New Delhi: Public procurement portal GeM is working on a series of steps including a mechanism for timely payment to vendors and rating buyers and sellers to promote its growth, a senior government official said. The Commerce Ministry launched Government e-Marketplace (GeM), an online platform for public procurement, in August 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government, which runs in several lakh crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are working on several things like ensuring timely payment to vendors, helping MSMEs get working capital from banks and rating of both buyer and seller to improve efficiency,” the official said. Currently, a buyer has to pay in 10 days to vendor, but it is not being implemented properly. “Timely payment will help government in promoting competition among vendors and MSME growth. We are working on a system which would strictly ensure payments in a fixed timeline to the vendor if quality and other things are okay,” the official added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGeM is also formulating a mechanism to rate both sellers and buyers. If a buyer does not pay on time, the rating will be affected and sellers would be cautious in delivering goods and services. Similarly, if a seller does not deliver goods on time and if there are quality issues, the rating will be bad. Good ratings will help sellers in getting working capital at affordable cost from banks on sharing transaction history. “So we are working on all these steps. Banks can see rating and risk history of buyers and accordingly lend at low cost also. Through this, we can establish credit linkage to MSMEs,” the official added. The government is also considering to widen the ambit of GeM by permitting government contractors and private bulk buyers to use the platform for buying goods and services. Currently, they are not allowed to procure goods and services from the GeM platform managed by the Commerce and Industry Ministry. At present, government departments, ministries, public sector units, state governments, and Central Armed Police Forces are allowed to carry out transactions through this portal. West Bengal-cadre IAS officer Talleen Kumar was recently appointed as the new chief executive officer of GeM. According to GeM, 2,72,283 sellers and service providers have registered with the portal so far to sell 12,00,481 products and 15,982 services. The government has made it mandatory for all the departments and ministries to source goods and services from its e-marketplace. The portal provides a wide range of products from office stationery to vehicles. Automobiles, computers and office furniture are currently the top product categories. Services, including transportation, logistics, waste management, web casting and analytical, among others, are listed on the portal. Public procurement worth Rs 50,000 crore is expected to take place through GeM during 2019-20, up from Rs 33,366 crore currently.
APTN National NewsThe Alberta government’s newly appointed tar sands panel is only a few days old, but one of its members has already quit.Professor Helen Ingram from the University of California was supposed to help the province design a credible way to monitor the effects of the tar sands industry on the environment.Instead, the Alberta government’s efforts to repair the tar sand’s image are in tatters.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more.
BOGOTA — When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S. affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company, it was a rare glimmer of hope for the American families of six oil executives jailed for over a year without a trial in the South American nation.But a month later, the families complain they are still being left to fend for themselves as much as ever by the men’s employer, Houston-based Citgo, which until the takeover had been the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil giant known as PDVSA.Citgo has emerged as a major prize in the battle for power between President Nicolas Maduro and Guaido. The families insist their loved ones are collateral damage in that high-stakes fight.Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press
Secretary-General António Guterres today said he and the international community “wish for peace and democracy in Venezuela,” and stressed in a statement that a solution must be found by Venezuelans alone. “The way out is through an agreement, elections and respect for fundamental rights and constitutional powers,” the Secretary-General said calling for national dialogue between the Government and the opposition to eradicate violence and other abuses, and to preserve an agreed constitutional path. Briefing journalists in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), noted that it has received accounts from several sources that some members of the Venezuelan security forces have “used repressive tactics, intimidating and instilling fear, to try to deter people from demonstrating.” In addition, thousands of demonstrators have reportedly been arbitrarily detained. “We are very concerned that more than 450 civilians have reportedly been brought before military tribunals,” OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssel said. “We urge the Government to immediately end this practice, which is against international human rights law, particularly due process guarantees. Civilians accused of a crime or an illegal act should appear before a civilian court,” Ms. Throssel said, urging all those who have been arbitrarily detained to be released. This Sunday, Venezuela is scheduled to hold a public consultation organized by the opposition-led National Assembly and other groups. Questions will include President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution. The OHCHR spokesperson urged authorities “to respect the wishes of those who want to participate in this consultation and to guarantee people’s rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.” An independent human rights expert today echoed the concerns, urging Venezuelan authorities to comply with international rights standards. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Annalisa Ciampi, said she was also worried about alleged intimidation of protesters and opposition members by police. “Coercion is never an answer to the legitimate demands for democracy and to people’s expression of frustrations against the background of economic and social unrest triggered by increasing poverty and deteriorating living conditions,” Ms. Ciampi said. Number of Venezuelan asylum seekers soarsAs the situation in Venezuela continues, the number of asylum applications by citizens of that country has soared and is projected to continue growing, according to UNHCR. Last year, there were some 27,000 Venezuelan asylum seekers worldwide; this year, over 52,000 have applied for asylum. UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said even this figure represents “only a fraction” of the total number of Venezuelans who may be in need of international protection, as many do not register as asylum seekers, despite fleeing because of violence and insecurity. “Due to bureaucratic obstacles, long waiting periods and high application fees, many Venezuelans opt to remain in an irregular situation instead of using asylum or migratory procedures to regularize their stay,” Mr. Spindler told journalists in Geneva. He added that the large influx of Venezuelans has posed challenges, including international protection and physical security considerations, lack of documentation and exploitation, among others. “UNHCR is also concerned that indigenous groups living along Venezuela’s borders with Brazil and Colombia are being increasingly affected by the situation and have fled their home territories,” Mr. Spindler said. “Particular attention to the rights of these communities as well as a differentiated and targeted protection and humanitarian response is required,” he added.
