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Deulofeu and Semedo back for Barca

first_imgBarcelona Deulofeu, Semedo return for Barcelona but Alcacer dropped for Sporting CP clash Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 23:09 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gerard deulofeu - cropped Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Sporting CP v Barcelona Sporting CP The pair played no part in a 3-0 win over Girona at the weekend, but will be back in action for the upcoming European fixture Gerard Deulofeu and Nelson Semedo have both been brought back into the Barcelona squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sporting CP.The players were rested for Saturday’s LaLiga win over Girona but are in Ernesto Valverde’s 18-man squad for the trip to Portugal.Barca -1 10/11 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, striker Paco Alcacer has been left out, having not made an appearance for the club since August 28.There is also no place for midfielder Arda Turan, who recently returned from injury, but goalkeeper Adrian Ortola is back after being given the medical all-clear. Training session Ciutat Esportiva Joan GamperNext challenge  #SportingBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/KOW4Dy3t0A— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 25, 2017Barca head into the match looking to make it two wins from two in Group D, having beaten Juventus 3-0 at Camp Nou on matchday one.last_img read more

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More Drug Treatment Courts

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is looking at expanding its treatment services to offenders with substance-abuse problems, by establishing drug treatment courts in all parishes. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Government is looking at expanding its treatment services to offenders with substance-abuse problems, by establishing drug treatment courts in all parishes.The courts, which are currently operating in five parishes, provide an alternative to incarceration for drug-dependent offenders, where they benefit from treatment and rehabilitation under judicial supervision.The Minister was addressing the opening of a three-day regional workshop on drug treatment courts at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on September 6.Mr. Chuck said an expansion of the programme will require collaboration with the Health Ministry and support from health practitioners in the private sector.“The real challenge is to find more psychiatrists and psychologists making themselves available to participate in this programme. I will be speaking to my colleague Minister of Health to provide some additional resources, so we can use persons in the private sector, so that every parish can have at least one day per month to have a drug treatment court,” he said.Mr. Chuck pointed out that the intention to expand the courts was prompted by a request from the parish court judges, who have recognised that when drug offenders come before them, “it’s not a jail term that they need, they need medical assistance and we are hoping that before long this can in fact be done”.“The drug treatment court is one of the clear lessons how we can achieve change in an atmosphere of compassion and caring, encouraging and rewarding behaviour change while being firm when there are breaches,” he said.The Minister argued that more resources must be diverted to projects such as the drug treatment courts to strengthen the infrastructure for therapeutic jurisprudence as an effective alternative to incarceration.“It is evident that we need more than good policing, successful prosecution and lengthy jail time to heal individuals, families, communities and our countries. The Drug Treatment Programme strikes the right balance between holding individuals accountable and helping them to do better and be better humans,” he said.According to the Organization of American States (OAS), treatment alternatives to incarceration can help break the cycle of criminal behaviour, alcohol and drug use, and imprisonment.In various countries, drug treatment courts have proven to effectively reduce crime, relapse into drug use, the prison population, and they are also cost-effective.In the meantime, State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., welcomed the regional approach to the drug-abuse issue, through the staging of the workshop, noting that it is “yet another step in the right direction” in tackling the problem.“I’m so pleased to see that we are here having these discussions. We need to ensure that we continue to communicate to the country… so people can know where they can go to get assistance, and they can know that the system is contemplating these (alternatives), not just to lock up, but to make the smart decisions for our people,” he said.Hosted by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Government of Jamaica, the three-day workshop focuses on the expansion of drug treatment courts in the Caribbean.The workshop is also intended to train experts from the health and justice sectors on drug treatment courts as an alternative to incarceration for drug offences for juveniles and adults.It is organised by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), the Court Management Services, and the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), with the support of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Government of Canada.Delegates from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago are in attendance. The Minister argued that more resources must be diverted to projects such as the drug treatment courts to strengthen the infrastructure for therapeutic jurisprudence as an effective alternative to incarceration. The Minister was addressing the opening of a three-day regional workshop on drug treatment courts at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on September 6. last_img read more

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Culinary Arts Festival and Competition to be Revived

first_img Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year. Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years. “It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said. Story Highlights Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year.Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years.“It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Culinary Expo held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on August 2.Additionally, Ms. Grange said there are plans to have the festival “institutionalised, so that it can be sustained,” and has asked Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, to commit budgetary support in this regard.The JCDC’s Culinary Arts Specialist, Dr. Pamella Powell, welcomed the festival’s resuscitation, describing the move by the Culture Minister “as a great thing to revive”.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange urged the protection of certain “works (of food) and final product on display,” which can be classified as intellectual property.“Far too often, we see food shows on networks that have creations that are distinctively Jamaican, but other nations take credit. They cleverly use the term, ‘Jamaican-style jerk, juices and pastries’, with none of the input or labour being Jamaican.We have to protect them,” Ms. Grange emphasised.Turning to other matters, the Minister said plans exist to have reggae music inscribed and protected as an “intangible cultural heritage” with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The aim of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage is to ensure those included on the list are better protected and to bring awareness of their significance worldwide.It is expected that in November, the country will know whether it is successful in its efforts to have reggae music on the list of intangible cultural heritage.The Minister added that a submission to UNESCO will also be made to include “our food, as these strides will protect the local economy and small players”.For his part, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, noted that 40 per cent of the expenditure of visitors to the island last year was spent on food experiences.He said that Jamaica has now established itself as the premier gastronomy destination of the Caribbean, after having been the only country in the region last year to have an exposition “which the United Nations World Tourism Organization calls the Gastronomy Prototype”.Mr. Bartlett noted that it has become necessary to train and build up the professionalism of those in the culinary profession, especially chefs, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, which graduated 150 participants a few months ago.These graduates received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) designation.“We want to give them certification, so that…we won’t have to be importing chefs from across the world, because we will be producing our own in Jamaica,” he said.During the expo, patrons toured several booths and sampled a number of local cuisines from hotels as well as the HEART Trust/NTA. The JCDC’s 55th anniversary cake was also cut.last_img read more

