2400 Acre Farm to Provide Employment for Over 900 Persons

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. JC Hutchinson, says the 2400 acre farm to be established at Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth, will provide employment for over 900 persons.Speaking at the 2018-2019 Irish Potato Sensitization meeting, held at the Green Valley Apostolic Church, Lewisville, New Market, St. Elizabeth on November 1, Mr. Hutchinson said the majority of those who will be selected to work on the property will be females.“We are going to be looking at having over 900 people to work on the farm. I am just saying most are going to be women. [However], any male, any female that is interested, I am sending it out from now, get yourselves in a formal farming organization so that you can find work down at Holland when the time comes,” Mr. Hutchinson stated.He reiterated that preparation of lands for farming at Holland Estate will start in June/July of 2019, after the final cane crop is reaped by J Wray and Nephew’s Appleton Estate. He further stated that his Ministry is currently putting in place “the programme, whereby we will make a steady transition for all the farmers.”In the meantime, Mr. Hutchinson is urging small farmers in St Elizabeth to apply to take up lands at the Holland Estate.He noted that lands will be leased to mostly small farmers, with no one person being able to secure more than 25 acres of land.“There are many persons who want to go into agriculture, but do not have lands. Many may have a square or an acre but want more land. Holland Estate is closing and there are a number of proposals that have come in,” Mr. Hutchinson said.“Those who are interested, we are taking applications now and I have some young people up in New Market here for them to register to come and get lands out at Holland,” he emphasized.He also informed that the application period closes on November 10.Mr. Hutchinson told the farmers that the Agro Economic Zone to be established on the Southern side of Holland Estate, will prevent a market glut for their produce.He noted that the zone will consist of a complex housing storage, grading, drying, packaging, and processing facilities.last_img read more

Negotiated Contracts with Doctors Move Province Forward

first_img These investments complement the ongoing work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre to establish a provincial health system that is well planned and collaborative in its approach. Since becoming minister of Health and Wellness in 2013, I have personally met with more than 400 doctors across the province on various issues. I know they have their patients’ best interests at heart and have important perspectives to share. There is a strong commitment to opening the lines of communication with doctors in order to find and implement workable solutions to our health-care system challenges so that our system can sufficiently respond to the changing health-care needs of our population. -30- $10 million will improve access to primary care with new collaborative care practices that bring together doctors, nurse practitioners and other health providers. Collaborative practices are also an important recruitment tool $3 million is provided so doctors can provide care in situations that may not require face-to-face consultations. Nova Scotia is the very first province to include this in its contract with doctors and we will continue to work with them to find other opportunities for innovation We have long heard calls for redesigning Nova Scotia’s health-care system, and that’s exactly what we have been working toward for the past three years. We know there are improvements to be made in access to and quality of care. The types of changes needed, if done well, will take time. In order to have success, we need to involve doctors in discussions about how health care is planned, resourced, and delivered across this province. They are essential partners who bring valuable expertise and insights into how the system works and how it can change for the better. And yet I know many doctors have not felt adequately engaged, specifically as contract negotiations were underway over the past year. I am pleased the new four-year agreements Doctors Nova Scotia negotiated on behalf of doctors were recently ratified, and by a strong margin. Eighty per cent and 87 per cent of those who voted were in favour of each of the agreements. These contracts were reached after a tremendous amount of time discussing things like recruitment, innovation, compensation, etc. And while no negotiated contract is perfect, I believe these ones move us closer to our goals. That’s why it deeply concerns me that some doctors who may be dissatisfied are pointing out only what they see as problems with the final result, and not acknowledging the progress that has been made. Many Nova Scotians may be interested to know some of what is included in the agreements with doctors that will directly impact access to care: –- $2.8 million is earmarked for new family doctors during the life of the agreement, and $2.3 million for new specialistslast_img read more

Hospitality tourism seeks impetus to UDAN tax rebates in Budget

first_imgChennai: Focus on UDAN scheme; reduction or removal of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) tax; a single Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate for hotels and tourism sectors; tax rebates for people; higher allocation for tourism industry and infrastructure status for hotel sector are a few things on the budget wishlist of hotel and travel industry players. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her maiden budget on July 5. “We look forward to increased focus and sustained delivery on key initiatives like UDAN aimed at enhancing the regional connectivity and affordable air travel, Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), integrated development of pilgrimage destinations through Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD),” Mahesh Iyer, Executive Director and CEO, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd told IANS. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony He also said the proposed Union budget should increase allocation to extend the e-Visa initiative to more countries, develop new tourism circuits as well as create better infrastructure – roads, railways, airports, waterways and sanitation – to catalyse growth. “There is no great private airline success story in India. The government should look at removing the tax on ATF. Air connectivity has become extremely important for government programmes like PRASAD as elderly pilgrims cannot reach distant places travelling several hours in a train,” Iyer added. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! According to him, the government should check the arbitrary fare hikes by airlines and work on passenger compensation like hotel stays by Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) in case of delay beyond 4 hours or cancellation of flights. Rationalisation of various GST rates is one of the demands of the hospitality/tourism sectors. “Now there are three GST rate slabs, as a result of which four and five star hotels are losing out to three-star hotels. A single rate structure would also be beneficial for the people,” Yangya Prakash Chandran, Founder and CEO, Crossway Hotels & Resorts told IANS. According to a report by credit rating agency CARE Rating’s, rationalisation of GST rates on premium segment hotels (from 28/18/12 per cent) can boost investments while also increasing demand for the category. “Industry wants the government to announce measures in the budget to promote investment in the tourism sector. We expect the allocation to the Tourism Ministry to be higher in the budget 2019-20 vis-a-vis last year,” CARE Ratings said. “The hospitality industry should also be given the infrastructure status to attract increased investments. The infrastructure status would reduce our cost of funds,” Chandran added. Iyer also expressed hope that Finance Minister Sitharaman would provide necessary impetus to develop cruise tourism in which Indian travellers are now showing interest.last_img read more

