Correctional Services Staff to Be Engaged Through Town Halls

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year.He made the disclosure at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre’s ‘Morning of Prayer & Praise’ held on Monday (Jan. 8) at the facility’s South Camp Road location in Kingston.“These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted.He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”The State Minister thanked the members of the DCS for their invaluable service and for positively engaging in the rehabilitation of offenders.He encouraged them to be strong and courageous as they carry out their various tasks.Senator Charles Jr. said the 2018 objectives outlined for the DCS are many, but he believes that they are all achievable.“It is going to take hard work for us to achieve our goals, but I am convinced that we have the ability to do it right,” he noted. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year. Story Highlights “These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted. He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”last_img read more

Princess Cruises Adds Its Third Royal Princess

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess class unit constructed for Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group, at the Monfalcone shipyard on March 30.The Bermuda-flagged Majestic Princess is the first ship specifically designed and built by Fincantieri for the Chinese market.Built on the basis of the successful project of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess sister ships, realized and delivered in the same shipyard in 2013 and 2014, the new 145,000 gross tons unit, which also is the largest ship ever built in Italy, is able to accommodate 4,250 passengers on board in 1,780 cabins and 1,350 crewmembers.As its sister ships, Majestic Princess represents “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and top quality of its state-of-the-art technology,” according to Fincantieri.Princess Cruises earlier said that it plans to deploy the vessel to Europe for the 2017 cruise season before sending it to cruise in the Asian waters.The company added that the vessel was scheduled to set sail from Civitavecchia, Rome, on April 4 for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu.last_img read more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child abuse

first_imgPope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy on 15 September. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community.Precht has previously denied the charges.Pope Francis´ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in Chile, but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.last_img read more

The arts eye view

first_imgAs June wraps up, here is something for the Delhi art lovers. Panorama-3, curated by Priyanka Banerjee, brings to you a group exhibition that identifies strong new talent and bringing great art to a wide audience. The platform provides artists from around the city to exhibit and showcase their work.Banerjee, an energetic art curator, recognises the efforts of emerging artists by promoting their creative talent. She identifies talented young artists and provides them a platform to showcase their creativity. To continue with the spirit of art-appreciation, she is all set to present her next exhibition that features more than thirty artists – the best and brightest in the city. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a renewed impetus to excellence, this exhibition aims at sustaining the artistic aspirations of the city by offering a holistic cultural experience. Banerjee believes that just the way a panorama represents an entire worldview of a place, this exhibition is a world view of the thoughts of its many diverse yet like-minded artists. These artworks emote through vivid strokes – some are muted and some vibrant; together they create a surreal experience for art aficionados. Interestingly, it is the theme of spirituality that sets this event apart from others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMridul Chakraborty, Uma Bardhan, Kashi Nath Bose, Ganesh Panda, Hamlet Shougrakpam, Nilay Sircar, Rajeev Semwal, Meghna Agarwal, Sahil Jain, Saru Sharma, Rohini Jain, Jaya Sharma, Harpal Singh, Lalit Mohan, Shalini Varshney, Amit Kumar, Abid Zaidi,  Sadaf Khan, Seema Kashyap, Shalini Goyal, Roshi Goyal, Aakanksha Bagga, Tarini Ahuja, Tatini Sengupta, Viniitii Vasundhara Aggarwal, Alpana Kataria, Jasmeet Khurana, Shipra Gupta, Darshan Sharma, Ekta Gandhi, Mahender Rai are some of the participants among others. Chakraborty has tried to depict speed in the lives of human beings. Jain’s paintings portray pigeons both symbolically and in abstract forms. Bardhan is fascinated by figurative paintings and observes his subjects for weeks, months and even years before bringing them alive on canvas. Meghna Agarwal uses a variety of mediums to express ideas like power and permanence through her works. Saru Sharma talks about the human desire to attain joy through her works and attempts to highlight the relation between our daily actions and attainment of pleasure through them.While each artist brings the best to the canvas, the real reason we want you to attend this exhibition is that it is one of its kind event that is funded by the artists entirely on their own. All this for the pure love of art.last_img read more