ERIE, Pa. — Kevin Hancock’s power-play goal 6:33 into the third period was the winner as the Owen Sound Attack edged the Erie Otters 2-1 on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action.Daylon Groulx also scored for the Attack (14-10-3), while Mack Guzda made 21 saves for the win.Gera Poddubnyi was the lone scorer for the Otters (10-15-1).Daniel Murphy turned away 49 shots in net for Erie.Owen Sound was 1 for 3 on the power play and the Otters were 1 for 4 with the man advantage.—67’S 6 FRONTENACS 2KINGSTON, Ont. — Sasha Chmelevski put away the power-play winner as Ottawa rolled past the Frontenacs.Noel Hoefenmayer, Kody Clark, Matthew Maggio, Tye Felhaber and Hudson Wilson rounded out the attack for the 67’s (21-3-4), who have earned a point in 21-straight games.Paul Larabie and Jakob Brahaney supplied the offence for Kingston (7-19-1).The Canadian Press
Head coach Urban Meyer walks into Ohio Stadium for his first game since returning from his suspension. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEven though Penn State now has a new offensive coordinator in Ricky Rahne, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in Tuesday’s Big Ten Teleconference he does not see much of a difference between the Nittany Lions’ offensive approach this season compared to the 2017 season with Joe Moorhead. He said the Penn State offense still revolves around both the running game, with junior running back Miles Sanders, and the dual-threat ability of redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley. “You give them credit because Miles Sanders pops right in there and he’s an outstanding player,” Meyer said. “We kind of saw glimpses of that last year, so a lot of respect for him, but the quarterback is the guy that gets this thing going.” Meyer added that the Penn State offensive line is a major factor in each of the rushing successes of both McSorley and Sanders, saying it’s one of the best groups he has ever seen. However, with McSorley, a player he has coached against before, Meyer sees the same thing he has seen each year he has played Penn State. “His competitive spirit is unique to great players and that is what he is,” Meyer said. With this, Meyer said he will have to have all hands on deck facing the No. 1 scoring offense in the Big Ten, including redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland. Meyer said in the teleconference that Borland has been on a snap count as he recovers from an Achilles injury, but is a full-go moving forward, something Meyer said, a coach would not necessarily expect after an injury like this. “We’ve had him in somewhat of a limited role and really watching him because a lot of times with an Achilles injury, he would not be back until November,” Meyer said. “But he fits his name. He’s tough as steel.”Running game needs to stay on schedule Even when facing a defense that has a number of new starters, Meyer said the offense, specifically the running game, will have to be in top form on Saturday. “You have to stay in schedule and this is a team that takes great pride in taking you off schedule with their pressure,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a move-the-chains type of game and continue to get first downs and get field position.” In last Saturday’s win over Tulane, sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins led all Ohio State rushers with 55 yards. Also, redshirt junior running back Mike Weber was sidelined after the first half with a foot strain, something Meyer said, Monday, would not hinder him from playing against Penn State. However, Meyer said the defensive scheme is very similar from Penn State teams of the past. “Very active front, schematically, they are pretty much the same as they have always been, which is they can rush you from both sides and both edges of the offense,” Meyer said. Playoff Talk With a top-10 matchup this weekend between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State, Meyer was asked about the College Football Playoff system and whether it was a good representation for the best teams. He said he thinks the committee does a solid job, but it would not be able to please everyone. “I think they do a great job,” Meyer said. “If you have six, then it’s the seventh, eighth team going to be unhappy. If it’s eighth, ninth and 10th team is going to be unhappy, so I don’t know exactly. I know Gene Smith is involved, but we rarely talk about it.” The playoff is not something Ohio State is focused on at this point. Meyer said the focus is solely on McSorley and Penn State on Saturday. “There is no issue with that,” Meyer said. “This is all about getting ready for a very good team.”
