Thirteen arrested by fraud squad at Heron Tower

first_imgTuesday 3 March 2015 9:15 pm A FINANCIAL services firm based in the Heron Tower had its offices raided by the police’s fraud squad yesterday, resulting in 13 em­ploy­ees being arrested.City of London police confirmed that 13 workers – 10 men and three women – were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, conspiracy to defraud, and money laundering.The raid was in full flow yesterday morning at the offices on Bishopsgate, and ran for several hours into the afternoon. It is a police-led operation, yet has been supported by the Financial Conduct Authority – the City watchdog. A spokesperson for the Heron Tower said: “We do not comment on matters relating to our tenants”.A witness in the building said they had seen police interviewing staff on the premises, and that sniffer dogs had been used. Another source said the police are expected to have a presence at the offices “for some time”. Express KCS whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULL Thirteen arrested by fraud squad at Heron Tower last_img read more

Championship Diary: New jerseys, online lotto and championship action in other counties

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Previous articleCoronavirus: No further deaths and 79 new cases as Laois has fewer than five againNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, August 22, 2020 LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp New jerseys for Park-RatheniskaThe generosity of local businesses to their GAA clubs is always lovely to see and the latest Laois club to be presented with a set of jerseys are Park-Ratheniska.Local builder Brian Kelly recently presented a new set of jerseys to his club. For the photo he was joined by his children Rachel and Jennifer as he presented the jerseys to club chairman John Kelly who was joined by his son Sean.Also in for the photo was Park-Ratheniska football manager Kieran Kelly as well as aselectors Pat Brennan and Brendan Delaney. Laois ladies football season to restart next week with busy schedule of gamesThe Laois Ladies senior football championship resumes next week with a host of fixtures scheduled across the week.The Laois LGFA have fixed games for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night with senior, intermediate and junior fixtures pencilled in.Two of the five rounds in the senior championship have been played so far but the other three rounds were due to be played on the three Saturdays that were included in the lockdown period that covered Laois, Offaly and Kildare. Twitter Home Sport GAA Championship Diary: New jerseys, online lotto and championship action in other counties SportGAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st August 2020 Pinterest End of an era as two Portlaoise stalwarts call time on football careerIf the Laois football championship does get the go-ahead to resume next week, champions Portlaoise will continue their quest for dominance as they seek a fourth title in a row and a 13th in 14 years.They’ll do so under new management with former player Kevin Fitzpatrick now at the helm having taken over from Niall Rigney for the 2020 season.And they’ll also do so without three of their longest-serving players. Brian ‘Bruno’ McCormack announced his retirement last year while goalkeeper Michael Nolan and defender Brian Mulligan have also stepped away after hugely successful careers. Read full story here.  After an enforced wait of two weeks, Park-Ratheniska begin their junior football championship campaign on Monday night when they host Castletown in the opening round of the Laois JFC ‘A’.Barrowhouse GAA launch online club lotto All clubs are having to deal with a loss of income at this time and with no real opportunity for fundraising ventures, have had to seek out opportunities online.Barrowhouse GAA club are one that have opted for an online lotto to raise much-needed funds to keep the club grounds and facilities in good condition and put in place procedures to combat Covid-19 and stop the spread of the virus.“We need funding to put these things in place,” said club PRO Keith Langton. “We are having to do things differently now and this is why we have brought out our online lotto app.“It’s simple to use and very user friendly. We will also be using this app for other activities once we have it all set up but for now we only have the lotto online at the moment.”It’s €2 per ticket for three for €5.You can check out the Barrowhouse GAA lotto here where you can buy you tickets.Kildare clubs facing longer spell on sidelinesWhile Laois clubs are on course to resume championship action next week, spare a thought for the Kildare clubs.With the county set to remain in lockdown for another two weeks due to the alarmingly high level of cases there, it means their championships will be put back another two weeks.Losing four weeks to play championship games in any season would be tough going but it makes it all the more difficult for officials trying to organise games.And there is also the knock on effect for the Kildare county teams. Their footballers are in the same Division 2 league campaign as Laois with games due to be played on October 17 and 24.Their senior football championship for example is comprised of 16 teams played in four groups of four. They’ve already played the opening round – meaning they still have two rounds of group games, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final to get through.Wexford first up with county final actionWexford GAA came under fire when they initially announced