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Ex-prison warden slapped with larceny charge

first_imgA 61-year-old former prison warden appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, slapped with a simple larceny charge.Christopher Lyte of Lot 1608 Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD) appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly to answer a charge which stated that on September 18, 2018, at Cummings Street and Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, he stole a quantity of clothing valued $500,000; property of Kelvin Young.Lyte denied the charge. His attorney in a bail application told the court that his client is a former prison officer, who is now a vendor. According to the lawyer, his client was heading to Bourda Market to sell the clothing when the Virtual Complainant confronted him and accused him of stealing his items, after which he assaulted him.The Police prosecutor made no objections to bail being granted. Magistrate Daly released him on $100,000 bail, with the case continuing on November 7. As a condition for bail, he has to report weekly at the Alberttown Police Station.last_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green unfiltered about Russell Westbrook fan incident

first_imgHOUSTON — Perhaps at some point, Draymond Green and Russell Westbrook will exchange some sharp words when the Warriors (46-21) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27) on Saturday. Those two players often consider that development both inevitable and necessary to fuel their competitive juices.As far as fans exerting that same behavior, though? Green found it completely unacceptable for a Utah Jazz fan to yell reportedly offensive and racist language toward Westbrook in a game earlier this …last_img

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Taking action for a safe South Africa

first_img1 September 2008A coalition of public and private organisations have launched Action for a Safe South Africa, a civil society initiative to address the context and factors that feed the cycle of crime in the country and to encourage South Africans to become part of the solution.The initiative hosted the first Action for a Safe South Africa convention at Vodaworld in Johannesburg last week. The four-day conference saw over 300 representatives of the country’s business community, civil society and government coming together to produce a manifesto and start working towards a practical implementation plan for a safe South Africa.The conference was attended by prominent leaders such as African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Cyril Ramaphosa, Graça Machel, wife of former president Nelson Mandela, businesswomen Cheryl Carolus and Wendy Luhabe, SA Human Rights Commission chairman Jody Kollapen, and Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.From enforcement to preventionAccording to Roelf Meyer, project leader for Action for a Safe South Africa, the country’s thinking, spending and action on crime needs to shift from security and enforcement to preventative strategies.Meyer, a former Cabinet minister who emerged as a key figure in the negotiations that led to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, says Action for a Safe South Africa “chooses the route of significant reduction of demand on the criminal justice system.”Addressing last week’s conference, Barbara Holtmann, a crime researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said a safer society was one that worked primarily on prevention, tackling the issues that gave rise to aberrant behaviour of all types. While enforcement was important, it was limited to dealing with the consequences, not the causes, of aberrant behaviour.Graça Machel told told the conference that Action for a Safe SA was the first movement she knew of that was focusing on safety, not crime.“If we are focused on crime, we can only be reactive to elements that are perpetrating crime,” Machel said. “But if we are focused on safety, we are proactive and we develop profound, holistic, comprehensive, and more importantly, constructive ways of addressing our problems.“This movement brings to the core that issues of safety are not only for police, or government and courts. But mostly for us and how we relate to each other, in our families, in our schools, in our communities and in our society.”‘We did it before – we can do it again’Cyril Ramaphosa echoed Machel, calling for a return to the strong community leadership of the early 1990s to tackle crime in the country.“‘There is no problem without a solution’ was what underpinned the negotiations around our constitution during the early 1990s,” he told the conference. “Today, 14 years later, we are called upon again to demonstrate that determination to overcome obstacles that are in our way.“We succeeded in 1994 because we had discovered the best in one another, because we were able to overcome evil,” Ramaphosa said. “We can do that again, to respond to the call to make South Africa safer, to struggle once again, to rediscover our leadership strengths, to stand up and be counted.”Breaking the cycle of crimeAccording to Barbara Holtmann, who is also vice-president of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime (headquartered in Canada), a combination of research and expert opinion helps to contextualise the cycle of crime and identify factors that trigger this cycle.“Interventions at any point in the cycle, such as ensuring all children attend school, thereby lowering the truancy rate, will positively affect the cycle outcome.”Each and every South African, she says, is going to have to stand up and play an active role in making the country safer. “It can start with something as small as deciding to not bribe the traffic officer when you get pulled over.”Action for a Safe South Africa is a collaborative effort of a range of organisations, including the CSIR, the Institute for Democracy in SA (Idasa), the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, the Institute for Security Studies, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and the International Marketing Council of South Africa.Safe South Africa charterThe Safe South Africa charter drawn up at the conference reads as follows:“Over the past four days, Action for a Safe South Africa (AFSSA) has grown from being a collaborative effort of a small group of organisations to being an explosive, organic and dynamic coalition of individual and collective activists who share a vision of a safe South Africa.“Crime and violence has already caused untold hardship, disruption and loss of life in our country. It jeopardises the foundations of our Democracy and undermines the principles that formed the basis of our transition to Democracy as embodied in our Constitution. Millions of our citizens live in continuous fear as a result of the climate of crime and violence.“We recognise that the social and economic transformation of the country is not nearly complete and that South Africans are still suffering economic deprivation. Whilst the correction of the said imbalances should be a common objective, crime and violence remain obstacles in the way of rectifying the socio-economic climate essential for allowing a better life for all.“Fixing the Criminal Justice System (CJS) is obviously an important goal for any society, yet we realise that it alone will not make us a safe society and unless we significantly reduce the demand on the CJS it will never be able to deliver justice for all.“We recognise the need for a practical and an achievable vision of a safe South Africa – a vision that encapsulates an ideal safe society. We know that realising this ideal will be lengthy process and we commit to working innovatively, cleverly and with resilience to realise the capacity, funding and structures to achieve this.“We aim to enable every South African to contribute to making South Africa safe through sustained science-based, inclusive partnerships and actions. We will not duplicate nor compete with any other initiative with similar or complementary objectives. We will strengthen each other through co-operation and the development of a critical mass of those who respect the rule of law and work constructively to build a safe society.“We commit ourselves to the practical implementation of a plan comprising of the specific outcomes of this Convention as outlined during the report-back session, by representatives of the eight working groups. These plans will be articulated in a book produced with ‘South Africa – The Good News’ and will be widely circulated to all those who so generously contributed over the last few days and to all those in South Africa who wish to participate and contribute in the future.“We have consulted and will continue to consult those whose contribution to this civil society initiative is essential. We mandate the organisers of this Convention to continue this consultation with those not represented at this Convention and in particular the Department of Social Development, the faith-based community, organised labour and other key sectors.“We ask the organisers to ensure that the required mechanism and capacity are in place to implement the plans we have developed, to secure the necessary funding and to report in writing to us and by reconvening an expanded Leadership Forum within a period of 75 days from this Convention.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open

