Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:21:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adventurebase100.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ 32 32 The Council of Educators has failed to end corporal punishment,… https://adventurebase100.org/the-council-of-educators-has-failed-to-end-corporal-punishment/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:13:09 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/the-council-of-educators-has-failed-to-end-corporal-punishment/ Corporal punishment is a euphemism for aggression. experts note that it is often not used as a tool of discipline but rather to exert power and control over students. Although corporal punishment is illegal in South Africa, it remains prevalent in many schools across the country. Despite this, the approach of South African Council of […]]]>

Corporal punishment is a euphemism for aggression. experts note that it is often not used as a tool of discipline but rather to exert power and control over students. Although corporal punishment is illegal in South Africa, it remains prevalent in many schools across the country. Despite this, the approach of South African Council of Educators (SACE) in disciplinary proceedings against teachers accused of corporal punishment seems to indicate that the council has failed to take a child-centred approach to corporal punishment cases by handing down pre-determined and demonstrably lenient sentences to teachers.

Corporal punishment has been outlawed since the implementation of the South African Schools Act 1996. But although its illegality has again been confirmed in the case of Christian Education South Africa v Minister of Educationthe SACE Annual Report 2018/19 reveals that more than 35% of complaints filed against teachers concerned corporal punishment. This figure rose to 38% in the Annual report 2019/20.

However, studies show that this does not accurately reflect incidents of corporal punishment, due to under-reporting. In the 2018 General Household Surveyone million students said they had experienced corporal punishment in the previous three months.

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SACE is a statutory body and the “trustee of the teaching profession”. It is in some ways similar to the Health Practitioners Council of South Africa (HPCSA), whose duty is to protect the rights of patients by ensuring that healthcare professionals adhere to the HPCSA’s code of ethics. SACE, which has the power to professionally sanction teachers found guilty of using corporal punishment, has an obligation to protect students from abuse and is in a unique position to eradicate corporal punishment. However, so far he has failed to do so.

SECTION27, on behalf of the Children’s Law Center and the parents of two severely physically punished students, recently appealed to SACE, contesting the sentences imposed on the two teachers. A teacher beat a seven-year-old child with a black PVC pipe, causing severe head and psychological trauma. The teacher further threatened the student not to report the assault. Later, the child developed persistent headaches and required emergency surgery.

The second teacher beat a 10-year-old student until she was bleeding from her ear. The student needed constant medical attention, which caused her to miss several days of school, and she then had to repeat 5th grade. The abuse suffered by the children made them fearful of going back to school.

In 2019, SECTION27 filed a complaint with SACE in both cases, after which investigations were completed and disciplinary hearings were held. The penalties imposed were identical: a fine of 15,000 rand (including 5,000 rand suspended) and removal from the teachers’ roll for 10 years, also suspended. The effect was to put the two teachers back in the classroom with a slap on the wrist. These sentences suggest that SACE automatically endorses sanctions for teachers found guilty of corporal punishment, regardless of factors such as the severity of the abuse, whether the teachers are repeat offenders, or the impact of corporal punishment on children. .

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To research states that corporal punishment contributes to a cycle of violence because it breeds hostility and aggression in children, and that corporal punishment causes psychological damage, such as: emotional damage; have a negative impact on self-esteem; cause negative feelings about school; and poor school performance. Evidence presented by children’s institute, who appeared as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case against SACE, further highlights the effect of corporal punishment on students. This includes difficulty concentrating in class due to anxiety and threats of violence. Aggression suffered by students can cause an increase in cortisol levels (the stress hormone); increased adrenal response; the withdrawal of societal commitments; wet the bed; and aggressive behavior or bullying on the playground. Therefore, the impact of corporal punishment extends beyond a bruise or a cut, but deeply harms children psychologically and changes their behavior.

Challenges

Two main arguments formed the basis of the challenge initiated by SECTION27 and the Center for Child Law of the sanctions imposed.

