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US sportswear traced to factory in Chinas internment camps

first_imgHOTAN, China — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams.This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately-owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released.The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labour from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S. Badger CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would source sportswear elsewhere while it investigates.Chinese authorities say the camps, which they call training centres, offer free vocational training for Uighurs, Kazakhs and others, mostly Muslims, as part of a plan to bring minorities into “a modern civilized” world and eliminate poverty in Xinjiang. They say that people in the centres have signed agreements to receive vocational training.The Xinjiang Propaganda Department did not respond to a faxed request for comment. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman accused the foreign media Monday of making “many untrue reports” about the training centres, but did not specify when asked for details.“Those reports are completely based on hearsay evidence or made out of thin air,” the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a daily briefing.However, a dozen people who either had been in a camp or had friends or family in one told the AP that detainees they knew were given no choice but to work at the factories. Most of the Uighurs and Kazakhs, who were interviewed in exile, also said that even people with professional jobs were retrained to do menial work.Payment varied according to the factory. Some got paid nothing, while others earned up to several hundred dollars a month, they said — barely above minimum wage for the poorer parts of Xinjiang. A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation in one county estimated that more than 10,000 detainees — or 10 to 20 per cent of the internment population there — are working in factories, with some earning just a tenth of what they used to earn before. The person declined to be named out of fear of retribution.A former reporter for Xinjiang TV in exile said that during his month-long detention last year, young people in his camp were taken away in the mornings to work without compensation in carpentry and a cement factory.“The camp didn’t pay any money, not a single cent,” he said, asking to be identified only by his first name, Elyar, because he has relatives still in Xinjiang. “Even for necessities, such as things to shower with or sleep at night, they would call our families outside to get them to pay for it.”Rushan Abbas, a Uighur in Washington, D.C., said her sister is among those detained. The sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, was taken to what the government calls a vocational centre, although she has no specific information on whether her sister is being forced to work.“American companies importing from those places should know those products are made by people being treated like slaves,” she said. “What are they going to do, train a doctor to be a seamstress?”___The predominantly Muslim Uighur and Kazakh ethnic minorities in China live mostly in the Xinjiang region bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, with a legacy dating back to ancient traders on the Silk Road. In recent decades, violent attacks by Uighur militants have killed hundreds and prompted the Chinese government to blanket Xinjiang with stifling security.About two years ago, authorities launched a vast detention and reeducation campaign. They also use checkpoints, GPS tracking and face-scanning cameras for surveillance of ethnic minorities in the region. The slightest perceived misstep can land someone in the internment camps.Men and women in the complex that has shipped products to Badger Sportswear make clothes for privately-owned Hetian Taida Apparel in a cluster of 10 workshops within the compound walls. Hetian Taida says it is not affiliated with the internment camps, but its workforce includes detainees.As China faced growing international pressure about the detention camps, its state broadcaster aired a 15-minute report in October that featured a “vocational skills education and training centre” in the southern Xinjiang city of Hotan.“Terrorism and extremism are the common enemy of human civilization,” the China Central Television program began. In response, the report said, the Xinjiang government was using vocational training to solve this “global issue.”Wu Hongbo, the chairman of Hetian Taida, confirmed that the company has a factory inside the same compound as the training centre featured in the China Central Television report. Hetian Taida provides employment to those trainees who were deemed by the government to be “unproblematic,” he said, adding that the centre is government-operated.“We’re making our contribution to eradicating poverty,” Wu told the AP over the phone.The 20 to 30 trainees at the factory are treated like regular employees and make up a small fraction of the hundreds of people in its workforce, he said.Trainees featured in the state television report praised the Communist Party for saving them from a criminal path.“I don’t dare to imagine what would have happened to me if I didn’t come here,” one Uighur student said. “The party and government found me in time and saved me. They gave me a chance to reinvent myself.”The segment said that in addition to law and Mandarin-language classes, the training centre collaborated with companies to give trainees practical experience. Trainees were shown hunched over sewing machines in a factory whose interior matches that of Hetian Taida’s main Hotan branch, as seen in prior Chinese media reports.Police told the AP journalists who approached the compound earlier this month that they could not take photos or film in the area because it was part of a “military facility.” Yet the entrance was marked only by a tall gate that said it was an “apparel employment training base.”Posters line the barbed-wire perimeter, bearing messages such as “Learn to be grateful, learn to be an upright person” and “No need to pay tuition, find a job easily.”Nathan Ruser, a cyber-policy researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), analyzed satellite images for the AP and found that in Hetian Taida’s case, the apparel factory and the government-run training camp are connected by a fenced path.“There are watchtowers throughout,” Ruser said. “There are clear fences between the buildings and walls that limit movement. Detainees can only access the factories area through walkways, and the entire facility is closed.”The AP could not independently determine if any workers were allowed to come and go, or how much if anything they were paid.At least 10 times this year shipping containers filled with thousands of men’s, women’s and youth polyester knitted T-shirts and pants were sent to Badger Sportswear, a 47-year-old athletic gear seller. The company mostly manufactures in Nicaragua and the U.S., and there is no way to tell where the products from Xinjiang specifically end up. But experts say supply chains are considered tainted by forced labour and modern slavery if even one item was produced by someone forced to work.Sprinkled on the Internet are clues that repeatedly tie the company to the detention camp’s sewing factory floor.Shawn Zhang, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, noted an overlooked Hotan city social media post from February about the first batch of some 1.5 million pieces of clothing worth $400,000 heading overseas from the Hetian Taida Factory. In the middle of a photo of young women flashing the peace sign is Badger Sportswear’s marketing director Ginny Gasswint, who is quoted as saying she’s surprised the workers are “friendly, beautiful, enthusiastic and hardworking.”Badger Sportswear goes to sports teams large and small, ranging from ranging from Charlotte Country Day School Squash team in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Rhode Island’s Coventry Little League and Hansberry College Prep in Chicago, according to its website and advertisements. The AP also found dozens of college bookstores advertising their gear printed on Badger Sportswear, including Texas A&M, University of Pennsylvania, Appalachian State University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Evansville and Bates College. However, it’s impossible to say if any particular shirt is made with forced labour.Badger chief executive Anton said Sunday that his company has sourced products from an affiliate of Hetian Taida for many years. He said about a year ago, the affiliate opened a new factory in western China. Anton confirmed Badger Sportswear officials visited the factory and have a certificate that the factory is certified by social compliance experts.