What comes to mind when you think about resilience? Is it the person who successfully dealt with a serious illness? The individual who was able to overcome extreme disadvantages and ultimately thrive? Or someone who has dealt with great tragedy in their lives, but just keeps on going? While these images of people who did well despite the challenges they faced can be inspiring, they can also lead us to think of resilience as only an individual trait. Purple wildflowers grow from a crack in a rock formation overlooking Lake Superior. Photo by Bob Bertsch. Licensed under CC-BY 4.0. Return to article. Long Description“Superior Resilience” by Bob Bertsch. Licensed under CC-BY 4.0.Early research labeled these people “invulnerable” (Anthony, 1974), implying their ability to overcome challenges was intrinsic, and they would be able to overcome multiple challenges through their individual traits. However, subsequent research has also shown that the challenges we face and the strengths we use to overcome them emerge as our circumstances change (Masten & Garmezy, 1985), so our ability to deal with adversity is contextual.The definition of the term “resilience” has evolved to capture this contextual nature. Many recent definitions of resilience draw on Luthar, Cicchetti, and Becker’s (2000) view of resilience as the “dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity.” Froma Walsh (2016) writes that human resilience involves the “interplay of multilevel systemic processes,” including the relationships formed in our immediate and extended families. Michael Ungar (2011) suggests our circumstances are critical, writing, “resilience is less an individual trait and more a quality of the child’s social and physical ecology.” Although they may emphasize different factors, most researchers agree that resilience is dynamic. As Ann Masten (2015) puts it, “Resilience will be dynamic because human individuals and their contexts are always changing.”A dynamic view of resilience is important because it creates possibilities. If resilience is a fixed, individual trait, what does that mean for people who lack that trait? What does it mean for people dedicated to helping others overcome the challenges they face? Seeing resilience as dynamic and emergent opens up the possibility that it can be fostered and developed. Recognizing that multiple systems (e.g. families, schools, communities, etc.) interact to influence resilience means there can be many, diverse approaches to developing resilience. Accepting that there are factors beyond individual characteristics that can enhance or detract from resilience allows us to see people who have faced adversity, including ourselves, as more than just successes or failures.Join us to explore resilience from multiple perspectives in a three-part webinar series in August 2019. On August 20 Dr. Ann Masten will be speaking about “Nurturing Individual Resilience from a Multisystem Developmental Perspective”. Dr. Froma Walsh will speak on “Nurturing Family Resilience Through a Strengths-Based Framework” on August 22. Dr. Michael Ungar will facilitate a discussion around “Nurturing Resilience Through a Strong Community” on August 27. Learn more about the webinar series and RSVP @ https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/resilienceseries/ReferencesAnthony, E.J. (1974). Introduction: The syndrome of the psychologically vulnerable child. In E.J. Anthony & C. Koupernik (Eds.), The child in his family: Children at Psychiatric Risk (Vol. 3, pp. 3-10). New York, NY: Wiley.Luthar, S. S., Cicchetti, D., & Becker, B. (2000). The construct of resilience.: Past, present and future research. In B.M. Lester, A.S. Masten & B.McEwen (Eds.), Resilience in children (pp. 105-115). Boston, MA: Blackwell. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1885202/Masten, A.S. (2015). Pathways to Integrated Resilience Science, Psychological Inquiry, 26:2, 187-196, https://doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2015.1012041Ungar, M. (2011). The Social Ecology of Resilience: Addressing Contextual and Cultural Ambiguity of a Nascent Construct. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(1), 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01067.x Walsh, F. (2016). Applying a Family Resilience Framework in Training, Practice, and Research: Mastering the Art of the Possible. Family Process, 55(4), 616–632. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12260
The Punjab government on Thursday put on hold implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act in the State. State Transport Minister Razia Sultana in an official press release said old penalty would continue to be charged for traffic-related violations until “a decision was taken on the implementation of the amended Act”. ‘Huge penalties’Admitting that traffic rule violations were a major cause of road accidents, for which violators must be punished, the Minister said at the same time “people must not be burdened with huge penalties”. “In a welfare state like India, the idea behind such kind of penalties was to deter people from violating traffic rules, not to increase the State treasury,” the Minister said, adding that the government would soon take a call on this. Spelling out the initiatives taken by the State government to tackle traffic-related violations, the Minister said the department had recently decided to equip the traffic police with e-challan machines. A decision to establish a road safety secretariat had also been taken, which would keep an eye on vehicular traffic all across the State and be responsible for ensuring compliance of road safety norms, she said. A few days ago, Punjab Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) S.S. Chauhan had said that the State government would soon call a meeting of all stakeholders with regard to implementation of the amended Act. Parliament in July had passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to tighten road traffic regulations.