The first concerns Article 5(c) of the SACE law, under which the council has the discretion to impose any “appropriate” sanction in the case of corporal punishment. However, in practice, it relies on a 2016 document entitled “Mandatory Sanctions for Violations of the Code of Professional Ethics”. This document prescribes a standard sanction for teachers who have been found guilty of misconduct, such as assaulting students. It appears to follow a cut-and-paste penalties approach, simply stating the violation and the penalties that should be imposed.

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Evidence regarding the nature and severity of individual cases of corporal punishment and its impact on the students concerned therefore does not appear to have been taken into account by SACE in determining sanctions against teachers. In this way, the council did not enforce its spirit when exercising its authority.

It would be inaccurate to suggest that SECTION27 and the Center for Child Law advocate for tougher penalties for teachers in all subject areas. Rather, they advocate appropriate sanctions, which in some circumstances could be rehabilitative and could include anger management or other therapeutic initiatives before a teacher returns to class. Very serious cases may simply require the immediate removal of the teacher from the teacher roster to avoid further harm to students. In each case, it is important to consider the best interests of the students and the need to protect them from harm.

Experts have also said that non-violent methods of discipline are largely successful if properly implemented. Data provided by the Children’s Institute suggests that comprehensive teacher education programs in nonviolent methods, such as discipline of peace workshops, will prove useful to teachers when faced with discipline problems during teaching. These training programs will enable teachers to effectively defuse tensions in the classroom and to intervene effectively techniques that do not involve corporal punishment.

The second argument put forward by the organizations is that SACE did not give either the bullied students or their parents the opportunity to decide on the appropriate sanctions. In both cases, the teachers’ sentences were the result of their guilty pleas and entering into plea and sentencing agreements with SACE, without any consultation with the students or their parents.

Case law relating to Article 28(2) of the Constitution – which stipulates that the best interests of the child must be considered paramount in all matters concerning him – as well as the Children’s Act, believes that in cases involving children, children and/or their parents have the right to be heard. This does not mean that a child should be taken to the stand and subjected to cross-examination, but it can happen in different ways. For example, through intermediaries, letters to court or their parents speaking on their behalf in court. The fact is, SACE has a plethora of options to solicit children’s voices to protect them and give them the opportunity to tell their story during disciplinary proceedings – thus debunking the board’s argument about student retraumatization. .

If we are to raise our children and create a non-violent society based on dignity and respect, SACE will need to review its approach to corporal punishment. This should develop appropriate sanctions and training programs that better equip teachers for the classroom, while ensuring that students’ best interests and safety are protected. This is part of the relief sought by SECTION27 against SACE.

European Union funding supports SECTION27’s work on health and education issues. SM/MC

Zahraa Motani is an intern at SECTION27.

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Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia will begin on July 1 https://adventurebase100.org/brittney-griners-trial-in-russia-will-begin-on-july-1/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:24:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/brittney-griners-trial-in-russia-will-begin-on-july-1/ Placeholder while loading article actions Brittney Griner will be tried from Friday in Russia, where she has been detained for more than four months for drug trafficking. His attorney, Alexander Boikov, confirmed the start date to CNN after the handcuffed WNBA star made a brief appearance Monday for a closed-door preliminary hearing in a court […]]]>
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Brittney Griner will be tried from Friday in Russia, where she has been detained for more than four months for drug trafficking.

His attorney, Alexander Boikov, confirmed the start date to CNN after the handcuffed WNBA star made a brief appearance Monday for a closed-door preliminary hearing in a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, The Associated reported. Press. The court ruled that his detention would be extended for another six months pending trial, Boikov added. He told The New York Times that he expected Griner’s trial to take up to two months, depending on the court’s caseload.

Video from an NPR reporter showed the two-time Olympic gold medalist incoming and leaving court, apparently without comment, in the custody of officials. She had previously been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention until next Saturday.

