A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service.During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony, held on the grounds of the Police Officers’ Club on November 29, medals were presented to recipients by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang thanked the recipients for their unwavering service and hard work, noting that they “have proven their merit and mettle and have risen to the fore among their peers and superiors”.“You are examples today of the spirit of cooperation and growth that must prevail within this force, in order to effect the society we all wish to see,” he said.Dr. Chang reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the resources that the JCF requires to properly execute its functions.“We will work with the JCF high command to determine how we will traverse the transformation that must occur in the force,” he said.The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws.“This will ensure that when solid, investigative work is carried out, that leads to arrests, the law will be commensurate to the crime – honouring the work of the officers who would have laboured to gather evidence,” he said.Dr. Chang stated that the transformation of the Jamaican society, is hinged in part to a transformation in policing.“We must now equip our security forces with the tools of the trade, the training suitable to the day, and the technology of the time,” he added.Dr. Chang said the reduction in murders by 21.6 per cent is testament to the fact that “we have within our rank and file, the skill, the intelligence, the agility to move our society toward peace and stability”.The Long Service Award is the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) premier award ceremony.It seeks to celebrate, highlight and encourage those who inspire others with their vision, leadership and service. The awards were initially sanctioned by the National Honours and Awards Act of 1969.The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. The Security Minister also noted that the Ministry continues to pursue amendments to outdated legislation, as well as enact critical laws. A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service. The Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct may be awarded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force below the rank of Assistant Superintendent. Story Highlights
Five stories in the news for Monday, May 29———SCHEER TO DEBUT IN COMMONS TODAY AS OPPOSITION LEADERNew Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is expected to gather fellow MPs and senators together in Ottawa today for the first time since his win on Saturday. The Saskatchewan MP preached party unity during the campaign, and as Opposition leader must now put those words into action. Scheer is expected to lead off in question period in the House of Commons today, but there won’t be any face to face with Justin Trudeau as the prime minister is still in Italy on an official visit.———B.C. GREEN AND NDP LEADERS MEET AT RUGBY MATCHTwo B.C. party leaders at the centre of talks to determine the province’s political future sat together Sunday at a rugby match. The N-D-P’s John Horgan and Green’s boss Andrew Weaver said they steered clear of politics as they cheered on the Canadian women’s team. The Liberals won 43 seats in the May 9 election — two more than the N-D-P. The Greens hold the balance of power with their three seats, and Weaver is suggesting he may announce a deal with either the N-D-P or Liberals on Tuesday.———BACK TO WORK BILL EXPECTED IN QUEBEC CONSTRUCTION STRIKEThe Quebec government is expected to bring in back-to-work legislation today to end a strike by thousands of construction workers. The construction unions broke off talks Sunday saying they’d prefer to wait for back-to-work legislation. Premier Philippe Couillard said he would begin the process of legislating an end to the strike if the picket lines didn’t come down by today. The workers walked last week, launching the second strike in the Quebec construction industry in four years.———NEGOTIATIONS ONGOING BETWEEN CN, UNIONThe union representing 3,000 CN Rail conductors, train and yard workers is still in negotiations with the company’s management after threatening job action. The Teamsters union says the company plans to make changes to the current collective agreement that would “permanently and irreparably impact workers.” The union issued a 72 hour strike notice on Saturday, putting the union in a legal strike position early Tuesday morning.———NOVA SCOTIA RELEASES TEACHER VIOLENCE DATANova Scotia teachers and other school staff faced violence or threats of violence about 1,800 times in the last school year. Department of Education data says 631 students were violent with adults, with 85 per cent occurring in elementary school and involving such things as kicking, throwing rocks or pushing. Liette Doucette, the president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, has said schools have become increasingly violent due to a lack of resources in the classroom and a vague disciplinary system.———
TORONTO – Groups representing Canada’s screen and stage talent say they feel a sense of “urgency” in implementing a new collective approach to end sexual harassment, but they also want to get it right.Representatives from 16 organizations — including the actors’ union ACTRA, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) — gathered with a moderator and a few lawyers Thursday in a five-hour, closed-door meeting in Toronto to discuss sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence.They emerged with an agreement that there should be “zero tolerance for such behaviour” and a recognition “that increasing gender equality and diversity across our industry is an important part of the solution,” according to a statement.They also committed to four steps, including “enacting an industry-wide code of conduct” that would clearly define expectations of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, enforcement and consequences.In an interview Friday, David Sparrow, national president of ACTRA, didn’t want to give a timeline on when the measures might be implemented.“I am saying that we’re going to move speedily on this,” he said by phone.“We want to have things in place as soon as possible. But the entire group believes that getting it right is more important than doing it fast.”His thoughts were echoed by Kendrie Upton, executive director of the DGC’s B.C. branch, who is the guild’s national lead on anti-harassment.“I think to hesitate will cost us valuable momentum,” she said.“But at the same time it’s equally important that we do this right and we need a process to bring about fair, thoughtful, effective measures.”Upton said the meeting gave her “a real sense of optimism around the culture shift” they’re aiming to create.“To see all of the major organizations at that table ready and willing to work together to design a new normal that ensures that people get a safe and respectful workplace on Canadian sets — it’s awe-inspiring, actually,” she said.“It’s a change that will require a lot of people to commit a lot of time and energy but I really felt that willingness in the room yesterday in a genuine way.”Sparrow is heading up a group that is drafting the new industry code of conduct.“In terms of this code of conduct, I’m not a lawyer so I don’t know to what degree it will be legally binding on people,” said Sparrow.“I think that it’s one of those things that, if the industry comes out with one voice and says, ‘We have all agreed to the following conduct on our sets,’ then certainly we would have the moral ground to be able to say, ‘Well, your organization signed on to this code of conduct, correct? … and therefore, since one of your members has transgressed in this or that way, then I’m sure that you plan to do something about that.’“And we would hope, and I would expect, based on the kind of conversations we had yesterday, that people will respond in a positive way at that time and will deal with those members.”Toronto actress Mia Kirshner, who says she’s a survivor of harassment in the industry and sexual assault, is hoping Sparrow and ACTRA will also participate in an event for the #AfterMeToo group she co-created.#AfterMeToo, which also includes screen industry leaders from across Canada, aims “to ensure that appropriate legislation, culture and policy shift to protect the survivor rather than the predator.”“We think he should be there to speak, because really, if the people creating the legislation and policies are working to the exclusion of hearing those affected by the policy, how can that be effective? I want it to be effective. It has to be effective,” Kirshner said.Sparrow said he isn’t able to go to the first #AfterMeToo roundtable discussion on Dec. 5, noting it conflicts with the “newest elected ACTRA Toronto council meeting and a number of other events that are happening that day.”Kirshner said she tried to get in on ACTRA’s closed-door meetings on the topic but hasn’t been allowed.While she was invited by ACTRA to be a part of a new committee to deal with the topic, she declined because they didn’t give her specifics on what it involved.“Was it democratically formed? What was the purpose? What kind of independence would we have?” she said.“I feel very strongly that if I’m going to add my name to something, I need to know what I’m adding it to and to what purpose this is, not a vague collection of ideas.”Asked whether he would consider attending another #AfterMeToo event on a different date, Sparrow said he would “consider the concept.”“Our communications folks have been in touch with them, we’re certainly willing to share information with them,” he said.“I’m always willing to sit down with anybody and have a discussion about next steps we can take and how we can make the industry stronger and better.”
VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the province did not have the authority to restrict shipments of diluted bitumen through its borders. Here are five takeaways from the decision and its impacts:1. Provinces cannot bring in legislation that interferes with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.While the B.C. government did not dispute that the federal government was responsible for cross-boundary infrastructure projects, it argued that it should also be allowed to bring in legislation to protect its lands and waters from the environmental risks. The court disagreed, ruling the proposed legislation interfered with federal government’s powers and that the National Energy Board is the body entrusted with regulating the flow of resources across Canada.2. The court found B.C.’s legislation was aimed directly at the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.B.C. argued that its proposed legislative amendments were meant to protect its environment, while the federal government and Alberta argued the goal was to block or delay the Trans Mountain project. Justice Mary Newbury wrote on behalf of a five-judge panel that the proposed amendments were targeted at one substance, heavy oil, in one interprovincial project: the Trans Mountain expansion.3. B.C. still wants to take its chances before the Supreme Court of Canada.Although the panel unanimously agreed that the proposed legislation was unconstitutional, B.C. still plans to appeal to the highest court. B.C. Attorney General David Eby said his government originally wanted to take the case straight to the Supreme Court, but the federal government declined to co-operate and so B.C. had to first file it in the provincial Appeal Court. He said the Supreme Court of Canada has overturned unanimous B.C. Appeal Court decisions in the past.4. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former premier, Rachel Notley, are celebrating the decision as a win for the province.Kenney said he hopes the B.C. government will respect the rule of law and end its “campaign of obstruction,” adding that the project would be a “win-win” for both B.C. and Alberta in creating jobs and increasing the flow of natural resources. Notley, now leader of the NDP Opposition, said she used a ban on B.C. wines last year to “force” the province to take the reference case to court. “Turns out B.C.’s toolbox was more Fisher Price than DeWalt,” she said, referring to B.C. Premier John Horgan’s statement that the government would use every tool in the toolbox to protect the coast from a potential spill.5. It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project.Eby did not directly answer a question about what else his government would do to oppose the pipeline, as he maintained B.C.’s legislation was about protecting its environment and that the Supreme Court of Canada would have the final say. But Peter McCartney, a climate campaigner with the Wilderness Committee, said there was plenty B.C. could do to halt or delay the project, including adding conditions to its provincial environmental certificate or ordering a public health and safety review of the project.The Canadian Press
Operation Smile will host its fourth annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge on Saturday, March 14, at Park City Mountain Resort to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.Operation Smile Ambassador Zachary Levi’s company, The Nerd Machine, will return as the Title Sponsor of the event.Tone Bell, Billy Bush, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Claire Holt, Taylor Kinney, Zachary Levi, Ryan McPartlin, Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Trevino, David Walton and NBC President Jennifer Salke are confirmed to lend their support to this year’s event.Teams of six racers consisting of a celebrity skier, one Olympic skier, and four amateur skiers/Operation Smile donors will compete in a friendly dual slalom race to raise funds for the organization. The team with the best overall finish time will be announced as the winner and recognized during an award luncheon at The Canyons Resort after the race at Park City Mountain Resorts’ Eagle Race Arena. In the evening, a VIP dinner for guests will be held at the Red Pine Lodge at The Canyons Resort.Past attendees have included Kate Walsh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, and Tony Hawk. For additional information about the Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, tickets and sponsorship levels, click here.
