Centre to focus on childhood development

first_img23 April 2014A new Centre of Excellence in Human Development has been established by the Department of Science and Technology to help address early child development challenges in South Africa.Michael Masutha, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, launched the new centre on Tuesday, which is to be co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is one of five such centres approved by the department in the past month.The centres have been established to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research among research-performing institutions, and to provide high-end skills development in priority research areas.Masutha said that early childhood development (ECD) had been declared by the Office of the President as a “national priority” in 2004. Since then, directives had been issued for municipalities to include ECD planning in their integrated development plans.The National Integrated Plan for ECD was published in 2005, and the Children’s Amendment Act passed in 2007, helping to strengthen the government’s commitment to providing children with a better start to life.“The centre will combine the multidisciplinary expertise of established scholars with dedicated research groups working on child development. The team’s diverse strengths will enable a better understanding of the challenges in respect of child development in South Africa, improve the country’s ability to address these challenges, and advocate for the most cost-effective interventions to give all children the best possible start in life,” he said.According to the SA Child Gauge report released by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, 58% of children in South Africa lived below the lower poverty line (R604 per month) in 2011. Current global trends indicate that by 2015 one in four children under the age five will suffer from stunted growth, a clear sign of malnutrition which affects children’s physical and cognitive development and capacity to learn.The World Bank says that up to 57% of young children in developing countries have no access to preschool. In sub-Saharan Africa the figure is 83% – and children living in the poorest households are up to 10 times less likely to attend early childhood education programmes than those living in the richest.Cheryl Potgieter, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities at University of KwaZulu-Natal, said the centre was in line with the millennium development goals and would “focus on human capacity, particularly economic participation and health, which will contribute significantly to enhancing and empowering the youth, and ultimately all South African citizens”.The research at the centre will help improve decision-makers’ understanding of the conditions, dynamics and the efficacy of these policies for people living in poverty.last_img read more

Holocaust Remembrance Week: I Remember

first_imgThe United States Congress created the Days of  Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) starts on the evening of April 15 and ends on the evening of April 16. http://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembranceDuring the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  That includes 6 million Jews, 2/3 of the European Jewish community at that time.But the numbers would have been even worse were it not for the countless “righteous gentiles.” The term “righteous gentiles” is used to refer to those who are not Jewish and who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. They are specifically honored in Israel and throughout the world.And, of course, there were the millions of American and other service men and women who lost their lives in fighting Hitler’s machine.  They, too, cannot be forgotten.On a personal note, while my family tree is overwhelmed with tombstones for Holocaust victims, we have some survivors. My great aunt was saved by a Catholic Church in Poland whose inhabitants courageously hid her at their peril.  Her daughter, my cousin and friend, later adopted two children from that Church.  Yes, even in the horror of the Holocaust, there have been moments of exquisite ecumenical community.And, this leads me to HR.  Of course, one connection to Holocaust Remembrance Day is the “human” in human resources.   But it is more than just that.This is not a day or week in which we celebrate the achievement or contribution of any group or people. In remembering the Shoah in our workplaces, we are reminded of how important it is that we brook no hate. It is also a time to recognize those employees whose lives were affected and shaped by this horrific period in history.One way to do so is simply to post on your Intranet a remembrance statement. You can find words and images all over the Internet.This is also a great topic for a diversity and inclusion program.  The diversity in experience but the universal message that includes all: we cannot tolerate intolerance against any faith, race, ethnicity, etc.As Jews, we often say “Never Again.” And, when we say that, we mean to anyone–at any time–anywhere. As is my tradition, I will go to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. this week to read with others the names of those murdered. I will include a long list from my own family. I also will reference collectively the children slaughtered in Kenya. They remain in my thoughts and prayers.last_img read more