(Eds: Repeating after correction in intro)Kolkata, Jan 2 (PTI) Mohun Bagans I-League winning coach Sanjoy Sen today stepped down after his sides 1-2 defeat at the hands of unfancied Chennai City FC at home ground here today.Chennai City took a sixth minute lead through Frenchman Jean-Michel Joachim but they were reduced to 10 men after Pradeep Mohanraj was sent off in the 34th minute for handling the ball inside the box.Ansumana Kromah brought up the equaliser for Mohun Bagan from the resultant penalty in the 36th minute but Chennai Citys Veniamin Shumeyko headed home the winner in the 71st minute to script the first big upset of I-League this season. This was Mohun Bagans first defeat after seven matches and it came after a string of three draws. “I did not have the mentality to continue after this loss and three home draws where we could not come back. We lost at home, I had decided that I would step down if that happened,” Sen said at his last press conference at Mohun Bagan tent as unruly crowd hurled missiles at the venue. Sen was appointed the chief coach for the Mariners in December 2014 after the club parted ways with technical director Subhas Bhowmick and was instrumental in their I- League triumph in the 2014-15. He had previously been in-charge of Kolkata clubs like Mohammedan Sporting and United Sports Club and enjoyed success mostly in Cup competitions. While United SC became runners-up in IFA Shield and Durand Cup under his tutelage, the Black and Whites won the Shield last season. Sen had also led Mohammedan to become the champions of the I-League second division a couple of seasons back. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisement
Germany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Brett Rypien #4 of the Boise State Broncos throws against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Marquee non-conference matchups are part of what makes college football awesome. Getting to watch teams prove themselves in matchups we don’t typically see is always fun.Boise State and Oregon announced the scheduling of a three-game series today. The two programs have played three times before.The three future games are scheduled for 2024-2026. The 2024 and 2026 meetings will be at Oregon, while Boise will host the 2025 contest.Boise State and Oregon announce a three-game series. Two in Eugene (2024, 2026) and one in Boise (2025).— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 9, 2018Boise State announces a 3-game football series with Oregon. Dates:Sept. 24, 2024 (Eugene, Ore.)Sept. 13, 2025 (Boise, Idaho)Sept. 5, 2026 (Eugene, Ore.)— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) August 9, 2018Back in May, we named Boise State-Oregon as a game we’d like to see become a yearly rivalry. It goes to say we are pretty happy to see these Northwest powers play each other.Boise State has captured all three previous matchups against Oregon, most recently last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, which they won 38-28.In 2008, the Broncos won a 37-32 thriller in Eugene. The following year, Boise State was victorious at home in a game most famous for LeGarrette Blount’s infamous post-game punch.This series should be an entertaining one.
