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Former military base lands returned to Treaty 1 Nations

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Kapyong Barracks has finally been returned to Treaty 1 First Nations.On Friday officials from Canada and seven First Nations came together at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg to sign the final transfer of the former military base.“The promise of tomorrow with Kapyong is upon us,” said Chief Dennis Meeches, a spokesperson for the Treaty 1 Nations. “We have, I think, so much to offer and we’ve always given our hearts, our soul to Canada.”The fate of the 64-hectare property has been in limbo for 17 years, since it was closed down in 2004.Canada wanted to sell the land but Meeches and others fought to have it returned to First Nations through the Treaty Land Entitlement.Federal cabinet minister Jim Carr, a Manitoba MP, attended Friday’s signing.“This historic agreement is a result of close collaboration among all of us, and we know nation to nation negotiations can sometimes take time to get right but we understand their significance,” he said.Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief Deborah Smith said the agreement will provide opportunities for her community.“Today signifies, for me, economic reconciliation,” she said.Nearly 70 per cent of the land will be transferred to Treaty 1 and turned into an urban reserve.“Within the next five to 15 to 20 years we’ll probably see well up to two billion dollars worth of investment, over 2,000 jobs created, opportunities for not only Treaty 1 but other Indigenous people across Manitoba and this country,” said Meeches.The reserve will include commercial development, housing, a sports centre and a war museum.bhobson@aptn@bhobs22last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi explains what it means to be a good brother

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who are on the campaign trail for the Lok Sabha polls, met each other at the Kanpur airport in Uttar Pradesh and shared a few light-hearted moments. Posting a video of their meeting on Facebook, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “Was nice meeting Priyanka at Kanpur Airport! We’re headed to different meetings in UP.” “Let me tell you what it means be a good brother. What it means is that I am doing these massive long flights and I am going in a little helicopter squeezed up. And she is doing short flights and going in a big helicopter,” he says in the video, with Priyanka Gandhi laughing and saying “that is not true”. But, I love her, the Congress chief added. The two also posed for photographs with pilots and the airport ground staff. While Rahul Gandhi was in Raebareli and Amethi on Saturday, Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi was in Unnao and Barabanki.last_img read more

AAP or Congress did Muslim vote split

first_imgNew Delhi: Keeping BJP away from power is what both Congress and Aam Admi Party have been promising while convincing the Muslim population across the Capital. However, a deeper look at many of the majority Muslim population areas clearly indicates a division of votes between AAP and Congress. Voters in areas like Zakir Nagar, Batla House, Okhla Vihar, Noor nagar, Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal in the East Delhi gave a mixed response when it came to choice between the candidates from AAP and Congress. The voters in areas like Seelampur, Jafrabad, Maujpur, Mustafabad in North East Delhi also gave mixed reactions when it came to vote between the two parties which are seen as a aletrnative to BJP. “Though Atishi is a good candidate but we have to see who can defeat BJP in a longer run, Congress is a comparitively old and experinced party. So when it comes to voting for member of Parliament the choice is clear,” says an Okhla Vihar voter who did not wish to be named. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn East Delhi AAP’s Atishi is seen into a tough fight between BJP’s Gautam Gambhir and Congress Arvinder Singh Lovely. However, Lovely might not have a cake walk in the Muslim majority areas given his short stay with BJP earlier. “How can Arvinder Singh Lovely be trusted, had the Congress fielded some other candidate fom East Delhi other than him things would have been different. The span of his stay doesn’t matter, what matters is he went to BJP and returned,” says another voter from East Delhi. In North east Delhi, sources say Shiela Dikshit might reep the benefit being an symbol of development of Delhi and an experinced politician than her conterparts BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey. Though people do believe that if an allianace between the two parties AAP and Congress would have taken place things would have been different and BJP would have come into a tough situation.last_img read more

Human Rights Watch Urges Spain To Halt Deportations to Morocco

Rabat – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Spain to immediately stop summary deportations of migrants to Morocco from Melilla, and “investigate evidence that Guardia Civil officers beat migrants at the border fence.”Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, said that Spain’s right to secure its borders “doesn’t give it carte blanche to abuse migrants.”Benjamin Ward called upon the Spanish government in Madrid and local authorities to stop what he described “illegal pushbacks.” HRW said that returning migrants to Morocco without due process of law could put lives at risk. “Spain should stop these illegal pushbacks without delay.”Benjamin Ward also urged Spain to “take action against any Guardia Civil officers who use excessive force against migrants.”HRW’s call to Spain comes few days after over 1300 Sub-Saharan migrants stormed the six-meter-high triple fence that separates Morocco and Melilla.HRW said that it received a video footage from a journalist that proves that migrants were beaten on the Spanish territory, inside the border by uniformed officers.For that reason, HRW called on Spain to ensure that migrants are treated humanely on Spanish territory, and investigate evidence that Guardia Civil officers beat migrants at the border fence.“The Spanish authorities should conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations of excessive use of force by Guardia Civil officers and hold anyone found responsible to account,” Ward said. read more

