Fashion designers are making manufacturing in Canada cool again

first_imgFactory head Gagin Singh, left, and director Marilyn McNeil-Morin inside the spacious George Brown Fashion Exchange factory in Regent Park. (NICK KOZAK / TORONTO STAR) | Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment You don’t use the words gorgeous and factory often in the same sentence, but the gleaming white, glassed-in cube of the George Brown Fashion Exchange, tucked into the lobby of a condo building in buzzy new Regent Park, is indeed slick.Now a year old, the enormous 5,600 sq.-ft. open space features artfully exposed ductwork, reconfigurable work stations and punchy yellow powerbars raised overhead, courtesy the George Brown school of design.The building is called the Fashion Exchange and has several purposes, which feed each other. First, it is the site of Industrial Power Sewing training programs, offered free to at-risk youth working towards a career in the garment industry; thus-far seven full classes of students have graduated to placement positions in the industry.center_img READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Major increase in Europes refugee and migrant death rate UNHCR

The “Desperate Journeys” report states that 40 per cent fewer of those on the move, entered Europe via the Mediterranean this year, compared with 2017. An overall increase in those arriving in Spain and Greece was more than offset by significantly lower arrivals in Italy.The drop in numbers successfully reaching Europe, has been attributed to increased support for the Libyan Coast Guard to prevent sea crossings, and further restrictions on NGOs involved in search and rescue missions.The three European entry countries for those crossing the Mediterranean were Spain, Italy and Greece and, by the end of July, Spain had become the primary entry point to the continent. The majority of refugees and migrants for each respective entry country came from Guinea, Tunisia and Syria (during the same period in 2017, the top three nationalities were Nigerians, Guineans and Ivoirians).This is no longer a test of whether Europe can manage the numbers, but whether Europe can muster the humanity to save lives – UNHCR Europe Chief, Pascale MoreauLibya, the principal country of departure, has received support in establishing its own search and rescue region, which has resulted in more people being intercepted or rescued at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard and returned to Libya.NGOs and others conducting rescues in the central Mediterranean Sea are facing increasing difficulties finding safe European ports for disembarkation: Italy has refused to allow the disembarkation of several NGO vessels carrying rescued refugees and migrants, since early June.These measures have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the rate of deaths. In the Central Mediterranean, one in 18 of those who crossed to Europe between January and July 2018 went missing. The rate last year was one in 42 of those attempting the crossing.This year has already seen ten incidents in which 50 or more people died, seven of which occurred since June. 300 people have died attempting to reach Spain from North Africa; a third more than 2017.On land, there have been more than 78 recorded deaths of refugees and migrants in Europe or at Europe’s borders, compared to 45 during the same period last year. Here, police and border authorities are alleged to have pushed back refugees and migrants to a neighbouring territory, using violence in some instances, often denying them access to asylum procedures.“This report once again confirms the Mediterranean as one of the world’s deadliest sea crossings,” said UNHCR’s Europe Chief, Pascale Moreau. “With the number of people arriving on European shores falling, this is no longer a test of whether Europe can manage the numbers, but whether Europe can muster the humanity to save lives.”UNHCR, together with the UN Migration Agency, IOM, is calling for a predictable, regional approach for the rescue and disembarkation of people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. The Agency is urging European States to grant those seeking international protection readily-available access to asylum procedures and increase access to safe and legal pathways for refugees to enter the continent. It also appeals to States to do more to protect people with specific needs, in particular children travelling alone. read more

Human Rights Task Force to hold first meeting

Brock University’s new Human Rights Task Force has now been established, and the group will hold its inaugural meeting this Thursday, July 7 in Cairns 207 at 3 pm.  Members of the Brock community are welcome to attend.The Task Force, created by a directive last March from then-president Jack Lightstone, was established to improve and advance human rights at Brock. The Task Force will provide recommendations to the incoming President to improve Brock’s human rights policies, processes, services and supports.The membership of the Task Force was drawn from an open call for nominations from the Brock community. Members were appointed by Lightstone, in consultation with numerous campus stakeholders, including the University’s labour unions, the Graduate Student Association and the Brock University Student Union.The Task Force consists of:• Chair — Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning• Vice-Chair — to be selected by the Task Force• Students — Aniqah Zowmi (undergraduate), LeeAnn Cayer and Samantha MacAndrew (graduate students)• Faculty members — Margot Francis, Ingrid Makus, Dolana Mogadime• Staff members — Andrew Bassingthwaighte, Brad Clarke, Sandra Wong• Faculty Dean – Tom Dunk• External member – Julie Rorison, member, YWCA Niagara board of directorsThe group’s Terms of Reference can be found on a new web page that has been created to publicly report on the progress of the Task Force. The mandate includes making recommendations regarding:Renewal and harmonization of all policies and procedures that impact human rights at Brock;Building awareness of human rights obligations and culture at Brock;Enhancing diversity and inclusivity within the Brock community; andThe organization, staffing and resources of Brock’s human rights office.The first meeting will encompass the process and schedule to be followed by the Task Force and will include a broad discussion on human rights. read more

