Taoiseach needs to go – O’Donnell

first_imgFacebook LIMERICK EAST TD Kieran O’Donnell has called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to resign after the Taoiseach declared he would continue on in government.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Fine Gael deputy said that an election is the only thing that will bring some certainty to the country. Print “We have lost our capacity to negotiate credibility on behalf of the Irish people.“The negotiations with the IMF are the most defining moments since we gained independence.Commenting on the behaviour of the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister of Finance Brian Lenihan this week, he said:“I think they did the country a major disservice and weakened our dealing with the IMF.“The government has run out of road, people don’t trust them, and the bond market doesn’t trust them”.This morning Green Party leader John Gormley called for an election in January.This afternoon Independent TDs Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy Rae withdrew their support for the government.In response to today’s events Limerick West TD Nial Collins said:“It’s a very fluid political environment, on one hand people want an election and the other hand they want a budget to put through.“It’s an unprecedented situation”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal NewsTaoiseach needs to go – O’DonnellBy admin – November 22, 2010 697 Previous articleNagle to start against ScarletsNext articleRequested false driving licence on CB radio adminlast_img read more

‘Scale Of Drug Usage In Kerala Unacceptably High’ : HC Issues Slew Of Directions To Check Drug Abuse In Schools, Colleges

first_imgNews Updates’Scale Of Drug Usage In Kerala Unacceptably High’ : HC Issues Slew Of Directions To Check Drug Abuse In Schools, Colleges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 Feb 2021 9:22 PMShare This – xObserving that the “scale of drug usage in Kerala is unacceptably high”, the Kerala High Court has issued a slew of directions to control drug abuse among youngsters and students in educational institutions.Notable among the directions is the one given to the State Government to establish campus police units in all educational institutions to prevent drug abuses in campuses. The Court ordered…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginObserving that the “scale of drug usage in Kerala is unacceptably high”, the Kerala High Court has issued a slew of directions to control drug abuse among youngsters and students in educational institutions.Notable among the directions is the one given to the State Government to establish campus police units in all educational institutions to prevent drug abuses in campuses. The Court ordered the formation of the campus units as it found that the law enforcement agencies were not conducting regular checks inside educational institutions. The Court also ordered that State Government should take measures to make it easier for police and excise officials to enforce the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, in educational institutions.”Section 32B(d) of the NDPS Act, 1985 speaks about the fact that offence is committed in an educational institution or social service facility or in the immediate vicinity of such institution or facility or in other place to which school children and students resort for educational,sports and social activities as one of the aggravating factors, which maybe justified for imposing higher than the minimum penalty prescribed for the offence”, the Court observed.A division bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice AM Shaffique took note of an alarming report of the State Special Branch that around 400 institutions in the State are affected by drug abuse and out of such education institutions, 74.12% are schools, 20.89% are colleges and professional institutions, and 4.97% are other institutions viz., ITI, Polytechnics etc.The report of the Special Branch further revealed that in most of the cases detected in the college campuses, the seizure is below 1 kg of ganja, which is bailable, and this encourages a person to engage in drug abuse. Apart from the narcotic and synthetic drugs usage being rampant among the student community, inhaling of noxious chemicals like whitener, ink,fevicol, varnish solution used for repairing tyre puncture, are being used by the students for getting intoxication. The Court observed that this would cause illness and sometimes damage their organs permanently. Since the above substances do not come under the purview of NDPS Act, no legal action was initiated.The Court voiced the concern that the unacceptably high drug usage in Kerala is significant driver of economic under-performance, crime, risk to children and health inequalities.The Court has issued the following directions :State Government is is directed to adopt a method of establishing Campus Police Units, since the Law Enforcement agencies are not conducting regular checking inside the educational institutions. Measures shall also betaken to make it easier for the police and excise personnel to enforce NDPS Act, 1985, in the educational institutions.State government should convene a meeting of all the key officials from the Department of Home Affairs, Excise, Health, Law, Education and representative of State Mental Health authority, Department of Social Justice, and chalk out programmes, to ensure reduction in the incidence of Substance abuse among teenagers and youth and for the implementation of the suggestions made above.The Universities/Colleges/School authorities shall be provided with guidelines as a charter of duties and responsibilities, to make the campuses of the educational institutions, drug free.Kerala Police should seek the services of Student Police Cadets, NCC, NSS and other similar organisations to tide over the situation that the students are unaware of the legal repercussions of the usage and trafficking of drugs, and the health and career hazards caused due to the usage of drugs. Kerala Police should introduce a special scheme to ensure that the premises of the educational institutions and Universities are drug free. It should also initiate steps to conduct anti-drug programmes in the institutions, propagate health awareness campaigns, and use the assistance of social medias.Counselling and rehabilitation mechanisms should be established by Police, to save the students who are already using drugs and addicts, and for that purpose, co-operation of University authorities, affected students, and their parents be elicited.The directions issued, be complied with strictly, in letter and spirit, in accordance with law, within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment, the Court said.The division bench issued the directives while disposing of  a suo moto case initiated on the basis of a letter from a former IPS officer N.Ramachandran highlighting the rampant abuse of drugs in schools and colleges.In order to tackle the problem of sale of drugs in schools and colleges, the Court suggested that the following measures can be adopted: a) Local police shall pay special attention to areas surrounding schools and colleges in their efforts to tackle drug peddlers.b) Schools and colleges be encouraged to look out for peddlers in their vicinity and report them to police. c) Schools and colleges be encouraged to conduct surveys(possibly anonymous) to assess the levels of drug addiction among their students, and if addicted students can be identified, to talk to their parents or wards to find medical help to cure their addiction. d) The Central and State Education Authorities to include a mandatory and comprehensive chapter on drug abuse and illicit trafficking and its socio-economic costs to self,society, and the country, in the syllabus for 10+1 and 10+2students. e) Schools and colleges be encouraged to constitute the Anti-Drug Club to promote a drug free life among its members and also in the institution.Measures to deal with street peddlersStreet peddlers being an important link between the addicts and the traffickers, the Court said that it is vital to contain them to tackle the drug problem. To deal with street peddlers, the following steps should be taken :a)Increase the public awareness about the potential harm street peddlers can do to their societies and their children and the need to report peddlers to police and to follow up. b) NGOs, resident welfare societies, etc., be involved in reporting peddlers and follow up with police.c) Sensitize police that dealing with street peddlers is an important part of their job. d) Train and build capacities of the local police to deal with peddlers, including those who are addicts themselves. e) In large cities, develop special, mobile, anti-peddling squads of police with jurisdiction all over the city and linked to a helpline.f) Similar to the method of contact tracing followed in the case of Covid-19 patients, police can explore the possibility of tracking drug peddlersg)Like in the case of history sheeters, there should be constant monitoring of street peddlers.Click here to read/download the judgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Arsenal to make £40m offer for Dayot Upamecano to help Unai Emery fix defence

