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Councillor concerned at Castlederg anti social behaviour

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ Councillor concerned at Castlederg anti social behaviour By News Highland – March 22, 2010 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Strabane Councillor has described a recent increase in anti social behaviour in and around Castlederg as unacceptable.Derg based Councillor Derek Hussey says that recently there has been a major increase in attacks on businesses premises with windows being smashed and other damaged caused.In some cases the same businesses have been targetted on more than one occasion.Councillor Hussey wants anyone with information to contact police: Google+ Facebook Previous articleAttack on 67 year-old Strabane woman “shocking and sickening”Next articleDonegal IFA meeting to discuss REPS scheme News Highland center_img Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

In Markaz Case, Delhi High Court Directs Centre To File Affidavit Clarifying Stand On Restrictions On Congregations

first_imgNews UpdatesIn Markaz Case, Delhi High Court Directs Centre To File Affidavit Clarifying Stand On Restrictions On Congregations Shreya Agarwal13 April 2021 9:29 AMShare This – xHearing a plea by the Delhi Waqf Board seeking permission for devotees to pray at the masjid in Nizamuddin Markaz during the period of Ramdaan, the Delhi High Court bench of Justice Mukta Gupta today directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to state on affidavit the stand taken today that all religious, political, academic, social, sports etc gatherings have been barred by the Delhi…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginHearing a plea by the Delhi Waqf Board seeking permission for devotees to pray at the masjid in Nizamuddin Markaz during the period of Ramdaan, the Delhi High Court bench of Justice Mukta Gupta today directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to state on affidavit the stand taken today that all religious, political, academic, social, sports etc gatherings have been barred by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in light of spiking Covid-19 numbers in the capital.The submission was made a day after the centre told the Delhi High Court that the mosque could be made operational subject to DDMA’s Covid-19 guidelines.The Nizamuddin Markaz building has been locked since Mar 31 last year when it was vacated following a Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the initial days of the Covid-19 outbreak in Delhi and the rest of the country.Appearing for the Centre and Delhi Police, Mehta refuted the claim of the Board’s counsel, Sr. Adv. Ramesh Gupta that the restrictions were religiously discriminatory, and said, “There are 13,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in Delhi, Corona Virus cannot tell the difference between religions,” he said.Appearing for the Board, Sr. Adv. Gupta however pointed out that several religious activities were still going on with large congregations, including the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand.He prayed that atleast 50 people be allowed to assemble at the masjid tomorrow as opposed to the currently permitted 5, however, the court refused to pass a decision at this stage, instead directing the Centre to file a detailed affidavit on the matter.The court also rapped Delhi MLA Amanatullah Khan for a video he released claiming that the court had permitted community prayers at the masjid, after perusing a police report ordered by it earlier, in which it has been said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) attempted to “pressurise” the police into reopening the entire seven-storey building.In its inspection report the police has further stated that only upto 20 people could be accommodated inside the mosque while maintaining social distancing as per Covid-19 safety protocol.At present, only 5 people are allowed at a time to offer Namaz at the Markaz.Next Storylast_img read more

5.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Puerto Rico

first_imgpawel.gaul/iStock(NEW YORK) — A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Puerto Rico early Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Service.The quake struck off the southern coast of the U.S. territory in the Caribbean Sea at a shallow depth of 6 kilometers, or under 4 miles. The epicenter was recorded just 8 miles south of Indios, Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.It’s the latest in a string of earthquakes to hit the island’s southern region over the past several days.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Workplace counselling to grow in wake of tax break

first_imgWorkplace counselling to grow in wake of tax breakOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Experts are predicting a growth in workplace counselling as a result of taxbreaks promised by the Government.Counselling has traditionally be classed as a benefit in kind and subject totaxation. But the Inland Revenue quietly announced at the end of last year thatit would be exempting all counselling from tax as long as services aregenerally available to all employees. Previously the only exemption had beenwhere counselling was given in the wake of workplace disasters such as thePaddington rail crash. Counselling will also escape the imposition of national insurance onemployee benefits which will come into force from April.This liberalisation, combined with growing concerns about high stress levelsamong staff leading to high rates of sickness, is seen as a springboard foremployers to offer counselling. Employers, trade unions and counselling providers met with Inland Revenueofficials recently to discuss the detail of the new tax exemptions. Employers campaigned to change the law which they argued went againstattempts to reduce sickness absence and was often unworkable due to theinter-related nature of personal and work problems.Socpo president Rita Sammons, who attended the recent meeting, said theInland Revenue had shown it was willing to listen and its flexible approachwould help employers reduce absenteeism and provide employee counselling.She said that there are still questions to be answered, such as how todistinguish between counselling and treatment and whether there would be alimit on the number of sessions an employee can receive. The Inland Revenuesaid details will be published after the Budget. By Dominique Hammond Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The terrestrial arthropod fauna of the Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands

first_imgWe report the first detailed study of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna of the Byers Peninsula SSSI, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. Fourteen micro-arthropod taxa (10 Acari, four Collembola) and two Diptera are recorded, including the first record of the mite Edwardzetes dentifer from the maritime Antarctic. The first record of the midge Belgica antarctica from neighbouring Snow Island is also given. Population composition and density were described in samples from a wide range of terrestrial and freshwater habitats. There was no strong relationship between habitat and microarthropod species occurrence, although comparison of completely vegetated and more stony sites revealed greater population densities at the vegetated sites, and different species proportions at each. Some individual samples contained a wide range of species with none achieving numerical dominance, whilst others from superficially similar sites were dominated by one species. Dipterans were limited to a small number of lakes, streams and seepage areas, where they were sometimes abundant. Population density data and species occurrence are compared with previously published studies from the maritime Antarctic and elsewhere.last_img read more

Lee scores 15 to lead CS Bakersfield past S. Utah 70-67

first_img Tags: Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners/CIT/Greg Lee/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Brandon Better had 20 points for the Thunderbirds (17-17). Cameron Oluyitan added 13 points. Marin had 11 points. March 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local Lee scores 15 to lead CS Bakersfield past S. Utah 70-67 Southern Utah shot just 35.7 percent but made 33 of 48 free throws. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Greg Lee posted 15 points as Cal State Bakersfield narrowly beat Southern Utah 70-67 in the CIT second round on Monday night. Jarkel Joiner had 12 points for Cal State Bakersfield (18-15). Rickey Holden added 11 points. The Roadrunners were just 2 of 14 from 3-point range. Written by Justin McCall made 1 of 2 free throws for a three-point lead with 4.5 seconds left. Dre Marin dribbled down the court to the 3-point line, but his runner was short at the buzzer. Associated Presslast_img read more

A-list gluttony

first_imgNatives of LA love to complain about it: the pollution, the superficial, fastpaced lifestyle, the total lack of history and culture. These people live in LA for business, purely practical reasons, and once out of it they’ll move elsewhere: a calm and gentle place, a place with museums and opera houses, a place where everyone isn’t chasing their first million, a place where people have some spiritual and emotional sense, a place with people whose IQs don’t equal their weight in pounds. A place like San Francisco. It’s hard to live and survive in the movie business without being one of these types, and if you’re in LA you’re in it for the movies. That was certainly the reason I’d come to LA Not the films themselves perhaps, I could see them anywhere, but the movie culture: the stars, the sets, the general milieu. LA is the movie Mecca, the place where the deals are made, the pictures are shot, the stars are born. LA doesn’t have its own Empire State building; it doesn’t have the White House or Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn’t have Aspen mountains or Mississippi rivers. But LA has one thing unlike anywhere else on earth: more movie stars per square metre than every other place in the world. And those were the people I was there to see. Unfortunately I hadn’t arrived during Oscar season. It turned out the tickets were far too expensive and hotel prices (even hostels) were in the stratosphere. I guessed every movie geek in America made pilgrimage to Mecca at this time. So I arrived in winter, still sure that there would be enough movie stars wondering around the streets to satisfy my blood-lust. I booked into a hostel as close to the centre as I could afford. I’d heard that no one walks around the sprawling metropolis that is LA and the public transport system is nonexistent; and since I needed to be where all the action was (surprisingly there aren’t any hostels in Beverly Hills) I settled in Santa Monica, the next port of call for rich and famous. I’d prepared my trip like a paparazzo professional. After months of studying Hello!and Heat, I knew all the hangouts of the stars. I knew the glitzy vegan restaurant that fed Gwynnie and Madge, the nightclub where J-Lo liked to shake her booty. All these places had been filed in my memory and locations mapped out before I even arrived. I woke up bright and early on my first morning, rising with the LA sun and donning my jogging gear from a trip to Venice beach. Of course I had no intention of doing any exercise (being an Oxford student and not an LA starlet) but I knew that Johnny Depp took his morning excursion at said beach and I was going to witness it. Depp must be the sexiest creature in show business and probably the only thing that could get me out of bed at 6 am. So there I was, decked out in lycra, the fattest sight in a fifty mile radius, waiting for a glimpse of the high–cheekboned Adonis to rush past me. I waited and waited, my exposed parts slowly burning in the LA sun, and waited and waited. By the end of the morning I’d seen someone who closely resembled Luke Perry from 90210, an extra I remembered from an episode of Nash Bridges, and a dog-walker who I was pretty sure must have had a number of famous people’s dogs in his clutch. Such was my disappointment that I debated whether or not to follow the dog-walker back to his clients’ houses, in the hope that I might catch sight of Britney Spears or Brad Pitt. But I was in no fit state to encounter any of my idols. If there was anything worse than not meeting Brad Pitt, it would be meeting him while I closely resembled Edwina from Ab Fab. That being the case, I trekked back to my hostel to gather my wits, slather myself with sunblock and begin again. The next stop was The Viper Room, death place of River Phoenix and, I’d been reliably informed, the place to be for the young celebrity about town. This time I wore my hippest clubbing gear. I wasn’t deluded enough to think I could actually get in the club but I needed to blend in along Sunset Strip. As it was I blended in very well, spending the entire evening in an alleyway holding the arm of some filthy rich, desperately drunken teenager while she vomited the entire no-carb contents of her stomach all over my fake Manolos. Not quite the Hollywood experience I expected. A week later and the situation hadn’t improved. I’d covered half the square footage of LA and still any and every remotely famous person had eluded my grasp. I had images of Gorgeous George leaving eateries a few seconds after I’d entered them, of Winona Ryder dashing out of department stores before I’d had a chance to clock her, of Cruise and Cruz engaged in a kiss and make-up snogging session only a few feet away from me at any given time. I’d taken to nipping around street corners in the hopes of catching them unawares, of looking at the world through binoculars so I wouldn’t miss a thing. I’d even begun to follow the dog–walkers’ home. Unfortunately, despite my most concerted efforts, the situation didn’t improve. Two weeks in LA and the only remotely famous person I saw was the fat bloke from The Full Monty. A bloody Brit. I probably could have seen him down Camden Market. I packed my bags and headed for San Francisco. Maybe I’d bump into Britney in Maccy D’s.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