Former Ohio State football player Andrew Norwell working his way up the

Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell (left) practices on Aug. 2 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.Credit: Courtesy of TNSNew city, new team, new jersey, but some things never change for former Ohio State offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.“The flow’s still going,” Norwell said. “It’s been five years since I’ve had a full haircut.”Norwell wrapped up his career at OSU in 2013 before setting his sights on the next level. He is currently an offensive guard for the Carolina Panthers and played in 10 games with nine starts in the 2014 season.It was not an easy journey for Norwell, who wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and ultimately went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft before signing with the Panthers as a rookie free-agent.“Basically I worked my way up through the ladder to make the team,” Norwell said. “I just went out every day and I worked hard and coaches really liked my toughness and my physicality.”It helps that the big guy — he has a 6-foot-6, 310-pound frame — has a big support system behind him at home.His older brother, Chris Norwell, has had a big influence on him, he said, because he traveled a similar path. His brother played for the University of Illinois before signing with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008.“I already went through the process of being an undrafted free agent in the NFL, so I kind of had some experience there,” Chris Norwell said.Andrew Norwell said that put less pressure on him going in undrafted.“I didn’t have to impress anybody … I just played football, what I’ve been doing all my life,” he said.The long-haired guard might not have felt pressure, but he knew he would need to work to make the final cut, something his brother reminded him of often.“He really had to prove himself to be worthy of a roster spot because in the NFL, that’s really hard,” Chris Norwell said.The former OSU lineman didn’t know exactly how to describe the feeling of making an NFL team.“They pulled me aside and they said I made it, I made the team,” he said. “It was just unbelievable. I’m on an NFL active roster. Words can’t explain that.”Andrew Norwell was inactive for the first six weeks of the season before making his NFL debut in Green Bay on Oct. 19, when Trai Turner was injured in the first quarter.“My O-line coach said, ‘All right, get in there.’ I ran on the field and basically took advantage of the opportunity … and I never got taken off the field since I was put in that day,” Andrew Norwell said.He said he knew whichever team he went to he would make a difference, and he did. In his first win as an NFL starter on Dec. 7 in New Orleans, he cleared the way for the Panthers’ offense to accumulate 497 total yards, including 271 rushing yards, the third-highest in team history.The lineman’s success was not surprising to his brother. “He didn’t feel bad for himself. He prepared well each week, getting himself ready for his opportunity,” Chris Norwell said.Chris Norwell said he was able to see his brother’s hard work pay off in person during the NFC Wild Card game on Jan. 3.“It was just a really cool experience to see your little brother playing at the biggest stage possible,” he said.Although that “little brother” is still adjusting to the NFL, there were many differences from college football he had to get used to, he said.“The speed is one thing but the guys in general are way better. Everybody’s an all-star,” Andrew Norwell said. “You got to prove every day … You got to be perfect every day.”Another big difference is what the guys are playing for, he added.“With me working for a spot, you’re trying to take somebody’s livelihood away and they take it really seriously,” he said.It’s a “high-pressure, high-performance job” and there are many changes to get used to, the Carolina Panther said, but he believes OSU prepared him well.“We had a coaching change here when I was in college, different play book and I think that helped me out a lot. (Coach Urban Meyer’s) program definitely prepared me for the next level,” he said.Meyer’s arrival before Andrew Norwell’s junior season wasn’t the only way the Buckeyes prepared him for the NFL; the fans helped, too, he said.“NFL fans are great. They really take pride in their team and want to see the guys be successful just like here at Ohio State,” Andrew Norwell said.With his first NFL season under his belt, Andrew Norwell isn’t taking a break, and said he’s looking forward to next season.“Last year around this time, I didn’t know where I was going,” he said. “This year I’m just training, working out, getting ready to go back down to Charlotte again.” read more

Strong crosswinds force plane to abort landing at Birmingham International Airport

first_imgA plane descending into Birmingham International Airport, England, got caught in the crosswind on Saturday, October 1, and was forced to miss its landing just moments before touch down.This footage shows the Airbus A321 about to make contact with the runway as it is swaying, forcing the pilot to climb into the air again and circle around for a second attempt. 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.last_img

Professor installed panic alarm in his office after woman stalked him for

Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Zhaoyan Li was convicted of stalking at City of London Magistrates Court Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls Mr Edmans said he installed a panic alarm in his office after he was bombarded with visits and phone calls “She said she wanted to become a partner at PwC, which was strange because she wasn’t even a trainee,” he explained.”She asked me if I was happy to have dinner with her because she had some questions about her career and I told her I had to go home. “I went to Marks & Spencer’s and when I left she was waiting for me outside and followed me on the westbound tube even though she lived in the opposite direction and sat next to me.”Li then joined a Surrey getaway hosted by Professor Edmans’ All Souls Church breakfast club.”Every mealtime she’d sit next to me and try to talk to me, even if I was talking to other people and this way annoying. She was trying to encroach on me and continually interrupting conversations I was having.”The professor admitted he eventually resorted to getting physical. “I squeezed the pressure points on her knee to cause a bit of pain.”However, Li claims she took this under-the-table knee squeeze as a “come on” of a sexual nature. A London Business School professor was forced to install a panic alarm in his office after being stalked for more than a year by a woman who saw him speak at a careers event, a court heard.Alex Edmans, 38, who has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in Parliament, said he became too distressed to answer his phone after he was followed by Zhaoyan Li.Li, 40,visited Mr Edmans at his church and also turned up at his gym after meeting him when he spoke at a careers seminar at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She also booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote and bombarded him with texts, emails and calls.The 40-year-old, of Canary Wharf, east London, was convicted of stalking Professor Edmans between February 1, 2017 and September 13, this year at  City of London Magistrates Court. She will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a future date.Professor Edmans told the court from behind a screen Li enjoyed taking photographs of him working out at a Hyde Park boot camp fitness club and groped his biceps after a class.She began stalking him after he spoke PwC’s ‘Finding Purpose In Your Career’ seminar early last year. Li booked a holiday to follow him to Lanzarote, the court heard Professor Edmans was bombarded with WhatsApp ad Facebook messages from Li, who suddenly appeared at his workout class when a picture needed to be taken. “Out from the shadows Ms Li jumped up and said: ‘I’ll take the group photo.’ She must have been on the sidelines watching.”She started touching my biceps, which was not solicited and then started coming to the boot camp, not to participate, but to take photos, presumably of me working out.”I blocked her on facebook, but and then she contacted me through other means, I blocked her on WhatsApp and saved her as ‘Dirty Pervert.'”She wanted to be in a relationship with me. It was as if she thought she had the right to have a relationship with me.”In one message Li wrote: “I want a Mr. Right who loves me and cares about my feelings.”Eventually All Souls Church banned her and Professor Edmans reported her to the police, who gave Li an official warning in January.”She then started coming to the London Business School campus and using the internal phone and called me on February 14 to say: ‘Happy Valentines Day.'”Normal things like checking emails filled me with horror and dread and each time I saw her number my heart sank because this ordeal was continuing.”Eventually a panic alarm was fitted at the professor’s office and he quit the boot camp and church breakfast club after Li booked herself on their Canary Islands vacation. “I thought: ‘There’s no getting away from her if she turns up in Lanzarote for the entire eight days.'”Li constantly tried to delay and adjourn the trial and told the magistrates: “If I get a criminal record I may commit suicide.” 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. read more

