SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—It took less than 10 minutes for a U.N. panel to unanimously reject Australia’s controversial bid to remove 74,039 hectares of wildlands in Tasmania from a designated World Heritage Site. To the delight of scientists and conservationists, not one delegate at this week’s meeting in Doha backed the proposal, submitted last January by Australia’s conservative government.Delegates from Germany, Colombia, and Portugal spoke against Australia’s bid prior to the 24 June vote of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Portugal’s delegate said the justifications for delisting were “feeble” and would set an “unacceptable precedent. … If this committee cares for conservation … we cannot accept this requested delisting.”Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, said he was “disappointed” by the decision. 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The Abbott government, however, asked to delist part of the site as part of a “minor boundary modification,” arguing that the area was “degraded,” “logged,” or part of a plantation. As a result, “these areas detract from the Outstanding Universal Value of the property and its overall integrity,” the government’s request argued.The claims were widely condemned by the environmental community, as well as by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. So the critics were pleased by the UNESCO committee’s verdict. ”Absolutely thrilled,” said Senator Christine Milne, leader of Australia’s Greens party, in an interview with Fairfax Media.But the Tasmanian forest isn’t, well, out the woods yet, cautions forest scientist David Bowman of the University of Tasmania, Hobart. “Thorny problems” lie ahead, he says, including securing sufficient funding for management of the site and figuring out how to prepare for climate change impacts, such as fire, pests, and disease. World Heritage protection does not guarantee the forests are “locked up” from all forms of development, noted University of Melbourne researchers Tom Fairman and Rod Keenan in an article written for The Conversation, a news website. The forests will need “active management,” they write, noting that due to federal budget cuts, park management agencies must manage larger areas with fewer resources.The World Heritage Committee’s rejection of the Tasmania request wasn’t the only Australia-related news out of Doha. Last week, delegates warned that the Great Barrier Reef could be placed on a list of threatened sites due to plans to dump up to 3 million cubic meters of dredge spoils inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Policymakers have tried for decades to curb the amount of teen violence that plagues many U.S. cities. Now, a new study finds lasting effects from a surprisingly simple and relatively low-cost intervention: a summer job.“It’s a great study,” says Steven Raphael, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies urban and labor economics. “It shows that a short, concentrated positive experience can have a long-lasting effect on this population.”The research, by Sara Heller of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), found that a summer jobs program significantly reduced violent crime by African-American teenagers for as long as a year after they stopped working and returned to school. However, it’s not clear why jobs can make such a difference for these high-risk students. “Something is going on,” agrees Dan Bloom, a researcher at the nonprofit MDRC in New York City who studies barriers to employment for marginalized groups. “But what exactly is the mechanism? 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Researchers typically look at the economic impacts of these programs, notably their ability to raise income levels and prepare students for the adult workforce. But Heller wondered if giving the teens jobs could also lower sky-high crime rates among a group in which one in five has an arrest record and a similar proportion has been the victim of a crime.The regular summer jobs program consists of working 25 hours a week for 8 weeks at a public sector job, such as being a camp counselor or tending a community garden. For Heller’s study, Chicago city officials agreed to modify that schedule so that half of participants would work only 15 hours and spend 10 hours being taught an approach to better manage their emotions and behavior, called cognitive behavioral therapy. Youths in both experimental groups were also given an adult mentor to discuss any work-related issues.Using administrative records to track their activities over the 13 months after the program ended, Heller found a 43% reduction in arrests for violent crimes—murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—among the 730 youths in the two treatment groups compared with the 904 youths in the control group. (The summer jobs program receives many more eligible applicants each year than it has slots, providing Heller with an ideal control group whose demographics matched the treatment groups.) There was a negligible difference in violent-crime arrest rates between the two treatment groups. Moreover, the number of arrests for property crimes, drugs, and other nonviolent offenses was roughly the same for both the treatment and control groups, Heller reports online today in Science.