TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News January 15, 2018 Refusal to free two journalists signals end of rule of law in Turkey Turkey: implement Constitutional Court decision to free journalists The journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan are still in prison, four days after Turkey’s constitutional court ordered their release. Istanbul courts refused to free them again today, continuing to defy the country’s highest court.In terms of straying from the rule of law, Turkey is now deep into uncharted terrain. Today was the fifth time that lower courts used one pretext or another to defy the ruling that the constitutional court issued on 11 January.“The imprisonment of Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan was already shocking and now it is illegal,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “If they are not freed very soon, it will be clear that no vestige of the rule of law remains in Turkey. We call on the European Court of Human Rights to take note. The European Court appears more than ever to be the only recourse available to Turkey’s imprisoned journalists.”Alpay was arrested in July 2016, Altan two month later. In separate cases, both are facing possible life sentences on charges of “trying to overthrow the government” and links with “terrorist organizations.”Many other journalists, including Deniz Yücel, Ahmet Şık, Nazlı Ilıcak and Ahmet Turan Alkan, are also being detained unjustly in Turkey.For more information about this case see:- RSF’s reaction to the constitutional court ruling- The reaction of RSF and seven other NGOs to the initial refusals to execute the ruling RSF_en RSF_EECA to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts Organisation News Turkey’s constitutional court orders release of two journalists TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News January 11, 2018 Find out more January 12, 2018 Find out more
Facebook by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A NEW mental health service for children and young adults is to be extended to Limerick with Mental Health Minister Kathleen Lynch confirming that the service will be available in the city this year.The service, currently available in ten locations throughout the country, will allow children and young adults struggling with anxiety, anger, social isolation and depression to avail of up to six counselling sessions in the city.Minister Lynch said she was pleased to have been able to secure the Jigsaw service for Limerick.“We know that research has shown that about 75 per cent of mental disorders emerge before the age of 25. This is a critical period for children and young adults which can have a bearing on the rest of their lives,” she said.Jigsaw is the second new service for youth mental health that will be established in Limerick this year, along with additional mental health supports to Limerick Youth Service.Recruitment of a project manager for the Jigsaw project in Limerick will commence in February. Following this there will be engagement with young people, the HSE and Limerick City and County Council to secure a suitable premises as a base for the project.It is anticipated that Jigsaw Limerick will have around 1,500 face-to-face contacts with young people in a year.HSE Mid West chief officer, Bernard Gloster sees the new service as a major boost to the health and wellbeing of teenagers and young adults in Limerick.“Far too often we encounter people when they are in crisis, none more so than those who experience mental health pressures. Jigsaw is about ensuring young people have access to youth friendly health services,” Mr Gloster explained.“It is not just about professionals but also building capacity in communities to support young people and challenging all of us to become engaged in our young people’s wellbeing. With an annual investment in the region of €700,000 the necessary time, expertise and resources are being made available to make this happen and to bring to Limerick the learning and benefit of other Jigsaw projects around the country.”Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan described Jigsaw as a fantastic service which was provided by the Headstrong mental health organisation.“It is already making a very positive impact on youth mental health in ten communities across the country and I am delighted that my colleague Minister Kathleen Lynch has provided the funding to extend the service to Limerick this year.“Jigsaw is based on the principle of ‘somewhere to turn to, someone to talk to’. I’ve seen the services that Jigsaw provides at first hand and I know Jigsaw will make a really positive impact in Limerick”, Minister O’Sullivan added RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsJigsaw to help solve youth mental health puzzle in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – January 14, 2016 1409 TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanHSE Mid WestJigsawlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Youth ServiceMinister Kathleen Lynch Previous articleNoonan confident of more city jobsNext articleAttack on firefighters sparks new call for legal protection Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The importance of not-for-profit financial cooperatives is as significant today as it’s ever been, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote Tuesday for a hearing discussing the proposed Treasury Department budget for FY2021.“Credit unions are Americans’ best option for financial services, and the credit union tax status represents one of the best investments that the government makes in its citizens. We urge Congress to retain and reaffirm the credit union tax status…Credit unions provide accessible and affordable basic financial services to people of all means and encourage the equitable distribution of capital across all individuals, families, communities and small businesses,” the letter reads. “Credit unions infuse financial market competition with multiple and differentiated competitive business models. They help keep financial services accessible – and affordable – for all consumers, whether they are members of a credit union or not.”Credit unions annually provide $18.9 billion in total financial benefit to consumers across the country through higher savings and returns, lower loan rates, and fewer fees, benefits that extend to members and non-members.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 57-year-old man was found dead in Elmont on Thursday morning, Nassau County police said.Fifth Precinct officers responded to an alleyway between Huntley and Wellington roads, where the man was found lying dead on the grass shortly after 8 a.m., police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation but do not suspect foul play.The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death. He was identified as Patrick Rogers, who has no known address.
