Scottie Thompson raring to play for Philippines anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I will always give my best for the Philippines.”Thompson last suited up for the national team in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and 2015 SEABA Championship, both held in Singapore, where the Filipinos were able to strike gold.READ: Guiao looking at Cabagnot, Slaughter, Lassiter for Fiba qualifiers Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said Thompson and Greg Slaughter, who was also in Guiao’s wish list, would greatly benefit in their stint with the national team.“I’m happy for Scottie, I’m really happy for Scottie and I hope that they could figure out a way to put Greg in there,” said Cone. “I think that guys get better when they play internationally so I think that it would be a great confidence-booster and great experience for those guys so I’m all for it.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Aces’ semis exit fuels Enciso’s hot streak in Governors’ Cup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After being named the Finals MVP in Barangay Ginebra’s Commissioner’s Cup title run, he got a call-up to the national team after Yeng Guiao chose him to be part of the Philippines’ lineup for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Not to turn down a rare opportunity, Thompson said he’d do whatever it takes to represent the country three years after he last donned the tricolor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Scottie in Guiao’s mind as Fiba windows approach“Of course, I’m willing to be part of the team. I will do what I have to do for the country,” said Thompson in Filipino after the Gin Kings’ 95-84 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ READ: Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over ColumbianThompson said he’s looking forward to working under Guiao and play with PBA players in the national team, which is different from his last international stint where he had to play with top amateur players.“This will be the first time that I will play under a different coach in my PBA career and I think I’ll just have to trust the process,” said Thompon who had a near triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.“Everything that a coach teaches will fall on the players and it’s their responsibility to execute it and trust the process.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scottie Thompson’s career trajectory just reached another level of altitude.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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New ambulances for North West

first_imgNorth West has redistributed 73 new ambulances it bought for the World Cup. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ngwako J Motsieng Media Liaison North West Health and Social Development +27 18 387 5740 or +27 82 964 8838 RELATED ARTICLES • Soweto to get a second state hospital • US mission helps out in rural KZN • Rural health gets R9m boost • Healthcare in South AfricaBongani NkosiThe North West provincial government bought 73 brand new ambulances specifically for the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, and now it has distributed the fleet amongst the province’s state hospitals.New Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz ambulances were bought to the tune of R17-million (US$2.3-million) ahead of the football spectacle to meet the potential demand for health services during the event.  The Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West’s platinum mining area, was one of the World Cup host venues.The ambulances have now officially been distributed to the province’s four municipal districts. Bojanala Platinum District Municipality’s public health system was the major beneficiary, receiving 28 ambulances.The government health services of the Ngaka Modiri Molema district were allocated 17 new vehicles. The Dr Kenneth Kaunda district received 16 ambulances, while ten went to the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district health services.All these vehicles were stationed in the benefiting communities during the World Cup, said the province’s Department of Health and Social Development spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.The North West Emergency Medical Rescue Services College in Orkney, whose health professionals were deployed during the tournament, has been granted two ambulances to use.“The department bought a new fleet of ambulances to meet World Cup demand,” said Health and Social Development MEC Rebecca Kasienyane in a statement. “This was necessary because we did not want the tournament to affect existing emergency services.”Improving servicesMaking new ambulances available to public health is part of North West’s drive to bolster its services, Lekgethwane said.More ambulances should improve response time to communities’ emergency calls, he said. “The response time in the province has not been good. The communities were always complaining,” Lekgethwane added.“The more ambulances we have, the earlier we’ll respond to emergencies.”More than 40 other new ambulances were allocated to the districts in early 2010, according to Lekgethwane.As North West is still facing a shortage of the life-saving vehicles, the 73 inherited from the World Cup are welcome, Kasienyane said. “I must however emphasise that these ambulances will not completely eradicate the shortage, but we do believe they will substantially improve the situation.”The provincial government will continue to look for additional funds to buy more vehicles “because we know that a shortage of ambulances hinders transportation of patients such as pregnant women, the seriously sick and those injured in road accidents, to hospitals and clinics”.A call for cautious drivingOne of the prevailing challenges was to ensure that old ambulances are replaced with new ones, and are no longer used. Kasienyane also appealed to emergency drivers to drive more cautiously.“The department has also previously dealt with cases of negligent driving on the part of our drivers,” she said. “This has led to substantial shortfalls.”last_img read more

