Protesters on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash at Vancouver rally

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Protesters on either side of the debate over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion clashed at a rally organized by the project’s supporters in Vancouver today.Lynn Nellis of the Canada Action Coalition was speaking to the crowd of a few dozen people when anti-pipeline protester Kwiis Hamilton began playing rock music.Rally attendees asked him to stop but Hamilton persisted.- Advertisement -Vancouver police responded when Hamilton was shoved.Afterwards, Hamilton said he interrupted the rally because he wants to defend the land along the B.C. coastline where his ancestors have lived for generations.Several First Nation leaders who support the project spoke at the rally, including Shane Gottfriedson of Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51 per cent of the expansion project.Advertisement Gottfriedson says a few Indigenous bands have joined Project Reconciliation and they’re prepared to offer the federal government a fair price for the project, which has been approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for a second time.“For many decades a lot of First Nations have been a part of the oil and gas industry and this opportunity to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline is a one-time opportunity and we’re hoping to make the best of it,” he said.Clifford Sampare, a hereditary chief of the Gitxsan Nation, told the rally the pipeline expansion will bring benefits to all of B.C.“Imagine the revenue it’ll generate for Canada,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union urges parents to shun moneylenders at back-to-school time

first_imgA new, national survey has identified a rise in the number of parents in debt due to back-to-school related costs.Well over a third of parents in Ireland (36%) now say they are getting into debt trying to cope with costs at back-to-school time.This compares with 29% who reported being in debt last year. The worrying findings were revealed in the study commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions. More than two thirds of parents in the study also said that they found back-to-school costs a financial burden. Nearly half (46%) said meeting costs was their biggest back-to-school related worry.Close to one third of parents said they would be forced to deny their children certain school items this year because they could not afford them. Extracurricular activities and new school shoes were amongst the items to be cut from the budget this year.Reacting to the findings, Gordon Randles, CEO of Letterkenny Credit Union said that the credit union is all too aware of the struggle for parents this time of year. “We do see parents approaching us around this time of year requesting assistance with either budgeting or saving for the back-to-school spend, or with taking out a loan to see them through.“It’s understandable that back-to-school costs are seen as a financial burden for so many when parents are paying out €999 for every primary school child, and over €1,300 for every secondary school child in their household. “At Letterkenny Credit Union, we offer a special Back to School loan with an affordable APR rate of 7.2%*. The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and there are no hidden transaction fees or charges. As always, we are happy to work with parents to structure repayments in a way that suits their individual circumstances.”One concern for the credit union was the finding that, of those parents who said they were getting into debt, more than a quarter (27%) said they had turned to a moneylender in an effort to cope with back-to-school costs. This was a noticeable increase on the 20% last year who had opted for a moneylender.Commenting on this finding, Gordon said, “I would really encourage these parents to reconsider approaching a moneylender, some of whom charge APR rates as high as 188%**.“This can lead to a recurring cycle of unnecessary debt and panic borrowing.  Our welcoming staff are always on hand in the credit union to talk through borrowing options with any parent in the local community who might need assistance, whether they be a new or existing member, and equally if they have never dealt with the credit union before.“We are more than happy to assist anyone who might need a little extra financial assistance at this time of year.” * For a €1000, 1-year variable interest rate loan with 12 monthly repayments of €86.52, an interest Rate of 6.95%, a representative APR of 7.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €1038.23. Information correct as at 16/07/2019.** Central Bank of Ireland Register of Moneylenders, July 2018.-ENDS-For further information please visit our website: www.letterkennycu.ie or contact Letterkenny Credit Union on 0749102126 or email loans@letterkennycu.ie Letterkenny Credit Union urges parents to shun moneylenders at back-to-school time was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cassini Plunges Through Enceladus Geyser, and Other Saturn News