Brian Whitmore, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, called Griner’s detention a “hostage situation” and his exercise trial a “political theater.” “designed to put pressure on the US government. in a prisoner exchange.

“They want to trade it,” Whitmore said, “and they’re going to drag it out until they get something they want.”

Rep. Colin Allred (D-Tex.) said Griner was “designed a political prisoner” and his fans should be prepared for a “show trial” resulting in a guilty verdict and jail time.

“All of this will mean nothing, and I will continue to work closely with the Biden administration to bring her and all Americans detained abroad home safely,” Allred said in a statement to Washington. Post.

Griner’s court appearance on Monday and the upcoming trial, Allred added, “are all theater to make Russia look like it has a fair legal system and to make his detention something more than a game.” of deeply cynical geopolitical power with a prominent American and put more pressure on the negotiations for his release.

Griner, 31, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested on February 17, shortly before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at Sheremetyevo International Airport and charged with transporting vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is illegal in Russia. Like many WNBA players who travel overseas in the offseason, Griner plays in Russia to supplement her income.

The State Department categorized Griner as ‘wrongfully detained,’ a shift in strategy that signaled it would no longer wait for the case to go through the Russian court system and take more aggressive steps to negotiate her release. . If found guilty of large-scale drug transport, she faces 10 years in prison. According to the Associated Press, less than 1% of defendants in Russian criminal cases are acquitted and acquittals can be overturned.

After Monday’s hearing, a State Department spokesperson said, “We have no higher priority than the safety and security of American citizens abroad. The State Department has determined that the Russian Federation wrongfully detained US citizen Brittney Griner. The US government will continue to provide appropriate support to Ms. Griner and her family. We will continue to press for his release.

Lindsay Kagawa Colas, Griner’s agent, tweeted Monday that the hearing “was administrative in nature and not substantive. That said, the fact remains that the US government has determined that Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained and used as a political pawn. The negotiation of his immediate release, whatever the legal proceedings, must remain an absolute priority and we hope [President Biden and Vice President Harris] do everything in their power, now, to make a deal to bring her home.

Griner’s wife, Cherelle, told the AP last week that she had “no confidence” in the US government’s handling of the situation after a planned phone call between the two went unheeded. did not take place due to what the State Department called a “logistical error” involving the U.S. Embassy in Russia.

US officials meet with team of WNBA star Brittney Griner detained in Russia

“I find this unacceptable and I have no confidence in our government at this time,” Cherelle Griner said. “If I can’t trust you to take a call on Saturdays out of office hours, how can I trust you to negotiate on my wife’s behalf to come home?” Because that’s a much bigger request than taking a call on Saturday.

As Griner’s case has drawn increased attention, supporters have called for a prisoner swap, similar to the April one in which Navy veteran Trevor Reed, detained since 2019, was swapped for a Russian pilot. convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy.

Russian media have speculated that she could be traded for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed “the dealer of death”, who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiracy to kill US citizens and aiding a terrorist organization. However, the disparity in their crimes makes this unlikely to be acceptable to the US government.

“They want Viktor Bout back. He is connected to the highest levels of the Russian government. It’s an attempt to get it back,” Whitmore said. ” It’s clear that [Biden] the administration came under increasing pressure from Griner’s company, friends, and family. It is not an enviable position here, because what the Russian government wants is clear. It’s like negotiating with a terrorist.

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A Hertfordshire fraudster who defrauded the council has been sentenced to prison https://adventurebase100.org/a-hertfordshire-fraudster-who-defrauded-the-council-has-been-sentenced-to-prison/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:13:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/a-hertfordshire-fraudster-who-defrauded-the-council-has-been-sentenced-to-prison/ Published: 10:13 am 26 June 2022 A North Herts fraudster who defrauded advice out of more than £700,000 has been sentenced to jail. Frances Noble, 66, feigned a neurological condition and told Hertfordshire County Council she was bedridden, unable to feed herself and in need of round-the-clock care. Between January 15, 2007 and November 26, […]]]>

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A North Herts fraudster who defrauded advice out of more than £700,000 has been sentenced to jail.