“We will voluntarily halt sourcing and will move production elsewhere while we investigate the matters raised,” he said.Badger Sportswear was acquired by New York investment firm CCMP Capital Advisor in August 2016. Since then, CCMP has acquired three more team sportswear companies, which they are managing under the umbrella of Founder Sport Group.In recent years, Badger imported sportswear — jerseys, T-shirts, workout pants and more — from Nicaragua and Pakistan. But in April this year, it began importing 100 per cent polyester T-shirts and pants from Hetian Taida Apparel, according to U.S. customs data provided by ImportGenius, which analyzes consumer shipments. The address on the shipping records is the same as for the detention camp.The U.S. and United Nations say forced labour is a type of modern slavery, and that items made by people being exploited and coerced to work are banned from import to the U.S.It’s unclear whether other companies also export products made by forced labour in Xinjiang to the U.S., Europe and Asia. The AP found two companies exporting to the U.S. that share approximately the same co-ordinates as places experts have identified as internment camps, and Chinese media reports mention “training” there. But the AP could not confirm whether the companies use forced labour.___The detention camp system is part of China’s increasingly stringent state security under President Xi Jinping. Some detainees told AP earlier this year about beating, solitary confinement and other punishments if they do not recite political songs, names and phrases. The AP has not been given access to these facilities despite repeated attempts to get permission to visit.Not all the camps have forced labour. Many former detainees say they were held in facilities that didn’t have any manufacturing equipment and focused solely on political indoctrination.“They didn’t teach me anything. They were brainwashing me, trying to make us believe how great China is, how powerful it is, how developed its economy is,” said Kairat Samarkan, a Kazakh citizen who said he was tortured with a metal contraption that contorts your body before being released in February after he tried to kill himself.Interviewees described a wave of factory openings earlier this year. Ex-detainee Orynbek Koksebek said that shortly before his release in April, the director strode into his class and announced that a factory would be built in the camp. Koksebek, who cannot speak Mandarin, listened to a policeman as he translated the director’s words into Kazakh for the roughly 90 women and 15 men in the room.“We’re going to open a factory, you’re going to work,” Koksebek recalled him as saying. “We’ll teach you how to cook, how to sew clothes, how to fix cars.”This fall, months after Koksebek’s release, news began trickling into Kazakhstan that the Chinese government was starting forced labour in internment camps and would transfer some detainees out into gated, guarded factories. The workers must live in dormitories on factory grounds. Contact with family ranges from phone calls or in-person visits, to weekends at home under police surveillance.In October, Chinese authorities acknowledged the existence of what they called vocational training centres. State media published an interview with Shohret Zahir, the governor of Xinjiang, saying that “some trainees” were nearly done with their “courses.”“We will try to achieve a seamless connection between school teaching and social employment, so that after finishing their courses, the trainees will be able to find jobs and earn a well-off life,” Zahir said.The forced labour program goes along with a massive government initiative to develop Xinjiang’s economy by constructing enormous factory parks. Another internment camp the AP visited was inside a factory compound called Kunshan Industrial Park, opened under the national anti-poverty push. A local propaganda official, Chen Fang, said workers inside made food and clothes.A hospital, a police station, smokestacks, dormitories and a building with a sign that read “House of Workers” could be seen from outside the surrounding barbed wire fencing. Another section resembled a prison, with guard towers and high walls. The AP did not track any exports from Kunshan to the U.S.Many of those with relatives in such camps said their loved ones were well-educated with high-paying jobs before their arrest, and did not need a poverty alleviation program. Nurbakyt Kaliaskar, a sheepherder’s wife in Kazakhstan, said her daughter, Rezila Nulale, 25, was a college graduate with a well-paid advertising job in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, where she lived a typical urban lifestyle with a computer, a washing machine and an apartment in the city centre.Then last August, after returning from a visit to her family across the border in Kazakhstan, Nulale vanished. She didn’t answer phone calls and stopped showing up to work.Four months later a stranger contacted Kaliaskar online and confirmed her fear: her daughter had been detained for “political training.” The next spring, she said she fainted when two cases of her daughter’s clothes were delivered to her home in Kazakhstan.Last month, Kaliaskar got word via a friend who knows the family that Nulale was working in a factory next to the camp where she had been detained. The friend had heard from Kaliaskar’s brother, who had visited Nulale, bringing medicine for an injured hand.Kaliaskar learned her daughter wasn’t being paid and had to meet a daily quota of three articles of clothing. She couldn’t leave. Her uncle thought she looked pale and thin.“They say they’re teaching her to weave clothes. But the thing is, she’s well educated and had a job,” said Kaliaskar. “What’s the point of this training?”A former detainee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect himself and his family members, said other detainees from his camp also had been forced into jobs at factories far away. They were taken to a government office and handed labour contracts for six months to five years in a distant factory, which they were required to sign.If they ran from the factories, they were warned, they’d be taken straight back to the camps for “further education.”Farmers, herders and manual labourers with little Mandarin and no higher education say they appreciated Beijing’s past initiatives to help the poor, including subsidized housing and the installation of electricity and running water. But the camps, the forced education, and the factories, they say, go too far.“I never asked the government to find work for my husband,” said Mainur Medetbek, whose husband did odd repair jobs before vanishing into a camp in February during a visit to China from their home in Kazakhstan.She has been able to glean a sense of his conditions from monitored exchanges with relatives and from the husband of a woman who is in the same camp. He works in an apparel factory and is allowed to leave and spend the night with relatives every other Saturday. Though she’s not certain how much her husband makes, the woman in his camp earns 600 yuan (about $87) a month, less than half the local minimum wage and far less than what Medetbek’s husband used to earn.Since her husband was detained, Medetbek and her children have had no reliable source of income and sometimes go hungry. The ordeal has driven her to occasionally contemplate suicide.“They say it’s a factory, but it’s an excuse for detention. They don’t have freedom, there’s no time for him to talk with me,” she said. “They say they found a job for him. I think it’s a concentration camp.”___Martha Mendoza reported from Santa Cruz, California.Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza And Yanan Wang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Speeding longterm recovery on first day of crisis is focus of UNbacked

