A super selection of self-care resources

first_imgSelf-care is any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook in our day-to-day lives.Not too surprisingly, in times of crisis—like responding to something as big and overwhelming as the COVID-19 pandemic—self-care often takes a backseat.“The ability to care for oneself is predicated on the ability to consistently go inward and listen to what is there with open, compassionate ears,” says Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, a clinical director at The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, Michigan in this article.However, during stressful periods, we tend to focus outward, the article’s author explains. We diminish or disregard our inner life, ignoring our needs and limits. And yet, it’s during hectic or difficult times when we need to care for ourselves the most. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

15-year-old Mae’s student commits suicide

first_imgA sixth form student attached to Mae’s Secondary School died while receiving medical attention at a private city hospital on Thursday after she started to vomit profusely in her classroom.The teen, 15-year-old Vanica Schultz of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, allegedly ingested several carbon tablets.Guyana Times understands that the teenager was seen vomiting during the lunch recess and as such, teachers in the school were alerted. Eventually, the teen was placed in a vehicle and rushed to the hospital.The Police were summoned to the educational facility and an investigation was launched.Reports are the now dead teen was part of an investigation following the alleged discovery of ecstasy pills on the school premises some time ago. The students were instructed to inform their parents to visit the school so that the matter could be dealt with. This newspaper understands that following the decision to inform the parents, the now dead teen reportedly threatened to take her life, since she did not want her parents to know about her involvement in the ecstasy investigation. However, the school has since denied the incident. During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, the school’s administration refuted claims that the teenager ingested ecstasy.Director of the school’s secondary division, Paul Burnette also refuted claims that the drug, which was popularised at raves as a sensation-enhancing drug, was found on the school’s premises at any time. Schultz did not commit suicide owing to an investigation into the pills, he asserted.In addition, Burnette denied reports, which suggested that the teachers delayed taking the child to the hospital. In fact, he added: “I immediately rushed with her, shouting to the teacher to get her car so that we can take her to the hospital…It didn’t take her 10 minutes to get to the hospital. I stood there…in awe as I saw them work on her, flushing her stomach and all of that,” he added.The director also told the press that the now dead teen confessed to ingesting carbon tablets. The motive for taking her own life remains a mystery, but, according to Burnette, Schultz arrived at school as normal and distributed letters to her friends.The letters, according to the school’s administration, revealed that the teen had apologised to her peers for the wrong things she had done in the past and encouraged them to continue performing well in school. The school reported that the student came through the primary section and was never a problem child.Late last year, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) revealed a worrying trend of ecstasy being sold to students in at least five schools across Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The anti-drug enforcement agency is working with education officials to address the illegal practice.Ecstasy is making its way into the nation’s schools after being already popular among many affluent members of society, CANU Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall had stated.While it was not revealed if, or how many of these affluent individuals were charged, Ramlall said CANU was working to track down the drug mules and was not inclined to carry out full-fledged investigations in schools.last_img read more

South Africa tackles power theft

first_imgHe added that there was a need for legislation declaring electricity theft a serious crime. “Electricity theft affects each and every one of us,” Zuma said. “In the long term, it is detrimental to our economy and can contribute to job losses at a time when we must protect every job in our country.” 27 October 2010 “Our overall losses as Eskom for the last financial year amount to R1.2-billion due to electricity theft. The country’s losses stand at R4.4-billion per year.” New legislation State power company Eskom has launched Operation Khanyisa, a campaign to reduce electricity theft – currently costing the country over R4-billion a year – and to change consumer behaviour so that more South Africans opt to become legal power users. The biggest problem of theft, according to Eskom, is predominantly in Gauteng province. Source: BuaNews Salga chief executive Xolile George said that though he did not have accurate figures, the country’s metropolitan municipalities account for the greatest proportion of loss due to theft. This also contributed to holes in municipal budgets. center_img “[The] government is in the process of reviewing the legislature for prosecution,” Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan told delegates at the launch of the operation. Hogan commended Business Unity South Africa, Proudly South African and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) for partnering with Eskom on the campaign. Municipalities loose out “In the next 12 months, we would like to see legislation against theft. We have prosecuted close to 20 people for petty crime. We need to strengthen legislation,” said Dames. In his message of support for the initiative, President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to support the campaign. Dames said that the problem cut across all sections of South African life, including residential and non-residential areas, and that the loss of R4.4-billion worth of electricity could electrify 350 000 homes. “Electricity theft is a major obstacle and is standing in our way of achieving [financial stability and capacity],” Eskom CEO Brian Dames said in Pretoria on Tuesday.last_img read more