Frances Noble, 66, feigned a neurological condition and told Hertfordshire County Council she was bedridden, unable to feed herself and in need of round-the-clock care.

Between January 15, 2007 and November 26, 2018, Noble received £624,047.50 from the council, which was intended to help him live independently.

Payments dating back to 2005 bring the total amount Noble received to £702,905, but she could not be charged for the amount until after January 2007 following a change in the law.

Noble previously admitted one count of fraud at St Albans Crown Court and was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison on Friday June 24.

She employed her daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Philip Borrell, aged 44 and 46, at various stages of the fraud. They also pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.

Noble also pleaded guilty to transferring criminal property in the amount of £130,649.46.

The Borrells admitted an additional joint count of acquiring criminal property in the amount of £184,203.65. On top of that, Laura pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property for the sum of £39,700, and Philip pleaded guilty to the same offense for the sum of £6,218.92.

Noble who previously lived in Damask Green Road in Weston, near Hitchin and Letchworth and now lives in Rohrwallallee, Berlin, did not attend his sentencing.

A court hearing to seek a warrant for his arrest in Germany will take place at a later date.

Judge Richard Foster heard how Noble was placed under surveillance for five days in 2018 when Hertfordshire County Council launched a fraud investigation.

Prosecutor Andrew Johnson told St Albans Crown Court that neighbors saw Noble standing in the garden and walking his dog at night.

Noble received cash payments into a bank account she controlled, and the money was supposed to be used for her care.

Mr Johnson told the court: ‘Noble treated the money not as payment for the provision of vital services, but as personal income with which they could all do whatever they wanted, and for more than a year. decade, they did what they wanted.”

He recounted how a neighbor confronted Noble about her condition while she was in her garden.

“She grabbed her hood and pulled it over her head and said ‘I’m not Frances, I’m her carer,'” Mr Johnson said.

Another neighbor took video of Noble walking through her garden unaided, and investigators watched her pick up a Tesco delivery which she was unable to unpack without help.

Ben Newton, of the defence, said by way of mitigation: “She had real and serious health issues.

“She wasn’t going to spend expensive vacations overseas and buy luxury items.”

Judge Richard Foster said: “This is probably the biggest fraud of its kind in the English courts.

“The cost of social care is a huge burden on the taxpayer.

“You made Hertfordshire County Council believe you were bedridden.

“You have woven a web of lies and deceit, including sending emails claiming to be from caregivers.”

He bailed out the Borrells, but told them they had to prepare for short-term prison sentences.


“We will now use the Proceeds of Crime Act and other methods of civil recovery – including the forced sale of the Borrells’ home – to try to recover every penny defrauded” – Hertfordshire County Council
– Credit: Danny Loo

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: “Ms Noble, her daughter and son-in-law have committed a sophisticated and underhanded fraud which has shamelessly sought to mislead health and social care professionals for an extended period. “

They added: “The trio’s offenses were planned, calculated and executed with the intent to abuse a care system designed first and foremost to meet the needs of those in need of help.

“We will now use the Proceeds of Crime Act and other methods of civil recovery – including the forced sale of the Borrell home – to try to recover every penny defrauded so that it can be used to support those who have really need our help.”

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The scathing things Medway locals have said about their hometowns Chatham and Gillingham https://adventurebase100.org/the-scathing-things-medway-locals-have-said-about-their-hometowns-chatham-and-gillingham/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:33:01 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/the-scathing-things-medway-locals-have-said-about-their-hometowns-chatham-and-gillingham/ There’s not a place in the world that doesn’t have justifiable criticism you could throw at it, from small details to glaring problems. However, if you were to base your view on our own Medway from the reviews posted on a notoriously harsh website, you’ll probably never go back in your life. Satirical magazine site […]]]>

There’s not a place in the world that doesn’t have justifiable criticism you could throw at it, from small details to glaring problems. However, if you were to base your view on our own Medway from the reviews posted on a notoriously harsh website, you’ll probably never go back in your life.

