Remainers rejoice, a second referendum seems almost inevitable

first_img Remainers rejoice, a second referendum seems almost inevitable The Brexit Party got a vote share of 30 per cent – in a constituency which voted 60 per cent Leave in the 2016 referendum, you would have expected it to get higher. Even if you add in the votes for the Conservatives, it still only comes to 43 per cent – hardly a mandate for Brexit. Opinion by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGem Last week’s by-election result in Peterborough was evidence that the public’s mind has shifted. The Brexit Party, despite its success in the European elections, came second. Demonstrators carry banners and flags as they participate in the People’s March demanding a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, in central London on June 23, 2018, the second anniversary of the 2016 referendum. – Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in London on Saturday calling for a second vote on Britain’s departure from the European Union. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images) Share City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Dinesh DhamijaDinesh Dhamija is a Liberal Democrat MEP for London. This leaves few other options. We could revoke Article 50, which would not require the permission of the other 27 member states, but that would be political suicide for the new leader. When Britain first went to the polls in 2016, a no-deal Brexit was not on the cards. Now three years later, the electorate knows that the only Brexit choices are the terms of Theresa May’s widely unpopular withdrawal agreement, or crashing out, with all the economic and political chaos that entails. Parliament just hasn’t got the maths to crash out without a deal. Despite the chronic disarray within the Labour party, there is a determination to prevent the disaster of a no-deal scenario. Yesterday’s motion may have failed, but only by a whisker, and it is clear that MPs will do all they can to block no-deal from coming to pass. So that leaves the third and only other solution: a people’s vote on the direction of Brexit. And if that happens, I believe that support for stopping Brexit entirely would outweigh the other options. whatsapp Thursday 13 June 2019 5:52 amcenter_img whatsapp This might sound good at first, until you take into account that Peterborough is a Leave constituency. And if, as the recent trajectory suggests, the people show that they have changed their minds, Britain will finally be able to move on. Before he dropped out of the Tory leadership race, Sam Gyimah let slip that a growing number of Conservative MPs have admitted, albeit privately, that a second referendum is the only way to resolve Brexit. And those outside of parliament are preparing. The Electoral Commission has drawn up contingency plans in order to respond quickly to any unscheduled poll. The country has never been more engaged in the Brexit debate. With parliament deadlocked and the government lacking both a leader and a mandate, the only way to deliver closure on this issue is a second referendum. The European elections were widely heralded as a success for the Brexit Party. But look a little closer: the five collective Remain parties (including SNP and Plaid Cymru) outnumbered the collective votes of the Brexit Party and Ukip by 1.1m. We could seek alternative arrangements for the Irish border to replace the backstop, as many of the Conservative leadership hopefuls say that they can and will do. But this is a complete fantasy. The EU has said over and over again that the backstop is not up for renegotiation. For Remain parties like mine – the Liberal Democrats – we are practically popping the champagne cork. Because how can we not have a second referendum? As for proroguing parliament to push a no deal through, Commons speaker John Bercow has said it’s “blindingly obvious” that this won’t happen. What a noisy week in politics. The Tory leadership contest is now fully underway, with contenders trying to out-Brexit each other with their visions of how to get Britain out the EU. There’s even been the threat from some Brexiteers to prorogue parliament, much to the outrage of many. But there are some Remainers watching smugly as events unfold. Because with every twist and turn, a people’s vote looks increasingly like the only solution. And even if the EU were open to the idea, there simply isn’t enough time. Whoever the next Prime Minister is, they won’t be in office until late July, and will have to renegotiate the deal with Brussels and get it passed by parliament – all before 31 October, alongside the threat of a General Election. 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Hooper Bay loses fourth young adult to apparent suicide

