12 Jun

Registrar Implores Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse

first_imgRegistrar Implores Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse CultureApril 20, 2010 RelatedRegistrar Implores Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse RelatedRegistrar Implores Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse Advertisementscenter_img RelatedRegistrar Implores Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Registrar at the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Mrs. Carla Francis Edie, is imploring persons to make a report, once they know or suspect that a child is being abused.She contended that the high number of unreported child abuse cases is resulting in undue suffering for many of the nation’s youngsters, and urged individuals to speak out, even in the face of challenges, which may be deemed intimidating.“Our ‘informer fi dead’ culture, has prevented many persons from coming forward to report child abuse for fear of their lives. So many of our children are still suffering from the cruelty of abuse and many of them are afraid to speak out,” the Registrar lamented.Mrs. Francis Edie was speaking at the official launch of Child Month, at the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston, on April 16. This year’s theme is: ‘All I Want is a Chance to Grow Up’.She noted that since its inception in 2007, the OCR has received over 10,000 reports of child abuse, with over 6,000 of those reports received in 2009 alone. This, she said, was an exponential increase from the 400 reports that were received in the first year of operation, noting that since the start of this year, over 1,600 reports have been received.Further emphasising the importance of reporting child abuse, the Registrar said that when an abused child does not receive the relevant interventions he or she needs to recover, it poses a significant threat to that child’s development and his/her ability to grow into a functional human being.“Child abuse affects a child’s physical health, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, injuries to the brain and even death. Child abuse also affects a child’s emotional development as studies have shown that the immediate emotional effects of abuse and neglect such as isolation, fear and an inability to trust, can translate to lifelong consequences, including low self-esteem, depression, and relationship difficulties,” she noted.Mrs. Francis Edie pointed out that children who have been abused, are more likely to display behavioural problems, including involvement in risky sexual behaviours, truancy, delinquency, low academic achievement, substance abuse, among others. “In support of the theme for Child Month, the Children’s Registry wishes to encourage each and every one of us to give our children the chance to grow up. Let us encourage them to stand up and speak out if they are being abused. Let us build the type of relationship with our children where they feel comfortable to share with us the issues that affect them,” she added.Persons wishing to report any case of child abuse can call toll free at: 1-888- PROTECT (776-8328).Observed annually throughout the month of May, Child Month allows for special attention to be placed on the nation’s children and the public made aware of some of the issues affecting them, and what can be done to help alleviate the problems.last_img read more

12 Jun

Social workers doing Assessment in West Kingston

first_imgRelatedSocial workers doing Assessment in West Kingston RelatedSocial workers doing Assessment in West Kingston FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC), deployed approximately 100 social workers in West Kingston, today (June 1), to conduct a three-day social survey, following the recent operations by the security forces.According to the Permanent Secretary in the Labour Ministry, Alvin McIntosh, the objectives of the investigation is to assess the level of dislocation to families, damage to houses, business and property and loss of income arising from the operations.A number of residents in and around the affected areas are PATH beneficiaries, and as such, the survey will seek to assess how these persons were affected.Social Workers from the Social Development Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security about to embark on their social assessment in West Kingston, today (June 1). The objectives will be to assess the level of dislocation to families and to gather information that will assist the government in providing appropriate support to the residents. The exercise is expected to last for three days.The social workers will be in the West Kingston communities of Denham Town, Tivoli Gardens, Fletchers Land, Hannah Town and other areas. The exercise, which began today, is expected to end on June 3, after which a report will be submitted to the Prime Minister.Mr. McIntosh explained that the information obtained from the survey will be used as a basis by the Government to provide appropriate support to the residents of Western Kingston. RelatedSocial workers doing Assessment in West Kingstoncenter_img Social workers doing Assessment in West Kingston LabourJune 1, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

