be in vain but will result in simple changes being made to give the garda organisation the strength – and respect – it needs and deserves to keep us all safe.Steve Wrenn is a Labour Councillor for the Dublin North West Constituency. He is also the Peace Commissioner for the City of Dublin and surrounding counties. Roles and recruitment We constantly hear in the media from my colleagues in the political world that we have no money for garda recruitment. The last time there was a gap when no garda recruits were in training at the Garda College was from 1987 to 1989. We have now exceeded that time frame. Even if Government were to make a modest investment in recruiting a mere 100 trainees per year until the overall recruitment embargo is lifted, it would still not outweigh the number of guards retiring each year.We must constantly review legislation from all over the world with a view to introducing new and creative ways to deal adequately with criminals. There is speculation that one of the suspects for Garda Donohue’s murder was on bail at the time of the killing. Currently, gardaí have no power to arrest a person who has breached their conditions of bail, unlike in the UK.Gardaí should be given the power to issue ‘fines on the spot’ notices for public order offences to free up our courts to deal with more serious crimes. Once a public order offender’s identification is verified, they could be sent on their way to look forward to a fine in the post the following week.Prisons need to be tougher experiences for serious criminals and not be places where they can coordinate drug trafficking. If the taking of liberty is what criminals are sentenced to then let us ensure that their liberty is taken. We should also look at more community-based initiatives so that offenders can be put to work and make a positive contribution to society where appropriate.center_img THE BRUTAL ASSASSINATION of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe came as a numbing and devastating shock to Irish society. It doesn’t matter what cause, if any, the cold-blooded killers of this brave man align themselves to, but the fact is they are evil thugs with no regard for human life.  The massive outpouring of support shown by members of the wider society in Ireland towards An Garda Siochana and the Donohoe family is a thankful acknowledgement that the majority of people in our society still hold our gardaí  in high regard.Station closures last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #MIDLETON: Sinn Féin councillor Pat Buckley is calling for a full inquiry into the death of a toddler in Midleton. Two-year-old Vakaris Martinaitis died following a fall from an upstairs window at his home. A neighbour had to drive him to hospital because there was no ambulance available in the area at that time of the accident.2. #BANGLADESH: A woman has been found alive 17 days after a Bangladesh garment factory collapsed killing at least 1,045 people. Rescue teams were stunned when they heard a voice calling for help and found Reshma trapped in the basement under piles of rubble. Soldiers said the survivor was in remarkably good shape, despite her ordeal.3. #CONCERT DEATH APPEAL: Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information following the death of a 21-year-old man at the now-infamous Swedish House Mafia concert at the Phoenix Park last summer. They wish to talk to a taxi driver who gave the deceased and two other men a lift home on the 8 July 2012. The 21-year-old complained of being ill and an ambulance was then called. He was taken to James Connolly Hospital, where he died a short time later.4. #CHIEF WHIP: Two men have been arrested after the constituency office of government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe was burgled and set on fire in New Ross, Co Wexford early this morning. It is understood a solicitor’s office in the town was also targeted. The men aged 21 and 33 are being detained in New Ross for questioning in connection with the incidents.5. #VISA: Difficulties were encountered earlier today by people who were trying to make transactions using their Visa Debit cards. Both AIB and Permanent TSB customers experienced problems with transactions failing over lunchtime. However, the cards seem to be back in working order again following the outage.last_img read more