Asian Development Bank joins UN agency in fighting HIVAIDS in AsiaPacific

According to the ADB, it will also sign an agreement today with the Government of Sweden to set up an international trust fund at the Bank, with Sweden donating the first $14.3 million.At the signing Monday of the memorandum of understanding between the ADB and UNAIDS, the agency’s chief Peter Piot said, “As AIDS becomes increasingly part of our lives, the response to the epidemic should be part of the core business of every institution dedicated to poverty alleviation and economic and social development. In Asia and the Pacific ADB is stepping up to the responsibility and taking a leading role.”ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda called AIDS “a human tragedy and a real and growing threat to the economic prosperity of the Asia and Pacific region,” with an average of 5.6 million people being impoverished by the disease every year until 2015 in just four of the regional member countries.By 2015 Governments are to give their assessment at the UN of how far they have gone in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing extreme poverty, universalizing basic education, combating major communicable disease, promoting gender equality, improving maternal and child health, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for socio-economic development.AIDS would negate a portion of the poverty reduction efforts in these countries, Mr. Kuroda said.”As a broad-based development institution focused on poverty alleviation, ADB cannot ignore this threat, nor can we simply leave it to others to address,” he said.The ADB has approved the allocation of 2 per cent of the Asian Development Fund’s resources, or $140 million, as grants to fight communicable diseases in the region, especially HIV/AIDS.Meanwhile, the Steering Committee of the 33-member Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS and Development (APLF) met last week in Papua New Guinea, currently with the highest HIV prevalence in the Pacific of 0.6 per cent, or 16,000 adults, UNAIDS said.The two-day meeting resolved to increase the focus on the challenges from the disease through individual and collective action. read more

SMMT announces full agenda for Open Forum event

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has today, announced the plenary agenda for the next instalment of Open Forum events, taking place on Wednesday 14 March in Northampton.Held in Northampton Saints Rugby Club, the free-to-attend event will focus on new growth and investment opportunities available to the UK’s automotive supply chain, following the surge of investment announcements made by global vehicle manufacturers in 2011.Building on the success of last year’s Open Forum events, the first session will explore the activities undertaken by the Automotive Council to strengthen the UK’s automotive supply base. Leading the presentations will be Richard Parry Jones, Automotive Council Co-Chair and Jon Beasley of GKN on behalf of the Automotive Council’s Technology Group.Speakers will also include Charlotte Barker, Head of Operations for Aisin Europe (UK) who will discuss the company’s plans to grow within the UK market over the next few years and its future investment strategy. Simon Moger, Purchasing Manager of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will outline the emerging opportunities for UK suppliers following JLR’s recently announced £355 million investment into a new facility in the Midlands to manufacture low emission engines.“In 2011, global vehicle manufacturers committed in excess of £4 billion to UK automotive through renewed facilities and new model programmes, providing a fresh wave of business and growth opportunities at every level of the UK supply chain,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “SMMT’s Open Forum event not only highlights the prospects awaiting UK-based suppliers but also provides a platform to discuss and facilitate the support that the automotive supply chain will need to ensure that it can access these exciting opportunities.”Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place at the SMMT Open Forum on 14 March 2012, contact Claire Balch on cbalch@smmt.co.uk or 020 7344 1636.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock Media Clips for Tuesday Aug 15

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Girl Power Camp with the girls in focus: Three recent Brock hockey players, through a collaboration between the University and the Färjestad BK’s hockey alliance, spent the weekend coaching young female players in Sweden. A story about the partnership appeared in Filipstads Tidning. The English translation of the story is available here.First warm-blooded lizards switch on mystery heat source at will: Brock Biological Sciences Professor Glenn Tattersall is quoted in an article on True Viral News speaking about the evolution of warm-bloodedness, or endothermy, and its connection to the first warm-blooded lizard, the tegu.Second SEC team falls to Canadian powerhouse Carleton: The Brock Badgers men’s basketball team received a mention on NBCSports as players prepare to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores Wednesday, Aug. 16 during a training camp in the U.S. Virgin Islands.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Carmelo Anthonys Contract Could Doom the Knicks to Mediocrity

