Press release: Sex offender’s sentence extended for repeated child abuse

first_imgMohammed Waqar, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, has had his prison term increased today after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.Waqar, 33, sexually assaulted the child on a number of occasions over a sustained 10 month period; he also forced the victim to watch a sexual act after showing her pornography on his phone. He showed no remorse for his actions during the trial, insisting that he was innocent.He was sentenced in December to 2 years in prison at Bradford Crown Court. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 5 years and ordered to sign the sexual offenders register. The Court of Appeal agreed that his sentence was too lenient and increased it to 4 years in prison.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:“Sexual abuse is one of the most psychologically damaging things that can happen to a child. Mohammed Waqar is guilty of repeatedly and consistently abusing the victim. I’m pleased the Court of Appeal has agreed to extend his sentence.”last_img read more

Press release: £19 million fund to support victims of domestic abuse

first_img Office address and general enquiries Today’s announcement builds on steps taken by government to end domestic abuse, support victims and ensure offenders are prosecuted. Including: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 A further £1.2 million will be allocated towards domestic abuse services in due course Domestic abuse is a devastating crime and this government is committed to ensuring all survivors have access to the support they need, whenever they need it. This funding will expand the support available for survivors to help them rebuild their lives. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF View the government’s updated priorities for domestic abuse services. This fund has already helped to support diverse projects across the country, including:Lancashire County Council – Jane’s Place of Recovery Refuge Further case studies of the 2016 to 2018 fund: Domestic abuse is a horrendous crime, which can have a long-term and devastating impact on families, and particularly children. The funding dedicated to support survivors of domestic abuse will help local authorities and their partners continue to work together to ensure victims of domestic abuse have access to the help and support they need. Our ultimate aim should be preventing domestic abuse from occurring in the first place. We are supportive of the early intervention and preventative approach to stop domestic abuse from happening at all. Media enquiries Email [email protected] The government has also published updated guidelines for councils, created in partnership with experts. We want to ensure their response to domestic abuse is as collaborative, robust and effective as it can be, meeting the needs of diverse communities including BAME, disabled and LGBT victims.Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: See the full list of allocations The first allocations of the £20 million fund was announced November 2016 led by local authorities working in partnership with service providers for work in 2016 to 2018 The release of the next round of funding for refuges and other accommodation for women escaping domestic abuse is desperately needed, and much welcomed. Our national network of refuges not only save lives but transform them, helping women and their children to rebuild their lives. With a decision about the future of refuge funding after 2020 due to be made in the coming months, we look forward to working with the government to ensure the future safety of survivors. Together we need to ensure that there is a sustainable, long-term funding solution for all domestic abuse services, including lifesaving refuges. Only then can we guarantee that every survivor and her children can get the support they need to build a life free from domestic abuse. Funding was used to help to support the establishment of ‘Jane’s Place’, which specialises in providing safe accommodation for those at most risk of harm and accommodates women and families across a number of self-contained flats. Covering 11 local authorities in Hampshire, this project aims to fund three approaches including access to safe houses, enhanced security measures within clients’ homes and effective ways for life after living in safe houses or refuges. This project is particularly targeted at those from BAME communities or those with complex needs. If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. North Lincolnshire Council Grant funding was used to secure additional resources to ensure that both female and male victims of domestic abuse were able to access immediate support at times of crisis. Further informationThe 2015 Spending Review contained dedicated long term funding of £40 million to support victims of domestic abuse. Almost £19 million of funding to expand support for survivors of domestic abuse services across England has been launched today (2 July 2018) by the Secretary of State for Communities.Councils working in partnership with charities and other organisations will be able to bid for a share of funding to support survivors of domestic abuse.This will be available for a wide range of services to help survivors rebuild their lives; including the provision of refuge beds, education, and employment and life skills training.This funding builds on £20 million allocated in 2016 to 2018 which has helped provide more than 2,200 new bed spaces in refuges and other specialist accommodation, supporting more than 19,000 survivors with a safe space to rebuild their lives.Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – – – Social media – MHCLG The Hampshire Making Safe Scheme’, led by Hart District Council Councillor Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board said: Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Contact form https://forms.communit… Royal London Borough of Greenwich – The Multiple Needs & Intensive Support Project Greenwich used part of the funding to employ a Complex Needs support worker, providing intensive support to survivors across the lifetime of the project. new powers and laws – a new domestic abuse offence to capture coercive and controlling behaviour, the criminalisation of forced marriage, and the introduction of new stalking laws the national roll-out of domestic violence protection orders and the domestic violence disclosure scheme £15 million, 3-year Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund £3.5 million provided in 2015 that funded 46 successful bids from around the country, providing 710 extra bed spaces £10 million funding announced by the coalition government for strengthening provision of safe accommodation in the last Spending Review period we will shortly be introducing a new landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to protect and support victims, recognise the life-long impact domestic abuse has on children and make sure agencies effectively respond to domestic abuse Applicants are required to submit bids no later than 5pm Friday 17 August to [email protected]last_img read more