first_imgCommunity | Mental Health | SouthwestHooper Bay loses fourth young adult to apparent suicideOctober 12, 2015 by Lakeidra Chavis, KYUK Share:Hooper Bay. (Creative Commons photo by Travis)The village of Hooper Bay has suffered another loss. A fourth person has died by suicide.Alaska State Troopers received a call that 21-year-old Carl Dominic Robert Joe had died from an apparent suicide Saturday afternoon, according to an online trooper dispatch.Joe’s death comes less than a week after three other young adults have died.In late September, 26-year-old Noel Tall died from suicide. Less than a week later, 24-year-old Eric Tomaganuk died by suicide, according to troopers.Troopers believe the deaths are related.Two days later, the village suffered another loss. Twenty-year-old Miranda Seton died by suicide after becoming distraught over Tomaganuk’s death, according to the online trooper dispatch.The remains of all four victims were sent to Anchorage for autopsy.Mental health experts say suicide is a complex issue and is not typically related to one event.Share this story:last_img read more

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With Help From Students, Big-Name Muralists Are Transforming a South L.A….

first_imgEducationArtWith Help From Students, Big-Name Muralists Are Transforming a South L.A. High SchoolShepard Fairey and other artists are making big changes at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in South ParkBy Lily Moayeri – May 16, 20195456ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13, and there are so many students at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School that it feels like the start of the day. They’ve gathered for the kick-off of the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, the second event in a series spearheaded by mural-making organization Branded Arts. The week-long festival, inaugurated in 2016 at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, brings 30 renowned and burgeoning artists—local and international—to LAUSD schools to beautify spaces throughout the campus with relatable murals that evoke positivity and pride.Even though most of the murals at Maya Angelou are in the prep phase at this point, the effects are already noticeable. Students from all grades, along with their parents and younger siblings, push rollers of orange paint across the basketball court. This is the first layer for artist Rob Hill’s contribution, an abstract design that uses his signature triangles and bright colors to convey balance and diversity.Artist Rob Hill with student volunteersSeth Spector“This project brings the kids together,” Hill says as he watches the progress. “Some of these kids probably don’t hang out with each other at school, but when you’re doing something everybody can be involved with, it brings them together.”Faith47 (aka Faith XLVII) has already finished her masterpiece. Three stories high, her rendition of a phoenix, symbolic of Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise,” is imposing and uplifting. On a corner wall that wraps around the school and stretches down San Pedro Street, the all-women-of-color collective Ni Santas directs a group of student roller-wielders in readying their area.Faith47’s muralSeth Spector“We chose wetlands, greens, people from the community, and historic buildings in the community,” Ni Santas’ Clover says of their mural. “People that aren’t famous and people that are famous. Roy Ayers came out of South Central, and the Dolphin family record store. The Central Avenue Jazz Festival on the corner of Central and Vernon and the Dunbar Hotel. We’re putting all of them in here.”Shepard Fairey works on his contributionSeth SpectorTwo days after the start of the project, Shepard Fairey arrives at the school to begin his mural, a portrait of Angelou. “I’m always trying to do work that connects with younger people whose world view is still taking shape,” says Fairey of his involvement with both mural festivals. “I want to impress upon them to use their creativity and voices in pursuit of their ideals.“I’m also a big admirer of Maya Angelou,” he continues, “I hope the power of the visuals inspire the students to look deeper into her ideas about social justice and to see that art can be a great way to initiate a conversation that might not happen otherwise.”Fairey is a long-time associate of Branded Arts’ public art curator/production manager Warren Brand. Branded Arts evolved into a mural company as a result of the attention-getting murals it commissioned to promote pop-up art shows in Culver City. The firm completed 35 murals in a two-block radius over a three-year span, but some of them were lost when buildings were torn down or sold to new owners.“The only way to inspire a real positive social change and major enrichment impact is to do something immersive.” —Warren Brand“You spend all this time creating art, you want it to stay,” says Brand, who arranges for Branded Arts to participate in many philanthropic art projects. “We were looking for a place to create art that would be culturally enriching and also a gift to the community. Permanent legacy projects for cities is what we’re interested in doing.”LAUSD campuses, especially the newer ones that won’t be demolished in the near future, are are natural fit. To match the diversity of the city’s students, the choice of artists is equally broad, thanks to Brand’s extensive network.Students walk past Add Fuel’s mural in progressSeth SpectorThis is in step with the vision of Hugo Carlos, Maya Angelou’s principal, who was born and raised in the neighborhood. “The school has been in transition and transformation with a focus on the community,” Carlos says. “We wanted to make sure what we were doing was inclusive and that it reflected the values and sensibilities of the community, at the same time honoring Maya Angelou and what she stood for.”Jr.’s “The Inside Out Project” incorporates images of students.Seth SpectorMembers of the community and the district, as well as administration, staff, and students, have been involved in the comprehensive creation of the mural festival. A new addition to the program is a three-day academic symposium with multiple workshops, culminating in the grand reception on Saturday May 18. Among the people and organizations offering programming are Self Help Graphics, LACMA artists, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Miguel, who is performing at the Grand Reception on Saturday night.“The only way to inspire a real positive social change and major enrichment impact is to do something immersive,” says Brand, who has spent so much time at the school and with the students, he’s considered honorary staff. “Thirty artists each time is a huge task, but it’s the right way to do it; then all the students are engaged in so many ways throughout the week. It’s how to create real transformation.”Maya Angelou Mural Festival Grand Reception, featuring a special talk and performance by Miguel, takes place Saturday, May 18, 4-9 p.m.; Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, 300 E. 53rd St., South Park. RELATED: This South African Street Artist Moved to L.A. to Explore the Politics of Being HumanStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. 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The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life

first_img Privacy Policy @sxbegle Tags geneticsprecision medicinerare disease [email protected] Hakonarson and his colleagues identified the mutation causing the boy’s illness, in which lymphatic vessels proliferate out of control and leak fluid into the lungs and other organs; engineered the mutation into zebrafish; waited for the fish to develop a piscine version of the boy’s disease; tested multiple drugs on the fish; found one that stopped the vessels’ kudzu-like growth; and got permission from federal health officials to try it on their young patient. Related: In the LabThe boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life Leave this field empty if you’re human: Although physicians can prescribe a drug for conditions other than those the Food and Drug Administration approved it for, Hakonarson was reluctant to do that. “We did not want to take the chance of giving a toxic, adult drug to a child” without outside experts deciding that the potential benefits outweighed the risks, he said.With FDA approval, the CHOP team gave Daniel trametinib. Within two months, his breathing improved. At three months, the fluid in his lungs had receded enough that he no longer needed supplemental oxygen. The swelling in his legs disappeared. An MRI showed that his lymphatic vessels reshaped themselves into something close to normal. It was the first time a drug had remodeled an entire organ system.“You try a lot of things in research and only a few work,” Seiler said. “It’s so great to go back into the clinic and treat” on the basis of what the zebrafish revealed.Now 14, Daniel plays basketball, rides his bicycle, and helps coach soccer.Experts not involved in the study cautioned that one success is suggestive, but not proof, that exome sequencing and targeted therapy will help patients with rare lymphatic anomalies. Still, “this is the first paper to implicate ARAF in vascular malformation and to demonstrate MEK inhibition may be effective,” said Dr. Matt Warman, a medical geneticist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “This is important since several clinicians are currently using MEK inhibitors in other patients whose vascular malformations are due to mutations.”The CHOP results would be more persuasive with more patients followed for longer, he said, but the researchers “have performed a service to patients affected by these distressing disorders.”Daniel’s case argues for clinical trials in which existing drugs, especially for cancer, are matched to the precise genetics of patients with lymphatic anomalies, said Sutton of Texas Children’s. Scientists in France reported last year that the Novartis breast cancer drug alpelisib (Piqray) saved 19 patients with vascular malformations similar to Daniel’s.“As we identify additional causes [of lymphatic anomalies], we should be able to do more mutation-specific therapies,” Warman said. Especially if zebrafish point the way. It worked, they reported in Nature Medicine on Monday, a success that shows “precision medicine” can be expanded well beyond cancers, where it has shown the greatest promise. Much like, say, lung cancer, the child’s illness, central conducting lymphatic anomaly, can be caused by any of several mutations. Each leads down a different biological road to the disease. Only a drug that targets the right road can stop the disease, just as blockading only the roads taken by an invading army can stop it from laying siege to a city.advertisement The tiny fish that has helped unlock the mysteries of human disease Sharon Begley The boy was quickly running out of options. His legs and belly were swelling like sponges, his lungs kept filling with fluid so badly that he needed an oxygen tank, and the extreme measures his physicians had tried worked only temporarily.