“The importance of early recovery planning – a separate but parallel process within any emergency setting – is one of the key lessons of the new millennium,” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery Director Kathleen Cravero told the meeting in Copenhagen.“It is a lesson learned the hard way – from conflict zone to earthquake zone, tsunamis to flash floods. Even as humanitarian workers are actively distributing life-saving supplies, we need to give communities something to live for – providing the resources and know-how families, communities and countries need to get back on their feet again,” she said.Jointly sponsored by the UNDP and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Early Recovery Practitioners’ and Policy Forum aims to outline a set of commitments and actions to boost early recovery efforts and bridge the gap between reliance and self-sufficiency. While beginning on the first day of any crisis, natural disaster or conflict, early recovery is geared towards the future, addressing damages to infrastructure, property, livelihoods, and societies. Its goal is not just to enable a smoother transition to long-term recovery, restoring livelihoods, government capacities and shelter, but to offer hope to those who survive the crisis.Early recovery builds on humanitarian programmes and lays critical foundations for generating self-sustaining, nationally-owned recovery. Its scope goes beyond the restoration of basic services and encompasses efforts to secure stability, establish peace and resuscitate markets.Forum participants will draw upon the lessons learned from crisis situations in four countries – the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Myanmar and Pakistan – where early recovery strategies have been put into action, illustrating the benefits of early recovery programming as well as the areas needing improvement.More specifically, the forum aims to address the gaps in early recovery planning, capacity building and financing, resulting in a set of commitments participants will sign at the event’s conclusion. 1 October 2008Representatives from the United Nations, developing countries and the donor community opened a high-level conference today to address the crucial time gap in coverage between humanitarian relief in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and long-term recovery. read more