Hangtown Music Festival Announces Impressive Initial Lineup

first_imgWith an impressive lineup spanning the various sub-genres of the jam scene, the Hangtown Music Festival has announced its initial lineup with event hosts Railroad Earth playing all three nights, and being joined by Medeski Martin & Wood (who are celebrating their 25th anniversary), Nahko & Medicine For The People, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (performing Prince‘s Dirty Mind ft. Fishbone’s Angelo), The Infamous Stringdusters, Steve Kimock & Friends, Twiddle, TAUK, and many many more.Hangtown is set to take place from October 20th-23rd at El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, CA. There will also be a special “Incidental Animals” set, which will feature ALO‘s Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Dave Brogan and Steve Adams, with the String Cheese Incident‘s Kyle Hollingsworth and Trey Anastasio Band‘s Jennifer Hartswick.Tickets are currently on sale here.Hangtown Music Festival 2016 Initial LineupRailroad Earth x3Medeski Martin & WoodNahko & Medicine For The peopleKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs Prince’s ‘Dirty Mind’ featuring Angelo from FishboneThe Infamous StringdustersThe Wood BrothersNicki Bluhm & The GramblersIncidental AnimalsBoomboxSteve Kimock & FriendsLukas Nelson & Promise Of The RealPimps Of JoytimeCarolyn WonderlandTAUKTwiddleDead Winter CarpentersPink Talking FishHorseshoes & Hand GrenadesWhiskey ShiversEuforquestraGipsy MoonRabbit Wildelast_img read more

Previously Unheard Notorious B.I.G. Rhymes Appear On New Faith Evans Duet Album [Listen]

first_imgFaith Evans said in a press release:“I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable. Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold & extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had & the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”The King & I Tracklist:01 A Billion02 Legacy03 Beautiful (Interlude)04 Can’t Get Enough05 Don’t Test Me06 Big/Faye (Interlude) [ft. Jamal Woolard]07 Tryna Get By08 The Reason09 I Don’t Want It [ft. Lil’ Cease]10 I Got Married (Interlude) [ft. Mama Wallace]11 Wife Commandments12 We Just Clicked (Interlude) [ft. Mama Wallace]13 A Little Romance14 The Baddest (Interlude)15 Fool For You16 Crazy (Interlude) [ft. 112 & Mama Wallace]17 Got Me Twisted18 When We Party [ft. Snoop Dogg]19 Somebody Knows [ft. Busta Rhymes]20 Take Me There [ft. Sheek Louch & Styles P]21 One In The Same22 I Wish (Interlude) [ft. Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere]23 Lovin You For Life [ft. Lil’ Kim]24 NYC [ft. Jadakiss]25 It Was Worth It It was 1997 when the Notorious B.I.G left this planet, but wife Faith Evans has kept his spirit alive. She now officially announces the release of a duet album The King & I (due out May 19) featuring previously unreleased Biggie rhymes alongside Evans own vocals. There are guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Lol’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Biggie’s own mother Voletta Wallace, who also narrates the album with the married couple.Today, Evans shares two tracks from The King & I, “NYC” featuring Jadakiss, and “When We Party” featuring Snoop Dogg. Listen to both new tracks below:last_img read more