Jillian Michaels To Stand Up For Cancer On Night Nation Run

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is excited to announce Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, will participate on behalf of SU2C in the Night Nation Run on Saturday, October 24th.The running 5k music festival, will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has been named the official charitable beneficiary of the Night Nation Run. The Running Music Festivals will be held in over 30 cities across the U.S. in 2015 and 2016.Similar to Michaels’ message of wellness, staying active and having fun, the Night Nation Run’s goal is to make a lasting impact by supporting SU2C and its innovative cancer research in a variety of ways through its races. Additionally, runners can create teams to help fundraise for SU2C through the SU2C website at www.su2c.org/nightnationrun.“I’m proud to be involved with Stand Up To Cancer and join the Night Nation Run,” said Jillian Michaels. “Cancer is a disease that impacts all of us. Through opportunities like this run, we can team up and work together to lead stronger, healthier lives. This event provides people across the country with an easy, fun and active way to truly give back and make a difference in the fight against cancer.”“We are so grateful to Jillian Michaels for joining this Night Nation Run on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer,” said Sue Schwartz, Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer. “Her inspiring approach to living a healthy, fit lifestyle while also having fun is a perfect fit for our collaboration with the Night Nation Run.”“We are so excited to have Jillian Michaels join Night Nation Run in support of our Official Charitable Beneficiary, Stand Up To Cancer,” said Carly Moskowitz, Director of Marketing for Night Nation Run. “Together we can continue to utilize Night Nation Run as a platform to allow our participants to contribute to innovative cancer research, all while celebrating music in a fun environment.”The Night Nation Run music festival is a 5K filled with lights, lasers, beats and music. For more info about where and when you can take part, click here.last_img read more

9th Agricultural Conference Kicks off in Meknes

Meknes – The 9th Agricultural Conference, held under the theme “Agriculture and food security through water”, kicked off on Monday in Meknes with the participation of Alpha Condé, Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Guinea, the distinguished guest of this edition.This edition, marked by the participation of some fifteen ministers of Agriculture, notably Italian minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, who will represent Italy, the guest of honour of SIAM, and Isabel Garcia Tejerina, Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, aims to raise awareness and mobilize farmers as well as decision-makers and public opinion on the imperative of efficient water management that is respectful of environmental imperatives.This high-level meeting, also marked by the distinguished participation of African ministers of Agriculture, including those from Niger and Ethiopia, will also take stock of the progress and achievements of Morocco’s Green Plan which, since its launch in 2008, has established the rational use of water resources as one of its priorities. The conference will be followed by the 12th International Agriculture Fair in Morocco (SIAM 2017), held on April 18-23, under the theme “Agribusiness and sustainable agricultural value chains”. read more

Ontario to forge ahead with pension plan in absence of CPP deal

OTTAWA — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her province’s position going into talks about making changes to the Canada Pension Plan isn’t the biggest hurdle to getting a deal done — it is other provinces that are balking at retirement reforms.Ontario is pushing for changes to the CPP that would mirror the provincial pension program it promised to create, and plans to start phasing in next year and charging new premiums to pay for the plan the year after that.Comment: Expanding the CPP won’t help Canada’s most vulnerable seniorsOttawa sees Ontario stance on CPP as roadblock to expanding pension planFederal officials see Ontario’s position in the talks as a key hurdle to negotiating an agreement, but Wynne said her province has not been the problem in discussions around CPP reform.“We remain the champions of CPP enhancement,” Wynne said Friday at an event in Ottawa.“We have continued to be at the table when other provinces have not necessarily been putting forward retirement security as a priority. We have continued to bring it to the table.”Wynne said her province will forge ahead with its own pension plan next year, known as the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), in the absence of buy-in on changes to how much CPP pays out in retirement benefits and how much workers will be expected to pay in premiums.“I will be a very happy woman if we can find a consensus across the country. But I’m not going to let people down if we can’t,” she said.“We will continue to put the ORPP in place in the absence of that consensus.”Federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers will meet later this month in Vancouver to talk about CPP reforms with the aim of having a deal in place by the end of the year.Since December, when the federal and provincial finance ministers last met, political and bureaucratic conversations have been intensifying behind the scenes to garner support for an expanded pension plan. But coming to a consensus has proven difficult.An agreement would be the first major CPP overhaul in almost 20 years after the provinces and federal government agreed to increase premiums in 1997 as part of work to make sure that one generation of workers wasn’t paying for the retirement of another generation.Most provinces were ready to agree to an expansion of CPP in 2013. But the previous Conservative government balked at the move, which led the Ontario Liberals to head down the path of their own provincial pension plan. Quebec also has its own provincial pension plan.Any change to the CPP requires the consent of seven provinces with at least two-thirds of the population, meaning Ontario’s blessing is needed for any deal. Provinces like B.C. and Saskatchewan are wary of any deal where premiums paid by workers and business owners would have to go up, but their percentage of the national population means their exclusion wouldn’t kill an agreement.“Our position was that retirement security was a national crisis, that it’s something that needed to be tackled,” Wynne said.“Let’s find a consensus across the country, let’s have a CPP enhancement that is going to ensure that Canadians have a secure retirement because what’s in place now is not adequate. So that remains our position.”Ontario is looking for a national agreement to target Canadians who don’t have a workplace pension plan, provide coverage to those higher up on the income scale, increase the maximum annual benefits to seniors to about $25,000 from the current $12,500, a move that would require an increase in premiums. read more