Satirical magazine site I live here is infamous for its punchless reviews, and really nowhere is safe. Earlier this year, the site published its list of the 50 worst places to live in the country, in which four Kent locations have been named and humbled.

As mentioned, Medway in particular is an area that has seen particular bashing, with one user describing the area as a “festering cesspool”. Now the area is definitely not perfect, few places in the world are, but maybe that’s a bit too harsh.

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Here are the most brutal reviews that users have left on Medway. Turn away now if easily offended…

Medway’s harshest reviews

This previously mentioned comment is from a review that focuses on Luton, Chatham. The reviewer went on to say that it was “dirty dirty and run down for 100 years”.

They then added: “This is without doubt the worst place in Kent bar none. It’s a festering sore on Medway and should have been bulldozed years ago, the worst slum in the south.

Chatham is not the only place in Medway to have been targeted. Gillingham has also been in the crosshairs on several occasions. One reviewer said: “Gillingham is a cesspool of a town, the crime rate is through the roof, it’s full of people on drugs and the kind of people who don’t believe in picking up after their dogs.”



Gillingham may not be the best place in Kent, but it’s not without charm

Already noticing a trend? They continued, “Everyone is very high, very rude and very authoritative. The only way to improve it would be to bulldoze everything and start over.”

It’s good to see that the improvement plans stay consistent across the entire website and tend to involve a lot of bulldozers. Although it may not be the most glamorous place in the world, Gillingham is certainly not without charm, with areas like The Strand, Riverside Country Park and High Street well worth a visit.

Back to Chatham now, and a reviewer says, ‘For reasons no one can imagine, the local council insists that the jewel in the crown of Medway is Chatham. Like many towns, Chatham’s High Street has become its putrid nadir. Most chain stores have disappeared. Waterstones stays for irony’s sake.



Chatham High Street.
While some might see Chatham as a booming area, these critics would certainly disagree.

“Check your brain at the Medway border though; buyers and sellers communicate via a series of grunts, so you’ll need to “learn” the dialect if you want to make a purchase. »

Absolutely brutal – like Gillingham, Chatham is not without charm. Dockside and the High Street offer a number of attractions worth seeing and the area as a whole is undergoing a total revival, which aims to totally rejuvenate the whole city.

Unfortunately, this information is unlikely to change the opinion of these reviewers. Residents of Medway will certainly have a thing or two to say about these harsh comments.

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AWL Chairman of the Board Presents to Syracuse Board https://adventurebase100.org/awl-chairman-of-the-board-presents-to-syracuse-board/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:18:56 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/awl-chairman-of-the-board-presents-to-syracuse-board/ Wednesday, June 22, 2022 4:16 PM Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League Board Chairman John Lantz makes a presentation to the Syracuse City Council on Tuesday evening. Photo by Denise Fedorow SYRACUSE — On Tuesday, the Syracuse City Council heard a presentation from the Kosciusko County Animal Welfare League.John Lantz, Chairman […]]]> ]]> Ninety Ukrainians fleeing war welcomed to Calderdale, council confirms https://adventurebase100.org/ninety-ukrainians-fleeing-war-welcomed-to-calderdale-council-confirms/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:28:20 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/ninety-ukrainians-fleeing-war-welcomed-to-calderdale-council-confirms/ Calderdale has taken in more than 90 refugees from Ukraine since the conflict began, with new arrivals expected every week, the council confirmed. And as part of National Refugee Week, Calderdale Council is also looking to recruit a team leader for the government’s Home for Ukraine program in the borough to coordinate the borough’s response […]]]>

Calderdale has taken in more than 90 refugees from Ukraine since the conflict began, with new arrivals expected every week, the council confirmed.