Dopapod Announces Two-Night Phish Baker’s Dozen After Party

first_imgIt’s April, and Summer is fast approaching. Usually, summertime means outdoor concerts at amphitheaters and festivals. However, in 2017, summertime means Phish’s “Baker’s Dozen” residency, which is slated to hit Madison Square Garden for thirteen shows in sixteen days between July 21st and August 6th. When Phish comes to NYC, phans can also look forward to a variety of post-show concerts intended to keep the party going late into the night. With Phish and their loyal base of fervent music fans in town for more than two weeks, NYC concert organizers are stepping up their games to deliver a full slate of surrounding shows by some of the most incredible bands in the improvisational music scene. With that in mind, Live For Live Music is teaming up with CEG Presents to bring Boston jam quartet Dopapod to New York for two Baker’s Dozen after-parties at the Gramercy Theatre on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th.The adventurous quartet has been on a tear this year after band members Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, and Chuck Jones reunited with their original drummer Neal “Fro” Evans to bring their exciting live show to increasingly rabid crowds of fans at venues up and down the northeast. With two nights of post-Phish throw downs lined up in NYC, fans can expect their patented mix of funky originals, impressive jams, and precise musicianship as they descend on the Gramercy Theater during the second weekend of Phish’s run.A limited amount of presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, 4/12 at noon EST. Sign up for the pre-sale code here. General on-sale will begin this Friday, 4/14 at noon EST. You can purchase single-day tickets (Friday, Saturday) or two-day passes here.– SHOW INFO –Show: CEG Presents & Live For Live Music Present: DopapodVenue: Gramercy Theatre – 127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010Price: $20 adv / $25 dos (Buy Friday, Saturday, and Two-Day Passes)Sign up for pre-sale code here. Public on-sale begins Fri, 4/14 at noon.Time: Doors 11:30pm / Show 12:00pmLive For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night Shows:July 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theatre (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Your Dopapod Show Of Choice:last_img read more