zoom Iran’s oil-shipping giant National Iranian Tankers Company (NITC) is ready to make a comeback on the European and international markets as soon as possible following a deal on lifting of nuclear sanctions agreed upon on Tuesday between Iran and the six world powers in Vienna, a company official confirmed.Under the deal, sanctions against Iran’s oil export industry are to be lifted in exchange for additional restrains on the country’s nuclear program. The agreement is expected to boost the country’s oil exports and pave the way for its tankers to be unleashed into the market.“Iranian tankers will return to European and international markets in shortest possible time after the termination of nuclear sanctions,“ Shahram Farahbod, head of the NITC’s Insurance and Legal Suits Affairs Office told IRNA.According to Farahbod, the termination of the nuclear sanctions after signing of the comprehensive nuclear deal will also rid the NITC of the nuisance of those sanctions.NITC was blacklisted by the European Union for the second time in February this year as it had failed in its legal attempt to convince a London Court to prevent the EU from reimposing sanctions.The sanctions had been imposed in 2012 over Iran’s nuclear program, and banned any trade between NITC and the EU, including insurance and banking. NITC was blacklisted in the United States as well.NITC contested the blacklisting arguing that the company is privately owned by Iranian pension funds, and affiliated neither with the Iranian government, nor with the Revolutionary Guards.As a result, the EU lifted the sanctions against Iran’s largest oil tanker company in October 2014, only to reimpose them in February. The legal wrangle has left out NITC from international trade ever since.Iran’s return to the market would be welcome in terms of increasing production in an oversupplied market, notably with regards to difficulties in placing and discharging cargoes ashore, Gibson Shipbrokers says in its tanker report. However, with more Iranian crude, comes the release of more Iranian tonnage.The Iranian fleet currently consists of 37 VLCCs (5.8% of the global VLCC fleet), 12 Suezmaxes and 5 Aframaxes, with most currently absent from the conventional tanker market. The Iranian fleet will need to re-establish compliance with international standards if it is to enter the mainstream spot markets.Iranian officials indicated they would try to maximize crude exports to Europe and restore a market share of over 40 percent there, Reuters reports. Certain analysts estimate that Iran’s oil exports could increase by up to 60 percent within a year.The implementation of the agreement between Iran and US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany (the so called P5+1) may take months depending on Iran’s willingness to meet its assumed obligations stemming from the deal.World Maritime News Staff
This season, visitors to Nova Scotia’s provincial parks can take part in numerous events that promote a healthy, active lifestyle. The Parks are for People program highlights the parks’ educational opportunities and many possibilities for outdoor adventure. The 21st season of Parks are for People includes more than 150 events from May 15 to March 31. Events take place in more than 55 provincial parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves and Crown land locations throughout Nova Scotia. Events include natural or cultural history education, activities such as paddling and astronomy, and even outings to keep communities green like a beach sweep and nature art. There will be attractions for all ages and activities for everyone, from the observer to the experienced outdoors person. Various events are scheduled for the Parks are for People opening weekend. On Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m., an historic hike will take place at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park in Queens County. Participants will learn what life may have been like 1,500 years ago on a guided walk along the beautiful shoreline of Port Joli Harbour. Mira River Provincial Park in Cape Breton County will once again host Come Walk Our Park on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. The Friends of Mira Park Society will hold a day of nature walks, wildlife displays, family events and children’s games. The Parks are for People program is a co-operative effort by government agencies, recreation clubs, community organizations and interested individuals, and is co-ordinated by the Department of Natural Resources. Most events are free and some require advance registration. For more information and updates on Parks are for People events, call the information line at 902-424-4321 or visit www.novascotiaparks.ca .
Gurugram: Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables in India for Rs 19,990, Rs 9,990 and Rs 2,590, respectively. Targeted at millennials and Gen Z, the Galaxy Watch Active takes a holistic approach to monitoring exercise, sleep, stress and health. “Galaxy Watch Active is a beautifully crafted sports watch that brings stress management and blood pressure monitoring to users. The Galaxy Fit and Fit e give users a first-time access to the ecosystem of Samsung Health with never before features like 90+ activity trackers,” Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Made for all types of fitness enthusiasts, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e support active lifestyles. With thin, lightweight form factor, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are comfortable to wear all week long, the company claimed. Galaxy Watch Active is available in black, silver, rose gold and deep green colours while Galaxy Fit is available in silver and black colours. The Galaxy Fit e comes in black, white and yellow colours. The Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit would be available across retail stores and Samsung Opera House starting June 25. The Galaxy Watch Active would be available also on Amazon.in and Samsung e-Shop. The Galaxy Fit would be available on Flipkart and Myntra as well as Samsung e-Shop.