“He got worse and worse and worse,” said Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, a pediatric lung specialist and director of the Center for Applied Genomics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). “He was going to die.”But the boy lived. Born with a rare, complex genetic condition, he owes his life to zebrafish, the nearly transparent creatures that have become the go-to lab animal in countless studies of genetics, development, and disease.advertisementcenter_img Related: Researchers not involved in the boy’s case said it made a compelling case for applying genetic techniques to lymphatic disorders, which strike about 1 in 4,000 newborns. “I think this approach definitely could be used clinically,” said medical geneticist Dr. V. Reid Sutton of Texas Children’s Hospital, which treats about 50 children with lymphatic anomalies every year. “It suggests that we should do this sort of genetic testing to identify where in the biological pathway the problem is and try to find a drug that targets it.”Daniel was 12 when his family took him to CHOP. As a little kid he had played competitive soccer and run a 5K in 25 minutes. But when he was 10 his legs suddenly began swelling, he had trouble breathing, and he couldn’t tolerate exercise. The Virginia hospital near the family’s home diagnosed a buildup of lymphatic fluid around his heart and drained it, but with lymphatic fluid continuing to leak in, it was like bailing out a boat without repairing the leak.Transferred to CHOP, Daniel received palliative treatment, including the cauterization of lymphatic vessels and sirolimus, an immune-suppressing drug (also called rapamycin) that helps some patients with one type of lymphatic disease but not others. But nothing helped for long, and sirolimus didn’t help at all.Daniel “was getting measured for a wheelchair and had to be tutored at home,” his mother said in a statement to CHOP. By Sharon Begley July 1, 2019 Reprints About the Author Reprints Hyacinth Empinado/STAT Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Hakonarson and his colleagues suspected that getting to the genetic root of the problem was Daniel’s only hope. They sequenced his exome, the part of the genome that produces proteins. A dozen genes that had previously been linked to lymphatic anomaly looked normal.But a gene on the X chromosome, called ARAF, didn’t. ARAF makes an enzyme called a kinase that adds dangly molecules to a cell’s proteins. Too much of that can cause a cell to proliferate so wildly it becomes cancerous or, in Daniel’s case, to sprout lymphatic vessels like creepers from a neglected patch of ivy. (Neither of his parents has the mutation. It arose by random bad luck when he was only a days-old embryo.) But the exact mechanism by which the lymphatic vessels proliferated was one that sirolimus doesn’t affect.ARAF mutations had never been linked to lymphatic disorders, however. Maybe it was an innocent bystander unrelated to Daniel’s now-life-threatening illness. To determine that, the scientists genetically engineered zebrafish embryos to carry the mutation.Within five days, the fish had developed a lymphatic system. “That’s one of the nice features of zebrafish,” said CHOP’s Christoph Seiler, who led this part of the study: “They develop lightning-fast.” With the ARAF mutation, what the quarter-inch-long fish developed were lymphatic vessels that grew and grew, just like Daniel’s.It was “proof that this mutation causes overgrowth” of lymphatic vessels, Hakonarson said.That was scientifically interesting, but the researchers had a dying patient. They gave groups of fish with the ARAF mutation one of 10 different drugs. “We just put it in the water and they take up the drug,” Seiler said. “You don’t need to inject it like you do with a mouse.”All the drugs are “MEK inhibitors,” which hit exactly the biological pathway that Daniel’s ARAF mutation takes the brakes off. The scientists anxiously examined the fish for evidence that the chaotic lymphatic vessel proliferation had stopped but that nothing else had been harmed.They had a winner: trametinib, a melanoma drug that Novartis sells as Mekinist. Please enter a valid email address. The maddening saga of how an Alzheimer’s ‘cabal’ thwarted progress toward a cure for decades last_img read more