first_img“Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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M4health Dialogue

first_imgPosted on November 4, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)It was my great pleasure to moderate the most recent Maternal Health Policy Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, co-sponsored by the MHTF and UNFPA with invaluable technical assistance from USAID: “New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health.” An impressive panel was convened; each of them brought a unique and complementary perspective to the role that digital technologies, especially mobile phones, can and does play in improving maternal health in developing countries.As they have done with each of these Maternal Health Policy Dialogues, our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center have posted an excellent summary report along with photos and copies of the panelists’ presentations on their website. A video of the session is also available there.New and existing communications technologies demonstrate great potential to fill vital gaps in referral, data collection, training, patient monitoring and so many other challenges to improving maternal health especially in remote communities. This policy dialogue and the upcoming mHealth Summit are contributing to the exciting and accelerating movement to apply existing communications technologies to solving one of the world’s most enduring and devastating public health challenges: maternal mortality and morbidity.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Three Australian greats say farewell

first_imgThe recent 2016 Trans Tasman Series saw three stalwarts of the Australian contingent play their final games in the green and gold at the Open’s level. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Robert Nakhla, Terry Deegan (Men’s) and Trent Touma (Mixed) for their contribution to our Australian teams. Nakhla made his debut for Australia in the Men’s Open division at the 2009 Trans Tasman Series and has since represented his country at the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Series events, as well as the 2015 World Cup. Nakhla said he’ll miss being part of the team and the bond the side shares. “Being a part of the Australian Men’s team has been such a great privilege for myself, sharing some very memorable and life changing experiences which I will always remember for a very long time. “This team has always welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to share my passion with a great bunch of guys. These guys go beyond being team mates rather guys that I can truly call my friends,” Nakhla said. “As well as competing on the biggest stage against the best in the world, I will definitely miss hanging around the boys.”The 2016 Trans Tasman Series was also the last event for Nakhla’s longtime teammate, Terry Deegan in the green and gold. After making his debut in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series, Deegan then played in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Series events as well as the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Deegan says that it’s been ‘such an amazing experience’ to be a part of the team for such a long period of time.”To think that I have been part of the Australian Men’s Open team since 2010 is something that I am very proud of,” Deegan said. “I have so many great friends and so many great memories as a result. I will miss the opportunity to represent my country in the sport that I love and worked so hard to be good at.”Australian Mixed Open representative, Trent Touma also says goodbye this year following a successful campaign in New Zealand. Touma debuted for the Australian Mixed Open team at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, playing in every Trans Tasman Series since then, as well as the 2015 World Cup. Touma was a popular member of the Australian Mixed Open team over the past cycle, with coach Micheal Lovett describing him as the ‘heart and soul of the team’. Touma says he’ll definitely miss being part of the contingent and is thankful for all of the memories. “The first day I was picked in the Mixed Open I was blessed and to this day I’m still blessed to be here. I’ve appreciated every single time I’ve come on these tours and especially getting onto the field in the green and gold jersey, so it’s an honour.“I will not only miss the Mixed team but the whole contingent. It is not just about winning, it is about coming away and becoming one family,” Touma said. Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, expressed his appreciation of the three athletes and their contribution to the sport, not just at a national level but also all the way down to a grassroots level. “Thank you Robert, Terry and Trent for all your service. You have all been wonderful ambassadors for the game. Thank you for all you have done for your country and what a great way to finish wonderful careers,” Maguire said. Related LinksThanks to retiring greatslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastle

first_img​Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to stay hungry against Newcastle United.Klopp knows the challenge facing the team if they want to win the Premier League. While they are four points ahead of Manchester City, the two teams meet on January 3rd in what will be a titanic clash.And the Reds will want to maintain the four point gap going into that fixture.Klopp said in his press conference: “The most important thing for us is [the reaction] after you win the last game – that is why the Wolves game was such a big challenge.”Because we played against United a few days, and before that against Napoli, you are on the big stage.”Then going to Wolverhampton, not only on players’ minds but in people’s mind, you could drop focus a little bit.”So I was really happy with our attitude. That is what we need – to stay angry, greedy and in the job. That is what we have to do against Newcastle.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mikmaw mothers fight to get special needs son help documented in film

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsMaurina Beadle wouldn’t trade her son Jeremy for any other child, though she wouldn’t want anyone to endure what she has to get him help.But other parents do face the same problem with getting the federal government to fund specialized treatment and care for First Nations children – known as Jordan’s Principle.Beadle won her case against Ottawa a few years ago and shared her experience in a documentary on how Canada discriminates against First Nations children.last_img

College Footballs Bloated Bowl Season In 3 Charts

It’s a refrain almost as common as “Merry Christmas” this time of year: There are too many bowl games. While hardcore college football fans don’t mind watching, say, the Miami Beach Bowl on a Monday afternoon a full 10 days before the traditional bowlfest of New Year’s Day (guilty!), there’s also the sense that the bloated bowl season has taken away much of the meaning that used to be associated with playing in college football’s postseason.How much expansion has there been? This season will see a record 39 bowl games played, from the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Compare that to 1968, when there were 11 bowls, or even 1984, when there were 18 — a total that would remain more or less static for more than a decade. But in the late 1990s (perhaps not coincidentally, when the Bowl Championship Series began), the bowl field began expanding rapidly, reaching 20 games in 1997, 25 in 2000 and 32 in 2006.In the chart below you can see the proliferation of the bowl field since 1982, the year cable television money and the departure of the Ivy League from Division I-A ushered in college football’s truly modern era:Some of the bloat is associated with an increase in the number of Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) football teams, to 128 this season from 113 in 1982. (A chunk of these new additions have come in just the past few seasons, as part of what FiveThirtyEight contributor David Goldenberg calls a “recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program.”)But the growth of the FBS only explains a small portion of the bowl explosion. Even as a percentage of all FBS schools, almost twice as many teams will go bowling this season as did in 1996:Economically, there are pros and cons to the inflated bowl field. And these games do matter football-wise, especially to a certain subset of mid-major programs looking for exposure any way they can find it. But, as a natural byproduct of expansion, the caliber of teams in bowls has plummeted over the past three decades.Using an Elo-like estimated version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) pre-bowl ratings, here is the progression of the average, worst, and 25th-percentile teams in the bowl field for each season since 1982:The average rating for bowl-bound teams is barely lower now than it was in 1982, and the fact that it crested in 1996 — right before the bowl boom — suggests that there were enough good teams to support some type of expansion in the late 1990s. (Why this change took place is up for debate, though it could point to the origins of today’s ongoing trend of reduced parity between college football’s haves and have-nots.)However, the trend lines describing the dregs of the bowl field (the minimum and 25th-percentile ratings) show how much the bar for bowl entry has been lowered since that time. Bad teams occasionally made their way into bowls before 1997, but that’s now commonplace, particularly since the number of bowl entrants has grown by 39 percent since 2005.Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl thriller, between Memphis and Brigham Young, showed that less prestigious bowl games can still provide excitement for fans that bother to tune in. But it’s also fair to question whether we really need to see FPI No. 95 South Alabama and No. 97 Bowling Green (both considered to be in excess of 8 points per game worse than an average FBS team) face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — as happened on Saturday. Like so much in college football, the bowls are an as yet incomplete experiment in where to find a happy medium between tradition, money-making and the role of academic institutions in the world of high-profile sports. read more