Trans Mountain pipeline builder says approval could create target for attackers

The president of Kinder Morgan Canada says he expects more attacks by activists if its Trans Mountain oil export pipelineexpansion from Edmonton to the West Coast is approved.Ian Anderson says approval could paint a target on the project, resulting in more incidents like attempts Tuesday by protesters to shut down oil export pipelines in the U.S.He told reporters at an energy conference that one of his company’s pipelines in Washington state was targeted, but there was no damage and deliveries were not affected.Earlier at the conference, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd condemned the pipeline attacks as “dangerous” and beyond the realm of civil disobedience.A federal decision on the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain expansion project is expected in December. Anderson says construction could present a target both for peaceful protesters and those who mean harm.He says the company is studying the protests against the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline, adding that the best strategy to deal with protesters is to communicate fully and as early as possible with those affected. Trans Mountain pipeline builder says approval could create target for attackers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Oct 12, 2016 1:19 pm MDT Related Stories B.C.’s Clark urged to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline for failing key conditionNorthern Alberta chief says Aboriginal oilsands foes are poorly informedA look at the status of Northern Gateway and other major Canadian pipeline projects Alberta|kinder morgan|Marg McCuaig-Boyd|Trans Mountain (https://www.transmountain.com/uploads/pages/1474570705-Project-Benefits-Handout-v16.pdf) read more

Buckeyes fall from the unbeaten lose 62 at home to Robert Morris

OSU senior defenseman Josh Healey (47) corrals the puck during the Buckeyes game against Robert Morris University on Nov. 4. The Buckeyes lost 6-2. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWinners of four straight and undefeated through seven games, the Ohio State men’s hockey team had a rare opportunity in the nonconference schedule to play on home ice at the Schottenstein Center. Ranked No. 11 in the nation, OSU looked to continue its hot play against Robert Morris before heading to Pittsburgh for the second half of the home-and-home series on Saturday.However, three second-period goals from the Colonials unseated OSU from the unbeaten, 6-2. OSU fell to 5-1-2 on the season.“Anytime you lose a hockey game it hurts,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Against good hockey teams, if you don’t play your best you’re going to get beat and I think that’s what happened tonight. The better team won, for sure.”Rohlik said on Wednesday that the team had worked extensively in practice on cleaning up the defensive zone. Whatever holes and inconsistencies the Colonials saw on film, they were exploited on Friday; mostly by sophomore left wing Alex Tonge.Tonge put the Colonials on the board in the first period off an assist from defenseman Eric Israel. The forward sat in front of the net and Israel centered a pass from the end boards that OSU couldn’t steer away.Then in the second period, Tonge scored again on an even-strength goal, putting Robert Morris up, 3-1. The front line of Robert Morris finished the game with three of the team’s six goals.“They capitalized on their chances and that was the difference tonight,” senior captain forward Nick Schilkey said. “We’re going to have a short memory and be back ready tomorrow.”Coming into the matchup, Tomkins was a catalyst for OSU’s success between the pipes. In four of his five starts before Friday, he had allowed two or fewer goals. When senior goaltender Christian Frey went down with an injury against Air Force in the team’s second game of the year, Tomkins came in relief and stopped 10 shots, including seven in overtime. Rohlik said that despite pulling him after the fifth goal, tonight can be looked at as an outlier for Tomkins.“We have a few other guys out in front of him that weren’t their best either, but I think all the credit goes to (Robert Morris),” Rohlik said. “We just didn’t get it done tonight.”Special teams play was a large factor in the lopsided decision on Friday night. Both OSU and Robert Morris were tied fifth nationally in powerplay efficiency, converting on one of every four powerplay opportunities. The Buckeyes were 0-for-5, while the Colonials were 2-for-2 in the game.Robert Morris ranked second to last in the NCAA in penalty kill coming into the matchup.After the Robert Morris’ second powerplay goal came at 13:39 in the second period, just 20 seconds into the penalty kill, Rohlik called a timeout.OSU didn’t score the rest of the period, despite having a man-advantage to end the second and begin the third period. Robert Morris’ leading scorer Brady Ferguson added a goal just two minutes into the third period giving the Colonials a substantial four-goal lead.“We forced a couple plays from the goal line or something … if something’s not there you can’t force it,” Schilkey said. “We got some good chances too. They’re not going to go in every night but you hope to come back tomorrow and pop a couple of those in.”A bright spot for OSU was junior forward Matthew Weis, who was coming off the best two-game stretch of his career last weekend against Niagara where he scored two goals and contributed on four others. On Friday night, he backed up his Big Ten first-star of the week honor by scoring the first goal of the night, at 3:14 in the first period.The team repeatedly said in the offseason that this was the closest group of players the program has had in the last four years. The response from Friday’s letdown will truly test the character of the team. Schilkey said that the message for Saturday’s game against Robert Morris is to stick together as a unit.“We got to have a quick turnaround. We play a team that should be very confident against us,” Rohlik said. “You find out your true character when you have adversity. And obviously for us, things aren’t going to go well all the time and you’re going to have bumps in the road. Right now, we’ll find out about our character and I believe in the guys in our locker room. I believe in our leadership. One loss isn’t the season but we got to learn from it and get better.” read more

Snow leopard shot dead at a Midlands zoo after it escaped from

A snow leopard has been shot dead at a Midlands zoo after it escaped from its enclosure. The door on the eight-year-old male big cat named Margaash was left open by a keeper, which meant the animal was able to roam the grounds of Dudley Zoo near Birmingham. Management said they had “no other option” but to shoot the snow leopard dead “in the interest of public safety”. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “This was an incredibly sad incident and our staff are understandably heartbroken.“Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort. Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to his enclosure failed and as the animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, the vet did not believe a tranquiliser dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work.“Safety of the public is always of paramount importance and our staff are highly experienced and rigorously trained.”The incident happened on October 23 at around 5pm after the zoo had closed and all visitors had left the site.Since then, the zoo has carried out an investigation into what happened and as a result a “stringent review” of all zoo enclosure security has also been introduced. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The probe found the door to the enclosure was left open through “keeper error”, which has resulted in what the zoo called “disciplinary investigation” of those involved.Margaash was born at Banham Zoo in Norfolk in May 2010 and came to Dudley Zoo in September 2011, where he lived with our three-year-old female Taïga. read more