November 17, 2016 Education, Equality, Press Release, PSA, Results Harrisburg, PA – Following several incidents involving racism and religious intolerance at Pennsylvania schools, the Wolf Administration developed a response plan that includes outreach from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Safe Schools office and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).When an incident occurs, the Wolf Administration has directed school districts and officials to contact the Office of Safe Schools, who can send counselors to the schools and work with the PHRC to determine if additional resources are needed. Pennsylvania State Police will continue to monitor threats and take action as appropriate in support of victims and other law enforcement agencies.The PHRC’s goal is to ensure students have the right to equity in schools and an education free from illegal discrimination. The PHRC will continue to partner with the PDE to address any incidents that may occur throughout the state and provide assistance when appropriate.“We need to fight racism and bigotry when it arises and my administration will work actively with school districts and other public institutions to stand up to intolerance,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Our schools must be safe and open spaces where all children can learn and grow free of concerns for their physical, mental, and emotional safety.”Under the leadership of Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, representatives from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, Intermediate Units, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and law enforcement officials met to develop quick response and guidance plans to assist school districts and charter schools to address negative behaviors in Pennsylvania schools.Yesterday, PDE sent a message to all superintendents in the state urging them to join in these efforts, including strategies that effectively prevent and address harassment, intimidation, violence, and discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, or disability.“Schools must be safe and welcoming for all students, and no student should ever be made to feel that they are not a valued member of the school community,” Sec. Rivera said. “Our schools must work diligently to create and maintain safe and supportive climates that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is joining Governor Wolf in condemning recent acts of bigotry and intolerance that have occurred on school campuses in Pennsylvania and around the country.”PDE will also be engaging with non-profits and the Governor’s Commissions to solicit their collective feedback and advice on additional steps the might be taken to prevent and respond to these incidents.Additionally, PDE’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries has released and forwarded a booklist created to share a message of unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. Suggestions can be found here.The PHRC is the state agency tasked with upholding anti-discrimination laws and reducing racial tensions in the commonwealth. Anyone seeking help after an incident of intolerance is encouraged to contact PHRC.The Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collection of the annual school violence statistics, coordination of antiviolence efforts, and development of policies and strategies to combat school violence. The office supports and provides technical assistance and professional development programs in the following areas and security-related activities to support school safety: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, and social/emotional wellness and safety provides services to all local school entities.The Office for Safe Schools’ Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying. This supportive resource has been developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available, at no cost, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania. Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours. The Consultation Line number is 1-866-716-0424.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Develops Safe Schools Response Plan In Wake of Intolerant, Racist Incidents SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Q&A with David Molenaar, Country Manager Siemens Wind Power, Siemens GamesaSpeaker during Offshore WIND Conference, session: Human CapitalWhat are the immediate human capital challenges?We need more speed to achieve a nationwide educational approach for offshore wind technicians, a specific wind service (on land and on sea) paragraph in the Working Hours Act. Furthermore, to solve the ‘who does provide the GWO training’ question – either the schools or the sector. Who is required to enable students to have a valuable on-site training and education during internships?The growing offshore wind market requires a new breed of personnel – who are they according to you?I do not agree that we need a new breed of personnel. I believe we have to combine several groups in a smart way: including: experienced offshore wind technicians, experts from other sectors / fields and specially educated students.What challenges are you finding in recruiting for Siemens Gamesa?Our challenges lie mostly in recruiting the right persons that match the not always known and changing requirements. Finding the right locations for on the job trainings and creating the right quality mindset and safety culture.What do you hope people will take-away from your contribution during Offshore WIND Conference?That working in offshore wind is challenging and fun, that the sector needs best-in-class and motivated employees and students, and also that we need your support to achieve a nationwide educational approach.Reprinted from the Offshore WIND Magazine, edition 4, which is out now!