How Chris Messina Got a Job at Google

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Now Chris Messina will be at one of the biggest and most important companies around. Today on his 29th birthday, Messina announced he was taking a job at Google, with the title Open Web Advocate.Has Chris Messina sold out? “There are many legitimate reasons to work for a larger enterprise,” social web sociologist danah boyd, who recently joined Microsoft, told us in response to Chris’s move. “Some are practical: health insurance, stable income, and all of the other benefits that tend to come with such a package. But some come from the same ethos that entrepreneurs have… the desire to ship a product. Where you don’t have to do every inch of legwork. And where you know that your work can touch millions. There’s also something to be said for being around a whole lot of really smart people.”On Landing at GoogleMessina has worked at a wide variety of startup companies. Most recently he was at OpenID provider Vidoop, one of a number of high profile hires the company made while it was still based in Oklahoma. In September 2008, Vidoop put its 40 person crew in a crazy caravan to its new headquarters in Portland, Oregon. In May, 2009 the company imploded, closed its doors and told some of its employees it couldn’t pay back wages. Messina shared his account of what happened on his blog.The next half year Messina spent doing independent consulting, including a month and a half project with Mozilla. The fruits of that labor will be released to the public soon, he told us today.In September Messina was making the rounds, talking to a variety of companies in Silicon Valley and told a friend at Google that he was considering joining a big company as his next step. His Google contact told him that the company had a strong preference for hiring engineers, rather than people with the skills that Messina has. Doug Bowman, Google’s first ever staff designer had made a high-profile departure to join Twitter just a few months prior, saying that Google didn’t appreciate design.Messina left feeling like that door was closed and considered launching his own startup company. Over the next few months a few other companies offered Messina positions, he said, but then his old Google contact pinged him again and asked if he was still interested in joining Google.What had changed? His contact told him that Google was placing a new emphasis on getting the social web right, in a way that is good for the web. That month Google publicly launched a campaign that had run informally inside the company for two years, called the Data Liberation Front. It works across departments to enable users to remove their data from Google services, a key part of the vision of an Open Distributed Web that Messina has been working toward.“I went in for the interview,” Messina told us today, “and 2 weeks later they made me a great offer letting me do what I was already doing. Yes, the interview process was long but very efficient, and I had to complete 1 logic problem (which I almost nailed, but alas, I’m no Joe Smarr!)” Smarr is the widely respected developer that had been working on these same matters at Comcast Plaxo until announcing that he was joining Google in December.Messina told us that he’s excited to learn how to organize for an Open web from inside a very large company. It’s a perspective he’s never had before, but one that will lend him more credibility in his efforts to move other large companies.What This Means for the WebMessina and Smarr join a growing and impressive roster of Googlers dedicated to building an Open, Distributed web. That’s a vision that’s the opposite of a centralization and control – the typical model of financial success for a large company. This team of people will have to battle inertia, corporate interests and the natural tendency many people say is inherent in a large organization to bring more and more of a market under its control. Google controls a growing size of our search, our advertising sales, our email, our document collaboration, our mapping, our voice communication and much more online. The company is almost sure to face anti-trust legal pressure someday soon.It’s always been a part of Google’s DNA to support what’s good for the web at large, the more people use the web the more they’ll click on AdSense. This much centralization of power is cause for concern, though. It’s as if Google is set to have a battle against itself. It’s staff against the nature of its economy of scale.The culture of the corporation may be more important than its size, though. David Recordon, an open web advocate that works closely with Messina and recently joined social networking giant Facebook, had this to say: “Personally, I love how Facebook’s culture lets me continue working on what I’m passionate about while having a tremendous impact on both the technology industry and the world at large. I hope that as my friend, Chris is able to do the same at Google.”The day to day reality of effecting change may be more complex than that, though. Yahoo’s Eran Hammer-Lahav, the best-known technologist working to develop and support open login standard OAuth, raises an important concern.“This is clearly a big win for Google,” he told us. “Messina and Smarr are huge assets in the social web space.”“My concern is specific to Google. With Messina, Smarr, [inventor of OpenID and more Brad] Fitzpatrick and others all working for Google, focusing on the Social Web, there is less and less incentive for Google to reach out. Google has a strong coding culture which puts running code ahead of consensus and collaboration. Now with so many bright minds in house, they are even less likely to reach out.