PM Says Government is Against Corporal Punishment in Schools and Society

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option.“I wish to declare that I am totally against corporal punishment. I believe that the time has come for the Parliament to have a debate on this issue and finally declare corporal punishment at an end, both within public institutions and as a means of discipline available to parents,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering a Statement in the House of Representatives today (November 7) on the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Prime Minister highlighted the alarming findings in the recently launched UNICEF Report – ‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents’, which shows the high number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools and communities.The report notes that eight in 10 Jamaican children in the two to 14 years age group experience violence as a form of discipline. It also adds that 47 children were killed by violent means between January and October of this year, based on police statistics. Already, more children have been killed violently this year than in 2016.Mr. Holness said the banning of corporal punishment would be a “forward-leaning step” in taking a stance against violence generally “and it would send a powerful message about the State respecting the inviolability of the person, whether or not that person is a child or an adult”.“Again, I think it is a matter that we would have to debate here, but I think the time has come with such a report with our commitment to the SDGs. I don’t see how we can maintain this aspect of our culture and claim that we want to advance as a modern civilised society,” he added.The SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty.The MDGs established measurable, universally agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.The SDGs are part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2015. It emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all Mr. Holness said the banning of corporal punishment would be a “forward-leaning step” in taking a stance against violence generally “and it would send a powerful message about the State respecting the inviolability of the person, whether or not that person is a child or an adult”. Story Highlights The Prime Minister highlighted the alarming findings in the recently launched UNICEF Report – ‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents’, which shows the high number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools and communities. last_img read more

Man charged with seconddegree murder robbery in NS businessmans death

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A 28-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder and robbery with violence in the death of a prominent Nova Scotia businessman.Jim Matthews — co-founder of a financial planning business in Halifax — was found dead at in his apartment in Sydney last Tuesday.Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac said Aaron Shaun Young of New Waterford has been charged in the 54-year-old man’s death.Young is also facing firearms and robbery-related charges for two separate incidents in New Waterford last Monday, said McIsaac.“These offences occurred subsequent to the homicide of Mr. Matthews,” said McIsaac, noting that Young was charged early last week in those armed robberies and was remanded into custody.“Our investigators were quickly able to identify Mr. Young as a suspect, and we knew that there was not an individual at large in our community after committing a homicide, and we were satisfied that there was no ongoing risk to public safety.”Matthews split his time between Halifax and Cape Breton, and was part-owner of the market building where his body was discovered.The coal miner’s son co-owned Matthews McDonough Financial Planning Inc., in Halifax.Originally from Sydney Mines, he had a passion for revitalizing Sydney’s downtown core. He owned several office buildings in the city, including the popular Prince Street Market.“He wanted to help revitalize downtown. He was passionate about it and the building is up and running and a success.” John Tompkins, his long-time business partner, said Aug. 31.“Jim was a guy that was up at 3:30 or four o’clock in the morning and was out for a run and an hour bike ride before you had your coffee. You could never match his energy and his zest for life.”Young appeared in Sydney provincial court on Friday and is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 10.last_img read more

Manitoba adopts Jordans Principle to help First Nations children

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe motion that introduced Jordan’s Principle to Canada was voted on in the House of Commons in 2007.It was passed unanimously by members of Parliament after Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations boy in Manitoba died in hospital while Canada and the province fought over who would pay for his nursing at home.But implementing the plan to put First Nations children on the same footing as off-reserve kids is taking more time.APTN’s Dennis Ward now on Manitoba’s plan.last_img read more

City gas leak fire toll rises to 3

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA woman who suffered burn injuries in a fire that broke out in a flat at Beparipara in Uttarkhan area of the capital early Saturday died at Dhaka Medical College on Sunday morning, raising the death toll to three.The deceased Sufia, 50, of Bhangura in Pabna district, succumbed to her 99 per cent burn injuries at the burn unit of the DMCH around 7:30am, said hospital sources, reports UNB.The fire broke out at their ground-floor flat around 4:00am Saturday following a leak in the supply gas pipeline, leaving eight dwellers of the flat injured.The injured were admitted to the DMCH where two burn-injured Azizul and his wife Muslima alias Urmi died earlier.last_img read more

President Hamid for stern actions against hajj management irregularities

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid addresses a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban on Saturday. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid on Saturday said negligence, irregularities and corruption in hajj management must be dealt with an iron hand, reports UNB. “Over 95 per cent hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia through hajj agencies. Past experiences show that many agencies don’t live up to their promises of providing pilgrims with various facilities once they reach Makkah-Medina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face untold sufferings,” he said. The President was addressing a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the evening. Abdul Hamid said when hajj pilgrims face any problem in Saudi Arabia, the government has to intervene in the issue. “Such activities tarnish the country’s image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims is not expected.” He, however, acknowledged huge contributions of private agencies to the hajj management. Mentioning that the hajj management has so far completed smoothly this year, the president expressed the hope that other hajj activities will be done well, too and urged all concerned to remain aware in this regard. Pointing to the Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team, he said, “Your inclusion in the hajj mission for the first time is undoubtedly a very important matter. It proves that the present government believes in upholding proper respect and dignity of Islam and the scholars.” Abdul Hamid expressed the hope that hajj pilgrims will be able to perform hajj smoothly with their advice and guidance. “Besides, your experience of performing hajj will have a positive role in the hajj management in the future,” he said. About pilgrims’ immigration, he said they had to wait in Jeddah for long to complete their immigration procedure. “But from now on, Bangladeshi pilgrims are completing the immigration procedure at Dhaka airport instead of Jeddah which eased their sufferings.” Describing the pilgrims as goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh, he urged them to be cautious about their language and behaviour so that others do not get any negative message about the country. State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, state minister for civil aviation and tourism M Mahbub Ali, state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain and 10 Ulema also spoke on the occasion. Secretaries concerned to the president were also present during the programmme. This year, hajj flights started on 4 July and will continue till 5 August. A total of 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh.last_img read more

Noted architect urges people to preserve Dalhousie Square

first_imgKolkata: Manish Chakraborty, noted architect and restorer of old structures has urged the people to get actively involved and nominate the Dalhousie Square as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. “Dalhousie Square at one time was the Administrative and Business headquarter of India and it is a heritage site not just for Bengal but for the entire country having being the place of many firsts in this country”, he stated.He was delivering the third edition of “The Calcutta Talks” organised by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with Halo Heritage at Williams Magor Hall on Wednesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsChakraborty emphasised that Bengal is full of skilled craftsmen who can be made to be more involved in restorative projects. Amitabha Ghosal, a restoration engineer spoke about the marvel of engineering off The Howrah Bridge. “I am grateful to the Bengal Chamber for honoring this 75-year-old steel structure. It’s a rare honour. A city is after all known by its structures and icons and Howrah Bridge is the undisputed icon of our city”, he said. Ghoshal has been closely involved in the design of many iconic structures like the Vidyasagar Setu, bridges across Brahmaputra and highly acclaimed restoration work of Hardinge Bridge in Bangladesh. “The Calcutta Talks” is a prestigious lecture series that is against the backdrop of “The Calcutta Gallery”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis gallery is dedicated to the eternal city of Kolkata and takes one through a pictorial journey through the hallowed pathways of the industrial and commercial history of Calcutta. The transformation of three innocuous villages by the Hooghly into a colossal metropolis is fascinating, awe inspiring and magical. The Calcutta Gallery portrays 325 years of the city’s glorious history through an expansive and rare collection of photographs,” said Indrajit Sen, president designate, the Bengal Chamber.last_img read more