Earlier this week, Starlight Children’s Foundation Global Ambassador and New York Times best-selling author Tony DiTerlizzi (“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “The Spider and the Fly,” “Ted”) and Starlight and Juvenile Arthritis Association (JAA) supporter and actress Teri Hatcher (“Coraline,” “Desperate Housewives”) entertained pediatric patients in treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).Tony DiTerlizzi, Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, Teri Hatcher and patient SophiaCredit/Copyright: Robert Shotwell, AP InvisionThe pair entertained patients with a reading and illustrations from “The Search for WondLa,” the first installment in DiTerlizzi’s middle grade science fiction fantasy WondLA book triology.Hatcher, who voiced all three audiobooks in the series, read selections from the book while DiTerlizzi brought the scenes to life through sketches. The children sketched along with the author who provided sketch tablets for each child who attended. DiTerlizzi is currently on a national book to promote “The Battle for WondLa,” the trilogy’s third book.“Children are still children regardless of their circumstances,” said DiTerlizzi. “They should be able to play, imagine, and explore. As a child, getting lost in the pages of my favorite books sparked my imagination and whisked me away from my mundane reality to fantastical, adventure-filled worlds. I feel that hospitalized children can truly benefit from the same experience.”DiTerlizzi continued, “I am thrilled that Starlight Children’s Foundation shares this vision and that I am able to share my stories with young patients across the globe. I am honored to be affiliated with this wonderful organization and the children and families whose lives they improve.”Publisher Simon & Schuster generously donated copies of “The WondLa,” the trilogy’s first book, to Starlight who provided copies to all of the patients at the event. The book will also be offered to the more than 400 partner facilities currently on the charity’s Starlight Wish List platform, an innovative online giving and product philanthropy marketplace that directly connects individual donors and charitable corporations to health care facilities around the U.S.“Tony and Teri understand that hospitalization needn’t prevent kids and families from experiencing all of the joy, wonder and creativity that childhood has to offer,” said Starlight Global CEO Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim who attended today’s event. “We are so pleased to be here today with them, the outstanding CHLA staff and the pediatric patients and their families to support their fantastic entertainment and celebrate Simon & Schuster’s generous donation of Tony’s delightful book.”Dr. Andreas Reiff, MD, Division Head, Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles praised the event saying, “This is a unique opportunity to shed some light on children with rheumatic disorders. There are more than 300,000 kids in the U.S. who suffer from these kinds of diseases, and very few people are aware of it. With the help of people like Teri, Tony, JAA and Starlight Children’s Foundation, we finally have a platform to raise awareness and help kids.”For more than five years, Caldecott Honor winner DiTerlizzi has lent his creative talents and literary esteem to Starlight by raising funds and awareness for the organization. Hatcher is also a longtime supporter of Starlight having attended many events for the charity, including its annual fundraising dinner gala in Los Angeles, the Starlight Awards.
31 December 2007Reducing infant mortality and chronic malnutrition, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and slashing the toll of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse are among the immediate challenges facing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. Reducing infant mortality and chronic malnutrition, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and slashing the toll of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse are among the immediate challenges facing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. “On child survival, we must continue to focus on the critical period after a mother gives birth and an infant’s good start in life,” UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg said in a statement today, underlining the need for more public investment. He called for greater support to increase breastfeeding and better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, while also providing HIV-positive mothers with treatment that would allow them to live to see their children grow up. Preparedness before natural disasters must be improved to cut down on the catastrophic impact they have on families and towns and emergency responses must be accelerated to avoid loss of lives and livelihoods, which tend to affect women and children first, he added. In a region where 80,000 young people die every year as a result of violence in the home, 2 million suffer commercial sexual exploitation and 6 million suffer severe abuse each year, remedial measures are crucial and urgent, Mr. Kastberg stressed. He also called for more funds dedicated to programmes to create opportunities for adolescent development. “Specifically, we need to ensure that the 25 per cent to 30 per cent of adolescents and young people between 15 and 24 years of age, who are out of school or out of work, be better prepared to formally enter the working world,” he said. An important element to achieving this would be to expand basic education beyond primary school to include education from pre-primary to secondary, and to make it intercultural, of good quality and open to the different languages in the national cultural context. “With 2008 being the international year of languages, it is timely to focus on that element of education,” Mr. Kastberg said. “By providing a full and proper education, we can build a full and proper work force of young people.” In coordination with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and other UN agencies, one of UNICEF’s challenges in 2008 will be to develop a reliable system to gather pertinent information from sub-national level, which would better reflect the social realities and disparities of the region. Summing up UNICEF’s programme for 2008, Mr. Kastberg concluded: “We would hope the end result of such efforts would mean that by this time next year, we would see an important shift for and among young people; that they would feel more confident of their role, their place and their rights in building the region – confident that change was happening with them and for them, and not at their expense.”