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Halifax hospital donnybrook Appeal court reduces cardiologists damages

first_imgHALIFAX – A court has dramatically reduced a cardiology researcher’s record-setting, $1.4 million judgment for damages from a workplace battle at a Halifax hospital.In a decision released Tuesday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal reduced Dr. Gabrielle Horne’s damages to $800,000.It said the lower figure better represents the “loss of reputation and loss to her research career” after a personality conflict torpedoed her heart research.Horne was researching “the mechanical differences in the hearts of patients who have stable and unstable heart muscle problems” at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.But her relationship with the director of the hospital’s Heart Function Clinic was “strained,” and he successfully pushed to have her privileges varied to restrict her access to the clinic’s patients, the appeal court said. A medical advisory committee found her “poor interpersonal relationships with some colleagues could indeed expose patients to harm.”As a result, she couldn’t conduct her research and the entire research program folded.Horne sued the QEII and Capital Health (now part of the Nova Scotia Health Authority) in 2006.In 2016, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury found health officials acted in bad faith, and awarded the $1.4 million judgment, believed to be the largest sum ever awarded for a loss of reputation and career lawsuit.Horne has said her lawsuit originally sought damages that would fund a plan to rebuild the research program, but at the end of the 33-day trial, the judge decided the jury wouldn’t be able to consider those damages.The appeal court dismissed Horne’s appeal of the scope of damages, as well as the health authority’s own appeal of liability.The appeal ruling detailed the personality conflicts behind the dispute — and how officials turned against Horne.“We are satisfied that Capital Health’s bad faith caused significant and lasting damage to Dr. Horne’s reputation,” the three-judge panel wrote.“Just as being unethical afflicts the core of a lawyer’s professional integrity, being termed a risk to patients pierces the heart of what is expected of a physician. It is hard to imagine a more vital blow to a medical professional’s station. We are further satisfied that the consequences will follow Dr. Horne well into the future.”last_img read more

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Police believe body found near Mexican resort is missing Quebec woman

first_imgMONTREAL — Mexican authorities have found the body of a woman near the resort where a missing Quebecer was vacationing.Christine St-Onge hasn’t been heard from since speaking to a member of her entourage on Dec. 4.The male friend she was travelling with returned home a day earlier than planned and died of an apparent suicide.Sgt. Claude Denis of the Quebec provincial police says an autopsy will be performed to confirm the body discovered is that of the 41-year-old St-Onge.He says police have contacted St-Onge’s family to inform them of the latest developments. The body found near a hotel in Los Cabos showed marks of violence.St-Onge, a travel agent from the Montreal suburb of Laval, travelled to Mexico on Nov. 29 with her friend. They were supposed to return to Canada Dec. 6.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Third CR Needed to Fund Government until Omnibus is Cleared

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House and Senate Appropriations committees on Wednesday filed a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus providing funding for every agency, wrapping up weeks of tough negotiations between the two parties covering questions of policy and funding.By the time party leaders reached a final deal, the most contentious policy riders had been dropped, including provisions that would have limited Obama administration environmental, financial and campaign finance regulations, and effectively blocked the flow of refugees from Syria and Iraq, reported CQ Roll Call.Adhering to House Republicans’ “three-day rule” means that chamber will not take up the 2,009-page measure until Friday. Senate leaders said they would need a high degree of cooperation from every member to complete consideration of the spending package before the weekend.To avoid a government shutdown, both chambers on Wednesday approved a third continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government running through Dec. 22. White House spokesman Josh Earnest indicated the president would sign the CR. Congressional leaders don’t believe they will need six days to pass the omnibus, but the extra time should ensure they don’t need to advance another stopgap, according to the story.“Nobody, I think, sees any benefit of stringing this out any longer than necessary, so my hope is that we’ll be able to conclude this Friday,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chamber’s Republican whip, told reporters.The existing CR expired at midnight Wednesday.Republican leaders praised the hard-fought omnibus deal. “While an end-of-the-year omnibus is not the preferred way to do business — it is always better to complete individual bills in a timely fashion — this bill will allow Congress to fulfill its constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown,” House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement.last_img read more

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