Interactive art

first_imgOrganised by Think Arts, the 26-day event will take children on a sensorial journey through an interactive art and theatre exhibition.NM Director-General Sanjiv Mittal said, “The exhibition aims to supply back the luxury that Indians a generation ago enjoyed in their younger days. We have scheduled it with the summer vacations for schools upcountry.”Ruchira Das, founder of Think Arts, says, “Elements would enable the participant children to a world of wonder — in all of its senses.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ “We had the outdoors to play in. We touch, smell, feel, hear, use all of our senses as we explore. These experiences fuel our imagination and heightened our sense of perception,” she added.“At Elements, every action of the child changes the experience for those who follow, creating an ever-evolving space”, reveals Das, who has conceptualised the show.The show will have a room of cupboards and drawers featuring a drawer of tastes, smell, sounds, miniatures among others. “The only way to get to the next room (labyrinth) is by entering a cupboard. The labyrinth has a jigsaw puzzle inspired by a miniature from the gallery at the National Museum,”added Das. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is also an art room that invites children to engage in building a sculpture using cardboard boxes, scraps of cloth, paper and found objects. With every interaction, the sculpture takes a new form.Another feature is the textured path, along which the children walk on sand, pebbles, foam and sawdust among others. There is also a music room which has easy-to-play instruments that will help the child explore the sounds of different musical sounds made from elements like seeds, metal, wood and bamboo. Many of these instruments are inspired from those in the music gallery at the National Museum.“The team behind Elements comprises several artistes and organisations who basically believe that children are “thinking, feeling beings who are capable of as much, if not more depth, and understanding as an adult”, says Anurupa Roy, from Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. She along with Shravan Heggudu and S Raghuvendra, are the designers of the exhibition and co-creators of the artworks.The team also includes professional musician Rajat Mallick and Prarthana Hazra, a recent post-graduate from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.When: June 10 – July 5Where: National Museumlast_img read more

ELEVEN miles of M6 to close for TEN nights starting TODAY

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned stretches of the M6 will be closed for 10  nights while work is carried out to support a major upgrade. Highways England will set up an 11-mile contraflow in an effort to enable a larger construction area to be created and allow drivers to travel by the side of it. Such a system was put in place between Junction 15 and Junction 13 where the Smart Motorway project has been running. The contraflow system is currently running on the northbound carriageway from Yarnfield to Junction 15 but from next month will be extended to run all the way between junctions 14 and 15 – a total of 11 miles. Its creation means that from tonight there will be overnight closures from 9pm until 6am. The Southbound carriageway will be closed for five nights from Monday followed by the Northbound carriageway for five nights. Motorway driving tips Watch again Click to playTap to play Works on the M6 in North Staffordshire “The use of the contraflow has improved productivity, safety and disruption to residents living close by and also reduced the amount of full overnight motorway closures due to having the availability for one lane of traffic to travel in the contraflow lane.” Drivers say problems arise when there are break-downs in the contraflow areas. Barry Proctor, owner of Talke-based Barry Proctor services, said: “It is a long distance and the last contraflow was not too bad. Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  Click for Sound How the contraflow will work (Image: Highways England) Highways England say that feedback from M6 drivers has revealed ‘many like the contraflow lane as it is wider and they don’t have the issue of HGVs being in close proximity.’ The body also says the contraflow has made no change to journey times through roadworks. Read MoreWhy are there so many accidents on the M6 in Staffordshire? (…now Highways England have had their say)   Peter Smith, Highways England Smart Motorway Project Sponsor, said: “The contraflow gives us more space when we’re working in the verge, making it safer for our workers and helping us complete the scheme quicker. “Because there is more room in the verge, we can carry out most of the disruptive activities during the day, reducing the amount of full overnight motorway closures which benefits local communities. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “Highways England is always exploring new ways to maximise efficiency and this is another important achievement in our work which will ultimately improve journeys by adding extra capacity and technology to the motorway.” Highways England has also been working with Staffordshire County Council to organise diversions. Helen Fisher, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “The introduction of the Smart Motorway on this section is key for keeping traffic on the move on the busy M6. “We have worked closely with Highways England to ensure that the impact on local routes such as those through Stafford and along the A34 is minimised while this vital scheme is completed. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com “I don’t like anything like this on the motorway and when they were doing 17 to 19 people found it difficult to concentrate and to have these narrow contraflow lanes for that length of time now will make it difficult with breakdowns and accidents. “The shorter the better with these things for me but I imagine it is about keeping costs down.  “If someone breaks down in this then it will be difficult to get to them and they will be an obstruction – I’m totally against it and it should be done in small sections.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Share this video Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! 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