Sixty Community Facilitators Trained in Restorative Justice

first_imgSixty Community Facilitators Trained in Restorative Justice JusticeFebruary 21, 2014Written by: Shelly-Ann Irving Photo: JIS PhotographerGraduates of the Restorative Justice facilitators training programme, undertaken by the Ministry of Justice, at the graduation ceremony held recently, at the Altamont Court Hotel, St. Andrew. Sixty Jamaicans have been equipped to implement and monitor the principles and practices of restorative justice (RJ) in their communities, having graduated from a training programme developed and executed by the RJ Unit in the Ministry of Justice.The four-month training course consisting 11 modules was undertaken from June to September, 2013, and sought to build the capacity of the facilitators to competently, confidently and safely conduct RJ processes in keeping with the National Restorative Justice Policy.Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, in his address at the graduation ceremony held on February 19 at the Altamont Court Hotel, St. Andrew, congratulated the community facilitators.He said that they have made a bold step by volunteering to assist with the implementation of RJ in Jamaica.“The RJ facilitators have given their time and energy to this important programme. The expertise they will develop as RJ practitioners will contribute to the healing of fractured relationships in their communities. This will effectively and collectively reduce the levels of crime and violence that now afflict our nation,” Senator Golding said.He encouraged persons, who are not yet a part of the programme, “to give serious consideration to offering yourselves as RJ facilitators.”“It takes a committed and vested citizenry as well as civil society, non-Government Organisations, the church and others, to find their respective role in the process of reconciliation and peace,” Senator Golding said.The Ministry of Justice is observing Restorative Justice Week from February 9 to 28 under the theme: ‘Restorative Justice as a catalyst for unity, healing and transformation’.During the period of observation, the Ministry will seek to raise awareness and build support for the RJ Programme as well as invite national participation and collaboration with the Government in implementing this model of justice.RJ week was officially launched with a church service on Sunday, February 9 at the Emmanuel Apostolic in Kingston.Other activities for the week include an International Conference on February 21, which will feature Restorative Justice Experts from the United States, Canada and Brazil. RelatedJamaicans Urged To Fight Against Human Trafficking Story HighlightsSixty Jamaicans have been equipped to implement and monitor the principles and practices of restorative justice (RJ) in their communities.The four-month training course sought to build the capacity of the facilitators to competently, confidently and safely conduct RJ processes.Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding encouraged persons, who are not yet a part of the programme, “to give serious consideration to offering yourselves as RJ facilitators.” Sixty Community Facilitators Trained in Restorative JusticeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedFull Implementation of Criminal Case Management Must Be Achieved – Chief Justice RelatedSenate Passes Amendments to Companies Act Advertisementslast_img read more

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Comment / Routes talks cargo. But did the airports listen?

first_imgThat was also apparent among the exhibitors, the airports. Only a handful even mentioned cargo in their promotional material. Fewer still sent a cargo representative. Why? Well, because most airports don’t have one.This is a pet peeve of many in the airport business. One Scandinavian airport man bemoaned the absolute lack of management focus, investment and interest in its cargo business. Others point to ACI, wondering why it barely acknowledges that freight does indeed pass through airports. (The Loadstar was hoping to put this question to ACI, but unfortunately the interviewee got stuck in a lift and the date was called off). ACI North America took freight seriously, but this hasn’t been replicated by other branches. Warehouses, equipment – in fact most cargo kit  – is old, out of the way, pushed aside by airports in favour of passengers. It’s not too surprising. The passenger business pays more. But it also seems to work both ways. While airports forget cargo, the cargo industry doesn’t focus too hard on the airports either. Airports aren’t well represented among all the acronyms currently hoping to improve efficiencies in the supply chain. Is that because ACI isn’t interested? Or because the cargo industry isn’t interested? How can this flame, which surely could help air cargo in its dream to become more efficient and better noticed, be ignited? Airports, after all, do play an essential role in the air freight business.Of course, there are some airports that ensure they are not ignored; Incheon, Frankfurt, Schiphol, Hong Kong come to mind. But these names seem to be triggering a little resentment. “Schiphol? I am sick of Schiphol, with its SmartGate and e-Link and e-freight,” said one European airport rival. “Arrogant”, suggested another. Another was more good-humoured, laughing: “Yeah, Schiphol, always stealing our ideas!”There is certainly some jealousy. But there is a case to be made for stealing some ideas  – or at least attitude – from them. They take the initiative. They get things done. They think hard about how to improve their cargo business. They don’t wait for ACI, or the industry, or the airlines to do it for them. No movement on e-freight? They organised seminars and started to roll it out. Security and Customs slowing down the process? They introduced SmartGate. Admittedly, the Netherlands as a whole has its eye firmly on the cargo prize, and freight is a well-regarded and supported business. Which other government would offer money, especially in these darkened financial days, to promote e-freight?But while that does make it hard for close rivals, there is no point sitting around watching them, moaning that it’s not fair. Why not take their ideas, and see if they will work elsewhere? What Schiphol, and the Netherlands as a whole are doing is trying to increase efficiencies across the business. By promoting themselves, they are promoting air freight globally while increasing standards, and that, surely, is useful to everyone.  By Alex Lennanehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/[email protected] 07/10/2011 © Khunaspix Dreamstime.center_img Back from an exhibition. World Routes, this time, in Berlin. A lonely place for a cargo man, as one delegate said sadly.For the second time, Routes had included cargo in its grand design, and apparently the cargo session, attended by the usual suspects including Des V and Ram M, was lively, if not so well attended. But then again, they had scheduled cargo for a Sunday, over a bank holiday weekend in Germany. Not for the first time, cargo was relegated to the sidelines. What is more, they are hearteningly sensible. Growth for growth’s sake is not in the plan. Sustainability is all. Seeing and grabbing opportunities is key. It is one of the few airports that the whole industry can learn something from, one of the few players in a handful of companies and individuals who can see beyond this year’s figures. So stop griping, start learning. There’s more to the Dutch than clogs.last_img read more