their fixture schedule with the hurling championship played off in a quick-fire format but they have played it off without any real complications and the final will be played this Sunday.It’s the first county final of the year and will be between Naomh Eanna of Gorey and Shelmaliers, who are from near the Curracloe seaside area.It’ll be a novel final, with Naomh Eanna only having won their first title in 2018 while Shelmaliers only success came in 2014. Conor McDonald is Naomh Eanna’s star man while county footballer Brian Malone and county hurler Simon Donohue are Shelmaliers key men.The game will be live on TG4 on Sunday.Dublin football down to quarter-final stage as heavyweights line upArguably the most competitive and high quality competition in the country, the Dublin senior football championship has been powering on in recent weeks and the quarter-final lineup is now almost confirmed.Seven of the eight quarter-finalists have been confirmed with Raheny and Oliver Plunketts set to meet in their re-arranged group game. That game was due to be on last week but was postponed after a Raheny player tested positive for Covid-19.The winners will have a great chance of going through to the quarter-final though Ciaran Kilkenny’s Castleknock side are still in contention too and could make it through on scoring difference.Whoever does go through will face the massive challenge of reigning Leinster champions Ballyboden-St Enda’s.The other three quarter-finals see St Jude’s play surprise package Skerries Harps, Kilmacud Crokes meet St Vincent’s and Ballymun Kickhams play Na Fianna. All four quarter-finals will be on the weekend of August 29-30.Tipp hurling quarter-finals throw up some interesting duelsDown the road in Tipperary, their senior hurling championship has also thrown up some fascinating fixtures.They also ran a 16-team competition with four groups of four and the quarter-final line up is to be played next weekend – all to be played in Thurles and streamed live.Reigning Munster club champions Borris Ileigh will play Seamus Callanan’s Drom and Inch; last year’s beaten finalists Killadangan will play Toomevara; Nenagh Eire Og meet Thurles Sarsfields; and Clonoulty-Rossmore meet Loughmore-Castleiney.Talking Sport Podcast: A Laois man in Longford, lifting the lockdown and no supporters at matchesWe’re back with our latest Talking Sport Podcast but as with everything in life now, there has to be a little bit of Coronavirus talk too.Laois is due to exit the localised lockdown on Sunday night and the lads are certainly hoping it is the case.Steven Miller is in the presenters chair once again this week and he is joined by Alan Hartnett and Graiguecullen’s Alan Malone.A brand new guest on the show, Malone is a strength and conditioning coach with the Longford footballers and also works full time with the Camogie Association.The lads consider all of the ways the Coronavirus restrictions are effecting the GAA and also take a hopeful look forward to the football matches which are to take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.You can listen to this week’s Talking Sport episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podbean. Laois GAA to increase streaming fee as hurling Round 1 turns €4,000 profitLaois GAA have decided to increase the fee they charge to watch championship matches on their streaming services.For Round 1 of the Senior hurling and football championships, supporters could watch games on Laois TV for €5 per match.But Laois GAA have decided to increase the subscription fee to €6 for Round 2 of both competitions. You can read the piece in full here.  Electric Picnic Photo: Paul DarganCourtwood native Kinsella set to be reappointed as Laois U-20 manager for 2021Eddie Kinsella is set to be reappointed as Laois U-20 football manager for 2021.The Courtwood native, and former All-Ireland final referee, has been chosen by the executive of Laois County Board to continue in the role that he filled this year.Kinsella took over from Arles-Killeen’s Billy O’Loughlin and led Laois to a second successive U-20 final where unfortunately, they came unstuck against Dublin. You can read the piece in full here.  Twitter TAGSChampionship Diary RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News Pinterest Three Laois players feature in the Irish Independent’s top 50 ladies footballers of all timeThree Laois ladies footballers are included in the Irish Independent’s list of top 50 players, which is published in the newspaper and online earlier this week.Sue Ramsbottom, the late Lulu Carroll and Connie Conway are all listed with Ramsbottom selected as the fourth best player of all time, behind Mayo’s Cora Staunton, Kerry’s Mary Jo Curran and Waterford’s Aine Wall.Only the top ten are listed in order, with the remainder in alphabetical order. You can read the full piece here.Mountrath who defeated Trumera in the Intermediate Hurling Final at O’Moore Park in 2001.Photo: Alf Harvey.County Final Memory: Mountrath beat neighbours Trumera to claim intermediate hurling honours in 2001Our County Final Memory series continues to look back on games from the past and this week it was the turn of Mountrath and their 2001 Laois intermediate hurling final success.They got the better of neighbours Trumera in a thrilling final with a couple of late points from ‘Mouse’ Russell helping Mountrath to a 1-12 to 1-9 win.You can read the full piece here as well as a selection of images from Alf Harvey. Facebook Championship Diary: New jerseys, online lotto and championship action in other countieslast_img read more

