Poor leadership led to Camp Street Prison fire, unrest – Teixeira

first_imgOpposition motionThe Parliamentary Opposition spared no effort in criticising Government and laying full blame on their feet for the disastrous Camp Street Prison fire and unrest which took place last year.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, who moved a motion in the National Assembly on Wednesday, claimed that the law enforcement officials were unprepared and ill-advised.“The issue is leadership and acting responsibly. You give leadership and you didn’t on that day. None of you! And I am not going to blame the prison and army andOpposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeirapolice. I am not!” she told the Government MPs in the House.The motion written by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill calls on Government to launch a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the unrest and make new changes to the local prison system.Teixeira, a former Home Affairs Minister, told the House that law enforcement officers are not to be blamed for this incident, since the buck stops at the Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan.The Opposition Chief Whip said as head of the country’s security sector, he ignored numerous warning and signs before the unrest, and essentially failed to act to prevent the disaster from happening.“The situation was completely unavoidable…You (Ramjattan) sat on your laurels and did nothing!” she posited, noting that the matter could have been handled in a much safer and efficient manner.Teixeira contended that the Minister should have been made to resign since the first disaster at the Camp Street Prison in 2016. But even more so, preventative measures should have been put in place following the 2016 unrest that killed 17 prisoners at the same Camp Street penitentiary.She explained that following the 2016 unrest, a COI made several recommendations which were not implemented by Government to avoid such a situation from happening again.The Opposition MP noted too that during the COI, another riot erupted and yet, the Government failed to take precautionary measures to ensure the situation did not reoccur.Reference was also made to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights statement which urged Government to take action to protect prisoners’ right and address overcrowding situation.She also blasted the Minister and the entire Government for its poor direction and leadership after the incident which eventually resulted in the escape of an additional 13 inmates at Lusignan Prison.The Opposition Chief Whip pointed out to the House that the motion was put off for almost five months but the questions are still relevant since the Government has remained mum on how they went about addressing the issues and still have multiple questions to answer in this regard.“And I believe that the issue of non-disclosure, of not telling the people of what is going on and the reluctance of this Government to hold everything to you is so extraordinarily dangerous for the nation’s public safety and is also undemocratic,” Teixeira argued.The Opposition feels that this incident highlights the Government’s incompetence in handling matters of national security and as such wants the administration to take full responsibility for the incident.She said, “These events and the ineptitude of the Minister and in fact the entire Government, these events are an indictment of your collective inability to address the issues of security and public safety, to manage our economy, to bring the good life to our people.”Teixeira continued, “No matter which way you twist it, these were the worst incidents that has ever taken place in our prison system. The worst that has taken place in the Caribbean and Latin America. The burning down of an entire prison…It is important and we have to stop pretending that this is just business as usual.”The Government, she said, came into office with a campaign promise that they had the answers to crime and security and committed to fixing it, yet within the past two there has been an increase in some serious crimes, which includes: murders, robbery, rape, which is showing no signs of letting up.Meanwhile, Minister Ramjattan while addressing Parliament late Wednesday evening claimed that the Opposition’s arguments were baseless and lacked substance. He also asserted that whatever could have been done in the current circumstances, with whatever resources were available was done to the best.While he also took responsibility for both the 2016 and 2017 fires, Ramjattan said these incidents do not warrant him to resign from his position as minister. “I said I am responsible. I’ve always said that and I hold myself responsible, but does not mean because you’re responsible, mean resignation.”While calls have been made to launch a COI into the 2017 prions unrest and fire, the Minister said the Government will stick to its initial promise to have it done when the two remaining escaped prisoners are recaptured. “At this point in time, we will not have an inquiry. Until such time that these prisoners are recaptured, it is not going to be done,” Ramjattan told the House.last_img read more

RWC Sevens heartbreak for Blitzbokke

first_imgThe South African Sevens team dominated their pool at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow over the weekend, but came up short when they were narrowly beaten by their bogey team, Fiji, in the quarterfinals on Sunday. “We have disappointed ourselves and no doubt, our supporters too,” said Springbok Women Sevens’ coach Denver Wannies afterwards. “I am still very proud on the effort of the players. They showed their capabilities on the first two days, but we just did not complete the job today. We have no one but ourselves to blame for that.” South Africa came back well in the second half and put the Fijians under heavy pressure as the seconds ticked down. Eventually Sibusiso Sithole went over for a try on the left, but the Cecil Afrika failed to convert it and Fiji went on to a 12-10 victory shortly afterwards. ‘We are gutted’“We really wanted to win this for South Africa and for Madiba, so we are gutted,” coach Paul Treu said afterwards. “This was not the way we expected the tournament to go for us. We did not play to our potential.” “He applied the exceptional circumstances provision to reduce the sanction further from the Judicial Officer’s six-match suspension (from a 12-week entry point) to two matches, noting that there had been contact with a vulnerable part of the body, being the eye, as a result of the reckless tackle, which necessitated an appropriate sanction.” The bottom line was Brown was out of the quarterfinal showdown with Fiji, a team that South Africa has routinely lost to in quarterfinal matches and routinely beaten in finals. “There were enough opportunities for us to beat Fiji here today, but for once our play at the break down let us down and they could extract penalties from our players becoming isolated. Fiji hit back in the seventh minute when Metuisela Talebula found space wide on the left and crossed for a try, which he was unable to convert, making it 5-5. They finished third in their pool. After opening with a 12-5 loss to Ireland, they beat China 19-7 before Australia convincingly beat them 29-0, which put South Africa into the Bowl quarter-finals. Fijian leadThe islanders managed to turn over possession from the kick off and ultimately opened up the South African defence, allowing Samisoni Viriviri to run through for a try underneath the uprights. Talebula converted to give Fiji a 12-5 lead at the break.center_img 1 July 2013 Kyle Brown and company were on song in pool competition, not conceding a single point in wins over Russia (31-0), Japan (33-0) and Scotland (41-0). Disciplinary hearingWhat ensued was a disciplinary hearing that lasted until 01:00 in the morning. The South African Sevens skipper was then handed a six-match ban. An immediate appeal resulted in another hearing at 09:00, after which the IRB released a statement reading: “The Appeal Officer did consider that the offence was low-end reckless conduct and therefore determined the original minimum ordinary sanction of six matches was disproportionate. The win over the Scots came at a price, however, with Brown, bizarrely being handed a six-match ban for a tackle in which he made contact with Michael Fedo’s eye. Brown had attempted a shoulder-height tackle, but had slipped upwards in making it. There was clearly no intent to injure Fedo, much less an attempt to make contact with his eye. WomenThe Springbok Women Sevens team, a surprise semi-finalist four years earlier in the World Cup in Dubai, failed to repeat their success in Moscow. The Springbok Sevens team started well, though, and were on the scoreboard early after Cheslin Kolbe opened up the Fijian defence with some quick footwork to create space for Ryno Benjamin to crash over in the right hand corner. Kolbe’s conversion attempt from out wide was unsuccessful. Up against Fiji, who ultimately went on to claim the Bowl honours, South Africa lost 22-5. StruggledMinus Brown and the injured Frankie Horne, the Blitzbokke struggled in the set scrums and at the breakdowns as the Fijians put South Africa under huge pressure in both phases of the game. In the end, it proved to be difference in the match. The hooter for half-time had sounded, but another kick off was necessary as it had come after the try had been scored. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mandela-inspired school ‘changing lives’

first_img25 July 2014 Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape – the birthplace of Nelson Mandela – had to drop out of school after Grade 9. This is because the village did not have a high school, which meant that children wanting to enter Grade 10 had to travel far from their homes, to neighbouring towns such as Mthatha and Idutywa. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors in Mvezo earlier this year, is changing all that – and more. It’s the first comprehensive science high school in the entire rural Transkei to offer subjects like engineering and information technology. And the government believes that more such schools are needed in South Africa’s rural areas. President Jacob Zuma, who unveiled a statue of Mandela’s grandfather, Prince Mandela, at the school on Mandela Day last Friday, said the government was serious about ensuring that children in disadvantaged communities were exposed to science and technology. The idea for the school was born when Madiba said he wanted a high school built near his birthplace. In 2010, telecommunications giant Siemens pledged millions of rands towards the school’s construction. School Principal Pat Toni, in an interview with SAnews, said the school had brought about many changes for the rural community. The school has four laboratories and a fully-fledged library and IT department, as well as an agricultural science department. “We have very highly qualified teachers for science and mathematics. I think what the school has brought to this village is quality education – something unfortunately that children in rural areas are not used to,” Toni said. “The community has embraced the school. We are receiving hundreds of applications and we cannot cope with the demand. Whenever we have a meeting, we have a full hall, and the support is amazing.” The school has brought opportunities that did not exist in the village before. “Science has moved from very far to just around the corner,” Toni said. The Mandela school will introduce its first Grade 12 class in 2016, and Toni said several universities have committed to grant bursaries to deserving pupils from the school. One of the beneficiaries of the school is Nothobile Mapeyi. Her granddaughter, Zukuswa, was forced to leave home to stay with her aunt in Mthatha after she passed Grade 9 in 2012. Now Zukiswa will be able to do her matric at the Mandela school, and will be staying with the family in Mvezo. “I was not happy when my child had to leave, but we had no choice because I wanted her to continue with her studies,” Mapeyi told SAnews. “Now we have this good school at our doorstep. The future is looking bright for her.” There are also overseas universities that are lining up to take matriculants from the school after 2016. “For these reasons, our emphasis is on mathematics and technology because we know the expectation is very high and we are aware that these subjects will open many opportunities for our pupils,” Toni said. He has promised a 100 percent matric pass rate from his first group of Grade 12 learners in two years’ time. “I don’t see a reason why our pupils should not perform at that level; we have everything they need for them to excel. We expect the children not only to perform ordinarily, we expect them to be broader in their research and studies,” Toni said. “We tell them they are not in an ordinary school – they are in a school that requires them to work double.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Grand Champion Market Lamb — Bailee Amstutz, Richwood