Alan Kelly is Labours new deputy leader and expects to become a

first_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter The deputy leadership contenders including winner Alan Kelly— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014 “Usually the deputy leader in the circumstances like this would be appointed to Cabinet. So yes, I would expect that would be the norm but at the end of the day that will be a matter for the new Tánaiste,” he said.Kelly also said that every ministerial brief is “up for discussion” saying he anticipates that parties will swap briefs.“I think every brief is up for discussion. I think the whole Cabinet bar a number of, probably a couple of roles, is up for discussion.” Updated 6.04pm JUNIOR TRANSPORT MINISTER Alan Kelly has won the race to be Labour’s deputy leader.Kelly beat three other Labour TDs to take the position on the first count with just over 50 per cent of the vote.He will now be second-in-command to the new party leader Joan Burton who was elected earlier and is likely to be appointed to Cabinet.Kelly beat Cork TDs Seán Sherlock and Michael McCarthy into second and third place respectively with Waterford deputy Ciara Conway coming fourth.Speaking to the media at the count centre in the Mansion House this evening, Kelly said he now anticipates he will be appointed to Cabinet next week. Kelly said he wanted to see a focus on “people who get up in the morning and do an honest day’s work” and give a break to working families in the Budget.He also said that he wants to see the “complete rejuvenation” of Labour organisationally.Kelly said he will be meeting with Burton tonight and over the weekend to discuss their priorities in the months ahead.The final results of the count saw Kelly take 51.5 per cent of the vote, Sherlock 17.1 per cent, McCarthy 16 per cent, and Conway 15.4 per cent.In his victory speech Kelly pledged “1,000 per cent loyalty” to Burton, declared his love for Labour and said:“The Labour Party IS in my DNA. It stands for everything I believe in… it’s everything for me.”Failed deputy leadership candidate Michael McCarthy said the “trust and confidence” of the Labour membership had to be won back.“I think together, as a team, we can win back the trust and confidence of our members, we can win back the trust and confidence of the public at large,” he said.Read: Joan Burton is the new leader of the Labour PartyRead: Alex White concedes: “This is Joan’s day”last_img read more

Attorney Esther Valdes discusses border security

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:13 PM Posted: January 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Local attorney Esther Valdes joined KUSI to discuss border security after approximately 150 migrants attempted to illegally enter the United States.California Border Patrol responded to reports of an illegal entry about 1/2 mile inland of the Pacific Ocean around 2 A.M. New Year’s Day.Agents were targeted with a barrage of rocks from south of the border when they arrived in the area where a group of approximately 100 people, including women and children, massed south of the border wall along with members of the media.As agents were deploying less lethal chemical munitions (to include CS gas and inert smoke) in response to the assault, the group pushed women and children over the primary wall and into the concertina wire.A CBP helicopter responded and assisted in dispersing the crowd. Agents observed several individuals throwing rocks who appeared to have prepared themselves for the assault by applying lotion to their faces to counter the effects of chemical munitions.Several arrests were made, all individuals from Central America.No injuries were sustained by either the agents or individuals arrested. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Attorney Esther Valdes discusses border security January 1, 2019last_img read more

Walker survives recall election in Wisconsin

first_imgWisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker reacts at his victory party Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in a special recall election. MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.In an interview, Walker said it was time “to put our differences aside and find ways to work together to move Wisconsin forward.”The governor said he planned to invite lawmakers to meet as soon as next week over burgers and brats to discuss ways to bridge the political divide.With more than 60 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was ahead 57 percent to 42 percent for Barrett, according to early returns tabulated by The Associated Press.A Barrett spokesman said the campaign was not conceding, citing ongoing voting in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine.Democrats and organized labor spent millions to oust Walker, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to Walker. Republicans hope the victory carries over into November and that their get-out-the-vote effort can help Mitt Romney become the first GOP nominee to carry the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.Romney issued a statement saying Walker’s victory “will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin.”Walker “has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back — and prevail — against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses,” Romney said. “Tonight, voters said no to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and yes to fiscal responsibility and a new direction.”last_img read more

VW poaches Apple exec Alexander Hitzinger for its selfdriving car program

first_img Share your voice reading • VW poaches Apple exec Alexander Hitzinger for its self-driving car program See All 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Meet the VW I.D. Vizzion concept: Steering wheel not included Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Apple More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Car Industry Auto Tech Volkswagen Enlarge ImageAlex Hitzinger is making the jump back to the Volkswagen group after a stint at Apple’s Project Titan. Hoch Zwei/Getty Images The folks over at Volkswagen have been headhunting lately and their latest catch is former Apple exec Alexander Hitzinger. He’s slated to head up technical development for Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles division as well as its self-driving car and mobility-as-a-service programs, according to a report published Wednesday by Reuters.Hitzinger is no stranger to things at the Volkswagen group having previously done a stint at Porsche as technical director of its LMP1 prototype racing program. He’s also worked in Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing. His position at Apple saw him working on its Project Titan self-driving car program.Volkswagen’s acquisition of Hitzinger is a sign that the German giant is working to keep up with the more agile self-driving car startups from Silicon Valley. The company has been throwing its considerable resources — to the tune of $50 billion — at electric and autonomous vehicles since it was outed for diesel emissions cheating.Volkswagen has debuted a number of electric and autonomous concept vehicles over the past year including I.D. Crozz and I.D. Vizzion. It’s also working on a low-cost electric hatchback that it says will retail for under $23,000, though this may not come to the US. Porsche Volkswagen Apple • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 52 Photos 0last_img read more