Emma Dench on helping graduate students succeed

first_img Related In her first year as dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Emma Dench focused on trying to give all 4,400 of her charges a deeper sense of connection to the School; managing the transition of Dudley House to the newly formed GSAS Student Center; and communicating with alumni here and abroad. She has also been rethinking ways to promote effective advising, something she sees as “central to the successful completion of a graduate student’s education.” Dench said she enjoys spending time with students and so keeps regular office hours and hosts a British-themed tea each semester. The McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics continues to engage in her own scholarship and views that as key in helping her relate to everything GSAS students go through. The Gazette recently spoke with Dench about her vision for what she considers “the beating intellectual heart of the University.”Q&AEmma DenchGAZETTE: What has your first year has been like? Biggest surprises, challenges?DENCH: This past year I have been getting ready to launch initiatives and grappling with what I consider the biggest challenge, which is the enormity of GSAS. It’s a School, but it’s also a platform. We really are One Harvard, as we oversee 59 master’s and Ph.D. programs based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and at nearly every School at the University. We’ve got more than 4,400 students, many of whom are Ph.D. students imbedded in and working with faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education or Harvard Kennedy School or across the river in the Longwood campus at Harvard Medical School or the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. While we bring Ph.D. students together, we also deal with the extreme atomization that comes from being located in the different Schools. Our challenge is in reaching out to students to let them know we are there for them and to reinforce the idea that they are both connected to whatever School they reside in and are part of the broader GSAS identity.GAZETTE: Are there particular areas or themes you have been focusing on?DENCH: I have focused on three areas this past year. First, I have been addressing that atomization, helping students establish a connection with GSAS, and also with me, by developing programs that make me more accessible. The students all know, in theory at least, to call me Emma, and I started holding office hours, which have been very popular. Students are encouraged to come with a question, an issue, or just to say hello. Some bring a complicated issue, a paper, or even a PowerPoint, and that’s absolutely fine. The most frequent comments I hear are “I’ve never been in this building before” and “I’ve never spoken to a dean.” Meeting with and getting to know our students has been absolutely delightful.We also host a tea once a term, like the office hours, which have no agenda. They are British-themed and beautifully hosted by the GSAS Student Center in Lehman Hall. The conversations I have had with students have been amazing. These are very relaxed occasions, and a really nice opportunity to catch up and make connections. Sometimes we sit on the floor, or take selfies. It’s been really, really fun.I’ve also focused on managing the transition from Dudley House to the GSAS Student Center. We used to share Dudley House with the College, but last year Dudley split to form the Dudley Community for undergraduates and the GSAS Student Center for GSAS students. This has been a wonderful opportunity to take a fresh look at the specific needs of graduate students, this atomized body that really is crying out for a center. We are in the process of appointing an executive director and thinking afresh about the programming and building use. We’ve had impactful conversations with the student leaders who have been involved in the process and the interviews for the executive director.Finally, we’ve done an incredible amount of alumni outreach. I visited 12 cities this academic year, mostly in North America, but I also traveled to Athens, Rome, London, and Zurich. I wanted to hear from our alumni about their experiences as GSAS students and share what we are accomplishing at GSAS. We also discussed how we could engage them and connect them with current students. For example, we held a Flash Mentoring Week in collaboration with the Office of Career Services, where alumni who wanted to mentor current students could link up. The idea of expanding that is very exciting.,GAZETTE: You have mentioned that rethinking the role of advising for graduate students has been another priority for you. Why is that so important and where are you in that process?DENCH: Good advising is central to the successful completion of a student’s graduate education and often leads to meaningful lifelong professional and personal connections. At GSAS, we’re asking what best practices lead to the most effective advising relationships. We want to celebrate those positive interactions. Advising has formed part of the broad conversations I have been having with alumni, who have reflected on how advising influenced them as Harvard students. What I am often hearing is that good advising is a group effort that regularly involves a dissertation director, dissertation committee members, other members of the faculty, and program administrators, preferably in complementary roles.We are also addressing the harder question of what gets in the way of effective advising and identifying those factors. We are exploring how to intervene and what behaviors we can model institutionally through example, through encouragement, and through training. Above all, we believe a culture change is required so that