15 October 2009A United Nations-backed gathering in the Republic of Korea wrapped up today calling for improved access to Internet and mobile phone technologies, among others, for some 400 million persons with disabilities living in the Asia-Pacific region. The three-day workshop, jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), recommended new guidelines to improve access to information and communication technology (ICT) for persons with disabilities in the region.“ICTs, when used effectively, have the potential to empower people with disabilities to lead active, independent and productive lives,” said Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (APCICT).Bringing together policy-makers from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam, the workshop provided training in enhancing ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities.It underscored the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which stipulates the right of persons with disabilities to access ICT, and examined issues connected to education, employment, procurement, increasing affordability and availability of ICT products and services, and awareness-raising and advocacy.Government representatives were joined at the “Second Regional Workshop on the Enhancement of ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” in the port city of Incheon by experts from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Australia, European Union (EU), Italy, the Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and United States.
Officials said that the cocaine was liquefied in Katunayake and will later be transported to a cement plant in Puttalam to be disposed. Sri Lanka today destroyed in public a haul of over 900 kilograms of cocaine seized by the authorities.The Police Narcotics Bureau said that 928 kg of cocaine was destroyed in the supervision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe. The cocaine was destroyed through a safe disposal method ensuring a minimal social and environmental impact.The technical evaluation included a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation action plan covering all the aspects of environmental, social, health and safety areas through the pre-processing, logistics and co-processing value chain to ensure safe and secure disposal. The cocaine had been seized during separate raids carried out by the Police Narcotics Bureau. Pictures by Lalith Perera
Brock cheerleaders posing in front of the Schmon Tower during their generational reunion. By Taryn Orava (BKin ’08)This past September, the Brock University cheerleading team had its first inaugural “generations” reunion with more than 40 teammates in attendance. Alumni from as far back as 1990 and as recently as 2012 came out for a day packed with spirited games, team-bonding activities and the opportunity to catch up with old friends.Tying a colour-coded bracelet onto a scavenger hunt participant.The event, held during Brock Days Alumni Weekend, kicked off in Market Hall, where attendees received gift bags stuffed with goodies from sponsors such as Ecco, Sugarhouse, Isaac’s Army and Brock Alumni Relations. Over the next few hours, the group enjoyed a specialty cake donated by cake decorator and current team captain, Jenna Mongraw, laughed over a slideshow of highlights from team socials, engaged in team trivia and scavenger hunt challenges and took part in an alumni photo outside Schmon Tower.Each alumna left with a smile and a T-shirt, which put a spin on the team’s longstanding mantra: “Thought it. Believed it. Achieved it.”It’s hoped that the generations reunion will become a yearly Brock Days tradition. As the alumni leader for this event, I encourage all former athletic, club and organization representatives to plan a successful and memorable reunion like ours. Here are some key things I learned from this experience:Save the date. With the Grape and Wine Festival, Community Days and a ton of alumni-targeted events, Brock Days is the perfect time of year to host your alumni reunion. Promote…early! Get in touch with Alumni Relations for a full list of alumni from your organization and for the opportunity to set up your own Brock Days website. Don’t be afraid to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to start people talking. Grads are busy people, so make sure people are aware of the date months in advance.Round up the troops. Ask former club members to act as alumni leaders for the day. Delegate tasks such as organizing transport, gift bags, room bookings and registration. It’s also a wise idea to recruit volunteers from multiple Convocation years to get the message out to the teammates from their cohort.Stay true. Plan your activities according to your target audience. Incorporate any unique traditions honoured by your organizations into your alumni reunion.Pre-register. One of the keys to running a successful and jam-packed reunion was asking alumni to register online for each events they were going to attend. Some events had fees associated with them and to ensure all events were paid in full, alumni were asked to make a payment prior to the event.Enjoy the day. During your reunion, enjoy reconnecting with old teammates and club members. Ask people to sign in and to include current contact information and permission to contact them for future events.Keep connected. Use the contact information you collected to send out an online evaluation survey to ask what alumni enjoyed and what would they change. Consider all feedback and make next year a bigger and better success.Read the Reunion Guide. Brock Alumni Relations has compiled a useful reunion guide that will help you throughout the entire planning process.Have fun planning your alumni reunion and we’ll see all of you at the next Brock Days Alumni Weekend.