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SE Bike Expo Roundup 2 – Defeet, Duro, Endless, Yeti, Lazer & More

first_imgYeti’s area reps had two of the new SB66 full suspension mountain bikes with the articulating main linkage on hand. The medium came in slightly heavier with bigger tires on it at 28lbs 10oz. The large (blue) was 28lbs 9oz. Both had full XT built kits with DT Swiss wheels, and their reps said they could easily be built down around 26lbs. Not bad for a 6″ travel bike, and our own Evan took the medium out for a spin and loved it. Check Zach’s review here.Lazer’s reps had the new Magneto sunglass/helmet combo on display. The shades come with two sets of arms, one with magnets and one set with traditional ear pieces. On the bike, the magnets hold it onto the helmet straps so there’s no pressure on your head. For normal wear, just attach the regular arms.Vee Rubber makes pretty much any tread shape you could want for pretty much any type of bike you have.Synchro Nutritionals is branching out to the east coast with an office in Atlanta. Co-founder Rob Herrel was on hand with some samples of their Genesis plant-based protein recovery shake mix. It uses Yellow Pea and Hemp proteins, coconut sugar and a host of organic greens, macs, cacao, acai and other superfood type ingredients. And it tasted pretty good. Look for a full review on this in the next few weeks.Also there to keep us going was SF-7x and their 100% fruit chews. If you’re looking to keep the diet super clean but still need something to keep you going on the trail, these were pretty tasty.Endless Bike Co. had their Kick Ass Cogs and Fibonaci spacer kits out and about. They let you convert any standard hub into a singlespeed set up, and cogs come in 14T all the way up to 25T. They’re machined in Asheville, NC, and have a wide 1/4″ base to prevent damaging your freehub body.Their koozies are leather and are made by Oowie Koozie, which employs autistic folks to make their goods right in Asheville, NC, using scrap leather from the shoe and boot industry.Duro is getting back into aftermarket bike tires. Two of the newest are the Hup cyclocross tire and Urbotronic urban road tire with a 1mm Duroshield puncture protection layer under the tread. It’ll come in this cream white and black. For a broader range colors they have their Fixie Pop series 700×24 tires.The Hup will be available in a 700 x 32 at first, followed by 28 and 35. Retail is about $38 to $43 depending on size and model. Stinger is a road tire with Tru-Shine woven reflective material on the sidewalls.Pedal Pushers had a few fresh designs and their new-ish hats.On the fringe were a couple of creations by a local art bike builder. This 800lb (when fully loaded with BBQ smoker and equipment) pig bike has been used in parades and for bringing the party.Cutting board right on the rear rack also makes a nice kid’s seat.This Pedalvore bike had everything you need to set up kitchen. The gas camp stove was attached behind the chopping block and the front basket carried the groceries. Our first roundup had plenty to see from the SE Bike Expo, but we’re not through yet.Riding the meme, Defeet has created the Honey Badger sock, left. It’s so nasty. And if you’re into that whole Mayan calendar thing, well, it really doesn’t matter what you do this year, so be like the honey badger, click on through while you’re on the clock because you don’t give a…last_img read more