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb was shown by Bailee Amstutz of Richwood, Ohio. Watch as Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo talks with her on the win and the work behind her top lamb.last_img

Resource Discovery: Shield Up! How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying

first_imgThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website. [3] Craver, M. M. (2014). Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying. Washington, DC: Magination Press. Retrieved from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21992213-shield-up?from_search=true Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0]Bullying is an ongoing problem that impacts children and youth on a daily basis. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year and bullying is also the most commonly reported discipline problem in public schools [1].What can we do to help turn the tide of bullying behaviors? First, we must be aware of the different types of bullying. Bullying is not always physical and includes verbal bullying like name-calling and teasing. There is social bullying that involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships like spreading rumors and embarrassing someone in public [2]. Also, cyber-bullying falls into the realm of social bullying.Second, finding great resources can be beneficial that can provide strategies to stop bullying in its tracks. Stop Bullying.gov is fantastic resource that provides trainings and prevention techniques for service professionals, parents, and teachers. Most of their strategies focus on collaboration between mental health professionals, parents, and the school system to engage the larger community on bullying prevention.One great resource on how kids can implement change in their own schools is the book “Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying” by Marcella Marino Craver [3]. Illustrated as a graphic novel, this book is an example of how bullying can happen and how it effects individual kids and their peer groups. The ultimate takeaway is what to do when bullying behaviors happen and how kind actions can change those behaviors. The book also includes a reader’s note where you can learn strategies for standing up to bullying behavior and how to practice kindness.It is important to understand the impact that violence such as bullying, teen dating violence, and school shootings have on youth. Be sure to watch this archived MFLN FD webinar from last year entitled “Polishing Our Protective Shields: Exploring Ways to Protect Youth from Violence.” CEU opportunities are still available.References[1] Center for Disease Control (2018). Preventing Bullying. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-factsheet508.pdf Pixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0]center_img By: Jason M. Jowers, MS [2] Stop Bullying.gov (2019). What is Bullying? Retrieved from: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.htmllast_img read more

On Leaders and Culture

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Culture is what takes over when leadership and management isn’t around.Culture is what takes over in those moments of truth, when a decision makes a difference–for good or for ill.Culture is what happens when the organization’s real values are brought to life in the actions and behaviors individuals take when they are challenged and aren’t directed to do something.Culture is what the company belives about itself–individually and collectively. Culture is identity.A leader creates, nurtures, and protects a healthy culture. A healthy culture is built on caring.A leader may also create, nuture, and protect an unhealthy, diseased culture. Unhealthy cultures are built on fear.When a leader doesn’t create, nuture, and protect a healthy culture, an unhealthy culture can take root and grow on its own. A leader has to pull out by its roots any threat to the culture.When a culture is strong and healthy, a leader doesn’t need to remove the threats. Culture is self-policing. A strong, healthy culture rejects anyone and anything that undermines their positive values and sense of identity. But a weak, diseased culture destroys anything that tries to change or improve it–especially when it means giving up a diseased mindset.Establishing culture is the leader’s duty. Culture is purpose; it’s meaning. And it’s the area where a leader can make the biggest difference to company’s results–it determines who the organization is, what it stands for, and breathes life into it’s purpose.QuestionsWhat is culture?What is the role of the leader when it comes to culture?What does a healthy culture enable?What makes a culture unhealthy?last_img read more

