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Coronavirus: What life is like inside Italy’s dystopian lockdown

first_img whatsapp Inside the Italy lockdown: Life in Europe’s coronavirus quarantine zone Monday 9 March 2020 10:43 am whatsapp But behind the scenes, people are trying to make sense of what it means for them. A friend owns a small business with a factory in Vincenza, outside the red zone. He and half of his team live in Padua while the rest live in Vicenza. I was at home with my family last night when we learned that our town was one of those being put into the “red zone”, quarantined to battle coronavirus.   Carlo Svaluto Moreolo Journalist, in Padua, northern Italy by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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The economic uncertainty exacerbates the inevitable panic caused by the coronavirus.  As of Sunday morning, areas that are home to 16m people are on lockdown. Residents can return, but you cannot leave for any but the most serious reasons. We do not yet know how this will be implemented but most likely it will involve police checkpoints on the main roads.  In and around Padua, a busy university town of 250,000 people, shopping centres will be closed during weekends. Hospitals are coping as best as they can. Padua’s university hospital, one of the largest in Italy, has hired an additional 150 staff and spaces are being reorganised. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Inside the Italy lockdown: Life in Europe’s coronavirus quarantine zone From Monday to Friday, shop and restaurant owners need to make sure customers keep a distance of one metre, as per the government’s orders. Cinemas, museums, libraries, community centres, sport centres, gyms are all to be closed to the public. Events, public or private, are to be cancelled. He is one of thousands of small business owners in the area. The whole of Northern Italy, and Veneto in particular, relies on small and medium-sized enterprises. The economic impact of the epidemic restrictions will be felt for months, if not years.  Tourist wearing protective respiratory masks wait near the Vatican amid the Italy lockdown over coronavirus His task for the rest of the day was finding out whether his employees could get to work the next morning. If they cannot, he will have to shut production, potentially for weeks. The Italy lockdown has effectively put 16m people in quarantine since the country experienced a surge in coronavirus cases We had spent Saturday evening with friends, discussing how the nursery closures were affecting our ability to work. The cracks in our normal lives have been evident for some weeks.  Share (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Inside the Italy lockdown: Life in Europe’s coronavirus quarantine zone (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Inside the Italy lockdown: Life in Europe’s coronavirus quarantine zone The region’s intensive care units seem to be able to bear the pressure. The same cannot be said about hospitals in other regions. So far the virus has not yet reached Southern Italy, where hospitals are famously under-resourced.  But then a leaked draft of the decree that was signed by Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte made us realise things were about to get much worse. Before the latest move, restaurants and bars were already bare. People were cancelling holidays. The critical tourism sector is already feeling the full force of this crisis. Venetian hotels were reporting up to 40 per cent of customers cancelling bookings. Now that number will only rise.  (AFP via Getty Images) Show Comments ▼ My next trip to London, where I travel monthly for work, is postponed indefinitely. Such a severe restriction of my freedom of movement feels disturbing, perhaps more than the thought of catching the virus itself.  Trying to keep some semblance of normality I went for a long run on Sunday morning, in preparation for the Padua Marathon, which is still scheduled for next month. I saw plenty of other joggers and walkers enjoying the sunshine, cars coming in and out of town.  The situation feels dystopian, but people are pragmatic. The measures are intended to minimise contact between people. If anything the question is whether this is too late. After a few weeks of unhelpful arguments, our politicians seem to have become kinder to one another. They are now moving forward as one.  Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Greek debt fear makes banks drag FTSE down – London Report