Releasing its annual report in Vienna, the International Narcotics Board (INCB) recommended that States support local efforts towards legal employment, foster an environment that makes drug dealing difficult, and introduce anti-drug educational programmes targeting socially marginalized groups. Highlighting the impact of drug abuse on communities, the report stresses that even though most drug-related crime is non-violent, the effect is still “highly damaging” in local areas. INCB President Philip O. Emafo said “drug abuse is often linked with anti-social behaviour such as delinquency, crime, and violence and has negative consequences for individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities.” The report reiterates the Board’s concerns about the impact of harm reduction policies – which generally aim to help abusers avoid danger – in some countries, specifically citing the operation of drug injection rooms as a “source of grave concern.” Speaking to reporters today, Vincent McLean, the New York representative of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the INCB believes a drug injection room in Vancouver, Canada, to be in contravention of the provisions of international narcotics control treaties. Mr. McLean said drug trafficking groups often have violent confrontations as they compete for market share, and can turn some places into “no-go areas for the general public.” The annual report calls on national authorities to be on alert for the growing trade in illegal pharmaceuticals over the Internet and to police this problem more closely. In another section of the report, the INCB criticizes Turkmenistan’s failure to cooperate with the international community in the battle against illicit drugs. The Central Asian nation, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, has not reported any seizures of opiates or precursor chemicals since 2000, even though “significant quantities” were reported in previous years. The INCB added that Turkmenistan is the only one of Afghanistan’s neighbours that is not participating in an international monitoring operation focusing on a chemical used to make heroin, and has not been actively involved in other regional drug control schemes. The INCB is an independent body established by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to monitor governments’ compliance with the international drug control treaties. Its 13 members are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to serve five-year terms.
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More than 900 criminal cases were dropped last year due to a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence, it has been reported.This marks a 70 per cent increase in the number of collapsed cases over the course of two years.Figures reveal that 916 people had charges dropped last year due to a failure to disclose evidence – up from 537 in 2014-15 and 732 the following year.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the number of dropped cases represented just 0.15 per cent of the total number of prosecutions, but said there were still “systemic disclosure issues”.The investigation comes after the high-profile collapse of several rape trials, with Scotland Yard announcing a review of its sex crime investigations after two rape cases were dropped in the space of a week in December.The trial of Liam Allan, 22, was halted at Croydon Crown Court, while days later another prosecution collapsed against Isaac Itiary at Inner London Crown Court.The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the BBC. Angela Rafferty QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, told the Corporation that barristers face “a daily struggle in respect of disclosure, delays and all the other disastrous consequences of a system that is openly described by MPs as at breaking point”. Mr Allan, who endured a two-year ordeal, threatened to sue the police and CPS, accusing them of chasing rape convictions “like sales targets”.Suspect spent four months in prison awaiting trialIsaac Itiary was charged with the rape of a child under 16 in July last year and was due to stand trial in 2018.He had reportedly spent four months in prison awaiting trial as he was considered to be a risk to the public.But at a pre-trial hearing in December, the CPS offered no evidence after issues arose regarding the full disclosure of material. Liam Allan, who spent almost two years on bail, has alleged that rape convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’Credit:Nicholas Razzell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Criminology ‘student alleges convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’Liam Allan, a criminology student, had been three days into his trial when it emerged police had failed to disclose a vast amount of crucial information.He had been accused of six rapes and six sexual assaults, spending almost two years on bail.Among the text messages that were not passed to the defence, was one from the alleged victim that stated: “It was not against my will.” A CPS spokesman said: “We prosecuted more than 588,000 defendants in 2016/17 and our conviction rate was 83 per cent. The number of unsuccessful outcomes due to disclosure issues represents 0.15 per cent of these prosecutions. “That is still too many, however, and we are clear that there are systemic disclosure issues across the criminal justice system which will require a collective effort in order to bring about improvement.”Getting this right is a priority, and along with the police and other criminal justice partners we are working to improve how we fulfil these vital disclosure obligations and ensure that cases which should not proceed are stopped as early as possible.”Last week the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) chaired a seminar with senior figures from the police, judiciary and legal profession to discuss how this may be achieved.”This was a constructive discussion that generated concrete proposals which we will be pursuing to encourage early, effective engagement between the police, prosecutors and defence.”Met Police review to examine all live rape casesThe Metropolitan Police review, announced in December, will involve all rape cases currently being investigated by its specialist sex abuse unit.It is thought scores of investigations could now be in jeopardy amid concern that police have failed to follow proper procedures.Speaking at the time, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: “As a precaution, every live case being investigated by the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences [Caso] command, where the Met is in discussion with the CPS, is being reviewed to ensure all digital evidence has been properly examined, documented and shared with the CPS to meet obligations under disclosure.”