Napoli: ‘Not a punitive retreat’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli have released a new statement, insisting “the training retreat was constructive and not punitive,” though players and Carlo Ancelotti don’t seem to agree. The club remains in chaos after the squad rebelled against orders to continue the training retreat at the Castelvolturno ground, known in Italy as a ‘ritiro.’ Napoli announced they would take legal action against the squad, which may well include docking their wages, but a new statement was released this evening. “With reference to the news stories that appeared today and over the last few days referring to the first team training retreat, the club is surprised at the way some media outlets erroneously qualified it as a ‘punitive retreat.’ “President De Laurentiis stated on Radio Kiss Kiss on November 4 in very clear and unequivocal fashion: “This is a constructive retreat and not a punitive one.” “A ritiro, an expression summing up the complex mode of training, destined to help the players rediscover their concentration and necessary motivation ahead of two important and delicate matches.” However, the memo doesn’t seem to have reached Ancelotti – who said in a press conference on Monday that he did not agree with the decision to impose a retreat – and the players, who rebelled. Sky Sport Italia suggested the anger also came from the fact President Aurelio De Laurentiis imposed the decision upon them with no warning or explanation.last_img read more

9 days agoLjungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.” last_img read more

Scientists call on US to allow research on pot meds for pets

first_imgBEND, Ore. – Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well.“The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.”People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.Those barriers have had more than just a chilling effect.When the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced last year that even marijuana extracts with CBD and little or no THC – marijuana’s intoxicating component – are an illegal Schedule 1 drug, the University of Pennsylvania halted its clinical trials. Colorado State University is pushing ahead.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned companies that sell marijuana products online and via pet shops and animal hospitals that they’re violating laws by offering “unapproved new animal drugs.” The FDA threatened legal action.But, seeing potential benefits of CBDs, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s policy-making body said last summer it wants the DEA to declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug “to facilitate research opportunities for veterinary and human medical uses.” It asked the board of the national veterinarians’ organization to investigate working with other stakeholders toward that goal. The board is awaiting a recommendation from two group councils.“The concern our membership has is worry about people extrapolating their own dosages, looking to medicate their pets outside the realm of the medical professional,” Board Chairman Michael Whitehair said in a telephone interview. “This is an important reason for us to continue the research.”Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican, became an unlikely champion of this push when he introduced a bill in September that would open the path for more clinical research. While Hatch said he opposes recreational marijuana use, he wants marijuana-based drugs, regulated by the FDA, produced for people with disorders.“We lack the science to support use of medical marijuana products like CBD oils, not because researchers are unwilling to do the work, but because of bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation,” Hatch said.Dawn Boothe, of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is waiting for federal approval to begin a study of marijuana’s effects on dogs with epilepsy. The classification of marijuana products containing CBD as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin and LSD, creates a “major, major, major, terrible roadblock” for researchers, Boothe said in a phone interview.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine were studying CBDs’ effects on dogs with osteoarthritis and pruritis, or itchiness, until the DEA released its policy statement.“The ambiguity in this process has really brought us to a screeching halt,” said Michael DiGregorio, director of the university’s clinical trials centre. “It is research that needs to be done, because there are a lot of CBD products out there.”When it clarified that marijuana CBD extracts are Schedule 1 drugs, the DEA said it was assigning a code number to those substances to better track them and to comply with international drug control treaties.DiGregorio complained that researchers seeking federal approval to study CBD products are told to provide certain data, but that data isn’t normally available until the study is done.“If you don’t have the data, you can’t get the registration to do the work,” he said.On a recent morning, Maas took a break from seeing four-legged patients in the Bend Veterinary Clinic. A stethoscope dangling from his neck over green scrubs, Maas said his clients have reported CBDs help relieve pain, arthritis, anxiety, loss of appetite, epilepsy and inflammation in their pets.“Unfortunately there’s not a lot of research out there, especially on animals, on CBD compounds,” Maas said. “The research is really necessary to help us understand how to actually use these compounds on our pets.”Veterinarian Janet Ladyga of the Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic, also in Bend, said she doesn’t recommend marijuana products because of the unknowns.“We don’t have a lot of evidence right now, so we don’t know the toxicity or the safety profile … and we don’t have any good evidence to show either if it’s safe or efficacious,” she said.The study at Colorado State University aims to provide some data. The roughly two dozen dogs in the arthritis study and the 30 in the epilepsy tests are given either CBD oil or a placebo. For the arthritis study, activity monitors are attached to the animals’ collars, to determine if they’re more mobile when they’re taking CBD.Principal investigator Stephanie McGrath said she hopes the results will be a stepping stone for longer and more diverse studies, and that they provide useful information for human medicine.“Every medication we’re taking has been given to a dog first,” the University of Pennsylvania’s DiGregorio noted.Meanwhile, Boothe said she had everything ready to start her study in January, and was waiting for a green light from federal officials.“I don’t know what’s taking so long,” she said.___Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andrewselskylast_img read more

