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Solid as a rock? – Edinburgh

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Disabled athletes to ‘mingle’ with nondisabled peers at SOIna event

first_imgTopics : Daniel said the event has been an effort to give disabled athletes more social platforms where they could develop self-confidence in building healthy relationships with their nondisabled peers. The event was made possible thanks to a cooperation agreement between the Special Olympics Indonesia and the Leo Clubs Lion Club district B1, part of the Lion Club international social organization that support the Special Olympics worldwide, including in Indonesia. A month-long event that has been tailored to allow intellectually disabled athletes to meet with their nondisabled fellow athletes is set to start in Jakarta on Feb.1. The event, dubbed the Unified Basketball LEOLYMPICS 2.0, is to be held at the Bina Bangsa School complex in West Jakarta.“We are aiming at creating and promoting social inclusion where both disabled and ‘normal’ athletes could learn to team up and work as a team,” Daniel Seminariyanto, sports manager of Special Olympics Indonesia said recently.During the event, besides competing in basketball, all participants would also learn more about unified sports, a sports platform that allows people of all conditions to do sports together. Through this, it is expected that social interactions between people with different conditions would allow them to learn and develop social skills and awareness.last_img read more

Equinor wins five new operatorships offshore Norway

first_imgThe West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland – Equinor)Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on Monday offered Equinor seven licences in the 24th licensing round – five operatorships and two partner positions, as part of its 24th licensing round.  As previously reported, the Norwegian government on Monday offered 12 new production licenses in total to 11 companies.Following the offer, Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, said: “We have a clear ambition of maintaining profitable production at today’s level on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) until 2030 and beyond. It is therefore crucial that we are awarded new exploration acreage beyond already opened areas.”The award includes a commitment well in the southwestern part of the Barents Sea. Equinor has also been offered an interesting licence in deep waters in a frontier part of the Vøring Basin in the Norwegian Sea.Nicholas Ashton, Equinor head of exploration on the NCS, commented: “This award is in line with Equinor’s exploration strategy, securing us access at scale. Exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) is becoming ever more challenging. It is important to Norway and the companies to map remaining commercial resources both in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. We see the need for testing new exploration models and that is what we aim for in these licences. Proving alternative exploration models is the best way of fully mapping the NCS resources.”“We have built on our 40-year history in North Norway and our long exploration experience from the Barents Sea. We therefore want to clarify the potential in the western margin of the Barents Sea and in the Hoop area around Wisting. A Equinor team has worked for a long time on preparing this application, and I am very proud of everyone who has coopered across Equinor to secure the award we received today,” says Ashton.In contrast to the awards of the 23rd licensing round, the majority of these awards are less mature and therefore require more work before the drilling candidates are ready. Consequently, Equinor will gather and interpret data before the licences are presented to the partners who will decide on any drilling of exploration wells.“Our drilling campaign in 2017, and the cooperation we have seen in the industry through Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration (BaSEC) prove that we can drill safely and in a commercially competitive way in these areas,” indicates Ashton.“This as a great opportunity for us. We firmly believe that if we find a sufficient amount of resources we will be able to develop them in a profitable and sustainable manner,” concludes Nicholas Ashton.In the 24th licensing round Equinor has been offered new production licences in the following areas:100 % share and operator for production licence PL957 (blocks 6201/6 og 6202/4)50 % share and operator for production licence PL959 (blocks 6503/8, 11, 12 og 6504/10, 11)40 % share and operator for production licence PL960 (blocks 7018/4, 5)50 % share and operator for production licence PL961 (blocks 7116/6 og 7117/4, 5)70 % share and operator for production licence PL966 (blocks 7325/2, 3, 6, 8, 9 og 7326/4, 7, 8, 9 og 7327/7, 8 og 7426/10, 11)30 % share and partner for production licence PL963 (blocks 7422/10, 11)  – AkerBP is the operator35 % share and partner for production licence PL537B (block 7324/4)  – OMV is the operatorlast_img read more