advising is uniformly taken seriously — and I think we are on the brink of that change. We envision what we are calling The Advising Project as a two-year initiative. But this is more than a two-year project: We intend to create momentum and engagement to ensure we continue to support and promote effective advising.It takes a village. I don’t think that’s a secret. It’s much healthier to have multiple advisers, and, of course, any project benefits from multiple perspectives. Going forward we need to ensure that GSAS students have easy access to a range of people who can help them succeed.GAZETTE: What has the transition been like from faculty member to dean?DENCH: Honestly, I’ve experienced many continuities, which is as it should be. In terms of my status as an academic, I am delighted and terribly proud that my third book, “Empire and Political Cultures in the Roman World,” came out last summer. The FAS named me a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for it, and I gave a number of named lectureships last year as well, so I do still feel like an academic even though it’s not easy. I do believe that GSAS is the beating intellectual heart of the University, and as such, I feel a responsibility to stay connected so that I can relate to writer’s block, imposter phenomenon, and everything else our students go through.In a more administrative sense, my work as the director of graduate studies in the Department of the Classics for many years gave me a useful tool kit. I draw on that experience, on the conversations I had over the years, on all the little interventions we implemented. I’ve spent hundreds of hours talking to students at every point in their careers. I think because classics students are very adaptive and they have had to think about a variety of careers, we were way ahead of the curve. Drawing on that knowledge and experience has helped me better understand, from the students’ point of view, the scope and size of GSAS and the vast diversity of experiences students have in different programs, as well as their different backgrounds.My own interests have also played a part, particularly around institutional structure and how individuals and groups work within it. It’s not an accident that my most recent publication explored how the Roman Empire worked. So I’ve found the position very challenging but incredibly interesting in learning how the University works from the vantage point of GSAS. Every day I learn something new and recalibrate what I thought I knew. “I do believe that GSAS is the beating intellectual heart of the University, and as such, I feel a responsibility to stay connected so that I can relate to writer’s block, imposter phenomenon, and everything else our students go through.” Getting comfortable outside their comfort zones GAZETTE: Is there anyone you turn to for advice?DENCH: As a faculty member, I had absolutely no idea what deans do — I still can’t believe how little I knew. I’m fortunate to have the most amazing colleagues within GSAS, and we have a very open and direct line of communication. We share what is on our minds and it’s incredible. The directors of graduate studies, program heads, and program administrators are an amazing group, and teach me so much every day. Other deans at Harvard have also been a great resource for me. You really need to have people to talk to who completely understand and with whom you can be candid. I’m glad to experience that with my Harvard colleagues.GAZETTE: What is the best part about the job?DENCH: The colleagues and the students. What’s not to love about GSAS students? They are so brilliant. They are doing cutting-edge work and trying to balance their lives. I totally relate to that; that’s been the story of my life, my own struggle since I was a teenager. And I am so proud of them. You see them graduating and, in some cases, you have an inkling of everything they went through and everything they overcame. I am on the brink of crying much of the day on Commencement.GAZETTE: Have you taken a break from teaching?DENCH: I took a short break from teaching in the classroom but I have been advising, engaging in one-to-one predissertation work, and taking part in Ph.D. committees. I co-advised two senior theses last year, and I will be doing that again this year, so that really has kept me connected to the students. I am also co-teaching a graduate seminar on Macedonia next spring with my wonderful colleague Paul Kosmin.GAZETTE: In your life away from Harvard, were you able to travel this summer for vacation? History and classics professor turns her gaze from past to future center_img DENCH: Both this year and last year immediately after Commencement, my husband, Jonathan, and I have gone on hiking holidays to Italy. This year we went to the island of Elba just off Tuscany. It’s rugged terrain, an iron-ore mining outpost since before the Etruscans. It’s also known for sheep and goat raising. More famously, it’s one of the places Napoleon was exiled. For us it has a particular kind of resonance because we met in Rome in 1992, and the next summer Jonathan had an artist’s residency in the remote interior of the island, and I visited him for a week. So, this recent trip was a nice return to a happy summer when we were much younger.GAZETTE: For the Gazette’s recent summer reading story, you said you had been reading Mark Mazower’s “Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430‒1950,” and Margaret Atwood’s “Bodily Harm.” Is there anything new on your nightstand?DENCH: I am reading Alice Munro’s novel “Lives of Girls and Women,” and loving it. Diverse campus informs, inspires, and challenges students in and out of the classroom, Harvard leaders say Dench named dean of Graduate School of Arts and Scienceslast_img read more