first_img Share Express KCS Greek debt fear makes banks drag FTSE down – London Report whatsapp BANKS led the FTSE 100 index lower yesterday as they slipped on concerns the Greek crisis could spread while miners fell with weaker metals prices.It ended the blue-chip index’s eight-session run to a four-month high on Monday. Mid-cap oil producer Afren plunged 71 per cent after saying it was in talks with its largest bondholders over its liquidity and funding needs.The benchmark FTSE 100 index ended 0.6 per cent lower at 6,811.61 points, also reacting to UK data showing gross domestic product (GDP) grew more slowly than expected in the last quarter of 2014.“UK markets were hit by broad-based selling after UK growth estimates slipped … with banks leading the declines under threat of a looming crisis in Greece spreading across the financial system,” Jasper Lawler, analyst at CMC Markets, said.The UK banking index fell 1.2 per cent, tracking a 11.7 per cent fall in Greek banks to a record low, on worries Greece’s new anti-bailout government would clash with the European Union over the nation’s debts.Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC dropped 0.5 to 1.8 per cent, with traders citing news of UK banks facing hefty mis-selling claims as one reason for their weakness.Around two million Britons who may have been mis-sold insurance to cover events such as credit card fraud will be asked to vote for a scheme that could cost banks hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation.But some analysts were positive on the broader market’s prospects.“The FTSE is seeing some profit-taking … However, (it) is flirting with levels seen last year,” said Jawaid Afsar, a trader at Securequity.The UK mining index fell 0.4 per cent as copper prices dropped 2.8 per cent on concerns of slowing growth in China, weak US business investment and rising metal inventories. Aluminium prices were down more than one per cent.The UK Oil and Gas index also fell, down 0.4 per cent.“Oil prices are causing a great concern for some investors. People are getting into the mindset that there isn’t going to be a quick fix,” David Battersby, investment manager at Redmayne-Bentley, said.Centrica climbed 4.2 per cent to 280.08p after Credit Suisse raised its stance on it to “outperform” from “neutral” and increased its target price to 310p, up from 290p. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tuesday 27 January 2015 8:39 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndo Tags: Company FTSE 100last_img read more

Remember the Game: Knockbeg College see off Portlaoise CBS in 2010 2nd Year final

first_img By Conor Goode – 30th March 2019 Knockbeg were the better side in the opening half and Cormac Murphy was at the heart of every attack setting up two more scores before the break.The half time score was 1-4 to 0-0 in favor of Knockbeg after a fantastic first half display.Portlaoise came flying out after the break and the tide began to turn as Cathal O’Connor raised the green flag shortly after the restart.Cathal O’Connor then added a point which was soon followed by a Dan Delaney score.Knockbeg were under severe pressure but stayed calm and put three more points on the scoreline without reply to finish the game off.Portlaoise nearly pulled off a brilliant comeback but Knockbeg won the game 1-7 to 1-2.SCORERS – Knockbeg College: JJ Mahon 1-2, Lawrence O’Sullivan, David McDermott, Michael Keogh, Adrian O’Brien and David Lawlor 0-1 each. Portlaoise CBS: Cathal O’Connor 1-1, Dan Delaney 0-1.Knockbeg College: David Halpin; Noel Leech, Aidan Brennan, Fiach Byrne; Eric Nolan, Paddy Doran, Keith Lillis; JJ Mahon, Aaron McGrath; Cormac Murphy, David McDermott, Michael Keogh; Lawrence O’Sullivan, Adrian O’Byrne, Robert Boland. Subs: Oliver Meaney, Hugo Ashmore, David Lawlor, Eoin Aylsbury, Niall O’Reilly, Sean Higgins.Portlaoise CBS: David Phelan; Eoin Phelan, Stefan Rafter, Chris Carroll; Ciaran O’Brien, Gary Bergin, Eoin Carroll; Conor Ryan, Robert Dowling; Dan Delaney, Cathal O’Connor, David Power; Keith Finn, Jack Dooley, Sean Mulhall. Subs: Liam Campbell, James White, Gearoid Ennis, Johnathan Finlay, Michael Conroy, Gavin Langton, Chris Lynch.Referee: Ger BoyleKnockbeg celebrate after winning the Laois Secondary Schools 2nd year football final at O’Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey.Man of the match Chris Lynch, Portlaoise CBS is presented with his award by Coaching officer Peter O’Neill after the Laois Secondary Schools 2nd year football final at O’Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey.Knockbeg captain David McDermott is presented with the trophy by Laois GAA chairman Brian Allen after winning the Laois Secondary Schools 2nd year football final at O’Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey.SEE ALSO – Uproar over Respond housing deposit scheme WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLaois minor camogie top their group with four wins from four and go through to All-Ireland semi-finalsNext articleBack-to-back wins for The Heath plus all Saturday’s GAA results Conor Goode 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Knockbeg College 1-7 Portlaoise CBS 1-2‘Laois Secondary Schools 2nd Year Football Final 2010’Knockbeg College and Portlaoise CBS faced off in the 2nd year final in O’Moore Park nine years ago.Knockbeg began the game well with good scores coming from Lawrence O’Sullivan and Michael Keogh and a good move which ended in a JJ Mahon Goal.Portlaoise were causing the the Knockbeg defense problems but they were not able to register a score. Remember the Game: Knockbeg College see off Portlaoise CBS in 2010 2nd Year final GAA Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebookcenter_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSKnockbegRemember the Game Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: Knockbeg College see off Portlaoise CBS in 2010 2nd… We Are LaoisRemember the Game GAA GAA Pinterestlast_img read more