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UN Messenger of Peace Muhammad Ali arrives in Afghanistan

In Kabul, Mr Ali is scheduled to meet with the heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as and representatives from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan Administration, including President Hamid Karzai.The UN Peace Messenger will visit a UNICEF-backed girls’ school located in an area where demand for lessons is so high additional classes are being held in tents.He will then visit a WFP-supported women’s bakery which is part of a large-scale programme addressing the needs of the most vulnerable households by employing widows as bakers.He will also visit a Boxing Club in Kabul, where photos of Muhammad Ali adorn the walls. The club offers young men the opportunity to rediscover some of the sporting prowess that once made Afghanistan famous.The President of the Afghan Olympic Committee will accompany Muhammad Ali on a visit to the Olympic Stadium and a tour of West Kabul – an area severely damaged during the mujahadeen conflict.Mr. Ali’s trip is being sponsored by UNICEF and WFP. read more

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Kent States Darrell Hazell rumored to be headed to Purdue

Kent State’s Darrell Hazell might become Purdue’s next football coach, according to multiple reports Tuesday. After guiding the No. 25 Golden Flashes to an 11-2 mark this season, Hazell is reportedly the Boilermakers’ first pick to replace former Purdue coach Danny Hope, who was fired Nov. 25, after going 23-27 in four seasons. Hazell led Kent State its first winning season since 2001 – a feat that earned the second-year coach the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. The potential move to West Lafayette, Ind., though, could bring him back to his old stomping grounds in the Big Ten. From 2004 to 2010, Hazell served as an assistant under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel – first as the team’s wide receivers and kick returns coach before becoming the Buckeyes’ assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. Cincinnati’s Butch Jones has reportedly also been in talks with Purdue about their coaching vacancy. According to multiple media outlets, the Boilermakers are expected have a decision by Wednesday. After losing to Northern Illinois in overtime, 44-37, in the MAC Championship Game Saturday, the Golden Flashes are set to face Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala. read more

