Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Parents in a New York town could end up in jail if their children are found to have bullied others, thanks to a new law.Victoria Crago began advocating for the law in North Tonawanda, New York, after she said her eighth-grade son was attacked by a classmate right in front of her.“This young man just sucker-punched him right in the face and hit him as hard as he could,” she told ABC News of the May incident. “What really alarmed me about the situation was the brazen act of violence in front of a parent.”Crago said “It was really traumatic for both of us.”The student accused of attacking Crago’s son was charged with third-degree assault. His case was transferred to family court and he is now working with a probation officer, court records show.Crago created a Facebook page to call out pervasive bullying in her town. The outrage made public by Crago’s Facebook group prompted lawmakers to pass the anti-bullying law that puts pressure on parents.Parents could be fined $250 and sentenced to 15 days in jail, according to North Tonawanda City Attorney Luke Brown. Parents could face punishment if their child violates the city’s curfew or any city law, including bullying, twice over the course of 90 days.“In reality, what we’re looking for is to engage the parents in the process and try and work on a solution,” Brown said.The new law is modeled after a similar push in Wisconsin to hold parents accountable, according to Brown. The law went into effect in North Tonawanda Oct. 1.“We hope to never need to use this law but it’s there in extreme cases,” North Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Greg Woytila said. “But we need to do a better job and we are continually trying to do that.”Nearly 30 percent of students from sixth- to 12th-grade say they have been bullied, according to StopBullying.gov, a bullying prevention and awareness website run by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Justice.Bullying is most common in middle school, the website reports.The law has received some backlash from parents who claim it goes too far.“You can’t make parents parent their kid,” one commenter wrote on Facebook.Crago hopes the new law sends a clear message to parents that they will pay the price for their kids’ behavior.“Watching your child harmed in front of you is a terrible thing,” she said. “I don’t wish it on anyone.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
The Court of Arbitration for Sport have rejected Munir El Haddadi’s appeal to change nationality to Moroccan so he can go to the World Cup, after he previously played for Spain. Upd. on 15/05/2018 at 18:23 CEST IN SPORT.ES El TAS ha hablado: Munir se queda sin Mundial Munir and Morocco appealed against FIFA’s decision on March 13 which rejected his attempt to switch. Born to Moroccan parents on September 1, 1995 in Madrid (El Escorial), the forward has double nationality and made his Spain debut on September 8, 2014 under Vicente del Bosque. He featured in the qualification phase of Euro 2016, as Spain thrashed Macedonia 5-1. EFE/Sport EN RELATED STORIES 14/05/2018 From then Munir, playing at Alaves, has not been given more chances to play for Spain but FIFA did not let him switch to Morocco. Curiously they are in the same group, so he could have ended up playing against the country he has already played for. Official: Thomas Tuchel is the new coach of Paris-Saint Germain
A man who set his Kooweerup house on fire has been jailed. Andrew Meekings, 54, was sentenced in the County…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke
They went a gambling in a high-stakes game of hockey and came home with a pot of gold. Nelson Amigos dumped Edmonton Moosemen 7-2 to capture the Gold Medal at the Gamblers Cup Las Vegas this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.The win allowed the Amigos to Three-Peat at the annual Gentlemen’s Hockey Tournament in Las Vegas.Nelson finished the preliminary round of the tournament with a 3-0 record, posting wins over Edmonton 4-0 and Kamloops Rattlers 10-3 before finishing in a 5-5 tie against Taber Fading Sons.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Nelson Amigos with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, Jarrett Slomba, Ron Van Zanden, Doug Harrison, Murray Elias, No. 1 fan Tony Morea, Simon Wheeldon, Darrell MacKay, Len Maida, Mike Kennedy, Mike Grace, Ian Perrault, Peter Taillon, Shawn Swail, Kent Fearns and Ward Carlson.