The Written Judgment from the Huiryeong Public Trial

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News The Written Judgment from the Huiryeong Public Trial Facebook Twitter News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China [imText1]The DailyNK exclusively obtained written judgment from the public trial, held near Huiryeong market in Huiryeong city on March 1st, and Yusun-dong, Huiryeong city on March 2nd, which includes the accusation of the defendants, and The DailyNK reveals it to the public.What should be noted is the fact that the North Korean government considers all the acts related with assisting the defectors to transgress the border as “Human Trafficking,” thus described as atrocious crime. Furthermore the exchange of Chinese currency to North Korean won and circulating the money, had earned from foreign country, inside North Korea is also considered as a crime. The part where the judge’s voice cannot be heard are noted as “***”Please refer to “[DailyNK editorial] Kim Jong Il, It’s Time for Your Abdication” for the official stand of the DailyNK.[The Court’s decision on March 1st – the public trial near the Huiryeong market, Huiryeong city]Park Myung Gil, un-employed wanderer, is an atrocious habitual criminal, from March 2003 to July 2004, for the purpose of money, transgressed the Sino-Korean border illegally in numerous times with conspirators of by himself, took advantage by trafficking numerous women of our nation to foreign countries and also committed the crime of export-importing ***.Choi Jae Yong is a worker in *** producers’ society, who transgressed the border illegally by crossing the river twice and committed the crime of trafficking numerous people to China from May 2004 to last December, received and spent various products from *** Chinese yuan and also committed atrocious crime of exchanging 3,700 Chinese Yuan to the currency of our nation.Ra Young Chul, resident in ***, transgressed the border to China illegally, conspired with Yun Nam Suk and was caught by Chinese security and repatriated to our nation while he was wandering around on March 2001, but did not regret or change, from May to June 2004, bartered many women including Choi Jae Hyun of our nation for the purpose of money and other values, to the conspirator and received 6860 Chinese Yuan and many goods for the cost, and also committed the crime illegal exchanging 3,800 Chinese Yuan.Kim Sun Hwa, the worker of *** farm in Huiryeong, transgressed the border to China several times illegally for money and some other values from June to July 2004, with accomplice *** for trafficking number of women of our nation and received 2,000 Chinese Yuan, and committed the crime of smuggling various goods including ***.Lee Gun Byul is a former housewife who lived in Kangan-dong, Huiryeong city, committed the crime of illegal transgression of Sino-Korean Border, trafficking of women of our nation to foreign countries, in which she receives Chinese Yuan with her conspirators include Park Myung Gil from July 2003 to last July , and the crime of illegally exchanging 2,200 Chinese yuan to out national currency.Byun Mi Ok has already illegally transgressed the Sino-Korean border on February 1999 and lived with *** Chinese for two years and although she had repatriated by Chinese security department however did not regret or change, divorced her husband in June 2003 and while working as *** in Gunchun-dong, Huiryeon, she spent *** our national currency as the cost of her illegal transgression of border and until October 2004, she went to foreign countries and trade 11 women of our nation for the purpose of money and goods and conspires with her conspirator, spent *** our national currency, meanwhile she committed the crime of guiding illegal defectors and exchange 300 Chinese Yuan to our national currency although it was an illegal act.Yun Su Yong, unemployed in Kangan-dong, Huiryeong city, although he knew trafficking women of our nation to foreign countries for receiving money or other goods is a crime, he seduced numerous women of our nation for the purpose of money from August ***year to last July. After that he transgressed the river illegally and spent 300 Chinese Yuan received as payment, and committed the crime of guiding illegal defectors. Byun Mi Suk, lived in Kangan-dong Huiryeong city, trafficked women of our nation to foreign countries from August 2003 to last July, introduced several women to her conspirators include Lee Gun Byul, transgressed the river illegally and spent 600 Chinese yuan and cash 20,000 won, also committed the crime of assisting people who desire illegal transgression of the border to foreign countries.Ra Mi Sun, lived in Eunduk-gun, although she knew the act that trafficking women of our nation to foreign country is a crime, she went to foreign country several times from September 2003 to October