“People have long had the sense that it takes a lot to move the needle,” Heller says, citing as an example the 8-month, residential, federally funded Job Corps program that she characterizes as a “lengthy, intensive, and costly intervention.” Heller was also pleasantly surprised to find that the summer jobs program had a lasting impact: The number of violent-crime arrests declined steadily over the entire 16 months that the youths were tracked. Such persistence, she says, suggests that the teenagers retained whatever it was they had learned.Heller admits she doesn’t know why the summer jobs program suppressed violent crimes so effectively. But she suspects that both the job and the social-emotional learning somehow gave the teenagers the ability to deal with interpersonal conflicts without resorting to violence. And that skill can make all the difference, she says.“Kids get shot every day over nothing—a dirty look, a curse, or a gesture of disrespect,” she notes. “Whatever the mechanism is, it’s something that both treatment elements share.” At the same time, the study found no meaningful improvement in school outcomes, including better attendance or academic performance.The study leaves plenty for other researchers to chew on: How important is the mentor? Do the jobs also provide a network of positive role models and useful contacts? Are there certain subgroups of youths who are especially receptive to such an intervention? “Now that there’s something positive we can measure, people may try to study different permutations of summer jobs,” predicts MDRC’s Bloom. An attitudinal survey of the teenagers could also shed light on the reasons for their altered behavior, he says. “And, of course, you’d like to see it replicated elsewhere.”Heller completed her Ph.D. last year and is now an assistant professor of criminology at Penn. She hopes to continue tracking these youths through and beyond high school to see how long the anticrime effects last. But having a version of her doctoral thesis published in Science, she admits, is not a bad start.*Update, 4 December, 3:24 p.m.: This article has been updated to make clear that the study included both males and females.
Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Scroll)National selectors led by MSK Prasad met on Thursday to pick the 14 man squad for the first two ODIs vs Windies.Indian captain Virat Kohli returns to side after skipping the Asia Cup while Rishabh Pant is all set to make his debut, replacing the out of favor Dinesh Karthik.Rishabh Pant, who has set the domestic circuit ablaze with his exceptional batting, made most of his opportunities after being picked in the test squad vs England. His debut century at Oval and the recent knock of 92 at Rajkot has led the selectors to turn in his direction.Apart from Pant, the other notable inclusion is the young pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who had an exceedingly good time in Dubai. Ravindra Jadeja retains his place in the side after putting in some crucial performances that led India lifting the Asia Cup title.All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadav continue to miss out from the squad following the injuries they suffered in the Asia Cup.The first ODI will be held on October 21 in Guwahati. It will be followed by the second in Visakhapatnam on October 24.Here is the full squad that is set to face WI in the first two ODIs:Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk),Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul Advertisement Also Read:Meet Team India’s cool new teammate!
England bowler Chris Woakes will miss the remainder of the ICC Champions Trophy with a side strain picked up in Thursday’s tournament opener against Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.”A scan has confirmed that Chris Woakes sustained a left side strain in yesterday’s ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh,” the ECB said in a statement on Friday.”The injury means Woakes will miss the rest of England’s participation in the Champions Trophy.”The 28-year-old bowled just two overs before leaving the field as England cantered to an eight-wicket victory after chasing down a victory target of 306 with 16 balls to spare.”An update on a replacement for the seamer for the remainder of the tournament will follow in due course,” the ECB added.On his return from a maiden stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Woakes nursed a quadriceps niggle and missed two of the three one-dayers against South Africa that preceded the eight-team Champions Trophy.Woakes’ unavailability is a fresh setback for England’s pace attack, especially after Jake Ball bled 82 runs in his 10 overs against Bangladesh and Ben Stokes’s problematic knee prevented the all-rounder from bowling spells at full throttle.England, who are eyeing a first global 50-overs title, face New Zealand in their next game at Cardiff on Tuesday.
