Wage subsidy scheme to be extended beyond mid-June

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 7, 2020 Wage subsidy scheme to be extended beyond mid-June WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ The COVID-19 unemployment payment and wage subsidy scheme will be extended beyond mid-June.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said no decision has been made on how long it will last for or if there will be a rate reduction after next month.He has also told the Dáil it is possible that the Coronavirus arrived in Ireland late last year or early this year, earlier than first thought. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleSpeculation mounts over future of Pieta House North WestNext articleTaoiseach rules out zero per cent VAT rate for hospitality sector News Highland last_img read more

Speech: Home Secretary announces launch of the Serious Violence Strategy

first_imgI want to start today by taking you back to the night of the 20 February in Camden, North London.A distraught mum watches her teenage son die after he’s stabbed outside a shop.She only realises it’s him after she calls his phone and it rings from his jacket pocket behind the police cordon. This young man is Abdikarim Hassan and he’s only 17.Less than 2 hours later – a separate incident.A promising accountant leaves a tragic voicemail for his mother after he too is fatally stabbed with a samurai sword just a few minutes’ walk away from the first murder.The victim tells his mum – “I’m wounded, I got wounded”.This second victim is Sadiq Aadam Mohamed and he’s the third in his family to be stabbed to death.His mother later tells a journalist that the family escaped to this country from Somalia for peace but “found only blood”.The family also release a statement.Violence is a “constant theme in our community” they say.“We have a lot of questions and need answers. Somebody has to listen to us”.And more recently – more tragic news.Devoy Stapleton stabbed to death in Wandsworth on Easter Sunday.Tanesha Melbourne-Blake gunned down in Tottenham.Amaan Shakoor fatally shot in Walthamstow.And Israel Ogunsola fatally stabbed in Hackney.In each of these cases the recurring question has been “why, why, why”?And as Home Secretary, I’ve been searching for the answer.That’s why last October, I commissioned a review into violent crime to explore why it is that there has been an increase in homicides, knife crime and gun crime and what we should do about it.I knew then, just as I do now, that this is a problem which we must get a grip on.And today I am pleased to announce that I am publishing our Serious Violence Strategy. This marks a major shift in the approach to recent rises in knife and gun crime and is being supported by £40 million of Home Office funding.This strategy represents a real step-change in the way we think about and respond to these personal tragedies which dominate the front pages of our newspapers with seemingly depressing regularity.But before I tell you what the evidence shows, I want to start by addressing head-on some of the theories that have been circulating.One of the contentions is that there are not enough officers on the streets. The evidence however does not support this. In the early 2000s, when serious violent crimes were at their highest, police numbers were rising.In 2008, when knife crime was far greater than the lows we saw in 2013 to 2014, police numbers were close to the highest we’d seen in decades.And the head of the Metropolitan Police has said she does not believe the recent spike in attacks is due to cuts to police budgets either.Equally, to those who blame the recent spate of violence on changes to the provision of youth services, I say that that too is far too simplistic.And in my view, simplistic arguments are no substitute for a serious strategy. And that’s what I want to spend my time talking about today.In our Serious Violence Strategy, we explore the reasons behind serious violence.We find that there is a strong link between drugs and violent crime and that changes to the drugs market appears to be the biggest driver of the increase in violent crime.We know that since 2014, over half of all homicides involved a victim or a suspect using or dealing drugs.We know that the use of crack-cocaine is rising in England and Wales and that there’s a strong link between violence and crack-cocaine.We also know that ‘county lines’ drug dealing has become an increasingly popular way of dealing drugs around the country.This involves gangs grooming and using children and vulnerable young people to traffic drugs using dedicated mobile phones or ‘deal lines’ into new locations outside of their home areas.The wider the reach of the gang, the further their violence, drug dealing and exploitation spreads.So this is the situation we are faced with.Serious violence is on the up, and in many cases, drugs are an important contributing factor.So first off, our response to violent crime must address the misuse of drugs.Last year we launched our new Drugs Strategy and we will be going further.We will focus on reducing the number of people who take drugs and we will also increase the number of people who recover from drug dependency.We will also work towards putting a stop to the ‘county lines’ gangs who are selling drugs around the country.A few weeks ago I was talking to the Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and he made it clear what a problem this is for local police forces. In fact, 70% of police forces have reported significant increases in violent crime linked to county lines. And what we’re talking about here are murders, torture and other types of extreme violence. For example, in one reported case, a man in Liverpool had his hand severed by a machete and both legs broken in a punishment attack.That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this government will provide £3.6 million to support a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre which is currently being developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency to support more effective action against these types of gangs.This will help the police catch the perpetrators and will also support measures to protect vulnerable people who have been drawn into county lines drugs dealing networks. It will also provide vital intelligence about illegal drugs markets across the country and it will support police forces to close down the mobile phone numbers used for county lines drugs dealing.In addition to this, we will be running a nationwide campaign in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers, to raise awareness of the problem of county lines and to prevent and protect more people from being exploited and drawn into these gangs.And while I do not think we can arrest our way out of the problem of violent crime, I do believe the police have a vital role to play in tackling it.I’ve heard what the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and others have said about officers losing confidence in using stop and search, and I must say that really worries me.Let me make my position absolutely clear. I