Couple face up to seven years in jail for running under age prostitutes ring

first_imgStuff 15 January 2017Family First Comment: The Prostitutes Collective say this is rare – but it’s not. It’s just that the police struggle to be able to investigate under the silly laws. As quoted by an expert…“Until New Zealand acknowledges that people are being forced or coerced to provide sexual favours for other people’s profit, professionals aren’t going to be on the lookout for these types of situations.”ExactlyAn Auckland father of two and the mother of his children have been charged with helping underage women into sex work.The 33 year-old man and his 23-year-old fiancee jointly face three charges laid under the Prostitution Reform Act of assisting three young people into providing commercial sexual services.The young women named in the court documents are aged 15, 16, and 17 and were allegedly helped into the work in 2015 and 2016.Under the Act it is illegal to pay sex workers under the age of 18, or to employ them.The charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.The pair are yet to enter a plea and have been bailed to reappear in the Auckland District Court at the end of January. They were granted name suppression at earlier appearances.Both declined to comment on the charges, but said the situation was “complicated”.“As I’m sure you can understand the privacy for our young children are paramount. As you have already described the charge is unusual and very complicated,” the Auckland man said.Prostitutes’ Collective national coordinator Catherine Healy said it was unusual to hear of people being prosecuted for assisting young people into sex work.She believed the majority of licensed brothel owners and operators did their due diligence when it came to employing workers, but there had been instances where licensees had been duped by fake IDs, she said.Under current legislation, police must obtain a warrant before they can check on the ages of brothel workers, Healy said.“I know that these critics would like to see the police go into brothels to check that they’re all over 18 and we had that system and it failed dismally. It was just ridiculous. It was silly. It didn’t work at all,” she said.Academic and forced prostitution researcher Natalie Thorburn said there was a lack of awareness among agencies about what constituted sex trafficking or exploitation.“As a nation, we’re now a lot more comfortable with responding to family violence and to sexual violence – now we need to see that same progress with categories of crime that don’t fit neatly into those types of violence,” she said.“At present, it doesn’t seem to be something we actively look for or have a lot of knowledge about how to responding to.“Until New Zealand acknowledges that people are being forced or coerced to provide sexual favours for other people’s profit, professionals aren’t going to be on the lookout for these types of situations.”READ MORE: read more

Lost Voices in the Transgender Debate – Hands Across the Aisle

first_imgFamily First Comment: Well worth the watch. As the debate over transgenderism and gender identity continues to divide the nation, a politically diverse group of women came together to form a coalition called Hands Across the Aisle. They believe that defining sex based on gender identity instead of biological sex is harmful to women.As the debate over transgenderism and gender identity continues to divide the nation, a politically diverse group of women came together to form a coalition called Hands Across the Aisle. They believe that defining sex based on gender identity instead of biological sex is harmful to women.last_img read more

Moses Simon: It was difficult adjusting to life in Europe

first_img The Nantes forward, who is on loan from Levante, has now spent seven years in Europe since signing a pre-contractual agreement with AFC Ajax on 10th May 2013 while at GBS Academy before making his first appearance for the Dutch club on 13 July 2013 in pre-season friendly match against De Graafschap. The Super Eagles winger shared his experience during his early days in Europe in a live Instagram interview with Ojbsports. “It was difficult adjusting to life in Europe. For the first two days we were put in a hotel but I couldn’t eat the food. They served pork and I don’t eat pork, so I survived on bread and water. Eventually they placed me with an English speaking family as my guardians. Narrating his grass to grace story, the 24-year-old said,”I was born in Kaduna with my first academy being GBS academy. Early days I would train three times a day. I would get up at 5am for a run getting back at 7.30am. I would then do ball work with Innocent Bonke who now plays for Malmö between 9am and 11am. Finally I would play Street football in the afternoon. My father was in the army. “I went for screening with Kaduna United, but they were dragging it out for 8 months. I had to hustle for transport fare to be going for screening everyday. We (Innocent and I) would do bricklaying to get money for transport. “One day I got a call from GBS academy. They offered me twice the money being offered by Kaduna academy. At that time the KD United players had not even been paid for five months.The coach drove to my house that night to give me the money and said, let’s go. Of course I couldn’t just leave, I had to consult with my family. “My dad didn’t want me to play, rather to stay in school. So I chose a secondary school that plays football I was still a young boy. GBS academy became my first club eventually. read also:Moses Simon welcomes permanent Nantes stay “I eventually moved to Ajax youth team in Amsterdam before Trencin in Slovakia and KAA Gent in Belgium. I enjoyed playing with the left back in Gent, Nana Aware, a Ghanaian. We played very well together and used to communicate on the pitch in pigin English. It was whilst I was at Ajax that I got the call up for the Under 20,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria international Moses Simon has revealed that it took him time before he could adapt to life in Europe, reports. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Negros Occidental turns over nearly P5-M crop insurance fund to PCIC