Sunshine Policy Would Have Been Counted out by Now.

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Daily NK – 2006.12.05 11:05am News SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China ※ The writer of this essay, Abdiel Lawrence, has always had interest on issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and Asian politics, and expressed interest in continuing study on North Korean issues at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University if the opportunity permits[imText1]The Sunshine Policy did not die on any specific day but there were three significant events which led to its timely death. Although I am not Korean, I pay attention to current events as it pertains to Korea and have just finished reading The Two Koreas by Don Oberdorfer. If the Sunshine Policy were a boxer, it would have been counted out by now because of three main blows, and those three main blows it received to its body were:May 31-June 1: The mayor and gubernatorial elections that occurred in South Korea and the massive defeat that Uri suffered at the hands of the GNP. The only victory Uri could point to was in Kwangju, while it failed to capture the mayor’s office in Seoul, Busan, Incheon, and Daegu while also losing in Daejon. These elections were seen as a vote of no confidence on Roh, and since he could not be voted out of office, similar to the recent midterm elections here in America, anybody in Uri that was associated with Roh just like any Republican who was associated with Bush, were thrown out on there rear ends. The resignation of Uri Party Chief Chung Dong-Young also displayed just how far and how fast Uri had fallen after all of the ballots were counted.July 4: North Korea firing missiles into the Sea of Japan caught everyone in the region off guard. With this single act, Kim Jong il embarrassed South Korea and China for giving him the benefit of the doubt while giving military hawks in Japan the excuse they needed to rewrite Japan’s postwar constitution and to go nuclear while showing that the Bush administration was right for not engaging North Korea.October 9: North Korea’s defies its main benefactors, SK and China and goes ahead with a nuclear test. Japan & US sit back while South Korea and China have egg on their face and are called to get tough on North Korea.These were the three body blows that knocked down the Sunshine Policy for good. The policy that I present in this essay is what I like to call the Wake-Up policy. It is named with this title because it is time to wake up to the fact that as long as Kim Jong Il rules North Korea, he is a threat to the region and can upset the economic growth that the Pacific Rim has enjoyed ever since the early 80’s. No amount of aid in the entire world can satisfy this regime in Pyongyang. How can you reason with a regime that is willing to starve its own citizens in order to acquire nuclear weapons. The regime in Pyongyang does not value the lives of its people and neither does it value the lives of South Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or Americans. The three main pillars of my Wake-Up policy are as follow:1. Help with Refugee CrisisEveryone knows that while China views KJI as one giant headache, it is willing to put up with this headache because it fears the collapse his regime and in turn does not want to see North Korean refugees flooding into China. China must be persuaded by the US and to a lesser extent, Japan that they will be willing to help China cope with North Korean refugees. China, US, Japan, and the UN must be able to set up refugee camps on Chinese territory and help China to financially cope with all of those North Korean refugees. South Korea also fears this scenario because the South Koreans fear a flood of refugees will have a negative impact on its economy. While this is true, South Korea, like West Germany, has not taken the steps necessary to prepare itself for reunification. South Korea under Roh has been almost duplicitous in not aiding North Koreans who escape to South Korea and become outspoken against the regime in Pyongyang, so when it comes to the issue of refugees, South Korea is basically irrelevant since it does not have absolute power to bring down Pyongyang while China does.2. Look at North Korea’s Weaknesses, Rather Than StrengthsDuring the Cold War, America spent so much time looking at USSR’s strength that we were almost surprised when it finally collapsed. We never knew just how weak the Soviet Union was until it no longer existed. Right now, all we keep hearing about is how strong the North Korean military is with 2 million in the army, 5 million reserves, 10,000 artillery pieces all pointed at Seoul, and last but not least a few nuclear warheads although no capable delivery system. There is no denying that just like the Soviet Union, North Korea sounds like “the big bad wolf” on paper. And just like the Soviet Union, North Korea has many weaknesses as well and it is time to exploit those weaknesses. This is a nation where unless you live in Pyongyang you are fighting to survive everyday on tree bark and grass. Even with long breadlines in the Soviet Union, nobody was actually starving to death like people are in North Korea. North Korea is in no position to start a war like it did in 1950 because this time Russia under Putin will not aid North Korea and if the US does march to Pyongyang or even to the Yalu River, China will not sacrifice 900,000 of its sons and daughters just to help out Kim Jong il, the leadership in Beijing today is much more pragmatic than what was there in 1950. Understand that as weak as North Korea is, China can make her much weaker than she already is. Where will North Korea get the fuel she needs to sustain a war with the US/ROK? Where will North Korea get the food she needs to feed her army? North Korea has just about enough to feed its military while in a non-combat phase. Do you really believe that China will allow North Korea to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire” now that China is South Korea’s largest trading partner? The US along with Japan must also fund anti-North Korean regime activists in China, South Korea, and Japan as well as inside North Korea. Do not forget that long before communism came to the northern half of the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang was known as the Jerusalem of the Orient so there has long been a strong tradition of Christianity in North Korea. Life in North Korea has gotten so bad that even soldiers have become corrupt and will do just about anything to get ahead. It is well known that North Korean border guards have been known to take bribes and let fellow North Koreans go across the border. Corruption is becoming prevalent in the lower rungs of the North Korean apparatus because it has infected the upper echelons of North Korean regime to the highest degree. Sometimes it takes the smallest crack in a dam in order to go from a leak to an outright flood. When it comes to North Korea, there are just so many large cracks in the dam that its somewhat of a surprise that the dam hasn’t broken yet. I firmly believe that South Korea is the only one in the region trying to fix all the cracks while China is coming to the US/Japan side of letting the cracks get bigger although China, as always, will go at her own pace. 3. Withdrawal of US ForcesAnother Chinese fear is that of US forces bordering the Yalu River like they did in 1950 when North Korea does collapse. America must make it clear to China that with the threat of North Korea removed so too will US forces in South Korea. The primary reason for American troops being in South Korea was to deter another North Korean attack and if North Korea no longer exists, then there should no longer be a need for American troops to be in South Korea. We have to got to make it clear to the Chinese that with Kim Jong il gone, American troops will have lost their purpose for being on the Korean peninsula and therefore will be withdrawn to Japan or back home to the United States. There is a growing perception here in America that the South Koreans no longer appreciates America being based in their nation, and any removal or collapse of North Korea will put more pressure on whomever may be in the White House to “BRING THE BOYS HOME, NOW.” It is not lost on those Americans who pay attention to Asian affairs that South Korea has the world’s tenth largest economy, but has not taken the needed steps (spending on military matters) in order to defend itself from North Korea without the help of the United States. South Korea has been behaving like the spoiled kid who thinks it is old enough to live on his or her own. The Bush administration has basically told Roh, “The sooner you move out, the better.”The overall theme to my policy on North Korea is to console China into not being so worried what may come after Kim Jong il is gone. As long as China fears what may come next, they are not going to help us in bringing down the regime of Kim Jong il. The other and slightly less significant theme to my policy is that Kim Jong il has made South Korea look so foolish for pursuing the Sunshine Policy that South Korea has made itself almost if not completely irrelevant. Unless there is a massive change in South Korea’s foreign policy (GNP wins presidency in 2007) then South Korea will continue to be on the outside looking in.Abdiel Lawrencecenter_img Sunshine Policy Would Have Been Counted out by Now. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Landmark reform of mental health laws