The New York Knicks have won 55 percent of their games since Carmelo Anthony joined the team in 2011 — a rate that equates to a 45-37 record over a regular season and a first-round exit from the playoffs.Get ready for more of the same. It’s not that Anthony is a bad player. He’s a very good player — perhaps even an underappreciated player, as my Grantland colleague Bill Simmons notes. He’s improved some problematic aspects of his game, like 3-point shooting, since arriving in New York.But Anthony’s new contract — reported to be in the range of $125 million over five seasons — will pay him every penny he’s worth. NBA teams win championships by getting players at discounts instead — and Anthony probably won’t qualify. Let’s take a deeper look at the case.Evaluating an NBA player’s contract requires three things: some measure of his basketball value, a way to translate back and forth between basketball value and the economics of his contract, and a system for projecting how his value will change as he ages.For our overall measure of basketball value, I’ll be using statistical plus-minus (SPM), a system designed by my FiveThirtyEight colleague Neil Paine. This is the same metric I used to (hypothetically) place LeBron James on different clubs and see how many wins his new team was projected to produce. SPM is usually denominated in points — how much having a player in your lineup changes a team’s scoring margin per 100 possessions — but I’ve translated it to a wins above replacement (WAR) basis instead.SPM and other plus-minus metrics take a middle ground in valuing shot creation. That’s important for Anthony, an extremely high-volume shooter whose efficiency is only slightly better than average. Other metrics either give a player no credit for taking shots or considerably too much credit for taking mediocre ones.I don’t want to spend too much time in the weeds of the shot-creation debate — but it’s too important to gloss over in Anthony’s case. My read of the evidence is that we ought to give a fair amount of credit to this skill. Anthony can draw double-teams and create better opportunities for his teammates, who become more efficient shooters with him on the floor — an effect we’ve also observed for James. He can also take tough shots when his team doesn’t have many alternatives — last season, 42 percent of Anthony’s field goal attempts came with eight or fewer seconds on the shot clock compared to a league average of 31 percent.1And 17 percent came with four or fewer seconds compared to a league average of 11 percent. In those situations, shooting efficiency drops drastically — but Anthony’s numbers held up well, and he was bailing out his team from a desperation attempt or a shot-clock violation.2SPM captures this because its estimates of player value are calibrated based on how well a team performs overall with or without the player on the floor — including residual value from helping teammates be more efficient.Translating between wins and player salaries is another challenge. I’ve done it a lot in the past — but I’m now convinced I was doing it wrong. A lot of NBA advanced metrics use a zero-win baseline, which implies that if you filled a team with replacement-level players — guys who could be had at the league-minimum salary — it would go 0-82. But it wouldn’t; if you’d fielded a roster last year with actual league-minimum players, that team would have gone about 16-66 instead.This makes a bigger difference than you might think. Last year, the average NBA team had a payroll of about $67 million and went 41-41. Divide $67 million by 41 wins, and you get a valuation of about $1.6 million per win.But we should be dividing $55 million by 25 wins instead, which comes out to $2.2 million per win. Where do these numbers come from? The $55 million represents the money a team spends above and beyond the minimum contracts for a 12-man roster,3I calculate this by subtracting $12 million — $1 million for each player on a 12-man roster — from $67 million. But there are two complications: First, the league-minimum salary varies depending on a player’s experience. One million dollars is a reasonable round figure. Second and more vexing: The NBA has a salary floor in addition to a salary cap. However, it’s a mistake to assume that a team shouldn’t care about how it reaches the salary floor. Even if it’s happy to give up on its season, it can trade for players who have negative value — like a player on the final year of a $15 million-per-season contract who is no better than a $1 million league-minimum player — and in exchange also pick up future assets, such as draft picks from a team desperate to clear cap space. and 25 is the number of wins it takes to go from replacement-level (16 wins) to league average (41).I nudged this $2.2 million number upward further for two reasons. First, the $2.2 million estimate includes players still on rookie-scale contracts, who generally make considerably less than their market rate. Excluding them gets us to a valuation of about $2.6 million per win for free agents. Second, the figure is out of date — the salary cap is increasing by 7.5 percent next season. Assuming player salaries will rise at the same rate, that produces a price of $2.8 million per win in this summer’s free-agent market.4This doesn’t imply that the average player is more valuable than when I’d figured the price of a win at $2 million instead. The reason is that previously we’d been crediting a player with about 2.5 wins — or $5 million in contract value — just for showing up and starting 82 games at replacement level. If we’re only spending $1 million on replacement-level players instead, that leaves us with quite a bit more money to allocate to the stars.The last task is to project Anthony’s performance over his next five seasons. There are a lot of quick ways to do this if you’re indifferent to whether the aging curve for a league-average player resembles the one for a star player. But here we’re interested in a star.So I built something resembling a lo-fi version of PECOTA, the baseball projection system I designed many years ago, which uses comparable players to project an athlete’s career path. Other people have attempted and refined this approach in the NBA, and my version is a work in progress. But it compares players on the basis of a number of attributes: height, weight, position, minutes played and minutes per game, true shooting percentage, statistical plus-minus — and points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and turnovers per 36 minutes played. (Not all components are weighted equally.)5SPM is triply weighted; points, rebounds, assists and true shooting percentage are doubly weighted; and minutes, minutes per game, steals, blocks and turnovers are half-weighted.. Comparables must be of the same age, so Anthony, who was 29 for most of last season, is compared against historical players in their age 29 seasons.There isn’t as much choice as in baseball. There are five starters per NBA team rather than nine in Major League Baseball, and I’m using NBA data only from the late 1970s forward rather than the 1940s, as PECOTA did. Furthermore, Anthony is something of an oddball player, being a hybrid between a “big” and a “wing.” But these were the top 10 names the system came up with:Dirk NowitzkiAlex EnglishVince CarterPaul PierceTom ChambersDominique WilkinsSean KempJulius ErvingKobe BryantBob LanierSome of these work better than others, but I was fascinated to see Nowitzki in the No. 1 slot after reading the Simmons article that compared Dirk and Melo. Nowitzki was the better player, but the statistical differences were subtle. Anthony, at age 29, had 25.5 points per 36 minutes along with 7.