Rochdales bells to fill silence of the bongs on BBC at Christmas

Big Ben, the great bell in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, has been silenced – apart from national occasions – for over a year due to a multimillion pound four-year renovation projectCredit:Mark Duffy/PA Big Ben, the great bell in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, has been silenced - apart from national occasions - for over a year due to a multimillion pound four-year renovation project The traditional bongs from Big Ben are familiar to BBC Radio 4 listeners. However on Christmas Eve they might sound a little different after the BBC said it will broadcast the chimes from Rochdale Town Hall instead.Big Ben, the great bell in Parliament’s Elizabeth Tower, has been silenced – apart from national occasions – for over a year due to a multimillion pound four-year renovation project.This ‘silence of the bongs’ – much criticised when the scaffolding was first erected – has meant that the BBC has had to broadcast a recording of Big Ben’s chimes before its main news programmes on Radio 4 at 6pm and at midnight.Earlier this year Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse minister, came up with his own solution and urged the BBC to broadcast the chimes from the clock above Rochdale Town Hall, which has the same “Westminster chimes” as Big Ben.Now Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC’s director general, has replied – and agreed to broadcast the bongs from Rochdale Town Hall before the news at 6pm on Christmas Eve.In a letter to Mr Berry sent this week and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, Lord Hall said he “really liked” the idea, adding: “I’m delighted to tell you that Radio 4 will shortly be making a special recording of the Rochdale bells – and that they will feature at a very prominent moment in our schedule, just before the 1800 News on 24 December.”I’m really pleased you thought to suggest this, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy hearing the chimes from Rochdale ringing out around the country for Christmas Eve.” Mr Berry, who came up with his idea after a visit when he stood at the base of the tower, as the clock struck eleven and the tower bells rang, said he was delighted with the BBC’s plans. He told The Telegraph: “I applaud the BBC’s decision to move from its pre-recorded London centrism and recognise that the chimes that have sounded across Rochdale since the industrial revolution are as worth its top billing at Christmas as Big Ben.”The Northern Powerhouse is about growing the northern economy, It is about recognising the industrial and cultural contribution that the north of England makes to Great Britain.”Ian Duckworth, 70, a former Conservative mayor of Rochdale who has been campaigning for years for a wider appreciation of Rochdale’s bells, said he would toast the town hall’s chimes on Radio 4 with a glass of champagne with his wife of 39 years Christine, 60.He said it was “brilliant news” and praised The Telegraph for drawing attention to the distinctive sound of the bells. “I am really looking forward to them putting Rochdale on the map for all the best reasons. I advise anybody in the country to visit our wonderful town hall,” he said.Construction of Rochdale’s Town Hall, described as a Grade 1 listed Gothic masterpiece, began in the mid-1800s and was completed on 20 June 1887, the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. In August last year Parliamentary authorities announced that the Westminster chimes would fall silent for the next four years during repairs to the Elizabeth Tower to safeguard the future of the 158-year-old clock.Due to health and safety rules, the 13-ton bell was taken out of action to protect the hearing of construction workers on site prompting an outcry from some MPs.As part of the £61million project the Great Clock was dismantled and its parts removed for examination and repair. The four dials will be cleaned, the glass repaired, and the hands removed and refurbished Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

€19 billion in outstanding debt on subprime mortgages in arrears

first_imgMINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has confirmed that more than half of the outstanding debt in the sub-prime lending sector is on mortgages in arrears.In response to a question from TD Michael McGrath, Noonan confirmed that, at the end of September 2013, six ‘retail credit firms’ had a total of 17,807 primary dwelling mortgage accounts and four had 659 buy to let accounts.These lenders made loans available to people who otherwise would have had difficulty getting mortgages because of a poor credit history. However the loans come with extremely high interest rates and these new figures show many of these borrowers are now struggling to pay them back.In total, there was €3.345 billion in outstanding debt on primary dwelling accounts and €0.132 billion on the buy to let accounts.Of that outstanding debt, mortgage accounts amounting to over €1.9 billion were in arrears of over 90 days. That amounts to more than half of the overall outstanding debt.Noonan commented that the same consumer protection framework applies to there lenders as to other regulated entities.He said that the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears in particular “sets out requirements for all mortgage lenders, including retail credit firms, dealing with borrowers facing or in mortgage arrears on a mortgage secured on a primary home”.The minister added that this also provides a “strong consumer protection framework” to ensure borrowers struggling to keep up mortgage repayments are treated in a fair and transparent manner by their lender and that long term resolution is sought by lenders with each customer in difficulty.Read: NAMA drops 80:20 home buyer scheme citing improving market conditions>Read: Almost 50,000 mortgages have now been restructured>last_img read more