Moving on to a new challenge a decade since Grand Slam glory “The death knell for me was my last season in Gloucester. That did a lot of damage to me.” Share Tweet Email 6 Comments Source: Shane Monahan/Twitter “It’s not going to do much good for a coach if he’s giving academy boys a chance but they’re losing every week, because then he’ll lose his job. But getting them in as young as possible should be a big aim. One year with the first team is worth at least three in an academy.”When Gloucester didn’t renew his contract in the summer of 2015, Monahan had other options in England and Wales but he decided on a move back to Ireland. Munster were only in a position to offer him a three-month deal to cover their World Cup absentees, but — uncertain about his future in the game — that suited Monahan just fine. Interests outside of rugby were beginning to vie for his attention.He enjoyed his time working under the late Anthony Foley and played three times in the Guinness Pro12. Although he wouldn’t have turned his nose up at a contract extension, Monahan was content to move on — not to a different club, but to another sport entirely. He had been keen to try his hand at mixed martial arts and spent nearly six months training last year at Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, before competing in an amateur bout in August.Monahan intends to return to MMA training eventually, but at the moment his time is precious. He recently unveiled Limor, an intriguing social audio app for which he has big plans. The app hasn’t yet been given a proper launch but it’s already gathering momentum, with former team-mates like Jim Hamilton spreading the word. If you haven’t already you need to check out and #download my new #socialaudio app @Limorapp which now includes #voicecomments @AppStore 🗣🎤👌— Shane Monahan (@themainmanmono) March 10, 2017 Image: James Crombie/INPHO Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM http://the42.ie/3275937 24,847 Views Shane Monahan training with Munster in September 2015. FOR A MAN who aspired to be a professional rugby player from the age of 12, Shane Monahan is surprisingly comfortable with accepting that his career in the game has been over since he was just 28.“That was a gradual process for me. I’m at this point after probably two years of stepping away,” Monahan says.“I think a lot of lads who have problems with leaving the game are in that situation because it happens overnight. They’re professional rugby players at the top of their game, earning six-figure contracts, and the next day they’re a former rugby player earning no money at all. That’s a very difficult thing for anyone.”This Thursday will mark exactly 10 years to the day since Monahan played for the last Ireland U20 team to win a Six Nations Grand Slam. Under the stewardship of Eric Elwood, they finished the job in Italy on 16 March, 2007. But the hardest work had already been done by a team that included Monahan, Keith Earls, Felix Jones, Darren Cave, Ian Keatley, Cian Healy, Sean O’Brien and Tommy O’Donnell.“It’s funny,” laughs Monahan. “Every year the U20s don’t win a Grand Slam, we’re like: ‘We have it for another year, lads!’ That was one of the best times of my life. You weren’t under any contract at that stage so it was just purely for the love of rugby and aiming to get to where you wanted to go. Keith Earls on the attack for Ireland U20s against Scotland in 2007, with Shane Monahan in support. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“But at the same time it also just felt like having another box ticked and moving on to the next thing. The U20s was U20s and we all wanted to play senior for Ireland, so it was just a stepping stone. You look back at that team now, so many of them went on to become internationals and Lions. Some of the best players in the history of Irish rugby have come out of that team. I’m very lucky to have been part of that.”Although he wasn’t the most notable graduate of that successful team, Monahan did play a crucial role. The Drogheda native’s biggest contribution came in the game against England in Athlone.The night before a memorable victory for Eddie O’Sullivan’s Ireland at Croke Park, the U20s got a significant weekend for Irish rugby off to a perfect start by recording a 13-6 win. Monahan scored the only try of the game as Ireland picked up their third successive victory, having already accounted for Wales and a French side containing Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget and Francois Trinh-Duc.“It was a terrible night in Athlone for that England game in terms of the weather conditions. Wet and windy, as usual,” Monahan recalls. “But it was a great night too. Getting that try was a big moment for me. You always want to make a big impact on a game. Sometimes games can pass you by and you’re always trying to make your mark. Thankfully I did that night and it’s a special memory to have.” Monahan (right) celebrates with Paul O’Donohoe and Cian Healy after his try against England. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOAfter that Grand Slam triumph, Monahan was well on track to realise his professional rugby dream. Having cut his teeth with Boyne RFC, the versatile back progressed through the Leinster academy. However, for a young lad to make his presence felt in a back department made up of Contepomi, O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Horgan, Fitzgerald, Nacewa, Dempsey, Kearney, Sexton and McFadden, among others, was quite a considerable task.After a few years with Leinster and a season at Connacht, Monahan was 24 and could count his number of senior appearances on one hand. He opted to look beyond the provinces for competitive rugby and found it in the second tier in England. During a season with Rotherham Titans, Monahan ran in 11 tries and Gloucester were impressed.In the summer of 2012, he signed a contract for one year at Kingsholm and ended up being retained for two more. New Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies brought him in as a replacement for winger Lesley Vainikolo — who had departed for La Rochelle — and Monahan delivered. He scored seven tries in 20 games in his debut season.“That was the best year I’ve ever had,” he says. “There were then top-four teams in the Premiership who wanted to sign me. Within a year and a half of being told that I wasn’t good enough in Ireland, Munster wanted to sign me on a two-year contract. That will tell you how fickle sport is.” Monahan left Leinster for Rotherham Titans in 2011. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOAt the end of the season, Monahan’s form brought him to the attention of Les Kiss. Following the departure of Declan Kidney, Kiss had taken temporary charge of the Ireland squad for games against USA and Canada during a summer tour of North America.“He rang me and said, ‘Do you want to play for Ireland?’ Obviously I did,” Monahan explains. “But I only ended up being a reserve so I didn’t get to travel. I think if I had signed for Munster I would have went on that tour. I knew that was a big decision I was making. I was just really enjoying it at Gloucester and I felt that I could play for Ireland if I kept playing well there anyway.”Injury restricted Monahan to just 10 games during his second season at Gloucester, but he still managed to chip in with six tries — four of which came in the final two games of the campaign. There were further injury setbacks in the 2014/15 season, but his problems were compounded by changes on the coaching and management front.David Humphreys came in as director of rugby and Laurie Fisher was appointed head coach. Despite his versatility and try-scoring pedigree, Monahan didn’t feature prominently in their plans. Thus began the gradual process of falling out of love with rugby, he says. By Paul Dollery Shane Monahan training with Munster in September 2015. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Monahan in possession during his competitive debut for Gloucester against Worcester Warriors. Source: David Jones“The death knell for me was my last season in Gloucester. That did a lot of damage to me. Stocks and shares is how I like to compare those situations. In my first season, my stock was high. But in that last season, because I wasn’t playing in such a competitive environment, my stock gradually went down.“I got heat stroke during pre-season, which nearly killed me. Then I dislocated my shoulder, which kept me out for about 17 weeks. You’re already not playing and then you get injured. Other clubs start to look at you as a liability in terms of an investment. You’re hoping for that opportunity, that someone will have that belief. You’re battling with politics off the field, you’re training as hard as everyone else but you don’t get to do what you love, which is play games. That’s very disheartening and it really had an impact on my whole outlook.“I was very much a momentum player. The more I played, the better I got. The longer I was out, the rustier I got. I played 28 games in a row with Rotherham, which was more rugby than I played in four or five years in Ireland, and I got a Premiership contract from that. I followed that up with the best season I ever had at the highest level.”He adds: “My style of play is like Marmite — some people love it, some don’t. The new coaches that came in at Gloucester didn’t. It was as simple as that, which is fair enough, but I always think you should give people an opportunity to show what they can do. I wasn’t given that. Any coach who gave me an opportunity, I showed them what I could do. In rugby, and sport in general I suppose, it all comes down to getting opportunities.” Monahan is tackled by Peter O’Mahony during a 2014 Heineken Cup meeting of Gloucester and Munster. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat’s a message Monahan would convey to any youngster pursuing a career in professional rugby, just as he was a decade ago. The academy environment at Irish provinces is highly competitve and the margin for error is slim. It might not be the preferred route to the top for Irish players, but Monahan wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a detour abroad if opportunities at home are scarce.“Academies can be brilliant, depending on how they work,” he says. “When I was in the Leinster academy it was during the Michael Cheika era. There was little to no involvement of academy boys in the senior team. You had some of the top guys — Cian Healy, Luke Fitzgerald, Sean O’Brien — but other than that we were playing AIL every week and maybe four ‘A’ games. There was no chance to get exposed to high-level rugby.“It wasn’t until I left Ireland and got consistent rugby that I could show what I could do. Players should go wherever they have the best chance of playing first-team rugby. It’s difficult because academies can be very protective of players as they want to have the potential next superstar. But if they don’t get that out of one group then they move on to the next.“Academies are great for developing guys physically and I’m sure at Leinster that it’s way better now than it was. I’m sure it has evolved. But there’s a lot of factors involved obviously. There’s pressure on the coach because he’s there to win games and cups. You have to develop and prepare for the future, of course, but winning now is the priority. Nice feeling to get the hand raised after a hard fight! @Wimp2Warrior #mma #debut #1-0 pic.twitter.com/SbQhMvjkUT— Shane Monahan (@themainmanmono) August 14, 2016 Short URL Mar 11th 2017, 10:00 AM It’s nearly 18 months since Monahan, who turns 30 next month, last played a game of rugby. He hasn’t officially retired, but taking his current circumstances into account, he’s honest enough to accept that his career in the game is over.“Realistically with the way things are going for me now in business and stuff like that, I won’t be going back,” he says. “There’s no way you can be a professional rugby player and run a start-up company as well. The time commitment would be impossible.“Rugby is a very fickle industry as well in the sense that it’s a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. I haven’t played professional rugby in well over a year now. I’d be starting from the ground up again, trying to get a contract. The game is so competitive that it would be very, very difficult, especially at my age, to get in. I’d be swimming against the tide.“For a good year I didn’t miss it at all. Recently and around Six Nations time you start to feel it, and I’ve started to watch Premiership rugby again. I certainly do miss playing and being in a group environment with all the lads. Monahan on the charge for Munster against Cardiff Blues. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“But I do like the freedom I have now. Because I didn’t clock up that much mileage over the years, my body is in great shape too compared to a lot of the lads I know. I’ve got a lot to look forward to on the business side and that’s where my passion is now. I can thank my lucky stars really. I’m very content with where I am.”Monahan knows that fairytale endings are rare in sport. He’s therefore not kept awake at night by wondering what might have been. Not winning a senior cap for Ireland is a regret, but there’s peace of mind in casting his mind back to that phonecall from Les Kiss.Monahan: “It didn’t happen but I feel that at least I know I was good enough to play for Ireland, so there’s no ‘what if?’ feelings about it. I know in my own mind that I was good enough to play at that level. That will do for me at this stage.”Ex-Munster forwards coach leaves role with GloucesterMonahan puts rugby career on hold for a taste of life as an MMA fighter Source: Shane Monahan/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
IN 2010 IRELAND had nearly 3,000 unfinished developments. Today that number is 420.The ghost estates which epitomised Ireland’s property and economic crash are now “largely gone” says junior Housing Minister Damien English.Speaking at the launch of the fifth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments, English said the problem will not soon be forgotten, but the problem was nearly solved.The report from the Department of Housing shows that there has been an 85% drop in the unfinished developments since 2010 from nearly 3000 to 420. 