A police chief has given the green light for cannabis users to grow and sell drugs as forces were accused of ignoring the law. However Mr Jones told the Telegraph he was “sympathetic” to clubs allowing users to grow… Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, signalled support for ‘Spanish-style’ collectives where users sell home-grown drugs to each other. It comes amid growing concern over so-called “cannabis clubs” in Britain after the Telegraph revealed nearly 160 are already operating with impunity across the country. Possession of cannabis carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and an unlimited fine, while dealing the drug could result in a 14-year prison sentence.
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Image: PA Archive/PA Images Melanie McCarthy McNamara’s killer to spend sentence in solitary confinement Keith Hall has a contract on his head and prison guards have a duty to protect him from harm. 38 Comments Oct 31st 2016, 7:00 AM 49,086 Views By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 31 Oct 2016, 7:00 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3049749 Image: PA Archive/PA Images The Irish Prison Service is obliged to ensure the safety of all prisoners.“There is a small cohort of prisoners who, for various reasons, need to be isolated for their own safety or for the safety of others.“The prison service does that through restricted regime and movement. Every effort is made to transfer prisoners around the system. For those prisoners who are on 23 hour lock up for long periods, individual plans are put in place to make sure they get maximum amount of services and time out of their cells. The safety of prisoners is paramount.Speaking of Ireland’s current prison regime, UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, said: “Clearly the figures show Ireland has violated the emerging standard that we have established in terms of how long people should be spending in solitary confinement.“The Irish Government should be aware that this issue will be raised when the UN committee hears evidence. So they should come prepared to say how they are dealing with this problem.”He also said that existing solitary confinement regimes in Ireland “constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and perhaps, depending on the gravity of their suffering – even torture.” Gardaí at the scene of the murder. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe Irish Penal Reform Trust acting director Fiona Ní Chinnéide told of the dangers of putting a prisoner into solitary for over 15 days.She said: “There was a report by the UN which found that prisoners who spend over 15 days in solitary confinement can suffer irreparable damage.“Ideally, we wouldn’t want to see anyone locked up for that period of time. Solitary confinement breeds paranoia and makes it more difficult for a prisoner to rejoin the general population.One of Ireland’s biggest hotels is set to be built on the doorstep of Dublin Airport >“The situation for children in Calais is the worst it’s ever been” > Share101 Tweet Email1 ONE OF MELANIE McCarthy McNamara’s killers will spend most of his life sentence in some form of protective custody, TheJournal.ie has discovered.Keith Hall, who is serving 18 years for the manslaughter of the Tallaght teenager, has been targeted a number of times by fellow inmates.There has been a number of attempts to bring Hall back into the regular prison fold, but guards in Wheatfield Prison believe his life would be put at risk.Hall’s co-convicted Daniel McDonnell is currently in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum, south Dublin, after he attempted to take his own life earlier this year.McDonnell has become increasingly agitated after his case against the State for keeping him in solitary was rejected.He is expected to remain in the CMH until his behaviour changes.Prison sources have said McDonnell is suffering from a serious psychological illness and has has been paranoid in prison as it is thought that money has been offered in exchange for harming him. Melanie McCarthy McNamara was shot dead in Tallaght in 2012.Hall is in the same situation.There is a significant bounty for anyone who can kill him while he is in prison.A senior prison source told TheJournal.ie how Hall has to be separated due to the numerous attempts on his life since he was imprisoned.ConfinementA spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said while they cannot speak about individual prisoners, they take the safety of the prisoners very seriously and give prisoners as much time out of their cells as they can.He told TheJournal.ie: