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News story: Home Office hosts first serious violence event in London

first_imgOther speakers at the event included London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Sophie Linden, Chief Executive of Islington Borough Council Lesley Seary and Commander Mark McEwan from the Metropolitan Police Service.These events form part of the delivery of the 61 commitments in the Serious Violence Strategy and the government’s commitment to working with communities to strengthen responses to the issue ensuring everything is being done to protect young people from harm. These events are really important in order to share the complexity of the issues surrounding youth violence. It has to be dealt with collaboratively and with shared resources, common goals, and a long-term commitment. I am very hopeful that the conferences hosted by the Home Office will meaningfully join up thinking and alter attitudes that label young people as negative members of society rather than the results of their increasingly difficult environments. It is vital that young people are always part of the conversation and given the chance to be leaders and designers of solutions. I would like to see young people present at future events. The Crime Minister, Victoria Atkins, has today (Monday 8 October) hosted the first in a series of monthly events taking place across the country, aimed at tackling serious violence.The events, led by Home Office ministers, will bring together local partners to take action against serious violence in communities. They will be used to raise awareness of the government’s Serious Violence Strategy which places local action at its core. The events will also highlight the national and regional support available, discuss local action already underway and spot new opportunities to work together to tackle serious violence.Over 100 partners from police, health, education, social services, youth offending services, housing, local authorities, and the voluntary sector attended today’s London event at Coin Street Community Centre.Today’s event takes place a week after the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced a new package of measures to tackle violent crime including a consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach, a £200 million youth endowment fund, and a review into middle-class drug use.Speaking at the event, the Minister for Crime, Victoria Atkins said: Head of Youth and Community Programmes at Coin Street Community, Natalie Bell said: Local communities are at the heart of our response to the troubling rise in serious violence and I’m delighted so many people could attend today’s event. The energy and commitment in the room to work together and do everything possible to tackle this issue was inspiring and I’m excited to see the results. The government is determined to crack down on violent crime and I look forward to visiting many more communities in the coming months and learning about their vital work.last_img read more


Rupununi suffer mixed fortunes in Women’s football …..GDF and Paiwomak meet in final today

first_imgREGION NINE, Rupununi,suffered mixed fortunes when the rescheduled semi-finals of the GFF’s Women’s Development League was staged yesterday morning at the Tucville ground.In the opening game,the GDF squeezed into the final via a Penalty shoot-out after the game against St. Ignatius ended 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time.The Army lasses took the lead in the 7-a-side 30-minute contest as early as the 5th minute,thanks to pint-sized Abescie Heywood.The Region nine ladies cancelled out the lead within a minute when Vanessa Scipio found the back of the nets. The technically sound but much smaller St Ignatius side took the lead on the stroke of half time when Sonia Griffith converted.Army’s double goal-scoring ‘sheroe’ Abescie HeywoodThe Army came out aggressive in the final half as they attacked at will but without finding the back of the net until five minutes from the end when Heywood scored again from close up. The persistent raids on the St. Ignatius defence seemingly took its toll as the players looked physically drained.In the extra time period Griffith had a clear-cut opportunity to score the winner after she broke free down the middle only to be denied by a timely tip over the bar by the advancing Army’s goalkeeper,Ronette Cort,in the final minute of play.In the ensuing three Penalty kicks per team, The Army was perfect in their first two kicks while the Rupununi ladies shot wide of the mark in their two attempts to end their hopes of playing in today’s final.The other game, however,ended in regulation time as the Paiwomak FC proved technically superior and more organized than the Fruta Conquerors unit,winning by a 2-1 margin. A Samantha Roberts double (13 and 24 minutes) dented all hopes of the home team while Gillian Hawker was rock solid in defense for the Macushi ladies. Natalie Nedd netted Fruta’s consolation goal 4 minutes from the endThe third-place play-off between St. Ignatius FC and Conquerors FC will kick off at 16:00hrs today,followed by GDF versus Paiwomak FC in the final at Camp Ayanganna.(Ras Wadada)last_img read more


Familiar foes face off in Charlie Lakin Championship Tournament title games

first_imgEureka >> At the beginning of every Humboldt-Del Norte League season, one of the goals displayed in every locker room is to win the county tournament.Today, four teams will have a chance to fulfill that goal. On the baseball diamond, the Big 5 regular season champion Eureka Loggers aim to defend their Charlie Lakin Baseball Tournament championship against league-nemesis Arcata, the No.2 team out of the Big 5, at 6 p.m. today at the Arcata Ball Park.The county softball tournament title will …last_img


10 months agoI’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say I’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba’s attitude and says he will build his team around the French midfielder.Pogba endured a fractious relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho, which was well publicised over the past 18 months.However, the 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks, has looked renewed in Solskjaer’s first two games in charge, scoring twice in Wednesday’s win over Huddersfield Town.”I think Paul’s a top, top player. He’s one of the best top, top players in the world,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth.”Attacking wise he’s done really well but he’s a big lad, can win headers, tackles, he’s been the same as the others. The attitude has been perfect and that’s key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game he’s been top class and we’re looking to build a team around of course but there are so many quality players.” last_img read more


Like their Tory predecessors Liberals urged to shed light on Pacific Rim

first_imgOTTAWA – A little over two years ago, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau criticized the then-Conservative government for keeping Canadians in the dark on the talks and impacts surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.Today, as prime minister, Trudeau is facing complaints for withholding details on Canada’s commitment this week to an updated version of the huge Pacific Rim pact.Trudeau has praised the deal, struck Tuesday, as something that will open new markets for Canadian business across the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific region. The Liberals insist they’ve vastly improved the terms compared to agreement the Tories negotiated, which fizzled when the United States pulled out a year ago.But like the Harper Conservatives in 2015, Trudeau’s Liberals are under pressure to release more information about the potential economic consequences of the agreement here at home.Critics of the deal, including Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff, argue that the Liberals’ tight-lipped manner is reminiscent of the secretive approach taken by their Conservative predecessors a couple of years ago in negotiating the original TPP deal.“There is no fundamental difference from the previous government in the negotiation of TPP versus this government,” Yussuff said Wednesday in an interview.“I think the government will have a tough time squaring that with what they’ve been saying to most of us who really want to believe there is a difference in their approach.”He said the public has heard some details this week how Ottawa agreed to side letters on autos and culture in the new deal. But he added there’s been a “troubling” shortage of specifics on such an important agreement.Yussuff, who is a member of the government’s advisory council on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, insisted Ottawa’s approach to the TPP talks has been far less transparent than how it’s handled NAFTA.“We were led to believe that this would be a key underpinning of the government’s approach going forward,” Yussuff said of the Liberals’ campaign pledge to improve transparency.New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey said the Liberals have failed to be up front about the more-negative aspects of the trade deal and how they plan to address them.“I believe what we’re seeing is a repeat of the way that Conservatives negotiated deals — in secrecy,” she said in an interview Wednesday.After the Tory government announced it had agreed to the original TPP in October 2015, Trudeau issued a statement that criticized the Harper government for failing to be transparent throughout the negotiations, especially when it came to the concessions made by Canada.“The government has an obligation to be open and honest about the negotiation process, and immediately share all the details of any agreement. Canadians deserve to know what impacts this agreement will have on different industries across our country,” Trudeau said in the statement, released two weeks before the election.Fast forward to this week’s 11-country agreement. The Trudeau government is disputing assertions it has been quiet in its approach to the deal, which was rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Joseph Pickerill, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, said the government has been relying on the input of Canadians over the past two years. The negotiating positions have been informed by 41,000 emails and letters from interested Canadians as well as from consultations with more than 530 stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, he said.“Taken together, this is a marked improvement over the past and the fact we secured so many industry asks is proof positive that we heard, we fought hard and we achieved a better deal for more Canadians,” Pickerill wrote in an email.“These meetings informed Canada’s approach and negotiating positions, but to hold those negotiations in public or through the media is not an effective way to achieve a trade agreement,” he added.Pickerill said the full text will be made public after the thousands of pages are translated into each of the 11 partners’ languages. And, once that’s been done, the release of the side letters will follow, he said.The partners are expected to sign the deal in early March but it’s unclear if the documents will be available to the public by then.In 2015, the Conservatives offered a private, line-by-line briefing on the original TPP for opposition MPs before it had been made public, as long as the parties agreed to a confidentiality agreement. The NDP and Liberals rejected the offer and described it as a political ploy.Pickerill said Champagne would be open to a holding a briefing for parliamentarians on the new deal, but he added the minister had yet to receive such a request.Even Conservative MP Dean Allison, the party’s trade critic, felt the Liberals hadn’t been open enough about the new deal. Allison said he hoped more details would come soon because businesses need certainty.“They’re actually worse than what our government ever did around secrecy, transparency, all these other kinds of things,” Allison said.“It is interesting when one day you’re campaigning to be in government and making all these promises, the next day you get in — not only are you doing exactly the same thing in some situations, you’re going further.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Righttodisconnect talk picks up as popularity of workplace messaging apps rises