APTN National NewsIt’s been almost a decaded since little Phoenix Sinclair was murdered despite being under the supervision of Manitoba’s child welfare authorities.A subsequent inquiry called for sweeping changes to Manitoba’s child welfare system.Wednesday, the Manitoba government provided an update on the inquiry’s recommendations.The province said it’s going to take some time to make all the changes, while critics said the government needs to move quicker.Half of 62 recommendations from last year’s inquiry report have been put into effect or are works in progress, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said Wednesday. Among them is a call for an improved centralized database to ensure more children are properly monitored and don’t slip through the cracks.“We’re doing a project scope for the technology and … it will take a number of years in order to get the technology implemented,” she said.Another key recommendation to ease the load of social workers so they handle no more than 20 files at any time is still being dealt with through the hiring of more staff, she added.Other inquiry recommendations, such as improved training for social workers and a regulatory body for them similar to those for doctors and nurses, is to be fulfilled next year.The minister’s comments come 10 months after the government received the final report from the $14-million inquiry into Phoenix’s beating death in 2005. The five-year-old girl spent much of her life in care and was horrifically abused after being returned to her mother, Samantha Kematch. The child was beaten to death by Kematch and Kematch’s boyfriend, Karl McKay.The inquiry was told Winnipeg Child and Family Services received tips that Phoenix was in danger on 13 separate occasions. The agency frequently lost track of the girl or closed her file, deciding she was fine, without laying eyes on her.Kematch and McKay managed to conceal the girl’s death for nine months before they were apprehended and later convicted of first-degree murder.The inquiry heard that social workers were often overwhelmed. There was so much staff turnover that 27 different workers dealt with Phoenix during her short life.Social workers failed to identify Karl McKay when he entered the girl’s life in 2004. McKay had a history of severe domestic abuse laid out in a family services information system, but social workers only knew him as “Wes.”The Manitoba government is committed to all 62 recommendations and plans to release a progress report early next year, Irvin-Ross said.The Opposition Progressive Conservatives accused the government of dragging its heels and said some of the problems highlighted in the inquiry report were first raised in internal investigations in 2006.“It’s been quite awhile in process and we are looking at at least a year before any real action is taken on many of the recommendations,” family services critic Ian Wishart said.Manitoba child welfare has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years due to several deaths, including that of Tina Fontaine, 15, in August.Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River one week after she disappeared. She was in the care of Family Services, but was a frequent runaway. Her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, said social workers failed to keep track of Tina and lost her hours before she was last seen.Irvin-Ross announced Wednesday the province will soon open a six-bed shelter in Winnipeg, with heightened security, for high-risk girls.The number of children in care has almost doubled in the last decade to 10,000.More than 70 per cent are Indigenous.– with files from The Canadian Press
Attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, other banditry, and harassment of civilians continue to proliferate in Darfur, the African Union-United Nations mission in the strife-torn region of Sudan (UNAMID) reported today. A UNAMID vehicle was carjacked in Nyala, South Darfur, this morning by armed men in military uniforms, and on Monday, two of the mission’s national staff members were stopped while they were driving a UN vehicle, beaten and left by five armed men dressed in civilian clothes in El Geneina, West Darfur. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday condemned an ambush that led to the death of a blue helmet, the second attack on a peacekeeping patrol in the region in a little over a week, and said he was “deeply concerned by the increased security threats faced by UNAMID in Darfur. At the same time, concern continues to mount over the safety of humanitarian workers, many of whom have been ordered to leave the region following the recent indictment of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.The joint UN/Government of Sudan assessments of humanitarian gaps in Darfur being conducted in the wake of those expulsions continue, having been extended by one day to be completed tomorrow, UNAMID added. The three assessment teams will have wrap-up meetings at the level of state Government tomorrow and then travel to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, where they will sort through the data for the following few days, the mission said. Meanwhile, the number of internally displaced persons (IDP) fleeing violence and harassment continues to grow, with new arrivals in the Zam Zam camp in North Darfur pushing the total in the camp to 80,000. The majority of the newcomers are from villages and IDP camps in South Darfur, but there are also arrivals from North Darfur. An estimated 300,000 people have died and another 3 million have been displaced in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003. 18 March 2009Attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, other banditry, and harassment of civilians continue to proliferate in Darfur, the African Union-United Nations mission in the strife-torn region of Sudan (UNAMID) reported today.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop shot 5-of-17 from the field in the Buckeyes’ 74-62 loss to Michigan on Feb. 18 in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — The path to a Big Ten championship always seems to go through Michigan for Ohio State. The 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams suffered losses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that ultimately dashed any outright regular-season conference title hopes.The same likely happened Sunday at the Crisler Center.After vanquishing the Wolverines in a 20-point comeback at home on Dec. 4, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes didn’t have the same formula for a victory against their rival the second time around, losing 74-62 to No. 20 Michigan, therefore falling a game behind first-place Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.In October, it isn’t likely many people predicted back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan in February to be the most challenging stretch of conference play for the Buckeyes. It was equally difficult at the time to foresee the position in which the team was in coming into this stretch — leading the Big Ten with four games to play.However small those odds were, that was Ohio State’s reality. But it has proved a burden for one of college basketball’s biggest surprise teams of the season.“If you’re a college player and you go into a couple games on the road against good teams, and you expect it to be easy, or you expect not to deal with some adversity — we haven’t had a whole lot of that through the Big Ten season, but everybody goes through that,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “This is what we’ve signed up for. That’s what they signed up for when they signed up to play in the Big Ten. This is what we signed up for to coach in.”Back-to-back, double-digit losses in the home stretch of the season has put Ohio State in a position where winning its final games against Rutgers and at Indiana would not be enough to win the outright conference crown without a pair of losses from the Spartans and a loss by Purdue.Holtmann continued to stay quiet about the team’s prospects of winning the conference following his team’s latest defeat. But it’s clear there have to be adjustments moving forward when opponents get their second or third look at an Ohio State team that doesn’t overwhelm any team with athleticism, size or shooting.“If this beats us down, shame on us,” Holtmann added. “We’ve had a heck of a start and we got to figure out a way to make steps toward playing better.”Michigan is a sound defensive team with enough offense to possibly win the conference tournament in two weeks in New York, as well as make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And Penn State has multiple NBA-caliber players, including potential Big Ten Player of the Year Tony Carr, and a legitimate shot to sneak into the field of 68 in March.Those losses are explainable, but they hurt nonetheless.“Like I said last [game] when we played Penn State, we’re either going to learn from it or it’s going to keep happening, and tonight it did,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “They came out more physical. They made the right plays and they got the win. It’s the same thing. We got to learn from this one.”Ohio State last swept Michigan in the regular season in the 2010-11 season, which featured arguably the best team the program has ever had and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This season, everything had been going right for the Buckeyes. To think they were possibly about to achieve something that hadn’t been done since that team would’ve added to the lunacy of trying to explain this team’s successes.But there is a feeling that reality is now setting in for Ohio State.Teams are beginning to pressure junior C.J. Jackson and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich at point guard, a known weakness for the Buckeyes. With the exception of Tate, Holtmann said the team is struggling to play through physicality in the half-court offense, which starts with Big Ten Player of the Year contender Keita Bates-Diop, who has shot 9-of-28 from the field the past two games.It’s not the end of the road for Ohio State. It remains one of the best teams in the conference and deserving of a strong seed in the NCAA Tournament, but this stretch has been realized as a potential killer to a regular-season title.“We got to continue to have the same mindset,” Tate said. “Hope it works out. If it don’t, it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to look at the game in front of us.”