stand fully behind stop and search and I see it as a vital tool for the police.Of course, stop and search will always need to be used appropriately – like any other police power – but thanks to the introduction of body-worn video across police forces, I have greater confidence than ever before that this is the case.I believe that a combination of stop and search, hot spot policing strategies to focus on those areas where crime is concentrated, as well as a better use of data so police forces can routinely monitor, adjust and test their response to violent crime – will make a difference.But I also want to make the police’s job easier by making weapons harder to come by. I’ve seen what’s going around our streets – the zombie knives, axes and bayonets. And let me tell you, it might have had a place in medieval warfare but it certainly doesn’t have a place on our city streets.That’s why I will be introducing new laws within weeks that make it harder than ever before to purchase and possess guns, knives and acid.There will be new restrictions on online sales of knives to make it harder for under 18s to buy them. This will include stopping them from being sent to residential addresses. There will also be a complete ban on the possession of offensive weapons like zombie knives. In addition, we will make it easier to prosecute cases of threatening someone with a knife.And to reduce the risk of acid attacks, we will make it a criminal offence to possess corrosive substances in public and prevent sales to under 18s. I will also consult on extending stop and search powers to enable the police to search for and seize acid from suspects carrying it in public without good reason.But policing, legislation and making weapons harder to come by just isn’t enough. A crucial part of our approach will be focusing on and investing more in prevention and early intervention.We need to engage with our young people early and to provide the incentives and credible alternatives that will prevent them from being drawn into crime in the first place. This in my view is the best long-term solution.Because what better way to stop knife crime than by stopping young people from picking up knives in the first place?And I’ve seen first-hand that early intervention really makes a difference.I recently visited New Horizons, a youth centre in Camden which helps young people who are often caught up in violence, to build more positive futures. Whether that’s by helping to find them housing, counselling or a job. One young man I met had exchanged being in a gang for fashion and was being supported to build his own clothing line.And earlier today I visited Leap Confronting Conflict, an organisation which successfully intervenes even earlier – helping young people who face multiple challenges in their lives to manage conflict before they can be drawn into gang activity.This is exactly the type of work I want to see more of.That’s why I’m pleased to announce a new £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund to help communities run early intervention and prevention programmes for young people at risk of getting involved in violence.Because I want local communities to be front and centre of our response to violent crime.This £11 million fund is in addition to the money we are committing to other projects helping young people start off life on the right track, including £13 million for the Trusted Relationships Fund, £40 million for the Youth Investment Fund and £920 million for the Troubled Families Programme.But it’s a sad fact of life that there will always be people who pick up knives or other weapons. I need to make sure that they put them down again before they cause irreparable damage.That’s why I’ve just launched a new online advertising campaign – #knife free – to raise awareness about the risks and consequences of carrying knives and to inspire young people to do something more positive instead. But those of us in government aren’t the only ones who should be doing work online.As I speak, gangs are posting videos and music online that document, encourage and glamorise violence and goad and threaten others.And the repercussions can be deadly.For instance, last August 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall was knifed to death in South London in the climax of a feud between rival gangs posting mocking videos on YouTube.It is already an offence to incite, assist or encourage violence online and I expect to see social media companies standing by their obligations to remove this kind of content as necessary.But that alone isn’t enough. Social media companies must do more. So today I am calling on them to review their terms and conditions and make it clear that that they will not host any content linked to gangs or gang violence.Some might say that this is impossible. But when I called on social media companies to deal with terrorist content on their platforms, they listened and took action. I’m asking them to do so again. Because it’s the right thing to do.Because fighting crime and keeping each other safe isn’t just the responsibility of government, it’s everybody’s responsibility.And based on what I’ve said here this morning, I hope you’ll agree that there’s a full programme of work ahead. This morning I met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the Mayor of London and representatives from key agencies to outline my plan and to listen to their views.I will also urgently convene and lead a new, cross-party Serious Violence Task Force which will bring together PCCs, representatives from the voluntary sector, local government, the police and other key sectors as well as MPs from different parties, to make sure that everything I have talked about today is being delivered effectively.And I’m pleased to say that Chuka Umunna is the first Labour MP to agree to take part.The cross-party dimension to this work is important.Because as tempting as a blue versus red spat can sometimes be, the safety of our neighbourhoods is just too important and we cannot afford to be distracted by party politics. I want to hear some solutions from the opposition front bench, rather than just the constant shouts of “cuts, cuts, cuts”.I will also host an International Violent Crime Symposium to bring together leading international academics and experts to understand what else is known about trends in drivers of violent crime and what sorts of interventions are working around the world. Because we are not alone in having seen a spike in violent crime. In fact, serious violence trends have been similar across many developed nations, suggesting there’s a global component to it. I truly believe that while there is more to learn, what I have outlined today is an important start.We will take the comprehensive approach necessary to make sure that our sons and daughters are protected and our streets are safe.As a government we will never stand idly by while acid is thrown or knives wielded.And I am clear that we must do whatever it takes to tackle this so that no parent has to bury their child.Thank you.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Feb. 15

