Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 11, 2017 – Kingston – Parents and guardians are to benefit from two Parent Villages being staged by the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) this month, during which they will learn effective strategies to discipline their children. The villages, which are part of Parent Month activities, will be held in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 11 and 25, respectively.Chief Executive Officer of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said frustration is cited as one of the major factors that lead to excessive disciplinary measures being meted out to children. She noted that parents are often not sufficiently equipped to assess and correct certain behavior patterns in their children, which leads them to react from a position of anger.“When the children step out of line, the first response should not be one of aggression, but it should, instead, be one that causes the child to reflect on his/her actions. We also cannot emphasize enough the need for parents to influence behavior through their own conduct,” Ms. Kerr said. She was speaking at a Think Tank held recently at the JIS headquarters in Kingston.Deputy Executive Director of National Integrity Action, partners of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles, said that the desired result of any form of punishment should be that of remorse for the action, on the part of the child. She noted that where children are disciplined out of anger and/or frustration, the child develops feelings of resentment towards the parent or guardian.“If a child is able to feel remorse because of the implications of his actions, he’s more likely to make an adjustment in order to avoid landing in a similar position in the future,” said Dr. Charles.She further indicated that where the child is disciplined in an aggressive manner, he tends to end up feeling as though the parent despises him. This, she argued, creates an even greater issue, as it may cause the child to begin to act out in an effort to get back at the parents for hurting him.“It is my belief that if conversations are had with the child to explain the impact of his actions, and the preferred courses of action are clearly outlined, the outcomes are far more satisfactory,” Dr. Charles said.“We believe that if parents are offered more viable alternatives to the measures that they have been accustomed to, there will be a reduction in the cases of abuse that happen as a result of anger and frustration,” explained Dr. Charles.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his first major foray into crisis diplomacy, visiting a region roiled by North Korean threats. AFP PhotoThe United States’ top diplomat was in Tokyo on Thursday to reassure allies that Washington stands with them in the face of the accelerating missile threat from North Korea.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began his first Asian tour in Japan’s capital and was to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and foreign minister Fumio Kishida.He brings with him greetings from President Donald Trump, who caused consternation during his White House campaign by suggesting US allies need to do more to defend themselves.But Tillerson, the former oilman Trump chose to head his diplomatic team, is expected to reaffirm support for Japan and South Korea, where he journeys Friday, before heading to China on Saturday.There, he will urge his hosts to pressure Kim Jong-Un’s regime to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs before committing to eventual peace talks.It is Tillerson’s first major foray into crisis diplomacy, after brief trips to Bonn and Mexico City, but he has not managed to leave Washington controversy behind him.A small group of American expats protested outside the US embassy in Tokyo, demanding the former ExxonMobil chief executive respect the Paris climate change accord.And, back home, arguments raged over his decision to break with 50 years of tradition by refusing to allow the Washington diplomatic press corps to fly on his plane.Some 20 US-based reporters flew commercially to Japan to follow the visit, but only one, a hand-picked writer from a small conservative outlet, was allowed on his jet.- Deep cuts -Back home, Trump will unveil his budget blueprint later Thursday.Former top diplomats have denounced the plan — which will call for slashing State Department funding by 28 percent — as a hammer blow to US influence.Tillerson, while keeping a low public profile, appears, however, ready to cautiously support deep cuts.State Department officials insist that the focus of the trip will be North Korea and efforts to rebalance commerce without provoking a trade war with the Chinese giant.Acting spokesman Mark Toner told reporters this week that efforts to convince China to pressure North Korea were the “looming challenge” in trans-Pacific relations.”He’s going to have an opportunity at every stop to talk about next steps or what we do now, with respect to North Korea,” he said.After Tokyo, Tillerson will fly on to Seoul for talks with South Korea’s acting leader, and at the weekend he heads to Beijing, amid reports he will seek to finalise plans for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Trump in April.In a news conference on Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang said “there are bright prospects for China-US cooperation.”- ‘Head-on collision’ -US officials have been spooked by North Korea’s accelerating progress towards building an intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten US mainland cities.China is perhaps the last country with significant leverage over North Korea, which has ignored several rounds of UN-backed sanctions targeting its banned weapons program.Beijing shares US concerns over Pyongyang’s attempts to build an arsenal of nuclear devices, but has been much more measured in its reaction to the ballistic missile program.Xi’s government is publicly more concerned about Washington’s decision to deploy the THAAD missile defence program in South Korea.Washington insists THAAD is a defensive system deployed to protect the South and US bases, but China fears its advanced radar system undermines China’s nuclear deterrent.In recent comments, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi implied the United States and North Korea were equally at fault and moving towards a “head-on collision”.
At least 12 people were killed in a massive blaze that engulfed a London tower block on Wednesday, raising serious questions about fire safety in Britain’s housing blocks.Here is what we know so far:How many victims?The police have said at least 12 people were killed at Grenfell Tower in west London and they expect the number to rise as emergency workers make their way through the building.”Sadly I don’t anticipate that there will be further survivors,” Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised address.The London Ambulance Service said it had treated 69 patients, 18 of whom remained in critical condition by Wednesday afternoon.The 24-storey tower is home to between 600 and 800 residents and has one stairway through which people could escape, locals told AFP.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor of the 24-storey block at the height of the blaze.More than 200 firefighters were deployed to put out the fire. Some 100 medics tended the casualties.What happened?Fire services said they received the first call at 00:54 am on Wednesday (2354 GMT Tuesday) and were on scene at the Grenfell Tower public housing complex within six minutes.Witnesses reported the entire building was on fire by around 2:00 am (0100 GMT). Around an hour later the London Fire Brigade also tweeted that the whole building was in flames, starting from the second floor.Survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished last year.”It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire,” said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.Where was the fire?Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.The £8.7 million (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment of the block was completed last year and included new windows and heating system.The area neighbours the wealthy district of Notting Hill.What were residents’ concerns?Construction firm Rydon, which completed the refurbishment of the tower in 2016, said the work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn’t get resolved,” Collins told AFP.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” he said.Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the refurbishment.”This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works,” read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.”The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out,” it said.Some residents said the official advice was that people should stay inside in the event of a fire.Khan said the advice would be looked into.”We can’t have is a situation (where) people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as it’s been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced and maintained,” he told the BBC.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, promised a review of building regulations covering fire safety following a fatal 2009 fire in another London local authority apartment block.The review has not been published.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed a High Court order that had allowed a convicted person to contest in the upcoming national election, reports UNB.The seven-member bench of the SC led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after hearing two petitions filed by the state and the Anti-corruption Commission.Now, convicted people will not be able to contest in the elections, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.Earlier on Saturday, the chamber judge of the Supreme Court stayed the HC order and sent the petition to a regular bench.On Thursday, the High Court stayed the conviction and sentence of BNP candidate from Jashore-2 constituency Sabira Sultana in a graft case, clearing the way for her to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.Later, the state and the ACC filed the petitions challenging the order on Saturday.On 12 July last, the Special Judge Court-7 awarded six-year imprisonment to Sabira Sultana, former chairman of Jhikargachha upazila parishad, and fined her Tk 5,000 in the case filed for amassing wealth illegally.