Report looks at individualised and discretionary nature of Irish sentencing

first_imgAN ANALYSIS OF sentences handed down to those convicted of manslaughter over the past six years has highlighted the “individualised and discretionary” nature of the Irish sentencing system.Although the Irish Sentencing Information System (ISIS) has warned against any claims about inconsistency in the judiciary’s sentencing practices, it takes note of law lecturer Thomas O’Malley’s commentary: …while we may lack the kind of statistical data and empirical analyses that would help to identify the extent of sentencing disparity, we can conclude with some assurance from reported appeal decision and media reports of sentences imposed by trial courts that there is a degree of discordance in current sentencing practices.The report, written by a judicial researcher, supervised by a High Court Judge, and issued by the ISIS committee, examined the outcomes in 42 cases of manslaughter during the six-year period.The cases reviewed provide a snapshot of the various types of manslaughter, that when paired with either mitigating or aggravating factors can result in vastly different sentences for the defendant.The author notes two cases in the publication’s initial commentary to outline a view that further guidance from the Court of Criminal Appeal regarding categories of manslaughter could help to “clarify ostensible discrepancies”.In the first of those two cases, a sentence of three years was imposed on a man who had pulled the victim to the ground, kicked her and stamped on her head.In contrast, another cases saw a sentence of 13 years imposed for an assault where a man had kicked and stamped on the victim’s head.“Although the assault in question had been particularly vicious and the accused in question had been coming from a bail hearing on the day of the incident, without further insight into all the circumstances of both cases, it remains impossible to discern whether there is a real and distinct disparity between the two sentences imposed for what appear to be comparatively similar cases,” the author states.Suspended sentencesAlthough a prison sentence will be imposed in most cases of manslaughter, two rare suspended sentences were recorded between 2007 and 2012.A mother-of-four was given a five-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of the manslaughter of her husband. Their long marriage had been marked by violence and excessive drinking. The accused hit her husband in the head with a hammer 23 times while he slept. Both the defence and prosecution agreed she was suffering from a mental disorder and severe depression at the time. She was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.The trial judge said that no matter how difficult people’s lives are, they cannot take the law into their own hands. In suspending the five-year jail term, he stated that it was significant her four children did not want her to go to prison.Similarly, a teenage boy who was handed a six-year sentence had it suspended after being convicted of provocation manslaughter. His father was an alcoholic and had been sent to buy food for the household. When he came home drunk in the early hours of the morning with no dinner, the defendant grabbed him and punched him. He left him outside the house, where he had fallen, with a pillow and duvet. He was found dead the next morning.The trial judge said it was only in extraordinarily exceptional circumstances that custody for an unlawful killing could not be imposed – and that this was one such case, because the defendant had just turned 18, had no previous convictions, no propensity for violence and that there was no evidence that he was a risk to others.On the whole, according to the report, sentences tend to be more lenient where the offender is young, where the level of violence is not too severe and where a guilty plea has been offered at an early stage. These are discretionary guidelines used by a judiciary but are not principles that can be found on written record.At the other end of the scale, the imposition of a life sentence is also rare. However, it was recognised as a constitutionally and legally sound option for a maximum sentence in the DPP versus RMcC case.The most common sentence handed down for assault manslaughter is six years. These cases mostly involve arguments which took places after the accused had taken drugs and/or alcohol. They frequently involved a knife as a weapon.Other jurisdictionsWhile Irish sentencing practice promotes a “discursive approach” with considerable emphasis on individual discretion, other jurisdictions are aiming for a more “structured approach”.The UK’s Sentencing Council for England and Wales has produced guidelines for the judiciary and monitors the impact of practice there.Similarly, the US has established the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency that establishes guidelines to be consulted by the judiciary regarding the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes. It appears that part of its mandate is to narrow the wide disparity that discretionary sentencing can sometimes produce.Nicola Furlong murder trial: Richard Hinds found guiltylast_img read more

MIT prof says Windows 8 is the perfect gift for people you

first_imgPhilip Greenspun is a respected figure in the computer science world. He’s also a certified flight instructor, helps run a non-profit, and still teaches the occasional programming course at MIT. He even founded Geek.com’s former sister site, Photo.net in 1993. He also really, really doesn’t like Windows 8. In fact, he says that Windows 8 is the “perfect gift for someone you hate.”Greenspun’s tirade includes many of the same critiques you’ve read about Windows 8 before. For the most part it focuses on the sometimes awkward coexistence of the touch-friendly Windows 8 interface and the traditional Windows desktop experience. His opening sentence sets the tone: “Suppose that you are an expert user of Windows NT/XP/Vista/7, an expert user of an iPad, and an expert user of an Android phone… you will have no idea how to use Windows 8.”If that’s true, I fear for the future of computing. My 8-year-old is no computer expert, and when I quietly upgraded his computer to Windows 8 one evening it only took him a few seconds to figure out how to fire up Minecraft and Portal. I also wouldn’t go so far as to call myself an expert, but there was never a point at which I had “no idea” how to use Windows 8. Are there really experts out there that would be paralyzed when confronted by a Windows 8 PC?After running down his complaints, Greenspun states “a reasonable user might respond to this dog’s breakfast of a user interface by trying to stick with either the familiar desktop or the new tablet.” As someone who’s been using Windows 8 since the first preview build was made available for download, I can unequivocally say this isn’t true. I primarily run Windows 8 on my desktop computer, and I use it mainly for tasks like blogging, editing photos, and other office-type activities. I’ve spent a grand total of perhaps 20 minutes in the Modern interface when not purposely testing an app. I boot, I log in, and I’m whisked to the desktop — because I was “expert” enough to add an entry in the registry to load explorer.exe at startup.Also, you can’t start an application from the desktop, says Greenspun. Again, totally untrue. Windows 8 features the same Taskbar as Windows 7, and you can still pin applications to it. Though I thought I would, I don’t miss the Start Button at all. All my core apps are right there on the Taskbar, just one click away, instead of two or three.And while he praises the hardware home button as the single best feature of iOS, Greenspun says that Microsoft blew it by not offering something similar. Every Windows keyboard in the world has a dedicated key, of course (and he does mention that fact). Tap it, and there is the Start Screen are your apps. But the keyboard is not always available, he says, and he’s probably referring to Windows 8 tablets — which pretty much all have a hardware Windows button that does the same thing anyway.Another gripe is that you can’t run the two Windows 8 interfaces side-by-side. If you Google for help on how to use the Modern interface, you’ll need to do it on a second computer, he says. That’s the only way you’ll be able to read and follow along. Unless, of course, you have a secondary monitor hooked up to your PC, in which case you’ll notice that the desktop appears on it every single time you start Windows. Right next to the Start Screen on your primary monitor.Is Windows 8 perfect? No, not by a long shot. But no operating system I’ve ever used is perfect. I approached Windows 8 with an open mind, and it’s worked out pretty well for me. I don’t feel at all like my $15 purchase was a gift that proves I hate myself.More at Greenspun’s bloglast_img read more

