The sum of $28.978 million will be spent on the rehabilitation of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), located at Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during his recent post-Cabinet press briefing, said Cabinet approved the contract which was awarded to PD Construction.The project forms part of the Social Protection Ministry’s Capital Programme. The Ministry will also be implementing a Self-Sufficient Agricultural Economic ServicesThe New Opportunity Corpsventure, as part of the reintegration programme available for the students at the institution.Steps are also being taken to evaluate the staff complement and the core competencies that are needed to bring the institution in line with the minimum standards required by such an institution.In July 2017, the operation of the NOC was transferred from the Education Ministry to the Social Protection Ministry, on the grounds that the institution’s purpose is to prepare and train juveniles for reintegration into society.The NOC caters to children between the ages of 12 to 17 and most of whom are there for committing the offence of wandering. It has a specific mandate to rehabilitate and train adolescent offenders and wanderers so that they could be re-integrated in the society.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
The Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. Mullah Musharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk to come forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation,The Man Behind the Mask”General Pervez Musharraf should quit playing hide and seek. MullahMusharraf ‘s mask is now badly ruined. It’s time for Pervez Attaturk tocome forth.” – Shaheen Niazi, on e-mailCurtain CallGeneral Pervez Musharraf is nothing if not a great actor, well-versed in the art of dissimulation (“At Your Service, Sir”, October 1). He can blow intensely hot and frigidly cold in the same breath. Yet he is walking on the sharp edge of a sword-a momentary loss of balance and he tumbles down, consigned to the dustbin of history, hated and reviled by the same people who are singing paeans in his honour.- Santosh Kapoor, NoidaMusharraf has always adopted a dual role: that of a rigid fundamentalist at home and an extreme liberal abroad, but it is time to take a decisive stand on one. However, he is right in asking India to “lay off”. After all, of what use is India when he and his fellow hypocrites are adequate to destroy Pakistan?- Premchand Beura, on e-mailMusharraf’s present predicament is symptomatic of the age-old saying: “Men fall into the ditches they dig for others.”- A.U.S. Lal, KolkataThe Pakistani general cannot soar with eagles while working with turkeys. He is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea and it is only a matter of time before he is forced to step down or is thrown out in a coup.- A.S. Raj, on e-mail Changing Colours The issue of the nurses’ uniform has nothing to do with male ego or aboutthe army being a male bastion (“Nursing a Uniform Grouse”, October 1).Instead, it is about nurses trying to be something they are not – armyofficers. The fact that all nurses are females has been exploited. Hadit been about male vanity alone, there would have been strong objections to the female doctors in the army and hundreds of other women officers. – Flt-lieutenant Manisha Rao, Hyderabad advertisementMembers of the military nursing service who were wearing a white uniform since 1943 said that they didn’t like “western-styles” likeskirts and requested the army authorities for a change of uniform. Aneasy answer would have been an Indian dress but by a series ofmanipulations they tricked the authorities into allowing them the olivegreen uniform – the exclusive privilege of officers who are subject tothe Army Act. Nurses are part of the auxiliary service. It’s clear thatthey simply wanted the uniform of the officers of the armed forces.- Brigadier R.S. Randhawa, DelhiUnholy Anomaly Terrorism should be treated as a social problem (“Jehad Against the World”, September 24). Associating a religion with terrorism is objectionable. Terrorism, in whatever form, is a criminal act and no particular religion or its followers should be targeted for a condemnable act of a few insane minds.- Mohd. Amir Idrees, LucknowWhatever action US President George W Bush opts for in retaliation, his presidency will go down in history as a period of enlightenment on two counts: one, it exposed the weakness of the “world’s most dynamic democracy” in handling tightly fought elections because of the inability to count votes properly. Secondly, it showed that the world’s superpower could be flummoxed by a few well-wielded scalpels.- Devraj Sambasivan, AllappuzhaThe way India and Pakistan are going all out to offer support to the US is indicative of the fact that America is a superpower without an iota of doubt. Sadly, our Government does not possess the same capability. We allow our people to be killed in our country and do nothing about it, except go on the defensive and launch monologues. Yet we go out of the way to extend logistical support to a foreign country. I wonder if Pakistan would have pledged similar support to India in case of such a strike here.