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists; he shot 45 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 85 percent on free-throws. Nowitzki, at the same age, has 24.5 points per 36 minutes, 8.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shooting numbers of 48/36/88. The difference amounts to about one rebound a game, one assist every other game, two field goal attempts a game, and one shot every two or three games that Nowitzki makes but Anthony misses.Otherwise, Anthony’s list produces a lot of throwback players — English, Wilkins. In some ways, he fits that hero-ball aesthetic: lots of midrange jumpers (another thing he has in common with Nowitzki). Very high shooting volumes. Good-but-not-great efficiency. Inconsistent defense.The point is not to argue over whether Nowitzki or Wilkins is the better comp for Anthony — further refinements to the method might change the ordering and remove some of the more dubious names from Anthony’s list (like Patrick Ewing, Melo’s No. 16 comp). But we can get a basic sense for how high-volume scorers (who otherwise aren’t grossly dissimilar to Anthony) held up as they entered their 30s. That’s what’s reflected in the chart below, which lists each player’s WAR from age 27 through 34.6In calculating win shares, seasons shortened by labor stoppages are prorated to 82 games. Lanier and Dan Issel do not have values listed for their age 27 seasons because my database does not go back that far. Dwyane Wade does not have his value listed for his age 33 and 34 seasons because he hasn’t played them yet and isn’t included in the averages for those years. The average Carmelo comparable averaged about 11 wins per season from age 27 through 29. But he declined to nine wins in his age 30 season and then lost about one more win in every subsequent year.It isn’t a total disaster: Some comparables, such as Kemp and Adrian Dantley, had abrupt ends to their careers, but others like Nowitzki and Paul Pierce held most of their value through their mid-30s. All of these guys were starting from a high baseline, so they could lose some value and still be worthwhile players. But the overall trend is uniform: All but two of Anthony’s comparables were more valuable at age 29 than at age 32.We can value Anthony’s contract by applying our wins-to-dollars translation.7I assume further leaguewide salary inflation of 3 percent per year after next season and add $1 million to Anthony’s value in each season to represent the minimum salary that any team would be obligated to spend on any player. I’ve adjusted his projection slightly upward because he was slightly better than his average comparable in his age 29 season.8More precisely, I took a weighted average of Anthony’s WAR total for his past three seasons, using (as Simple Projection System does) a weight of six for the most recent season, three for the second-most recent and one for the third-most recent. Then I compared it against the weighted average for Anthony’s comparable players. Anthony’s weighted average was about eight-tenths of a win higher than for the average comparable, so I adjusted his projections upward by the same amount. It results in an estimate that Anthony is worth about $122 million over the next five years — almost exactly what the Knicks will be paying him.9The year-by-year details of Anthony’s new contract have not been made public. I assumed that he’ll receive the maximum salary increase of 7.5 percent per year. So, what’s the problem? Actually, there are two. One is that Anthony’s value is front-loaded — he projects to be worth about $7 million more than his salary next season. But by age 34 — in the 2018-19 season — he’ll be worth $9 million less than his salary. That’s inconvenient for the Knicks, who will have much more opportunity to improve their roster in the summers of 2015 and 2016 than they do this year.The more fundamental issue is that teams don’t win NBA championships by paying players fairly: They need to sign them for less than they’re worth. To a first approximation,10The complication is that the NBA has a “soft” salary cap, so teams can exploit it by finding loopholes that allow them to exceed it a team of players paid at their market rate will finish at the league average record of 41-41.Could a roster built around Anthony win the championship? Simmons makes the case that it could — in part because of the comparison to Nowitzki, who won one in Dallas.If taken literally, the question is absurd. A team on which Anthony was the best player and every other player on the 12-man roster was just a bit worse than Anthony (a borderline All-Star who complemented Anthony’s skills) would be a prohibitive championship favorite and would probably post a win total somewhere in the 70s. Further, we could argue for hours about whether Anthony would qualify as the best player on some teams that did win the championship, such as the Bad Boys Pistons or the Pistons’ 2003-04 team — or perhaps even last year’s World Champion San Antonio Spurs.It’s also possible to construct plausible championship-caliber lineups for next season on which Anthony would be the best player. For example, consider a team with a starting five of Anthony, Damian Lillard, Danny Green, Paul Millsap and Marc Gasol. For the reserves, we’ll use some actual Knicks: Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Kenyon Martin and Cole Aldrich. That team would project to 63 or 64 wins, according to my system. You could just barely fit it under the salary cap if Anthony agreed to play for $15 million next year instead of somewhere in the $21 million range.That team relies on a number of underpriced assets: Anthony at well under the max; Green for next to nothing; Lillard on his rookie-scale deal. Even with one overpriced player in Smith on the roster, those contracts more than pull their weight.But in practice, it may be easier to build a team around a singular superstar like LeBron. Historically, teams with an MVP-caliber player like James are about three times more likely to win championships than those with mere All-Star starters like Anthony.The reason may be the league’s maximum salary: James is worth something like $45 million per season by this method but will make only about $20 million. Surround James with 11 league-average players, paid at their market rate, and his team would be projected to win about 56 games. Add in one other favorable contract to the mix, and it would be somewhere in the 60-plus win range and a championship front-runner. It isn’t easy to find a LeBron, obviously. But the league’s very best players are so underpaid that getting one of them can be as valuable as signing three or four Lillards or Milsaps or Greens to pretty good deals.That didn’t make this an easy call for the Knicks, who had neither course available. Nor would dropping Anthony have provided for a clear path forward.11Had the Knicks let Anthony go, they would have adopted a higher-variance strategy: perhaps more of a chance to build a championship contender four or five years from now, but also more of a chance to strike out on free agents and draft picks, and to be mired in the 30-something win range for several seasons. In Sacramento or Milwaukee, that risk might make sense. In New York, where a 43-39 Carmelo team still figures to sell out every game at Madison Square Garden, perhaps not. In poker, good players put their opponents in positions where all of their options are equally bad — and bad poker players put themselves in those positions. The Knicks are suffering for past sins: the assets they gave up for Anthony in 2011 when they could have signed him as a free agent; the horrible deal given out to Amar’e Stoudemire; the inexplicable trade for Andrea Bargnani. Jimmy Dolan played a bad hand, and he’s paying the price. read more