South Carolina lawmakers to Trump Save nuclear fuel project

first_imgWASHINGTON – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.A federal appeals court last week allowed the Energy Department to go forward with plans to close the multibillion-dollar facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.Closing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility could cost hundreds of jobs and waste more than $7.6 billion already spent. The project is intended to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. But it is billions of dollars over budget and decades away from completion.A spokesman for the Republican governor said after the meeting that McMaster appreciates Trump’s time and attention “and his commitment to resolve this matter in a manner favourable to South Carolina.”McMaster “advocated on behalf of South Carolina and brought to light an important issue that our people are facing, and he made it clear that he will not allow our state to become a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste,” said spokesman Brian Symmes.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally, said before the White House meeting that shuttering the so-called MOX project was a “stupid decision.”“Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, ‘Ah, let’s start over and do something else?’” Graham asked. “Somebody should be fired.”South Carolina’s other senator, Republican Tim Scott, called the meeting productive and said he was hopeful that Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry were listening to the concerns expressed by state officials.“We wanted to make sure that we make very clear that keeping weapons-grade plutonium in the Palmetto State is a non-starter,” Scott said in a statement. “The bottom line is, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of our state.”___Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that $7.6 billion, not $17 billion, has already been spent on the project.last_img read more

City releases results of cannabis retail consultation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the agenda for next Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which includes the results it gathered from residents to hear their thoughts on what regulations cannabis retail operations would need to adhere to after recreational cannabis becomes legal this fall.The City’s Development Director Ken Rogers will be giving a presentation to Council about the feedback the City gathered during a pair of Dot-mocracy events with residents and on its ‘Let’s Talk’ website during the last week in May and first week in June. According to Rogers, over 700 responses were received in the online campaign, with more than 100 more responses given in person during the Dot-mocracy events.Residents were largely supportive of the City allowing cannabis retail operations to set up shop in most commercial zones, with the overwhelming majority favouring the C-2 Downtown Core and C-3 General Commercial zones. 73 percent of residents favoured the City adopting a 200-metre buffer zone from all schools within the City, while feelings were more mixed about the buffer zone from parks. A slim majority – 52 percent – preferred a 200-metre buffer around all City parks, while 48 percent felt that a buffer of 100 m or less was sufficient. When it comes to how far cannabis retail stores need to be from each other, residents were again fairly split on the issue. 47 percent of respondents felt that at least 200 metres of separation was required, while 36 percent felt that no buffer zone between cannabis retail stores was needed. Overall, 53 percent of residents desired a buffer zone of 100 metres or less.The City also asked residents about their thoughts on where cannabis would be able to be consumed, and if the provincial legislation was adequate.  The provincial government announced earlier this year that cannabis smoking or vaping would be permitted anywhere the smoking of tobacco is currently permitted, with the exception of places where children would reasonably be expected to be present, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, or beaches. An overwhelming majority of Fort St. John residents – 83 percent – said they felt the provincial legislation was adequate.In his presentation, Rogers says that the next steps are for City staff to prepare a presentation to Council to discuss a proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw before the Bylaw itself is drafted. A public hearing will also be held before the bylaw is officially adopted by the City.The presentation can be found here: https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/83455?preview=88441&attachmenturl=%2FFileStorage%2F6791AA111EB0496DB9C87ECE2C056458-Presentation%2520-%2520Cannabis%2520Consultation%2520Results.pdflast_img read more