- Prateek Kaul, PuneWhat about America’s own involvement in various terrorist activities in other countries conducted without fear of a backlash from the oppressed (“Fusion Reaction”, September 24)? It is like a pot calling the kettle black. This attack, although condemnable, has demonstrated that it is brain power, rather than money power, that reigns supreme.- Sophia Ajaz, DelhiPotent Supplement Sri Lanka’s win shows how planning and preparation remain the bedrock of success in sports (“The Will to Win”, September 17). The free hand that administrators in the island nation have given coach Dave What-more has already led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win. We remain oblivious of the fact that tactics must supplement talent for success to be achieved in today’s competitive sporting world.- Ranjan Sahay, Cooch BeharWith the growing frustration of cricket lovers in India, it may be pertinent to apprise the national selectors and Sourav Ganguly of an old Arab proverb: “A n army of sheep led by a lion will defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” An apt obituary of Indian cricket.- Rathnakar Rai, on e-mail An Uncertain Future Thecontroversy surrounding the status of astrology as a science isunwarranted (“Science or Sham?”, September 17). After all, it is not asthough the UGC promotes only science subjects. Besides, all art subjects use some degree of interpretation. Does that render them irrelevant? – Sharada Kumaraswamy, on e-mail advertisementWhile science is an attempt to explain the unknown in terms ofthe known, astrology is a subject that gives indications of what thefuture holds. Thus in a certain way astrology can also be studied as ascience. It follows the methodology of science and clearly states thatwhatever predictions may be made on the basis of its data are mereindications. – K. Parameswaran, Thiruvananthapuram The damnation of vedic astrology stems from the fact that while anythingborrowed from the us becomes globalisation, our indigenous heritage isperceived as saffronisation.- Abhinandan Singh Rathor, on e-mail Ugly Encore There are striking similarities in the bureaucratic and political response to starvation deaths in two events almost 70 years apart (“Lethal Diet”, September 10). In Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had written about the 1943 Bengal famine: “Up to the last moment, the famine was denied. When it became impossible to deny, each group in authority blamed some other group.” His words ring true in the Orissa famine as well. The Government blames the starvation deaths on poisonous mushrooms and contaminated mango kernels. And all the while the Central Government washes its hands off, saying that the Public Distribution System is a state subject.- Dr B.N.S. Walia, on e-mail Not Worth Emulating Your cover story on the Arjuna Awards overlooks two important facts (“Prize and Prejudice”, September 3). First, Dronacharya is a model of what a teacher should not be. He sacrificed his best student to ensure political patronage. Secondly, Arjuna never won any contest without subterfuge. By naming our national awards after these two, these base principles have been propagated.- Dr A.K. Basu, Ranchi Negative Publicity Your story on the Uttaranchal chief minister appears to be a deliberate attempt to defame Nityanand Swami (“The Swamy of Inertia”, September 3). The statement that he has never won a popular election and has instead preferred the safe route through the Dehradun-Hardwar graduate constituency seat is mischievous. Swami was elected an MLA as a Jan Sangh candidate from the Dehradun constituency in 1969. Moreover, none of his aides is either an architect or an RSS full-timer. And Swami, as chief minister, has more achievements than putting up traffic lights in Dehradun. The worst insinuation is that Swami was nowhere around when the agitation for Uttaranchal was at its peak. As chairman of the Vidhan Parishad, he represented the hill state’s case in Lucknow as well as in Delhi.- Anil Kumar Sharma, Executive Director and Under Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dehradunadvertisement
HALIFAX – Nobody has the unfettered right to live in government-assisted housing of their own choosing, a lawyer for the Nova Scotia government told a human rights board of inquiry Monday.“It is not a right guaranteed by the government,” said Kevin Kindred, the counsel for the Attorney General, during opening arguments in a case advocates say could help people with disabilities move into supported housing in the community.The inquiry is considering the case of two people seeking to move out of locked-door, hospital-like settings and a third complainant who has died since the case started.Vince Calderhead, the lawyer for the three complainants, told the inquiry that Nova Scotians with disabilities who are kept in institutions are the “last vestiges of the … county asylum” where impoverished citizens were once housed.Calderhead said it contravenes the Human Rights Act to keep people with intellectual and physical disabilities in facilities where they lack control over their own lives, can seldom go out, and may be hundreds of kilometres from their family.He cites sections that prohibit discrimination in the provision of government services on the basis of physical or mental disability.