to introduce numerous women of our nation to her conspirators include Byun Mi Ok and spent 40,000 won in cash, also committed the crime of assisting people who desire illegal transgression of the border to foreign countries.Han Young Suk, a housewife who residence in ***, Huiryeong city, introduced several women of our nation to Park Myung Gil for the purpose of money and other values from February 2004 to April, received 30,000 won in cash and committed crime assisting people who desire illegal transgression of border to foreign countries. Son Chang Hyun, residence in Kangan-dong Huiryeong, trafficking numerous women of our nation for the purpose of money, received and spent 50,000 won in cash from July 2003 to April 2004 and committed crime assisting people who desire illegal transgression of border to foreign countriesAs clearly confirmed in the trial, such crimes committed by the defendants are extremely heinous crimes that treat human beings as commodity, which cannot be forgiven throughout generations, such crimes are not to be permitted in our way of socialism where the center of conscience lies within people which completely protects and highly respects the life and personality of human being, and it is the revel crime against the grandiose historical advances of our people to bring the bright future of our nation, who in spite of the hard situations, are marching forward whole-heartedly with the power of military-first one-heart solidarity.Therefore the defendants who committed the serious crimes have to be punished sternly as they deserve, according to the law of the Republic.Judgment! Under the name of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in the 94th year of Juche, March 1st 2005, with Kim Byung Ju of the North Hamkyung Province Court as the presiding judge and in the public trial in which the People’s jury composed of Choi Ju Byuk and Kim Il Chan Kim, and the body of court composed prosecutor prosecutor Kim Ju Il, the defense lawyer Kim Han and the clerk of the law court Yun Han Sul, the judge declares the rule of the court.1. Son Chang Hum to 10 years labor detention2. Han Young Suk to 11 years labor detention3. Ra Mi Sun to 12 years labor detention4. Yun Su Yong to 13 years labor detention5. Byun Mi suk to 13 years labor detention6. Byun Mi ok to 14 years labor detention 7. Lee Gun Byul to 15 years labor detention8. Kim Sun Ha to labor detention for life9. Ra Young Chul to labor detention for life10. Park Myung Gil to death.11. Choi Jae Yong to death[Judgment on March 2nd – the public trial in Yusun-dong, Huiyeong]Ham Bok Nam from *** Kyung Sung district, Kyung Sung Gun and Jun Eun Suk from the collective farm in Osanduk of Huiryeong city, are the people deeply contaminated by money-almighty ideals of capitalism, lose their mind to money, conspired a number of times since April last year and committed the heinous crime that cannot be forgiven throughout generations, of trafficking 18 women of our nation in total, selling them to foreign traffickers. The crime these people committed is extremely heinous crime where people are contaminated by extreme individual egoism that led people to sell people as if they are animals or commodities and this kind of crimes cannot to be permitted in our way of socialism where the center of conscience lies within people which completely protects and highly respects the life and personality of human being.It is the counter-revolutionary crime that daringly breaks through the isolationist policy against anti-Republic people, that challenges the grandiose march of our people to build a powerful nation in spite of the hard situations, as we have to overthrow the imperialism reactionaries’ isolate pressure maneuvers which became severe these days. The crime committed by these people is the shameful and raging *** of which the Japanese empire forced to Korean women in the past, the most unforgivable counter revolutionary, counter humane act, which is considered to be an act that assists the enemy, and it has no way to the anger of the people. The situation our nation is facing today demands us of a high level of tension to completely prevent the ideological and cultural infiltration of the imperialism which enters through illegal transgression, anti-socialist phenomenon and protest against law. Furthermore, unless we completely seal the border thoroughly, it will be accepted as we permit the anti-socialist criminal activities, thus we will not be able to protect our way of socialist regime and in the end, we will be preyed as slaves by the enemiesJudgment! Examined under Article 290 subsection 2, article 233 and article 104 of the Criminal Code. Defendant Jun Eun Suk is sentenced to 10 years labor detention.Defendant Han Bok Nam is sentenced to death. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE By Daily NK – 2005.03.21 1:34pm last_img read more