Head teacher struck off after failing to alert authorities about girl who

Shanay Walker’s aunt Kay-Ann Morris was jailed for eight years for child cruelty following her deathCredit:Newsteam /South West News Service  Shanay Walker’s grandmother, Juanila Smikle, was jailed for four years for child crueltyCredit:Nottingham Post / BPM Media /Nottingham Post / BPM Media  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Shanay Walker's grandmother, Juanila Smikle, was jailed for four years for child cruelty Shanay Walker's aunt Kay-Ann Morris was jailed for eight years for child cruelty following her death A headteacher has been struck off for failing to alert authorities to concerns surrounding a seven-year-old girl who was later beaten to death by her family.Shanay Walker died after being subjected to years of harrowing abuse at the hands of her aunt, Kay-Ann Morris, and grandmother Juanila Smikle, who were jailed for eight and four years respectively for child cruelty in 2015 – a year after her death. A judge described the abuse as “just about the worst case of child cruelty it is possible to imagine”.Shanay, who was placed in her aunt’s care in 2012 after her mother suffered post-natal depression, was shoved into a wall if she “stole” water, dragged by her hair and was also made to sleep on urine-soaked bedding if she wet herself. The little girl was found with 50 separate injuries when she died of a brain bleed.A misconduct panel found Peter Smalley, of Southglade Primary School, where she was a pupil, oversaw “widespread confusion” and “repeated failures”. Concerns logged by her class teacher just 13 days before she died were never acted upon, the panel heard.Today, her former headteacher at Southglade Primary School, Nottingham, Peter Smalley, 44, was banned from teaching. A serious case review found, in the years leading up to her death, bruising and injuries were explained away by Morris as accidental or the result of self-harm. Morris was later cleared of murder but jailed for child cruelty along with Smikle. Following a professional conduct panel outcome, conducted by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), it found that Smalley, who was in charge at the school from September 2013 to 2017, committed unacceptable professional conduct. He has been struck off the teaching register and cannot reapply for at least five years. The disciplinary hearing, in Coventry, West Midlands, was told how staff were left untrained in child protection, with only one basic session held from some teachers. As a result, staff were unclear on how to raise safeguarding concerns.In evidence to the panel, Smalley said: “I did not understand my responsibilities as head teacher.”I hold my hands up. I should have put safeguarding at the front of my thinking. I was passive.”Mr Smalley also admitted helping to “recreate” a lost referral form for Shanay weeks after her death – an action described as “self-serving” by a coroner – but was cleared of doing this dishonestly.In its findings, the TRA panel said: “Good safeguarding is a key precept for any head teacher. Mr Smalley completely failed in his execution of it as head teacher at the school.”It added the “extensive systemic failures” meant chances to intervene in Shanay’s case were missed. Gail Goodman, panel chair, said: “The panel’s findings against Mr Smalley involved very serious failings in relation to the key leadership role of safeguarding over a significant period of time. There is, therefore, a strong public interest consideration in respect of the protection of pupils.”The panel has reminded itself that the safeguarding failures that Mr Smalley oversaw were systemic and in place for a significant period of time.”Mr Smalley repeatedly ignored obvious warning signs and thus missed numerous opportunities to act on those risk factors.”If it had not been for those extensive systemic failures in Mr Smalley’s management of safeguarding issues the chance to intervene in Pupil X’s case would have been greatly increased. Pupil X would have been identified as high risk at a much earlier stage.”In total, 10 individual safeguarding referrals were made about Shanay by other members of staff at the school, but the concerns surrounding the child’s safety were never passed on to the relevant authorities. read more