Site C continues to see increase in employment during month of July

first_imgConstruction and non-construction contractor’s workforce from the Peace River Regional District made up 21 percent or 842 which is up from June’s numbers of 829.The number of apprentices employed on the project increased from 189 in June to 204 during the month of July.The number of Indigenous people working on the Project saw another increase from 361 in June to 377 in July.Women working on the Project saw an increase from 538 in June to 570 in July. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the latest Site C Dam Project employment numbers for the month of July 2019.The number of people working on the Site C Dam Project saw an increase from 4,634 in June to 4,797 in July.The total number of workers from B.C. was 2,925 which is 72 percent of the workers.last_img

Retired principal cheated in Delhi

first_imgA retired principal from Bihar was cheated by the fraudsters in South-East Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area. The complainant told police that one of the suspect posed himself as a policeman. In the complaint to police, the 62-year-old, resident of Bhagalpur (Bihar) said that his wife’s treatment is going on in Delhi and he is staying with his family at a guest house in Jal Vihar area. “On April 8, around 3 PM, I was standing at a bus stop in Nehru Nagar area when a man aged around 25 years came and asked me about where I am going I told him about Jal Vihar,” the victim told police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The complainant further said that the suspect told him he is also going to same place. In the meantime, a car stopped in front of them and started asking about the route of Jal Vihar area. “The 25-year-old youth asked me to sit inside the car as it was heading towards our destination. We both sat inside the vehicle,” complainant further said. He further told the investigators that inside the car the youth took out a mobile phone and told him that he is from Crime Branch. ” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, he made random phone call and started telling everyone to check people at the time of the election. Next, he asked me to keep all my belongings in an envelope which he provided to me. I gave him money, jewellery, ATM,” said the complainant adding that when he came out from the car he opened the envelope and found his valuables missing. “They have changed the envelope. I can identifuy those two youths ” the victim told police. A case under sections of IPC has been registered in Lajpat Nagar police station.last_img read more

Family of dead baby allege medical neglect, ransack hospital

first_imgKolkata: Family members of an infant, who died of alleged medical negligence at Panskura Superspecialty Hospital in East Midnapore, ransacked a portion of the hospital on Monday morning.The incident sparked tension in the area with local residents joining the protest by victim’s family members. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members of the victim alleged that some nurses did not attend the woman when she was in labour pain. They further alleged that the nurses remained glued to their mobile phones when they repeated urged to attend the patient. The patient was provided treatment after her condition turned critical and the alleged neglect led to the death of the newborn. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was alleged that the patient, Jesminara Bibi, a resident of Badbahala village of Mecheda in East Midnapore was taken to the Panskura Superspecialty Hospital on Friday afternoon. The family members claimed that the doctors in the hospital told them there was no need to conduct any surgery on the patient and the woman could undergo normal delivery. The doctors waited for the patient to go into labour. The woman went into labour on Sunday night. The family members of the woman told the on-duty nurses to attend the patient but they were reportedly busy talking over the phone. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe nurses did not pay any heed despite being urged for help, alleged the family members of the victim woman. The condition of the woman turned serious early in the morning on Monday. The nurses called up the doctors and conducted a surgery on the patient. The woman gave birth to a baby boy who died a few minutes later after the delivery. As the news of the baby’s death started spreading, the victim’s relatives joined by some local residents gathered outside the hospital to stage a demonstration on the hospital campus to protest against the negligence by the hospital authorities. The mob soon turned violent and started ransacking a portion of the hospital. Anwar Khan, the woman’s husband said the nurses were talking over the phone despite they were urged for help when the patient turned critical. They lodged a complaint with the hospital authorities in this regard and demanded a probe into the incident. A senior official of the hospital said that a probe has been initiated and steps would be taken against those who were found guilty.last_img read more