5% Takes Kaesong Minimum Wage to $60

first_imgNews News South Korea has agreed to a 5% increase in the minimum wage for North Korean staff in the Kaesong Industrial Complex, it was announced this morning.The increase takes the minimum wage for workers in the complex to a little over $60.Announcing the decision this morning, a Ministry of Unification spokesman explained, “At a hard time for producers and workers in the Kaesong Industrial Complex, the companies judged a 5% wage increase to be reasonable,” adding, “We listened to the opinions of the South Korean companies, and then made the agreement with the North Korean side.”The rise, backdated to take effect on August 1st, is in line with rises over the previous three years, although North Korea did demand a rise to $300, which was never met, in the first half of 2009.In addition to the wage rise, the spokesman also announced measures to combat a concern of the companies in the Complex; that of autonomy over staffing decisions. “Every company contains North Korean workers’ representatives, and these representatives have tended to mastermind changes to work team arrangements as they saw fit,” the spokesman explained. However, he went on, “We have added measures so that, in future, workers’ representatives will not be involved in this area, and workers will be organized according to the independent judgment of the companies.” AvatarChris Green SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News 5% Takes Kaesong Minimum Wage to $60center_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Chris Green – 2010.08.06 4:18pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Works Ministry to use In-House Staff to Undertake More Projects

first_imgWorks Ministry to use In-House Staff to Undertake More Projects UncategorizedAugust 13, 2006 RelatedWorks Ministry to use In-House Staff to Undertake More Projects RelatedWorks Ministry to use In-House Staff to Undertake More Projects RelatedWorks Ministry to use In-House Staff to Undertake More Projectscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Transport, Water and Works, Richard Azan, has disclosed that the Ministry would be undertaking more projects using in-house staff, as a pilot project using this method has resulted in savings of $15 million.Mr. Azan told JIS News that estimates for a road rehabilitation project in St. James were received for $40 million, but a decision was taken to do the project using personnel of the Ministry.“This resulted in the Ministry saving some $15 million. Based on this savings, we at the Ministry will be analysing and would be taking on more projects to save more money, so that other projects can be accomplished,” he said.He said active discussions were taking place at the Ministry to divide the funding allocated for projects, so that 50 per cent of the projects could be undertaken in-house and the other 50 per cent could be carried out in external contracts.“It’s not that we would be taking away work from contractors, because some projects would definitely have to be given out as we do not have the necessary equipment to execute the works, but we have some excellent members of staff who can carry out the work and for us to save $15 million from one project, it’s worth looking at,” he added.Mr. Azan pointed out that this method was being used in river training, but this would have to be expanded, as money saved would be used to fund other projects.“I’m saying to the officers of the National Works Agency, gear up and get yourself ready, because you will have to do some of the work. No one will be allowed to simply sit in the office anymore as you will have some outside work to do,” the State Minister told JIS News. Advertisementslast_img read more

Students to Take Message of Positive Change – Grange

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, has emphasised that students would be the ones to take the message of positive change for the future, throughout the corners of Jamaica.“You are the torch bearers. You are student activists and student activism is no new concept to the youth of Jamaica. I was young once and I was an activist and there is no greater feeling than being passionate about one’s rights, one’s responsibilities, for the good of the society,” Miss Grange said in her message to students, in celebration of International Students Day, today (November 17).“I have no reservations in asserting that you, as students, the young people of this country, are the ones who will effect positive change in Jamaica. Many past young advocates from our school system have held and are still holding the highest positions of influence in their communities, places of employment, in the churches, and even in our political institutions,” she added.Miss Grange explained that in 1939, students felt the need to advocate for the rights of their peers in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Nazi troopers, she said, “stormed the University of Prague in an effort to close all institutions of higher learning. More than 1,200 students were jailed or sent to concentration camps; and nine students and professors were executed without trial. This gave birth in 1941, in Europe, to the first International Students Day.”“Then in 1973, students in Athens, Greece, showed their solidarity in promoting concepts of democracy and anti-government sentiments. This was done through a radio broadcasting network, which they developed, garnering much support from their peers. This movement became known as the Athens Polytechnic Uprising. It eventually came to a climax, as violent military action was taken against the students on today’s date, November 17, which you are now celebrating,” the Minister explained further.Miss Grange noted that in Jamaica, young people have also fought the fight for education and equal opportunity for all. She pointed out that these have varied from: peaceful sit-ins; public marches to the Prime Ministers’ residences and Parliament building; closure of the university campuses; and letters and public statements to media houses.Just a week ago, approximately 600 young people participated in a youth run through the parishes of Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon, to show their solidarity against the perpetration of crime and violence in the society.“This youth run against crime and violence, prove that our students are still passionate and very alive in quelling the evils of society to dawn a new day of peace in Jamaica. And you will succeed, because good prevails over evil,” Miss Grange said.The Minister also cited some of the issues that Jamaican students have successfully tackled, such as increases in university tuition fees; adequate security presence on school campuses; violence in schools; and strong political statements about the management of resources within the Government Education Portfolio.“As we speak, there is much activity on the ground being organised, in light of the recent upsurge in crime and violence against our youths. Many statements have been made by students through your National Secondary Students’ Council and by university students. Commitments have been given by students to play their part in sensitising their compatriots about ways in which the war against crime and violence can be effectively countered,” Miss Grange said.“This Youth Month (November), is particularly important, because we have been inspired by the achievements of many of our youngsters who made us proud through international achievements. For example, our Beijing Olympians showed us, once again, that Jamaicans and our youth, in particular, can achieve greatness,” Miss Grange said.The Minister urged students to bring the message of, ‘I Can, We Can, Youth Can Achieve Greatness’, to the rest of their peers. RelatedStudents to Take Message of Positive Change – Grange RelatedStudents to Take Message of Positive Change – Grange RelatedStudents to Take Message of Positive Change – Grangecenter_img Students to Take Message of Positive Change – Grange UncategorizedNovember 18, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Whitney Smith: Outstanding 4-H Clubbite