2500 LewisMcChord soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Joint Base Lewis-McChord held a deployment ceremony Tuesday to bid farewell to the 3rd Stryker Brigade for the fourth time in eight years.The News Tribune reports only 2,500 of the 4,200 soldiers in the brigade are taking part in this year-long deployment.The commander, Col. Charles Webster Jr., says a full brigade is not needed as U.S. forces are drawn down. Some remaining soldiers are scheduled to go to Afghanistan next year and others will continue to train at Lewis-McChord.The 3rd Stryker Brigade was the first Stryker brigade to go to war with the eight-wheel Stryker vehicles in Iraq in 2003. The Army now has eight such units.This time the 3rd Stryker Brigade is leaving Strykers behind and will drive other armored vehicles already in Afghanistan.last_img read more

TMobile is giving people a free hotspot to test drive its network

first_img 4G LTE T-Mobile Phones T-Mobile’s latest attempt to attract customers is offering a free mobile hotspot for 30 days.  Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images T-Mobile knows that even after years of growth and changes it still has a reputation problem. Many people still think of it as an inferior carrier network to rivals Verizon and AT&T. In a bid to change that narrative, the company on Wednesday is pulling out an old move from its “un-carrier” playbook: giving interested non-T-Mobile users a free Wi-Fi hotspot and 30GB of data to use on its LTE network for 30 days. “The T-Mobile in the past isn’t the T-Mobile network of today,” Sarah Osmer, T-Mobile’s vice president of customer and business management, told CNET.  Is the new T-Mobile worth switching to? (The Daily Charge,… 5:02 Now playing: Watch this: 12 Share your voice Tags Comments As part of the new offering, those who are curious about T-Mobile simply need to head to a T-Mobile store or go to T-Mobile’s Test Drive website and request a hotspot. There is no cost and the company isn’t asking for a credit card or credit check. The carrier is just asking for your name, phone number, home address and email, which T-Mobile says it won’t use for marketing purposes. When you’re done with the hotspot, which will stop working once the 30 days are up or once you hit the 30GB cap (whichever comes first), you can return it to a T-Mobile store, give it to a friend — who can request a different SIM card and start a separate test — or just keep it. coolpad-surf-black-1-3xThe Coolpad Surf  T-Mobile The hotspot is a Coolpad Surf, a no-frills 4G LTE hotspot that regularly retails for $72. While lacking in features like a screen, it does support T-Mobile’s low-band 600MHz spectrum designed for wider coverage and better support in buildings. “We really are asking anyone who is interested, no matter where they live across the US, to try T-Mobile,” Osmer said.  T-Mobile previously offered the Test Drive program in 2014, giving those interested the opportunity to use an iPhone 5S for seven days. Osmer says that the company found people preferred to keep their regular number and phone, which is why it’s offering the hotspot option this go-round. While the SIM won’t work if it’s put in a phone or tablet, Osmer says the company is also looking into offering an eSIM option that will allow those with a recent device like an iPhone XS to try its service through that method. That offering, however, won’t be available today. Read more: 10 best back-to-school phoneslast_img read more

Watch Chinese female fan cannot stop kissing Hrithik Roshan as he tells

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:17Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Hrithik Roshan’s Chinese fan goes crazyVideo screengrabHrithik Roshan is currently in China as his movie Kaabil is going to be released there soon. While his Chinese fans are elated to have their favourite star in the foreign country, one video clearly shows how his fans are happy to have him there.A video has come up in which a Chinese female fan is seen going crazy after Hrithik gives her an autograph on a poster. The pretty lady is seen not able to stop kissing the poster. The video also shows Hrithik telling her “I love you too”, as he makes his way out of the airport.One of the most handsome actors in the world, Hrithik has a huge fan-base across the globe, and China seems to be one of the greatest on that line. Watch the video below: Close Watch | Hrithik Roshan’s Chinese fan goes crazy after receiving his autograph Hrithik has been very excited about Kaabil release in China, and it is being expected to make huge money in the country. Talking to the media there, the 45-year-old handsome hunk spoke about the similarity between Indian and Chinese ideology while promoting his upcoming movie.”Super 30 is something that talks about the power and the value of education and teachers. And, I think that is another place where I think there is a similarity between China and India as both these countries give a lot of respect to teachers. Teachers form the top of the societal chain in both these worlds,” he said.After being a successful film in India, Kaabil is slated to be released on June 5 in China.last_img read more

