D.C. swamp has turned into cesspool

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have changed the greeting on our answering machine: “Hello, you have reached the Acunto family, a family that believes that Washington, D.C., isn’t a swamp — it’s a cesspool. God bless America.”How do you clean a cesspool? You remove the waste and truck it out. In this situation, it would take a convoy.Ferdinand AcuntoCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Edinburgh pipes down

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Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports acknowledges young people as agents of change

first_img Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports acknowledges young people as agents of change by: – July 18, 2011 Share Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Mrs. Justina Charles addressing the National Youth Council’s General Assembly on Saturday July 16th, 2011.The Honourable Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Mrs. Justina Charles at the recently concluded General Assembly of the National Youth Council encouraged the nation’s youth to be agents of change.“You as young persons are also agents of change. As agents of change you have to determine what kind of change that we want for ourselves and for our country, and that definitely will determine what happens to us or what our future will look like. Our young persons must not take this lightly because the responsibility is going to be on us to move our country forward and to ensure that our future will be brighter, because you are the ones who will be responsible to take the mantle and move this country forward.    Mrs. Charles also recognized the valuable contribution which our young people are making towards the development of our island.“In spite of what is being said we must recognize that the young people are making a very valid contribution to the development of the country. You are the focal point of development in this country. Because if we do not really invest in our young persons we know that our community our country is doomed to failure. And so you must see yourself as very important in the development of any nation” she said.The Minister, on behalf of her ministry also pledged her support to the youths and assured them that they could visit her ministry to address their concerns.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Town of Palm Beach police gets de-escalation training simulator

first_imgThe Town of Palm Beach Police department is taking police training to the next level with a training simulator.The $300,000 training system arrived after two years of the department looking into it and just in time for public calls for further police training.The Virtra 300 training system allows trainees walked through 284 real life scenarios in which they experience stressful situations and will attempt to de-escalate them without using force.“If they can better control that physiological response, they can better control the encounter,”  Palm Beach Police training manager Michael Ogrodnick said.As the trainee is going through the simulator,  the instructors closely monitor the officers and then give them tips on how to better respond to stress and the situation.“Their respirations are going to go up, their breathing is going to go up,” said Ogrodnick, “If the officer does not respond accordingly to the stimuli on the screen, one of the instructors can then change the dynamic, and either bring it up and escalate it a little bit or de-escalate including making the floor vibrate under their feet.”Ogrodnick says the idea of the program is to teach officers how to respond to resistance situations and not have them end tragically:“So hopefully we have scenarios that end well and don’t escalate into a use-of-force or response-to-resistance situation,” Ogrodnick said. “Because we do want our officers to respond appropriately to any resistance, if they need to use force. But our goal is to de-escalate.”last_img read more