first_imgCROP INSURANCE. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd from left) turns over the PHP4.92-million check to Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. Regional Manager Eva Laud during their meeting at the Provincial Capitol on Thursday (October 10, 2019). The amount is the provincial government’s additional allocation for farmers’ premiums. The event was witnessed by Jose Ma. Torres (right), head of PCIC-Negros Occidental, and Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino (left). Photo courtesy of PIO Negros Occidental The P840 enrollment premium percropping season will be shouldered by the provincial government as a loan.  In the first half of the year, theprovince’s agriculture sector, excluding sugarcane, incurred production lossesof about P174 million due to El Niño.  Masculino said calamities can happenanytime, and it’s better for farmers to be enrolled for them to receiveindemnity claims.      The Office of the ProvincialAgriculturist is implementing the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program(NFUCIP) in partnership with the PCIC.   After Tropical Storm Falcon, ricefarmers reported losses amounting to P17.7 million. A total of 1,584 farmerswere affected, with 2,529 hectares of farms in 59 barangays of six localitiesin southern Negros. BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidentalprovincial government released P4.92 million to the Philippine Crop InsuranceCorp. (PCIC) as additional allocation for farmers’ premiums last week.      Under the NFUCIP, farmers may avail ofthe P17,000 claim per hectare of damaged farms. Following drought from January to Junethis year, the PCIC distributed at least P64 million in claims to about 13,000farmers in Negros Occidental. Provincial agriculturist JaphetMasculino recently said the Provincial Board approved the additional fund inJuly in the wake of natural calamities affecting the province’s agriculturesector. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson on Oct. 10turned over the check to PCIC regional manager Eva Laud during their meeting atthe Provincial Capitol with PCIC-Negros Occidental head Jose Ma. Torres andMasculino.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Police open inquiry into historical child sex abuse at London football clubs

first_img(REUTERS) – British police said they had launched an investigation into allegations of historical child sex crimes at London soccer clubs following a wave of reports from former players that they had been abused as youngsters.Last week, police said about 350 victims had come forward to report sexual abuse within soccer clubs across the country from the 1970s onwards and indicated the number was likely to rise.The revelations of the attacks suffered by former professionals have raised fears that sexual predators had for years been using their roles at clubs to prey on young players.“We take all the allegations we receive very seriously and they will be dealt with sensitively,” Det. Chief Supt Ivan Balhatchet from London police said in a statement.“Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whatever the circumstances, or has any relevant information should contact their local police or the NSPCC (charity).”The investigation will look at allegations involving London clubs although the police declined to say which ones.On Saturday, Chelsea issued a public apology to former striker Gary Johnson for the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and said it had been wrong to insist on a confidentiality clause when paying him compensationJohnson, 57, had revealed the day before that he had been abused by former Chelsea chief scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s, receiving £50 000 from the club in settlement in 2015.last_img read more