2016 alone saw the resolution of 248 developments.The survey also found that 2,000 units are currently being utilised for social housing purposes.English said that it was his objective to resolve all remaining unfinished housing developments “especially those within high market demand locations”.The report shows that South Dublin County Council is the first local authority area to have zero unfinished developments.English added:“[It is my] objective for the following year is to bring back vacant units into reuse for social housing purposes with the potential acquisition or leasing of 1,300 vacant units as a major objective for 2017.”Read: UK announces ban on large electronic devices on Middle East flights Short URL Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 5:32 PM 29 Comments Share9 Tweet Email4 Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 21st 2017, 5:32 PM By Paul Hosford ‘Largely gone’: Ghost estates are rapidly disappearing South Dublin County Council is the first local authority area to have zero unfinished developments. http://jrnl.ie/3299386 23,795 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Actress Angelina Jolie cut her risk of breast cancer considerably this year, but interest in preventative cancer screens is not high in migrant women. Just one in three Victorian women from some non-English speaking backgrounds are having regular breast screens according to BreastScreen Victoria. The figure is well below the general Victorian screening participation rate of 55% for women aged 50-69. As BreastScreen Victoria begins its third round of a campaign to increase screening rates particularly in women aged 50-69, BreastScreen Victoria CEO Vicki Pridmore says that it is critical that all Victorian women are given the opportunity to have a potentially life-saving mammogram. Data released by BreastScreen Victoria shows that women from German and Dutch-speaking homes are the least likely to be screened (33% and 34% participation rates respectively) followed by Tagalog (39%), Sinhalese (42%) and Mandarin (42%). Ms Pridmore says these figures are concerning and she urges all women, no matter their background, to take advantage of the free service, with screens conducted by a woman and taking only 10 minutes every two years. “The results of the BreastScreen Victoria analysis are worrying as there are 11 nationalities, a mix of Asian and European, with a non-English speaking background falling below the state average,” she says. “To help us reach these women, BreastScreen Victoria is asking members of each community to spread the word about the importance of regular screening. “It’s important to note that BreastScreen Victoria provides in-language materials and an interpreter service where required to help all women access our service,” Ms Pridmore says. One woman taking up this challenge is CEO of the Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre Rosemary Kelada, who has an Italian-Egyptian background and is herself a breast cancer survivor. “I got breast cancer but it didn’t mean the end of the world. It has been hard, for me and for my family, but what I am getting out of that experience is the firm belief that it is now my role to spread the message about the importance of getting screened,” she says. “Through my work I know there are many women in the 50-69 age bracket who do not speak English. I would urge family members and members of the community to stress the importance of breast screening.” While screen rates for many nationalities were low, the research also showed some nationalities excelling. “When we look at the results from the other end of the spectrum, what’s pleasing is that we have Turkish and Vietnamese women above the state average at 68% and 66% respectively,” Ms Pridmore says. The BreastScreen Victoria data analysis is taken from the 2010 – 2012 screening period.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Police say they will take those three men in the Gary Mead murder to court tomorrow morning instead; a Provo wideelectricity failure forced a change in time to deal with the trio charged by Police with the brutal killing of the American investor and long time resident, Gary Mead.Among the charges are: possession of firearm and conspiracy to rob. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
OLYMPIA — Seven members of Washington’s 12-member congressional delegation have asked the U.S. government to respect the state’s marijuana legalization effort and provide guidance about the industry’s fate.In a letter released Tuesday, the members of Congress asked the Department of Justice to not preempt the new law or prosecute residents acting in compliance with state law. While Washington voters approved an initiative last year to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the substance remains illegal under federal law.“We urge DOJ to expeditiously announce a course of action that will respect the will of these voters, and to work cooperatively with our states during the implementation of these laws,” the lawmakers wrote.The letter was signed by all of the state’s Democratic members of Congress, except for U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen. None of the state’s Republican representatives signed the letter.Larsen spokesman Bryan Thomas noted that marijuana remained illegal under federal law and that the Department of Justice is responsible for enforcing federal law.