And as part of National Refugee Week, Calderdale Council is also looking to recruit a team leader for the government’s Home for Ukraine program in the borough to coordinate the borough’s response and welcome new arrivals.

The council’s cabinet member for public services and communities, councilor Jenny Lynn, described what the council is doing – often with community partners – to help.

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“We want everyone who arrives at Calderdale to feel welcome. This week is Refugee Week and we celebrate the important contributions refugees make to communities across the borough.

“Calderdale has a long tradition of welcoming refugees from all over the world. We are a sanctuary valley, with a strong network of organizations working together to create a friendly and inclusive borough for all,” she said.

This work has been reflected in the district’s willingness to help people leaving Ukraine because of the conflict, she added.

“As we continue to see devastating scenes in Ukraine, we remain committed to supporting those fleeing war. “The Council is currently recruiting for the position of Team Leader for the Home for Ukraine program to help coordinate our response and provide host support and a warm welcome to individuals and families arriving in Calderdale.

“The Homes for Ukraine program is administered by the government’s Department for Housing and Community Upgrading and the council works with them to support those arriving and carry out the necessary accommodation, protection and welfare checks.

“The district has already welcomed more than 90 refugees from the war in Ukraine and we are expecting new arrivals every week.

“We have seen incredible support from local people eager to help in any way they can, with incredible examples of kindness in our communities. “The council also provides additional support to ensure hosts and refugees feel fully supported,” she said.

Councilor Lynn said this includes sponsor information packs with links to sponsor support networks and regular sponsor updates, “Welcome to Calderdale” packs designed for Ukrainian refugees with a broad range of useful information and contact details, the provision of a dedicated migration worker for each Ukrainian household. organize a welcome meeting and regular update checks throughout their first 12 months at Calderdale, as well as regular mailings to refugees and sponsors, listing available events and activities, including language courses and community events and celebrations.

The “Welcome To Calderdale” packs include “how to” guides to accessing the services, available in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Earl Lynn said it was a welcoming effort from all parts of the Calderdale community.

“In addition to the kindness of individuals, the efforts of a wide range of community organizations in Calderdale have been essential in supporting those arriving from Ukraine. This includes Halifax Ukrainians, King’s Center in Halifax, The Leo Group and Calder Community Cares, among others,” she said.

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Rabat calls for a “fair trial” for a Moroccan facing the death penalty in Ukraine https://adventurebase100.org/rabat-calls-for-a-fair-trial-for-a-moroccan-facing-the-death-penalty-in-ukraine/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:33:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/rabat-calls-for-a-fair-trial-for-a-moroccan-facing-the-death-penalty-in-ukraine/ Morocco’s national human rights body has urged Russian authorities to ensure a “fair trial” for a young national appealing a death sentence handed down by a pro-Russian court in Ukraine. Brahim Saadoun, a Moroccan citizen born in 2000, was sentenced to death on June 9 along with two British men by a court in Donetsk, […]]]>

Morocco’s national human rights body has urged Russian authorities to ensure a “fair trial” for a young national appealing a death sentence handed down by a pro-Russian court in Ukraine.

Brahim Saadoun, a Moroccan citizen born in 2000, was sentenced to death on June 9 along with two British men by a court in Donetsk, a small self-declared state in eastern Ukraine.

The trio have been accused of acting as mercenaries for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

Amina Bouayach, president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), has contacted the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, a source from the Moroccan Human Rights Council told AFP on Sunday. ‘man.

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She urged the Russian body to take “the necessary measures to ensure that Brahim Saadoun receives a fair trial during his appeal”, the source said.

Taher Saadoun, father of the accused, said his son, who obtained Ukrainian citizenship in 2020, “is not a mercenary”, calling him instead a “victim of manipulation”.