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Microsoft Still Banning Rivals From Its Conference, Just More Quietly

first_imgTags:#Amazon#Google#Microsoft#microsoft partners#Partner Conference#Salesforce.com#VMware#Worldwide Partner Conference#WPC#wpc 2014 Related Posts jodi mardesich 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Microsoft was publicly shamed when it disallowed rival partners like Amazon from participating in the company’s upcoming Worldwide Partner Conference in July. Despite the backlash, Microsoft has not changed its position—though it has changed what the public can see.Microsoft scrubbed the conference website completely. It originally listed four competitors, whose employees were not allowed to register, but those names are now gone.When asked if Microsoft had a change of heart and was allowing everyone to attend the conference, a Microsoft spokesperson said Microsoft is removing all the competitors from the main WPC page and including them in the registration process. “All of the companies from yesterday are still on the list, Microsoft just decided to move them all from the main page into the registration process.”‘Moving them into the registration process’ sounded unclear, so I asked the Microsoft spokesperson to clarify. “The same companies listed yesterday are not able to attend,” she said. Moving them into the registration process presumably means during registration, they’ll be screened, just a bit more privately.Microsoft customers are undoubtedly using products from Google, Amazon, Salesforce.com, and VMware, just as they are using products from other competitors that haven’t been barred from attending. Customers are usually happier when products work well together. This isn’t the open source world, but vendor lock-in isn’t popular outside of open source, either.Lead image courtesy of Microsoft A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Irrigation Project Gets $127 Million

first_imgFarmers will receive more assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries this year, through an allocation of $127.4 million, which has been earmarked to improve irrigation management. This will increase production and the earning power of farmers across the island.As set out in details of the allocation, which is contained in the government’s budget for the 2013/14 fiscal period, the funds will go towards the commissioning of an irrigation scheme in Yallahs, St. Thomas; and completion of the technical assistance and training to farmers.Under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded National Irrigation Development project, up to February 2013, a number of objectives were met.These include: the construction of Water User Association offices in Colbeck, Yallahs, and New Forest/Duff House; drilling and testing of four wells in New Forest; drilling and testing of two wells in Yallahs; construction of a pump house and commissioning of a pump at Colbeck; completion of cadastral mapping of Yallahs and New Forest/Duff House; implementation of lead farmer training; 70 per cent completion of contract with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to provide farmer training and other extension services.The government is providing $80.9 million of the total funding.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador government to cover abortion pill as of Sept 1

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Newfoundland and Labrador government says it will cover the abortion pill as of Sept. 1, putting it in line with six other Canadian provinces that already provide the medication free-of-charge.The province announced in a statement Wednesday that it will provide universal coverage for Mifegymiso, an alternative to surgically induced abortions, to residents holding a valid health card.“Individuals in this province are entitled to abortion, which is a legal, medical service,” said John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, in a news release.“Universally covering the cost of this alternative to surgical abortion will ensure people continue to have safe and unimpeded access to this health service.”The two-drug combination terminates pregnancies of up to nine weeks and will have to be prescribed by a health-care professional. As well, the release said an ultrasound will have to be performed, in order to confirm the gestation period, before Mifegymiso is prescribed.The announcement came as welcome news to Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a national organization aiming to advance sexual and reproductive rights in Canada.“To continue to see provinces taking leadership and addressing historical gaps in access for their residents is absolutely great news,” said Chabot in a phone interview from Ottawa.She said since the drug was rolled out in 2017, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have already committed to universal coverage for Mifegymiso for their residents. Up until Wednesday’s announcement, Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province that did not at least provide partial coverage of the pill.Although abortion in Canada was decriminalized decades ago, Chabot said access to services have been distributed unevenly across the country, with some rural communities — like much of Newfoundland and Labrador — left behind.“So in Toronto, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art care, you’ll have access to multiple options, to clinics, to hospital care,” she said.“But in rural or remote areas anywhere in the country, access is very poor and absent.”She said people in areas where abortion services are inaccessible may have to pay out of pocket to travel to places where they can get the services they need, taking them away from their communities and support systems.“Depending on your postal code or what’s in your bank account, you either had access to health care or you didn’t,” said Chabot.Chabot said Mifegymiso is as safe as a surgical abortion and is the World Health Organization’s gold standard for medical abortion, so access to the pill helps fill some of the gaps left by spotty access to abortion in rural communities.The announcement came two months after medical students and practitioners in the province wrote an open letter to the premier and Health Department asking for universal Mifegymiso coverage, as well as supportive resources for physicians prescribing the drug.In a release, students who worked on the letter applauded the announcement.“Removing the cost barrier to medical abortion in primary care will ensure that persons living in rural and remote communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador have more equitable access to an essential medical service,” said Maggie O’Dea and Chris Vizena of the Memorial University Medical Students’ Society.“This announcement represents a true advancement of reproductive rights to which we are proud to have contributed.”Prince Edward Island is now the only Atlantic Canadian province without universal Mifegymiso coverage, although the drug is covered under both the UPEI and Holland College student health-care plans.— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Foreign producers oilsands sales boost Calgary companies Q3 results