Rivals San Sebastian, Letran battle for NCAA survival

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Old rivals Letran and San Sebastian, with a combined 29 NCAA basketball titles, find themselves in each other’s way again in their bid to return to the Final Four in Season 93’s men’s basketball tournament.The Knights square off with the Stags in another do-or-die affair on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena, with the survivor reaching the next phase of the stepladder semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The Knights are looking to sustain their late-season surge that has brought them back to relevance after missing out on the postseason last year.Letran, only two years removed from its 17th title, has faded away from the limelight as the likes of upstart Lyceum has taken the tournament by storm this year, going unbeaten in 18 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our goal is to give Letran another championship,” said graduating player Rey Nambatac, whose resurgence has coincided with Letran’s superb play in the last two games.“But we’ve been in must-win games for the last two weeks and I think that will help us overcome San Sebastian,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said.center_img Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP SMB-Kia trade deal on hold “The players are definitely going all-out. I’m not ready to take a vacation yet.”The Stags are also looking to make a return to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 when the team was coached by current Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson and powered by CJ Perez, who was in his rookie year in the league.San Sebastian earned the fourth seed due to a superior quotient after a 95-64 demolition of Letran last Sept. 26. But coach Egay Macaraya expects a dogfight this time against the Knights, who stunned Arellano, 79-68, to reach this game.“It will be tough but we’re ready,” said Macaraya.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

No excuse for losing matches in away series: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSenior batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that Team India are confident of a good show at home against England and Australia but will certainly aim at preparing well when they play away series against these two teams next time.”We need to look at one factor. When we played against Australia, they were the home team. England also played at home. There is no point in saying that India only plays well at home. Why do we always look at one side of the coin, it should be always fair,” the senior batsman said.”I feel that it does not come as an excuse for us to go somewhere and not play well. We need to go abroad and win. It’s as simple as that. We have done it before(winning abroad). Both England and Australia tours were tough for us.We should make every possible effort to perfect our preparation and produce better results,” Tendulkar told Headlines Today.The master batsman also admitted that things didn’t go as per plan in England and Australia. India lost eight consecutive Test matches against England and Australia last season.Tendulkar said that Team India always go out there to perform well but sometimes it just does not work. “Ideally, we want to win each and every match and that is how we want to prepare ourselves.But sometimes, it’s humanly impossible. There are some ups and downs. The best of the teams have rather faced or seen the other side of the coin,” he said.advertisementOn playing along side his son, Arjun, he said, “I have never thought of it. I used to visit Bandra for his practice sessions. I just stand at non-striker stand.Just to see how he calls for single and twos. Beyond that, I have not thought of playing with him. It may happen at some exhibition match or club-level game.”Arjun likes to watch cricket. I have not forced him to make cricket his career. He is passionate about the sport,” he said.last_img read more

Giroud airs Hazard hope amid Chelsea exit talk

first_imgTransfers Giroud airs Hazard hope amid Chelsea exit talk Chris Burton 19:12 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Premier League Olivier Giroud Eden Hazard The Blues striker is eager to see a talented playmaker remain at Stamford Bridge this summer and continue working on a promising attacking partnership Olivier Giroud is hoping to see Eden Hazard remain at Chelsea this summer, despite the Belgian playmaker keeping his options open amid much transfer talk.The Blues have been able to fend off interest in a talismanic presence during past windows, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain having been long-standing suitors of a two-time Premier League champion.It may, however, be that their resolve is tested again over the coming weeks, with Hazard having admitted that he will wait to discover Chelsea’s recruitment plans before making a decision on his own future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Those at Stamford Bridge no longer have Champions League football to use as a bargaining tool, both for possible incomings and outgoings, but Giroud is eager to see them retain the services of a man he has struck up a positive working relationship with since arriving from Arsenal in January.The France international striker told the Evening Standard: “Of course I want Eden to stay – who doesn’t want to play with him?“I want to carry on working on our partnership. The two of us have only been playing together a short time but we have a good relationship on the field. We play close together because that’s what the manager wants us to do. “Obviously when we are in the same areas on the pitch we can find ourselves much better. “We like to play together because we have a good understanding, we have different qualities that complement each other. It is easy to play with him. Olivier Giroud Eden Hazard Chelsea stay“Eden and I are good friends off the pitch as well. He is a nice person, he is easy to get along with. I knew him before I came to Chelsea. “We fought for the title in France when I was at Montpellier and he was at Lille. I didn’t know him personally then but I never had any doubts that we would form a good understanding. “He has the same way of playing football and we share the same ideas.”Giroud has managed five goals in his 17 appearances for Chelsea so far, with one more outing set to be taken in on Saturday when the Blues face Manchester United in the FA Cup final.That contest could be the last for any number of figures on the Blues’ books, with the speculation surrounding Hazard’s future nowhere near as intense as that suggesting that Antonio Conte is set to be relieved of his managerial duties regardless of the outcome against the Red Devils.last_img read more

TFA Annual General Meeting

first_imgAll logistical requirements will be worked through in the coming weeks through the office.Please find attached the TFA AGM notice document, Board Nominations form and Life Membership nomination form. Stay tuned to the website for all of the latest information regarding the 2010/11 AGM. This story was first placed on the website on Friday, 14 October 2011. Related Files2011_agm_nomination_form-pdflife_membership_nomination_2011-pdfnotice_agm_2011-pdflast_img