Top seed Andy Murray eased into the last-16 of the French Open 7-6(8) 7-5 6-0 on Saturday, over a flagging Juan Martin Del Potro.Murray did enough to keep his nose in front throughout, while the giant Argentine was unable to reprise the heroics that saw the pair produce such magic in last year’s Rio Olympics gold medal match.While Murray won that affair too – and their only previous grand slam meeting – Del Potro had triumphed in their most recent clash, so the Scot was alert to the dangers.Del Potro, whose career has been blighted by a recurring wrist injury, needed a good start against the world number one, but when he lost a tight first set tiebreak, the stage was set.Losing that opener on a disputed linecall cut Del Potro deep. Murray jogged to his seat at the changeover, the Argentine stood at the net, bent at the waist, his head resting on the netcord. There he stayed until the umpire called time.The pair traded blows in the second set with Murray creeping ahead. But a monumental effort by Del Potro saw him break back for 5-5, only to instantly drop serve again as Murray yanked him around the court with tight angles, drop shots and lobs.This time the Scot would make no mistake and crunched it out with his fourth ace of the match.Del Potro’s spirit was broken, and the vocal Paris crowd were quelled.With some exquisite returning and acutely angled groundstrokes, Murray raced through the final set to set up a fourth-round clash with either American 21st seed John Isner or Russian Karen Khachanov.advertisement
The Observer Asked if his players were down at the end of the game because of its unsatisfactory conclusion, Townsend suggested it could be regarded as a salutary reminder of the work they have to do before the tougher challenges that await.“Yes, and maybe it’s not a bad thing. It’s the first game of the tournament and we’re playing the No 2 team in the world on Saturday. We’re then going to a place where we’ve not won in 20 years, then playing the No 3 team in the world, then going to a place where we haven’t won since 1983.“Feet on the ground is good for us,” Townsend continued. “We’ve started with a solid win and scoring five tries is a credit to the players. But we know next week’s challenge is going to be huge and we have to get the focus right almost immediately. The players will start to absorb the gameplan and what we need to do better to win next week.”The Italians might easily have conceded more than five tries, and though they did take an early lead through a Tommy Allan penalty, Scotland needed only two minutes to hit back through Kinghorn. Greig Laidlaw stole the ball at the breakdown following the restart, and Finn Russell angled an inch-perfect kick for Kinghorn to gather and run in from the edge of the opposition 22. Midway through the half Kinghorn again got on the end of a wide move to score.Josh Strauss, a substitute for the injured Sam Skinner, began the move with a pick-up from the base of a scrum. He fed Laidlaw, who switched direction to Russell, and the stand-off then looped around the debutant Sam Johnson before passing to Hogg. The full-back’s pass to Kinghorn went to ground, but the left winger was nonetheless able to take it in his stride and sprint over in the corner. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Italy rugby union team Share on Facebook Share on Messenger The Azzurri did rally towards half-time, but they were repelled. Scotland increased the tempo from the restart and a third try seemed only a matter of time. They got it after 47 minutes when Hogg beat Angelo Esposito in the race to ground a kick into the in-goal area from Russell – even though a replay cast doubt on how much downward pressure the scorer had exerted.Scotland had half an hour to get the fourth try and claim the bonus point. They only needed five minutes. Laidlaw and Jamie Ritchie exchanged passes, and the captain put Kinghorn through from 15 metres out. Another conversion made it 26-3.With the game won, Townsend went to his bench, and one of the replacements, Harris, got the fifth try with his first touch after another astute break by Hogg set up good position. With Laidlaw having given way to Ali Price, Russell took over the duties and converted to make it 33-3. match reports Read more Topics Support The Guardian Italy rallied in what remained of the game, and scored three late tries. The first was from short range through Guglielmo Palazzani after Berghan had been sin-binned for collapsing the maul, with Allan’s conversion taking them into the respectability of double figures.Edoardo Padovani got the second with a simple score after Scotland had run out of numbers on the right, but the substitute Ian McKinley was off target with the conversion. Angelo Esposito got the third, again from a break up the right, with two minutes left. The winger drop-kicked his conversion attempt back off the post.That late recovery notwithstanding, the Italians’ limited contribution has to be a concern to Conor O’Shea, who has yet to enjoy a win in the tournament as their coach. “We hadn’t the ball – pretty simple,” the coach said when asked to explain the defeat.“It felt like were defending the whole time. I’m disappointed, because if we’d held on to the ball we’ve got players who can do damage. We know the challenge. We know we’ve started a process that is doing the right thing – and we have a lot to do.” Six Nations Scotland rugby union team Read more Warren Gatland’s Wales head to Rome with another record on their minds Twitter Share on Twitter Pinterest Rugby union Since you’re here… Six Nations 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris also touched down as Gregor Townsend’s team had the bonus point wrapped up with 25 minutes to play, but some chaos and confusion ensued in a final 10-minute spell which saw Italy, who previously had only a penalty to their name, claim three tries to put a gloss on the scoreline.The sin-binning of the substitute Simon Berghan was the catalyst for that late lapse, and Townsend is well aware that his team will have to tighten up in some respects before Ireland visit Murrayfield on Saturday. On balance, however, the head coach was satisfied with a performance during which his team improved significantly on the autumn Tests in areas such as the breakdown and the kick chase.
