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Alaska State Troopers plan to move Haines position to Bethel

first_imgLocal Government | Public Safety | Southeast | State GovernmentAlaska State Troopers plan to move Haines position to BethelFebruary 23, 2017 by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Share:The Haines state trooper car parked outside of the courthouse. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post.Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel.The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.Audio Playerhttp://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/23TrooperwINTRO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The level of crime in Western Alaska is the main reason to move funding for a Haines trooper to Bethel, Cockrell said. In an email to KHNS, he said state troopers wants to assign the position to the Violent Offenders Unit in Bethel.The region served by the unit is “plagued with a high rate of interpersonal violence,” Cockrell said.Cockrell hopes to make a final decision by next week.Haines still has a wildlife trooper, also known as a “brown shirt.” But the position’s main focus is on enforcing hunting and fishing regulations.The “blue shirt” trooper job has been vacant since December. That’s shifted more of a burden onto Haines police, who are responding to calls outside the townsite that the “blue shirt” trooper would have covered before.The public safety commission has been talking about how to deal with this for the past couple months.“The HPD is already responding to the outer borough,” Commission Chair Jim Stanford said at a meeting Tuesday. “The question is, how does the borough pay for this in a fair way?”Stanford drew up a list of four options:One, bill the state for outer-borough law enforcement.Two, expand the police department borough-wide.Three, broaden the current borough-wide medical services area to include emergency police response.And four, create a village public safety officer position, also known as a VPSO, to be stationed out the highway.“There’s a lot of different feelings on this and I don’t know that I personally want to pick any one of these,” Stanford said. “Because I think any borough-wide change in anything is going to require a vote of the people.”Instead of recommending one of those four options, the commission voted to send the list to the manager and assembly.The extra work caused by the vacant trooper post is happening while the Haines Police Department is already understaffed, according to Chief Heath Scott.The department was downsized a couple years ago from five to four officers, mainly because of state budget cuts.There’s been significant turnover in the department since then.Scott has been on the job about seven months and he does not think the current set-up is sustainable.He hopes to bring the department back up to five officers.“We’ve demonstrated to the public and to the public safety committee that we’re underfunded and under-resourced,” Scott said.The police department’s expenses were consistently over-budget for the first six months of the current fiscal year.Scott has asked the Assembly for a budget amendment of $60,000, introduced at the last Assembly meeting and will go through two more public hearings.Scott said part of the over-spending comes down to the amount of overtime the four officers have to put in.Commission Chair Jim Stanford made a motion to support Scott’s request to restore staffing.“We have repeatedly in the meetings, all of us, said that we need to support the new police chief,” Stanford said. “In the wake of the overtime that’s being paid to officers that would almost certainly compensate for another officer, It just makes sense scheduling wise to make it easier on the officers we have because I think some of them are stressed and they’re beginning to show it in places.”The commission unanimously supported the motion.So, the borough has two more financial questions to deal with: whether to increase the size of the police department and how to cover what looks to be a permanent loss in trooper service.Share this story:last_img read more


Medicaid could struggle to cover breakthrough treatments under GOP’s plans

first_img What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. A woman holds one of three medications she uses to treat her HIV. Medicaid has helped to stem emerging threats like HIV/AIDS, and advocates worry it will be hinder under Republican plans. Columbia Basin Herald/AP Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. WASHINGTON — Under the GOP’s vision for overhauling Medicaid, the program could struggle to afford expensive breakthrough treatments, cutting off its recipients from the latest medical innovations, warn policy experts and patient advocates.Republican plans to institute some kind of Medicaid spending cap would mark a fundamental change in the nature of the program. Right now, the federal government (with mandatory matching funds from the states, which actually administer Medicaid) pays whatever costs recipients incur for care that is covered by the program. What is it? Log In | Learn More GET STARTED By Dylan Scott Jan. 30, 2017 Reprints Medicaid could struggle to cover breakthrough treatments under GOP’s plans Politics Tags CongressMedicaidpharmaceuticalspolicylast_img read more