“A week ago, you would have to get at least Google, Plaxo, and Messina (representing the independent voice) to collaborate. This week it’s just Google.“While I am certain that Messina and Smarr will keep their independent voices, and am not suggesting they will ‘sell out’ or alter their principles, they no longer need to surface many of their ideas out to the community. They can just have an quick internal meeting and ship products.”What will going to Google mean for the rebellious young man who’s become such a big personality agitating for the open web outside of the biggest companies on the web? What does it mean that the biggest companies, especially Google and Facebook, keep hiring outside social web technical leaders? Time will tell, but Messina says he’s been told explicitly that people for whom “it’s all about them” don’t do well at Google. The company must be full of formerly big personalities now working as part of a team. PubSubHubbub co-creator and now Googler Brett Slatkin once as a brash college freshman told Newsweek that “If I made a great product, and Microsoft offered me a lot of money, I would spit in their faces.” (That’s one of my favorite quotes.) Now Slatkin has toned it down and talks tech without the bombast.Messina says he knows it’s going to be a big change and is excited to see what being part of Google is like. So the next chapter of the story of Chris Messina will be a part of the next chapter of the story of Google.Like this post? Read: What could all this look like in the future? See one vision in our article Toward a Value-Added User Data EconomyReadWriteWeb also profiled Chris Messina in The Real-Time Web and its Future a report about the real-time Web, the thought leaders and companies shaping this market. Based on more than 50 interviews with industry leaders like Chris Messina and John Borthwick and insights into companies like Twitter, Warner Brothers and Nozzl Media, it’s a must read for information technology decision makers, innovators and thought leaders. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Chris Messina grew up in New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state. As a high-schooler in the early 90’s he held his school’s website hostage after being suspended for running an ad on it for a controversial gay rights group. Now Chris is nearing 30, today was his 29th birthday, and he just announced that he’s taken a job at one of the biggest, most powerful corporations in the world.The latest chapter in the fascinating story of Chris Messina’s life ends with one of the most high-profile young proponents of an Open and Distributed Web joining Google, a company that aims to organize all the information in the world and a behemoth that many free spirits online eye with ambivalence. What will the future bring for Messina and his work? A look at how he got to Google might offer some clues. It isn’t all pretty, some people worry about what the move will mean for the web, but the announcement is definitely important for all of us.Where Chris Messina Comes FromChris Messina grew up in a well-to-do suburb in New Hampshire. As a teenager he railed vocally against a middle class culture that he says he now realizes he was very much a part of. One of his biggest influences, though, was a grandmother with strong Libertarian tendencies.When Chris entered high school, the web was in its earliest days. He became the school’s web master, setting up and running its first web site. A group of students at the school wanted to start a Gay/Straight Alliance support group and were facing some resistance from parents and school officials. Messina took it upon himself to post a free banner ad promoting the organization on the school’s official web site. He got suspended from school and pulled the site down in protest. (Even in those early days a school librarian had backed up some of the files, so the situation ended without young Messina being paddled or tied to the rack.)After high school Chris went to college at Carnegie Mellon, where he studied Design. That Design training took him far in the tech world and will be an important part of his new job.After graduating from college, Messina went on to build an incredible resume of accomplishments recognized around the world. When Messina speaks about any of the above, the biggest companies on the web listen. He’s widely respected, but some people say he’s become an arrogant power player at the front of a small parade of outspoken self-appointed leaders. That he gets all the credit when there are other, quieter, people doing a significant portion of the work. That’s one perspective, but it’s not the most common one and many of the leaders of the circle Messina runs in have shipped products that power the fundamentals of the web we all use today. He designed the full-page ad in the New York Times announcing the launch of Firefox. Thousands of people donated $10 each to buy that ad, heralding an Open Source, community-based challenge to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.He co-founded BarCamp, the now international network of technology and culture “unconferences” that you may have heard of and should definitely attend next time there’s one in your town.He was integral in the building of the international co-working community, a network of organizations that help each other serve independent, web-based workers who seek a physical space and support infrastructure.He is a Board member of the OpenID Foundation, the organization working on standards and adoption of open, federated and portable systems of identity for use around the web.He’s a leading voice in the movement to create an Activity Streams standard that will allow user activity data to be shared and understood from one website over to another. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