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Much news on lithium graphite rare earths and much more

first_imgIn the latest issue of International Mining Project News, the 256th edition, there are updates on some 20 prefeasibility studies, 13 feasibility studies, 34 projects in development, two mines that have gone into production 12 operations in expansion, over a dozen in acquisitions and mergers and many new appointments to new positions. There are important contact details for all projects.Contact Emma@im-mining.com for subscription details and in this issue get news from Crater Gold Mining, Metallica Minerals, Barrack Mines Ltd, Gold Anomaly, Mariana Resources Ltd, Lidya Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret, Avalon Advanced Materials, Kennady Diamonds, Panoro Minerals, Mkango Resources,  Texas Mineral Resources Corp, Harvest Minerals Ltd, GBM Resources, Metalicity, Minotaur Exploration Ltd, Minotaur Gold Solutions Ltd, OZ Minerals, Cassini Resources , West African Resources Ltd, African Potash, La Societe des Potasses et des Mines,  Elemental Minerals, Evergreen Resources,  Energy Fuels Inc, Mesteña Uranium, Plateau Uranium,  Horizonte Minerals, Glencore, Xstrata Brasil Exploraçâo Mineral, Conroy Gold and Natural Resources,  Peninsula Energy,  Algold Resources Ltd,  Carbine Resources, Amur Minerals Corp, Geologix Explorations, Dacian Gold, Golden Rim Resources Ltd, Herencia Resources, Paguanta Resources (Chile) SA, Cia Minera Paguanta, Kasbah Resources, Toyota Tsusho Corp, Nittetsu Mining Co, Capricorn Metals Ltd, Independence Group,  Gold Road Resources Ltd, Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Metminco,  Plymouth Minerals Ltd, Valoriza Mineria,  Twin Metals Minnesota, Duluth Metals Ltd,  Los Calatos Holding Ltd, Hampton Mining, Northern Vertex Mining, Matsa Resources, Stellar Resources, Columbus Metals, Talga Resources, Intra Energy Corp, Tancoal Energy, Duran Ventures, Bear Creek Mining, Almonty Industries, Hudson Resources, Tata Steel Minerals Canada, Altech Chemicals, Eurasia Mining, Venturex Resources, Northern Star Resources, Kidman Resources, Poseidon,  Belo Sun Mining,  Orvana Minerals Corp, Goldphyre Resources, Aldridge Minerals, Environmental Clean Technologies Ltd, Neyveli Lignite Corp, National Mining Development Corp, Golden Arrow Resources Corp, Silver Standard, TNG,  Northern Minerals Ltd, Huatai Mining, Taizhong Energy Australia, Shandong Taizhong Energy, Rio Tinto, Taseko Mines, Seabridge Gold, Karnalyte Resources, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals,  Li3 Energy, Inc, Minera Salar Blanco SpA, Lithium Power International, Vista Gold Corp, Midas Gold Corp, FinnAust Mining, Maximus Resources, Ramelius Resource Ltd, Copper Fox Metals, Desert Fox Van Dyke Co, Teck Resources, Carmax Mining Corp, Avenira Ltd, Wallbridge Mining Co, Carube Copper Corp, SLAM Exploration, Lydian International, KAZ Minerals, Mountain Province Diamonds, De Beers Canada, Randgold Resources,  Independence Group NL, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Mandalay Resources, Saracen Mineral Holdings, Aeris Resources, Northam Platinum, Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée, Halco Mining, Alcoa, Dadco Investments,  Havilah Resources, Latin American Minerals, Minsur, Maya Gold & Silver, Zgounder Millenium Silver Mining, l’Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines,  Goldrock Mines Corp, Fortuna Silver Mine, Montan Mining Corp, Company Cerro Dorado, Premier Gold Mines, Wealth Minerals Ltd, Sociedad Quimica y Minera, Sierra Rutile Ltd, Iluka Resources Ltd, Iluka International, Polymetal International, Orion Minerals, Kazzinc, Glencore, Coro Mining Corp, Minera Rayrock Ltda, Compañía Minera Milpo, Metals X Ltd, Aditya Birla Minerals, Golden Band Resources, Procon Resources, Logan Resources, Pilot Gold,  Hudson Resources,  Wesdome Gold Mines, Aurelia Metals, Tyranna Resources,  Anglo American and NuLegacy Gold Corplast_img read more

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Yoyogi stadium built in 1964 to host handball at Olympics 2020