Share on LinkedIn Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG)After the @ESPYS show someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city after just receiving it from my hotel room. Do you make copies @NYCMayor ? I would love a new one.July 12, 2019 Women’s football Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor)So sorry to hear it, Allie. Hang in there. Don’t worry about the key. Like any good New Yorker, we keep a spare for our neighbors! We got you covered. https://t.co/B5xqZPMZnUJuly 12, 2019 Megan Rapinoe takes the game to her rightwing critics Read more After a brilliant World Cup victory, US stars return to their day jobs Share via Email KABC-TV reports the LAPD is reviewing video from the hotel where Long was staying with her husband, adding there was no sign of forced entry because the door was ajar. Share on Facebook Long, a 31-year-old midfielder, has scored six goals in 46 international appearances with the national team, making her World Cup debut when she replaced Lindsey Horan in the 59th minute of the squad’s 3-0 win over Chile in the group stage. Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup Share on Messenger In the post, she asked De Blasio if they make copies because she “would love a new one”.The mayor, who is challenging for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US presidential election, told Long that he would replace the key on Twitter. Share on Twitter Topics Read more She made light of the theft in an Instagram post on Thursday, saying: “Take my ring but not my mans (or medal Thank God).” Long wrote “someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city”. She’s referring to the symbolic key that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio gave the players following a ticker-tape parade on Tuesday. USA women’s football team The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion United States women’s soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles.Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at the ESPY awards on Wednesday night. Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest US sports Reuse this content
Dhaka: Bangladesh is facing its worst-ever dengue fever outbreak as hospitals are flooded with patients, putting a severe strain on the country’s already overwhelmed medical system. The mosquito-borne viral infection has spread across the country with 61 out of 64 districts reporting dengue cases by late Tuesday. The government has confirmed 15,369 dengue cases since Jan. 1. Of those, 9,683 patients were diagnosed between July 1 and July 30. As of Tuesday, about 4,400 patients, including many children, were undergoing hospital treatment. There have been 14 deaths. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOfficials from Dhaka, the overcrowded megacity that is the epicenter of the outbreak, have struggled to contain it, drawing criticism and spreading panic among some residents. Dengue is found in tropical areas around the world and is spread by a type of mosquito that mainly lives in urban areas. The virus causes severe flu-like symptoms and while there is no specific treatment for the illness, medical care to maintain a person’s fluid levels is seen as critical. There are fears that the situation in the countryside will worsen as many residents of the city travel to villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha next month. Infected humans can serve as a source of the virus for uninfected mosquitoes. Ayesha Akhter, assistant director at the Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health, said an outbreak of dengue has accompanied every monsoon since 2000, but this year’s situation is worst.
New Delhi: The ashes of late Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley were immersed in the Ganga in Haridwar by his son Rohan on Monday. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal were also present. Jaitley died on Saturday morning after a long fought battle with multiple diseases. His last rites were performed on Sunday with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat in the national capital. He was 66 and had been ailing for some time.