12:00 Hula Hoops Men’s NICC FinalBlue Demons v UCD Marian Sunday 29th January 2017 (Session 4)10:30 Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup FinalKillester BC v DCU Mercy 20:00 Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup FinalPyrobel Killester v Griffith Swords Thunder Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 2)10:00 Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup FinalDCU Mercy v Ambassador UCC Glanmire 14:00 Hula Hoops Women’s NICC FinalMuckno Lakers/Limerick Celtic v Maree BC The finals will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 27th, 28th and 29th and you can find out about tickets – which are available to purchase online – here. 17:15 Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup FinalLiffey Celtics v Ambassador UCC Glanmireprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 20:00 Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup FinalBFG Neptune v KUBS BC After a thrilling weekend of Hula Hoops Cup semi-final action hosted in Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall in Co. Cork (read more about that here), the schedule for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals has officially been announced today. Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 3) 17:30 Hula Hoops President’s Cup FinalBFG Neptune v EJ Sligo All-Stars 14:30 Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup FinalMarble City Hawks v Ulster Rockets The schedule for the weekend is as follows:Hula Hoops National Cup Final Schedule 2017Friday 27th January 2017 (Session 1) 18:00 IWA National Cup Final: Limerick Scorpions/Fr Mathews v NI Knights/Killester 12:30 Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup FinalKUBS BC v Neptune BC
Argentinian coach Diego Maradona recently visited the 97 400-seater Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and closing 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Argentinian national coach Diego Maradona sent a powerful message to the global football community during a recent visit to South Africa: “This will be a great World Cup, with no doubts of security.”It came as a welcome remark in the aftermath of the fatal attack on Togo’s football squad in Angola on 8 January, which cast widespread uncertainty over the safety of the June-July tournament.The Togolese team was in Angola to participate in the African Nations Cup, a 2010 Fifa World Cup forerunner, but they withdrew shortly after the incident.“They can say what they want but we know we are coming to play the World Cup in a safe country,” Maradona said during an inspection tour of the Argentinian base camp in Pretoria.“I have seen that with my own eyes. Anything can happen in the world, but I have spent a week in South Africa and everything is very good and the people very friendly.”The star also visited schools in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south of Johannesburg, and other 2010 venues during his week-long trip.“I will tell my players that they only have to think of playing football when they come here and worry about nothing else – this is the impression that I will take back to my country.”On 21 January Maradona visited the almost-complete Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, which will host the opening and closing World Cup matches. The former Footballer of the Year was visibly impressed by the flawless pitch and striking orange seating, which will be able to accommodate 97 400 fans.“They really did a great job on this stadium. I have been to many stadiums before, but this is very big and so great. To be able to enter this stadium is so beautiful. I feel inspired to play here, but unfortunately my time has passed,” he said.Construction workers, who had filled the venue’s upper rows to catch a glimpse of the football great, cheered and chanted: “Maradona! Maradona!” as he demonstrated his effortless ball skills.Later the coach swapped signed national jerseys with Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee, and then broke away from the crowd to congratulate the workers on stadium.“I think this visit by Maradona gives South Africans an insight into the excitement that will be generated by the World Cup,” Jordaan said.“He didn’t go to any black tie events, he went into the townships where he said he felt safe, not threatened … he embraced people. Maradona’s contribution off the pitch has been very significant.”After the coach left the stadium, Jordaan spoke to journalists about World Cup safety fears: “We ended with the final draw on 4 December, and the international visitors left. Now it’s the 21st January – and absolutely nothing has happened. The English cricket team was here, and they were very happy; and now Maradona’s come, and he’s also happy – that should speak for itself.”
27 July 2010Combining years of research on water purification, food microbiology and nanotechnology, scientists at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University have developed a high-tech “tea bag” filter that fits into the neck of a bottle and turns polluted water into clean water as you drink from it.It promises to provide easy access to clean drinking water for vulnerable communities, for instance those living near polluted water streams. There are also plans to commercialise the filter bag into a product that can be used by outdoor enthusiasts on hiking or camping trips.When microbiologist Professor Eugene Cloete became Dean of the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University (SU) in January 2009, he picked up on relevant research outside his own field of expertise, which sparked the invention of a high-tech disposable filter that looks like a tea bag and cleans highly polluted water.Together with researchers from the Department of Microbiology and SU polymer scientists, he recently patented the innovative invention -a portable, easy-to-use, environmentally friendly water filter bag that fits into the neck of a bottle.“The water is cleaned right then and there when you drink from the bottle,” Cloete said in a statement issued by the university last week.Water provision, sustainabilityAs a past executive vice-president of the International Water Association and a member of Coca-Cola’s worldwide panel of water experts, Cloete believes water provision and sustainability go hand in hand.“The lack of availability of adequate, safe and affordable water supplies impacts severely on vulnerable groups such as the poor, the elderly, HIV/Aids patients and children,” he said.“More than 90% of all cholera cases are reported in Africa, and 300-million people on our continent do not have access to safe drinking water. Clearly, something has to be done about this.”Cloete believes the “tea bag” filter shows the way forward because it represents decentralised, point-of-use technology. It can help meet the needs of people who live or travel in remote areas, or people whose regular water supply is not being treated to potable standards.