The art of political persuasion

first_imgPersuading people to support a particular candidate or party is an essential test of any political campaign. But precisely how to move voters successfully is a matter still not fully understood — and the raison d’etre for political strategists and pundits.In the fields of economics and political science, conventional wisdom has long held that people generally will act in ways that support their fundamental views and preferences. So, for example, while few observers would be surprised if a lifelong Democrat cast a vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, they might not expect a Republican to go against his or her own party affiliation and vote for her.The idea behind the “rational actor” theory ― that people seek to act in their own self-interest ― sounds perfectly logical. But it fails to explain what causes some voters to change their political views or preferences over time.Now, political scientists at Harvard and Stanford universities, drawing from longstanding social psychology research, have concluded that a person’s political attitudes are actually a consequence of the actions he or she has taken — and not their cause.In a new working paper, the researchers say changing political attitudes can be understood in the context of “cognitive dissonance,” a theory of behavioral psychology that asserts that people experience uneasiness after acting in a way that appears to conflict with their beliefs and preferences about themselves or others. To minimize that mental discomfort, the theory posits, a person will adapt his or her attitude to better fit with or justify previous actions.“There’s a whole host of things going on in social psychology, psychology, and behavioral economics about how humans act and how preferences are formed” that can shed more light on “why politics is the way it is,” said Matthew Blackwell, an assistant professor of government in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) who co-authored the paper with Maya Sen, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Avidit Acharya, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford.The paper offers a new framework for understanding the origin of political attitudes and preferences and how they may change over time, and presents a formal theory about how people adjust their political preferences in order to downplay cognitive dissonance, a theory that has predictive power.“I think this gives us a lot of insights into how people’s political attitudes come to be formed, and specifically how they change over time,” said Blackwell. “The more we think about these different mechanisms in people’s heads, I think the better we’re going to be able to … figure out what messages are going to work and what strategies are not going to work.”Blackwell says the findings offer the first formal theory of political attitude change framed within the context of cognitive dissonance, one that could offer new understanding across a range of political behaviors and help answer questions like what causes political partisanship, what drives ethnic and racial animosity, and how empathy with key social ties is so effective in shifting a person’s political views.The paper was inspired in part by prior research and a forthcoming book project, which examines the long-term impact of slavery on political attitudes in the American South and why white people who live in areas historically active during slavery still hold very conservative and hostile views on race more than 150 years after slavery ended.In today’s political world, the desire to reconcile cognitive dissonance drives the growing tendency of political candidates to emphasize apolitical qualities such as personality and demeanor while deliberately cultivating vagueness about their policy positions in an effort to minimize cognitive dissonance in voters’ eyes, said Blackwell.“The less they know about your policies, the less strife they’ll feel in voting for you if they disagree with you,” he said.The research also suggests that if political parties can get young people to vote for their candidates at an early age, that could “lock in benefits” over the long term. “What we know is that just the act of voting for a candidate seems to increase your affiliation toward that political party over time and makes you a more habitual voter over time,” said Blackwell.As for the upcoming 2016 presidential race, cognitive dissonance predicts that parties that have a very combative primary season, like the one expected to take place among a vast Republican field, are weakened going into a general election, “not necessarily because of the ‘beleaguered candidate’ or ‘tired candidate’ that we sometimes hear about, but more because there’s a large group of voters who have to reconcile the fact they really vigorously opposed a [primary] candidate and now are being asked to vote for that candidate,” he said. “You have to engage with that cognitive dissonance about whether or not that’s actually a thing you would be able to do.” The big danger for a party is that voters who can’t reconcile their previous support for different candidate might simply sit out the general election.“This is why you see so much intense management in primary season of endorsements from candidates who dropped out and a lot of rallying the party around a candidate … to make sure that everyone’s on the same page,” said Blackwell. “The longer these primaries go, it could be the case that the more entrenched people’s attitudes become, and it’s harder to dislodge those.”last_img read more

Stress Management

first_imgWhen summer draws to an end, parents often start getting their students ready to return to school.While a new backpack and a collection of notebooks and pens might top their to-do list, students also need to prepare emotionally, said Diane Bales, an associate professor of human development and family science at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Students get to take a break from the stress of academic demands and social situations during the summer and, for some students, heading back to school is like entering a pressure cooker. The key to helping children prepare to return to school is to start talking about it early.“As school approaches, parents should talk about whether there is anything that is worrying the student about going back to class,” Bales said. “Parents need to look for nonverbal cues. Is the child acting like he or she doesn’t want to go back to school?”If children say that they don’t want to go back to school or act like they don’t want to go back to school, parents need to probe a little bit to find out why, Bales said.“If they’ve got an issue that’s carrying over from the previous year, go ahead and address it with the student, and make his or her teacher aware, if necessary,” Bales said.For younger children, parents may want to go ahead and write or call the school and let them know about any concerns they have about bullying or any particular bullies.For older children, parents can help students develop strategies for avoiding uncomfortable social situations or bullies and strategies for dealing with any bullies. With middle and high school students, parents need to empower their children to handle tough social situations.“Coming up with plans for how to handle specific situations is a good way to help ease some of the anxieties of going back,” Bales said. “Telling a child just to avoid a bully or someone they have had challenges with is not as effective.”Middle school and high school students also need to be reminded that bullying behaviors and abuse at school is not normal.“There’s such a culture among kids that you just don’t tell on each other,” Bales said. “Kids need to know that bullying is not healthy, and the person who is doing the bullying probably also needs help. Students have a responsibility to speak up if they’re being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied.”Keeping the lines of communication open about students’ worries and hopes for the new school year is key to making each school year the best it can be, Bales said.last_img read more