BLOG Huttenberg or Wisla The time is now…

← Previous Story Logo for Beach Handball IHF World Championship in Kazan 2018 – presented Next Story → Pan American national teams qualified for IHF Beach Handball World Championship 2018 Last week, once again, handball as a sport showed imperfection during facing  the problem which all serious global sports already overcome a long time ago – question of EHF Champions League schedule. Let’s remind you, the German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen decided to send their second team to EHF CL TOP 16 match in Kielce on March 24, while the TOP stars will be in Kiel at match of DKB Bundesliga on same day, just two hours later.The European Handball Federation tried to find solution by changing the host right of two matches. Kiel said YES, RNL declined. On the other side, EHF refused an option that Rhein Neckar Lowen played on Sunday (March 25) in Kielce, just 24 hours after clash in Kiel.  Match in Kiel would be broadcast by public TV ARD, which is basically only chance that people see handball match on TV, as only PAY-TV Sky has rights for DKB Bundesliga during season. That’s why March 24 is so important.Let’s imagine that something like this happens in modern football or basketball? That March 24 is some kind of paradigms of all problems which handball as a sport facing nowadays or simply trying to hide them.What is older – the chicken or the egg, is not the question in this case. The question is whether European Handball Federation has power and instruments to keep under control all their members, among them Germany? Whether rest of handball Europe has to be a hostage of German handball? It’s not and will never be. Whatever some national Championship is strong and as long as Germans put Huttenberg in front of Wisla Plock or Meshkov Brest, hierarchy must to exist and it has to be clearly emphasized. If whole Europe can adapt, they have too also.Responsibility of Germans is more than visible. Their reasons – also. They keep their own league, format with 18 teams among which 3-4 are only for a goal-difference and it looks that they don’t want compomise. DKB Bundesliga announced few months ago and sent message to EHF that they don’t want any match more in European schedule after preposition in Vienna that new EHF CL system (from 2020) with 12 teams means 26 matches in comparison with 20. How EHF responded to this? Germans will have two direct places in CL from the next season…“Situation making” for rich teams, for now, isn’t on a right path.EHF Champions League isn’t football or basketball product. Even in this model for “poor and modest”, EHF CL didn’t attract the whole continent. For Germans are non-attractive in terms of finance. They have problems to sold-out halls, while on the other side – EHF prize money for a placement is not enough and covering some certain costs. For Balkan countries, Serbs, Bosnians, Montenegrins, but also Greeks, Italians, Czechs, Austrians, Baltic people, it is only expensive adventure.Words of EHF president Michael Wiederer that EHF CL means “standards which teams and countries have to meet” are not enough. Question is why EHF didn’t find a way to make TOP product even more attractive for those – dozens of countries. Another side of a medal is that EHF CL match hasn’t been seen in Madrid, Moscow, Prague, Rome, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Kiev, Oslo, Athens, Vienna – never or for many years. How then you can expect “a lot of money” in handball?More money for teams, better setup, higher level of organization, that’s all we have to see since 2020 in League with 12 teams. We will lose because 70% of Europe won’t be directly included in that project. If that is a price for level up, then, Germans have to pay it also, not only rest of Europe. If they don’t want, EHF has to show who is the boss. Vienna has to show capability for that.Situation with Rhein Neckar Lowen, unfortunately, showing us that it will be a long time since we will have Coca-Cola and Mercedes Benz on “Gerflor” across Europe instead of windows and cheap jeans.However, at the moment when EHF narrows space for clubs, chances for national teams becoming much more visible and realistic. Regardless, EHF EURO events with 16 teams look perfect with great quality (almost perfect event) and big competition among a lot of nations, a decision to make in with 24 NT since 2020 is the right one in terms of wider representation on the continent. Chance has to get Romania, Turkey, Israel and all others, who invest in handball, but popularity is limited as long as kids have no chance to watch national teams on big events. Quality won’t fall rapidly, but handball will get on popularity because eight new countries will be directly involved.Parallel with changes in their system, I hope that someone from Vienna can make a call to Basel and say “Guys, we need to change some rules”. Moreover, I hope that some already did it since January.Day after an epic match at Zagreb Arena between Germany and Slovenia, 10 minutes of black hole and everything that happened after it, we thought in the same way, all of us. Michael Wiederer also pointed out in interview for EHF EURO 2018 website some important things. Also, Nikola Karabatic, as the iconic guy for our sport and the biggest handball brand nowadays stated for HP that “he wouldn’t like that his son wants to play handball – the sport which could become non-Olympic if we don’t get new rules”. Everything is clear – absolutely. If we are all on the same side – side of handball, those who think that referees are “executors of others’ ideas” and others who think that they are “victims of unclear rules”, then, let’s work on changes!?How comes that technology brought progress to all sports, to the whole humanity, and only brings confusion to handball?However, that kind of decisions is in hands of Bazel (IHF), not Vienna. The International Handball Federation is responsible for rules. IHF president Hassan Moustafa will tell you “What? We don’t want to copy basketball”. Basketball is light-year ahead of handball in terms of rules. Every kid in Sydney or Belgrade knows for “flopping”.  Awareness is necessary for changes. It is clear that Moustafa will lead world’s handball supported by votes of El Salvador and Brunei, but at least, you should battle for things to change.Until then, situation with Germans must be clear. We don’t want to wait spring 2020, to solve “eternal question” – Huttenberg or Wisla?Written by Zika Bogdanovic read more

Kinect 2 capable of reading lips gauging moods

first_imgThe Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has been a huge success for Microsoft, probably above and beyond what the company ever expected the peripheral to achieve in the short amount of time it has been available. Removing the need to hold a controller clearly does work for consumers and gamers alike.Even though we don’t know when Microsoft plans to replace the Xbox 360, there is one aspect of the new console we can be sure about: Kinect will feature and most likely come as standard, integrated into the machine.Eurogamer has been informed that not only is that the case, but Kinect 2 is far superior in terms of the accuracy it can achieve. The tracking it performs will be so accurate, that it will be able to read your facial expressions and even go so far as to lip read.It may sound like a giant leap forward with the technology, but the main difference looks like it could be the rate of data transfer the new console can handle from the controller. Kinect on the 360 is limited to just 16MB/s transferred across a USB connection. That in turn limited the device to 30fps and a resolution of 320 x 240.Switching over to a different, faster connection in the Xbox 720 means the frame rate can be bumped up to 60fps, and the resolution doubled or tripled. That allows for more accurate movement capture and more detail to be picked up such as the movement of a mouth. Add in facial expression tracking, and Kinect 2 will most likely be able to tell when you are angry, sad, scared,  or happy.We still have a while to wait before we get to see the next Xbox and Kinect 2. The latest predictions peg a launch as late 2012, or early 2013, with a console reveal during E3 next year.Read more at Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

