CHILDREN’S DEATHS IN STATE CARE WERE HARROWING – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the publication of the report from the independent review group on the deaths of children in State care.“This is an extremely sad day for Ireland, and particularly for the families and friends of these young people.  My thoughts and my deepest sympathies are with them at this distressing time,” said Donegal Deputy McConalogue.“I want to pay tribute to my colleague Barry Andrews for being the first Minister to shine a light on this dark corner of Irish life.  He took an important step by commissioning this report in 2010.  I am relieved that it has now finally been published, six months after the current Minister first received it. “This is the first report of its kind in the history of the State.  It is a harrowing report to read, but absolutely necessary as we improve the care of vulnerable children in our country.  These problems did not begin when Barry Andrews commissioned this independent review, and they will not end now that the report has been published. Right now in cities and towns across Ireland, there are vulnerable young people in homes and on the streets at risk in the same way as the children in this report.“As legislators we must do everything in our power to help these children and the Government must implement the recommendations in this report as a matter of urgency.  They will have Fianna Fáil’s full support in doing this.  Government alone cannot fully resolve the issue of protecting vulnerable children.  That approach would run the risk of another similar report ten years hence.  Society has a whole, and every arm of the State, has a responsibility towards these children,” said Deputy McConalogue.As per the recommendations in the report, Fianna Fáil is calling for:  –       The reinstatement of the exemption on the civil service recruitment embargo for all social workers in the area of child and family service. Note: The number of children in the care of the State with an assigned social worker has slipped from 94% in January 2011 to 92% in February 2012.  –       The establishment of a Child Death Review Unit (CDRU), totally independent of the Department, the HSE and the new Child and Family Support Agency. –       Changes in the in camera rule of reporting child protection cases in the courts so that information gathered in child care proceedings can be the subject of review and reporting –       Real reform of the child protection system, ensuring consistency of practise and service as part of the new Child and Family Support Agency –       The provision of aftercare services to all children in the care of the State after they turn 18. CHILDREN’S DEATHS IN STATE CARE WERE HARROWING – TD was last modified: June 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Horse racing in South Africa

first_imgHorse racing is a hugely popular sport in South Africa, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport in South Africa enjoys a long and rich history that can be traced back to 1797. The first recorded race club meeting took place five years later in 1802.The national horse racing body is known as the National Horse Racing Authority and previously operated under the name of The Jockey Club of South Africa. It was founded in 1882. (Image: Vodacom Durban July)Brand South Africa reporterHorse racing is a hugely popular sport in South Africa, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport in South Africa enjoys a long and rich history that can be traced back to 1797! The first recorded race club meeting took place five years later in 1802.The national horse racing body is known as the National Horse Racing Authority and previously operated under the name of The Jockey Club of South Africa. It was founded in 1882.Racing in South Africa is controlled by two bodies: Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, and Gold Circle. Phumelela controls racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, while Gold Circle has the reins in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.There are three major races that stand out above the rest, one in each of the three biggest cities in the country. Turfontein in Johannesburg hosts The Summer Cup, while Cape Town’s star attraction is The J & B Met. Durban’s primary event is The Vodacom July, which was first run in 1897 at its present home, Greyville.Saftote controls the big-money betting industry. It is the banner under which Phumelela and Gold Circle work their totalisator. The betting system is controlled by the Maryland, USA-based company that designed it. All tote equipment has been given the South African Bureau of Standards’ stamp of approval.There are three major races that stand out above the rest, one in each of the three biggest cities in the country. Turfontein in Johannesburg hosts The Summer Cup, while Cape Town’s star attraction is The J & B Met. Durban’s primary event is The Vodacom July, which was first run in 1897 at its present home, Greyville. (Image: Vodacom Durban July)Horse racing tracks in South AfricaEASTERN CAPEArlington Race CourseSchoenmakerskop Road, Walmer, Port ElizabethTel: (041) 366 1666Fairview Race CourseDraaifontein Road, Greenbushes, Port ElizabethTel: (041) 372 1859FREE STATEVaal Race CourseAscot Road, ViljoensdrifTel: (016) 457 6000GAUTENGNorth Rand Training CentreOlievenhoutbosch Road, Randjesfontein(011) 314 1954Turffontein Race CourseTurf Club Street, Turffontein, JohannesburgTel: (011) 681 1500KWAZULU-NATALClairwood Turf Club89 Barrier Lane, Merebank, DurbanTel: (031) 469 1020Greyville Turf Club150 Avondale Road, Greyville, DurbanTel: (031) 314 1651Scottsville Race Course45 New England Road, PietermaritzburgTel: (033) 345 3405NORTHERN CAPEFlamingo Park Race Course78 Boshoff Road, KimberleyTel: (053) 843 0011WESTERN CAPEDurbanville Race CourseBowlers Way, Durbanville, Cape TownTel: (021) 975 2524Kenilworth Race Course (Regional office)Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape TownTel: (021) 700 1600Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goal