A PAKISTANI SCHOOLGIRL shot in the head by the Taliban showed signs of improvement by moving her limbs today, the military said, though she remains unconscious and on a ventilator.The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers.“The sedation given to Malala was reduced today so that neurosurgeons could do their clinical assessment and as a result of it Malala responded and moved her hands and feet,” military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said.“It is a positive development,” Bajwa told a press conference near Army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, close to the capital Islamabad, where Malala is being treated in a military hospital. ”As per doctors, (the) condition of Malala is stable.”A team of specialist doctors are providing “constant care” to Malala and all “contingencies” were in place in case they decide to move her abroad for further treatment, the general said. ”It is a case of serious head injury and the progress is very slow in it.”Two other girl students wounded with Malala were “also being taken care of at places where they can get best treatment”, he said, without elaborating.Bajwa said that all available resources were being used to investigate the incident and some arrests had been made, but he declined to say how many people were currently in custody and how many had been let go.Asked whether the military might now consider launching an offensive against the Taliban in their tribal area stronghold of North Waziristan, on the Afghan border, Bajwa said: “Such decisions are not taken overnight.”A military statement earlier said: “(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator.”Prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Malala yesterday, paying tribute to her and two friends who were also wounded when a gunman boarded their school bus on Tuesday and opened fire.“It was not a crime against an individual but a crime against humanity and an attack on our national and social values,” he told reporters, pledging renewed vigour in Pakistan’s struggle with Islamist militancy.Bajwa yesterday said the next 36 to 48 hours would be critical for Malala.- © AFP, 2012Read: Pakistan medics remove bullet from shot child activist
Williams opened the scoring with a sweetly struck penalty after 14 minutes, and made it two kicks out of three before the 20 minute mark.The home side was penalised at a scrum on 29 minutes and O’Gara finally had his first points of the game, but Williams restored the six-point deficit to make it 9-3 at half-time.Williams missed his first effort of the second half when Johne Murphy conceded a penalty for clashing with Phil John, but the Scarlets fly-half quickly made it 12-3 as O’Gara went awry for the third time in the match. Munster captain Mike Sherry was sin-binned in the 56th minute and that allowed the Scarlets, and Williams, to open up a 12-point lead, and the 20-year-old Williams capped a special performance with a drop goal that all but ended the game as a contest.The one negative mark against the young Welsh player came when he was sin-binned late in the game and Denis Hurley ran over the only try of the contest for Munster.O’Gara, at least, kicked the conversion but it was too late for the visitors to change the course of the game.Dominic Ryan hat-trick helps Leinster to easy win > The veteran fly-half had a good opportunity to give his side the lead early in the game, when Scarlets were penalised on halfway, but his kick fell short. That set the tone for a muted display from O’Gara, who subsequently missed another chance from 35 metres when the Scarlets were caught offside in front of their posts. MUNSTER ENDURED A miserable evening, as the Llanelli Scarlets completed the double over the Irish province with an 18-10 victory at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday evening.Man of the match Owen Williams scored all of his side’s points as Rob Penney’s men struggled despite having both Ronan O’Gara and Donncha O’Callaghan in their side.O’Gara only managed one penalty from four attempts as he bookended a miserable week after replacing Jonathan Sexton in the Irish side that was beaten by England at the Aviva Stadium.
12 cans of Heineken for €20? This is how minimum pricing could affect your pocket Each unit of alcohol will be required to cost €1 under the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. 117 Comments YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote Yes (1053) 58,228 Views Share377 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (4675) http://jrnl.ie/3224809 Feb 12th 2017, 9:30 PM The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling.Last week, we took a look at the impact the law’s advertising restrictions would have and, this week, we’ll look at the issue of minimum pricing on alcohol.SITTING ATOP THE lengthy Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is the provision that will allow the Minister for Health to increase the minimum price per gram of alcohol that can be charged in Ireland.Minimum pricing has support from across the political spectrum, but what would it actually involve? And how will it work in practice?So what’ll change?TheJournal.ie picked a supermarket at random, checking out its promotions to see if these prices would be possible when minimum unit pricing comes in.This 12-pack of cans of Heineken is on sale for €20. Source: TheJournal.ieUnder minimum pricing, this case of Heineken would need to cost at least €20.35.This bottle of Huzzar vodka, above the brands of Absolut is on sale for €19. Source: TheJournal.ieIt would need to cost at least €20 under the new legislation.And this 12 pack of cans of Guinness, at €18, would need to cost at least €19.90 under minimum pricing. Source: TheJournal.ieThese increases listed here are small, but minimum pricing would certainly have an effect on much cheaper alcohol.So what’s the big deal? Let’s take a look.What the legislation saysUnder the terms of the legislation, the minimum price per gram of alcohol would be set at 10 cent.To find the minimum price for a particular alcohol product, you find how much the drink weighs and multiply it by 10 cent.In practice, this would mean that the average pint of beer of two units (around 20g) would be required to cost at least €2.Anyone who has bought a pint of beer in a pub recently would say that there’s little chance of a pint costing less than €2, anyway. But it is the sale of beers at supermarkets and off licenses where this will have a major impact (more on this later).The rationale in implementing this measure is that, as the government continues to tax alcohol heavily, problem drinkers will increasingly opt for cheaper, and higher-purity, brands of alcohol.Unlike a tax increase which the retailer can choose to absorb themselves or pass onto the customer, this minimum price will be compulsory across the board.Also included in this part of the legislation is the provision that the Minister for Health can, three years after the legislation is brought in, increase the minimum price.The Minister will then be able to adjust the minimum price every 18 months.Any decision to increase this price will be required to take the latest up-to-date research available on societal figures such as the rate of alcohol consumption, patterns of alcohol consumption, the health related risks and societal harm.In response to a written question in the Dáil, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, explained how the bill should work: “MUP is a targeted measure, aimed at those who drink in a harmful and hazardous manner, and designed to prevent the sale of alcohol at very cheap prices. Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie“MUP is able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the minimum price is determined by and is directly proportional to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink.The MUP is set in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill at 10 cent per gram of alcohol, which equates to a minimum price of €1 per standard drink.In practice, the government hopes that this will reduce the effect of harmful drinking among those that drink the most.Corcoran Kennedy added that the measure will have a positive impact on rates of heart disease and cancer, and will also have some immediate effects on “health costs, crime costs and loss of productivity due to absenteeism”.The price of a pint?To find out how much an alcohol product weighs, for the purposes of this legislation, the following formula is used. Source: Oireachtas.ieSo, for a 750ml bottle of wine at 12% strength, you would derive its grams like this750 x 0.12 x 0.789 = 71.01 gramsTo then get the minimum price for that product, then you would multiply that figure of 71.01 by €0.10.Thus, retailers would be obliged to charge at least €7.10 for this bottle of wine.For a bottle of vodka, meanwhile, at 700ml and 37.5% volume, you would use the same method:700 x 0.375 x 0.789 = 207.11 grams.No matter what brand it is, this bottle of vodka would be required by law to cost at least €20.71 under the new minimum pricing laws.And, again, the same would apply to a 500ml can of beer at 5% alcohol volume.500 x 0.05 x 0.789 = 19.725 gramsEach can of beer would then be required to cost at least €1.97.Will this be a major change?Almost certainly, but not for every alcohol product and often not in a manner which drastically raises the price.Discounted alcohol is commonplace across every supermarket and off license in Ireland.Minimum pricing has the potential to hit the cheapest spirits, such as vodka, and some of the cheaper wines on the market but it doesn’t appear as if it will have an impact on some of the more popular beer brands, for example. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieIn one of Ireland’s biggest supermarkets at the moment, eight cans of Guinness are available at a discounted price of €13.When you do the sums (for a 500ml can at 4.2%), this breaks down to a minimum pricing requirement of €1.65 per can.At the moment, the discounted price offers the Guinness at €1.62 per can. In this case, minimum pricing won’t constitute a major change.In a different supermarket, another special offer has a special offer with a 20 pack of bottles of Heineken for €20.Again, when you calculate the minimum price under the government’s proposed laws (330ml bottle at 4.3%) this works at €1.12 per bottle.This special offer would mean this promotion could not run its current state, as it is 12 cent a bottle over the minimum pricing threshold.While perhaps not a major change in these areas, it would affect cheaper brands the most.One brand of rum is currently being sold at a discount retailer at €12.29 for a 700ml bottle at 40% alcohol.Under minimum pricing, this would be required to cost at least €22.10.In that same retailer, a 750ml bottle of red wine (12%) is currently listed for sale at €4.99. This would be required to cost at least €7.10.Will minimum pricing work?It’s a big question with no clear answer.In the FactCheck referenced above, TheJournal.ie found that evidence put forth by Minister Corcoran Kennedy when citing a study from British Columbia in Canada as insufficient to show that minimum pricing has been “proven to work”.In fact, according to the 2013 study from British Columbia, the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions actually rose between 2002 and 2013.Another commonly cited study in support of these measures is a study from the University of Sheffield, which says that minimum pricing would lead to an “immediate reduction in consumption” of alcohol in Ireland, with moderate drinkers affected the least in terms of how much they consumed and spent on alcohol. Source: Shutterstock/val lawlessThe study estimated that the most harmful drinkers would be affected most by the measures.It suggests that minimum unit pricing would save the lives of 197 people per year who would have otherwise suffered alcohol-attributable deaths.It also estimates that it would save €1.7 billion over the next 20 years, through reductions in health, crime and workplace harms.Study co-author Professor Petra Meier said: “Our study finds no evidence to support the concerns highlighted by government and the alcohol industry that minimum unit pricing would penalise responsible drinkers on low incomes.”The problem with proving that minimum pricing will work at reducing alcohol-related harm is that there is not a great deal of research completed with actual real-life data to back it up.The Sheffield study used a statistical model to suggest that minimum pricing should yield better health outcomes for the general population, but that does not necessarily prove that the measure working in reality.In Ireland, the prevalence of alcohol use disorders is much higher for men than women. Source: StatistaOne Irish study, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Research Board, yielded similar findings to the Sheffield study, which said that minimum pricing of €1 per unit would target only the “heaviest drinkers”.It involved a national survey of 3,187 respondents who completed a diary of their previous week’s alcohol consumption.This report found that one in seven (14%) Irish adults who drink alcohol, purchase it at less than €1 per standard drink which is below the minimum unit price.The majority of this low-cost alcohol (69%) was purchased in supermarkets.Lead researcher Dr Gráinne Cousins said: “Some opponents of minimum unit pricing are concerned that consumers using alcohol in a low-risk manner will be punished with higher prices.Our findings do not support these concerns, as unlike tax or excise measures, the introduction of a minimum unit price would affect less than 14% of the population.However, with no definitive long-term study proving that without doubt proves that it works, minimum unit pricing remains open to criticism.Court CaseWhat does appear certain, however, is that it has the potential to face a legal challenge here after a case at the European Court of Justice had raised doubts it could be implemented at all.Last December, the European court decided that introducing such a measure proposed in Scotland was illegal, but left it up to the Scottish courts to make the final decision.With the judgement by the EU court in Scotland, Ireland is similarly open to a legal challenge on minimum pricing.Lobbyists for the alcohol industry, however, may be dissuaded from taking such action as the final decision from Scotland’s highest court ruled that minimum unit pricing does not contravene national and European law.However, the Scotch Whisky Association has not yet given up in its attempts to block minimum pricing and is bringing the case to the UK Supreme Court.Ross Mac Mathúna, from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), told TheJournal.ie that his group would have no desire to bring a similar case against the Irish government here.Having said that, the group are opposed to minimum unit pricing. He said: “We have seen no evidence to prove this works. We would propose bringing in a ban on low-cost selling as an alternative to this at the moment.”SupportIn terms of political support, minimum pricing has been largely welcomed.In the Seanad last week, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer made the comment: “We all support minimum unit pricing.”Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers said that the provisions of the bill would be “very important” in addressing the currently “unsustainable” health impacts of alcohol in this country.