11 Jun

Officials see furniture and fun as key to Promenade’s future

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentOfficials see furniture and fun as key to Promenade’s future Sep. 04, 2019 at 5:00 amEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsOfficials see furniture and fun as key to Promenade’s futureMadeleine Pauker2 years agodowntown santa monicaDTSMKathleen RawsonLGBTQPride MonthSaMo PRIDEthird street promenade The organization that oversees downtown Santa Monica has spent the last year revamping the Third Street Promenade, making it easier for businesses to open and launching new events.Sales have declined in the city’s downtown core in the past few years as its main shopping destinations, the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, have struggled to adapt to the rise of online retail. In 2018, however, businesses in the area generated $1.2 billion in total taxable sales, a 6.4% increase over the previous year.Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the area’s business improvement district, embarked on several projects over the past year that may continue the upward sales trend into 2019 according to officials.The most transformative of those projects is Promenade 3.0, a long-term plan to draw visitors to the shopping district and invite them to linger. DTSM is reimagining the design of the Promenade and introducing events and marketing strategies, while the city of Santa Monica is changing local regulations and code to attract desired tenants.An early component of Promenade 3.0 launched last November. To test whether offering new amenities in the Promenade’s public space would change how visitors used the space, DTSM placed boldly painted Adirondack chairs, lawn games and pianos on the northernmost block of the Third Street Promenade. The installation was dubbed “The Experiment.”“The Promenade is busy, and because of that flow of traffic down the street, people keep moving. So we started thinking about the idea of stickiness — that we needed to give people invitations to … extend their experience and spend more time in the street,” said deputy chief executive Steven Welliver said at DTSM’s annual meeting Thursday.Of the 27,000 visitors that DTSM surveyed, 83% were happy with the new amenities, he said.Last week, The Experiment spread through the other two blocks of the Promenade, scattering colorful seating, play structures and art installations in front of stores and restaurants. Around the end of the year, Welliver said, DTSM will present a design concept for Promenade 3.0 that is informed by the results of The Experiment.DTSM held its first Pride Month celebration, partnering with the city of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier Corp. and Santa Monica Place to host a citywide Pride celebration called SaMo Pride.The month of June was loaded with family-friendly events that paid tribute to the contributions made by the LGBTQ+ members of the Santa Monica community, said DTSM CEO Kathleen Rawson. DTSM held a centerpiece Pride on the Promenade event June 15, which drew almost 120,000 pedestrian impressions.“It was the first time in six years that DTSM was allowed by the city to produce an event of that size,” Rawson said. “We hope to expand upon this with more large-scale events.”DTSM also addressed two issues that are frequently cited as a barrier to doing business in downtown Santa Monica: the district’s high concentration of homelessness and the red tape around setting up shop in the area.DTSM set aside two members of its ambassadors program, which it expanded in 2016, to specifically focus on quality of life issues like mental health issues, antisocial behavior or criminal activity. Rawson said the ambassadors also help people connect with services and reunite with family.In 2018, the ambassadors each interacted with more than three people per hour, she said.DTSM created a tenant recruitment website called choosesantamonica.com that includes an interactive, step-by-step guide to opening a business in Santa Monica. Prospective tenants can view guides to zoning, construction, licensing and parking tailored to their business and the location they hope to move into.“With this feature, users answer simple yes or no questions to create a path for who they need to contact for permits and approvals before they open,” Rawson [email protected] :downtown santa monicaDTSMKathleen RawsonLGBTQPride MonthSaMo PRIDEthird street promenadeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHeat kills man hiking in mountains above Malibu34 presumed dead after fire on scuba diving boatYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

31 Dec

WCAX wins Murrow award for news coverage

first_imgWCAX-TV,Vermont Business Magazine WCAX has received an Edward R Murrow regional journalism award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The annual awards recognize the spirit of excellence that Edward R Murrow made standard for the broadcast news profession. Reporter Jennifer Costa and photographer Robynn Beams received a first place award in the hard news category for their report, “Obit of an Addict.” The story focuses on a family’s decision to acknowledge their son died of an opiate overdose and to share the details of his struggle with addiction in his obituary.“This story not only reveals the devastating impacts of the opiate crisis, but also looks at how the stigma of drug addiction has kept the crisis in the shadows for so long,” said WCAX News Director Roger Garrity.RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2017 awards season.”Remarkable journalism is being done every day in newsrooms across this country,” said RTDNA Chair Vincent Duffy. “We’re proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”WCAX-TV News competed with stations from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington.Source: WCAX 5.9.2017last_img read more

8 Dec

Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

first_imgHaving police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers’ use of force, at least in the nation’s capital.That’s the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.“We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras,” says Anita Ravishankar, a researcher with the Metropolitan Police Department and a group in the city government called the Lab @ DC. Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

26 Sep

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for second term

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto were on Friday sworn in for a second term at Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium.Thousands of people gathered at the stadium to witness the ceremony with many Kenyans expressing relief that the day had finally arrived.The country’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the August vote ordering a new vote within three months. The re-run was set for October 26th. The opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the re-run which Kenyatta won with 98%.It is hoped Kenyatta will steer the country back towards stability with one of his biggest challenges being unifying the nation.“The elections are now firmly behind us … I will devote my time and energy to build bridges,” he told a rapturous crowd as he was sworn in for a second, five-year term in a sports stadium in the capital of Nairobi.“The election we have just concluded is probably one of the longest ever held in our continent’s history,” said Kenyatta, adding that his inauguration on the 123rd day since the country first went to vote marked “the end, and I repeat the end, of our electoral process”.“It has been a trying time but once again Kenyans have shown their resilience,” he added.Here is part of his inauguration speech.Meanwhile, opposition members tried to stage a rally in Nairobi, but they were dispersed by police.Opposition leader Raila Odinga had called on his supporters to boycott the inauguration.The rally was meant to be for the victims of election violence that has been ongoing sporadically for months now. Odinga formed a national resistance movement against the ruling Jubilee party.He accuses the ruling party of stealing the election, overseeing rampant corruption, directing abuse by the security forces and neglecting vast swathes of the country, including Odinga’s heartland in the west.“This election of October 26 is fake. We do not recognize it,” Odinga told supporters from the rooftop of a car.Shortly after that, riot police teargassed his convoy and charged his supporters.Riot police had sealed off the scene of the rally early in the morning, and fired teargas at residents, trying to prevent a crowd from gathering, as a helicopter hovered overhead.Danstan Omari, a political analyst and advocate of the High Court of Kenya spoke to CGTN’s Karen Roberts on the way forward for Kenya.last_img read more