THW Kiel beat FC Barcelona Lassa in warmup clash at Lanxess Arena

Not more than 6.500 fans witnessed an early derby match of THW Kiel and FC Barcelona Lassa in preparation period at Lanxess Arena in Cologne. The place famous for VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 which making from the city on Rhein the most desired handball place in the world, will stay in good memory of “Zebras” who won 35:29 (18:14).THW Kiel: Landin (ab 31. Min./7 saves), Wolff (1.-30., 10/2 saves); Firnhaber (3), Weinhold (3), Dissinger (1), Ekberg (2/1), Zeitz (1), Frend Öfors (2), Rahmel (3), Dahmke (5), Zarabec (3/1), Vujin (4), Bilyk (5), Nilsson (2)FC Barcelona: Perez de Vargas (1.-30., 5 saves, 1 goal), Ristovski (ab 31., 4 saves); Tomas (5), Entrerrios (2), Sorhaindo, Arino, Rivera (4/2), N’Guessan (3), Syprzak, Hernandez, Dolenec (1/1), Mem (7), Morros, Lenne (3/1), Jallouz (2), Gomez (1/1) ← Previous Story STRUGA 2017: Besiktas Mogaz and Chartres for the trophy Next Story → 11 YEARS WITH SG FLENSBURG: Thomas Mogensen goes to Skjern read more

New ferry route to link all of Greeces Ionian islands

first_imgGreece is expanding its transport network with a new ferry route linking the Ionian islands.It is the first time the islands will have a connecting service, which will be introduced on 1 May and will run through the summer right up until 31 October.The news was announced this week by Greece’s Minister of Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Panagiotis Kouroumblis.“The linking of the Ionian islands will be a new reality that will put an end to the isolation between islands belonging to the same region,” he said.The new ferry journey will link Corfu with Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaca, Cephallonia and Zakynthos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and vice versa on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.The service will be run on a 30-metre long vessel, which can carry up to 206 passengers. All routes will be carried out via passenger ship High Speed Azimut Joy Cruises.The ferry connection of the Ionian Islands had been a demand of locals and professionals for years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch Florida Fishermen Swim Alongside 30Foot Whale Shark

first_imgStay on target In a Facebook post, Winters said he had hoped there would be cobia — scavenger fish that follow larger animals — beneath the whale shark.“When we realized there wasn’t we decided to swim and hang out with him for a while,” he told FOX 13. “It was truly a gift to be able to see and experience something like that.”The fishermen said they swam alongside the massive whale shark for nearly and hour, and were even able to pet it.(Photo Credit: Ryan Winters / Facebook)They said their boat was a safe distance away from the animal.The whale shark is the largest shark, and largest of any fishes alive today, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Whale sharks feed on plankton and travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce.Whale sharks can weigh as much as 11 tons and measure as long as 40 feet long. Like human fingerprints, whale sharks have a unique pattern of spots which allow individual sharks to be identified.More on Geek.com:Watch: Great White Shark Pops Out of Water, Shocks NJ FishermenTiger Shark With Teeth, Stomach Removed Found on South Carolina BeachBaby Tiger Sharks Are Eating Backyard Birds, Study Finds Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida center_img A spearfishing trip turned into an incredible underwater adventure of a lifetime when fishermen spotted a whale shark, measuring up to 30 feet long, over the weekend.Ryan Winters told FOX 13 Tampa he was out spearfishing with a friend about 30 miles off the coast of Tampa Bay, Florida when they saw the whale shark. Winters and his friend both dove into the water, about 80 feet deep, to get a closer look at the “gentle giant” — and record the encounter on video.last_img read more