Almost all women in Irish prisons are there for committing petty crime

first_img 16.02.18 ‘I’m the first face you see when you’re sent to Mountjoy. Prisoners can be scared and vulnerable’ By Gabija Gataveckaite, Rachel Halpin, Gillian Hogan, Carrie McMullan and Judy Williams 42,122 Views Apr 23rd 2019, 12:06 AM Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM File photo of gardaí outside Mountjoy Prison, where the Dóchas Centre is located Chaotic livesAs well as the unconscious bias, women can also receive sentences for petty crime due to a breakdown in communication between the prison, judicial and probation systems.Meyler said that addressing housing issues, providing more detox beds and more access to treatment centres would help the situation for a lot of these women. “Prison should not be used to detox, but it is,” she said.She added that in some cases, women had resorted to committing crimes to get a custodial sentence so that they could access housing or get a break from their chaotic lives.Asked if there are other alternatives, Meyler said that community service was one option open to judges, but often the terms of the community service were not flexible enough to allow for the fact that some of the women had child caring responsibilities.“Some of these women might have been given chances with probation or alternatives to custody in the past, but don’t have the capacity to meet probation conditions or community service,” she said.Meyler also said that Ireland has been criticised for not having enough alternatives, including a lack of restorative justice practices, in comparison to countries such as Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.“But then you go maybe even out to the general population, and they’re happy with it – lock them up and throw the key away…” said Clarke. “The government doesn’t have to worry about the people – the masses. The masses are happy with our justice system, so the government is happy,” she added.Dr Christina Quinlan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in De Montfort University in the UK, wrote in her 2011 book ‘Inside Ireland’s Women’s Prisons’ that a distinguishing feature of women’s imprisonments is and has been the “imprisonment of poor marginalised women for crimes related to poverty and addictions.”In her research, Dr Quinlan has referred to the need for reform and argued that imprisonment should only be in response to serious offences and that other methods could be devised to deal with smaller offences. A courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesJoanna Joyce, a former barrister and the co-author of an IPRT report, said that further research is needed on why women may be treated differently at sentencing than men. She suggested that female offending may be viewed differently to male offending due to traditional perceptions.Women have been convicted for petty crimes for a long time. Over the last three decades, there has been a shift towards drug-related offences, which include the possession or supply of drugs.Clarke noted that shoplifting, handling stolen goods and storing drugs are some of the most common crimes she sees among women. Women are still the primary caregivers in Irish society, perhaps for older relatives as well as for children. Clarke feels they shoplift for survival rather than the thrill of stealing – to provide for their children or to feed a substance addiction.Devastating effect on familiesO’Connor explained some of the difficulties of going to prison for women include telling their family, leaving their children and the details being in the media.Clarke said many women would not want their children visiting them in prison – especially when they are in for such short sentences. The children could be told that their mother has gone abroad to work or for medical treatment. “It’s one thing a child visiting their father in prison but, even in today’s age, for a child to visit their mother in prison it’s different, society views it as different,” she said.“I think maybe there’s a general consensus of if it’s not broke don’t fix it… but people on the ground know it’s broke, we know it doesn’t work,” said Clarke.“We are just putting bandages on a gaping wound,” said Meyler. The services of CAP are varied and include helping people set goals to address factors such as drug use, or helping those that are dealing with the fallout from a prison sentence even if it was a long time ago.“We have had service users who haven’t been in prison for 20 years, but can’t get a mortgage,” she said. “The stigma can follow you.”Meyler said there had been communication difficulties between the different parts of the system, but that the Irish Prison Service and the Probation Service have been working together more closely and have joint strategies, so there have been big improvements.The Joint Irish Prison Service and Probation Service Strategic Plan, 2013-2015 presented a strategy for how the two services should work together, with other statutory, community and voluntary sector partners, in an effort to provide more tailored women-centric interventions. According to their strategic plan, this approach is aimed at reducing ‘offending among women, improving opportunities for reintegration and providing more positive outcomes’.Meyler added said that the Irish Prison Service is moving towards a more modern system and she feels that the judges need to follow suit.“As younger barristers come through the system, if they are exposed to different alternatives and different ideas, they will bring those with them,” she said.Costigan would like to see more alternatives to prison. “Giving them custodial sentences has such a wide impact for all the family members, not just the individual, but for so many people in their social network,” she said.Costigan added that there might also be a need for public education. She explained that if the justice system is really about reformation, the public needs to know what that entails, what is best practice and how to apply it for the benefit of these women and of society.“As a society, do we want to help change lives or just lock them up and ignore them?” ALMOST ALL WOMEN in Irish prisons are serving sentences for committing petty crimes, an analysis of statistics shows.Irish Prison Service data for 2017 shows that 95% of women who were incarcerated received sentences for crimes such as shoplifting or handling stolen goods.Substance abuse and homelessness were the main reasons behind the offences, according to experts.1,081 women and 6,403 men received prison sentences in Ireland, according to 2017 Irish Prison Service figures.79% of men received prison sentences for petty crimes, significantly less than the percentage of women as fewer men commit petty crime.In 2017, nearly all women served sentences less than a year long, with three-quarters of women imprisoned for less than three months.Mary O’Connor, governor of the Dóchas Centre, a medium security female prison in Dublin, said that the women serving sentences are some of the most vulnerable women in the country, and some of them have very complex needs.This was echoed by David Williamson, senior probation officer with the Irish Probation Service.“Needless to say people who come into the criminal justice system have higher than average issues of trauma, of addiction, of mental health issues,” he said.O’Connor said that the two biggest factors that lead women to commit petty crimes are substance abuse and homelessness.She added that homeless women are being released from prison without anywhere to go and that this issue is getting worse as homelessness increases.“Society seems to have just accepted that people will be homeless,” she said.Probation services, including addiction specialists and community-based organisations, work with former prisoners to help them reintegrate into society, but the homeless crisis has made this more difficult. Women leaving prison might be given emergency accommodation of one night in a hostel, and after that, they are fending for themselves.Cycle of crimeGovernor O’Connor explained that in a lot of cases, women came through the prison system several times.“Some people do 20 years – not because they have a life sentence, but because they can’t break the cycle of crime,” she said.She also referred to a lack of residential rehabilitation services. “Women have a unique problem; [there are] very few residential treatments for women and some of the women have children,” O’Connor said. A room in the Dóchas Centre Source: RollingNews.ieTeresa Clarke, regional manager of Mountjoy Prison visitors centre agrees. “95% of [women in prison] should be in addiction or mental health services… putting them into prison serves absolutely no purpose,” she said.The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is a non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of everyone in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.The IPRT stated that ‘less serious’ crimes receive sentences of 12 months or less and that prison should only be used as a last resort.“Anything that’s attracting a sentence of 12 months or less is by definition less serious,” said Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Acting Executive Director of the IPRT.Petty crimes include shoplifting, a failure to pay fines and possession of drugs, according to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.The Fines (Payment and Recovery Act) 2014 which came into effect in January 2016 allows court-ordered fines to be paid in instalments. This significantly reduced the overall number of imprisonments for non-payment of fines. However, the percentage of women being committed for petty crimes remains higher than the percentage of men.