first_imgLandmark reform of mental health laws Major reform of Mental Health Act will empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment.Reforms will deliver parity between mental and physical health services and put patients’ views at the centre of their care.Plan will tackle mental health inequalities including disproportionate detention of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the use of the act to detain people with learning disabilities and autism, and improve care for patients within the criminal justice system.People with mental health issues who are detained under the Mental Health Act will benefit from landmark reforms which provide more control over their care and treatment, the government has announced today.A package of reforms has been set out in a wide-ranging new Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper, which builds on the recommendations made by Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018.At the heart of the proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act is greater choice and autonomy for patients in a mental health crisis, ensuring the act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way, that patients receive the care they need to help them recover and all patients are viewed and treated as individuals.These reforms aim to tackle the racial disparities in mental health services, better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities and autism and ensure appropriate care for people with serious mental illness within the criminal justice system.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:I want to ensure our health service works for all, yet the Mental Health Act is now 40 years old. We need to bring mental health laws into the 21st century. Reforming the mental health Act is one of our central manifesto commitments, so the law helps get the best possible care to everyone who needs it.These reforms will rightly see people not just as patients, but as individuals, with rights, preferences, and expertise, who are able to rely on a system which supports them and only intervenes proportionately, and which has their health and wellbeing as its centre.This is a significant moment in how we support those with serious mental health issues, which will give people more autonomy over their care and will tackle disparities for all who access services, in particular for people from minority ethnic backgrounds.The government will consult on a number of proposed changes, including:introducing statutory ‘advance choice documents’ to enable people to express their wishes and preferences on their care when they are well, before the need arises for them to go into hospitalimplementing the right for an individual to choose a nominated person who is best placed to look after their interests under the act if they aren’t able to do so themselvesexpanding the role of independent mental health advocates to offer a greater level of support and representation to every patient detained under the actpiloting culturally appropriate advocates so patients from all ethnic backgrounds can be better supported to voice their individual needsensuring mental illness is the reason for detention under the act, and that neither autism nor a learning disability are grounds for detention for treatment of themselvesimproving access to community-based mental health support, including crisis care, to prevent avoidable detentions under the act – this is already underway backed by £2.3 billion a year as part of the NHS Long Term PlanThe white paper sets out the path towards the government’s commitment to introduce the first new Mental Health Bill for 30 years, and end the stigma of mental illness once and for all.Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Nadine Dorries said:I am committed to improving people’s experience under the Mental Health Act, and most importantly to making sure their care and treatment works for them.We know people are too often disempowered and excluded from decisions, which is where the act, and our ability to successfully support people often fails.Informed by Sir Simon’s recommendations, we will transform the act to put patients at the centre of decisions about their own care.Decisive action will be taken to help tackle the disproportionate number of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities detained under the Mental Health Act. Black people are over 4 times more likely to be detained under the act and over 10 times more likely to be subject to a community treatment order.A national organisational competency framework for NHS mental health trusts will be introduced, referred as the ‘Patient and Carers Race Equality Framework’ (PCREF). The PCREF will be a practical tool which enables mental health trusts to understand what steps it needs to take to improve black, Asian and minority ethnic communities’ mental health outcomes.Improved culturally appropriate advocacy services will be piloted where needed, so people from BAME backgrounds can be better supported by people who understand their needs.The reforms will also change the way people with a learning disability and autistic people are treated in law by recognising a mental health inpatient setting is often not the best place to meet their specific needs.The proposal sets out that neither learning disability nor autism should be considered a mental disorder for which someone can be detained for treatment under section 3 of the act. Instead, people with a learning disability or autistic people could only be detained for treatment if a co-occurring mental health condition is identified by clinicians.Significant investment in community support has led to a 29% reduction since 2015 in the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people in a mental health inpatient setting. The government has established the £62 million Community Discharge Grant to make further progress on discharging people with learning disabilities and autism from inpatient care. The proposed changes in the legislation will help to further reduce reliance on inpatient care.The white paper also takes steps to ensure parity between mental health and physical health services. The government is already investing over £400 million to eradicate dormitories in mental health facilities as part of its response to Sir Simon’s recommendations and its commitment to level up access to mental health services and rebuild better than before, so people admitted to hospital can receive care in a modern and genuinely therapeutic environment.High impact changes are already under way – including vital capital spend on the mental health estate, and work to pilot and develop the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework.For changes which require legislation, consultations will continue until early spring 2021 to listen to the concerns people have, and a draft Mental Health Bill will be shared next year.The benefits of reform will also be felt by people with serious mental illness within the criminal justice system. A 28-day time limit is being proposed to speed up the transfer of prisoners to hospital, ending unnecessary delays and ensuring they get the right treatment at the right time.Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said:Prisons should be places where offenders are punished and rehabilitated, not a holding pen for people whose primary issue is their mental health.Keeping people safe must be at the heart of everything this government does, and the reforms announced today will allow us to do this while ensuring offenders still get the treatment their conditions require.The government also commits to ending the outdated practice of using prisons as ‘places of safety’ for defendants with acute mental illness. Instead, judges will work with medical professionals to ensure defendants can always be taken directly to a healthcare setting from court.Victims of all mentally disordered offenders will now have the option of being assigned a dedicated victim liaison officer to keep them informed of key developments in the offender’s case, including when the patient is discharged.Claire Murdoch, Mental Health Director for NHS England, said:The proposed reforms are a welcome step towards ensuring that people with mental health needs, a learning disability or autism, remain at the centre of decisions about their care, and that longstanding inequalities in experience and outcomes are addressed.The NHS is delivering a package of important measures set out in our NHS Long Term Plan to transform mental health, learning disability and autism services, which will ensure everyone can access the right treatment for their needs, when they need it most, which will improve lives and help to implement the Mental Health Act reforms effectively.Additional quotesProfessor Sir Simon Wessley:Since the introduction of the Mental Health Act back in 1959 attitudes towards mental illness have changed dramatically. It was time for our legislation to catch up, so two years ago I presented my recommendations to modernise the Mental Health Act, so that it works better for those it protects. Today the government is taking the next steps to making these changes a realityThe Mental Health Act white paper proposes changes which address amongst others rising rates of detention under the act, the disproportionate number of BAME individuals detained, and allows the patient voice to be heard better than in the past.I welcome today’s announcement and look forward to working closely with the government and all the parties during the consultation.Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes the publication of the white paper. This is a great opportunity to modernise mental health law and improve safeguards and support for people in a mental health crisis.The reform of the Mental Health Act will help ensure that patients are heard, their choices respected and that they are supported to get better in the least restrictive way.We will consult with our members on how the changes will work on the ground and look forward to engaging positively with the consultation over the coming months. This includes exploration of the resources necessary to implement the proposed changes.Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, says:The publication of the white paper to reform the Mental Health Act is a hugely significant milestone in a long struggle for change. Many people will take for granted their right to have choice and control over the medical treatment they receive. But thousands of people every year who are severely affected by mental illness and who are detained under the act lose those rights and temporarily their liberty.The proposals set out in the white paper, all informed by the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, give real hope for a more person-centred and principled Mental Health Act which better reflects how a modern society thinks about mental illness.Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health, said:The need to modernise the Mental Health Act could not be clearer. Every year, the number of people who are sectioned grows. While we know this can save lives, the use of coercion can also cause lasting trauma and distress. And we have known for too long that black people are subjected to much higher levels of coercion at every stage of the system. It is time for this to change.We need to redress the power imbalance between people subject to the act and the state and to make the system fairer for all. We hope that today will bring us a step closer to mental health legislation that respects and protects people’s rights and dignity, that reduces inequality and that turns the tide on the growing use of coercion.Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, said:We are pleased the government  has accepted the majority of the recommendations made in the Independent Review in their long-awaited Mental Health Act white paper. At the moment, thousands of people are still subjected to poor, sometimes appalling, treatment, and many will live with the consequences far into the future.  Change on the ground cannot come soon enough.It is important those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act, as well as their loved ones, feed into the consultation, helping shape the reforms. Given black people are 4 times more likely to be sectioned than white people, it’s crucial the government hears from people from different black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. We want to see steps taken to identify, address and tackle underlying and systemic racism that results in disproportionate detentions and use of force.Background informationFour principles, developed by the review and in partnership with people with lived experience, will guide and shape the approach to reforming legislation, policy and practice. These are:Choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respectedLeast restriction – ensuring the act’s powers are used in the least restrictive wayTherapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the actThe person as an individual – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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10p plastic bag charge to come into force on 21 May

