October 19, 2019
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first_imgOXFORD, N.S. – The unpredictable sinkhole that has swallowed trees and picnic tables in a Nova Scotia park is continuing to grow — and has now inspired a song.The park in Oxford, N.S., remains roped off while geologists and emergency officials assess the area around the muddy hole, last measured at 34 metres by 29 metres.The Town of Oxford issued an update on Wednesday, saying cracks in a nearby lot are still growing, though there was little activity in the hole compared with previous days.Town spokeswoman Linda Cloney confirmed that the hole has started “undercutting” the pavement of a nearby Lions Club parking lot, but she said the town is not planning to evacuate local businesses any time soon.“We always keep that on the back burner, but it’s nowhere near that,” said Cloney.Security remains on site to keep curious onlookers out of the park.The Nova Scotia RCMP is asking visitors to “be extra cautious” while driving in the area, and to respect the boundaries set up by city officials.Cloney said there have been a few fender benders in the area, a result of increased traffic from people hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious natural phenomenon that has become a bit of a tourist attraction.A new Twitter account, @SinkholeOxford, is now offering observations from the perspective of the hungry sinkhole, musing about what it might consume next.Local musician Christopher Brown posted a video to Facebook showing him performing an original song called “Sinkhole at Exit 6.”The song raises questions about the fate of the Lions Club and where neighbourhood kids will play, after playground equipment was removed from the sinkhole’s possible path.—On the web: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherBrownNS/videos/249303699252883/last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships kicked off Wednesday in Kahnawake, Que.Some of the best 19 and under Aboriginal hockey players from all over the country are competing for the ultimate bragging rights.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.last_img

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Marrakech – After a long struggle from Moroccan human rights activists, the House of Representatives finally discussed the law allowing Moroccans to name their children Amazigh names and refraining from using nicknames that discriminate citizens today during their daily session.Suggested by the Socialist Team Party two years ago, the law would allow Moroccan parents freedom to choose Amazigh names for their children.Conversely, the proposed law seeks to prohibit certain nicknames, such as Moulay and Cherif (names meaning nobleness), which discriminate Moroccans by making some first rate and others second rate. The House of Representatives suggested implementing the law as an amendment to articles 20 and 21 of law number 37.99, regarding civil status, as they no are representative of the 2011 constitution. read more

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Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after someone spray-painted a building at Optimist Park in Paris. A citizen called police around 1:30 p.m. on May 7 after they found a storage building had been vandalized. Investigators say someone painted numerous graffiti tags on the exterior concrete wall of the building. Police are for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said that this latest withdrawal of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the deployment of Lebanese troops was going ahead in accordance with plans agreed yesterday during a third trilateral meeting held between its Force Commander and senior representatives from both sides.“Yesterday, the IDF withdrew from general areas of east-south and east-west of Bayt Yahoun and south along the road to Kunin. UNIFIL moved into vacated areas early in the afternoon. Today, the Lebanese Army shall take control over those areas.”UNIFIL is continuing ground and air patrols throughout its area of operations to monitor the cessation of hostilities and said that there had been Israeli air violations yesterday.“The cessation of hostilities was maintained in the past 24 hours. There was however, four air violations by Israeli jets and drones recorded yesterday,” the statement said.As part of its humanitarian efforts, the Mission also distributed drinking water to villagers in El Khiam, Houle, Ebel Es Saqi and Wadi Khansa, and in total supplied 35,000 litres. read more

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first_imgA RARE GENETIC mutation associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been found to accelerate the loss of brain tissue and lead to quicker mental decline, researchers said.People with the TREM2 gene variant lost brain tissue twice as fast as healthy elderly people, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.“This is the first study to use brain scans to show what this gene variant does, and it’s very surprising,” said co-author Paul Thompson of the University of Southern California. This gene speeds up brain loss at a terrific pace.Thompson and colleagues did MRI scans on 478 adults, whose average age was 76, over the course of two years.They found that mutation carriers lost 1.4 percent to 3.3 percent more of their brain tissue than non-carriers, and the deterioration happened twice as fast.Brain tissue loss was concentrated in memory centers of the brain, including the temporal lobe and hippocampus.The TREM2 variant was first described in January as rare mutation, existing in about one percent of the North American and European population, that could triple a person’s lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s disease.The genetic mutation has also been linked to an increased likelihood of Parkinson’s disease and a rare form of early brain decline called Nasu-Hakola disease.Read: Drug tests make Alzheimer’s treatment ‘a real possibility’>last_img read more