← Previous Story Best 24 youth national teams find out rivals at WCh 2017 in Georgia Next Story → Milos Bozovic to stay at Tatabanya Grundfos until 2020 Just over three years before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the IHF delegation visited Tokyo to inspect the Yoyogi National Stadium – the venue for handball at Tokyo 2020.Yoyogi was built for the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and quickly became an architectural icon for its distinctive design, by one of Japan’s most famous modernist architects, Kenzo Tange.The stadium sits in what is called the ‘Heritage Zone’, an area comprising of numerous buildings from the 1964 Games that Tokyo will refresh and reuse for 2020.A ‘Tokyo Bay Zone’ is the second of the two zones in the city which will host the first Olympic Games influenced by the Olympic Agenda 2020, meaning that Tokyo 2020’s venues will not all be held together in a park or cluster, but distributed around the city.JHA President Yoshihide Watanabe, who is also Asia Representative on the IHF Council, joined the delegation too and along with Tokyo 2020, will form part of the trio of involved parties in handball at Tokyo 2020 – the IHF, JHA and Tokyo 2020/Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG).The delegation visited both halls at Yoyogi National Stadium, various accommodation locations, Minato City Sports Centre and Shinagawa City General Gymnasium training venues and the proposed ‘Fan Zone’ for the handball arena at Games time. In addition to the site visits, various meetings took place where the IHF delegation could view detailed models of the finished arena and had the opportunity to discuss competition schedules, various procedures, timeframes, test event planning and sports equipment.SOURCE: IHF.info read more

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Government approves appointment of 390 new posts for special needs assistants

first_imgEDUCATION MINISTER RUAIRÍ Quinn has confirmed that 170 new special needs assistants (SNAs) will be appointed immediately with further 220 to be employed next year.It follows Cabinet approval of a proposal by Quinn to increase the cap on the number of SNAs working in the State. Approval today means that the total number of SNAs in the country will be 10,965 when the recruitment process concludes.The Department of Education said these extra posts will ensure that government policy of ensuring that every child who is assessed as needing SNA support will receive such support.The previous government imposed a cap on the number of SNAs at 10,575 in 2010, however the number of pupils in need of SNA has increased since them.“Despite our economic difficulties, we need to support our children with special needs to achieve their full potential in school,” Ruairí Quinn said today.The decision today was welcomed by the trade union IMPACT, which represents the majority of SNAs, whose official Dessie Robinson said: “The recent practice of allocating portions of SNA posts to schools, rather than full-time SNAs, has placed further financial and organisational pressure on schools working to educate children with special needs.“These full-time posts are very welcome and will go some way to meeting the increased demand in our schools. We hope it is also a sign that the casualisation of the SNA role is being addressed.”The National Council for Special Education will allocate the new SNA posts on the basis of need following assessment, the Department of Education said.Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announcedMicheál Martin: Reversing special needs assistants cutbacks is only fairlast_img read more

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The Wonderful World of Tank Girl 1 – Tank Girl Strikes Again

first_img“The Wonderful World of Tank Girl #1 – Tank Girl Strikes Again! Tank Girl and all the gang are back, in this, the first of four brand-new, epic, stand-alone stories!nIn Tank Girl Strikes Again, our anti-heroes try to pull off their biggest caper ever, but, thanks to Booga’s gormless plotting, they barely escape with their lives. This is Tank Girl on true classic, chaotic, idiotic form!”THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TANK GIRL #1: TANK GIRL STRIKES AGAIN(W): Alan Martin (A & L): Brett ParsonAlan Martin continues his reign with new stand-alone one-shots featuring our favorite characters: Booga, Jet Girl, Sub Girl Barney and of course, the girl we all came to see, Tank Girl. Martin can do no wrong when writing Tank Girl. Being one of the original creators of the series (with Jamie Hewlett), he’s written these comics for years but always comes up with new and unique ideas that can’t be matched. Tank Girl Strikes Again is no different. Martin’s brings us into another adventure with the chaotic crew from futuristic Australia.via Titan ComicsAt first read, the comic reads a bit frantic but keeps the story steady throughout. It reads like a narrative that’s so action-packed but must get done in a matter of time to move onto the next one. However, that shouldn’t be a deterrent from picking it up. Even though they pack in so much, these issues being one-shots are a fantastic idea. They allow you a high voltage, but a short glimpse into the Wonderful World of Tank Girl without staying for too long. You crave a little more within the pages, but it feels like you’ll always have the memory afterward. Martin litters with fantastic puns, witty and humorous dialogue. He writes the most unorganized crime story of distorted and chaotic destruction you’ve ever seen.Brett Parson continues his epic visualization of the bullets, discord, and chaos in his cheerful and great drawings and inks. They never fail to produce a grin on your face. Even at points where danger is near or happening, you get a sense of glee from the radiant and vivid colors that he uses. Parson doesn’t fail to take Martin’s hilarious script and give it detail and personality that you’d never imagine. His art brings out more of the characteristics of our anti-heroes. The small details with the character in the world give this comic the zany and psychedelic magnetism that only he can provide.via Titan ComicsParson also letters this comic and, hot damn, he does an exceptional job. I talked about the zany nature of his art, but that also comes out through his lettering. The sound effects, in particular, makes everything so eccentric and bizarre, but works perfectly in the topsy-turvy world we’re reading. Within Tank Girl, that’s what you want. The more strange and madcap things are, the more you gravitate to the uproar.The Wonderful World of Tank Girl #1: Tank Girl Strikes Again is just the start of these delightful one-shots. They expand the Mad Max-like wicked and wacky world or Tank Girl. The Wonderful World of Tank Girl #1: Tank Girl Strikes Again is available now at Comixology and your local comic shop.last_img read more