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McKinsey agrees to $573 million settlement over advice given Purdue and other opioid makers

first_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED GET STARTED Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Feb. 4, 2021 Reprints Pharmalot Douglas Healey/AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? @Pharmalot What’s included?center_img McKinsey agrees to $573 million settlement over advice given Purdue and other opioid makers About the Author Reprints The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm has reached a $573 million settlement with 47 states over its work advising Purdue Pharma and other drug makers to aggressively market opioid painkillers.This is the first national settlement to emerge from the massive opioid litigation filed by state, county, and local governments against opioid manufacturers over the past several years. The deal is also the first to result in a substantial payment to the states to address the epidemic. The funds will be used for prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More Tags legalopioidspublic healthlast_img read more

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Rural local link evening bus timetables announced

first_img Facebook The much talked about ‘rural local link’ bus service began in Laois on Friday June 22.This is a pilot scheme and the first services in Emo, Mountrath and Castletown took place over the weekend.Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, welcomed the new bus.She said: “I am really pleased that the proposal which I made at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and during the course of the debate on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill has now resulted in this new evening service for Offaly and Laois.“I would particularly like to thank Deputy Martin Heydon for the work that he has done on behalf of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party who agreed with my initial proposal.“Late evening services will also operate in Emo and the surrounding area and Mountrath, Ballyfin and Castletown.“The services will be operating on an exploratory basis and passengers will be required to book in advance as this is a door to door service.“This is a new service and I hope it will benefit those who wish to get out and about in the evenings. As it is a pilot scheme, the more it is used, the better chance it has of being retained.“I would encourage all those living along the new routes in the areas chosen in Offaly and Laois to try out the new evening services and ensure it is a success.“During the debate on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill, the huge concerns about rural social isolation were brought to the fore. This new service is about connecting our communities and ensuring our rural transport services work to meet people’s needs.“This bus service extension into the evening will be particularly useful for people living alone who require transport to and from social events, their local card drive, fundraisers, to meet friends and participate in community events.“I strongly believe our rural transport network has the potential to link many parts of rural Ireland and improve connectivity for rural dwellers around the country, if it is properly structured and resourced.”The bus costs €5 return and €3 single. Rural local link evening bus timetables announced Twitter Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Gardai launch investigation after crash in Laois requires air ambulance WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Facebook Previous articleGovernment accused of turning its back on Laois villages following Post Office closureNext articleLaois Blinds & Curtains have the perfect solution to keep flies out of your home this summer Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.center_img Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home News Rural local link evening bus timetables announced News TAGSbus service Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Community WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 25th June 2018 last_img read more

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Qwest proposes changes to AlphaDelta Canadian Prosperity Class fund

first_img Keywords Fund managers Tessie Sanci If the fund’s unitholders approve the new objective, the fund’s investment strategies will change — as will its name, which will become AlphaDelta Canadian Focused Equity Class. The firm will also reduce the management fees payable by the fund as follows: Series A shares will decrease to 2% a year from 2.5% a year Series F shares will decrease to 1% a year from 1.5% a year Series G shares will decrease to 0.6% a year from 0.75% a year The meeting to seek shareholder approval will occur on or about Dec. 21. If approval is received, all proposed changes are expected to be implemented on or about Dec. 30. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers Vancouver-based Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. is proposing changes that will affect the investment objective, name and management fees connected to the firm’s AlphaDelta Canadian Prosperity Class. The proposal includes amending the fund’s fundamental investment objective to state that the fund will provide long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equities of Canadian and foreign companies. center_img Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Education Ministry to Roll Out Career Advancement Programme for Secondary Students in January