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said: “Minimum pricing will help because there is a clear correlation between the price of alcohol and the amount people drink. Addressing price would be a step in the right direction.”Doctors are on side as well, with a statement from the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) expressing their support for the provisions of the bill last week.Its president, Dr Emmet Kerin said: “This is an important bill, legislating for the first time on alcohol consumption as a public health measure.Our health system is overwhelmed. Health promotion initiatives such as the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are critical to reducing preventable diseases and keeping patients well.Groups raising awareness around the dangers of alcohol are also supporters of the provision.Alcohol Action Ireland reject the claim that a ban on below-cost selling would be more effective as it cannot “target strong, cheap alcohol” while MUP is “able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the price is determined by and directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink”.A statement from Alcohol Action Ireland said: “MUP sets a “floor price” beneath which alcohol cannot legally be sold, but will not increase the price of all alcohol products sold in Ireland, instead targeting the products that are currently very cheap relative to their strength in supermarkets.” Source: Shutterstock/Radu BercanOne issue of contention on MUP, away from the perceived health benefits, is the presence and proximity of Northern Ireland.Currently, there are no concrete plans to introduce a similar measure there, and with the falling price of Sterling already acting as an incentive to shop up North, Mac Mathúna said this could drive more consumers north of the border to access alcohol at lower prices.Labour Senator Ged Nash expressed similar concerns, pointing out that the synchronisation between the Irish government and the Northern Irish Executive on this issue is “extremely important if we are to achieve the ambitions of this legislation”.Mac Mathúna adds that there will be “unintended consequences” of setting a floor price for alcohol, as setting a floor price means that the floor can then be raised further.Indeed, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said he will not implement his planned sugar tax until the UK does the same – to ensure symbiosis between the two jurisdictions.ConclusionMUP will not raise the price of many drinks in supermarkets and off-licenses, but it undoubtedly targets some of the cheaper, stronger products on the market.The studies that have been completed to date suggest that it will benefit the health of the general population, without penalising casual or low-risk drinkers.Having said that, there is no definitive proof that it will reduce alcohol-related harm across society.With the government set to plough on with this top line provision of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, Ireland could be the first country to find out if minimum pricing works.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of alcohol labelling, the state of Ireland’s relationship with alcohol and how that could evolve under the new bill.What do you think?So, what are your thoughts? Do you support the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Ireland? Short URL No interest/No opinion (228) Poll Results: By Sean Murray Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM
WikiLeaks : en sursis chez OVHLa justice française a rejeté les requêtes d’OVH concernant la légalisation ou non de l’hébergement du site WikiLeaks. Elle justifie sa décision par la nécessité d’un débat plus poussé. En attendant, WikiLeaks peut rester. Alors que le fondateur du célèbre site compromettant pour de nombreux gouvernements, Julian Assange, vient d’être arrêté à Londres (voir notre article), WikiLeaks continue d’exister sur la Toile. Actuellement hébergé chez OVH, le site, qui n’a pas pu être interdit de résidence en France comme Eric Besson, ministre de l’Economie et de l’Industrie, le demandait (voir notre article), est donc maintenu en ligne et doit continuer à rendre public des télégrammes diplomatiques confidentiels qui gênent les Etats-Unis. L’hébergeur OVH devra attendre pour avoir une réponse claire. Depuis la fin de semaine dernière, WikiLeaks a élu domicile chez lui et la polémique a enflé suite aux propos d’Eric Besson, estimant que le site, qui a dévoilé des informations diplomatiques et secrètes à la face du monde, ne peut séjourner impunément en France. Sollicités par OVH, les tribunaux lillois et parisien ont rejeté les requêtes expliquant le besoin d’un “débat contradictoire”. En attendant, plusieurs acteurs du web ont vivement réagi aux propos du responsable politique. En désaccord avec Eric Besson, ils publient désormais des miroirs du site WikiLeaks (d’autres sites web qui publient les mêmes informations que le site d’origine et sont mises à jour automatiquement) rendant ainsi sa suppression quasi-impossible. Le 7 décembre 2010 à 13:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles, arrived at Clarence Town on Monday 5th October 2015. Acting Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, Commanding Officer HMBS Durward Knowles, immediately contacted Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, the Island Administrator. During discussions with Mrs. Bethel, it was revealed that parts of Long Island had been cut off due to flooding, which made streets impassable for impact teams to reach disaster stricken areas.Marines, from the ship’s company were quickly deployed to assist with relief efforts underway with locals within the community. Teams included an engineering team that assisted in the repairing of the Community Centre’s generator. Teams were also dispatched to investigate the environmental impact of a beached vessel near the community. After a complete assessment was done, the grounded vessel posed no threat of potential or immediate environmental damage.With the arrival of additional Defence Force Impact Teams, areas once isolated became accessible. This allowed for proper assessment so that basic needs of the communities could be met. Fresh water and food being priority, cleanup efforts were also conducted to allow ease of access and transportation of incoming relief supplies. With the establishment of communication and transportation networks, relief centers are now able to provide more effective relief to the communities. Defence Force personnel continue to carry out assessments, assist in distribution and regulation of supplies and equipment while providing security.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with the island administrator, NEMA and Pathfinder representatives remain committed to relief efforts here in Long Island.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding our Heritage.”For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel (Guard our Heritage) -(rbdf)- “Guard Our Heritage”Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”
The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper debuted for his team, but his club ended up losing in penalty kicks against Werder Bremen.Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen drew 3-3 yesterday after extra time in DFB-Pokal Third Round action.But in the penalty kicks stage, Bremen ended up winning 4-2, eliminating the hopes and dreams of BVB.On that match, goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel debuted with his new team, and he’s bittersweet after debuting on a very complicated match that ended up in a defeat.“It was an emotional day for me. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Oelschlagel told the club’s official website.“It’s still fresh in my mind. For me, it’s a dream come true.”“The outcome of the match is very annoying, there’s obviously a sense of frustration there,” he explained.“It was only this morning that the goalkeeping coach told me I’d play.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I had a few good moments, but the team made it easy for me too. Ultimately, for me personally, I’m able to draw a positive conclusion,” the goalkeeper concluded.Eric Oelschlagel debuted professionally with Werder Bremen II in 2014, in 2016 he moved to the senior squad for two years.Then he was transferred to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 and had played only with the second squad until yesterday.“It was no surprise that it was going to be a difficult match against Werder Bremen,” coach Lucien Favre added.“After Bremen took an early lead, we controlled the game. They played very compactly. It was difficult to find the gaps.”“We played with patience and the equalizer at 1-1 before the break was deserved,” he continued.“Bremen were always dangerous. The goal we conceded at 3-3 was a little unnecessary but that’s all part of the sport – as are illnesses for our players in February.”