first_imgOn Feb. 15 the members of the Faculty Council heard a report from the General Education Implementation Committee and an update on the work of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.The Council next meets on March 1. The preliminary deadline for the March 7 meeting of the Faculty is February 28 at noon.last_img

Tayshia Adams Didn’t Talk to Her Ex-Husband Before ‘The Bachelorette’

first_img“Just let a girl live,” she teased while speaking with Us Weekly exclusively on Monday, November 9.Adams and the roofing contractor were together for six years before they tied the knot in February 2016. After less than two years of marriage, Bourelle filed for divorce in October 2017. The former phlebotomist later had her maiden name restored after finalizing her divorce in November 2017. Earlier this year, the reality TV star opened up about trying to salvage her marriage before finally calling it quits.“When things were getting really bad, we were like, OK, we need to go see a counselor,” Adams recalled during an October episode of the “Click Bait” podcast. “Actually, that was my doing, because I knew I needed to do absolutely everything in order to know that was the end of the road. … At that point, you kind of walk through some things and you try as hard as you can, but you can’t force someone to love you.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Despite her reservations about pursuing another engagement, the Bachelor in Paradise alum was able to use her past experience to help guide her to her perfect match.“Having been married before, I feel like … I’m not just going to do anything just to do something. I’m not going to do it because I feel like I need to or do this and that. I’m going to do it because it’s the right thing to do, and I’m excited and happy,” she told Us. “If it were to happen, it’d be with the right sentiment.”The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Not looking back! Tayshia Adams‘ divorce from ex-husband Josh Bourelle might play a big role in her dramatic turn on The Bachelorette, but she’s still on “cloud nine.”The 30-year-old California native dished about her journey on season 16 of the ABC dating series following Clare Crawley‘s engagement to Dale Moss during the Thursday, November 5, episode. As she prepared to make her highly-anticipated debut at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, Adams revealed that she didn’t hear from Bachelor Nation exes Colton Underwood and John Paul Jones — or from Bourelle.Tayshia Adams Reveals If Her Ex-Husband Reached Out After Emotional TrailerTayshia Adams on ‘The Bachelorette’. ABC- Advertisement – Though her first marriage didn’t work out, Adams hasn’t closed herself off to the possibility of finding The One — again. While meeting her lucky suitors, the former Bachelor contestant admitted it wasn’t difficult to be honest about her divorce.Tayshia Adams Reveals If Her Ex-Husband Reached Out After Emotional TrailerTayshia Adams’ ex-husband, Josh Bourelle. Courtesy D&J Roofing Inc./Instagram“It’s not hard at all [to talk about] because it’s definitely something that I’ve experienced in the past and it led me to today,” she told Us. “But I don’t want it to define me because it doesn’t define me. It’s just something that I grew from and I learned from.”In a dramatic new Bachelorette teaser, Adams told the men vying for her heart that she was ready to “really dive in deep and find my life partner” after getting “married and divorced at a really young age.” Speaking directly to the camera, Adams later admitted through tears that “the fear of divorce” would always haunt her.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Boyce happy to avoid play-off

first_img Press Association A day after Motherwell and Rangers met in the first leg of the Scottish Premiership play-off final, 24-year-old County forward Boyce was training with his international team-mates ahead of their clash with the 2022 World Cup hosts in Crewe. It seemed unlikely that he would be back on the international scene at the turn of the year when he had struck just three goals for a club that was in danger of dropping out of the Scottish flight. However, the Staggies would go on to win 10 of their final 14 games, losing just twice, as Boyce bagged seven in his final seven games to lead County to safety, an achievement which also paved the way for his international recall to Michael O’Neill’s squad. “Up until a couple of weeks ago our season could have been a week longer,” Boyce noted. “Thankfully, I scored a couple of goals at crucial times to get us out of that situation and it’s given me this opportunity to play international football. “It’s a different type of pressure altogether. Here’s a platform to preform whereas there there are livelihoods at stake at them clubs because people are out of contract and they need to preform with a different pressure on them. “We went on that run of nine games where we won eight and drew one that has sort of pushed us to safety. We just needed to get over the line and thankfully we did that before the last game.” Former Cliftonville striker Boyce’s last cap for his country came in 2011 when he was playing for German side Werder Bremen. He failed to make the grade on the continent but his maturation in a country famed for developing young players, coupled with his stronger, fitter physique, has helped Boyce earn international recognition once more. “The technique I have now has been improved because of that,” he said of his time with Bremen. “I think it’s stood me in good stead now I’m home and realised what full-time football can give you in life. It’s just got me remotivated and thanks to the German technique I can push on from there and use that. “Everyone wants to learn different styles of football, it makes you a better player all round. The Irish League way has probably made me more physically developed because I was playing at a young age. Then I went to Germany and it’s made me better with the ball at my feet. “I’m getting the best of both worlds, really. I would encourage anybody to take the opportunity.” Liam Boyce admits he is particularly happy to be in Northern Ireland’s squad for Sunday’s friendly against Qatar when it looked as if he might be facing a do-or-die play-off with Ross County instead.last_img read more

See how football fraternity celebrated Ghana’s 63 years of independence

first_imgToday marks the 63rd years after Ghana gained independence from their colonial masters, Great Britain, after years of struggles and negotiations.History has it that the battle to sovereignty had not been easy but Ghana emerged victors.After Ghana gaining independence in 1957, the need to have a body govern football became a requisite.1957 saw Ohene Djan elected as the General Secretary of the Football Association and led Ghana to strategically align with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) in 1958 and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 1960.Football in Ghana has evolved over the years and administrations have changed hands in a bid to make football better in the country.After 63 years, football in Ghana has grown significantly.In the spirit of marking Ghana’s freedom, here is how the sports fraternity celebrated our independence:Ghana Football Association (GFA) tweeted, “Happy Independence Day Anniversary to our beloved Ghana”. Happy 63rd Independence Day Ghana ,un pays qui grandement a donné des légendes au foot africain @AnthonyBaffoe #AbediPele, @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 @Jo_Ayew ….! @julietbawuah @ghanafaofficial @SaddickAdams @Ghanasoccernet @NAkufoAddo ! pic.twitter.com/rj9sLrYZMT— Lassana Camara 🎙📻🎤 (@lassanawelt) March 6, 2020 Some Black Stars players too tweeted to show their patriotism. Some clubs in Ghana joined the train and tweeted messages to mark Ghana’s independence.center_img International journalists were not left out in marking this memorable day.😍😍😍😍 #GhanaAt63 pic.twitter.com/S5iLeyfhbJ— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) March 6, 2020 German Bundesliga side, Bayern Leverkusen also joined the party as they wished Ghana on its 63rd independence day celebration.last_img read more