Share Wikipedia CommonsHarris County Public Health has confirmed the first death related to West Nile Virus of 2018.Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed a West Nile Virus (WNV) related death in Harris County. It is the first WNV-related death in the county for 2018. The patient, whose identity remains confidential, was a 45-54 year-old male from Southwest Harris County and had underlying chronic health conditions.West Nile season typically runs from June through October. As of September 20, 303 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. The areas where those samples have been detected have been sprayed to reduce the risk of disease.So far this year, a total of six human cases of WNV have been confirmed (including this WNV related death) in Harris County and the city of Houston.Most people who are infected with West Nile will not develop any symptoms.However, about 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.More severe signs and symptoms can include high fever, stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk.People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk. About 1 out of 10 people who develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system die. To protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, HCPH recommends the following:Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, Paramenthanediol, 2-undecanone. Always follow the product label instructions.If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.Remove/empty containers that can hold water such as tires, flowerpots and toys.Change water in birdbaths and pet water bowls every 3 to 5 days.Keep rain gutters free of debris.Make sure screens are in good condition.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addresses the media on Wednesday.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed criticisms of her announcement of a new mentorship initiative aimed at young Black males during her State of the City address.“[My] call to action has been misunderstood by some in the community as my attempt to blame our community for the problem. I had no such intent; it was a very, very sincere ask for help. How can we work together better to tackle this issue that we all care about?” said Rawlings-Blake.During her State of the City address on Monday, the mayor said, “We show anger over police misconduct, but far too often, we ignore something that should cause just as much outrage. Of the 211 tragic killings in our city last year, 189 were African-American men. One-hundred and eighty-nine. We need to end the violence in our community.”She then announced a campaign to recruit mentors, tutors and job training coaches and connect them with young Black males in the city, in an effort to reduce violence.The mayor drew ire from some quarters for the way she framed the problem. The Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, community activist and pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, responded on his Facebook page, writing, “I am so tired of the convenient and disingenuous trope about Black-on-Black crime which appeals to White sensibilities, serves the status quo and obscures deeper, systemic issues that are often ignored. I’m equally tired of the presentation of this false dichotomy which attempts to pit protestors against practitioners – as if those of us who are protesting are not mentoring, coaching, pastoring, counseling, teaching, and doing our part to address the material conditions of our community as well.”On March 12, the mayor said that in making the call for more volunteers to get involved in the life of Baltimore’s youth, she was addressing an important need.“We have waiting lists for African-American young men who have enough sense to know that they need or want a mentor, and their call has been unanswered…,” she said. “We might not solve the problems of racism and poverty by the end of the month, but by the end of the month, if we want to, we can close that waiting list of young men who want and need a responsible adult in their life. We can make progress there, and that’s what this call to action is about.”email@example.com
The Ministry of Social Development worker Tania Ramirez said: “Trans people don’t reach old age.”“They are a vulnerable community and the police and the state detained and tortured trans people during the dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s and these tactics continued into the democratic era.”The scholarship offered intends to tackle the fact that 75 percent of trans people in Uruguay don’t finish high school according to the 2016 census.Uruguay in 2009 passed a bill which for the first time allowed transgender people to legally change name and gender on documents.Then in 2013, the country’s president signed same-sex marriage into law.In doing so, Uruguay became the 12th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A new bill in Uruguay could serve to pay compensation to transgender citizens for past persecution.The bill would also act as an action plan to curb anti-trans discrimination in the country. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tory MP proposes American-style trans toilet restrictions in UKTrans kids guide is ‘inaccurate and deeply damaging’, say LGBT activistsUK PM wants to ‘de-medicalize’ changing your legal genderPINK NEWS- Uruguay has historically treated its trans community poorly and the bill is intended to recognise that.One trans woman Sandra Valin told Market Place News: “When I was a kid I was a target because I was flamboyant and feminine, it was horrible, and it didn’t end with the dictatorship — the persecution continued into the 1990s.”Valin and others have pushed the government to change the gender recognition process and to put in place protections for transgender people.The proposals announced by the government on Monday would allow trans people to legally change name and gender on official documents.It would also mean a scholarship to transgender people to improve education rates.Trans people born before 1975 would be issued with a monthly pension to make up for economic hardships historically experienced by the trans community.
Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said on Sunday the government had approved a €100,000 to combat marine pollution around the coastal city.Nicolaides announced the move during a clean-up event by divers on the seabed at the old port for the second year running.Nicolaides said pollution in the Limassol marine area, but also more widely, was a huge problem that has plagued the city in recent years, adding that after coordination with relevant government departments, it was agreed to upgrade surveillance and the process of preventing pollution “if and when it occurs, through the use of experts and companies dealing with these issues.”The mayor welcomed the fact that the transport ministry supported the effort by approving a budget of €100,000 to resolve the problem in Limassol.He thanked the divers for their annual initiative in helping the effort.“They are sending strong messages that we all need to help, each in our own way to keep the seabed, coastal areas and beaches as clean as possible,” he added.The head of the divers group, Savvas Minas, said the annual campaign was becoming an institution and that they were active not only in Limassol but in all coastal areas. They had already carried out a clean-up in Paphos and will next cover the Larnaca and Famagusta areas.On Sunday divers removed soft-drinks cans, bottles and other junk, including an old cellphone.You May LikeSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionSchlagwerk 60C80 Log DrumSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionUndoForReasonHow To Dress For Work In The SummerForReasonUndoKiwiReportShe Was A Huge Star in The 00’s, Now She Lives An Ordinary LifeKiwiReportUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoModi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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