Vikings head office says WrestleMania coming to Minnesota

first_img Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensive Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Video has surfaced from BringMeTheNews.com of Minnesota Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley letting slip in an interview on Wednesday that WrestleMania would be coming to the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The stadium is currently under construction and is slated to open in 2017.Bagley said the following:“Before the building is even open we have already secured the Super Bowl in 2018, the NCAA basketball Final Four in 2019, we are a finalist and seem to be in a pretty good position to secure the college football playoffs, the BCS championship game, you know we’ve got WrestleMania coming.”WWE has not confirmed this as of this writing. You can view the video by clicking here.Bringmethenews.com: Has a Vikings exec let it slip that WrestleMania is coming to Minneapolis?Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJulian Edelman Launches Youtube ChannelVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:20/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:15 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Pinterest Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Antonio Brown Accused Of Rape In Lawsuit, Receiver Denies Allegations Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore Bullied Boy Gets His T-Shirt Design Turned Into Official Vols Merch Facebook Julian Edelman WhatsApp Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 last_img read more

Flower Hill Kindness Initiative and Child Hunger Sucks Campaign

first_imgFlower Hill Kindness Initiative and Child Hunger Sucks Campaign Allie Wagner Posted: May 15, 2018 Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAllie Wagner visited the Growing Kindness InSunshine Initiative at Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. She spoke with managing partner of Flower Hill about the business’s new kindness initiative and adorable and fierce Ever Madson about her Child Hunger Sucks campaign.Visit Ever’s website: https://childhungersucks.com/ May 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

US Supreme Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But the justices did say lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval, in advance, for election changes.Chief Justice John Roberts said for the conservative majority that Congress “may draft another formula based on current conditions.”That task eluded Congress in 2006 when lawmakers overwhelmingly renewed the advance approval requirement with no changes in which states and local jurisdictions were covered, and Congress did nothing in response to a high court ruling in a similar challenge in 2009 in which the justices raised many of the same concerns.“The coverage formula that Congress reauthorized in 2006 ignores these developments, keeping the focus on decades-old data relevant to decades-old problems, rather than current data reflecting current needs,” Roberts said.last_img read more

23 of millennials do not know how much their employer pays into

first_imgUnder a quarter (23%) of respondents aged between 18 and 34 with a workplace pension do not know how much their employer is paying into their occupational pension, according to research by Aegon.Its survey of 685 adults, including 380 employees who have a workplace pension, also found that 58% of millennial respondents think it is their employer’s responsibility to help them plan for retirement.The research also found:51% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 with a workplace pension are not actively encouraged by their employer to check their occupational pension pot.41% of millennials with workplace pensions are not aware that they receive tax relief on their workplace pension contributions.72% of respondents who have a workplace pension have chosen to invest their pension contributions in the scheme’s default fund.30% of millennial respondents have selected their own investment fund rather than stayed in their scheme’s default option, compared to 20% of 35 to 44 year olds, 15% of 45 to 54 year olds, and 23% of 55 to 64 year olds who have also done this.Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, said: “In simple terms tax relief on pensions contributions is the government topping up an individual’s pension contribution, and it’s effectively a reward for saving. This worrying lack of understanding means that young savers in the workplace might be missing out on some of the benefits a workplace pension can offer if they opt-out or fail to maximise their employer’s pension contribution. Every year that passes in which this young generation doesn’t take advantage of the benefits of tax relief or employer contributions is a year of potential free money and investment growth lost.“As the main route for employees to save for retirement, the workplace is the perfect place to encourage employees to engage with pensions. And the results of our research show that this would be warmly welcomed and needed by most. We’d like to see more employers encouraging their younger employees to get into the habit of saving through their workplace pension.“While auto-enrolment gets people out of the starting blocks, it’s only a small part of the solution to saving for retirement. Employees should be encouraged to build on this to take an active role to grow their retirement savings.”last_img read more

Union Budget 20122013 Agri Customs Duty to be Reduced to 25 Percent

first_imgCarrying forward the initiatives taken for agriculture and agro-processing sectors, the government proposed to reduce basic customs duty from 7.5 percent to 2.5 percent on sugarcane planter, root or tuber crop harvesting machine and rotary tiller and weeder and parts for the manufacture of these.During the presenting the Union Budget 2012-13 in Lok Sabha Friday, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced the decision to reduce basic customs duty from 7.5 percent to 5 percent on specified coffee plantation and processing machinery.The basic customs duty was also reduced on some water soluble fertilizers and liquid fertilizers, other than urea, from 7.5 percent to 5 percent and from 5 percent to 2.5 percent.Giving substantial relief to the fertilizer sector, Mukherjee announced that imports of equipment for initial setting-up or substantial expansion of fertilizer projects are being fully exempted from basic customs duty of 5 percent for a period of three years up to March 31, 2015.last_img read more