first_imgCALGARY – Two Calgary-based oilsands producers reported huge production gains in their most recent quarters after spending billions of dollars last spring to buy assets from foreign companies anxious to exit the northern Alberta heavy oil resource.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said Thursday that for the first time, its output averaged more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day during its third quarter ended Sept. 30. Production was up 41 per cent from the year-earlier period, thanks mainly to its deal to buy most of the Canadian oilsands mining assets of Royal Dutch Shell for about $11.1 billion.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported more than doubling its output to 590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 273,405 a year ago, as it absorbed Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, including its half interest in jointly owned oilsands assets, purchased for $17.7 billion.The third quarter was the first full quarter since the two deals were completed.The similarities didn’t extend to the strategic level, however, as Cenovus continued to focus on divesting assets to pay down debt and Canadian Natural announced it had achieved “the final step” in its transition to a sustainable business model with plenty of free cash to boost returns to shareholders and power potential acquisitions.Thursday’s report was the last for Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson, who is to be replaced by former TransCanada Corp. executive Alex Pourbaix next week, although he will remain an adviser until next March.On a conference call, Ferguson said it had been a “great honour and privilege” to lead the company since it was launched in December 2009.Ferguson said the company is well advanced in identifying “non-core” conventional oil and gas assets in the ConocoPhillips’ portfolio to be sold before year-end to reach its goal of between $4 billion and $5 billion in asset sales.It has already raised $2.8 billion through sales of three asset packages — including the $975-million sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta to Canadian Natural, which closed at the end of September.It expects to sell its stake in a Weyburn, Sask., oilfield in the current quarter, a deal analysts have estimated will bring in about $1 billion.On its conference call, Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut said the company is in a “strong and enviable position” after completing the construction of an 80,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Horizon oilsands mine in October.Horizon is expected to gradually ramp up to about 240,000 bpd of synthetic crude output by mid-December on the way to its rated capacity of 250,000 bpd.Both oilsands companies reported stronger financial operating results on higher commodity prices and lower costs in the third quarter.Cenovus had a net loss of $69 million or six cents per share, due mainly to a writedown of $440 million on the Pelican Lake asset sale, compared with a loss of $251 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Canadian Natural had a net profit of $684 million or 56 cents per share, versus a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents in the third quarter of last year. It said it had paid down $350 million in debt during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Staples Canada transforms business model with coworking spaces cafes and more