first_img10p plastic bag charge to come into force on 21 May The single-use carrier bag charge, which has seen a 95% cut in plastic bag sales in major supermarkets since 2015, will be increased from 5p to 10 and extended to all businesses in England from 21 May to help drive down sales further.As a result of the carrier bag charge, the average person in England now buys just four single-use carrier bags a year from the main supermarkets, compared with 140 in 2014. By extending the charge to all retailers, it is expected that the use of single-use carrier bags will decrease by 70-80% in small and medium-sized businesses.Small businesses across the country are being urged to prepare themselves for the changes ahead of them coming into force on 21 May. It comes as new research finds the charge is supported overwhelmingly by the public – with 95% of people in England acknowledging the wide-ranging benefits to the environment so far.Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:The introduction of the 5p charge has been a phenomenal success, driving down sales of harmful plastic bags in supermarkets by a remarkable 95%.We know we must go further to protect our natural environment and oceans, which is why we are now extending this charge to all businesses.Over the next couple of weeks I urge all retailers of all sizes to make sure they are ready for the changes, as we work together to build back greener and strengthen our world-leading action to combat the scourge of plastic waste.Association of Convenience Stores Chief Executive James Lowman said:We strongly welcome the inclusion of local shops and other small businesses into the successful plastic bag charging scheme, which not only helps the environment, but is also a great way for retailers to raise money for local and national charities.Sunjiv Shah, Uber Eats UK General Manager said:We want to make it as easy as possible for businesses to tackle plastic waste and to support good causes. Everyone can help play a role in protecting the environment by reducing the use of single-use plastic bags.A new report published today from charity WRAP finds a shift in attitude towards plastic bags since the charge was first brought in.Through a survey of over 2,000 adults in England, it was revealed:Close to seven in ten (69%) were either ‘strongly’ or ‘slightly’ in favour of the charge when it was first introduced, and that has increased now to 73%.Customers are changing habits to use long-life bags made from more sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials. Of those surveyed, two in three (67%) said they used a ‘bag-for-life’ – either fabric or more durable plastic – to take their shopping home for a large food shop in store, with only 14% using a single-use carrier bag.Only one in four (26%) purchase bags from the till when doing food shops – including 4% who say they do this ‘always’. This represents a significant fall since 2014 before the charge was introduced, when over twice as many (57%) reported taking plastic carrier bags from the till. Meanwhile, over half (54%) say they take less bags from the till.Almost half (49%) of 18-34s says they purchase carrier bags at the till at least sometimes, compared to just over one in ten (11%) of those aged 55+.Since the introduction of the charge, retailers have donated over £150 million to good causes in charity, volunteering, environment and health sectors.The move will help the UK build back better and greener from the pandemic, and boost our global leadership in tackling climate change and plastic pollution. As hosts of COP26 this year, President of the G7 and a key player in the CBD COP15, we are leading the international climate change agenda.In its war against plastic pollution, the Government has already banned microbeads in rinse-off personal care products and prohibited the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England. A world-leading plastic packaging tax will be introduced from April 2022 for products which do not have at least 30% recycled content, while the Government is currently consulting on landmark reforms which will introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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CU-Boulder Natural Hazards Center To Address Impacts Of Climate Change At 33rd Annual Workshop July 12-15

first_img Published: July 1, 2008 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Post-Katrina changes at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the impacts of climate change will be discussed by an international gathering of experts July 12-15 at the annual workshop of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center.The center’s 33rd annual workshop will address the best ways to deal with extreme events such as floods, wildfires and earthquakes and will be attended by about 400 people. The event at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield is not open to the public.The workshop will open with a keynote address by Roger Pielke Jr., a professor in the CU-Boulder Environmental Studies Program and a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. His presentation, “The Hazards Ahead,” from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, will focus on the challenges facing hazards scholars seeking to play a greater role in the climate issue in the highly public, emotional and political debate about what to do about climate change.Pielke will be followed by a panel of International Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and who will discuss the implications of climate change for societies around the world.The workshop’s second keynote speaker, Gerald Galloway, a former brigadier general with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, recently received attention on the front page of The New York Times in connection with the flooding Mississippi River. Galloway headed a national commission issuing recommendations on what to do following the last severe flooding of the Mississippi in 1993.Galloway contends the commission’s recommendations could have lessened damage from this year’s flooding if they had been implemented. He will speak from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, June 14.A discussion on the role of the media in disasters will include panelists from National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Time magazine and the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.A representative of Grand Bayou United, an organization of Native American fishing families affected by Hurricane Katrina, will participate in a discussion of community-based organizations. A leading U. S. scholar on environment-society relationships, William Freudenburg of the University of California, Santa Barbara will provide an analysis of the ways in which Hurricane Katrina was not a “natural” disaster.Other sessions will discuss peer-to-peer disaster communication, early warning systems and how emergency management might be affected by the 2008 U.S. presidential election.Also at the workshop, Natural Hazards Center Director Kathleen Tierney will sign an agreement with representatives from Japan’s Kyoto University providing for cooperation in disaster reduction research.The Natural Hazards Center, part of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science, is funded by a consortium of agencies including the National Science Foundation and FEMA. For more information, visit the center’s Web site at www.colorado.edu/hazards.last_img read more

Jamaica 50 celebration launched in the UK

first_imgRelatedJamaica 50 celebration launched in the UK Jamaica 50 celebration launched in the UK CultureDecember 14, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The United Kingdom leg of the global celebrations to mark Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence in 2012 was launched yesterday (Tuesday) in London. The programme of activities in the UK will begin in January and continue throughout the year in major cities and towns including London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Reading. The celebration activities involve concerts, fashions show, sports events, conferences, lectures, dinners, balls and a cultural summer camp for youth. Addressing the launch ceremony via video link from Kingston, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, invited the whole of the United Kingdom to join the celebrations which she said would “highlight Jamaica’s nation building experience and the many successes of its people.” Minister Grange said: “Our story is legendary.  As a people we have succeeded in spite of many tribulations, putting Jamaica centre stage as one of the most important brands in the world.   “Ladies and gentlemen, we continue to astonish the world.  We are the first country to have more than ten men running under 10 seconds in the 100 metres.  We have the record for every international competition in the men’s 100 metres.  We have some of the fastest women in the world; and we have a Winter Olympics sports programme even without having snow.” The high point of the celebrations in August (on and close to the date of Jamaica’s independence) will coincide with the time of the Olympic Games in London. “We look towards the London Olympics when our Jamaican athletes will demonstrate our golden moment; and we look forward to raising the Black, Green and Gold in the Olympic Stadium in London and across the world.” Major events in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence will also be staged in Canada, South Africa and the United States. The Jamaica 50 celebration will begin on New Year’s Day with fireworks at several locations across the island. RelatedJamaica 50 celebration launched in the UKcenter_img RelatedJamaica 50 celebration launched in the UK Advertisementslast_img read more

Legislation Coming to Formalise Restorative Justice

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, explains the different elements of the pending restorative justice legislation, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 3. Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Justice is pursuing legislation that will facilitate the formal recognition of Restorative Justice in the criminal justice system.Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislation will guarantee confidentiality to participants in the Restorative Justice, especially the offender.Senator Golding also said that the legislation will enshrine a referral system in the formal criminal justice process that will begin with the police and continue through to the courts. RelatedCertain Groups To Be Discouraged From Using Ganja RelatedTwo Restorative Justice Centres to Open Next Year Legislation Coming to Formalise Restorative Justice JusticeFebruary 5, 2015Written by: Shelly-Ann Irving Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGanja Bill Tabled in Senate Legislation Coming to Formalise Restorative JusticeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay The Ministry of Justice is pursuing legislation that will facilitate the formal recognition of Restorative Justice in the criminal justice system.Speaking on February 3 at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, noted that the legislation will guarantee confidentiality to participants in the Restorative Justice, especially the offender.“In a restorative justice session, an offender, for example, may openly take responsibility for his actions without fear that the information shared will be used against him. In the legislation, the information shared in a conference (session) is not admissible in court proceedings, if the matter breaks down and (the case is not resolved in the Restorative Justice session),” the Minister explained, adding that this is an important element to facilitate open dialogue and authentic communication in the conference.Senator Golding also said that the legislation will enshrine a referral system in the formal criminal justice process that will begin with the police and continue through to the courts. This, the Minister said, will allow each party to engage the restorative programme.“The Restorative Justice can be engaged from the very early stage of an incident through to a post trial situation where someone has been convicted and sentenced. [If the person is a] potential parolee, an engagement can be made with him or her …  to assist with their reintegration into society when they are released,” he noted.The Minister told JIS News that the focus for Restorative Justice is very broad in terms of how it interacts with the criminal justice system.“The offences that can be referred to the Restorative Justice centres will initially be limited to an array of minor offences and these may be expanded over time. Judges and Resident Magistrates will be empowered to refer to the Restorative Justice programme any case that they consider may be appropriately dealt with in that manner, given the circumstances,” Senator Golding said.He pointed out that there is discretion that will allow Judges or Magistrates to refer a case that is not on the prescribed list for Restorative Justice referral, in the event that it is perceived that the case can be better resolved that way.In Jamaica, Restorative Justice is still in the pilot phase and cases from communities that are already being referred to the Restorative Justice Centres include failure to repay loans or fulfill other financial commitment within the community, failure to pay rent, disputes over money, property damage, boundary disputes, minor wounding, assaults and confrontations, defamation of character and threats, among others.“So, we are already active. We are going to Cabinet shortly for approval to issue the drafting instructions for legislation to be prepared,” Senator Golding said.He said this will involve additional training of Magistrates and Judges at the appropriate time, in order to implement the programme on a national level. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Framework Developed to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean

first_imgRelatedYoungsters Urged To Join Police Youth Clubs FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedActing Portmore Mayor to Look at Regular Cleaning of Beaches The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean has developed an Integrated Strategic Framework for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy across the region.Director of the Sub Regional Office, Sheila Roseau, made the disclosure during a Jamaica Information Service Think (JIS) Tank held today (September 25).“The goal of this framework is to reduce adolescent pregnancy by 20 per cent by the year 2019. The framework consists of five priority areas with key results,’ she informed.Miss Roseau said the framework was developed in consultation with CARICOM member states, which recognised the “high prevalence rate of adolescent pregnancy in the region and agreed for something to be done about it.”“They requested the support of the UNFPA to assist in putting that in place,” she said, adding that numerous regional consultations, including a high level meeting, were held over several months to prepare the document.“It was a very inclusive participatory process to arrive at the integrated strategic framework for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy,” she noted.  Giving an overview of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean, Miss Roseau said that 20 per cent of women in the region have had at least one child by the age of 19, with a considerable percentage of adolescent girls giving birth before the age of 15.Additionally, she informed that the adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women aged 15-19) varies across the countries, ranging from 26 out of 1,000 persons in Turks and Caicos to 97 in Guyana.The UNFPA representative said that one of the key outcomes of the strategic framework is “having access to responsive sexual and reproductive health services, information and commodities.”“In doing that, it is expected that we would strengthen and increase the availability of youth-friendly, non-judgmental and free from discrimination sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents,” she noted.These services, she pointed out, should improve and increase the availability and utilisation of information and counselling for adolescents on sexual and reproductive health issues. Framework Developed to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in the CaribbeanJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Framework Developed to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean CommunitySeptember 27, 2015Written by: E. Hartman-Reckordcenter_img Photo: Mark BellDirector of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Sheila Roseau, discusses the issue of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean, at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today ( September 25) at the agency’s head office in Kingston. Story HighlightsThe United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean has developed an Integrated Strategic Framework for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy across the region.Director of the Sub Regional Office, Sheila Roseau, made the disclosure during a Jamaica Information Service Think (JIS) Tank held today (September 25). RelatedJunior Optimists Clean Fort Rocky Beach Advertisementslast_img read more

Choi, Brown tied; Walker, Woodland 1 back

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Scott Brown and K.J. Choi, both of moderate length off the tee, are tied for the lead at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where the South Course is the longest all year on the PGA Tour. It helps to hit it straight. One shot behind was Jimmy Walker, who has plenty of power, but he hit only three fairways Saturday. It helps to make putts. The mystery of this tournament adds another element for the final round with a nasty forecast. Bracing for increasingly heavy rain and gusts up to 40 mph, the PGA Tour moved up the tee times as early as possible to try to avoid the worst of it. With 16 players separated by three shots, this could be anybody’s tournament. ”I enjoy the grind of it. And I like tough golf courses,” Brown said. ”And I think we’re going to have both tomorrow.” Choi one-putted his last six holes to salvage an even-par 72 and a share of the lead with Brown, who missed three good birdie opportunities late in his round of 70. They were at 9-under 207. Farmers Insurance Open: Articles, photos and videos One shot behind were Walker and Gary Woodland, who shared the 36-hole lead with Choi and didn’t see anything go in until late in his round. Woodland made two birdies over the last four holes for a 73. ”You want it to be as tough as you can,” Woodland said. ”You want to go out there and earn it. So I hope it’s tough, and I hope I have a good day.” Choi was headed the wrong direction until he made a pair of birdies, saved par on three straight holes and then hit wedge to 3 feet on the par-5 18th for one last birdie. ”The last birdie will help, because tomorrow it’s going to be tough,” Choi said. ”So it was a very good round today.” Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler each missed the cut, though Torrey Pines still has a local favorite to cheer. That would be Michael Kim, the Cal grad who went to Torrey Pines High School and grew up watching Mickelson and Tiger Woods win here. Kim had a 70 and was among four players at 7-under 209. Another shot back was a group that included Dustin Johnson, who didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole and still managed to limit the damage to a 74. Choi hasn’t won since The Players Championship in 2011, which gave him a five-year exemption that ends this year. He was an assistant captain in the Presidents Cup in October, and showed he still has plenty of game. Giving 30 yards off the tee to Johnson and Woodland, he rarely was out of play and dropped shots mainly on a three-putt bogey at No. 5 and a poor chip across the green at No. 7 that led to double bogey. But he got back into the mix with his strong finish, particularly the par saves on the 15th and 16th holes. Brown appeared to be the most relaxed, maybe because of his home life. His wife, Allison, gave birth to their second daughter a week ago Tuesday. Brown said that might have put him at ease this week, and he recorded back-to-back top 10s on the PGA Tour for the first time in 2012 right after their first daughter was born. But he did not dismiss the work he put in over the offseason with swing coach John Tillery, or even the inspiration from good friend and Aiken, South Carolina, neighbor Kevin Kisner, who has been among the best players on Tour over the last year and who routinely beats him in games at Palmetto Golf Club. Walker already has two victories on California courses – Pebble Beach and CordeValle – and loves Torrey Pines. He just wishes he were hitting the ball where he was aiming. ”It hasn’t been real fun,” Walker said. ”But you got to deal with what you brought with you, so I’m doing the best I can. Just a lot of up-and-downs today. A lot of putts. So all that feels good. So that’s a good thing.” Even with the lead groups struggling with the South Course, there were plenty of fireworks. Jason Gore had an albatross when he holed out with a 3-wood on the par-5 18th hole. Ben Crane was stuck behind a tree and punched it out on the 15th, only to watch it bound onto the green and into the cup for an eagle. A short time later, Freddie Jacobson holed out for eagle on the 15th. Based on the forecast, the final round might be more about surviving with pars. ”If it’s as bad as everybody says it’s going to be, it is going to be a grind,” Walker said. ”Is it going to be a ton of fun? Probably not. Just going to be out there getting slammed and attendance is probably going to be down. There’s not going to be a lot of people out there, because it sounds like the apocalypse is coming.”last_img read more