Not many people wish to raise a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. Diane Lohrey is no different. But when she and her husband adopted three children, all later diagnosed with an FASD, they accepted the hardships and the rewards.Download AudioWhen you walk into the Lohrey household, kids seem to materialize out of thin air.“We have five of our own and one foster, so six kids right now,” says the mom, Diane Lohrey.The Lohrey family. From left to right: Elena, Kylie, John, Kristyanna, Diane (holding a foster child) and Emilyanne. Elena, Kylie and Kristyanna have all been diagnosed with FASD. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Two are biological, three are adopted and the foster child is through the state Office of Children’s Services.“And they just called us a few minutes ago to see if we would take an 8-year-old boy, but we have no room right now,” Lohrey says.They’ve already converted their garage into a comfortable bedroom. At least a dozen foster children have passed through the four-bedroom house since 2005, staying anywhere from one night to 18 months.The Lohreys’ first adoption was Elena from Russia in 2004.“Within two days, I knew something was wrong,” she says.Elena was 21 months old. Lohrey says she was different than the other Russian infants getting adopted.“She would stare at things. She didn’t know how to play with toys. She would play with a little piece of lint more than she would a toy,” Lohrey explains.Years later, the Lohreys adopted biological sisters Kylie and Kristyanna from Juneau through OCS.They receive a stipend from the state for the two girls, who are now ages 5 and 6, and any foster children that pass through. Lohrey is a stay-at-home mom and her husband is a highway engineer.Elena Lohrey, 12, looks at pictures from an FASD Family Camp her family attended in Arizona earlier this summer. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)All three adopted kids were diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders at the FASD clinic in Juneau. Medical professionals at the clinic require some kind of evidence that the biological mother drank during pregnancy in order to do the diagnosis.That was hard for Lohrey. She pleaded with Kylie and Kristyanna’s biological mom, “‘Go to OCS and write down that you drank or that you drank before you knew you were pregnant. That is the greatest gift you can give these children,’ and she did it,” says Lohrey, crying.Emilyanne, 21, is one of Lohrey’s biological children. She says the diagnosis opens the doors for getting help, “and for, like, other people to understand, they’re not just bad kids. There’s a logical explanation for why they are the way they are, and how to give more ideas how to help them and not discard them like trash.”FASD is an umbrella term that’s used to describe a range of disabilities, minor to severe. Lohrey says each of her three adopted kids falls in different areas. Issues include short attention spans, disorganization and being overly trusting. One of her kids has a tendency to lie and steal.Elena, who’s also been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, doesn’t communicate her own needs.“She won’t voluntarily say, ‘I need something,’ or ‘I need help,’ or ‘I’m lost.’ So one of the things they told us is that she might need long-term care, that she might not be able to live on her own. And that was like – that hurt,” Lohrey says.The Lohreys converted the garage into a bedroom that Kristyanna, 6, and Kylie, 5, share. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)It’s tough to accept that your child has a lifetime disability for which there’s no cure, Lohrey says. In most cases, you can’t tell by looking that someone has an FASD.“A lot of times, you’re out in the community and your kids are doing something stupid and you’re embarrassed and some people will say really rude things to you, like ‘You need to control your child,’ and you’re like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m doing the best I can. You have no idea.’ And sometimes I would love to wear a shirt that says, ‘My child has FASD. Don’t judge us,’” Lohrey says.The Lohreys did not set out to adopt three kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.“And there are days when I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish I had never adopted.’ I think that’s with your typical family, too. I think there are days where parents say, ‘I wish I didn’t have any kids.’ I think that’s normal,” Lohrey says.She admits she may say it more than other parents, but there are times when she can’t imagine not adopting.“Each little child that you adopt, each little child that you foster, hopefully you’re giving them something that will make this world a better place and better understanding and teach more empathy,” Lohrey says.Lohrey sometimes blames the biological parents, but she knows that’s pointless. She says you can’t change the past. You can only focus on the here and now, and the future.
New Delhi: A 12-year-old boy died after he was bitten by a snake in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony area, police said on Saturday. According to a senior police official, the boy has been identified as Deepak Kumar, a resident of Safeda jhuggi cluster in the area. “The incident took place on Friday night when Deepak was sleeping at his house. He was taken to the Hedgewar hospital by his parents,” said the police official. “The hospital called us and informed about the incident at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday morning. A post-mortem was conducted at Sabzi Mandi mortuary and body was handed over to the family,” he said.