first_img(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Yesterday’s daring plunge through a plume of an Enceladus geyser is the highlight of recent Saturn news.Enceladus NewsDeepest-Ever Dive Through Enceladus Plume Completed (JPL): Two-way communication with Cassini after the geyser plunge shows that the spacecraft survived, JPL reported. Come back to this spot for latest news and links to photos after the data are downloaded.  PhysOrg posted a list of preview facts before the event.Update 10/30/15: Spectacular close-ups as well as wide-angle shots have been posted by the Cassini Imaging Team website. Photos are not the only purpose of the event. Data on the composition of plume particles will provide important clues about what lies below. Principle investigators for Cassini’s other instruments such as the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) will have a lot to say when the data are presented at a future date. Science Magazine says that could take months.Closest Northern Views of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus (NASA-JPL): After the October 10 flyby that skimmed over the north pole, NASA released images showing that the mysterious lines cutting across craters at the equator continue over the north pole.Aggregate particles in the plumes of Enceladus (Icarus): Atmospheric scientists tried modeling the particles in the Enceladus geyser plumes, but did not come to definitive conclusions about the size of the aggregates or where they form in the vapor column.  “Estimates of the total particulate mass of the plumes of Enceladus are important to constrain theories of particle formation and transport at the surface and interior of the satellite.” This is an updated paper from the 2011 model. Yesterday’s flyby will undoubtedly provide more constraints for the models.The chemistry that could feed life within Saturn’s moon Enceladus: study gives clue ahead of flyby (The Conversation): David Rothery, planetary scientist at The Open University, rang the hydrobioscopy bell before the flyby, equating water with life. Without explaining how, he claims that “The power to drive the plumes must come from heat generated by the varying tidal stresses experienced by Enceladus as it orbits Saturn.” Then he rang the hydrobioscopy bell longer and louder.High-temperature water–rock interactions and hydrothermal environments in the chondrite-like core of Enceladus (Nature Communications): This paper by primarily Japanese researchers tries to constrain the conditions for a global ocean at Enceladus. To account for silica nanoparticles, they say, the crustal composition must resemble that of carbonaceous chondrites, a type of melted meteor. The silica would have dissolved over geological timescales, they say; “Accordingly, the formation of silica nanoparticles is most likely sustained by geologically recent or ongoing hydrothermal activity.” What happened to cause that? The combination of factors required to keep Enceladus warm for 4.5 billion years seem improbable (radiogenic heat followed by episodic tidal flexing and serpentinization, etc.), so they entertain a more recent chain of events. Unfortunately, it also has a high perhapsimaybecouldness index:However, given that a porous rocky core tends to lose remnant heat rapidly, especially if it is percolated by the oceanic water, it may be more likely that hydrothermal activity on Enceladus was triggered by a recent incidental heating event (for example, a catastrophic crustal overturn, an orbital evolution or an impact). The thickness of plume particles deposits on the small Saturnian satellites also implies that the duration of cryovolcanic activities on Enceladus would be as short as 10 Myrs (ref. 44). These incidental heating event [sic] could have increased the temperature near the ocean–rock interface (Fig. 4b). It is highly uncertain whether this event alone could have produced a sufficient amount of heat to cause hydrothermal activity, because such an event provides heat mainly in the icy shell rather than in the rocks of the seafloor. However, if Enceladus’ rocky core is fragmented, the incidental events would have triggered effective tidal dissipation within the core, especially near the ocean–rock interface. In addition, if the ocean–rock interface had contained pristine minerals, such an event might have initiated ice melting and subsequent exothermic serpentinization. This in turn could have triggered a positive feedback between serpentinization, temperature increase and large tidal dissipation, possibly leading to hydrothermal reactions.Saturn NewsSomething Strange Is Happening Inside Saturn (Space.com): “Unusual ripples in Saturn’s rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant,” this article on ‘kronoseismology’—the study of oscillations within Saturn— begins. “Planetary scientists and modelers are slowly picking apart that mystery.” Here’s a caution for people who think gas giants are simple objects that form easily:“There’s a paradigm of giant planets being pretty simple objects, where they have a core of ice and rock, and this tremendous envelope of hydrogen/helium on top of that,” Fortney told Space.com. “That’s how people have mostly modeled giant planets for 50 years. But what the kronoseismology tells us is, there’s some region that is strange, there’s some part of the bottom of the envelope that’s not simple, that’s not convective. It tells us that Saturn is not a simple object; there’s something more going on there.“At Saturn, One of These Rings is not like the Others (Astrobiology Magazine): Cassini’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) shows anomalously high temperatures in part of the A ring. Scientists infer from it something about the composition of the orbiting particles that raises an age issue:“A high concentration of dense, solid ice chunks in this one region of Saturn’s rings is unexpected,” said Morishima. “Ring particles usually spread out and become evenly distributed on a timescale of about 100 million years.”….“This particular result is fascinating because it suggests that the middle of Saturn’s A ring may be much younger than the rest of the rings,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at JPL and a co-author of the study. “Other parts of the rings may be as old as Saturn itself.”The 2013 Saturn auroral campaign (Icarus): The planetary science journal Icarus published a suite of papers about Saturn’s aurora observations from two years ago, for those interested in planetary physics and magnetospheres.Inside Cassini’s Multi-Year Saturn Mission (Space.com): This article by graphic artist Karl Tate includes a colorful infographic showing highlights of the Cassini mission and its major findings, such as the Enceladus geysers, Titan and the Huygens landing, the solution to the Iapetus dark-light dichotomy, Saturn’s rings and the polar hexagon (see Evolution News & Views, “Are Hexagons Natural?”).Titan NewsSaturn’s moon Titan (Universe Today via PhysOrg): Matt Williams shares the current knowledge of Titan. He doesn’t shy away from age problems:The surface of Titan is relatively young – between 100 million and 1 billion years old – despite having been formed during the early solar system. In addition, it appears to be relatively smooth, with impact craters having been filled in. Height variation is also low, ranging by little more than 150 meters, but with the occasional mountain reaching between 500 meters and 1 km in height….Energy from the sun should have converted all traces of methane in Titan’s atmosphere into more complex hydrocarbons within 50 million years—a short time compared to the age of the solar system. This suggests that methane must be replenished by a reservoir on or within Titan itself.Saturn’s largest moon Titan could have sun-warmed swirling seas (New Scientist): Solar heating may stir up currents in the oily lakes of Titan, this article says. “What we found is that it can cause currents that are comparable with tidal and wind-driven currents.” Future landings in the lakes will need to take this into account. “Extraterrestrial oceanography is still in its early days,” remarks Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins APL).Congratulations to the engineers whose intelligent design built and guided this amazing spacecraft and aimed it into a narrow plume of gas around a tiny moon. That’s impressive.We are now 11 years into Cassini’s mission to Saturn, and scientists still are puzzled about the youth of Titan and Enceladus. Obtaining data is a wonderful achievement for all who contributed, but understanding what they are seeing is a completely different matter. Much of their puzzlement would vanish if they kicked some A.S.S. out there.last_img read more