“We can’t just put up a no vacancy sign”In Ireland, a community service order can be imposed by a judge for sentences that are less than 12 months long. This can only happen after the Probation Service has carried out a community service report, and these reports are at the request of the court. A community service report assesses if the convicted person understands the process, agrees to complete it, is suitable for it, and if there is community service work available.However, a lack of suitable community service in some cases, has led to more women being given prison sentences causing overcrowding at women’s prisons.“The only options available to judges are prison, maybe addiction treatment centres which are always full, maybe suspended sentences,” said Clarke.Ireland has ten men’s prisons and two women’s prisons – the women’s wing at Limerick Prison and the Dóchas Centre at Mountjoy Prison.The Dóchas Centre has a capacity of 105, yet in January, the prison had a population of 146 women.Some of the single rooms at the prison have had to double up with bunk beds as a way of dealing with overcrowding.“We can’t just put up a no vacancy sign,” said O’Connor. An empty corridor in the Dóchas Centre Source: RollingNews.ieNí Chinnéide explained that while 3.8% of people in prison on a given day are women, about 20% of yearly committals (admission to prison) are women. The percentage of women who are held in prison on remand (pre-trial) is much higher than the percentage of men.“That’s a big concern,” said Ní Chinnéide. Short URL Share Tweet Email3 “Why are women being held pre-trial in higher numbers? It’s not because they present a higher danger to society; it’s perhaps more often because they present a danger to themselves.”Research published by the IPRT in 2013 found that as well as substance dependency and accommodation problems, female offenders tend to come from a background of poverty and social disadvantage, and many suffer from mental health difficulties.These issues contribute to the difficulties for some of these women to adhere to bail conditions or to succeed with community service, and this has led to an overuse of remand for female offenders.Imprisonment also has negative implications for the children of these women and damages the employment prospects for the women in the future.Williamson explained that finding alternatives to custody to address these issues is ‘at the heart of probation’.“[People who come into the criminal justice system] are lower than average on educational and employment achievement and suffer greater levels of social disadvantage,” he said.“Working with women presents additional difficulties given inherent gender inequalities that can compound what are often complex situations,” he added.Lack of consistency in sentencing and unconscious bias of judgesAs well as relapsing drug addictions and an endless cycle of homelessness, experts who work with prisoners say that women are being put in prison for petty crime due to an unconscious bias of judges.“Judges need to work against the bias that they’re not aware of,” said Aisling Meyler, Community Support Scheme Manager at Care After Prison (CAP), a national criminal justice charity supporting people affected by imprisonment and their families.Unconscious bias, according to the Implicit Association Test conducted by the University of Washington and Yale, is a “tool that measures the unconscious roots of prejudice”.“The judiciary needs access to skills and training, although there are those who are proactive in educating themselves on alternatives to imprisonment,” said Grace Costigan, a Community Support Worker at CAP.Meyler explained that although their sentencing may be well-intentioned, unconscious ethnic and class biases can mean that a high proportion of women in poverty and women from the Traveller community are given prison sentences.“There doesn’t seem to be much consistency in sentencing,” added Meyler. The Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin, where many such cases would be heard Source: PA Archive/PA Images“Every judge has their own way of sentencing,” said Gillian Hussey, a retired judge. She explained that there are “unwritten rules in the higher courts, but not the lower courts”, and that someone could get a different sentence from her than from another judge.“I have to say a lot of judges aren’t [streetwise], you don’t have to be,” Hussey added. But Meyler feels that better knowledge and understanding of the life circumstances of these women, along with regular skills updates, would be beneficial to the judicial system. Related Read File photo of gardaí outside Mountjoy Prison, where the Dóchas Centre is located Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Image: Sasko Lazarov/ Almost all women in Irish prisons are there for committing petty crime 95% of women in jail are committed for crimes such as shoplifting, failure to pay fines or handling stolen goods. 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 9/12/18Archie 1941 #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Francesco Francavilla –@f_francavillaPublisher: ArchieWriter/Artist: Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn/Peter Krause, Kelly FitzpatrickIceman #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist:  Skottie Young – @skottieyoungPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Sina Grace/Nathan StockmanVoltron Legendary Defender Vol 3 #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Koi Carreon – @lekoifishPublisher:  Lion ForgeWriter/Artist:  Mitch Iverson/Erwin PrasetyaRat Queens #11 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Matteo Scalera – @owen_gieniPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Kurtis Wiebe/Owen GieniWonder Woman #54 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jenny Frison – @jennyfrisonartPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Eric M. Esquivel/Ramon VillalobosNancy Drew #4 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jen Bartel – @heyjenbartelPublisher: DynamiteWriter/Artist: Kelly Thompson/Jenn St. OngeSuperman #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Adam Hughes – @atomhuesPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Brian Michael Bendis/Joe Pardo, Ivan ReisRed Hood and the Outlaws #26 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Yasmine Putri – @yaswhodrawsPublisher: DCWriter/Artist: Scott Lobdell/Pete WoodsLow Road West #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: David Lafuente – @srdavidlafuentePublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist:  Philip Kennedy Johnson/FlavianoRunaways #13 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Kris Anka – @krisankaPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Rainbow Rowell/Kris AnkaLooking for our favorite books we read last week? Head over to the NCBD section and find out. But if you want to support indie creators too have a look at the 5 comic Kickstarters you should be backing this week. And as always stay up to date on all comic news right here. center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo game music can be excellent. Just look at DropMix and Nier: Automata. Great video game music doesn’t always need to be in video games, though. It can be inspired by video games. That’s why today we’re talking about Gavin Dunne, or Miracle of Sound.That’s his stage name; I’m not saying he’s eligible for canonization purely due to his sonic abilities.If you’re a fan of Jim Sterling and listen to his podcast, The Podquisition, you’ve already heard the Miracle of Sound. His songs, “Hard Cash” and “Messing With the Best,” have served as the podcast’s theme music for years. He’s also the Irish bloke with the very soothing voice who Jim and Laura don’t let talk most of the time.You might have also heard his music in video games, as well, or at least in video game trailers. While he doesn’t compose full scores for games, Miracle of Sound has produced tracks for indie games like Wasteland 2, Keepers, and Seven: The Days Long Gone, and publishers like EA and Ubisoft has used his songs to promote major games like Mass Effect 3 and Watch_Dogs.Miracle of Sound has been making music all his life, but really caught fire seven years ago with his ode to Mass Effect, “Commander Shepard.” The YouTube video for the song got millions of views, and it was just one of the 33 tracks in his first major video game-inspired album, Level 1. That same album had songs about Skyrim (“Sovngarde Song”), Fallout: New Vegas (“Trip to Vegas”), Bioshock (“Little Sister”), and Portal 2 (“Wheatley’s Song”).Those are the games they’re about, but what kind of songs are they, you ask? They’re all kinds. Miracle of Sound isn’t a one-genre gent. He plays with different types of music depending on the subject. “Sovngarde Song” is an adventurous tavern ballad, while “Commander Shepard” is a synth-filled 80s-style dance track. He’s done rock, jazz, pop, metal, techno, you name it. One of his favorite genres personally is metal, and he released his own non-video-game-inspired metal album, Metal Up, in 2015. Also, one of his musical inspirations is Devin Townsend, so if you like Strapping Young Lad you’ll find Gav to be, well, a strapping young lad.So, Level 1 came out in 2011, Metal Up came out in 2015, and he’s written songs for some developers and publishers. What else has Miracle of Sound done? Let’s put it this way: He put out Level 8 last month, and Level 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are all their own albums. That’s over a hundred video game songs.Scattered through this article are some of my favorite songs from Miracle of Sound. “Lady of Worlds” and “Wake the White Wolf” are about The Witcher 3, “Calamity” is about Bastion, and “Shadow of the Ash” is about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, though I totally thought it was about Dark Souls.As an independent musician, Miracle of Sound can be found through the usual ways. His Bandcamp page features his discography, and he has a Patreon that helps get his songs made.He’s real good, you guys. Cheers, Gav. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Jamaica on hurricane alert