You Change Others When You Change You First

first_imgI am sure I have written about Aikido a half a dozen times here before. I practiced for a year and half until I damaged my knee. I fell in the love with the art. In fact, I’m still in love, even though I no longer practice.When I first stepped on to the mat to practice, like everyone else, I knew nothing. The movements are completely counterintuitive and foreign. It takes thousands of repetitions to get your body to cooperate. But your body isn’t the most difficult thing you have to retrain.After some time on the mat, a number of san dan’s (high ranking black belts) cornered me to tell me I was hurting them. The idea in Aikido is that you get out of the way of force and redirect it. Instead, I was greeting force with greater force. I was anything but soft. This was a mindset problem.The best Aikidoist’s are so soft that they literally disappear; you don’t even know they’re touching you as the force you bring is redirected and you are thrown through the air. They don’t greet your force with force. To change you, they change themselves. They step backwards and change direction.And here is a metaphor worth adopting.MESSAGE!If you want to change the response you receive from someone else, first change yourself.If you want to change the outcome of some interaction, first change the way you approach that interaction.If you want your prospective client to change their response to your pitch, start by changing yourself.As Covey said, “If you think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem.”Get Out of Your Own WayFor six months I practiced on the Aikido mat, frustrated that I couldn’t get my practice partners to do what I needed them to do. When I failed, I tried greater force. But the strong message from my black belt friends didn’t cause me to change and improve my technique. It was something else.The dojo brought in a new class of students. They knew even less than I did. Practicing with them was very painful. Even though they didn’t mean to hurt me, their poor form and poorer understanding of the art made them dangerous to work with. Once I experienced what it felt like to work with them, I changed almost instantly. And my technique was immediately improved.QuestionsThink of someone you want to change? How do you change you to get that change from them?What part of you needs to change for you to produce the better results you want?Do you believe the problems is “out there?” Do you believe it is “them?” Does this belief empower you? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Vine: Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash Dropped A Sick No-Look Assist Against OU

first_imgOklahoma State's mascot looks into the camera.OKLAHOMA CITY – MARCH 13: The Oklahoma State Cowboys mascot during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The basketball version of the Bedlam rivalry is taking place tonight in Stillwater, and No. 24 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are involved in a tight contest midway through the second half. Both teams need a victory not only for bragging rights but to keep on track for an NCAA berth. It’s been a quiet night so far for Oklahoma State’s star forward Le’Bryan Nash, but the 6-foot-7 senior does have one major highlight. It came early in the second half, in the form of a gorgeous no-look pass to teammate Michael Cobbins for a dunk.Flashy and effective. This is an entertaining game right now between two bitter rivals.[ H/T: @pistolsguy ]last_img read more