“It is simply impossible to build purification infrastructure at every polluted stream. So we have to take the solution to the people,” he said.Trans-disciplinary initiativesThe invention has become one of the first major projects of the new Stellenbosch University Water Institute, a trans-disciplinary initiative established to intensify the search for lasting solutions to the country and continent’s water woes.Cloete, who is the chairperson of the Water Institute, says he got the idea for the filter on an introductory visit to InnovUS, the university’s technology transfer company, some 18 months ago.“I was shown the electro-spinning technique of spinning ultra-thin fibres on a nanoscale developed by Dr Eugene Smit of the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science,” he said.“Right away, my mind started churning through the possibilities of how it could be used to clean polluted water.”‘Off-the-shelf materials’A research team was put together and, after various trials and experiments, a filter sachet was developed that not only resembles a tea bag in shape and size, but is made of the same biodegradable material as off-the-shelf rooibos tea bags:The inside of the tea bag material is coated with a thin film of biocides encapsulated within minute nanofibres, which kills all disease-causing microbes.The bag is filled not with tea leaves but with active carbon granules that remove all harmful chemicals, for instance endocrine disruptors.Each “tea bag” filter can clean one litre of the most polluted water to the point where it is 100% safe to drink.Once used, the bag is thrown away, and a new one is inserted into the bottle neck.“We tested the filter with water taken from a river here in the Stellenbosch area. The samples were highly polluted with pathogens, but they came out completely clean on the other side,” said Dr Michele de Kwaadsteniet, a postdoctoral fellow working on the project with Cloete and Professor Leon Dicks of the Department of Microbiology.The “tea bag” filter is currently being tested by the South African Bureau of Standards, after which the team hopes to roll it out to various communities.“It really is exciting to be part of a potentially life-changing project,” said Dr Marelize Botes, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and a member of the water filter bag research team. “It’s such an easy-to-use and practical solution to something that’s been a major problem for so long.”HOPE ProjectThe Stellenbosch University Water Institute and its “tea bag” water filter form part of its HOPE Project, a set of development goals aimed at improving lives in South Africa and the rest of the continent.“We firmly believe that science should serve the needs of society. By aligning the expertise of our scientists with the national and international development agenda, we want to become more relevant to society,” said Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice-chancellor of the University.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Hague: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander has heaped praise on Indian Ambassador Venu Rajamony for his book highlighting the cross-cultural legacy between the two countries ahead of his visit to India this month. The King, who received the first copy of the book titled ‘India and the Netherlands: Past, Present and Future’ authored by Rajamony, attended a seminar along with Queen Maxima on the Indo-Dutch bilateral relations here. The book – an encyclopaedia of the cross-cultural legacy between India and the Netherlands – was released at the event jointly organised by the Royal Asian Art Society in the Netherlands and the Embassy of India. The Dutch royals interacted with representatives who embody the Indo-Dutch connection in the fields of business, science, culture, sports, food and health at the seminar held at the prestigious Rijksmuseum (National Museum) Amsterdam on Monday. Interacting with the media, King Willem-Alexander said that he was looking forward to his trip to India next month.
New Delhi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday led a ‘padyatra’ here with a large number of party workers following him to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat. The ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary began from the Delhi Congress office Rajiv Bhavan at Deendayal Upadhyay Marg and headed to Rajghat, about three kilometres away, with enthusiastic party workers waving flags and chanting the slogan ‘Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahein’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Many youth sported Gandhi’s trademark spectacles and dhoti and walked with sticks in the march. A tableau of Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and his iconic wooden spinning wheel was also part of the march. The march will conclude with an oath to be administered to workers and leaders by party president Sonia Gandhi at Rajghat. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is likely to participate in a foot march in Lucknow to commemorate the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary.
New York: General Motors has laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico temporarily due to a US labor strike that has disrupted production at two plants south of the border that make pickup trucks, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico, where work has been “disrupted as a result of a parts shortage related to the UAW strike,” a GM spokesman said. The Silao workers are expected to return to their jobs after the strike, the spokesman said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The plants in Guanajuato, produce GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks. The moves come on top of the furlough of more than 3,000 workers in Canada and at an Ohio plant where GM operates a joint venture with Isuzu to make diesel engines. Nearly 50,000 US workers are on strike at GM due to a United Auto Workers conflict over the labor contract now in its third week. Workers launched the strike on September 16 after contract talks failed to yield an agreement on wages, health benefits, temporary workers and job security. The strike also comes against the backdrop of GM’s decision last November to effectively shutter five plants in North America. A report Tuesday from JPMorgan Chase estimated that the strike has so far cost GM USD 1 billion, adding that the company has the potential to recover some of the lost profits in the fourth quarter if the strike ends soon.