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J This page will be updated as more news comes to hand. Travellers and locals have been advised that the hurricane warning issued by the Jamaican Government earlier this week remains in effect, as Tropical Storm Sandy moves closer towards the country’s southeast coast.According to a Jamaica Information Service update, the Category 1 hurricane is moving at 20 kilometres per hour and is expected to reach the southeast coast today, before making its way across the island from south to north.Travellers in the eastern parishes are warned to expect high-force winds later today as the centre of the hurricane moves over western St. Thomas and Portland. Meanwhile, locals in other regions are reportedly dealing with average winds of 64 knows or 118 kilometres per house and “dangerously” high water and “exceptionally high waves.“Residents should continue to expect extensive flooding and dangerous landslides, especially over central and eastern parishes,” the update read.last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, left, throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals free safety D.J. Swearinger during the second of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Sports Illustrated recognized that the choice may seem odd at first.Hear me out, because this one might not be popular. Goff remains a Round 1 pick despite his disastrous debut because the curve was always going to be steep for a prospect with that much to learn and that little of a supporting cast behind him. Bruce Arians seems like the kind of coach who would say yes to Goff’s howitzer of an arm and figure out the details later, and with Carson Palmer returning for one more year, Arizona could limit the pressure to play Goff that constantly swirled in L.A.Goff, a 22-year-old out of Cal, certainly did not look like a first overall pick in his limited time as a rookie. In seven starts, Goff completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was sacked 22 times and fumbled five times, losing two.The argument from SI, however, does have some merit. Goff wasn’t ready for the spotlight with a limited Rams team, so perhaps a team like the Cardinals makes sense. They have an established veteran but know the clock is ticking. Coach Bruce Arians would like a quarterback like Goff, who is 6-foot-4 and has a strong throwing arm.On top of that, Nkemdiche didn’t wow Arizona in his rookie season either. He has dealt with ankle injuries during the early season and was ineffective when he finally took the field. In five games, he recorded only one tackle and one pass defensed. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After evaluating their rookie seasons, Sports Illustrated re-drafted the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, with the Arizona Cardinals going in an interesting direction.The re-draft begins with the Los Angeles Rams, who do not select Jared Goff but instead bring Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott from 135 to first overall.Goff doesn’t leave the NFC West, though. The Cardinals draft him instead of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th pick. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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According to government propaganda,it is the most unique programme for childhood developmentpre-school education and breaking the vicious cycle of malnutritionmorbidityreduced learning capacity and mortality in the world If there was a grain of truth in this claim half of Indias children would not be malnourished As an optimist and a believer in Dr Manmohan Singhs fundamental decency and economic common senseI have continued to hope that he would realise that schemes of the ICDS kind are a total waste of taxpayers money I have continued to hope that he would have discovered in his sixth year as Prime Minister that if he can replace tokenism with some concreteworkable schemes to end poverty and malnutrition his name will be written in Indian history in letters of gold Butto conclude on a cheerful notehe has given us Kapil Sibal in the HRD Ministry so all he needs to do is put all child welfare programmes under this ministry Andperhaps by next Independence Day we could have something to really celebrate: every Indian child in school and every Indian child with access to at least one hot meal a day Nowthat would be a real tribute to Mahatma Gandhi instead of the tokenism of naming useless schemes after him Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ tavleens For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Gautam Bhatia | Published: June 19 2009 1:34 am Related News Some years ago a government engineer won a competition for an ideal house for India with a cement and bamboo structure that cost only eight thousand rupees The engineers proposal won solely on the thrift of its construction That the structure was ill-lit and poorly ventilatedand entirely unsuited to the needs of its residents didnt matter When built in several districts in Rajasthan the houses were never occupied; most were used as storage bins for fodder Some of the governments largest and most visible follies are related to large scale public projects Ordinary utilitarian buildings such as post officesbus depots and railway stations are of repeating designs regardless of whether they are built in the deserts of Rajasthan or the peaks of Himachal Housing work related to the earthquakes of Bhujthe tsunami in Tamil Naduor flood relief in Andhra are invariably over budget After several years of publicly promoting a national competition for best design the External Affairs building in New Delhiwas eventually awarded to the CPWD In project after project there are gaping flaws related to designengineeringconstruction and finance Government intervention in low cost housing is invariably viewed as nothing more than a roof over peoples head An inept bureaucratic imaginationreigned in by stifling ruleslimited budgets and a lack of interest in the sociology of lifestyles has left its mark on some of the countrys most dire and dismal forms of real estate You see them in virtually every city: peeling plaster cubesshabbydispirited and treelessstretching in an endless smudge across the horizon An informal slum replaced by a formal one While President Patils proposal to make India slum-free in five years needs to be laudedit does raise questions about the governments capacity to take such a big leap The idea of spending over Rs 5000 crore on an effort that has so far yielded no dividends for the poor requires a serious realignment of strategy and purpose given the shortfall of 25 million urban homes How do you create affordable houses at a national scale without resorting to formula solutions Trivandrum-based architect Laurie Baker was one exception Concerned that low cost in most minds translates into poor qualityhe spent a lifetime creating unique settings for all his varied clients Whether a fishermans houseor one that belonged to cartoonist Abu Abraham the ideal was pursued with strict consistency What made his work even more remarkable was the way he drew creative sustenance from his clients requirementsbringing half-forgotten patterns of traditional construction to those dislocated by the unsuitable concrete slab designs