New findings about little-studied cellular compartments could help make chemo more effective

first_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED New findings about little-studied cellular compartments could help make chemo more effective Elizabeth Cooney What is it? Getting the right drug to the right place at the right time has been the leading principle of precision medicine, guided by GPS-like genomic advances to engineer targeted therapies. New research from the Whitehead Institute suggests more traditional chemotherapy drugs could also be fine-tuned to hit smaller targets within cells, possibly boosting their efficacy.Cells contain organelles such as mitochondria, which churn out energy, and ribosomes, which manufacture proteins, but there are also as many as 20 other complex compartments in the nucleus that lack membranes but carry out cellular duties. Proteins cluster within these droplets, called condensates.  What’s included? About the Author Reprints @cooney_liz Log In | Learn More General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19.center_img By Elizabeth Cooney June 18, 2020 Reprints Tags Bostoncancerprecision medicineresearchSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] GET STARTED In the Lab STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. The cancer drug cisplatin concentrates in cellular compartments called condensates. Isaac Klein, Whitehead Institutelast_img read more


Works sought for local graveyard

first_img Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Facebook By David Power – 31st March 2018 Cllr John Joe Fennelly agreed that problems at the graveyard would have to be looked at.SEE ALSO – Gardaí launch Easter drug and drink driving campaign Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Rugby St Patrick’s graveyard near Abbeyleix should be included for improvement works, the recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting heard.In a motion, Cllr Mary Sweeney said the graveyard should be included in works including “paths and disability access in the coming year”.In reply, council engineer Orla Barrett said Laois County Council is currently preparing a comprehensive report on all its cemeteries.“An important part of this report will be a schedule of required works at each cemetery to not only ensure health and safety but also the timely development of each cemetery to meet the needs of the local community,” she said.“On completion of the report it will be possible for Laois County Council to prioritise works on an informed basis as funds become available,” Ms Barrett said.She said it is anticipated that the report will be completed in May/June of this year.Access“We have to have a look at it,” Cllr Sweeney said. “A lot of people have access difficulties,” he said.She said the way St Peter & Paul’s graveyard is kept in Portlaoise is a credit to everyone there. Works sought for local graveyard Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Home News Works sought for local graveyard News Pinterest Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, March 31, 2018Next articleFr Paddy: Easter – ‘All is possible’ David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Council WhatsApplast_img read more


2019 Remembered: Virgin Media One documentary on Midlands Prison Portlaoise to air

first_img Facebook Laois People are fascinated with the two prisons in Portlaoise. Back in January, Virgin Media One announced plans to show a no-holds-barred documentary over a number of weeks in the Midlands Prison. And our readers were very excited: Electric Picnic Twitter Home Lifestyle Entertainment 2019 Remembered: Virgin Media One documentary on Midlands Prison Portlaoise to air LifestyleEntertainment Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous article2019 Remembered: Clonaslee families welcome two Dublin teens in Raised by the VillageNext article2019 Remembered: Big plans in motion to transform Outlet Centre in Rathdowney in to working hub LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival center_img Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th December 2019 WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter This is sure to make for fascinating television.What it is like to live and work inside Ireland’s largest prison is set to be brought to our TV screens next week.Virgin Media One have been given exclusive access to all areas of the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise for a new documentary.This is called Inside Ireland’s Biggest Prison: True Lives and will be on on screens on Wednesday February 6 at 9pm.The four-part series gains unprecedented access inside the country’s largest prison (The Midland’s Prison in Portlaoise) as cameras follow both prisoners and prison staff as they go about daily life inside the prison walls.The news comes just a few days after the Irish Sun reported that one of the most violent prisoners in the country is set to move to the Midlands Prison.27-year-old Celyn Eadon, who is currently in Wheatfield, will become the latest violent criminal to move to the new high security unit in the Midlands prison, Portlaoise.Mayo native Eadon will become the fourth inmate in the new unit, which aims to drastically reduce the number of serious violent attacks in prisons across the country.The four chosen prisoners are seen as being the biggest threat to safety in prisons – due to their involvements on assaults on prison staff and other prisoners.SEE ALSO – Check out more from the 2019 Remembered Series 2019 Remembered: Virgin Media One documentary on Midlands Prison Portlaoise to air Facebook TAGS2019 RememberedMidlands Prison Electric Picnic last_img read more


Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 366 new cases as plan to ban takeaway drinking withdrawn

first_img TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19 Twitter Previous article‘It is a very decent place to live’ – Top Garda defends Laois town following Halloween disturbancesNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Facebook There have been 11 further Coronavirus-related deaths and 366 new cases, according to figures released today.All deaths reported today occurred in November.Of today’s new cases, just 2 of them are in Laois.It means the county’s 14-day incidence rate has dropped to 103.9 from yesterday’s figure of 111.There are now 88 active cases in Laois, down from 94 yesterday.Of the cases notified today;169 are men / 197 are women61% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 38 years old84 in Dublin, 44 in Limerick, 34 in Cork, 34 in Donegal, 24 in Roscommon and the remaining 146 cases are spread across 20 other counties.As of 2pm today 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “I am increasingly concerned that the positive trends we had seen recently have not been maintained.“The 5-day moving average of daily cases has increased from an average of 350 cases on the 11th November to 424 today.“We have two weeks to continue in our efforts to drive down community transmission of this disease as much as possible. The lower the incidence the more flexibility the country will have in easing measures.”New Cases in LaoisNovember 16 – 2November 15 – 1November 14 – 8November 13 – 6November 12 – 1November 11 – 6November 10 – 2November 9 – 7November 8 – 4November 7 – 18November 6 – 8November 5 – 13November 4 – 7November 3 – 4November 2 – 814-day case rate in Laois per 100,000 populationNovember 16 – 103.9November 15 – 111November 14 – 131.1November 13 –  129November 12 – 131.1November 11 – 142.9November 10 – 147.6November 9 – 152.3November 8 – 155.8November 7 – 167.7November 6 – 168.8November 5 – 167.7November 4 – 167.7November 3 – 177.1New cases in Laois during past 14 daysNovember 16 – 88November 15 – 94November 14 – 111November 13 – 110November 12 – 111November 11 – 121November 10 – 125November 9 – 129November 8 – 132November 7 – 142November 6 – 143November 5 – 142November 4 – 142November 3 – 150November 2 – 165Government withdraw proposal to ban takeaway drinkingA proposal to fine people gathering outdoors to drink alcohol has been withdrawn by the Government.The three leaders of the Government parties along with the Minister of Health made a unanimous decision ahead of the Cabinet meeting not to proceed with the proposal to fine people who gather in outdoor areas to drink alcohol, a Government spokesperson said.It is understood there followed what was termed “a constructive discussion” at Cabinet on the issue.The proposal was in response to crowds gathering in the cities of Cork and Dublin last weekend. Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Pinterest Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 366 new cases as plan to ban takeaway drinking withdrawn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Home News Coronavirus: 11 further deaths and 366 new cases as plan to ban… News Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 17th November 2020 WhatsApp Twitter News last_img read more


Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise man

first_img Previous articleThree new classrooms on the way to Laois school as extension approvedNext articleCoronavirus: 17 additional deaths and 5,325 new cases – 12 in Laois – as schools to shut until February LaoisToday Reporter Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise man Pinterest There is deep sadness in Portlaoise this week following the passing of PJ Nealon.Mr Nealon, who was originally from Janesboro, Limerick, passed away peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise on Monday January 4.A keen GAA man, Mr Nealon was involved heavily with his local club Portlaoise.He managed various teams in the 80s and 90s – as well as serving as secretary.Mr Nealon, who worked in Avonmore, was also a very popular member of the Active Retirement Group.Portlaoise GAA paid the following tribute to him: “Sad news with the passing of former secretary of Portlaoise GAA, PJ Nealon.“PJ was also a mentor with various football and hurling teams in the 80s and 90s.“He is the father of current secretary Malcolm and grandad to current hurlers Eoghan, Aidan and Colm.“Our thoughts are with the Nealon family at this sad time.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”Mr Nealon was the beloved husband of Trudy and dearly loved father to Malcolm and Nanette.He was also cherished grandfather to Stephane, Eoghan, Aidan, Colm and Brian.His passing is deeply regretted by his loving family, daughter-in-law Violet, son-in-law Michael, brother-in-law Fr John Roche, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, former colleagues in Avonmore and his great friends in the Active Retirement Group.Due to current government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place, for family only, in St Peter and Paul’s Church on Wednesday at 12 noon.The Mass can be viewed on the parish webcam. Interment will take place afterwards in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.May PJ Rest in Peace.SEE ALSO – Laois Doctor on Covid-19 Vaccines: How they work and why they’re safe Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home News Community Sadness following the passing of popular Portlaoise man NewsCommunity Facebook TAGSAvonmorePJ NealonPortlaoise WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th January 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebooklast_img read more


Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Abbeyleix and Ballyroan

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival 7 New Terrace, AbbeyleixNew to the market, this two-storey, terraced house is on Abbeyleix’s Main Street.The property is within walking distance of shops, bus stop; bank; Post Office, church, coffee shops etc. The house has been totally renovated – rewired; replumbed; insulated & painted. PVC doors & windows. The heating system is air-to-water which is a modern eco system and has a B3 energy rating.Accommodation: entrance hall; living/dining/kitchen; WC & storage. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms, bathroom, storage press and stira access to attic. To the rear there is a south-facing yard, garden shed/home office and vehicular access for off-street parking.Guide Price: €170,000 Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic On this week’s Property Watch we take a look at homes currently for sale in Abbeyleix and Ballyroan.So whether from the area, currently living away and want to move back or fancy a change, it’s a part of the county that has plenty to offer.Based in the same parish, there are two primary schools in Abbeyleix and one in Ballyroan (in a new building that only re-opened in 2018). There is also a secondary school nearby in Heywood.It’s a parish well served by sporting facilities too with two vibrant GAA clubs (hurling in Abbeyleix; football in Ballyroan), golf, tennis and hockey clubs in Abbeyleix, soccer and athletics clubs.Between the two there is a selection of fine pubs (when they’re allowed to open again) as well as a number of fine restaurants and coffee shops in the heritage town of Abbeyleix.The glorious Abbeyleix Bog Walk, which can be accessed from the car park of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, is also a real charm.You can check out a selection of the homes we’ve picked out below and in each case you can click through to a full profile on the property.Ragettstown, AbbeyleixFor sale with Hume Auctioneers, this four-bedroom home is approached by a winding country avenue.Home is comprised of entrance hall, formal sitting room, kitchen/dining room, large utility and guest WC.“Outside the peace and quiet is palpable,” say the auctioneers. “A large decked area off the kitchen is superbly appointed and ideal for outdoor entertainment in total privacy yet overlooking the surrounds. A large shed/garage is perfect for storage or outside work.”Guide Price: €299,000 By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st January 2021 Fountain House, Market Square, AbbeyleixAlso new to the market comes this substantial town house in the centre of the ever popular heritage town of Abbeyleix.This property extends to c.4,000 sq. ft. and according to the auctioneers “offers the new owners an exciting opportunity to further development”.“This ex-bed & breakfast is used as a family home. The rear garden is with the main house and kept to the highest standards imaginable and you cannot help but be impressed with the upkeep.”Guide Price: €299,000 Previous articleWork stalled at the moment but Barrow Blueway through Laois still on course to be completed by 2022Next articleDown Memory Lane Podcast: 1997 – The start of the Bertie era, the Diana tragedy and glory days again for Stradbally and the Laois minors LaoisToday Reporter TAGSAbbeyleixBallyroanproperty watch Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date AbbeyleixDescribed by the auctioneers as an “attractive deceptively large country property built in 1984; boasts large windows in every room, flooding the property with light and allowing a beautiful enjoyment of the natural surrounds”.On a one-acre site complete with tarmacadam driveways, attractive lawns and mature trees, polytunnel and vegetable garden. There are five bedrooms with the master bedroom boasting an en suite and walk-in wardrobe.“The three living rooms all boast picture windows and are superbly spacious. At the heart of the house is a splendidly appointed kitchen with numerous drawers and cupboards and a bespoke island unit. A large utility room completes the internal accommodation.”Guide Price: €310,000 Home Property Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Abbeyleix and Ballyroan Property Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dooary, BallyroanSet on a mature site of c 1.5 acres, this stone fronted property is located just outside the village of Ballyroan.The property comprises spacious reception room, living room, kitchen/dining room, formal dining room with double doors to garden, Guest WC and Utility the ground floor is ideally suited for family living on a grand scale. Upstairs there are 4 double bedrooms (master ensuite) and a family bathroom.“The gardens are superbly appointed with duck pond, ornate bridge, mature shrubbery, scenic patio area, etc,” says Hume Auctioneers who are handling the sale. “The property enjoys a large workshop/garage with water and electricity ideally suited for home office, kennels, stabling etc.”Guide Price: €399,999SEE ALSO – Check out all our previous Property Watch features Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Abbeyleix and Ballyroan Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic last_img read more