JD(U) joins NDA, may get berths in Union Cabinet

first_imgThe Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) on Saturday passed a resolution at its national executive committee meeting to formally join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).As a part of the NDA, the JD(U) is expected to get one or two berths in the Union Cabinet.At a parallel meeting, the rebel Sharad Yadav-led faction of the party launched an attack on Mr. Kumar for breaking away from the grand alliance with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and joining hands with the BJP.“The JD(U) national executive meeting, chaired by party president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approved a resolution to become part of the NDA,” principal general secretary and JD(U) Rajya Sabha member K.C. Tyagi said, denying that there was any split in the party following the differences between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Sharad Yadav.“The meeting was attended by all 71 party MLAs, 30 MLCs, presidents of 16 of the 19 State units, and all office-bearers of the party committees appointed earlier by Mr. Kumar with the consent of Mr. Sharad Yadav. So how can there be a split in the JD(U)?” he asked, addressing journalists after the meeting.He also asserted that it was the Bihar unit’s decision to walk out of the grand alliance government and join hands with the BJP to form an NDA government in Bihar.“BJP president Amit Shah, during a recent meeting with our party president Nitish Kumar, had urged him to bring the JD(U) into the NDA. The national executive committee approved it, and now we have become part of the NDA,” Mr. Tyagi said.Asked whether the JD(U) would act against Mr. Sharad Yadav for holding a separate meeting of party leaders, Mr. Tyagi, who used to be a close confidante of Mr. Sharad Yadav, said the party “would wait till August 27, the day of the RJD’s rally here, before initiating any action against Mr. Sharad Yadav.”At a parallel ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting, Mr. Sharad Yadav launched a thinly veiled attack on Mr. Kumar. “I formed the party but some people are asking me to get out of my home. I went to attend the JD(U)’s national executive committee meeting but they didn’t allow me to participate. They told me that I don’t belong to the party,” he said.Suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha Member Ali Anwar and State party leader Ramai Ram, too, addressed the meeting, and took potshots at Mr. Kumar for joining hands with the BJP.Later, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said the Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) was the real JD(U) and “Nitish Kumar should now contest elections on kamal [lotus], the BJP’s symbol”.Meanwhile, Mr. Amit Shah welcomed the JD(U)’s decision to formally join NDA. “I welcome the JD(U) decision to join the NDA as this will not only strengthen the NDA but will also start a new era of development and growth in Bihar,” he said.last_img read more