DryShips Buys New Suezmax Tanker

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipowner DryShips Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquired one 158,000 dwt Suezmax tanker currently under construction in China. DryShips said that it plans to finance the total gross purchase price of around USD 64 million using cash on hand and expects to take delivery of the vessel during May 2017.Under the deal, which was signed with an entity affiliated with the company’s Chairman and CEO, George Economou, the vessel will be time chartered back to the seller and employed from the time of delivery under a five year time charter plus optional periods in charterer’s option at a base rate plus profit share.The charterer will also be granted purchase options at the end of each firm period. The total expected backlog under the time charter, assuming an average spot market for Suezmaxes for the next 5 years of USD 25,000 per day is estimated to be some USD 43.1 million, DryShips informed.The company added that the transaction received an approval by the audit committee of the company’s Board of Directors and the independent members of the company’s Board of Directors.The purchase was unveiled as part of DryShips’ financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, in which the company said that its net loss for the period shrunk to USD 10.7 million, compared to a net loss of USD 61.1 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.DryShips added that it has now fully repaid its last commercial loan facility and following the Sifnos Loan Facility’s latest amendment, the company has completed the restructuring of its balance sheet over the last 6 months, resulting in all of its assets being unencumbered.Earlier this month, the shipowner received a firm commitment from a major European bank and an Asian export credit agency for a secured term loan facility of up to USD 200 million to partly finance the delivery of its four very large gas carriers (VLGCs). The commitment remains subject to documentation and successful syndication.last_img read more

Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

first_imgLONDON – Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chilly level not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy.Russia said it would respond soon to what it called Britain’s “crude” and “hostile” actions.While May pledged to disrupt Russian espionage and “hostile state activity,” she gave few details about how hard Britain would hit Russian politicians and oligarchs where it really hurts — in their wallets.“Expelling diplomats is a kind of a standard response,” said Natasha Kuhrt, a Russia expert at King’s College London. “I’m not sure it’s going to make Moscow stand up and think.”May told the House of Commons that 23 Russians diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers have a week to leave Britain.“This will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years,” May said, adding that it would “fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the U.K. for years to come.”May spoke after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how the nerve agent Novichok, developed by the Soviet Union, was used against Sergei Skripal, an ex-Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter Yulia. They remain in critical condition in a hospital in Salisbury, southwestern England, after being found unconscious March 4.May said “there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter.”She announced a range of economic and diplomatic measures, including the suspension of high-level contacts with Russia. An invitation for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Britain has been cancelled, and British ministers and royals won’t attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.May also said Britain would clamp down on murky Russian money and strengthen its powers to impose sanctions on abusers of human rights, though she gave few details.“We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of U.K. nationals or residents,” May said, promising to use all legal powers against criminals and corrupt elites, and to “increase checks on private flights, customs and freight.”“There is no place for these people — or their money — in our country,” she said.May said some of the measures “cannot be shared publicly for reasons of national security.”The Russian Embassy in London said the expulsion of diplomats was “totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted.” Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko called Britain’s actions were “a provocation.”Russia did not immediately announce retaliatory measures, but its Foreign Ministry said “our response will not be long in coming.”It said Britain’s “hostile measures” were “an unprecedentedly crude provocation.”Britain called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York at which U.K. and Russian diplomats traded accusations, with Britain blaming the Russian state for the attack and Russia vehemently denying responsibility.Some Russia experts said the measures announced by May were unlikely to make Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government change its behaviour. She didn’t expel Russia’s ambassador or announce sanctions against any individuals or companies.Critics of the British government have long claimed that the U.K. is reluctant to act against Russia because London’s property market and financial sector are magnets for billions in Russian money.“There does not seem to be any real appetite so far to investigate the ill-gotten gains of the Russian elite that have been laundered through London,” said John Lough, an associate fellow in the Eurasia program at the Chatham House think-tank. “It is not clear to me that London’s response will hit the Kremlin where it hurts.”Moscow has denied responsibility for Skripal’s poisoning. It refused to comply with Britain’s demand for an explanation, saying the U.K. must first provide samples of the poison collected by investigators.Some in Russia have suggested that the nerve agent could have come from another former Soviet country.Lawmaker Vladimir Gutenev, a member of Russia’s state commission for chemical disarmament, said Russia had scrapped its stockpile of Novichok.“It is hard to say what may be happening in neighbouring countries,” he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.Britain is seeking support from allies in the European Union and NATO in response to the use of an illegal chemical weapon on British soil. May’s office said President Donald Trump told the prime minister the U.S. was “with the U.K. all the way.”But Britain faces an uphill battle in rallying international backing for any new measures against Moscow.European Council President Donald Tusk said he would put the attack on the agenda at an EU summit meeting next week.The U.N. Security Council — of which Russia is a veto-wielding member — was due to meet later Wednesday at Britain’s request to discuss the investigation.At U.N. headquarters, deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was not in a position to attribute responsibility for the attack, but “he strongly condemns the use of any nerve agent or chemical weapons and hopes that the incident will be thoroughly investigated.”NATO promised to help investigate what it called “the first offensive use of a nerve agent” in Europe or North America since the military alliance was founded in 1949.But it’s unclear what, if anything, NATO can do to put more pressure on Russia. Relations between the old Cold War foes are already poor and short of military action the alliance has little leverage.May said Russia’s use of a chemical weapon was “an affront to the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. And it is an affront to the rules-based system on which we and our international partners depend.”“We will work with our allies and partners to confront such actions wherever they threaten our security, at home and abroad,” she said.___Associated Press writers Vladimir Isachenkov and Jim Heintz in Moscow, Lorne Cook and Raf Casert in Brussels, and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Countries call on Facebook CEO to appear at hearing in London

