New ‘health-led’ policy to cover first and second time drug offenders

first_imgFirst and second-time drug offenders will escape criminal conviction for possession as part of a new policy to be announced by the government, it has emerged. However, the Government had rejected the recommendation to remove imprisonment for all drug possession cases as recommended by a special working group.The new “health-led approach” would mean those caught in possession would be referred to the Health Service Executive for a health screening for a first offence and receive an adult caution for a second offence. This follows the Working Group to Consider Alternative Approaches to the Possession of Drugs for Personal Use, which was set up to examine decriminalisation measures in other countries, including Portugal.However, the chairman of the working group, former judge and criminal defence solicitor Garrett Sheehan, issued a minority report saying any moves towards decriminalisation would be “throwing in the towel” on the potential of young people.Gardaí also issued an addendum saying that a system of adult cautions would make it harder to police the drug market and said the working group had failed to consider the effect of this system on organised crime.New ‘health-led’ policy to cover first and second time drug offenders was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humans by Mistake

first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists from Scotland claim to trace our origins to a genetic mistake 500 million years ago.In large bold print on Live Science, reporter Jennifer Viegas announced this headline: “500 Million-Year-Old ‘Mistake’ Led to Humans.”  The opening tried to dramatize claims made by scientists at the University of Dundee about a marine creature named amphioxus:Over 500 million years ago a spineless creature on the ocean floor experienced two successive doublings in the amount of its DNA, a “mistake” that eventually triggered the evolution of humans and many other animals, says a new study.The good news is that these ancient DNA doublings boosted cellular communication systems, so that our body cells are now better at integrating information than even the smartest smartphones. The bad part is that communication breakdowns, traced back to the very same genome duplications of the Cambrian Period, can cause diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders.It’s a long way from amphioxus, indeed.  PhysOrg called this an “evolutionary upheaval” that resulted in an “evolutionary leap” over 500 million years.  One of the scientists justified this storytelling by claiming it sheds light on the origin of disease: “Analysis of these gene families from an evolutionary point of view helps to navigate through the increasingly large data sets on protein interactions in a more focused and productive way, speeding the way towards establishing the links between particular proteins and diseases as well as highlighting new potential disease targets.”  He did not explain why comparative genomics requires the assumption of evolutionary common ancestry, nor did he give any measure of focus and productivity using the evolutionary point of view.Let’s be logical, here.  Professor, if we are the result of a mistake, then you are the result of a mistake.  Ergo, unless you can explain the evolution of truth, your claim about our origins is mistaken.  Consequently, it is a mistake to pay your theory any attention.  Q.E.D.This is a good one to keep for the day the Darwin idol collapses.  Enlightened philosophy of science teachers will have fun showing their students what professors with PhD’s once claimed was solid science.  The professor will hear gasps from the class when he explains that the media reported these things uncritically, and nobody laughed.last_img read more

Mandela Foundation mourns passing of Maya Angelou

first_img29 May 2014 The Nelson Mandela Foundation has joined millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Her family announced that she passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86. In a statement on the same day, the foundation said that former president Nelson Mandela first met Angelou while he was travelling through Africa in 1962 to garner support for the armed struggle against apartheid and to undergo military training. “He met her in February 1962 in Cairo, Egypt, when she was married to PAC [Pan Africanist Congress] activist Vusumzi Make. He [Mandela] later recalled: ‘I spent a lot of time with her in Cairo’.” The foundation said the next time Mandela was in contact with Angelou was more than 27 years later, after he was released from prison. Mandela had gone to Washington DC for the inauguration of US President Bill Clinton in January 1993. “He told Richard Stengel, his collaborator on his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, that he telephoned her in her hotel after she had ‘delivered a very powerful poem.’ “We, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, were deeply moved by the poem His Day is Done, which Angelou wrote on Madiba’s passing on 5 December last year. “Our archives reveal that today in 1986, Mr Mandela watched in prison the film version of her work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. “May she rest in peace.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

An Invitation to the 2017 Virtual Sales Kickoff – Episode 25

first_imgIn 2015, over 2,400 people attended the first ever Virtual Sales Kickoff. In 2016, that number more than doubled, with 5,400 people attending and 4,600 more watching the replay. This is your invitation to the 2017 Virtual Sales Kickoff. Sign up at www.virtualsaleskickoff.com.last_img

Delhi University to extend sports quota reservation in PG courses

first_imgDelhi University (DU ) has now introduced a five per cent quota in post-graduate courses under sports category to encourage more and more students to take up sports and yet continue with higher academic education, reported Mail Today.The University only permitted admission under sports quota for Bachelor’s degrees till last year but now the facility has been extended for postgraduate courses.This way the students’ achievements till undergraduate level are not wasted. Head of Sports Council S. Dubey said that the decision to reserve five per cent seats in every course for acclaimed and certified performers in sports was taken so that more students get encouraged to pursue sports.Not only this, some students will also get direct admission under the sports quota. Officials said that students who have won accolades at national- and international-level sports competition will not be required to give trials for the admission under the quota.DU last year eased admissions under sports quota especially for chess players, shooters and archers, who will now have to undertake only one of the three fitness tests to qualify for trials.DU will start the process for admission to its under-graduate courses for academic year 2014-15 on June 2. The university has made many alterations in its admission process for academic year 2014-15.last_img read more