first_imgRelatedWhitney Smith: Outstanding 4-H Clubbite RelatedWhitney Smith: Outstanding 4-H Clubbite RelatedWhitney Smith: Outstanding 4-H Clubbite Whitney Smith: Outstanding 4-H Clubbite AgricultureApril 15, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail It is no surprise that 19-year-old St. Elizabeth 4-H Clubbite, Whitney Smith, is an admirer of parishioner, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.She credits the Minister with the “rare talent of listening.”“His humility and eagerness to listen, tell me that he is serious about his work as a representative of the people,” she explains.Whitney recalls that while returning from school one day, she saw Dr. Tufton in her community.Whitney Smith, makes a gesture during the interview.“I was just 17, never had a vote. I quizzed him on many topics; he stood there and answered all my questions. The fact is that a campaign was on and I could not vote, yet he gave me the time of listening and, at the end, he encouraged me in my school work. He earned my respect and admiration,” she recalls.Whitney is very interested in agriculture, and while she partners with her parents in the rearing of goats, pigs and chicken, she not only listens to their advice about rearing livestock, but she encourages other young farmers to do the same and she has always shown a keen interest in the success of the 4-H movement.“There are things that you have to do, despite how you feel about doing them. My parents were not going to stop farming so, after many mornings getting up at six o’clock to help them, it has become a part of me,” she admits.Whitney Smith engages her family at home. From l-r, baby sister in lap, Zenovia, Justine, (Centre), and mother, Diana Smith.Whitney was honoured by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) on Heroes Day, 2008, for her involvement with the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, as well as with Our Lady of Hope Children’s Home in Black River, which houses about 30 children between 3 months and 15 years old.Born in the tranquil community of Fyffes Pen, St. Elizabeth, Whitney received her early schooling at the St. Theresa Basic School.“They showed a lot of kindness and much of that caring and yearning to help when you see a need existing, I believe, came from the teachers at the basic school. They really had an impact on me,” she says.A member of the 4-H Club since 2003, after being introduced by big sister Susan, she said that she intends to continue to make herself available to the cause.“The 4-H Club has made me what I am today. I followed my sister and became a member. After she won a prize, I wanted to win a prize too. It’s an organisation that teaches you many things, and then it tests you,” she notes.Whitney, who rose to become President of the Black River High School 4-H Club while she was a student there, says that she enjoys community work.“People will always have personal difficulties, but I could not sit by and not be concerned about how my neighbour, who I might not have seen for days, is doing,” she says.She remembers the JCDC award, as a special one.“I felt very good when people came and congratulated me. That’s when it really dawned on me that it was a special occasion, and it will push me to do more community work,” she adds.Principal of Black River High School, Barrington Buchanan, said that the JCDC award came as little surprise to him, as he had long recognised his past student as an exceptional, disciplined and forward thinking individual.“When you are at a school where students are as active as Miss Smith was, it exposes you to their thoughts and, for a long time, I saw her as very organised. She knew what she wanted and was prepared to work to achieve it,” he says.He says that when news came that she was honoured on Heroes’ Day by the JCDC, “mi glad bag just buss.” Dr. Buchanan adds that, “Someone like her needs to be held up for emulation.”Whitney believes that the 4-H Club is one of the best institutions to reach out to youths.“I can bake, embroider and make craft items. I can now stand in the public arena and speak fearlessly, because of the skills I was taught through 4-H,” she says.She says that her 2007 National 4-H Girl of the Year award was her “greatest achievement” yet.“It allowed me to be on radio, television and be in newspapers, meet people and visit places that I had only dreamt about; experiences that have really built up my self confidence. I don’t know of another youth group that can make a young person feel growth and accomplishment as the 4-H,” Whitney says.St. Elizabeth Parish Development Officer with the 4-H movement, Bridgette Powell, recalls Whitney as a “very reserved and quiet student” whom she first met in 2007.“When I spoke with her, I discovered that she was a model student. Very outspoken, I could depend on her to tell me how she felt on issues. A focused youngster, and just the kind of young person Jamaica can depend on to build a better future,” Miss Powell recalls.In September, Whitney will be embarking on another journey in her life: pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Political Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.But, she says that even on campus she will not be compromising her views, and she has some very strong ones, especially regarding young men.“I find it distasteful to see young men with their pants down, and exposing parts of their body that should be private,” she comments.“Much of these anti-social traits should be blamed on the fathers. They are missing from the homes and not there to give direction to the children, so what you find is a situation where the schools are called up on to do so much, because a lot is missing at home,” she states.Whitney says her parents have played a great role in ensuring that she upholds certain standards.“My parents are supportive, they give advice, do their best for all of us to get a good education. But, we have to work hard at what we do, and I believe that there is nothing that is impossible; anything that people want to do or be, they can. It is for them to decide how they are going to achieve it,” she concludes. Advertisementslast_img read more