of the city All this was achieved at a fraction of the cost of a conventional house As with all good thingsthe government chose to ignore the enormous potential Bakers work held for low cost housing An unimaginative and elephantine bureaucracywasteful time frames and budgetsantiquated normsand the vast array of middlemen involved in construction ensured that low cost housing was a profitable business for all involved An adoption of Laurie Bakers iconoclastic and frugal methods by the government would have threatened the very system that made low cost housingwelllow cost Even government housing in his home state of Kerala accepted none of the principles he incorporated in his buildings It is indeed unfortunate that the more formidable challenges of urban housing for the poor have so far been ignored by private builders But in the absence of a more egalitarian public land policythe parcelling of expensive prime land to private developers has led to a lopsided urban development With builders expecting larger profitable returns from luxury housing Belvedere Parks and Malibu Townes it is but natural that the urban poor remain in slums or beyond the boundaries of large towns Only nowgiven that the recession has cut into the profits from luxury apartmentssome builders have embarked down a more socially conscious road Most recentlythe Tatas have announced plans to extend the idea of Nano into housingTheir usefulness and quality are still parameters that will become apparent in the longer term of their occupancy The presidents proposal for a slum-free India is certainly heroicbut its execution must be guarded and carefully monitored Reclaiming peoples lives for the purpose of improving them is one thingbut doing so for improving the city is entirely another It would be interesting to see which of these is the motive for the presidents call The writer is a Delhi-based architect For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Sydney | Published: December 6 2016 3:50 pm Michael Cheika’s side has been trying to build depth and aiming for a young squad ahead of World Cup Top News The Wallabies believe they are on the right track after building depth in 2016 despite slumping to nine losses in a season where they thought they would close the gap on world champions New Zealand and win back the Bledisloe Cup Michael Cheika’s side returned from their end-of-season tour of Europe early on Tuesday having beaten Wales narrowly pipped Scotland and France then lost their final two games to Ireland and England Those losses book-ended a poor return for the team having been swept in a home series by England lost all three matches to New Zealand and also been beaten by one of the poorest South Africa sides in the long history of the Springboks Wallabies assistant coach Nathan Grey said the team had been trying to build depth and the new caps introduced to test rugby this year would help get the side back to the level they reached when they made last year’s World Cup final “Exposing some younger guys to that next level is something that we did on this trip” Grey said “The more you can expose those players to those step ups in intensity and performance are only going to hold Australian rugby in good stead” As well as building depth Australia showed they could challenge the All Blacks and England when their backline was at its most cohesive as in the first half against England last Saturday They also pushed the All Blacks in their third test in Auckland in October before a strong second half from the world champions side put the game away Flyhalf Bernard Foley echoed Grey’s confidence but also acknowledged that a lack of consistency at crucial times had hurt the Wallabies throughout the year “We’ve seen it this year in spurts and if we can play those games consistently every week I’m sure this team has the ability to compete with those sides and get back to where we want to be” he said The 27-year-old said the team having finished 2015 as comfortably the second best team in the world had entered 2016 with in a confident frame of mind before the reality check of the England series “There was a lot of optimism when we first got together this year and realistically we were shut down pretty quickly and so we had to rebuild and face the challenges” he said “I think out of those tough times and that adversity a lot of guys stood up and that’s where I think the optimism and the potential going forward is “Those tough times I think have put us in a really good position for future success” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Published: August 10 2016 12:56 pm In a sport where tenths of a point can mean the difference between a gold and no medal at all their winning margin of 8209 points was a blowout (Source: Reuters) Top News There were a few wobbles here and there even for Simone Biles but those imperfections could not stop the United States from blowing away the opposition to capture the Olympic women’s team title with a record margin on Tuesday America’s famous five of Biles Gabby Douglas Aly Raisman Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian proved that they are an untouchable force in gymnastics as they tumbled and soared to victory with a total of 184897 points In a sport where tenths of a point can mean the difference between a gold and no medal at all their winning margin of 8209 points was a blowout In fact there was only 4601 separating silver medallists Russia from last-placed finalist Brazil China trailed the Russians by just 0685 of a point to finish with bronze They put in such a spectacular performance that three-times world all around champion Biles needed to overhaul a target of just 7591 with her final floor performance to secure the first Olympic gold of her career It was little wonder that her team mates were already hugging and whooping for joy even before she had begun her hip-swinging routine to the beats of Samba music Her explosive and high-flying tumbling passes — which included her trademark soaring double layout with half twist at the end — had the Brazilian crowd roaring their approval and when she completed her final landing it was not a case of if the US were champions but by how much A score of 15800 confirmed the result and gave the US their second successive team gold Before Tuesday the previous biggest winning margin under the open ended scoring system which was introduced in 2006 was at the 2014 world championships when the Americans beat China by 6693 points For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh | Published: February 22 2017 5:36 am The BMW at Sector 3 Police Station in Chandigarh (Source: Express photo) Top News With main accused Baljit Singh Randhawa still at large Chandigarh police have approached one of his relatives who is a serving Additional Inspector General (AIG) in the Punjab Police for help The distant relatives of Randhawa are settled in Khanna Chandigarh police officials have also learnt that after committing the crime Randhawa stayed at the relatives house in Khanna Some of Randhawa’s family members are serving in Punjab police and his maternal grandfather Ajmer Singh also served in Punjab Police and was attached with former CM Partap Singh Kairon Watch What Else Is Making News: A member of the investigation team who conducted raids in Khanna said “The AIG