But Dmytro Khrabstov, 20, a friend of Saadoun, said the Moroccan joined the Ukrainian army last year, telling friends he wanted to “die a hero”.

The Moroccan government did not respond until last Monday, saying through its embassy in Ukraine that Saadoun “was captured while wearing the uniform of the Ukrainian state army, as as a member of the Ukrainian Navy Unit”.

He said he was “currently imprisoned by an entity that is neither recognized by the United Nations nor by Morocco”, without further comment.

Morocco has adopted a position of neutrality at the United Nations on the war in Ukraine.

The decision reflects Rabat’s desire to avoid alienating Russia, a member of the UN Security Council, over the issue of disputed Western Sahara, a Moroccan diplomatic priority.

Morocco controls 80% of the disputed former Spanish colony and insists the territory must remain under its sovereignty, while the Algerian-backed Polisario Front movement seeks independence.

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Coachella Valley news headlines for the week of June 12-18 https://adventurebase100.org/coachella-valley-news-headlines-for-the-week-of-june-12-18/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 04:13:16 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/coachella-valley-news-headlines-for-the-week-of-june-12-18/ Decision on Western Joshua tree delayed The Western Joshua tree will remain a ‘protected’ species after the California Fish and Game Commission failed to reach a majority decision Thursday on whether the iconic plant should be listed under the California Endangered Species Act. High desert towns, construction and real estate trade groups and renewable energy […]]]>

Decision on Western Joshua tree delayed

The Western Joshua tree will remain a ‘protected’ species after the California Fish and Game Commission failed to reach a majority decision Thursday on whether the iconic plant should be listed under the California Endangered Species Act.

High desert towns, construction and real estate trade groups and renewable energy developers oppose the listing, arguing that it would hinder housing and renewable energy development. Conservation groups, scientists and advocates, however, have argued that listing the tree is integral to protecting the species from climate change, as well as other threats like wildfires. and development.

The commission considered four hours of public comment on Wednesday and also heard presentations from the Center for Biological Diversity, which submitted the petition to list the species as “threatened,” and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which issued a report recommending against listing the species in April.

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24/7 air quality data will be available for residents to monitor across the borough https://adventurebase100.org/24-7-air-quality-data-will-be-available-for-residents-to-monitor-across-the-borough/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:03:10 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/24-7-air-quality-data-will-be-available-for-residents-to-monitor-across-the-borough/ Residents of Doncaster will now be able to receive up-to-date air quality information across the borough, thanks to the launch of a new air quality information service. Data from current monitoring stations available across the city will be made available on the Council’s webpage, and this service is launching today, on Clean Air Day 2022. […]]]>

Residents of Doncaster will now be able to receive up-to-date air quality information across the borough, thanks to the launch of a new air quality information service.

Data from current monitoring stations available across the city will be made available on the Council’s webpage, and this service is launching today, on Clean Air Day 2022.

The stations monitor outdoor air pollution around the clock and will provide real-time information with the help of the air quality monitoring service, We Care 4 Air.

Visiting the Market Place Air Quality Monitoring Station to launch the initiative, Mayor Ros Jones said: “Addressing the climate emergency is one of our highest priorities as council and I make no apologies for continuing to promote and support new ways we can help protect and improve our environment. This includes improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“This data will provide residents with daily access to local air quality information and will be fully available in the coming weeks – please bear with us as we bring the service fully operational.”

“While we can all take action every day to help the climate, the public rightly expects their council to play a leading role in the climate agenda and this is another positive step in the creating a safer, stronger, cleaner and greener Doncaster for all.”

The council currently uses the monitoring stations to monitor two air pollutants – gaseous nitrogen dioxide and fine airborne particles (also known as particulates). Nitrogen dioxide gas is strongly associated with traffic emissions while airborne fine particulate matter is typically emitted from a number of sources including traffic, industry and residential areas – and can be so small that several thousand of them could fit on the full stop at the end of this sentence.