Hwanghae Facing Man-Made Tribulation

first_img Facebook Twitter There is a growing volume of testimony to suggest that food insecurity in Hwanghae Province is now particularly bad, and in a significant number of areas has tipped over into starvation and death. Much of the evidence for this has been published since May 7th by ASIAPRESS, a Japanese group with video journalists working inside North Korea.Example interviews published in Korean by ASIAPRESS include a woman in her 40s from South Hwanghae Province who claimed that for her the “situation is more difficult than during the ‘March of Tribulation’,” referring to the famine that killed many hundres of thousands of North Koreans in the 1990s.“The food situation is worse than it was three years ago,” the woman went on. “The waiting room at the station in Sariwon in North Hwanghae Province is overflowing with beggar children, both boys and girls, younger and older.”A man in his 30s from South Hwanghae Province also testified similarly, saying that “Malnutrition is getting more prevalent for farmers. The farming is going really badly.”Another witness, from North Hamkyung Province but with experience of visiting Hwanghae, claimed, “I heard from a Hwanghae Province resident that people dead from starvation are appearing in Haeju every day. It is surprising that something like this can happen in the ‘rice region’; by this standard it seems that the situation in North Hamkyung is actually not that bad.”ASIAPRESS believes the main causes of the extreme food insecurity in the region to be: ▲ decreased food production due to flooding; ▲ food procurement for Day of the Sun events in other areas, mostly Pyongyang; and additional ▲ market stagnation. In other words, the testimonies obtained by ASIAPRESS suggest in particular that the authorities have been demanding excessive volumes of food from farms while failing to revive flooded farmland. In essence, food production has decreased but food procurement and removal to other regions has risen.One farmer from South Hwanghae Province commented, “The floods last year washed away most of the fields in coastal areas. In early spring productivity was particularly bad, because rain hit when the flowers were blooming. In addition, productivity was reduced because we couldn’t get fertilizer and water supplies were dodgy because there was little electricity.” Commenting on his organization’s major findings, Director Jiro Ishimaru concluded, “The cause of the food crisis in Hwanghae Province cannot be put down to an agricultural slump, but to the exploitation and excessive procurement of the authorities. The reason for the food crisis is man-made.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarMok Yong Jae By Mok Yong Jae – 2012.05.22 12:17pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Hwanghae Facing Man-Made Tribulation News NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more


Campion College Student Wins ATI Essay Competition

first_imgRelatedCampion College Student Wins ATI Essay Competition Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Campion College student, Sherraine Phillips, was named the winner of the Access to Information (ATI) Unit’s National Essay Competition on Thursday(April 2).She won the competition with an essay on the topic, ‘Why is the Access to Information Act 2002 important to Jamaica’s democracy, and how can it be used to improve your community?’The competition was launched last September, with entries being invited from high school students in fourth to sixth form.From left: Sherraine Phillips of Campion College, Maxine Nelson of Ardenne High and Natassja Douse of Glenmuir High show off their trophies after placing first, second and third, respectively, in the Access to Information Unit’s National Essay Competition. The trophies and other prizes were presented during an award ceremony at the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports on Thursday(April 2).Public Education Manager at the ATI Unit, Tricia Cameron-Anglin, said Phillips’ essay was the shortest received, but the skill and craftsmanship in the way the ideas were articulated “were immaculate and perfectly understood.”She said that the unit would, at a later date, publish an edited version of the winning essay.For her essay, Phillips received a trophy, $10,000 and other prizes. Maxine Nelson of Ardenne High School, Kingston, who placed second, received a trophy, $7, 000 and other prizes, while Natassja Douse of Glenmuir High School, Clarendon, received a trophy, $5,000 and other prizes for placing third.The presentations were made during an awards ceremony at the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Thursday(April 2).The Public Relations Manager for the ATI Unit, Damian Wilson, said the unit would be launching another essay competition for tertiary level students.He also outlined that the unit has also embarked on a number of other initiatives to increase awareness of the Act. These include the launch of its Facebook page and a channel on YouTube. He disclosed that the unit is getting ready to launch an advertising campaign on Jamaica Urban Transit Company(JUTC) buses, and on liquid crystal display (LCD) screens in supermarkets.The ATI Unit spearheads the implementation and administration of the ATI Act, which was passed in June 2002. The Act provides the public with a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities. RelatedCampion College Student Wins ATI Essay Competitioncenter_img RelatedCampion College Student Wins ATI Essay Competition Campion College Student Wins ATI Essay Competition EducationApril 3, 2009last_img read more