first_imgRelated Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#AI#Argo AI#artificial intelligence#autonomous cars#Bryan Salesky#Carnegie Mellon University#driverless#featured#Ford#Google#Peter Rander#robotics#Self-Driving#top#Uber#Waymo Ford has announced it will spend $1 billion to acquire Argo AI, a Pittsburgh robotics startup, in the hopes the expertise will advance its self-driving program.Argo AI was created a few months ago by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, two experts in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Salesky previously worked for Google’s self-driving division, recently renamed Waymo, while Rander was one of the lead voices on Uber’s self-driving program.See Also: Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrowThe acquisition is an admission of sorts that Ford is behind in the self-driving race. Mark Fields, the CEO, said the company wants to have self-driving cars on the road by 2021.Argo AI planned to hire hundreds of employees in the next year, to build a “virtual driver” that is capable of controlling all the car functionality. Ford has not said if the hiring spree will continue post-acquisition.A self-driving bubble?Even though Salesky and Rander are big names in the automation world, the move may be seen as the start of the self-driving bubble. General Motors spent $581 million to acquire Cruise Automation, a 40-person startup based in California. Uber spent $680 million to acquire Otto, a self-driving truck startup.This is the first billion dollar acquisition, but don’t expect it to be the last. As automakers start to realise self-driving is the future, more will start searching for startups to ensure that they don’t get swallowed whole.Others, we suspect, will look towards Google, Uber or even Amazon for collaboration, as Volvo and Fiat Chrysler are already doing.center_img David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Two Maoists killed in Sukma

first_imgThe police claimed to have killed two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in an encounter in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The encounter took place in Tokanpalli forest under Chintagufa police station limits of Sukma district when a joint team of the Sukma DRG (District Reserve Guard) and Chhattisgarh STF (Special Task Force) was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation. The deceased Maoists were identified as Sanni alias Kunjam Lakkhe and Nanda Gurdum. Sanni was working as the Local Operating Squad member of the CPI (Maoist) in Nagaram area and Nanda was working as the Maoists’ militia member. The joint police team also recovered two weapons from the spot of the encounter apart from other Maoist material. In a separate development, two police constables, posted under Polamapalli police station of Sukma, were suspended for allegedly beating up local villagers on Thursday. The suspension of the constables came after the villagers accused a police team of harassment in Gorgunda area of Sukma.last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Bill to Improve Private Access to Credit

first_imgStory Highlights The Act is to modernise and improve the availability of domestic credit to the private sector The legislation paves the way for business assets to be pledged as collateral The Act is also intended to minimise the risk of loan repayment Cabinet has given the nod for the introduction of a Bill, which is expected to facilitate increased access to credit, and enhance the business environment.The Security Interest in Personal Property Act (2013) is designed to implement a legal framework to modernise and improve the availability of domestic credit to the private sector, while minimising the risk of loan repayment.“It also seeks to create security interests in personal property, simplify the registration process for recognition of such interests, allow for public notification of security interests, and stipulate the rules which govern the priority in which such interests are enforceable,” said Minister with responsibility for Information , Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer.She was speaking on July 24, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing at Jamaica House.According to Miss Falconer, the current collateral systems in Jamaica is costly, inefficient, and not in keeping with best practice standards. The legislation paves the way for business assets to be pledged as collateral with greater reliability and certainty for recovery.Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, who also participated in the briefing, pointed out that this is the fifth piece of legislation to be brought to Parliament in compliance with the deadline set out in the Government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund ( IMF).Meanwhile, Cabinet approved the implementation of initial recommendations to improve the Government’s procurement process.Senator Falconer explained that over the past 18 months, the Cabinet Infrastructure Sub Committee has observed delays in the procurement process, and recognising the negative impact this could have on the economy, stakeholders put forward recommendations to improve the procedure.The proposals cover improvements to the legislative and regulatory framework; institutional framework and management capacity; transparency and integrity of the procurement system; procurement operations and market practices.Minister Falconer noted also, that Cabinet discussed administrative sanctions to hold procuring entities and the approval bodies accountable for delays; developing procurement expertise across Government; and the work of the procurement appeals board.last_img read more

Agro Parks on Track – Minister Clarke

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says that the Agro Parks project is going well with crops already reaped at the three facilities in operation and replanting underway.“At Plantain Garden (St. Thomas) we just finished reaping onions, and we are preparing now to put some more in. Pumpkins are now growing. Ebony Park (Clarendon), that one is on stream and we are experimenting with the mini-set yam technique. We have reaped some there and the results are very encouraging,” he said.The Minister, who was on a tour of the Amity Hall Agro Park project on October 3, with Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and other Government officials, informed that small farmers  are engaged in the cultivation of some 150 acres of crops at the St. Catherine-based facility. The crops include onion, pepper, pumpkin, sweet potato, corn, and callaloo.“All those things are things that the markets have predetermined. The farmers knew exactly what to produce. These are farmers occupying between five and 10 acres,” he said.Also at Amity Hall, Caribbean Broilers is engaged in the production of sorghum as a replacement for some of the imported animal feed. “They have planted nearly 150 acres and there is another 400 acres prepared to be planted,” Minister Clarke said.He said through sorghum production “what we have been able to do is put a dent in our import as far as animal feeds is concerned.”As it relates to the other six facilities to come on stream, Minister Clarke informed that the Hill Run facility in St. Catherine, will be dedicated to fish production. He said arrangements are being made “where our local processors and people who import tilapia can buy into our local production”.“We are working to see how we can up the breeds, we are working with an entity that has brought in new genetic material, and is also producing these fish quite successfully. They are growing like twice as the original fish that we have here,” he said.Turning to the New Forest Agro Park in Manchester, which is privately-operated, he informed that the facility is “up and running in a very significant way”. The government is providing irrigation for the facility. “We are working with them to see how we can work to deal with marketing,” he added.Some 5,000 persons are expected to benefit directly and indirectly from the nine agro parks that are to be established across the island. The project is expected to reduce imports of targeted crops and realize foreign exchange savings of $4 billion when fully operational. The project is expected to reduce imports of targeted crops and realize foreign exchange savings of $4 billion when fully operational. There are plans for six other facilites to come on stream for a total of nine (9) Agro Parks. Minister says that the Agro Parks project is going very well at the three facilities currently in operation.last_img read more