first_imgRelatedEducation Ministry to Roll Out Career Advancement Programme for Secondary Students in January RelatedEducation Ministry to Roll Out Career Advancement Programme for Secondary Students in January RelatedEducation Ministry to Roll Out Career Advancement Programme for Secondary Students in January Education Ministry to Roll Out Career Advancement Programme for Secondary Students in January EducationDecember 16, 2009center_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Come January 2010, the Ministry of Education will roll out a multi-million dollar Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which will ensure that students leaving secondary school are literate and numerate, and have some form of technical and vocational qualification for post-secondary placement.Phase one of the initiative, budgeted to cost $82 million will cater to 2,000 students age 16 to 18 years, and will be rolled out in 11 high schools, with the addition of two senior grades (12 and 13) in the targeted institutions to facilitate the programme.Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, who provided details of the project in the House of Representatives yesterday (December 15), said that CAP aims primarily, to stem the problem of youth being unattached because of inadequate education and skills.According to the Education Minister, some 26,000 students leave secondary school without any form of qualification each year. Last year, from the cohort of 51,676 students, only 40,690 were enrolled in school, and of this number some 10,986 left the school system at grade nine.Moreover, he lamented, 9,086 young people would not have sat any form of examination and some 6,004 failed all Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) subjects.The intention is to reverse this trend by broadening students’ knowledge base and helping them to make appropriate subject choices and in the final two years, under CAP “they can move that knowledge into a skill that will get them into a career. That’s the strategy behind it,” Minister Holness stated.Students will benefit from diagnostic aptitude and capability assessment; career counselling; a mix of school and work-based apprenticeship; and classes outside of the regular school hours. The final stage of the programme involves career orientation and job placement.The 11 schools, which will participate in the pilot are: Herbert Morrison Technical High in St. James; Kemps Hill Comprehensive High in Clarendon; Haile Selassie, St. Anne’s, St. Vincent Strambi, Edith Dalton James, and Penwood high schools in Kingston; Morant Bay High, St. Thomas; and Charlemont, Dinthill, and Bogwalk High, in St. Catherine.Mr. Holness explained that the intention is to have the programme become a standard feature of the education system “(but) we could not implement the programme in one go, because there are many unquantified variables.”“We decided to go with selected schools where they have already started a similar programme, where they have under-capacity, and where they have technical capacity, so that we could test to see what variations to the programme will be needed when we decide to go full-scale,” he explained.The CAP is being implemented in partnership with the HEART Trust NTA, the National Youth Service (NYS), the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), and the National Transformation Programme. Persons will receive certification from HEART upon successfully completing their course of study.It is being facilitated under the Compulsory Education Policy (CEP), which is currently being developed, and will seek to ensure that all children from age three to 18, are attached to, and are attending structured learning and training programmes.The HEART’s School Leavers Programme, and the NYS’ Placement Programme, are being reviewed to create greater synergies and to assist CAP. The review is to be completed by February 2010.last_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, October 30