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first_img Fionnuala Kennedy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share74 Tweet Email2 12,668 Views Short URL 26 Comments Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 7:00 AMcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4538958 Opinion: Let’s drop the narrative of the undeserving poor and other myths that dehumanise people My new play attempts to capture the perspective of young people who have been in state care – humanity has to be at the core of our response, writes Fionnuala Kennedy. Mar 14th 2019, 7:01 AM I GREW UP in West Belfast.Born into the conflict, I lived in an area that was hugely politically active.We were aware from a very young age of politics, the fight for rights, chalking political slogans to the ground where we played. I knew well the faces of John Major and Margaret Thatcher – more from Spitting Image than anything else.I also had an in-depth knowledge of the benefits system from panicked phone calls and conversations, getting sent to the neighbour’s house to see if their ‘bru’ came in that week.My primary school was a mix of kids from my area and children from a more affluent one down the road. I was acutely aware that my parents had less money than others, that we were different.The embarrassment and shame of having to queue up with a few others from our class to get our free school dinner ticket was a daily dread.One Christmas when I was eight years old, I remember seeing the news that my classmate had been shot in a bar when playing snooker with his father. The shock for me was realising this wasn’t just between the adults. Age didn’t matter. You were someone’s enemy and you never knew why.CircumstancesLingering inside me always was the feeling that we deserved it because of ‘our circumstances’.Ah, your circumstances: your name, where you’re from, where you live, how you speak, what you look like, what you have, what you don’t have. I was surrounded by the narratives, the judgements and the justifications for all of it.It creeps into your head. When you don’t think you’re equal to someone else, when you think other people are simply better because of their circumstances, you’re in danger – in many different ways.I continue to be fascinated with how society creates narratives about people and what that subsequently gives permission to.These narratives inform my work as a theatre-maker in some shape or form.Undeserving poorFor a few years, I’ve been campaigning against the Tory party’s brutal Welfare Reform Bill as part of the Participation and the Practice of Rights Project. People with disabilities have had much-needed benefits stopped, while others have been sanctioned without due process and left with absolutely no income for weeks.Then there is the controversial ‘two-child policy’ which limits welfare benefits to people who have more than two children. Rape victims can get an exemption from that rule – but they have to prove that they conceived the child as a consequence of rape. The narratives around people on benefits have been ramped up to allow for this callous bill.Recently, I was tasked with writing workshops with a parents group to share stories of people living in poverty at a conference in Belfast to raise awareness and tackle these false narratives about people on benefits. I worked with women who have been through some of the darkest times imaginable because they are living in areas of deprivation, with some battling custody of children, addiction, illness or violence – all while trying to provide for their children from meagre benefits.After presenting the stories, I was told by the organisers that the women’s stories didn’t ‘relate to the subject of poverty’. They had previously referenced ‘I, Daniel Blake’, where the protagonist has worked all his life and due to illness had to sign on.I suspect that the women, whose stories I told, were viewed as the undeserving poor.There was ignorance of the nuances of poverty and to the circumstances that propel people into it. They’re not the narratives we want to hear.Dehumanising the ‘other’I’m currently working with a group of people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.Their circumstances are unimaginable. Talking to asylum seekers – especially to those with children – I’m in awe of their resilience in the face of a brutal system.  Brexit gave further permission to the negative narratives around immigrants and asylum seekers, allowing us again to justify cruelty to another human being in defence of our quality of life.The narrative tells us we can strip some people of their humanity – they are the ‘other’.This narrative then gives permission for cruel legislation, for racist attacks, for violence, for dehumanising men, women and children to a label, to severe stress, to violence, to starvation and destitution.In working with asylum seekers to share their stories, we debated those stories, including the fact that one of them smokes and can’t afford tobacco on the £37 a week income they are expected to live on.Will highlighting his story undermine our argument? Will people say, ‘Well you shouldn’t be spending your money on tobacco?’Even though for him, living in a foreign country with no family and in a highly stressful situation, having a smoke is the only small joy in his life.Is he undeserving?RemovedFor my new play, Removed, I had the privilege of working with young people with care experience, to hear their stories and mainstage them.I cannot even begin to imagine this life but I tried to capture the truth in the interviews I conducted.The recurring theme was the young people thinking they had done something bad to be removed from their families and placed in care. How do our assumptions about who is ‘deserving’ facilitate us to ignore the plight of some care leavers and to create a system that may not serve them but instead reinforces to them that they are bad?When we are presented with a young person with care experience who has been through extraordinarily difficult times, but they’re not the ‘Annie’ we have in our heads, how do we really respond?It is no coincidence that many young people with care experience end up in prison.The young people I interviewed were building their lives having suffered great trauma, but also having to continually battle against other people’s perceptions and judgements about them.And it is a battle. One that makes their lives incredibly difficult on top of everything else they are going through.We all contribute to the narratives. We are the enemies they never asked for. I’ve done it many times and try to work out where it comes from.It feels to me that there is now a sense of people becoming aware of it – in wider debates around victims of rape and women seeking abortions.We are possibly moving towards a place where we are ready to ask ourselves why we want the perfect victims and situations, in order for us to sanction people in desperate circumstances with our support?Humanity has to be at the core of our responses and change cannot happen fast enough.Fionnuala Kennedy is the author of Removed a new play inspired by interviews with young people growing up in care in Northern Ireland, created by Prime Cut Productions in collaboration Voice Of Young People In Care and in association with Young at Art.  Removed is currently running in the Belfast Children’s Festival until Saturday 16 March 2019.  By Fionnuala Kennedy last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government “do more with less.”The Trump blueprint, due in more detail next month, would fulfill the Republican president’s campaign pledge to boost Pentagon spending while targeting the budgets of other federal agencies. The “topline” figures emerged Monday, one day before Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, an opportunity to re-emphasize the economic issues that were a centerpiece of his White House run.Domestic programs and foreign aid would absorb a 10 percent, $54 billion cut from currently projected levels — cuts that would match the military increase. The cuts would be felt more deeply by programs and agencies targeted by Trump and his fellow Republicans, like the Environmental Protection Agency as well as foreign aid. Veterans’ programs would be exempted, as would border security, additional law enforcement functions and some other areas.“We’re going to start spending on infrastructure big. It’s not like we have a choice — our highways, our bridges are unsafe, our tunnels,” the president told a group of governors at the White House on Monday. He added, “We’re going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people.”However, Trump’s final version of the budget is sure to leave large deficits intact — or even add to them if he follows through on his campaign promise for a huge tax cut.last_img read more

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first_imgArea bookworms will have one less hangout on Saturday, the day Barnes & Noble plans to close its store at the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter mall in Portland.The bookstore, which has operated at 1720 N. Jantzen Beach Drive since 1996, will be replaced by a new stand-alone Target store. Barnes & Noble’s adjoining Starbucks coffee shop also will close on Sept. 2. Construction crews expect to eventually demolish the mall’s existing Target and several smaller store spaces, along with the existing food court. Barnes & Noble does not plan to replace its Jantzen Beach store, said Mary Ellen Keating, a company spokeswoman.She would not elaborate on the reasons the company isn’t reopening. However, local retail experts said they are not surprised, given the fierce competition from electronic readers and Internet book sales. The Jantzen Beach Barnes & Noble is the second area bookstore to close since last month. Borders closed its east Vancouver location in July.“It’s a national issue, with the demise of the brick and mortar bookstores,” said Deborah Ewing, a vice president with Eric Fuller & Associates Inc. in Vancouver, who specializes in marketing retail space.In the meantime, a completion date for the work on the Jantzen Beach mall is unclear. Portland-based S.D. Deacon is general contractor of the project, which will demolish most of the older mall building anchored by Target, Ross Dress For Less and Burlington Coat Factory stores.last_img read more

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first_imgEVERETT (AP) — A prosecutor says he won’t file any charges against an Everett man for his part in a fatal struggle with a young man he suspected of trying to steal a boat motor.Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe said the July death of 23-year-old Dylan Thomas Jones could have been avoided. However, Roe said there isn’t enough evidence to prove the death was a crime.Prosecutors don’t think they could prove the 67-year-old boat owner intended to kill Jones, intended to assault him or was acting with criminal negligence.The medical examiner concluded Jones died of asphyxia from being choked. He also concluded that acute methamphetamine intoxication contributed to the death.The newspaper did not identify the older man, who told detectives he found Jones trying to steal a boat motor and pinned him down with an arm around the neck to hold him for police. He asked a neighbor to call 911.The boat owner was not reachable for comment Tuesday. He said earlier that he wished Jones had run off.last_img read more

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first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Davie Police detectives have arrested a 6th grade student for writing a letter threatening to kill students and teachers Nova Middle School.According to an arrest report, the 11-year-old placed a handwritten note under the assistant principal’s office door that read, “I will bring a gun to school to kill all of you ugly ass kids and teachers [expletive]. I will bring the gun Feb, 16, 18. BE prepared [expletive]!”Police said they have surveillance video showing the student putting the note under the door.She also provided a written confession to school administration.The student has since been transported to the Broward Juvenile Assessment Center, and she is expected to appear in juvenile court Friday.Threats to kill are a felony offense. In light of Wednesday’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people, these kinds of threats are being taken more serious than ever by authorities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House leaders are expected to introduce a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill today, just days ahead of the federal government’s Friday funding deadline, after negotiations over a number of spending and policy issues could not be completed Monday. With little time left to clear the fiscal 2018 spending package through both chambers, lawmakers may be forced to move a two- to three-day continuing resolution to keep the government open, reported CQ. Following a GOP Conference meeting Monday evening, House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said he didn’t believe Congress would need another stopgap to extend current funding past Friday’s deadline.last_img

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first_imgReliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL),  the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries (RIL), and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications (RCom) entered into an agreement to trade and share spectrum. While RJIL will buy spectrum from RCom in the 800-megahertz (MHz) band across nine circles, the two companies will share spectrum in the 800-MHz band across 17 circles.RIL disclosed the details in a regulatory filing with the BSE on Monday.”The spectrum arrangements between RJIL and RCom will result in network synergies, enhanced network capacity and will optimise spectrum utliisation and capex efficiencies,” RJIL said in a statement. There will be optimisation and savings in costs as well, the statement added.The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed by the two companies.The agreement will be subject to liberalisation of spectrum in the 800-MHz band held by RCom for which RCom will have to pay Rs 5,384 crore to the Department of Telecom. The spectrum liberalisation fee would apply to all circles where airwaves weren’t sold via auctions, according to Business Standard.The deal is expected to enable RJIL in its full-fledged launch of 4G services.Reliance Industries share closed at Rs 1,018 on Monday on the BSE, down 5.14% from its previous close.RCom ended the day at Rs 70.70, a loss of 3.22% from its previous close.last_img read more