first_imgTORONTO — Regular customers of certain Staples Canada Inc. locations may not recognize their local stores the next time they visit.The company is transforming its business model at two locations in Kirkland, Que. and Toronto to include a range of features including co-working spaces, a technology discovery zone and a “stadium-style” area that can be used for community events.It’s also dabbling in opening journal, pen and audio bars, offering new digital-based services including website design, rolling out a weekly speaker series and serving up coffee at an in-store cafe run by local coffee company Mos Mos.Staples chief executive officer David Boone said the concept stores are a product of the changing marketplace the retailer has faced as competitors Amazon, Walmart, Muji and Miniso have invaded Staples’ territory, driving down prices and increasing competition.Boone said Staples is dealing with the reality that its online business is growing faster than its retail footprint.“If you think about where our customers are going, they are embracing technology, they are embracing different ways of working and education is changing in Canada, so we are…adapting it to where our customers are going,” he said, noting that the company is also eyeing a new e-commerce experience.To shape the concept stores and features Staples is testing, the retailer consulted with thousands of businesses, educators, parents and students. They told Staples they wanted more inspiration and help, a community feel and a sense that things were “becoming easier” by shopping there, Boone said.The company settled on a range of features dedicated to the digital-savvy workforce and providing for entrepreneurs and those working in the gig economy.The journal, pen and audio bars will likely pop up at other Staples across the country, but the company will be more selective about the locations that receive its gathering and co-working spaces, Boone said.In recent years, co-working space business WeWork has aggressively expanded in Canada alongside similar companies targeted at women or millennials.Retail expert Brynn Winegard said how Staples’ co-working space will fare is hard to predict because those prone to using co-working spaces are just outside of the company’s core demographic.“A lot of the millennials, we call them ‘digital natives,’ never really wrote with pen and paper. They are more technology driven,” she said. “Some of the stationary components and non-digital products Staples has would attract a different demographic than the people using these working spaces.”She suspected this is why Staples is testing the offering at a few locations and not rolling it out on a wide scale just yet.She said the changes Staples is making are in-line with plenty of other big-box retailers that own many large stores and recognize that they can repurpose their spaces for other things to drive more traffic.“Those big centres have to be very profitable so you can justify keeping them,” she said. “There is the imperative and need for organizations to create a reason beyond shopping to go in the store.”Starbucks, she said, was among the first to clue into benefits of offering shoppers more than an opportunity to scoop up products. After it launched free WiFi, she said others followed suit. Then Holt Renfrew added a cafeteria, cafe and restaurant. Walmart, she said, has gotten into the action too, dabbling with optical, photo and dry-cleaning services.“People will say I am here to pick up my glasses prescriptions, I might as well pick up some stuff at the Walmart,” she said.“Very similarly at Staples, you can see this would be a very intelligent move if people say I am here for a meeting or to collaborate with my peers at this co-working space, so I might as well go pick up some dry erase markers.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trump US media in open war on annual dinner date