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Study finds using a fidget spinner can impair memory and attention

first_imgShare on Twitter Pinterest Email Share In the first experiment, 98 undergraduate students watched a 15-minute educational video lecture on baking bread while either using a fidget spinner or not using a fidget spinner. In addition, half of the participants not using a fidget spinner were randomly assigned to watch the lecture while sitting near someone using a fidget spinner.A fill-in-the blank memory test showed that participants who used fidget spinners answered significantly fewer questions correctly about the material covered in the video. Participants who used fidget spinners were also more likely to report “zoning out” and having difficulty staying on task while watching the video.Participants who were sitting near someone using a fidget spinner, however, did not appear to be affected.The researchers then conducted the experiment again. However, this time around they specifically recruited 48 undergraduates who believed that fidget spinners could help them focus in class.But the results were the same.“Contrary to the claims made by fidget-spinner retailers, our participants’ learning was not aided by their use of a fidget spinner while learning. In fact, when participants used fidget spinners while watching video lectures, they performed worse on a memory test of the lectured content relative to when they didn’t use fidget spinners,” Soares told PsyPost.“This effect was observed across two experiments. Our participants also reported being aware of the deleterious effects of using a fidget spinner on their learning but were apparently unwilling or unable to compensate for the distraction caused by using the fidget spinner.”But the study — like all research — includes some limitations.“These data were collected from a population of college students, so they cannot speak to how fidget spinners might differently affect individuals with, for example, learning disabilities. Still, these findings suggest that students who are having trouble focusing in class might want to try evidence-based treatments over fidget spinners,” Soares explained.“It’s also worth noting that people use fidget objects for many other uses than aiding classroom learning. Our intention with this paper was not to imply that fidget objects can’t be useful. Additional studies should investigate how using fidget objects might affect things like emotion regulation and boredom reduction.”The study, “Putting a negative spin on it: Using a fidget spinner can impair memory for a video lecture“, was authored by Julia S. Soares and Benjamin C. Storm.center_img Share on Facebook New research indicates that fidget spinners can be harmful to learning in classroom settings. The study was recently published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology.“A few years ago, the discussion about the efficacy of fidget objects was suddenly a national conversation. In light of this debate, some of my students asked me if I thought fidget spinners might help with classroom learning and attention. So, I decided to gather some data to help answer this question,” explained study author Julia Soares, a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.In two experiments, the researchers found that fidget spinners could negatively affect memory and attention. LinkedInlast_img read more

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DECC’s latest offshore O&G licensing round gets strong response. Acreage awards in autumn

first_imgDepartment of Energy & Climate Change has reported that the latest offshore oil and gas licensing round, which closed for applications on Friday 25 April, has received a strong response with 173 applications from industry for around 370 blocks.Energy Minister Michael FallonEnergy Minister, Michael Fallon, said: “It’s 50 years since North Sea licensing began and there remains an extraordinary level of interest which is excellent news for industry and for the UK economy.“We have committed to implementing all of Sir Ian Wood’s recommendations to help maximise recovery of North Sea oil and gas, and the Chancellor is reviewing the tax regime.“Making the most of Britain’s home grown energy is crucial to keep job and business opportunities, get the best deal for customers and reduce our reliance on foreign imports.”The department will scrutinise applications over the coming months and aims to start awarding acreage in the autumn.The UK’s oil and gas sector still provides almost half of the country’s energy and is by far the largest single industrial UK investor. Directly and indirectly it supports around 450,000 jobs in the UK.[mappress]Press Release, May 06, 2014last_img read more

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Soldotna Council to Decide on Use of $15,000 from Drug Bust

first_imgSergeant Duane Kant was at the Wednesday Soldotna City Council where the ordinance to designate those funds was introduced. Chief Mlynarik: “We have laptop computers that are special computers that are designed to be used to write our crash accident reports and citations. They’re a particular type of computer with software, most of them are getting old and failing, so we’re in the process of replacing them anyway, so if we can use some of this forfeited cash to replace, I believe we have three of them, and then the remaining funds we’re going to try and buy another taser and assorted equipment for it.” The sergeant said he knows the case involved drugs but did not know the particulars of the bust. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department may be getting $15,800 from a sizable 2014 drug bust. Sgt. Kant: “It doesn’t happen every year, it was a unique event. I’m not saying that we don’t have one of those events every year but it was a unique case that had a lot of cash involved that ultimately was forfeited to the city through the court process.” Previously we spoke with Police Chief Peter Mlynarik who says he’s already determined how the money will be spent if it’s approved by the Council.. The ordinance will be up for public comment at Soldotna’s October 14 city council meeting where the council will decide if that is the best use of the funds.last_img read more

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