first_imgArsenal are plotting a fresh transfer bid for Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £40million move to sign RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.Upamecano was firmly on the Gunners’ radar as a possible replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer, but Unai Emery eventually turned to David Luiz after missing out on the 20-year-old.Though Leipzig rejected a sizable offer from Arsenal for Upamecano, they are increasingly resigned to losing the highly-rated Frenchman at the end of the season.Upamecano’s Leipzig contract has a €100m release clause which reduces by €20m every year. It was therefore believed that interested clubs would have had to spend €60m (£52m) to land the youngster next summer.ADVERTISEMENT Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Leipzig are now prepared to accept a cut-price fee for the defender to avoid losing him for free when his contract expires in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Sun, this has put Arsenal on red alert and the north London club are lining up a fresh bid for Upamecano ahead of the January transfer window.The report claims the France Under-21 international has been identified as Arsenal’s top centre-back target.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLast year, Upamecano revealed his ambitions to join a top European club in the future, but failed to mention Arsenal in his list of ‘dream’ destinations.‘As a youngster, you dream of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, but to get there, you have to work,’ he told Telefoot.‘I’m very proud of myself, very happy. I have to keep going in the same direction.‘I have to aim higher. My preference for the moment is Leipzig. Afterwards, we’ll see.’MORE: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward slams notion he picks transfers by watching Youtube Arsenal identify Dayot Upamecano as top defensive target ahead of £40m transfer move Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShareslast_img read more

Inter goalkeeping coach hospitalised after an accident

first_img read also:Arsenal insist on £8million for Balogun amid Southampton interest Bonaiuti has been on the Inter staff as a goalkeeping coach since 2013, while before that he worked at Roma and Udinese. As a player, he wore the jerseys of Cesena, Sambenedettese, Hellas Verona, Juventus, Padova, Palermo, Cosenza, Trapani, Pescara and Udinese. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter  Milan goalkeeping coach, Adriano Bonaiuti, is in serious condition at the hospital after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. According to Il Resto del Carlino newspaper, the 53-year-old is in ‘serious condition’ in a hospital in Ancona. The accident happened on Sunday morning in Grottammare, near Ascoli Piceno, just hours after he’d returned from the Europa League Final in Germany. An SUV was backing out of a driveway as he was going past.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more