first_imgWashington: It’s meant to be the annual Washington love-in, a dinner where White House journalists and the president yuk it up in a hotel ballroom. But this Saturday, President Donald Trump stood up his dates. Members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, or WHCA, were decked out in bow ties and gowns at the downtown Washington Hilton. Trump, however, was 685 miles (1100 kilometers) away in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a rally with his baseball cap-wearing supporters. As usual, he devoted portions of his speech – like most of his speeches – to haranguing the “fake news media” or “enemy of the people.” “They are fakers,” he said of the media to a typically boisterous crowd. “I’ll tell you, you know what sucks? Their ratings suck because people don’t believe them.” Back in Washington, the WHCA’s president Olivier Knox told attendees he did not want to dwell on Trump – but called for a rejection of the president’s rhetoric. “Fake news and enemies of the people are not punchlines, pet names or presidential. And we should reject politically expedient assaults on the men and women whose hard work makes it possible to hold the powerful to account,” he said. Although there’s nothing obligatory about attending WHCA dinners, presidents have usually done so at some point during their time in office since the inaugural version in 1921. Ronald Reagan was the last absentee in 1981 and he had a decent excuse: being recently shot in an assassination attempt. Trump, however, has boycotted what he calls the “boring” and “negative” party for three years in a row – his entire presidency so far. The gala used to be a glamorous affair where hundreds of journalists, Hollywood celebrities and the president were entertained by a top-drawer comedian or other talent. Now the celebs have drained away and this year even the comedian was missing. A presidential historian, Ron Chernow, delivered the main speech instead, in which he criticised what he described as an “insidious” and “relentless campaign against the very credibility of the news media.” Acknowledging that his speech was a shift from traditional headliners at the dinner, Chernow said: “We need them (comedians) now more than ever, during this surreal interlude in American life.” Underlining the snub, Trump ordered staff, including chief press secretary Sarah Sanders – who appeared onstage in Wisconsin – to also refuse invitations. It’s the latest shot in what the president sees as his war against a media machine refusing to give him fair coverage. Trump’s main weapon is Twitter, which he uses daily to reach some 60 million followers. Millions more follow him on other platforms. The other main way of bypassing potentially critical outlets is his extraordinary relationship with Fox News, the Rupert Murdoch-owned network which has been criticised for coming to resemble state television. Even if many of its news journalists maintain their independence, some of the most prominent anchors and hosts show nothing but loyalty to Trump. They’re rewarded with exclusive access to administration officials and to the president himself. Meanwhile, other outlets are mostly kept at arm’s length. The press briefing room in the White House, which used to see nearly daily Q&A sessions under previous presidents, has been all but abandoned. Trump is unusually accessible, but mostly through often chaotic, informal gatherings, while Saturday marks the 48th day since Sanders held a full briefing. When they are not being ignored, White House journalists can expect to hear abuse. Trump’s rallies invariably include segments where he encourages the crowd to boo the reporters covering the event. For years, WHCA dinners were a chance to let the hair down in a notoriously serious town. Past performers include Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Since the 1980s, comedians have provided entertainment, making gentle and not-so-gentle fun, or “roasting,” the centerpiece of the dinner. Presidents were expected to give as good as they got. A standout moment was Obama’s riff in 2011, when one of his comic targets in the VIP-packed audience was none other than Donald Trump. Last year, though, the jokes fell flat with organisers. Featured comedian Michelle Wolf tore into Sanders and caused as much offense as laughter. Even the WHCA thought it had gone too far, calling her routine “not in the spirit” of the occasion. Wolf called the WHCA “cowards.”last_img read more

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Egypts political rivals in psychological warfare

first_imgCAIRO  –“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” Ghobashi said.With the trial of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi few hours away, the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood continued their psychological warfare to control the political narrative in this volatile country.“Egypt has been in the grip of a psychological warfare since Morsi’s ouster, but this warfare has intensified in the past few days,” Mukhtar Mohamed Ghobashi, the deputy head of the local think-tank Arab Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told Anadolu Agency.“Each of the two camps seeks to achieve quick victories and control the volatile political scene,” he added. Morsi’s is due to stand trial on Monday on charges of inciting the killing of peaceful demonstrators outside the presidential palace in December.It will be his first public appearance since his ouster by the powerful military on July 3.Ghobashi said both parties have their own problems.The army and its supporters, on one hand, are trying to present Egyptians with a convincing alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood whose year in power spawned public resentment towards the group.But they have been unable to do that because of the difficult economic problems that continue to trouble the country.The pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, on the other hand, has set the bar high with their demand for the reinstatement of Morsi, Ghobashi added.“This is difficult to achieve given the current political conditions in Egypt,” he asserted.“This, both camps have resorted to psychological warfare to make quick gains and control the political narrative” before Egyptians head to polling stations to vote on the constitution and later elected a new parliament and president, Ghobashi said.He cited Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s recent remarks that the Muslim Brotherhood had almost lost its ability to mobilize protesters.The minister also sounded confident about his ministry’s ability to secure Morsi’s trial, citing their recent success in arresting deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Essam al-Erian.“It will be a normal day,” Ibrahim argued.-SteadfastnessThe National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, however, has vowed to stage unprecedented rallies on Morsi’s trial day.“The coup leaders are up for a week of mass demonstration,” Ali Khafagi, the FJP Giza youth leader, told Anadolu Agency.“We will show the world that we have a cause and that we are not backing down,” he added.“Our continuing protests far exceed their abilities and that is why they have resorted to imposing emergencies and imposing a curfew,” Khafagi suggested.Experts say despite the heavy-handed crackdown on pro-Morsi protests, which saw hundreds of supporters killed and detained, the pace of demonstrations has not slowed down, wearing out security forces and affecting the national economy negatively.The alliance, Morsi’s main support block, has urged supporters to gather outside the courthouse where Morsi would be tried.It also urged democracy advocates to rally outside Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world.Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Party Magdy Salem, also a leader of the Alliance, has reiterated their determination to defeat the “military coup” against Morsi.He said the army-installed administration uses all legal and illegal tactics to break the will of Morsi’s supporters.“But these practices only make us stronger,” Salem told Anadolu Agency.By Hagar al-Desoukilast_img read more