“When the government provides social assistance to people in Nova Scotia, the way it provides it to people with disabilities cannot be worse than people without disabilities. That is the essence here,” he told reporters after the morning session.However, Kindred argued before inquiry chairman John Walter Thompson that while the province supports the principle of community-based care, it’s not a human right as defined in the legislation.Housing programs offered to people on social assistance also have limits and waiting lists, said Kindred: “When the government does provide housing solutions it can only do so in a way that involves limited choices and a system of limited capacity.”The arguments being made to the board of inquiry about waiting lists and inadequate services are better made to the minister of Community Services, argued the provincial lawyer.“You’re here in your role as a board of inquiry … and that role isn’t to make policy decisions about reform or how to best serve the needs of people with disabilities … This is not a public inquiry of the government’s programs for persons with disabilities as much as sometimes the complaint seems to be set up with something like that in mind,” he said.“Most social problems the government is called to address are not discrimination.”Still, the case, which will be heard over the next two months, is already surfacing details on the difficulties of the lives of people with disabilities in the province.Two nieces of Sheila Livingstone, the complainant who died during various delays in the case, were on hand as Calderhead told her story to the inquiry chairman.The lawyer said Livingstone had lived in institutions for much of her life, but for 18 years did well in a small options home.When she was temporarily hospitalized, she lost her place in the community and remained in a locked-door facility for a decade.“After a series of assaults on her, and complaints about those assaults, she was offered a placement not in the Halifax area but in Yarmouth. Why Yarmouth? Because there was a bed,” said Calderhead.The location of the supported home was 300 kilometres from her friends and family.The lawyer said he has documentation from the province showing from 2011 officials believed she could have lived in the community.“In the fall of 2016 she died with no family member around. … That is a feature of the province’s treatment of people with disabilities,” the lawyer told the judge.After the hearing, Jackie McCabe-Sieliakus, Livingstone’s niece, said she’s hoping the hearing prompts changes.“A lot of people are in the system like Sheila. Sheila suffered a lot and I think the government needs to step up and everybody needs to hear the story,” she said.“It won’t make a difference to Sheila now. But it will make a difference to other people.”The other complainants in the case are 45-year-old Joseph Delaney and 46-year-old Beth MacLean. Both have said in court documents they should be permitted to move from the hospital-like settings into small homes where assistance is provided in areas such as meals and personal care.The Disability Rights Coalition, an advocacy group for people with disabilities, is also participating in the case.A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Services has said it is working to improve its Disability Support Program and to create more small-options homes.The province says a new program called Flex Independent is making efforts to ensure that the community-based supports are in place and is moving people to them when it is safe to do so.The Liberal government has said it is investing $4.2 million to develop eight small option, community-based homes over the next two years, bringing the total from 222 to 230 homes.There were about 504 people awaiting some form of support from the Department of Community Services as of last Thursday, and 1,024 people awaiting a transfer to a different housing option or location.The human rights case resumes hearings on Feb. 13 at a hotel meeting room in Halifax.
Ileana D’Cruz and Andrew KneeboneinstagramIleana D’Cruz has always been private about her personal life. She had said that she doesn’t like to talk about it too much but it’s pretty much there for the world to see. The actress had been away from the showbiz for a while now and has been mostly in the news about her relationship with her long-time photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. While everything was hunky-dory between the loving couple, it looks like troubles have now made home in their paradise.It has been learnt that Ileana and Andrew have broken up and apparently unfollowed each other on Instagram and deleted their photos. The Raid actress even posted sad and emotional messages on her Instagram stories to express her sad state. “You don’t really realize how heavy the weight is until you finally put it down,” Ileana posted an emotional quote on Instagram.In another post, Ileana shared a quote which clearly explained how she was left heartbroken after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend.”Ask yourself, are you ready to let go of the energy you have absorbed from other people that has hurt you. The thoughts, emotions, feelings, psychic information that did not belong to you, that prevented you from being clear about who you are,” Ileana posted.Take a look. Ileana D’CruzInstagram Ileana D’CruzInstagram