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David Seaman insists Leno has to be patient

first_imgFormer Arsenal football club goalkeeper David Seaman insists the club’s new signing Bernd Leno has to be patient as Petr Cech continues to remain the first choice option.The former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper joined the Gunners this summer for a fee believed to be around £22.5million but is yet to feature in a competitive game for the club so far.Leno is a German international but Seaman – who played more than 400 times for Arsenal in a glittering 13 years at the club – said: ‘Just because he cost a lot of money does not mean he goes straight into the team.“He has to be patient. Petr Cech has done nothing wrong in goal.” Seaman said, according to Daily Mail.“Ok, so he is adjusting to playing with the ball from the box. But he has been able to contribute to the team and has done nothing to cause him to be left out.”Tony Cascarino names Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s weak spot Andrew Smyth – August 3, 2019 Tony Cascarino suggested that Arsenal might’ve been better off signing a new goalkeeper after identifying Bernd Leno as their weak spot.Seaman believes a spell in a more observational role will benefit Leno as he watches at first hand the demands of the Premier League.“This could be a learning curve for him. You have to be patient in football… I know. I had to be in the past when I was playing. Leno has to bide his time.”With the introduction of Cup games coming up in both the Carabao Cup and UEFA Europa League, Leno will be confident of making his Arsenal bow soon enough.last_img read more

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District Human Rights Commission seeks suspension of computer

first_imgJarasangham: District Human Rights Commission President Peddagolla Narayana submitted a memorandum to Tahsildar Amisingh on Monday seeking suspension of Varalakshmi, the Computer operator in Tahsildar office.Speaking on the occasion, Narayana said, “Varalakshmi changed the passbook of government land at outskirts of Eedurupally village by writing it on her husband Dayakar Reddy’s name.” He further added, “She also committed some irregularities in the land record which belongs to farmers and made corrections after taking money. It is illegal to commit a crime working in Tahsildar office.” He requested officials to respond and appoint a new computer operator and also to take action on the mistakes committed.last_img read more

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Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister resigns after turning 75

first_imgLucknow: Uttar PradeshUttar Pradesh Minister for Finance Rajesh Agarwal resigned from his ministerial position on Tuesday. He sent his resignation to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Rajesh Agarwal recently celebrated his 75th birthday. He has resigned in keeping with the party’s decision of not having ministers above the age of 75. Sources said that Agarwal also cited health reasons for opting out of the Ministry. Agarwal, who belongs to Bareilly, has been a member of the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly for the last 25 years. He has also held the post of Deputy Speaker from 2003 to 2007. With Agarwal’s resignation, the number of vacancies in the state Cabinet have gone up to 18.last_img read more