UPDATE Student Offered Full Rides To 20 Colleges Chooses Stanford

first_img#stanford2022 pic.twitter.com/2XJcp6jdnd— Micheal Brown (@mbreezy101) April 27, 2018Brown said it was a slow build up of excitement as his acceptances started coming in last November through March. “I never imagined this would happen,” Brown told Houston Public Media, “but I’m really happy about it.” Michael Brown celebrates his acceptance to Stanford. The 17-year-old from Houston, Texas, applied to 20 of the best universities in the US and was admitted to every single one with a full ride — and $260,000 in additional scholarship offers https://t.co/YZZdYtKOB5 pic.twitter.com/nIUB14cYjg— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2018 Brown said he narrowed down his choices to Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt. He ultimately chose Stanford. He attributed his success to the mentors he has had growing up. “Especially looking forward, I think something that’s going to be important to me is like the simple idea of giving back to others the things that have been given to me,” Brown said. Brown wants to major in political science and become a lawyer or politician. He said he wants to help create change in his community, citing the election of President Barack Obama as highly influential.  Lamar High School senior Micheal Brown, 17, said he will attend Stanford University as a member of the graduating class of 2022. Brown made headlines in April after he was accepted to 20 colleges and universities, many of them offering him full scholarships. Sharelast_img read more

Analysis A Green Appointees Harsh Introduction To Texas Election Politics

first_img Share Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneTexas Secretary of State David Whitley, appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott, still must clear the Senate Committee on Nominations and a two-thirds vote in the full Texas Senate.When the appointed chief elections officer of the state of Texas can’t define “voter suppression,” it’s safe to say his appointment is in trouble.David Whitley’s confirmation as secretary of state is in trouble. It’s not just because of that voter suppression business, either: He was in hot soup before he testified at Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Nominations Committee. Almost two weeks ago, his office released a half-baked roster of 95,000 people who registered to vote and were at some point noncitizens. The names of those folks were referred to the attorney general for investigation and possible prosecution. And that exercise fueled political salvos from Republicans cawing about “illegal immigrants” voting in Texas. After all that, the heat was expected.Whitley spent his time in the hot seat trying not to say anything controversial enough to cut into his chances at confirmation — or his chances in any of the three lawsuits filed (to date) against his office for producing a bogus list of voters who shouldn’t be voting.He explained that the list was supposed to be sent to officials overseeing elections in the state’s 254 counties for checking, so that they could sort the names that should be on the voter rolls from those that should not. The list matched the names of people who had identified themselves as noncitizens when applying for driver’s licenses and state IDs at the Texas Department of Public Safety with state voting records. It turns out to be a buggy database.That’s the kind of thing the county people were and are supposed to sort out. But the secretary of state put out a news release announcing the 95,000 names in question and the 58,000 among them who voted. His office referred it to Attorney General Ken Paxton for possible prosecution — before counties had any chance to find out whether anyone on the list had broken any law at all.It included some real humdingers, like an intern working for state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Whitley wouldn’t offer or endorse a specific number but admitted that thousands of the names on his list didn’t belong there and didn’t need to be prosecuted, scolded or removed from the state’s voting rolls.Whitley will find out in a week — on Valentine’s Day, for the sentimental — whether the Senate Nominations Committee thinks his appointment should go to the full Senate. That’ll be a week of closed-door meetings and hallway whisperings as Abbott’s office tries to get 21 of 31 senators to vote for Whitley.That would be difficult enough, just on job performance. It’s worse than that; it’s election law.With Republicans still reeling from a tough 2018 election cycle, and political people in both parties looking down the road to the next big redistricting round in 2021 — the next time the Legislature meets in regular session — the stakes are higher.Voting rights groups and Democrats have been arguing for several years that the state of Texas intentionally discriminates in its voting and election laws and ought to be placed back under federal oversight — which would block changes in law until they’re approved either by the U.S. Department of Justice or the federal courts.Many of them point to Whitley’s list, with the publicity-seeking announcement and the referrals to the state’s top lawyer, as evidence of that.In his own defense, Whitley said he was doing what the law requires, from the request for help from the state police to the delivery of the list to county clerks for cleanup. He said he would include more information in the news release if he had to do it all over again.Under questioning from Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, he admitted that, in retrospect, he might have skipped the referrals to the AG, but said he wanted the AG’s help making sure the voter rolls were accurate. He told another Democrat, Sen. Borris Miles of Houston, that he had conferred with the AG on the wording of the news release because “we wanted to accurately portray the message.” Miles checked him on that. “‘Accurately portray?’” he asked. “Yes,” Whitley replied.The best indication of the difficulty Whitley will have winning a confirmation that will include at least two of the Senate’s Democrats came during brief questioning from state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas. He wanted to know if the publication of the list was designed to discourage former noncitizens and others from voting.“How do you define ‘voter suppression’?” West asked.“I think it’s irrelevant,” Whitely answered.“You’re the secretary of state, sir,” West said. “It is relevant to me if I’m going to vote for your confirmation.“Easy question.”This story was originally published on https://www.texastribune.orglast_img read more