first_imgTORONTO – There’s growing chatter in North America about adopting right-to-disconnect laws to free workers from being tethered to their phones around the clock, but some labour experts say that while the digital demands of work in the 21st century need to be openly discussed, rigid regulations and fines may not be the solution.Last week, a New York councilman proposed making it illegal to force employees to access “work-related electronic communications” from home, with some exceptions including emergency situations. Companies would have to draft written policies spelling out the hours of work and time off, and employers would not be allowed to threaten penalties against anyone who refused to check their email or work-related social networks off-hours.Quebec Solidaire’s Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois also tabled a private member’s bill in the Quebec national assembly last week that aims to “ensure that employee rest periods are respected by requiring employers to adopt an after-hours disconnection policy.” The proposal calls for fines between $1,000 to $30,000 for companies that refuse to draft a proper policy, or reassess it annually to ensure it remains up to date and effective.“For my parents’ generation, when you were leaving the office, you were actually leaving the office,” Nadeau-Dubois, 27, said last week. “It’s not true for my generation anymore. When you leave work, you still have to work because you have emails from your boss or colleague. The separation between professional life and private life is disappearing.”The federal government has also signalled its interest in exploring the right-to-disconnect trend, which made headlines last year when France enacted its own legislation to help protect the free time of its workforce.As part of its public consultation earlier this year on how “labour standards should be updated to better reflect and respond to the new reality” of evolving workplaces, Employment and Social Development Canada released an online survey that included several questions about right-to-disconnect policies. One of the questions asked whether right-to-disconnect regulations should be one of the government’s “most important” labour issues.“It’s always a good thing for parties to discuss their working conditions together,” says labour and employment lawyer Katherine Poirier, but she cautions that “over-regulating and imposing fines for employers is not always the right way to solve a situation.”“The problem is there is no cookie-cutter solution in this area,” says Poirier, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.“Implementing a policy and having to respect it is good, because both parties will be able to discuss what’s agreeable according to their own area of activity. Whereas trying to implement legislation that will govern (all workers) single-handedly could lead to a nightmare.”In addition to the demands of their ever-growing email inbox, many employees are now also communicating within Slack, a social network for businesses that now boasts nine million weekly active users across 100 countries. It eschews the formality of email in favour of a looser instant-messaging style approach, a strategy that has not surprisingly also been pushed by Facebook with its fee-based Workplace service, used by corporate giants including Walmart, Starbucks and Heineken.Poirier expects many companies would argue that existing labour laws and court rulings already adequately protect employees from getting forced into working outside the office. She points to a 2005 Quebec Court of Appeal case that made “a very strong statement” that employees could not be compelled to extend their work day into their home.“(The court found) the human right to privacy and to the sanctity of the home may not allow an employer to force you to work from there,” Poirier says, “so the employer could contact you to schedule you, for example, but to force you to work from there would be an invasion of privacy.“That was before the social media and cellphone use we see now. We have seen a lot of grievances since then but not as precise as this. It’s going to be a very challenging issue in the future.”There are many business leaders who are cognizant of the “benefits of disconnecting” and aren’t opposed to discouraging emailing from home, says Julie McCarthy, a professor of organizational behaviour at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.“For many people they’re in a state of what we call ‘continuous partial attention’ where there’s so many things going on and we’re responding to so many things that we’re never completely just focused on one thing. This could be really detrimental to our well-being, our physical and emotional well-being, but also to our performance on the job,” says McCarthy.“If we have people who are at work but they’re experiencing exhaustion and potentially burnout, then they’re not really performing at levels that we might want to see. So it’s only in the organization’s best interests that they ensure that people are rejuvenated.”Social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn conducted a small-scale exploratory study out of the University of British Columbia that found people were less stressed when they were asked to check their email a few times a day versus being told to do so frequently.While she emphasized that more strenuous research would be needed to make any conclusive findings, she says “it does suggest that being constantly tethered to our technology during times when we’re trying to be with our friends and family does undermine some of the benefits we would otherwise derive from that sort of quality time.”But she’s also cautious about declaring that emailing outside work hours leads to a quantifiable amount of personal harm.“There’s not as much good rigorous research yet as one would ideally like to see documenting the extent of the sort of psychological and physical health consequences of using this technology.”last_img read more