When concentrations of both chemicals increase, it may be linked to potential health effects – information on what action we would take if this happened can be found here – https://uk-air.defra.gov. uk/?view=158

The Council is continually striving to improve the city’s air quality and has previously declared eight air quality management zones where nitrogen dioxide gases can be found higher than others. areas – these areas are usually close to busy roads. Air quality action plans designed to reduce emissions are currently in place in these areas and can be viewed here – https://dmbcwebstolive01.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/AnimalWelfarePestsPollution/ Air%20Quality%20Action%20Plan%20Final%20(Revised%202018).pdf

For more information and to access the data, visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/air-quality-and-pollution-control

Last update: June 16, 2022 1:03:10 PM

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Former Roanoke adviser Jeffrey refused release, faces jail and restitution | Crime News https://adventurebase100.org/former-roanoke-adviser-jeffrey-refused-release-faces-jail-and-restitution-crime-news/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:58:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/former-roanoke-adviser-jeffrey-refused-release-faces-jail-and-restitution-crime-news/ Former Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. faces a 22- to 57-month prison term when convicted later this summer of financial crimes that forced him out of office in March. The length of time he could spend behind bars and an estimate of the extent of his repayment obligation were revealed at Monday’s bail hearing […]]]>

Former Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. faces a 22- to 57-month prison term when convicted later this summer of financial crimes that forced him out of office in March.

The length of time he could spend behind bars and an estimate of the extent of his repayment obligation were revealed at Monday’s bail hearing in which he was denied provisional release.

Assistant Commonwealth Solicitor Sheri Mason filed a document she said detailed unauthorized transactions totaling around $200,000 – half of cash withdrawals – and which authorities would seek a court order for Jeffrey to repay the money.

The preliminary figure is the first public account of the money he stole from the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization, a Roanoke nonprofit where Jeffrey worked as a property manager. He pleaded guilty to embezzlement in March.

The newly filed list of transactions outlines unauthorized payments for utility, hotel and restaurant bills; building services; online services; and purchases at home improvement stores in 2020 and 2021. The cash out list contains 55 entries, the largest for $10,010 on July 10, 2020.

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Asked in court what Jeffrey did with the money, Mason said it was “hard to say”.

Jeffrey was jailed three months ago after a jury found him guilty of obtaining money under false pretences from the Roanoke Economic Development Authority. Later in the double victim case, he admitted to defrauding the NNEO. He is expected to be sentenced on August 22.

Virginia law declared Jeffrey’s council seat forfeited following his guilty plea.

Jeffrey’s attorney requested Jeffrey’s medical release and testified that 53-year-old Jeffrey suffered from advanced kidney disease and needed a transplant. Jeffrey had arranged to live with his wife and stepmother in Roanoke.

Evangeline Jeffrey, Jeffrey’s mother, testified that her son was “scheduled” for a transplant at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but missed his scheduled pre-op appointment in late March because he had just entered prison and now the procedure is “on hold”.

Mason said prison officials have made arrangements for continued medical care, including three dialysis sessions a week. Prison officials contacted a hospital in Richmond about the possibility of a transplant, she said.

Circuit Court Judge David Carson, in denying Jeffrey’s request for temporary release, noted that Jeffrey had been convicted of three felonies. Carson told Jeffrey that the court had dates available for his sentencing before August 22, including June 24, a previously scheduled sentencing date that was canceled due to his attorney’s illness.

Attorney Melvin Hill, who represented Jeffrey at Monday’s hearing, took over from Jeffrey’s former defense attorney, Jonathan Kurtin. Hill said in court that he was new to the case, needed time to prepare, and was working to be ready on August 22.

Carson has leeway in sentencing Jeffrey and will consult, but is not bound by, the sentencing advisory guidelines which have not yet been made public. Mason said his office made calculations based in part on the amount of money taken and predicted the directive would recommend a sentence between one year and 10 months and four years and nine months.

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