One might wonder what can be so exciting or inspiring about a mathematician’s life, as the makers of Super 30 chose to make Anand Kumar’s biopic. However, after watching the movie, one will realise what miracle true dedication and determination can do.STORYLINEAnand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan), son of a postman in Bihar, is known for his extra-ordinary knowledge of mathematics. With dreams of pursuing PHD from Cambridge University, Anand sends them solution of a mathematical problem that was never solved before. Impressed by his ability, Anand finally gets invited to be a part of his dream institute.However, owing to their financial crisis, and no help from local ministers, Anand gets bound to let go his dream. Things turn worse for him when his highly supportive father passes away, and responsibility of the whole family comes on his head.Shattered and with no hope from life, Anand starts selling papad across the streets of the city to earn bread and butter for his mother and younger brother. However, his fate changes one day when an influential man Lallan Singh (Aditya Shrivastava), who knows Anand’s ability, offers him to join his coaching institute as a teacher.Using Anand’s expertise and local leader’s (Pankaj Tripathi ) influence, Lallan starts earning in crores by assuring IIT entrance for the kids belonging from well-to-do families. Even Anand starts making huge bucks, and his family is out of any financial distress. With sudden flow of money, his girlfriend’s (Mrunal Thakur) rich father also agrees to their relationship. Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 stillPR HandoutHowever, Anand soon realises how he has become part of the “education mafia”, and how he got distracted from his belief that states “everyone has right to education”. He then leaves everything behind, and starts his own free coaching institute exclusively for kids who cannot afford education.Here starts Anand’s biggest challenge as he faces not just severe financial dearth, but also life threatening attacks from his rivals. How and in what circumstances, the teacher takes his students to the destination marks the life of the story. Rating Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESHrithik is superb all through the film. All the expressions – from being elated for getting invitation from Cambridge University to facing severe hopelessness, Hrithik showcases all the emotions brilliantly. The transition from being childish college kid to becoming an inspiring teacher, he does full justice with the character.The kids who play Anand’s students also add power to the plot with their expressions. Aditya Shrivastava and Pankaj Tripathi as antagonists do not just show their wickedness, but also add much humour to the plot.Other supporting cast including Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Nandish Singh among others also did a good job. Super 30 Super 30 movie reviewTwitter Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTOverall, Super 30 is a well-made entertaining and inspiring film. Hrithik delivers one of his best performances, and the story is highly engaging. This one deserves to be watched. Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESSuper 30 is blessed with some fine performances and a gripping plot. The movie never turns dull, and keeps you engaged all the way. The story is highly inspiring and at the same time entertaining.The movie has a strong message, and exposes the dark reality of the big business running around in the name of education. There are not many songs to distract you from the plot. Super 30 stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESThe movie does not have many dialogues that make the expected impact. A few of the sequences may appear little too unrealistic, but that is a debatable thing.
Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers One of the 100-plus roving robots that deliver food across the Berkeley, Calif., area last week caught fire on the UC Berkeley campusStudents were understandably upset: That’s one fewer bot available to help stave off 2 a.m. study-break cravings.“One of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor flames,” manufacturer Kiwi wrote in a blog post. “A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher.AdChoices广告Videos shared to Facebook’s Overheard at UC Berkeley page corroborate the company’s story.“Garnering more than 300 reactions and more than 90 comments within an hour of uploading, the video of the robot in flames made waves on the page,” according to Daily Californian city news editor Sophia Brown-Heidenreich. “Students have called for a moment of silence, suggesting finals next week may have finally gotten the robot, as well.”The Berkeley Fire Department, meanwhile, secured the scene, dousing the android with foam to ensure there was no risk of re-ignition.On the plus side, this is not a sign of the coming robot apocalypse.Kiwi chalked the incident up to human error: Someone replaced a functioning battery with a defective one.“This caused an exceedingly rare occurrence of the battery experiencing thermal runaway,” the blog post said. “To ensure this will not happen again, Kiwi has put in custom software that will rigorously monitor the state of each battery.“We took this issue very seriously,” the firm continued. “We promptly pulled all of our robots from operations, suspending our service until we were able to investigate the root cause.”Those orders already en route were delivered by hand.Iatsenia assured The Daily Californian that this particular KiwiBot was not delivering a meal when it caught fire.Phew.More on Geek.com:Postmates’ New Adorable Robot Will Bring You DeliveriesStarship Launches Autonomous Ground Delivery Service in UKHey, Dummy: Don’t Bite a Smartphone Battery!
Delivered fresh from The Netherlands, the Spinifex Orchestra were in town recently to rock the Capital. Not adhering to your usual larger-than-life orchestra concept, the four-musician band gave the city a taste of the live music experience. We caught up with them about their India story, performing in Delhi, plans for the future and more. Here are excerpts: Tell us a bit about yourselves. A little history. Where did Spinifex Orchestra start from? Was there an idea behind the conception of a tradition that brought it about? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It all started with a band called Bhedam. A band which consisted of four musicians from The Netherlands and two percussionists from Bangalore. It was way back in 2001 and 2002 that we had collaborated with Indian musicians and it had taught us a lot. We took lessons from Jahanavi Jaiprakash, but it all changed with her sad demise in 2002. That was of the end of Bhedam. But the rest of the orchestra members felt the need of a larger band and thus in 2006, Spinifex was formed. It was a nine-piece band originally. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix We were involved with different projects and that is how Spinifex grew. There were a couple of other bands namely — Tubaband, Indian Spinifex — which we had formed as a part of our crossover with Indian musicians. We finally thought we need to be flexible as a regular orchestra and finally a smaller band with five members were formed. How many members and how long have you performed together?Well it is a five-member band with Tobias Klein on the saxophone, Jasper Stadhoulders on the guitar, Goncalo Almeida on the bass, Philipp Moser on the drums and Gijs Levelt on the trumpet. But Gijs isn’t touring India with us this time and we miss him a lot. We have been playing together for three years now. How has India treated you so far? Is this your first India tour?We all like India very much. It has always been great to come here and perform. Tobias is touring India for the fifth time but it’s the first tour for the others. How has Delhi treated you?This place (India Habitat Centre) is unlike other places I have seen in India before. I had been to Khan Market the last time I toured India and that place was quite impressive. Delhi has always been warm to us and has shown tremendous support throughout. What sort of audience and feedback are you expecting from Delhi?(Laughs) Well you saw that! People who enjoy live music and want to experience it first hand.What plans for 2013 and what plans post Delhi? We are recording next week in Amsterdam. We’ll be touring Portugal in July. Various tours and events are lined up in The Netherlands after that.Do you find takers in this age of electronic dance music and pop? People are always curious to hear new things and that is always going to be the case. There are audiences who prefer to experience live music.Do people need to be made more aware about orchestra music?People should be made aware about live music. The culture is picking up fast. Experiencing live music is very important in the rapidly evolving music environment. Has there been a shift in the trend of how orchestras were perceived earlier and nowadays?Not really, if you ask me. There is no distinction between orchestra music and music with singing.