first_img“I am growing increasingly troubled by the lack of respect Mr. Zuckerberg, and Facebook continues to show our nations and the citizens we represent by once again declining our calls to give testimony,” said Zimmer. “There are still many unanswered questions and new concerning revelations that I believe only Mr. Zuckerberg, as CEO of Facebook, can respond to. Just this week came news that Facebook had pulled down 115 accounts from its platforms that ‘may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’.”“By rejecting our calls to appear, it calls into question how seriously Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook take protecting our citizens’ privacy and ‘fake news’ vulnerabilities,” Zimmer continued.“That is why I am once again adding my name to the growing list of Parliamentarians from around the world who are calling on Mr. Zuckerberg to answer our questions in person.” OTTAWA – Parliamentarians worldwide are renewing the call for Mark Zuckerberg to appear before an international joint committee in London.Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, as well as Damian Collins, Member of Parliament and Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, have been joined by Committee Chairs from Australia, Argentina and Ireland in calling on Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to appear before a special international joint committee on disinformation and ‘fake news’.Last week Zimmer and Collins called on Zuckerberg to give testimony at a hearing in London on November 27. Facebook has declined this invitation.last_img read more

Child labour: Proper coordination sought among stakeholders

first_imgNew Delhi: In a meeting of the Steering Committee on child labour, proper coordination among the stakeholders was sought for curbing the menace. Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting held in March was chaired by Divisional Commissioner where members from different government departments, Delhi Police, State Bhawans, NGOs were present.In the start of the meeting, the chair expressed his displeasure on account of non-attendance by some members/departments and the level of participation from some departments. The Divisional Commissioner said that officers of appropriate seniority who are well conversant with the subject of the concerned departments should attend the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further added that the chairperson reiterated that in order to have proper and effective coordination for the purpose of surveillance child labour rescue operations, there should be proper coordination between District Labour Department and District Magistrate of Revenue Department. “After discussion, it was agreed that any information pertaining to child labour may be reported by district labour inspector to concerned SDM on a weekly basis,” sources said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said, “If no cases of child labour have been detected in a week, they should submit nil report in this regard, for which they shall be held accountable. Deputy Labour Commissioners will compile the reports and brief the District Magistrates on a fortnightly basis.” In the meeting, the representative from Delhi Police was asked to furnish the data in respect number of FIRs registered and the number of charge sheets filed. In the meeting, the representative from a government department informed in the meeting that the majority of rescued child labour are repatriated to the native states from where they are further sent to nearest children home to that state and thereafter are restored to their parents. It was agreed that such data should be shared by CWC with local DM of the concerned state in order to ensure proper rehabilitation amount reached to the family of child labour.last_img read more