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New Study Released on Addressing Murder in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 21, 2017 – Nassau – Director of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS) within the Ministry of National Security, and Superintendent of Police Dr. Chaswell A. Hanna on October 18, 2017 announced the launch of a new study on murders entitled, “Solutions to the Murder Problem,” under the auspices of NADS in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the University of The Bahamas.“This study had three main objectives,” Dr. Hanna said at the launch, held at the Churchill Building.   “Firstly, Chapters 1 through 6 presented a descriptive analysis of murder incidents that occurred within The Commonwealth of The Bahamas between 2010 and 2015 – 719 murders.   During this study period, a host of variables including incidence, victims, suspects, motives, detection and conviction were collected and analyzed from case files and local criminal justice databases.”Secondly, Dr. Hanna said, Chapters 7 and 8 presented a comprehensive review of literature on the issue of homicide prevention and ways by which detection rates may be improved.“Best practices and innovative preventative programs devised and/or adopted by law enforcement agencies throughout the world were also shared and examined,” Dr. Hanna said.   “Careful attention was given to the results of scholarly evaluations of such programs to determine the extent of their effectiveness.”Finally, he noted, Chapter 9 presents a new Murder Reduction Strategy for The Bahamas based on the findings of this study.“This strategic plan proposes the introduction of several new police initiatives, policy adjustments, constitutional amendments and community-based programs to reduce murder and other violent crimes,” he pointed out.   “The strategy gives evidence-based solutions to policy makers which they can use to guide decisions.”Dr. Hanna said the some of the “more interesting” findings included the following: The Bahamas’ murder rate ranks 13th out of a survey of 142 nations; murders are heavily concentrated in communities which fall below the average household income line; and that persons involved in criminal activity are more likely to be murdered than persons who are not involved in criminal activity.The study also found that 19% of murder victims were on bail; 39% of persons charged with murder were on bail; when compared to the United States, local detection rates tended to be higher; and that there are over 200 murder cases still pending trial for the study period.Juries, Dr. Hanna said, returned a guilty verdict in 76% of the cases presented to them for deliberation, and most sentences for murder convictions included 31-40 years imprisonment.“Recommendations offered in the Murder Reduction Strategy are based on the findings of this study and associated research and may not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Ministry of National Security or the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” Dr. Hanna pointed out.He noted that the Murder Reduction Strategy is comprised of the following seven key action points: Punish the Most Violent Offenders; Stop Illegal Guns Entering The Bahamas; Create a DNA Forensic Laboratory; Dismantle Criminal Gangs; Dissuade Youths from Using Drugs; Increase Economic Opportunities for at-Risk Youth; and Increase Educational Achievement.“While some of these recommendations may raise some eyebrows, presenting them provides a space for policy makers to take a fresh look to this national issue,” Dr. Hanna said. “Finally, we are happy that this study adds to the relatively small, but growing, body of local research, which can be furthered explored by other researchers at the University of The Bahamas.”Dr. Hanna stated that the following Friday, October 20, 2017, he would be presenting the details of the Strategy at the University of the Bahamas’ Harry C. Moore Library at 12:30pm. This event, he noted, would be free and open to the general public.“A free copy of the study can be downloaded at our website www.bahamas.gov.bs/nads and the University of The Bahamas’ website,” he added.By: Eric RosePhoto captions:  NASSAU, The Bahamas – Director of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS) within the Ministry of National Security and Superintendent of Police Dr. Chaswell A. Hanna (centre) speaks, on October 18, 2017, during the announcement of the launch of a new study on murders entitled “Solutions to the Murder Problem.”   The study – a printed copy of which he is holding – was under the auspices of NADS in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the University of The Bahamas.   Also pictured are Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash (left) and NADS Supply Reduction Officer David Ramsey.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)last_img read more

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