LONDON, England (Reuters) – The world athletics governing body (IAAF) has closed an ethics investigation into its president Sebastian Coe, after finding there was no basis on which “any disciplinary case could be established” that he had “intentionally misled” a British Parliamentary Committee in 2015.“The investigation has therefore not identified evidence of a potential breach of the code of ethics by Lord Coe,” it said.Coe has denied throughout that he misled the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee when he appeared before it in December 2015, four months after being elected IAAF president.“I want to thank the ethics board for all the work they do,” said Coe in a statement. “When I became president of the IAAF, I promised greater transparency and integrity. I hope this demonstrates that no-one is above the rules and everyone in the sport is subject to the same scrutiny.”Coe, previously an IAAF vice-president, was questioned about what he knew about doping in Russian athletics before he took office. In its final report ‘Combating doping in sport’ in 2018, the committee criticised Coe’s answers as misleading. “It stretches credibility to believe that he was not aware, at least in general terms, of the main allegations,” the report added.The IAAF ethics board then opened an investigation in September into whether Coe’s conduct had violated its own regulations. Coe, a double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist, insisted that he did not know the specific detail of an email sent to him by former London Marathon race director David Bedford in 2014.Bedford said the attachments contained details of how Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova had sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the IAAF to cover up positive doping tests.Shobukhova was banned for three years and two months, later reduced by seven months, for assisting with investigations. Although Coe confirmed receiving the email, he said he forwarded it to the IAAF ethics board without reading the attachments.The board said in its decision yesterday that Coe “behaved appropriately” by referring the matter.“Coe’s evidence is that his personal assistant forwarded the email with its attachments to the Chairperson of the Ethics Board and that he (Coe) did not read the attachments,” it said. “The investigation did not find any evidence inconsistent with that position.”Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS committee, said he stood by the report.“Lord Coe either knew more than he suggested he did when he gave evidence to the committee, or he knew enough about the Shobukhova (matter) to have asked more questions about it within the IAAF at the time,” he said in a statement.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Michigan State Police Alpena Post, and the City Fire Department is explaining the use for unmarked cars after a number of concerns and questions.According to MSP Trooper, Ashley Simpson, and Fire Chief, Forbush if you see an unmarked vehicle, in most cases it is a volunteer fire fighter, first responder, or EMS, leaving another place of work or responding from home to help with a scene. Using the Michigan Vehicle Code, first responders, and volunteer fire fighters are allowed to use unmarked vehicles.“Here in Alpena County, majority of our local township fire departments are volunteer only so they’re responding from home or their place of work or from a family event. So they’re allowed to have those emergency lights on their personal vehicles to allow them to get to the scene and be able to help in whatever situation they’re dealing with,” Simpson said.When you see an unmarked car with their emergency lights on you must slow down, move over to the right and stop. However if the volunteer firefighter, first responder, or EMS team member does not have visible emergency lights and are using their 4 way hazard lights on the car then they have to follow the same rules just as anyone else on the roads.“The correct action to take is to pull to the right and stop, and make way. Emergency vehicles are trained to go left, because the public is by law to go right. So we shouldn’t be passing you on the right therefore you shouldn’t be moving left. Don’t turn in front of them; don’t pull in front of them. Pull as far to the right as possible and assume they are going to pass you on the left.That’s what we’re trained to do and working together we can all be a lot safer and it will work great,” Chief Bill Forbush said. Chief Bill Forbush stresses the pull over rule to make sure more accidents don’t happen.If you have additional questions about the unmarked rescue and fire vehicle rules don’t hesitate to contact the city of Alpena Fire Department or the Michigan State Police Alpena Post. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Firefighters, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Unmarked Vehicles, Volunteer FirefightersContinue ReadingPrevious Austin Brothers Beer Co. to Unveil New Beer at Brown Trout FestivalNext Home Depot Renovates VFW Post for Community Day