Supporters of protesting Indian farmers scuffle with police

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — About 200 supporters of Indian farmers have scuffled with police after being blocked from marching to an area for protests near the Parliament building in the Indian capital. Waving flags and banners, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform laws which farmers say will favor large corporations. The police barricaded the road and some protesters tried unsuccessfully to push their way through. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping on the outskirts of New Delhi for more than two months in an effort to force the repeal of laws they believe would end government-set prices and force them to sell to powerful corporations rather than government-run markets.last_img

UGA Bulls Better

BREAKING GROUND for the new multipurpose livestock building at the University of Georgia Bull Evaluation Center near Irwinville, Ga., are (from left) Georgia Rep. Penny Houston (District 166), Georgia Rep. Newt Hudson (Dist. 156), Georgia Cattlemen’s Association President Betts Berry, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department Head Larry Benyshek, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Assistant Dean Phil Utley, Georgia Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Harold Ragan (Dist. 11), GCA Bull Test Committee Chairman Harvey Lemmon and UGA CAES Dean and Director Gale Buchanan. To yield tender steaks, he said, beef cattle have to have a certain amount of marbling. Beef lovers have long known that the intermixture of fat and muscle marks the very best cuts of meat. But backfat, Stewart said, just has to be trimmed off. Shoppers don’t want to do a lot of trimming. “Now that we’re using ultrasound to measure these aspects of a bull,” he said, “purebred cattle producers can change their cattle to better meet consumers’ needs.” Stewart has seen many changes in the UGA bull test program. The most obvious have come in the past three years, when the facility was moved from its 37-year-old Tifton site to a greatly expanded site in nearby Irwin County. Local legislators and state agricultural leaders met at the site April 16 to break ground for a $250,000 multipurpose building. The building is expected to be completed by the time the next group of bulls arrives at the end of September. “This new facility will be a valuable part of the bull evaluation program,” said Betts Berry, president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, which helps manage the program. “And the bull evaluation program is an integral part of the total beef production effort of Georgia.” Harvey Lemmon, who chairs the GCA bull test committee, said the center’s top Angus bulls have gone from yearling weights of less than 1,000 pounds to more than 1,400 pounds in the program’s 40-year history. “It doesn’t take a genius,” he said, “to see what we’ve accomplished with the bull evaluation program.” It’s all a matter of genetics. “When we needed more size, we first started measuring frame,” Stewart said. “When we found we were getting tall bulls that weren’t deep enough or wide enough, we moderated our goals to consider depth and dimension.” But the biggest bull isn’t always the best bull, he said. Cattlemen consign their bulls to be tested (and foot the bill for the program), he said. The bulls are all fed the same feed and evaluated over four and half months. “We provide the most complete data a buyer can get,” Stewart said. “If we identify what we’re looking for, we have tests to evaluate for it.” Sometimes, he said, a farmer may want a bull to breed first-calf heifers. He can choose one that sires quality calves that are smaller at birth. One farmer may want to raise the weaning weights in his herd. Another may need cows that give more milk. Both can get what they need by selecting the right bull. The focus of any genetic change in cattle is what the shoppers want in the store. “We just have to identify the needs and see what kind of bull best matches the needs of the herd,” Stewart said. Shoppers today may not realize a bull test center has any value to them. But the fact that they can buy their beef both lean and tender is due largely to just such a place.”We use ultrasound to measure the ribeye area and check the marbling, and to measure the backfat,” said Robert Stewart, a University of Georgia Extension Service animal scientist. Stewart runs the Tifton Bull Evaluation Center of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. read more