CU-Boulder Overall Crime Statistics Continue Five-Year Decline

first_imgOverall crime declined at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997, although increases were shown in certain categories, according to the annual Data Report released today by the CU Police Department. The overall decline continues a multi-year trend of decreasing criminal activity, said Jim Fadenrecht, director of Public Safety. In 1997, there were 2,819 reports of crime, compared with 2,971 in 1996 and an average of 3,002 in the years from 1994 to 1996. “While we’re encouraged by the overall report, we continue to be concerned about any increases in serious crime on our campus,” Fadenrecht said. “Safety is a high priority in this community, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors.” Statistics showed a slight one-year increase in crimes designated as “Part I” offenses, considered the most serious by nature or frequency. This category includes homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. Part I crimes accounted for 812 offenses in 1997, compared with 787 in 1996 and an average of 876 in the years from 1994 to 1996, Fadenrecht said. Theft and burglary accounted for 89 percent of Part I crimes. Included in the Part I category was one homicide, the September 1997 death of David Simpson whose body was found near Boulder Creek on the north edge of the campus. Simpson, 48, was not a CU-Boulder student. Other serious crimes reported were five forcible rapes, two robberies, eight aggravated assaults, 38 simple assaults, 101 burglaries, 619 thefts, 16 motor vehicle thefts and 22 arsons. The arson reports reflect a significant number of campus kiosk and dumpster fires set related to the May 1997 disturbances in the Hill area. Police reported 697 arrests in 1997, compared with 600 in the previous year, and recovery of property valued at about $112,000. Arrests for Part 1 crimes increased to 120 in 1997 from 99 in 1996. The Data Report shows a decline in the value of property stolen as well as in the number of thefts reported, despite an increase in burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. Thefts of bicycles declined for the third straight year, with 140 reported, down from 190 in 1996. The report showed 30 thefts from coin-operated machines, up from 19 in 1996. Police report there were 171 alcohol offenses in 1997, up from 145 in 1996. These totals include 161 arrests of “minors in possession” (persons under the legal drinking age of 21), which are up from 141 in 1996. Police made 82 DUI arrests in 1997, up from 57 in 1996. In recent weeks, the campus and Boulder community have collaborated on an information campaign to educate citizens, including students, on safety enhancement measures. The joint efforts were initiated following the Dec. 21 off-campus attack on CU-Boulder student Susannah Chase who died the next day. Published: Feb. 26, 1998 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

CU Parents Association Hosts Summer Orientation Dinners For Parents Of New Students

first_imgThe CU Parents Association at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host a series of orientation dinners for parents of incoming students in June and July at the University Club. The dinners coincide with orientation sessions for new freshmen and transfer students and will provide opportunities for new CU-Boulder parents to become acquainted with the association’s board members, the Office of Parent Relations and staff from student affairs programs and services. The dinners are barbecues held on the lawn of the University Club from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will feature entertainment provided by students and also offer opportunities to meet and greet parents from around the world. The dinners will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings on June 13, June 17, June 20, June 24, June 27, July 8, July 11, July 15 and July 18. Parents of undergraduate students at the university automatically become members of the CU Parents Association. No fees or dues are required. The Parents Association provides a variety of services to parents, students, faculty and the campus administration, including scholarships and grants. The popular fall Parents Weekend, usually attended by more than 6,000 parents, students and family members, will be held Oct. 25-26 this year. The Parents Weekend information line is (303) 735-4020. For more information contact the Office of Parent Relations at (303) 492-2283, visit the Web site at or send e-mail to [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 28, 2002 last_img read more