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first_imgBill Zeeble/KERAJoseph Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers Union, thinks shootings like the one that happened in downtown Dallas in July of 2016 –during which five police officers were killed– show why officers should wear this kind of gear.Harris County and the City of Houston top the list of Texas jurisdictions that will get rifle-resistant vests for law enforcement officers thanks to a series of grants Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.The grants amount to almost $23 million and, overall, law enforcement professionals from 453 different jurisdictions around the state will receive a total of 32,842 rifle-resistant vests designed to protect them from high caliber rounds.Harris County will receive 4,385 vests and the Houston Police will get 3,620.Joseph Gamaldi, who just last week took office as the new president of the Houston Police Officers Union, thinks shootings like the one that happened in downtown Dallas in July of 2016 –during which five police officers were killed– show why officers should wear this kind of gear.“There is a serious need for these vests, not just for Houston, but across the state. As long as people are armed with high power rifles, we need to be able to have equipment that can stop those and keep our officers safe so that when they do get that active shooter call they can throw that heavy vest on and know that they have that level of protection,” Gamaldi told Houston Public Media.The vests are heavier than the body armor that sheriff deputies and police officers typically wear, and can withstand shots from potent firearms such as AR-15 rifles.Click here to access the list of Texas jurisdictions that will be equipped with rifle-resistant vests.I’m at the Dallas Police Association celebrating #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay. We support our officers in Texas today by awarding $25 million for rifle-resistant vests. #txlege #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/CMdhbp97ml— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 9, 2018 #Texas is providing $23 million to fund more than 32,000 rifle-resistant vests for police departments across the state. Thank you to the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe. #backtheblue https://t.co/OPBQ6goroe pic.twitter.com/dBe8BQWN0F— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) January 9, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgOvercoming cultural divides, dozens of Black residents took part in celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at the Shamrock Beer Bash March 15. “It seems the more and more I work I start to see more and more of [Black residents] coming out to the events,” Duane Harper, a staff member told the AFRO. “It seems like we’re navigating more to these types of events.”Participants were given the choice to buy tickets for a three-hour session in the afternoon, evening, or both to embrace the infamous alcoholic past time of the holiday. Drink the District LLC hosted the event in Southeast D.C. across from the Washington Nationals Baseball Park. The event was for young professionals, novice beer drinkers, and connoisseurs in the D.C. area. At the event, participants received unlimited samplings of 75 different beers from brewers such as Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford, Va., Sweetwater Brewing Co. in Atlanta, Ga., and Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Portsmouth, N.H. among others. Although, the Irish holiday calls for lots and lots of beer, District food trucks were also onsite.Harper, 39 said many of the beverages at the event are not sold in predominantly Black areas of the D.C/Maryland/Virginia area. “We don’t need to embrace our own events to have a good time,” Harper said. “There are more of us coming to these events, not only with an open mind, but to expand our palette.”He said that although the event did show some diversity, he would like to see more. “I feel like we like to indulge and have a good time,” Harper said. Ed Carter, a civilian employee at the Navy Yard, was one of a multicultural group of friends who wore kilts to the bash. He said he was celebrating the holiday with his Irish brothers. This is his second year wearing a kilt. Carter, 28 said the fashion trend was called “kilt-up,” a reference inspired by the “suit up” marketing phrase. “It’s fun enjoying the culture. It would be no different just wear whatever the tradition, whatever you’re celebrating,” Carter said.Some of the Black participants at the event wore the traditional green color for the holiday, while others just went for a good time. “I feel like I’m missing out, not wearing green,” Donnie Richardson, a veterinary nurse from Crofton, Md., said.Two sisters, originally from Minnesota, attended the Irish-inspired event for the first time. “For us it’s not necessarily like oh we’re just the Black people at a White people event, because that was all of our events growing up in Minnesota,” Courtney Burton, a communications coordinator with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, said. “I think it’s great that we can be here and still enjoy ourselves. I don’t think a beer festival should be specific to race even if it is a cultural event.” Her sister, Marecya, a senior at HBCU Bowie State University, said the event was a little more public-friendly because it included beer tasting. “I’m a cultural-type person so I don’t mind exploring different cultures,” she said. “I think it’s really neat that I get to see this holiday that is so important to Irish people.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Stressing on the need for biodiversity conservation in and around Rabindra Sarobar, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim on Friday took part in a major awareness initiative about the do’s and dont’s there based on the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).As per judgement of the green bench, littering in or around the lake, bathing in its water, using excessive bright lights around it, washing clothes or utensils, emitting sounds that disturb the birds in the area and entering the lake premises with any kind of plastic bag is forbidden. The minister walked from the gate of Rabindra Sarobar till Nazrul Manch auditorium and took part in a programme aimed at generating awareness among citizens. The minister planted a tree beside the auditorium as a token of the green initiative being carried out by the KMDA there. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will undertake a padayatra from Rabindra Sarobar on August 1 spreading the message of forest and water conservation (Jangal Bachao, Jal Bachao). Officials of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), the custodian of the sprawling artificial waterbody in South Kolkata, replaced old banners and signboards placed at different spots on the bank of the lake with biodegradable ones. “The NGT has recommended planting of indigenous trees of around nine varieties like hijol, jarul, asatha, neem, etc surrounding the lake. We are following the guidelines of the green bench,” a senior official of the KMDA said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFirhad Hakim said Subhas Sarovar in Beliaghata in the eastern part of the city has also been beautified in the same pattern as that of Rabindra Sarobar. Apart from the area around Subhas Sarovar where work for the East-West Metro project is on, the remaining part has already undergone beatification. “Both these places are ideal for morning walk as you will get fresh oxygen. So we have given equal priority,” Hakim said. It may mentioned that the West Bengal Biodiversity Board has already conducted a study of the rich biodiversity of Rabindra Sarovar where they had stumbled upon a plethora of aquatic creatures and birds. An exhibition was held inside Nazrul Manch where pictures of the fauna in and around the waterbody was showcased. The minister on the occasion released two booklets to spread awareness about biodiversity conservation and the fauna there. Local MLA Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Chairman of the State Pollution Control Board Kalyan Rudra were also present.last_img read more