got involved in the investigation and he is building pressure on family members of Randhawa to make him to surrender before the Chandigarh police Most of the family members especially the maternal side of Randhawa have switched off their cell phones and are on the run” Meanwhile ASI Napinder Singh posted at Sohana police station in Mohali and maternal uncle of Randhawa has been in touch with Chandigarh police since February 11 The BMW which was recovered was found registered on the residential address of ASI Napinder in Sector 23 during the course of investigation Akansh Sen was allegedly murdered by Harmehtab Singh Farid and Randhawa in Sector 9 on February 9 Farid was arrested when he was going to Haridwar on February 16 Farid’s police custody got extended for three days on February 19 which will be end on Wednesday DSP (central) Ram Gopal said “Raids were conducted at different places and at the residences of several relatives of Randhawa to nab him Farid will be produced in the local court on Wednesday His cell phone yet to be recovered” A case was registered at Sector 3 police station For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 1 2017 5:38 am A regular passenger trains was plied due to some technical issues Top News The trouble with Pune-Daund Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit (DEMU) continues with cancellation of two services on Friday The DEMU service that departs from Daund to Pune (71408) at 123 pm was cancelled so was the Pune-Daund (71409) which departs from Pune Station at 311 pm Also instead of Pune-Baramati DEMU service which had its scheduled departure at 645 pm a regular passenger trains was plied due to some technical issues On Wednesday and Thursday the DEMU services plied with a two-to-three hour delay resulting in much trouble for the passengers Officials said the cancellation was a repercussion of the delays of last two days as well as some technical difficulties that were faced at Daund for fuelling the DEMU engines For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 16 2016 7:32 pm Nitish Kumar can afford to attack central government over price rise and other economic issues but not GST (Source: PTI) Top News Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could not have missed this opportunity in his “national” interest After the GST Bill was passed with consensus in Parliament the monsoon session of Bihar’s legislature (Assembly and Council) was wrapped up too However Nitish took no time in announcing that a special session would be convened to pass the Bill and lend support to Centre’s landmark move Nitish Kumar can afford to attack central government over price rise and other economic issues but not GST After all it was the Nitish-led JDU-BJP coalition government that had lent support to the bill during the UPA government when he allowed his then deputy and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi to lead an empowered committee of state finance ministers on GST Sushil Modi had attended several meetings to bring about a consensus on GST and Nitish Kumar also took part of the credit for it then and later Nitish never spoke against the bill except for taking up the states concerns over the tax collection method and data compilation for transparent division of tax between the Centre and the states at some point of time after it is passed Since the bill is supported by all parties Nitish would not have gained anything politically by dissenting and more importantly making a U-on it The GST bill is now being talked of a national interest issue and lending support to it suits him politically as well In any case a party with two MPs in Lok Sabha and nine MPs in Rajya Sabha would not have gained much politically A senior JD (U) leader however linked GST support to Nitish Kumar’s politics in of “state ahead of his political affiliations” Here again Nitish Kumar may seek to take political the highg round of rising above “politics of confrontation” with the Centre At another level Nitish Kumar has many other issues he can grapple over with Prime Minister Narendra Modi If someone like Lalu Prasad – a sworn BJP adversary — can be on same page on GST with BJP Nitish is anyway much more comfortable with the idea For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Monza | Published: September 2 2017 10:21 am Vettel has led the championship from the outset in Australia arriving in Monza seven points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton (Source: Reuters) Top News The banners festooned along the main Monza grandstand are a constant reminder not that any is needed of the fervour facing Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari at the team’s home Italian Grand Prix this weekend “You cannot describe the passion You can only live it Forza Ferrari” displayed one “If you can dream it you can do it” read another Monza is renowned as Italy’s ‘Temple of Speed’ venerated by Ferrari’s fanatical ‘tifosi’ (fans) like nowhere else in motorsport On Sunday a giant Ferrari flag is sure to be unfurled across the grandstand seats while hordes of red-shirted supporters will flood onto the track as soon as the race is over to celebrate beneath the podium jutting out over them Memories of seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher a five-times winner with the Italian team at the circuit outside Milan still have a powerful resonance “It’s unbelievable: The atmosphere the tradition the history Even Enzo Ferrari was always talking about the Italian Grand Prix as THE grand prix” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene after Friday practice “This is the emotional part The public is fantastic; we can feel the vibe I think even yesterday it was only Thursday but we were feeling all the team the drivers the vibe of the tifosi and they were pushing us “The expectation is very very high Despite that we need to be humble because we know… that Monza is not really the best track for us Having said so our attitude will be humble but not surrendering” This year’s event has an added emotional ingredient with the sport’s oldest and most successful team celebrating the 70th anniversary of founder Enzo’s first car with their most competitive season in years Vettel has led the championship from the outset in Australia arriving in Monza seven points clear of Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton after a knife-edge battle to the chequered flag in Belgium last weekend That may not last beyond Sunday with Hamilton also expected to break on Saturday the record he holds with Schumacher of 68 pole positions Ferrari have not won a drivers’ title for a decade not since Finn Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and the last Ferrari driver to win at Monza was Spaniard Fernando Alonso in 2010 but hopes are high nonetheless that this year will be different “If the chance is there we will take it of course” said Vettel who ended practice a close third behind the two Mercedes “Of course it would be something very special to win here – also given the anniversary – but it would be a bad sign if we were only to try hard here and not anywhere else “We try hard everywhere but probably the emotions would be bigger here” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News

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