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Your Instagram account shows how depressed you are

first_imgThe photos you post on social media may be saying more about you than you intend. Scientists from Harvard University and the University of Vermont have found that there is a strong correlation between the nature of photos posted on Instagram and the poster’s mental health. The link is so strong that researchers Andrew Reece and Chris Danforth suggest the algorithm they devised could be used for early detection of mental illness.The experiment started with recruiting 500 test subjects from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, who also used Instagram. They were asked to complete a standard clinical depression survey and share their Instagram posts for analysis. Only 170 agreed to be part of the test, and 70 of them showed some level of depression based on the survey.When the researchers downloaded the images provided by the study participants, they were left with a whopping 40,000 images to dig through. The analysis was based on the last 100 images posted by healthy people, and for those with depression the last 100 posted before their diagnosis. This was done to eliminate the effect of treatment on the images posted.Reece and Danforth used a different set of Turk workers to rate the photos, then added objective measurements like average hue, color saturation, contrast, and the number of faces visible. The reaction of other Instagram users in the form of likes and comments was also taken into account. The model was able to reliably predict which users were clinically depressed based on these metrics.Depressed people tended to post photos with predominantly blue, black, and gray color palettes. They also received fewer likes on Instagram than healthy individuals. Depressed people also had a strong preference for the Inkwell filter, which adds a monochrome effect to photos. Meanwhile, healthy individuals were more likely to use the Valencia filter, which lightens the colors. Faces were more common in the photos submitted by depressed users, but usually only one face — their own. So, excessive selfie use is associated with depression now.When tested with a new group of individuals, the researchers reported that it correctly identified 70% of those with depression. That’s better than most general practice doctors can do. Maybe some day the apps on your phone will start asking how you’re feeling based on the photos you post.last_img read more

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Former longtime policeman arrested for murder in Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An altercation between two men in front of a Cancun supermarket has resulted in the death of one and the arrest of another who is reported to be a former police officer.The incident arose Monday night when an apparent altercation between the two occurred in front of a mini-market on Bonampak Avenue in Supermanzana 3 of central Cancun. The altercation took place around 9:10 p.m. in front of a Go-Mart when one of the two men involved in the altercation got in his SUV to leave the scene.He was followed by the second man in a Jeep Cherokee with whom he had the altercation. The jeep followed the SUV to Róbalo Street where the driver caught up with him and shot him several times while in his vehicle.State Police arrived on scene and arrested the man alleged responsible for the death of the SUV driver.According to a press release, the arrested man was a municipal policeman with the federal security agency Grupo Maya, from 2006 until 2015. When arrested, he was found carrying a firearm.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Update Drunk policeman guards prisoner

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! With regards to a recent incident at a local hospital involving an allegedly drunk police officer, the SAPS request that witnesses come forward and hand over statements.The policeman was allegedly drunk while on duty and guarding a prisoner at the hospital.Sources claim the officer was intoxicated and making a noise in the hospital. A bag he was carrying was evidently left near the patient while he went to look for matches. In the bag was a firearm, a bottle of booze and a packet of cigarettes.In order for police to proceed with investigations and for internal charges to be laid against the officer, witnesses are urged to come forward.Witnesses are to contact Lieutenant Colonel Zungu of Ezakheni SAPS on 0366369518/9542. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills’ helmet isn’t befitting of its mascot.That appears to be a scaled fish with teeth rather than a Buffalo.The Bengals’ and Broncos’ helmets stick to their mascots but in a dreamscape sort of scenery, though Denver’s helmets also includes a bear, an eagle or falcon — two other NFL mascots, by the way — and salmon.The Eagles and the Buccaneers get our vote for best of show.As for the helmets that are just too far out there, the Raiders’ silly pirate helmet is in the running for most hilarious, but the New York Giants’ “I love N.Y.” theme takes the cake.Check out the rest of the helmets in this album here. With the NFL taking Monday Night Football’s Raiders-Texans matchup to Mexico City, the league is tapping into the local culture.The NFL asked Mexican artists to reimagine helmets for every team in the league, and the Arizona Cardinals’ look maintains the red birds’ aggressive look.Might the artist who painted the Cardinals helmet be a Ball State alumnus?The look is clean and it’s one of few of these that could actually make for a standard helmet. Many of the other helmet reimaginations are quite extravagant compared to your usual gameday helmets. Take, for example, the Tennessee Titans’ tops, which … just look. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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