Sagarika Karan excited for BOSS

first_imgAfter earning name in the entertainment industry, both Sagarika Ghatge and Karan Singh Grover have finally made their digital debut with ALTBalaji’s web series ‘BOSS – Baap of Special Services’.In an exclusive conversation with Millennium Post, the actors talks about the experience of shooting for this show, challenges they faced, expectations they had, and a lot more. What is this show about? Why did you sign it? KARAN: ‘BOSS’ is an abbreviation for Baap of Special Services. The show, which is aired on ALTBalaji, is written by Ghalib Bhai – who I believe has weaved the story really well and done justice to the show. Ankush Bhatt, the producer/director and one and only Ekta Kapoor have done a great job as makers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfI signed the role for my character – a person who is pretending to be someone else, and why he is doing that, is the theme around which the show revolves. SAGARIKA: Ankush Bhatt came to me and told me about the show, and trust me all it took was a simple one-liner brief about the series to get me excited about the show.Tell us something about your characters and experience of working on this show?SAGARIKA: I am playing the role of Sakshi Ranjan, an ACP, who heads the special task force in Shimla. She is a righteous and strong woman, who abides by the rules. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt was absolutely awesome experience to cherish throughout my life. I can say it was a role that I really wanted to play (because it was a cop), and I’m glad that I got the chance to live this character and perform to the best of my abilities. KARAN: I had a great time working with these amazing people. The character which I am playing has so many shades in it and apart from that, the show has everything that we expect – thrill, action, comedy, and romance. All this is what the series is about. What were the major challenges you faced while shooting for the show? SAGARIKA: The major challenge was the tight schedule as we were shooting non-stop for days. Apart from that, being a cop, my character demanded me to ride the bike. And being my first experience on bike, I fell down from the bike on the very first day of the shoot. So, that part was a bit challenging for me. KARAN: As an artist, I believe challenges are what makes all of us grow as a human being. It’s an important part of our life, as I think whenever we reach a level of comfort, we tend to be static. Having said that, as an artist, more the roles you take up, different characters you will get to play, which will actually help you grow. What were your initial expectations with this show? SAGARIKA: Being humans, I think for us expectations are always there with everything. Even in this show, we gave our 100%, and had so much fun shooting. Having put in so much effort and dedication into our characters, we hoped that audience enjoys the show. KARAN: Obviously when you put in so much efforts, you expect and hope it to do well, and that is all we ever wished for. Who would have played your character in BOSS better than you? SAGARIKA: To be honest, I myself never imagined playing this character. But I am sure anyone could have played the role. It’s a strong character and a lot of people would have loved to play this role.last_img read more

Microsoft and NASA Team Up to Take You on a Tour of

first_imgApril 5, 2016 While NASA likely won’t send astronauts to Mars until the 2030s, the agency teamed up with Microsoft to give people on Earth a sense of what it would be like to explore the red planet for themselves, thanks to a new exhibition opening this summer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.With Destination: Mars, visitors can put on Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headsets and take a 3-D interactive tour led by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Curiosity Mars Rover driver Erisa Hines. The tour will showcase actual images captured by the Rover, allowing the users to feel as if they are exploring the areas of the planet where the Rover has been.Related: Why This Entrepreneur Dreams of Living on MarsThe exhibit will utilize OnSight, HoloLens technology developed by Microsoft and scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to help the Curiosity team make decisions about where the Rover should go next. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » 1 min readlast_img read more