What do your policies REALLY say?

first_imgOver the years, I have talked to financial institutions about their policies and often the compliance officer will proudly pull out a big binder filled with numerous policies. They proceed to tell me how the Board reviews and approves them each year, or as new regulatory requirements occur. And, that’s a very good start.But, do you know what your policies actually say? Do you know who is identified within each policy as being responsible for various aspects of the policy? Do you know what the policies say you will do related to that policy?If those questions make you a little uncomfortable or even a little panicked, you are not alone. I know many compliance officers who feel the same way. In the day-to-day business of trying to keep your credit union in compliance with a myriad of regulations, it is not unusual to push policy review to the back burner. If you have not conducted a thorough review of your policies, make time now to do it. But, where do you start?The simplest way is to start with a spreadsheet. When you look at a policy, pull out any sentence that states a responsible party, any specific statements about what the credit union will do, any audit that will be conducted of the area and the timing, and training that will be provided to employees and the frequency, etc. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COMMENTARY Improving foodborne outbreak investigations on a budget

first_img Doing better with existing resourcesWe need to focus on which outbreaks we must be able to detect now, in the context of current budget realities. Congress can help with meaningful investments in our food safety system. It is a public good that needs support. However, we also need to do a better job with the resources we currently have. More important, Sen. Klobuchar’s bill starts by identifying which foodborne outbreaks should cause us all to feel a sense of urgency: multi-state outbreaks that are most likely due to the commercial distribution of a contaminated food product. If we can unite ourselves with this common vision and sense of urgency, it seems we should be able to work around many other obstacles. Urgent matters draw timely responses. Our food safety system must compensate for scarce resources by focusing its efforts on the most important outbreaks. By Craig Hedberg, PhD I applaud Taylor and David’s recognition that local agencies are the foundation for public health practice across most of the United States. I agree with many of their findings and endorse the spirit of their recommendations. Full implementation of their agenda would very likely lead to a better food safety system well into the future. That is also my major concern with this and other reports that evaluate the problems and potential of our food safety system: The problems are many and the potential solutions are proposals that inevitably won’t bear fruit until well into the future. Apr 17 CIDRAP News story on food safety report by Michael Taylor and Stephanie David This same point is a key finding of a recent authoritative review of the food safety system conducted under the leadership of Michael Taylor and Stephanie David from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (“Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food: An Agenda for Strengthening State and Local Roles in the Nation’s Food Safety System”). A patchwork systemHowever, as Gardiner Harris pointed out in a New York Times article (“Ill from food? Investigations vary by state,” Apr 20), “Uncovering which foods have been contaminated is left to a patchwork of more than 3,000 federal, state, and local health departments that are, for the most part, poorly financed, poorly trained and disconnected.” See also: center_img In response, politicians, policy makers and the public ask, “Why do these outbreaks happen?” “Why do they take so long to identify and investigate?” Calls for reform of the food safety system abound with the promise that the next time will be different. A number of media reports in recent weeks have highlighted the important role of “Team Diarrhea” in foodborne disease surveillance activities. Hiring public health students to conduct interviews on a routine basis is one of the many innovations in foodborne disease surveillance to come out of Minnesota. This week, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced legislation designed to promote the nationwide use of Minnesota-style approaches to investigating foodborne outbreaks. Establishing a network of similar Centers of Excellence will greatly enhance our nation’s ability to detect and respond to outbreaks. In this regard, Gardiner Harris highlighted a key observation from Kirk Smith, supervisor of foodborne disease surveillance at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH): “I’ve learned in the last few months that the real secret to our success is that we have urgency.” This is important. In Minnesota, a sense of urgency is the secret to success. Across our public health system, the lack of “positive incentives” is seen as an obstacle. Kirk Smith did not say as much, but I suspect that he and his colleagues at MDH would consider that successfully identifying the source of an outbreak, and preventing others from getting ill, is a positive incentive. Dr Hedberg is a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Jun 17, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The foodborne disease surveillance system seems to be under siege. A nearly continuous series of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with unexpected food vehicles over the past 3 years. Several of these investigations stretched on for weeks under the glare of increasing public anxiety over uncertain identification of the source. Taylor and David find that “obsolete food safety laws and other legal constraints, coupled with scarce resources and the lack of positive incentives to collaborate across organizational lines” are obstacles to real federal-state-local partnership in the food safety system. They argue that “food safety reform will not be complete—or successful—unless the efforts of these [state and local] agencies are strengthened and integrated more fully into the national food safety system.” They call for Congress to mandate the development of a 5-year plan “for better integrating federal, state, and local food safety efforts and improving state and local capacity for that purpose.”last_img read more