By Shaquile GoffRabat – The National School of Applied Sciences (ENSA) in Khouribga, central Morocco, will see Moroccan entrepreneurs competing to represent Morocco in the $1 million international contest. The prize is jointly run by the Hult International Business School, headquartered in Massachusetts, and the UN. The annual competition awards $1 million to university students with the most revolutionary business solutions to global social issues like poverty, renewable energy, and food security. The Hult Prize competition is often called the “Nobel Prize of students,” and since it started in 2010, it has invested over $50 million dollars in various startups around the world.Boukhal Ferdous, the head of the Hult Prize intra-campus competition taking place in Khouribga, says she believes that his students have a good chance of advancing to the finals in New York to win this year’s Hult Prize.The interdisciplinary competition invites students from different areas of study like science, business, and engineering to submit ideas for start-up businesses that seek to eliminate specific global social issues. The winner of the competition in Khouribga will get the chance to try to move on to the second regional stage, and eventually to the global finals at the UN’s headquarters in New York.Former US president Bill Clinton, a presenter for the competition, remarked, “The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity.”The multi-disciplinary faculty at ENSA hope to represent Morocco on the international stage this year and encourage any interested Moroccan students to apply.
Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, will explore with President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh of Gambia and President Koumba Yala of Guinea-Bissau ways in which their two Governments could implement “speedily and fully” the commitments they agreed to last month in Kanilai, Gambia, following a UN-facilitated bilateral meeting.”Mr. Gbeho will seek to build on the momentum also created by the reconciliation meeting held by the two Heads of State, under the auspices of the Secretary-General, in the margins of the recent OAU summit in Durban,” said UN spokesman Fred Eckhard.The Secretary-General has directed Ambassador Gbeho to travel to Addis Ababa and Abuja to brief the interim chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Amara Essy, as well as Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on UN efforts to promote the consolidation of peaceful relations between Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.The Special Envoy will then travel to Dakar to brief the ECOWAS Chairman, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.
Recounting the “dramatic” developments in Syria over the past few days, Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters at a news conference in Geneva that the 21 August incident in the Ghouta suburb – currently being investigated by a team of UN inspectors – “is outrageous…unacceptable.”“It confirms how dangerous the situation in Syria is and how important it is for the Syrians and the international community to really develop the political will to …look for a solution.”When asked by reporters about the possibility of outside intervention in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons, Mr. Brahimi underscored: “International law is clear on this. International law says that military action must be taken after a decision by the Security Council.” “I think I must say that I do know that President Obama and the American administration are not known to be trigger-happy. What they will decide I don’t know, but certainly international law is very clear, the Security Council has to be brought in,” referring to news reports that the Untied States stated it would be ready to stage a military strike in Syria as early as Thursday. The United Kingdom has also reportedly voiced its support for military intervention.Mr. Brahimi said it seems that “some form of substance” was used but echoed the call of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the team UN inspectors on the ground must be given the opportunity to undertake their investigations.“[Inspectors] have already spent one day in one area where this substance, whatever it is, has been used,” he said. “They have come back with a lot of samples; they talked also to doctors and witnesses. They are in another area just now, as we speak, and we are waiting to see what they are going to tell us.”Mr. Brahimi said he was still opposed to military action adding that the war between Government forces and opposition groups has already killed 100,000 people and displaced millions.The UN-Arab league envoy emphasized that if anything, the 21 August incident makes it even more urgent to create the conditions for a successful Geneva II Conference.“I have spoken to the American and the Russians and both countries tell me that they are still interested and committed to the Geneva II conference,” Mr. Brahimi said. “They both know that what has happened on 21 August will have an effect on how we proceed and how we get to that Conference,” he added.The Geneva II Conference would seek to achieve a political solution through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.Issued after a meeting of the Action Group for Syria, the document lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.“Syria is now undoubtedly the most serious crisis facing the international community,” Mr. Brahimi said. “One hundred thousand people have been killed. Quite a few of them have been killed by the regime. So I think, from my point of view, if there is one complaint about the international community it’s that they haven’t done enough before 21 August.”Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, more than 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance.Mr. Brahimi once again appealed to Syrians and the international community to develop the political will to address the crisis seriously.