16 Aug

Washington Capitals re-claim forward Nathan Walker from Edmonton

first_imgForward Nathan Walker is back in the Capitals organization after Washington re-claimed him off waivers Wednesday afternoon. He will join the team in Arizona, before the Caps game against the Arizona Coyotes on tomorrow night.The NHL’s holiday roster freeze has already gone into effect, and though Walker was placed on waivers before the freeze, he can’t be sent down to the Hershey until after the freeze is over on December 28 at 12:01 a.m. It’s still unclear if the Washington will still re-assign Walker at that point, but unless another team put in a claim on him during this most recent waivers period, Walker shouldn’t need waivers again until he has been in the NHL for 30 days or played 10 games.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

17 Jan

Simone Biles soars to 6th US gymnastics title

first_imgShe was. When Biles finished off a two-hour showcase that highlighted how wide the gulf between herself and the rest of the world has become by drilling her dismount on uneven bars: she danced.Well, sort of. Biles gave Landi a relieved high-five before sticking out her tongue and waving her arms as she ran to hug the rest of competitors in her rotation.The anger of Friday night — when she openly seethed after shorting the triple-double and making a bit of a mess on bars — was gone.“I was a lot happier today,” Biles said. “I feel I haven’t been as confident on bars this year as I was last year. To finally do a good routine like I can do it, I was really happy. I was very happy and the last event, so I was like, ‘Thank God we’re done.’”For now anyway. Biles is two months away from a trip to the world championships — where her 20 medals are tied for the most by a female gymnast — and a year away from a return to the Olympics. She was a sensation in 2016, cementing her status as one of the best ever with two weeks of gymnastics that came as close to perfection as the sport allows.A year to go before a return trip to the games, Biles is even better. And really, it’s not close.“She’s a freaking beast,” said MyKayla Skinner, an alternate on the 2016 Olympic team who clinched a spot on the national team by finishing eighth. “Like, I don’t even understand. I always ask her, ‘Do you realize how good you are?’ And she’s like ‘Yeah, but I don’t know.’ It just comes so naturally, it’s amazing.”In a sport that sometimes forces athletes to choose between skill and execution, Biles doesn’t have to. She not only puts together the most difficult routines in the world, she does them better than anyone else. Biles won floor, balance beam and vault and finished third on bars even with her “meh” set on Friday.“She does stuff that I never thought people could do,” Lee said.Lee and 2017 world champion Morgan Hurd were the only women in the field to place ahead of Biles on any event, finishing one-two on bars, solidifying their chances of joining Biles at world championships in Germany in October in the process. ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Read Next Yet Biles doesn’t pay too much attention to the margin or her scores for that matter. She’s been a fixture atop the podium for six years and counting. Attempting to find the boundaries of her immense talent is what drives her.It’s why she got so angry after putting both hands down as she tried to land the triple-double on Friday. It’s why she never thought about ditching it on Sunday. And it’s why she sneaked a peek at her phone while rotating from floor to balance beam, typically a no-no during a meet. Well, at least for anyone not named Simone Biles.“I wanted to see how it looked,” she said.Here’s a word: historic.“It’s like she hit a hole in one and we were all there,” USA Gymnastics high performance director Tom Forster said. “It’s a big deal and we all know it. No one in the world has done it before in the women and actually, she does it better than most of the men who have done it. She should be super excited about that.”ADVERTISEMENT Hurd rebounded from a rocky floor exercise on Friday that dropped her to eighth overall to zoom up to fourth despite admitting she “wanted to throw up a little” when the night began. She promised she would be better on Sunday and she was, despite a technical glitch before her floor when the music started before she took her starting position. She walked off the podium, exhaled and then went out and drilled her set.“I think more than anything, tonight just really helped my confidence,” Hurd said.Something every gymnast struggles with sometimes. Biles included. Yes, really. It speaks to her inner perfectionist that even after finishing the triple-double, she still knows it wasn’t quite her best.“It wasn’t as good as in some of the trainings,” she said. “But I’m just happy that I landed it because after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today and that was all I could worry about.”Not anymore. Still, even as her coach Laurent Landi left the option up to her after the Olympic champion’s bid to become the first woman to complete the triple-double in competition came up a bit short on Friday, he knew the answer. MOST READ Spend enough time in the gym around the 22-year-old who is redefining what’s possible in her sport one exhilarating routine at a time and it quickly becomes evident that sidestepping a challenge isn’t really her thing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSo she threw it at the end of her first tumbling pass, fueled by adrenaline, ambition and otherworldly skill. When the dizzying combination ended with her feet firmly on the floor — if barely in bounds — the jolt through the packed arena was palpable. The smile on her face unmistakable. And the competition — just like it has been for six years and counting whenever Biles is involved — was over.The triple-double served as the exclamation point on her sixth national championship. Her two-day total of 118.500 was nearly five points clear of 16-year-old Sunisa Lee in second and more almost seven points ahead of third-place finisher Grace McCallum. Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers PLAY LIST 05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘It wasn’t a 4-0 game’: Frank Lampard frustrated by Chelsea thrashing Simone Biles practices on vault for the senior women’s competition at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The choice was entirely hers. Only there really wasn’t of one for Simone Biles to make.Sure, she could have taken her triple-twisting double-flip (aka “the triple-double”) out of her floor exercise routine during the final night of the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships on Sunday. She surely didn’t need it to assure herself of another national title.ADVERTISEMENT With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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20 Dec