Published program and open applications for DHT in Slavonia

first_imgDHT SLAVONIJA PROGRAM 2019 Opening in Vukovar, the second day the program moves to Vinkovci, while the final ceremony will be held in Osijek Online applications are available until September 29, 2019. Attachment: “Our goal is to position our country as an attractive year-round tourist destination with numerous promotional activities, adorned with a rich and diverse offer. In this sense, Slavonia and the Croatian continental offer come to the fore, and the double-digit growth of tourist traffic achieved on the continent in this tourist year proves that this is an increasingly sought-after part of Croatia with exceptional potential for further growth and development. I am sure that the Days of Croatian Tourism, which will be held in all five Slavonian counties, will prove that Slavonia is an interesting tourist region, and Slavonians are exceptional hosts and tourist workers.”stated the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. DHT Slavonia 2019 program DHT gathers more than 1000 participants every year, and this year the organizers have prepared a number of interesting lectures, workshops, gatherings and additional content. Also, as part of DHT, a round table of representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with tourism employees and the Croatian Tourism Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be held.  Traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia – Croatian Tourism Days (DHT) will be held, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce since October 2 to 4, 2019 in Slavonia.  You can find the program of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism as well as information related to applications HERE As the culmination of this event, during two evenings, recognitions and awards will be given to tourist workers, ie destinations and tourist products that are especially responsible for improving the tourist offer in Croatia. “From the very beginning of its mandate, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has focused on the economic development of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, in which the tourism sector plays a major role. In order to further emphasize the tourist importance of our easternmost continental region, this year we decided to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism and give the hosts the opportunity to present a variety of tourist products to stakeholders in the tourism sector from all over Croatia. I believe that through the rich program that we have jointly prepared, all participants of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will get to know the best of the tourist offer in all five Slavonian counties. In addition, this event will traditionally be an opportunity to pay tribute to all tourism professionals who have stood out with their work and contributed to the global success of Croatian tourism.pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. The grand opening of the event will take place on Wednesday 2 October starting at 18.30pm at Eltz Castle in Vukovar. The awarding of the Annual Croatian Tourist Awards will take place on October 3, 2019, starting at 19.30 pm Vinkovci on the property of the Hunting Lodge Kunjevci while the closing ceremony of the TOP 10 awards of Croatian tourism will be held in Osijek at the Fortress on Vatroslav Lisinski Square on October 4, 2019, starting at 20.05:XNUMX p.m. “Slavonia has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, and this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism are an opportunity to show that. It is a combination of rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and increasingly rich gastronomy, which is the key motive for visiting Croatia for more than 30 percent of tourists. By branding the destination we can strengthen the local economy. Agricultural production must grow and follow the increased demand for domestic products, and contribute to the improvement of demographic trends. The basis of such success are, of course, people, because of which our guests leave with a smile and gladly return to us, so this year we will reward the best of them.” said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović.last_img read more