Provincial government extends livestock fencing program

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — The provincial government announced last week that it is extending the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program for five more years.The government says that the program extension is part of $46 million in safety improvements approved in this year’s provincial budget. The program, which is a partnership between the provincial government and BC Cattlemen’s Association, will receive $1 million per year over the next five years. Since the program launched in 2010, the government has spent $16 million to help get more than 900 kilometres of livestock fencing erected along B.C. highways.According to information provided by the Cattleman’s Association, fatalities involving cattle on roads and railways have declined from 92 in 2011 to 21 last year. “The success of the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program in reducing livestock-related collisions on our highways makes extending it for five more years an easy decision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “There are two major benefits of the fencing program: Keeping people safe while driving, and helping ranchers protect their investment.”The BC Cattlemen’s Association will continue to administer the popular, taking applications from livestock owners who are seeking assistance to build fences adjacent to the highway. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and projects are selected based on several factors, including current fence condition, livestock headcount, and highway designation.“There is no doubt in my mind that the fencing program is responsible for the drastic reduction in the number of cattle lost to ranchers and farmers,” said Kevin Boon, general manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association. “This partnership with the Province for five more years will allow us to keep more of our livestock out of harm’s way, but more importantly, it helps keep the travelling public safe.”Applications from livestock owners are received by the BCCA, at: http://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm.last_img read more


Police advisory No weapons to be allowed inside eateries in CP

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the recent incident when a man’s concealed firearm went off accidentally inside Starbucks coffee shop in Connaught Place, Delhi Police on Saturday has issued an advisory to all eateries, pubs, and cafes in the area urging them to take steps to ensure no customer enters their premises with concealed weapons.Officials said that the advisory has been issued by the Connaught Place police station to avoid unfortunate mishaps such as the one that occurred on last Thursday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe advisory, signed by the Station House Officer at CP station, has urged all establishments in the area to “prominently display” a notification that is supposed to read as follows: “All weapons including concealed firearms are prohibited.” Commenting on the advisory, DCP Madhur Verma stressed the importance of establishments following this advisory, in order to ensure that there is no way any citizen is harmed accidentally or otherwise. The advisory further stated that establishments in the area need to do more than just displaying a sign and that staff in these establishments should also keep an eye out. “Apart from that, security staff of your establishment should be briefed to have a close watch on such suspects to prevent such an incident,” it read. The advisory stated that “the security of human life and property is our main concern and of utmost importance,” thus asking all establishments to give utmost importance to the issue.last_img read more


Apex court directs CBI to file status report by Jun 3

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the CBI to file by June 3 its status report on the ongoing probe into the alleged murder of 11 girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta said the matter would be heard by a vacation bench on June 3 keeping in view the urgency of the case. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, told the court that 11 girls are alleged to have been murdered in the Muzaffarpur shelter home and the agency has also recovered bones from a burial ground. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghVenugopal, however, told the court it will not be possible for the CBI to complete the probe into the alleged murder of 11 girls by June 3. In a sensational revelation, the CBI had told the apex court on May 3 that 11 girls were allegedly murdered by key accused Brajesh Thakur and his accomplices and “bundle of bones” have been recovered from a burial ground. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe probe into the case was transferred to the CBI and the agency has charge sheeted 21 people, including Thakur. In its affidavit filed in the top court earlier, the CBI has stated that from the statement of victims recorded during the probe, names of 11 girls have emerged, who were said to be allegedly murdered by Thakur and his accomplices. “During investigation, from the statement of victims recorded by IOs (investigating officers) and NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences) team, names of 11 girls emerged who were said to be allegedly murdered by the accused Brajesh Thakur and his accomplices,” the CBI has said.last_img read more


Morocco Israeli Rents Beach Prevents Locals from Access

first_imgRabat- According to Moroccan daily newspaper, Al Massaa, an Israeli advertising producer rented the beach of Safi to film sports scenes and prevented local citizens from having access for three days.Windsurfers, kite surfers and recreation lovers were disappointed when they arrived at the famous, recognized surf spot on Safi beach, only to find it surrounded by barriers and police officers who banned them from entering the beach facilities.The seashore was covered with huge spotlights, cameras and other film equipment, when the Israeli advertising producer rented the beach for three successive days to film surf scenes for international television and sports magazines. The local marine sports associations denounced the closure of the beach as a seizure by the Israeli producer without an authorization from the local Safi authorities.In a statement to the same source, officials said that the municipality of Safi had not authorized the use of spotlights, and that it did not know about the Israeli citizen’s actions.Aware of the wind conditions at the location, the Israeli, who is of Lebanese descent, comes frequently to Safi and closes the beach to the local population in order to film surf scenes.Located north of Safi, the surf spot of Sidi Bouzid is an international standard point-break for surfers. Regular, fast and powerful, its waves are ranked among the top 10 in the world.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more