Marshfield Tiger Volleyball Camps set for July 17-19

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The annual Marshfield Tiger Volleyball Camps will be held July 17-19 for girls entering grades three through eight.Sessions for girls entering third grade will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. at Madison Elementary School. The cost is $25.The camp for girls entering grades four through six will from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and for girls going into seventh and eighth grade will be from 3-5 p.m. The cost for these sessions, which will be held at Marshfield High School, is $45.The registration deadline is June 30.Click this link for a registration form and more information about the camps.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

18 Dec

Aussie siblings look to make MTB history in South Africa

first_img8 April 2014Having previously excelled at Cascades MTB Park, Australian downhill racing siblings, Mick and Tracey Hannah, are hoping to make history by winning the men’s and women’s titles at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which gets under way in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Friday.South Africa’s Greg Minnaar edged out Mick for the title at the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships in Pietermaritzburg last year, and Hannah has been hard at work in the off-season in an attempt to get himself back to the summit of his discipline. With Minnaar competing, but working his way back from knee surgery, a golden opportunity awaits the quietly spoken Aussie.‘We’re giving ourselves a good chance’“Going into the season, I have changed my training a little this year,” the Hutchinson UR Team rider said in a statement on Monday. “So far I’m really happy with the results, but I never know until the first race. Also, we have done a lot of work with the bike, so I think we’re giving ourselves a good chance to do well this year.”Hannah has twice placed second in Pietermaritzburg, both times behind Minnaar, in the 2009 World Cup leg and then again at the World Championships seven months ago. With good knowledge of the course and a fondness for the unique layout, his chances of going one better in 2014 seem bright.‘It’s fast and fun’“I really enjoy riding the Cascades course,” he enthused. “It’s fast and fun. It’s definitely physically demanding as well. I think it’s an exciting venue.“I have done well here consistently. I really enjoy the high speed courses and here you need a lot of power, which is a strength of mine,” he added.“Getting a good start to the season is very important for me. As I said before, I would love to win. Firstly, because of my history in Pietermaritzburg, but also because the second round is at home in Cairns, and I would love to start there with the leader’s jersey.”Memorable victoryTracey Hannah rode to a memorable victory in Pietermaritzburg in 2012, but was unable to repeat her feat in 2013, when British rider Rachel Atherton produced a near flawless display to claim the world champion’s rainbow-striped jersey.Hannah has been plagued by injury in recent times, but she heads into the Pietermaritzburg World Cup with a clean bill of health.“I’ve had probably the best off season I’ve ever had,” she said. “In the past I’ve had injuries, but this season has been clean and I’m feeling fit and fast with no injuries.”‘It’s a really great track’She said was looking forward to the unique challenges posed by the Cascades downhill course. “I think it’s a really great track. I love the speed and the jumps and it’s super fun to ride and hard to race. It’s usually slippery and dusty, so the bike gets loose, but I just love the speed of the track and the way it’s built to flow.“The most original thing about Cascades must be the people, the atmosphere. It’s very different to say Europe or anywhere,” she smiled.“I’d love to win it again, but my goal this season is to be consistent without injury.“I’d say getting a good start to the season is very important, but all my eggs aren’t in the Pietermaritzburg basket. I just hope to do my best race and I’ll be happy with that.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more