Therapeutic abortion a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

first_imgOn Nov. 29, 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring program for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica.  Part I of III.Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles to therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica.At 24, Lucía is in her last year of medicine at one of the country’s universities. When asked about therapeutic abortion, she says she remembers seeing it mentioned in one class and says “that it’s prohibited in Costa Rica”.When she listens to information about Article 121 of the Costa Rican Penal Code, which establishes the circumstances under which abortion is permitted (otherwise known as therapeutic abortion), Lucía, with the tone of someone who is regaining her memory, says that it’s only done when the mother has a high risk of death due to pregnancy. About the word “health,” included in Article 121, she gives no answer; it seems that in her academic formation she wasn’t given one either. Article 121 of the Costa Rican Penal CodeTherapeutic abortion is subject to judgments and fears that travel from college classes to doctors’ offices. One of the interviewed obstetricians, with more than 25 years of practicing in the field, said that this type of pregnancy interruption is solely done when it’s demonstrated that the woman’s life is in danger.When consulting her about the term of “health” incorporated in the law, she said that Article 121 does not specify a scope, and therefore “the judicial framework doesn’t allow [abortions] in cases where mental health is being affected, there are malformations in the fetus which are incompatible with the life.”When national hospitals were contacted for this story, elusive responses reflect the fact that this topic is still a taboo – an idea reinforced by various interviewees who preferred not to be identified by their names for fear of critics in the medical field.How many abortions do you think have been carried out in Costa Rica’s public hospitals during the past 20 years? The quantity registered by the Social Security System, or Caja (CCSS), is less than 80, in a country where 70,000 births are attended annually.“There’s not even good training on sexual and reproductive rights, let alone something as specific as therapeutic abortion  – and the training on ethics is not at all sufficient,” said Gabriela Arguedas, expert on public health atthe University of Costa Rica (UCR).Luis Zamora, dean at the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED), said that the topic of abortion is presented to the student from social and ethical points of view.“The theoretical part, the laws that govern us and the situation that we have in the country are taught; when the student passes from general medic to specialist, that’s another situation, because the individual owns the topic and draws their own conclusions,” he sad.Christian Blanco, dean of the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE), said his university addresses the topic of therapeutic abortion from an ethical, legal and objective viewpoint “so that the student has a notion of the legal aspects of the medical exercise and practice. The purely medical aspects specifically related to the health or risk of the mother are also reviewed.”To obtain information about the training on therapeutic abortion that medical students at the UCR receive, Medical School Director Lidieth Salazar was contacted. She delegated the response to Dr. Flory Morera. However, despite multiple attempts, no answer was obtained.Even though therapeutic abortion has been the law of the land for more than 45 years, the law is not applied effectively because of the doctors’ interpretation of the law, deficient academic training for health professionals on the topic, and the absence of abortion regulations in hospitals.Medical resistance During her first months of pregnancy, Aurora, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, discovered that her wanted pregnancy would not end well: her fetus suffered from an abdominal wall defect, and his organs were exposed.But she continued with her pregnancy, not because she wanted to, but because her doctors, who knew the fetus had no possibility of living outside the womb, ordered that she continue. Her case would receive publicity afterwards in local and foreign media because it would be object of an international complaint, but at the time, she only wanted to get out of her hopeless pregnancy.The doctors who treated her at Calderón Guardia Hospital in San José denied her a therapeutic abortion, using the argument that her life was in no danger. They set aside the physical and psychological impact she could suffer. Doctors resolved to prescribe anxiolytics, or anxiety inhibitors, to diminish the suffering of a mother who waited to give birth to a child she desired, but whom would never raise.Seeking a clandestine solution was not an alternative, because in Costa Rica, the penalty for illegal abortion is from one to three years in prison. Carrying it out legally wasn’t an option either after a cycle that ended when she ran out of time. After months of intense pains, daily vomits and other affectations, Aurora gave birth.“I can’t understand how the doctor who diagnosed my baby’s disease said that he wasn’t going to suffer. He was drowning in my womb for week, with the lungs outside the body, gutted by my organs. Afterwards, I learned that he sucked his own fecal matter until he was born. Even though he was not born, he agonized for five minutes,” she told the newspaper El País in 2013 when she agreed to tell her story.Larissa Arroyo, human rights lawyer and activist, accompanied Aurora to the medical center to solicit the end of the pregnancy. The doctor indicated that that was not permitted. When Article 121 was discussed, the doctor’s answer demonstrated uncertainty about how to apply it, the lawyer says.“The doctor was very vehement in saying that [abortion] would not be permitted. When I asked about the Penal Code, what he said was: I don’t know, ask my boss,” Arroyo said. Semanario Universidad tried to speak directly with Aurora, but her lawyer indicated that she is not willing to speak further about the topic. Allan Varela, chief of the Caja’s Health Services Unit, says that the country doesn’t allow abortions due to malformations in the fetus that are incompatible with the life. However, those who defend cases such as Aurora’s say that the request for abortion in such cases is based on the need to protect the physical and mental well-being of the mother.The obstetrician Raimundo Riggioni, who worked in various Costa Rican hospitals and is now retired, says that there is a massive lack of knowledge of the topic within the medical sector, especially the legal aspect. This causes even more obstacles to abortion.“There are very conservative doctors and very fearful doctors; they fear that for one of these actions they’ll have a legal risk,” Riggioni said.There are no lawsuits on the record against doctors for carrying out an abortion of this type, given that it must be practiced with the woman’s consent.Religious beliefs also sneak into maternity rooms when an abortion is needed, as long as the Medics and Surgeons College supports health professionals’ right to a conscientious objection to performing any medical procedure. Article 181 of the Medical Ethics Code Related posts:Therapeutic abortion, part II: paper vs. practice Therapeutic abortion, part III: looking ahead Tico Times Women of the Year: leaders who inspired us in 2017 Why we’re marching for a secular state For Sylvia Mesa, a psychologist at the Women’s Investigation Studies Center (CIEM), “the woman is tortured for no reason. No one takes into consideration what [denial of abortion] implies in terms of psychological and physical suffering in that situation.” Facebook Commentscenter_img But the biggest obstacle to therapeutic abortion is the interpretation of the law by doctors. Many medical professionals say that Article 121 don’t take the mental and emotional health of the mother into account, and because of that, it only applies when their lives are at risk because of the pregnancy.The interpretation generally given to “health” is the absence or presence of disease, even though this contradicts the broader World Health Organization (WHO) definition, which took effect in 1948 and was ratified by Costa Rica. Howevr, the mental aspect of health is not taken into account in this usage. The WHO’s definition of health. Aurora’s case is being discussed in the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and has sparked efforts in Costa Rica to create a norm that regulates the application of the Article 121, given that the process for therapeutic abortion varies from one health center to the other. Due to that, “sometimes it’s a matter of luck if they access  it or not,” Arroyo says.Some hospitals, for example, refer their cases to their bioethics clinical committees, which fill the void created by the lack of clear regulations. These committees are usually made up of medics from different specialties, nursing and social work professionals, pharmacists and legal advisors, to provide recommendations that lead to a final decision.Other hospitals gather obstetricians and other specialists if the woman suffers from some dangerous disease. Sometimes the decision is up to one doctor.“There are no paths. As doctors we have no concrete guidelines… it’s a paperwork procedure that we invent each time it happens,” said Oscar Cerdas, chief of gynecology and obstetrics at the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José. Some obstetricians consulted said they would agree to perform therapeutic abortions in  circumstances that seriously affect a woman’s emotional health, as well as when the fetus suffers congenital malformations incompatible with life outside the womb and the mother does not desire to continue with the pregnancy. They’d be in agreement – but only if they are guaranteed legal security.These sources even agreed that Aurora and A.N. (a similar case that was revealed 10 years ago) needed an abortion because they were high-risk cases, but that fear of legal and social consequences stop their abortions from proceeding.Stay tuned for Part II in this series from Semanario Universidad, in translation at The Tico Times.last_img read more

Antigua and Barbuda Tourisms promising start to 2016

first_imgAntigua and Barbuda tourism is hoping for a very strong year in 2016 after the country reported a 14% increase in air arrivals in January, according to the tourist board’s latest numbers. That represented a total of 26,928 stayover visitors.“The strong performance we experienced in November and December as we closed off 2015 is continuing into 2016,” said Tourism Minister Asot Michael. “Growth was recorded in our two largest, major source markets and it is clear that our strategic tourism plan is returning positive results in a big way.”UK accounted for 8,536 visitors, a 20% increase over January 2015, the strongest month for the UK market in Antigua since March 2014.“We have increased airlift to the destination, made enhancements to the product, strategically looked at our hotel operations and room stock, and intensified our sales and marketing efforts. The growth now, speaks volumes of the extremely hard work put in by our teams and industry partners,” Michael said.Air arrivals from U.S. grew by 12%, as airlift to the destination surged with the addition of Jet Blue service. The destination also reported a 68% hotel occupancy rate last month, up from 62.1% in January.last_img read more