A closer look at Alpena Public Schools ahead of Tuesday’s bond proposal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan primary elections are now less than one week away. That means it’s time to start making some critical decisions before heading out to vote.One of those is the Alpena Public Schools bond proposal. Many of the buildings are old. rundown and are costing the district lots of money to fix. Whether those conditions will soon be improved is in the voters hands. Superintendent of Alpena Public Schools, Dr. John VanWagoner says, tax payers won’t have to worry about another increase on their tax bills.“That 1.8 mils will not raise with this election. If it passes, it will just continue on and you’ll see that same tax bill, it won’t increase. In fact, over time, as we go, it’ll actually decrease.”VanWagoner says the district can’t afford to keep just patching over conditions without fixing them at the root. He says it’s getting expensive, and issues of comfort and security are starting to affect the students.“We’ll actually make sure that we have good solid roofs, boilers, and we’ll also add some very basic security things to ensure somebody can’t just walk through the front door and walk down to a classroom. Really, that theme is keeping our kids safe, keeping our kids warm, and keeping our kids dry,” says VanWagoner.He also walked WBKB personnel through four of nine schools in the district to see first-hand what the students are dealing with. The first two included Ella White Elementary, which was built in 1950, and Alpena High School, which went up in 1967.VanWagoner says, “The boiler at Ella White is in very bad shape. We’re having to flush it out. It’s actually flooding. One of the boilers is out just about every other day.”That’s not to mention asbestos in the ceiling titles and flooring, and leaky roofs that are causing water to drip into student lockers, ruing their belongings. The situation isn’t too much different at the high school, where faulty plumbing, asbestos, and inefficient boiler systems are disrupting the learning process.“We want to make sure that those things that are deteriorating the fastest are the things that are going to get priority to get done first,” VanWagoner explains.These aren’t all of the problems the district is facing, but if you would like more information about what exactly will be fixed if the bond is approved, visit alpenaschools.com, or reach out to the superintendent. He says he’s happy to speak with parents and tax payers about updating the buildings.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public School, APS, Bond Proposal, Dr. John VanWagoner, Ella White, High SchoolContinue ReadingPrevious Northern lights will be visible tonight in some areasNext City of Alpena Fire Department warns of charity scamlast_img read more

Striker out to score the goals that will save QPR

first_imgDJ Campbell says he can score the goals to keep QPR in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror reports.Campbell, who impressed for Blackpool last season, is available again after a hamstring problem.His return could be a timely boost for Rangers given that Djibril Cisse is suspended.And Campbell said: “It’s not quite worked out for me this season with injuries, but I scored a lot of goals last year, so why not?“It’s what I get paid to do and that’s what I hopefully can do when I come back.“I feel I can make an impact straight away. I believe we can do it. If I can score the goals to help us do so, then my job’s done.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Coins pay tribute to Mandela the lifelong learner

first_img18 July 2014The South African Mint Company, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, on Friday marked the first Mandela Day since Madiba’s passing by unveiling the second edition of its Protea Life of a Legend coin series.The three-coin series – 24-carat gold R25 (one-ounce) and R5 (one-tenth ounce) coins and a sterling silver R1 coin – are themed around Mandela’s dedication to lifelong learning.The first member of his family to attend school, education remained extremely important to Mandela throughout his life.The pure gold R25 coin displays the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, where Mandela studied, a young Mandela wearing a double-breasted suit, and the Mandela quote: “Everywhere in the world it is accepted that students, as a thinking and independent-minded section of the population, have the right to freedom of thought and expression of opinion.”The sterling silver R1 coin depicts Mandela as a child practising how to write “Nelson” on a slate board, along with the Mandela quote: “The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and education is a very important weapon to prepare children for their future roles as leaders of the community.”The pure gold R5 coin carries his quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”All three coins have the same obverse: South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, in a half garland below Mandela in one of his trademark Madiba shirts.“The South African Mint Company is honoured to release the second Protea coin series on the first Mandela Day that he is not with us,” South African Mint Company MD Tumi Tsehlo said in a statement. “Making it more special is that it is dedicated to education, which was so close to his heart.”Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Sello Hatang said: “These beautiful coins, which commemorate the life and times of Madiba, continue to propagate his life and his beliefs, which we cherish as the Nelson Mandela Foundation. They are testament to a living legacy.”The 2014 Protea Life of a legend coin series is available for purchase at the SA Mint in Centurion.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Posterior cruciate ligament of the knee

first_imgThe posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a powerful ligament extending from the top-rear surface of the tibia to the bottom-front surface of the femur. The ligament prevents the knee joint from posterior instability.Review Date:6/4/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more