Newcomers spark Ohio State mens basketball in home opener

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles past a UMass-Lowell player during a Nov. 14 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorSeason-opening games in college basketball can, at times, be a bore. But Friday night at the Schottenstein Center, there was something to get excited about: five-star recruit D’Angelo Russell was making his Ohio State regular season debut.With many eyes on him, the first question posed to the freshman guard after the game was straightforward. Was he nervous?“No, sir. Not at all.”As if anyone needed confirmation of that. Russell led the No. 20 Buckeyes (1-0) in scoring with 16 points, in steals with three and added four rebounds and six assists in the team’s 92-55 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (0-2). With the addition of Russell, OSU coach Thad Matta has now brought nine five-star recruits to Columbus in his 11-year tenure. After Friday’s game he said his young playmaker, of whom much is expected, is already someone he trusts.“I’ve always said this about him: I don’t exactly know what position he is. But he’s a guard. You see his vision, he’s got that unique pace about him and sort of how he sees things is unique, especially for a freshman playing his first college game,” Matta said. “Having the ability to use him as much as we possibly can, you feel comfortable when the ball’s in his hands and he’s making decisions.”Those decisions started right from tip-off, as Russell was seemingly everywhere. He grabbed his team’s first rebound, points, assist and foul, all within the game’s first two-and-a-half minutes. Roughly two minutes later, Russell was in the thick of things again, this time with a flurry of activity that would make former OSU guard Aaron Craft proud. Russell first nabbed a steal before assisting a Sam Thompson alley-oop, and he then got a layup for himself after a River Hawk turnover. All of this in a 14-second span. Thompson, a senior forward with the most playing experience of any member of the team, said the entire group of Buckeye debutants — Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop and Anthony Lee — did their part in what was a convincing win.“I think the newcomers did a great job. We wanted to play fast, we wanted to have our defense translate to some offense, we wanted to get some easy buckets. I think we did a good job of doing that,” Thompson said. “Anthony did his thing on the offensive boards, finishing around the rim. D-Russ is always good at pushing the ball in transition, making plays for himself, making plays for everybody else so I think we did what we wanted to do today. It’s the first game of the season, there’s a lot of room to improve but I’m happy with where we are.” While Russell had a hand in every facet of the contest, the other new faces contributed in different ways. Lee, a redshirt-senior transfer from Temple, hit all five of his field goal attempts to help him rack up 13 points. Freshman forwards Tate and Bates-Diop each had four points, with the former adding five rebounds on the defensive glass. Like his highly touted backcourt teammate, redshirt-freshman guard Williams also made an impression. The Baltimore, Md., native played only 13 minutes but had 12 points in that time, one of five OSU players in double-digits. Williams went one for six from the field on Nov. 9 in OSU’s exhibition victory over Walsh. Following Friday’s game, Matta said Williams’ improvement was because of the work he put in during the week. “I was very happy for Kam, because he’s a hard-working kid and he’s very hard on himself at times,” Matta said. “He knew he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well on Sunday, he’s in here getting extra shots, he’s watching film. And when you see that type of preparation, it makes you excited as a coach to see a kid play well.”Thompson also commented on Williams’ scoring ability.“Kam’s always been a guy who can score the basketball. He can shoot, he can get to the rim, he’s a great athlete. He really hunts buckets and that’s just what he does. He knows his job on this team is to put the ball in the basket,” he said. “Like I said earlier, when we’re doing our job, it’s when we’re at our best. He did a good job of coming in and just playing his game.”But for all the other strong efforts, the scene still came back to Russell. Considering the game against UMass-Lowell was the first time in 148 competitive games that OSU took the court without the aforementioned Craft, that focus is understandable.At the moment, though, that reliance doesn’t seem to be a factor. Russell said that he agreed with Thompson’s assertion that the team’s strength is in its scoring depth, with everyone contributing to the collective.“Like Sam said, it’s five that happen to get in there,” he said. “It could be any five guys, we’ve got a good group of guys that can fill it up any night.”The Buckeyes’ next attempt to fill up the scoreboard will come on Tuesday night at home against Marquette. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. read more

Mourinho applauds England players

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has applauded Englands national team for their progress so far at the World Cup as he believes England have cause to be optimistic after their 2-1 knockout to Croatia at World Cup semi-final.Kieran Trippier scored the goal that gave England the lead in the fifth minutes but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic shattered their hearts to the celebration for Croatia as they came to lead after extra time.Gareth Southgate’s team is the second youngest squad at the Mundial tournament, with an average age of 26 years old and key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all under 25.England’s Under-20 and Under-17 teams was victorious in their respective World Cups in 2017, and Mourinho believes they have a bright future when for the Three Lions.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking as a pundit for RT quoted in FourFourTwo, Mourinho said:“England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they have also have reason to be optimistic.“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. It’s a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.”England had thanked all supporters and fans for the love received so farlast_img read more