first_imgPinterest Facebook Email Trending Story:Napa Vineyard Worker Dies After Getting Pulled into Grape-Picking MachineA worker was killed Monday afternoon at a Napa vineyard after getting stuck in a grape harvesting machine. The Napa man was working near the machine at Deconinck Vineyards when his clothing caught in it, pulling him in and killing him…Today’s News:Making Big Data Work for Wine“Data doesn’t always tell the truth,” said Paul Mabray, CEO of Emetry in his opening remarks of the Wine Industry Data Summit, setting the tone for an inspirational series of talks about the challenges and opportunities the wine industry faces for using data to better understand and engage wine consumers in an effective and purposeful way…Wineries Seek Exclusive AppellationsIn a world where labels and branding drive trends more than ever, being part of a designated appellation seems like the world’s biggest sales advantage for wineries-that is, until it’s not…Uncovering Blind Spots to Differentiate Your BrandWinery owners-most business owners, for that matter-live and breathe their brands. They believe in them wholly and unconditionally…California Wine 2018 Harvest ReportGallo Will Expand into Vacant Seneca Fruit Cannery in ModestoCan Terroir Cross State Lines?Winemaking Wilson Family Plans Taproom in Old Sonoma Cider Space in HealdsburgDemand for H-2A Guest Workers Continues to SoarCalifornia’s Harvest ‘Played Out Like a Dream’Consorzio Vini Valpolicella Hosts VEP Contest: A Competition for Wine ProfessionalsDelivery Solutions to Power Nationwide, Same-Day Delivery for Total Wine & MoreBordeaux Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2019 UnveiledForget Appellations – Why Buyers Need to Focus on Etna’s TerroirCellar Door Survey Shines Light on Direct Sales Opportunities for WineriesBlogs:Women in Wine-Survey Says, It’s Getting Better‘Normal’ Growing Season in Lodi Could Make for an Epic VintageIntroducing Pennsylvania WineErasing Montepulciano ConfusionAre You a Builder or Activator?WineIndustry.Jobs:Technical Sales Representative – North Bay CaliforniaGusmer Enterprises, Inc. – Sonoma, CA, USAWine Sales RepresentativeLouis Glunz Wines – Chicago, IL, USASales ManagerWestern Square Industries – Stockton, CA, USA , United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Dream Big with Danica Patrick: Crushing Gender Barriers at High SpeedTrefethen Family’s Next-Generation Leaders Prepare for the FutureShore to Shore – Young Winemaker Pursues His PassionWinemaker Christian Moreau on Life in ChablisBeing a Woman Winemaker of Color Means You ‘Have to Work Harder and Smarter Than Everyone Else’Supplier News:Evaluating DTC Wine Shippers – What to Look for If You Are Seeking a Strategic PartnerVineyard Decline Etiology UpdateWebinar Recap: Routes to Markets with John HinmanCompliance Service of America New Publisher for The Digest of Wine and Spirits LawMore Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:BACA Wines to Host Holiday Drive EventAncient Wine Geek Gifting Dilemma Solved in Time for HolidaysRuffino Expands Prosecco Production with $34 million of Vineyards, WineryRisata® Introduces New 187ml Moscato D’asti Single-Serve BottlesWineries to Watch 2018 Linkedin TAGSBordeauxChablisConstellation BrandsE & J Gallo WineryHinman & CarmichaelLodiPennsylvania WinesTerroirTotal Wine & MoreTrefethen Family VineyardsVino Nobile di MontepulcianoWilson FamilyWine Australia ReddIt Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, October 30Afternoon BriefVideoAfternoon Brief, October 30By Editor – October 30, 2018 65 0 center_img Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Share Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Advertisement Twitter Previous articleConsorzio Vini Valpolicella Hosts VEP Contest: A Competition for Wine ProfessionalsNext articleHoliday Sales Editorlast_img read more

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Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