15,420 Views 29 Comments Short URL Feb 8th 2017, 8:15 PM Source: RollingNews.ieA COLLEGE STUDENT who knocked a man unconscious and kicked him in the head during a row over a taxi outside a Dublin nightclub has been ordered to carry out community service.Adam McCarthy (24) with an address in Raheny, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Niall McHale at the White Sands Hotel in Portmarnock on 27 December 2014.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard at a sentence hearing last November that McHale had come home to Dublin from London, where he is currently living, to visit family and friends for the Christmas holidays.On the night of the incident, he was out socialising with friends in the nightclub attached to the hotel in Portmarnock and left around 2.15am.He and his friends were waiting on a taxi when another group of men “ran out from the nightclub and jumped the queue”, getting into a taxi, Garda Thomas Halligan told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting.When McHale approached McCarthy to protest that it was not their taxi, McCarthy turned and punched him “before Mr McHale had even finished his sentence”, McGillicuddy said.McCarthy hit McHale above the right eye and he fell to the ground. He then kicked him in the head.McHale suffered a brief loss of consciousness before being taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital. He received seven stitches to the head, as well as bruising and lacerations. McCarthy was restrained by nightclub bouncers until gardaí arrived.In a brief victim impact statement read out in court, McHale said he was housebound for most of the Christmas holidays in the wake of the assault.The court heard McHale is still in London, but has requested that €5,000 which McCarthy had in court today go to Headway Ireland, which Judge Melanie Greally said would support people with head injuries who had not been as fortunate as the victim.Fatal consequencesShe commented at the earlier sentence hearing that a kick to the head can have fatal consequences. The fact that Mr McHale did not suffer a serious injury was “through no restraint on your part”, she told McCarthy.“The incident which has come before the court is yet another where a young person is out for the night socialising when a slight provocation, if you can even call it that… provokes an act of extreme violence,” the judge said.Today Judge Greally considered a probation report before the court that concluded that McCarthy was suitable for community service. She ordered that 240 hours service be carried out in 12 months in lieu of a one year jail term.The judge said it was “fortunate for both men that the consequences of McCarthy’s violent and reckless actions were not overly severe”.She accepted that McCarthy came from a respectable background, had taken steps to curb his drinking, had completed an anger management course and had expressed appropriate insight into the “actual and potential consequences” of his behaviour.Brian Storan BL, defending, said McCarthy’s reaction to his actions that night “has been one of shame and genuine remorse”. He said McCarthy was two years into a four-year degree at DIT and his ability to achieve was described as “unparalleled” by former educators.In a letter handed up to court, McCarthy “profusely” apologised to McHale and his family for the “lack of respect” he had shown and the pain he had caused them.“There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of this act and the consequences it has brought,” the letter said.Storan said his client had saved €3500 and borrowed a further €1500 from his parents to give to McHale as a token of his remorse.Read: Men in forestry fraud case accused of deception by inducing investor to hand over £52kRead: Café owner who grew cannabis to ease back pain given 240 hours community service By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean https://jrnl.ie/3229852 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 8:15 PM Man who punched and kicked victim in head over disputed taxi given community service Adam McCarthy expressed “genuine remorse” in court over the attack which left Niall McHale unconscious. Share50 Tweet Email2
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Tall Pines member of parliament, Free National Movement (FNM)’s Don Saunders won his constituency with a staggering 2514 votes in last week’s general election. Saunders spoke to Magnetic Media about why he thinks he won and the changes he is ready to make in Tall Pines.“I told them that its time to pass on the baton. I told them with Don Saunders as their member of parliament, they’re gonna be able to see what’s going on in their constituency. I promised that I won’t let them down”, he said.Two of the most pressing issues in the Tall Pines constituency are crime and the lack of a community Centre. This, Saunders says that he will fix. “I promised that we are going to work on building their community Centre. I promised to establish a Community Association and a Crime Watch Association.” He also promised Tall Pines residents plans to establish a local chamber of commerce, as well as a Tall Pines Educational Fund.With a long list of promises, Saunders says the first on his agenda is to fix the dump issue in Tall Pines. The dump is great health hazard for the people of Tall Pines, as residents are constantly affected by the smoke and the smell.Don Saunders has served in many capacities in the FNM since 2002, including Council member, National Deputy Secretary and Executive member.The official results of the Tall Pines constituency were as follows:Donald Saunders FNM 2514Philip Ewing BCP 14Fredrick Rolle BNCP 3Kishon Turner DNA 209and incumbent, Leslie Miller PLP 2293#magneticmedianews#donsaunderstallpinesvictory Related Items:#donsaunderstallpinesvictory, #magneticmedianews
The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has increased petrol prices by ₹1.55 per litre, excluding state taxes, with effect from Monday (15 July).IOC increased the petrol prices due to the impact of the falling rupee and increase in international oil prices.”Since last price change, the downward spiral of Rupee against the USD dollar has continued to reach a low of Rs 60.03/USD as against Rs. 58.94/USD during the previous fortnight. Further, international MS prices have also shown an uptrend and increased from $115.29/bbl to $117.19/bbl. The combined impact of deteriorating exchange rate and increasing international oil prices has resulted in the need to increase Petrol prices by Rs 1.55/litre (excl. VAT),” IOC said in a press release.”The movement of prices in international oil markets and INR-USD exchange rate is being closely monitored and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes,” it said. The increase in petrol prices has happened for the fourth time in six weeks. Petrol price was last hiked by ₹1.82 per litre (excluding Value Added Tax (VAT)) on 28 June. Accordingly, one litre of petrol will now cost ₹70.44 a litre against ₹68.58 with an increase of ₹1.86 per litre (including state taxes) in Delhi. This revision of prices was due on 16 July, but has come a day earlier.However, there will be no changes in diesel price as of now and it will be revised at the end of July. Earlier, the government had authorised state-owned oil firms to increase diesel prices by ₹50 paise/per litre every month until the entire losses on fuel are wiped out. With respect to that, diesel prices were hiked in the first week of July. The next hike is expected in the last week of July or first week of August.
International Community Day will be celebrated on Sept. 24 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Word & Praise Faith Ministries on 5200 Denmore Avenue near Park Heights avenue and the Pimlico Race Track. Bring your own tent and chairs for some good music and a good time. There will international food, international fashion show and vendors. Contact DF McDuffie at 443-415-4777 for more details. This is a free event.
Jay Cutler doesn’t exactly have a winning personality. His constant look of indifference didn’t win over hearts and minds in Chicago, and after 7 weeks in Miami, Dolphin fans are done with him, too.When Cutler was forced to exit the game against the Jets with a third quarter chest injury, the Miami fans let him have it, by cheering his exit.Add Miami to the list of fan bases that’s over Jay Cutler.
We Are the World soloists, in order of appearance:Lionel Richie and Stevie WonderPaul Simon and Kenny RogersJames IngramTina Turner and Billy JoelMichael Jackson and Diana RossDionne Warwick and Willie NelsonAl JarreauBruce SpringsteenKenny LogginsSteve PerryDaryl HallHuey LewisCyndi Lauper and Kim CarnesBob DylanRay Charles WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite These people sang in the chorus: Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, Jackie Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Bette Midler, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Smokey Robinson.USA for Africa is still around.Thirty years after We Are the World, USA for Africa still works on behalf of communities in Africa. Recent initiatives have addressed climate-change issues, arts campaigns and the shipment of medical supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone to combat the spread of ebola. Royalties from We Are the World continue to be the organization’s primary source of funding.Source: USA Today On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening famine and poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated.Kenny Rogers wanted to get everybody’s autograph. “So I took a sheet of music from the session and started getting people to sign it. Once I started, Diana Ross started, then everybody was running around trying to get everybody.”The single went on to sell more than 20 million copies. The more than $75 million raised by non-profit organization USA for Africa helped to fight poverty on the continent. The song also won three Grammy Awards in 1986, including song and record of the year.
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