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first_imgibis announces a new program, ibis Music, in partnership with global music giant Sony Music to bring live music experiences to its customers. The global partnership involves hosting multiple live gigs across 17 countries, promoting ibis’ passion for music. This is the latest step in the brand’s transformation, offering local residents and travellers a totally new experience in hospitality, creating vibrant social hubs for increased social interactions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe program will provide a platform to new and upcoming artists to showcase their talent and extend a quirky space to music lovers or travellers who enjoy sitting in a relaxed, uplifting atmosphere with some great tunes. Under this program, a musical evening will be conducted on July 19, at ibis Kolkata Rajarhat. Come watch and enjoy an eclectic mix of musics with the band M Sonic. Packages at the hotel: Unlimited drinks and food at INR 999 plus taxes /per person, Unlimited food at INR 699 plus taxes / per personlast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Experts debate approaches to stemming Central America gang violence El Salvador on pace to become the hemisphere’s deadliest nation ‘The Beast’: Costa Rica’s new crime-fighting machine Men caught with one ton of drugs in Costa Rica allowed to walk free, police say According to Doyle, “We’ve only recently begun to bring it [the program] here, but we’re finding that this program works very well in Central America, and, perhaps, it’s having even more dramatic results here than it has in the United States.”He added that, “By beginning to attack this problem up front, you would help to increase the chances that it will not be as much of a problem here as it has been among your neighbors.”Referring to the violent Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran youth gangs known as “maras,” Doyle said the gang issue has rapidly spread throughout the Northern Triangle, and that “it has certainly spread beyond that in the region.”“I think we are beginning to see those maras showing up in Costa Rica as well as in Panama and Nicaragua,” he said. “So, I think part of the effort here is to try to get ahead of the curve a little bit and start addressing the problem in numerous ways before it becomes as rampant as it is in the Northern Triangle.”In the three countries where G.R.E.A.T. already operates on a limited basis, the results “have been very good,” he said.In those countries, school principals, teachers, and police officers involved in the program have reported that students’ behavior has improved, as have their grades, he said.A key element of G.R.E.A.T. is to build trust between police officers and the students, so that they “see these police officers as someone who is there to help them and to protect them, rather than … someone who’s there to arrest them,” Doyle said. “As a result, they are more willing to listen to the officers, to trust in them, and to share information with them.”On its website, G.R.E.A.T. is described as a program that hopes to serve as “immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.” Facebook Comments With an acronym like “G.R.E.A.T.,” how can you go wrong?G.R.E.A.T. stands for “Gang Resistance Education And Training,” and it’s a new program here sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and carried out by Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry.According to Public Security Vice Minister María Fullmen, G.R.E.A.T. targets children and teenagers by working with them in their schools and communities to encourage youth to avoid taking part in criminal activity. The Costa Rican version of the program is called “Soy grande.”On Monday, 40 specially trained National Police officers began working with local schoolchildren to help them avoid being recruited by gangs, Fullmen said.U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Karin Sullivan noted that by focusing on violence prevention, G.R.E.A.T. forms part of anti-crime strategies promoted and supported by the U.S. in Costa Rica.According to program manager Ron Doyle, the initiative has been active for over two decades in the United States, were it was started before being extended to other countries in the region.Doyle told The Tico Times that by implementing G.R.E.A.T., Costa Rica is addressing the gang issue before it takes on the proportions witnessed in Central America’s Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.“We believe it is necessary to work with [youth] in prevention, to work with them in education centers, in communities, in neighborhoods,” Fullmen said. “We believe this is how we really contribute to this country’s security.”Fullmen said the initial training of 40 police officers would allow those officers to share knowledge with colleagues in order to cover all schools and communities nationwide.Sullivan described G.R.E.A.T. as a “good example” of U.S. cooperation in Costa Rica.last_img read more

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