Students, faculty discuss bike lanes, future plans

first_imgA panel of students, faculty and staff Tuesday offered solutions to improving the on-campus bike lanes, but did not reach any definite solutions.The event was part of the Office of Campus Activities’ monthly Campus Conversation series held at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 450. The panel was moderated by Associate Senior Vice President of the Career and Protective Services Charlie Lane and  drew a crowd of approximately 20 students.Safety first · A student rides on Childs Way in the early afternoon. Some students and faculty want to expand the bike lanes around campus. — Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanThe panelists, including student leaders and faculty and Dept. of Public Safety members, evaluated the effectiveness of the bike lanes. The bike lanes, which are a joint project by USC Student Affairs and the Undergraduate Student Government, were added on Trousdale Parkway at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. The lanes stretch from McClintock to 34th streets, and are enforced Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In a given day, there are approximately 12,000 bikes on campus, Lane said.Alison Kendall, the principal architect of Kendall Planning + Design, the firm hired by USC, to assess possible solutions to bike collisions and parking problems, said bike lanes increase campus safety by regulate biker traffic.“By providing a bike circulation and master plan on campus, we will be able to prevent many bike conflicts,” Kendall said. “Most cyclists on campus have never used a bike before coming to USC — that accounts for a lot of the problems we’re seeing now.”All panelists acknowledged that, though the bike lanes were an effective first step, improvements still need to be made in regulating and enforcing them.“Bikers like the bike lanes because they can move more efficiently than navigating through people. The issue that we’re seeing is the implementation of these lanes. It takes USC students a long time to adjust to these changes. This applies to both pedestrians and bikers,” USG President Mikey Geragos said.Director of the Office for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Paula Swinford attributed the slow assimilation to these changes because of the mindset of young adults.“It’s very hard to get an 18-year-old to follow the rules when the rules are flexible,” Swinford said. “They begin to think that the rules don’t matter unless [they] see DPS.”Though Swinford believes the strict implementation is necessary, DPS Chief John Thomas said he does not want to enforce the bike lanes by handing out traffic citations.“[DPS] purposefully doesn’t want to go down that path,” Thomas said. “It does have an impact because that provides order, but that’s not the ideal model. We prefer the culture to adhere to it. We’re just not at that point yet.”Thomas also attributed the disinterest in citing students to the fact that patrolling the bike lanes is very time-consuming and expensive for the department.Assistant Director of Campus Affairs Logan Heley, though not a fan of citations, said educating students about the rules was necessary for improving the bike lanes.Heley and his committee are currently working on creating a section during freshman orientation where incoming students complete homework and watch a video about on-campus bicycle safety. Heley is also looking to start a bike student ambassador program where students patrol fellow students on the bike lanes.Geragos agreed that, in some cases, peer regulation is more likely to change students’ habits than reprimands from DPS.“Students have to make it their goal for other students to understand how the process is working,” Geragos said. “Once you see the system working as it’s supposed to, it benefits everyone involved. It’s our job as students to let them know that there are systems in place that they need to follow.”Kendall panelists advocated to expand the bike lanes around campus to extend the uniformity of the policy, while other panelists, like Swinford, thought setting limits on the amount of bikes on campus was the best course of action.“It would be very convenient for me to park my car in front my building, but I don’t because there’s rules about that,” Swinford said. “If there were more rules about bikes we could really see a shift among students.”Many students had mixed reactions about regulating bike lanes in the coming semesters. Camille Wu, a junior majoring in public policy, management and business, said she believes biking will continue to be an integral aspect of the university’s culture, even if the bike lanes are regulated.“Biking is an important and healthy lifestyle choice,” said Wu, who rode a bike last semester but does not ride it as frequently now. “Creating a campus that is both bicycle-safe and pedestrian-friendly can help contribute to that. That’s something that the campus should emphasize.”Some students said the bike lanes could not easily be implemented with just educational tools.“It’s not an education issue. Instead it’s an experience and reinforcement issue,” said Alex Elavitt, a Ph.D. candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism communication program who commutes to campus on bike. “There are different bike cultures on campus: those who regularly bike on the road versus cruising bikers. Cruisers are the ones who cause issues and collide with others.”Though many students spoke from a daily on-campus perspective, one of the most passionate audience member reactions did not come from a student. Otto Khera, the senior manager of research and evaluation at the Center for Scholarly Technology, noted that the regulation of bike lanes served an important function on campus, but it should not come at the expense of encouraging greater bike movement off-campus.“I hope we don’t lose sight of what our civic responsibility is. USC students are the most courteous and professional students out there — except when it comes to biking,” Khera said. “There’s a sea of change out there: The number of bikers is growing, the city is adding more bike lanes and if we really try we can show everyone that even in the most unlikely place — the center of busy L.A. — bikes can thrive in here as well.”last_img read more

Sars will need to improve shooting to reach Munster final

first_imgThe intercounty star believes they can’t afford to hit the number of wides they recorded against Ballygunner last weekend in Sunday’s semi-final against Ballyea.Sars will play the Clare kingpins at Cusack Park in Ennis.Padraig is hoping the lessons of their quarter-final tie will be learned. Tipp FM will have live coverage of the AIB Munster senior club hurling championship semi-final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballyea on Sunday afternoon.  Our coverage gets underway at 1.50pm.last_img read more