first_imgHomeNewsBiden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits Apr. 09, 2021 at 6:00 amNewsBiden orders gun control actions — but they show his limitsAssociated Press2 months agoBidengun controlNews ALEXANDRA JAFFE, AAMER MADHANI and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressPresident Joe Biden put on a modest White House ceremony Thursday to announce a half-dozen executive actions to combat what he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment” of gun violence in America.But he said much more is needed. And for Biden, who proposed the most ambitious gun-control agenda of any modern presidential candidate, his limited moves underscored his limited power to act alone on guns with difficult politics impeding legislative action on Capitol Hill.Biden’s new steps include a move to crack down on “ghost guns,” homemade firearms that lack serial numbers used to trace them and are often purchased without a background check. He’s also moving to tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead.The president’s actions delivered on a pledge he made last month to take what he termed immediate “common-sense steps” to address gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue. His announcement came the same day as yet another episode, this one in South Carolina, where five people were killed.But his orders stop well short of some of his biggest campaign-trail proposals, including his promise to ban the importation of assault weapons, his embrace of a voluntary gun buyback program and a pledge to provide resources for the Justice Department and FBI to better enforce the nation’s current gun laws and track firearms.And while gun control advocates lauded Thursday’s moves as a strong first step in combating gun violence, they, too, acknowledged that action from lawmakers on Capitol Hill is needed to make lasting change.“Some of the other big-ticket items are legislative,” said Josh Horowitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “And that’s going to be very difficult.”Biden mentioned a formidable list of priorities he’d like to see Congress tackle, including passing the Violence Against Women Act, eliminating lawsuit exemptions for gun manufacturers and banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. He also called on the Senate to take up House-passed measures to close background check loopholes.But with an evenly-divided Senate — and any gun control legislation requiring 60 votes to pass — Democrats would have to keep every member of their narrow majority on board while somehow adding 10 Republicans.Horowitz said “it’s hard to think” who those Republicans would be, and though that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to win gun control “we’re going to have to change some of the people who are in the Senate.”Gun-control advocates say the National Rifle Association’s legal and financial issues have greatly weakened the once-mighty pro-gun lobby and helped turn the public tide in favor of some restrictions on gun ownership. They say a shift in public perception will eventually trickle down to Republicans on Capitol Hill.But so far that hasn’t materialized in votes. The House passed two bills in March largely along party lines that would expand and strengthen background checks for gun sales and transfers, a move that has broad public support. But most Republicans argue that strengthened checks could take guns away from law-abiding gun owners.A small bipartisan group of senators is trying to find compromise based on a 2013 deal that would have expanded background checks to gun shows and internet sales but was rejected then by five votes. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said at a rally in his state last week that he is talking to his colleagues every day to come a deal, and that he believes the public is more supportive than ever of changes.Murphy acknowledged last weekend on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the background check bill that passed the House isn’t likely to succeed in the Senate, But he suggested a more narrowly tailored bill might, and said he was working to build on that legislation to win over Republican support.“You are going to have to make some reasonable accommodations if you want 10 Republican votes. And I am already talking to Republicans who are not unwilling to sit down at the table,” he said.Even some of the limited moves Biden took Thursday had already been making their way through the bureaucracy.The federal government has been working on a proposed rule that would change the definition of a firearm to include lower receivers, the essential piece of a semiautomatic rifle, in an effort to combat the proliferation of “ghost guns” and stave off losing court battles on the issue.The process started in the waning months of the Trump administration, according to four people familiar with the matter. Justice Department leaders and officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been working on language for a proposed rule since at least the summer of 2020, they said.The proposal had gone through several layers of review by agency attorneys by last fall, and ATF officials have met with gun manufacturers and others to discuss the possibility of expanding the definition of a firearm, the people said.They could not publicly discuss the details of the process and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.While Biden said the moves he took Thursday were just the beginning of his administration’s actions on guns, it’s not known what further steps he’ll be willing — or able — to take.With Biden already focused on passing his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, after delivering a massive COVID-19 relief bill, it’s unclear how much political capital he has to spend to get any gun-control bills across the finish line. Asked last month if he felt he had the political sway to pass new gun laws, Biden told reporters, “I don’t know. I haven’t done any counting yet.”Some activists, while they praised Biden for his executive actions on Thursday, said they wanted to see him more actively involved in the fight on Capitol Hill.“I think he needs to engage directly and I think he needs to be counting the votes. I’m not sure what he’s waiting for,” said Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America.Volsky said his group would like to see Biden lay out a comprehensive package of reforms focused on gun violence, similar to what the administration has done on immigration. And he said Biden “could do more in using the presidential bully pulpit” to communicate with the public about the need for gun control measures and to pressure Congress to act.“As he pointed out on the campaign trail, repeatedly, there’s no time to wait to act on this issue. 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