Pinball FX 3 Has Your Favorite Brands in Ball Form

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.As far as game criticism goes, pinball is something of a white whale to me (along with bingo). I just can’t seem to wrap my head around what makes a particular pinball table good or bad. I understand that one can be skilled at pinball. The hypothetical skill needed is a crucial legal separation between pinball and its straight-up Chicago gangster gambling roots. But I can’t articulate what being good at pinball means. Pinball theory, as it were, is lost on me.But that just makes pinball all the more fascinating to me. It makes me determined to figure it out. Working pristine physical pinball tables are tougher to find these days. Maintaining them is an art that’s dying faster than arcades. Fortunately, video games are doing their best to pick up the slack. Pinball FX 3 is the latest pinball simulator collection from Zen Studios, and it has all of your favorite brands in ball form, now on Nintendo Switch.Pinball FX 3 is more a pinball service than pinball game. The initial download is actually free. This way, you can see for yourself how solid the virtual pinball mechanics are after years of refinement. Flippers feel responsive. Shots always went basically where I attempted to aim them. Trying to use as much as tilt as you can get away with is a tricky but satisfying balancing act. And this is one of the most tactile uses of HD Rumble we’ve felt yet on Switch, which makes sense since 1-2 Switch proved how good the tech is at replicating the feeling of rolling balls.But you’ll only get so much mileage out of the complementary generic table Sorcerer’s Lair. Where Pinball FX 3 makes its money is by selling you new tables based on all your favorite #brands. And that’s totally in line with the pinball tradition. Some of the best pinball tables are based on properties as random as The Twilight Zone, Playboy, and The Addams Family.On other platforms, Pinball FX 3 lets you import many tables you may have purchased for previous Zen Studios games Zen Pinball and older Pinball FX games. But even on Nintendo Switch players can purchase some intriguing new tables based on Greek myth, Alien vs. Predator, Archer, and more.The uses of these licenses don’t feel lazy, either. Tables are loving homages to the property both in visuals and design. The Bob’s Burgers table features a hairy Belcher arm slamming on a bottle of mustard to launch the ball into the cartoon playfield. Meanwhile, the Portal table (another almost new Valve game) is a sterile laboratory full of portals for the ball to hop between, something you can only do in fake video game pinball. A table about kids on a spooky adventure features a tiny side area where you try to bat away spiders. And however you feel about Family Guy, the Family Guy pinball table looks, sounds, and feels like Family Guy.When playing on a TV you can swap between several different views to see the action as best you can. The camera can stay fixed at the bottom of the table or follow the ball as it ricochets off walls and rolls up ramps. It’s playable but always feels a compromise. Pinball is just too vertical for widescreen TVs.However, at the last minute the developers also added an option for rotating the Switch tablet for a full vertical view like Namco Museum. And it’s great! You can easily see everything just like a real pinball cabinet. With touch controls, you can even comfortably hold the Switch with both hands to tap and play. But my preferred method was still setting the tablet down and playing with detached Joy-Con.Along with the variety of tables to purchase, Pinball FX 3 wants to keep you in its ecosystem with a progression system. As you keep playing various modes you can level up your presence on each table as well as across tables. Unlock power-ups to improve your combo scores and connect to your Nintendo account for sharing accomplishments online, even across non-PlayStation platforms. Chasing high scores has never been my thing, which perhaps contributes to my pinball ignorance, but just knowing one more quick round could reward me with something new was motivation enough to keep going.I still don’t think I get pinball. It still just feels like so many colorful casino lights and bumping sounds and rolling balls I’m barely in control of. But it is fun, especially with a charming enough #brand. And as both game and platform Pinball FX 3, especially on Nintendo Switch, faithfully translates that fun.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Pinball FX 3 is a virtual pinball platform.2. After the free download, you can purchase a variety of new tables.3. The virtual pinball mechanics feel accurate and the table designs are inventive.4. Different brands like Archer, Jaws, and Portal are lovingly used.5. On Nintendo Switch, you can even position the tablet vertically for a better view of the whole cabinet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Travel Counsellors experience iconic sights and delights of Northern I

first_imgTravel Counsellors experience iconic sights and delights of Northern IndiaTravel Counsellors experience iconic sights and delights of Northern IndiaA group of Travel Counsellors from all over Australia recently experienced the wonders of incredible India on an exciting famil trip through stunning northern India. Covering an area commonly referred to as the Golden Triangle, the group experienced the very best of what India has to offer travellers and have come home inspired to let their clients know about the highlights of their trip.Attended by Christine Jenkins, Jacqui Cameron, Jacy Richards, Laura Dobson, Liz Van-Boxel, Rebecca Lipscomb, Trish Hollis, Trish O’Brien and Kerryn Murphy from the Travel Counsellors Melbourne head office, the eleven-day trip traversed some of India’s most iconic cities including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur. Staying at luxurious properties throughout their trip, the group got to experience the warm hospitality India’s luxury hotels are known for providing.With the group doing everything from watching the sun set at the Taj Mahal to exploring historic palaces, and tasting local favourites at street food stalls, the group also made time to attend site inspections to keep abreast of the best places to send their clients. Travelling in everything from a rickshaw to a private mini-van and train, the Travel Counsellors got to experience firsthand the many options tourists can use to travel around India.Trish Hollis of NSW believes that India is a destination perfect for open-minded Australian travellers with an eye for adventure. “I was really blown away by this trip to India. There really is something for everyone. From fascinating culture, to incredible architecture, history and cuisine, India is a destination that really gets under your skin. Your dollar goes quite far in India, so it’s a good low-cost option for people who want to experience an adventure and be totally immersed in another culture, but get value-for-money at the same time,” says Trish.David Hughes, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia thinks that India’s popularity with Australian travellers isn’t going to change anytime soon. “India is one of those places that has such broad appeal for Australian tourists. From young backpackers heading off on a low-cost odyssey to retirees keen to experience a classic rail journey and honeymooners looking to relax in palatial accommodation, India is one of those places that always rates highly on bucket lists. I was very pleased to see so many Travel Counsellors go on this famil – it shows their commitment to staying abreast of travel trends. I’m a big supporter of our Travel Counsellors experiencing a destination for themselves, and I am sure this experience will translate into many sales,” comments Hughes. Travel CounsellorsAbout Travel CounsellorsTravel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has 150 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,500 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium. Source = Travel Counsellors Australialast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The signing of Gay comes at a good time for the Cardinals,as they’ve missed out on other defensive back targetswhile having lost Richard Marshall to the Dolphins earlyin free agency.Gay, 27, has tallied three interceptions over the courseof his five-year career, but picked off two passes in2011, and is a willing tackler, having picked up 247 (205solo) in his career.Gay also fits the mold of what the Cardinals tend to lookfor in a free agent, as he is a player who has not yetreached his full potential as well as a former Steeler.It’s worth noting that Gay was with the Steelers at thesame time current Cardinals defensive coordinator RayHorton was the defensive backs coach, so if anyone knowswhat the 5-foot-10, 190 pound player is like it’s the manwho will be lining him up on defense. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Cardinals confirmed the signing, announcing thecontract is for two years. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals got the corner they werelooking for.William Gay, who visited the Cardinals last week,announced Sunday that the two sides have agreed to acntract on his twitter page.I’m going to miss thefinal four to support my girl @natashahastings at #TexasRelays …. O yeah by the way I’m #Birdgang now west coast— william gay (@williamgay22)March25, 2012 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more