Dermot Gallagher declares France penalty was wrong

first_imgFormer Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has declared that the penalty VAR awarded to France was wrongly given during their 2018 World Cup final match against Croatia on Sunday.During the match, Referee Nestor Pitana had first missed Ivan Perisic’s handball inside the France box, but the official opted the award the spot-kick following a VAR review.Perisic’s view seemed to be blocked by Blaise Matuidi just before the ball struck the Inter Milan winger’s arm, and Gallagher has believed that it was “100% not a penalty”.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“100% not a penalty. He’s far, far too close to the ball as it comes over the forward’s head,” Gallagher told Sky Sports as quoted by Sports Mole.“It just strikes him – he doesn’t move his hand to the ball, he’s got no intention of handling the ball. The law says it has to be deliberate. His arms aren’t in an unorthodox position – it just doesn’t tick any boxes.”Antoine Griezmann netted the penalty to give France a 2-1 lead against Croatia in Moscow, and Les Bleus ultimately claimed the trophy with a 4-2 success over Croatia.last_img read more

Official Lyon sign Jason Denayer from Man City

first_imgLyon have confirmed the signing of defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a five-year dealThe City academy graduate failed to make a single appearance for the senior side following his arrival in 2013.Due to this, Denayer has now agreed to join Lyon for an undisclosed fee and is honoured to be there.“It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm,” he told the club website.“The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honour to play here.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The 23-year-old has had loan spells at Sunderland and Celtic in the past, where he was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the club’s Young Player of the Year while with the latter.More recently the Belgian centre-back has been at Galatasaray on another loan spell, that saw him score one goal in 22 appearances to help the Turkish giants to a domestic double last season.Denayer has also made eight appearances for Belgium at international level.last_img read more

FIFA president calls for racism to end Its not acceptable

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is working hard to stamp out racism from football following a number of incidents in recent weeks.Infantino’s declaration comes after a Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens on Saturday afternoon was postponed for five minutes due to the visitors’ captain Prince Gouano being targeted for racial abuse.The French defender’s request to stop the match was accepted by the referee before action eventually resumed, with Dijon and Amiens settling for a goalless draw.Moise Kean, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are some of the other high-profile names to suffer racism this season.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” read a FIFA statement.“This is really not acceptable.“Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“FIFA stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground.“Racism needs to end, full stop.”He added: “We introduced the so-called “three-step procedure” at our tournaments: a mechanism that allows referees to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents,” he added.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.“We will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against racism and we guarantee to all our member associations that they have our full support in taking up this challenge.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world.”CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 02: Moise Kean of Juventus celebrates his goal 0-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 2, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)last_img read more

Domestic Violence training for Police personnel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 5, 2016 – The Ministry of National Security is providing training for police personnel in conflict resolution in order to better enable them to recognize, deal with and respond to domestic violence.  This is in light of statistics, which show that approximately 37 per cent of murders committed in Jamaica stem from domestic incidents.Speaking at a domestic violence/conflict resolution training session at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (December 1), Portfolio Minister,  Hon. Robert Montague, said the seminar will assist in resolving conflicts and saving lives.He noted that 90 per cent of domestic conflicts result from misunderstandings.  “Many times persons are told to go back home and work it out,” he said, noting that without intervention, the conflict can escalate, resulting in hospitalisation or death.Minister Montague said the training will also assist police personnel in providing gender-neutral responses to victims. Reports indicate that while women are the primary victims, a growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence.  He said the sessions will also ensure that conflict-resolution personnel are assigned to police stations across the island.In the meantime, he informed that the Ministry has restarted the parish and district consultative committees (DCCs) as a means of supporting the conflict-resolution initiative.The DCCs serve as a forum for raising and addressing problems that are affecting the police and the communities in which they serve, and to identify ways in which citizens can work with the police to resolve the issues.The DCCs will support the work of the parish consultative committees (PCCs) in developing strategies and programmes to promote an improved quality of life at the community level, through coordinated responses to threats to personal and community safety and security. Issues that will be addressed include domestic violence, community and police relationships, effective parenting, truancy and violence in schools, child abuse, voluntarism, youth mentorship, public-order breaches, and drug and alcohol abuse.  The training session also facilitated a review of current approaches to responding to domestic violence; discussions on new approaches and methods in support of a localised consultative approach; and certification of community-based policing officers and other key police operatives/first responders, across all police divisions, as domestic violence-prevention coordinators. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more