Property values rose by 1.9% in October

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Lords question creating new criminal offences ‘by regulation’

first_imgA House of Lords committee has criticised the government for introducing legislation heavily reliant on delegated powers, questioning a bill which would enable ministers to create new criminal offences ‘by regulation’ instead of being subject to ‘full and proper’ parliamentary scrutiny.The constitution committee, which assesses the impact of a public bill, also investigates wider constitutional issues, publishing reports with recommendations principally aimed at the government.In its report on the Children and Social Work Bill, which has its second reading today, the committee says the bill’s provisions appear to continue a ‘trend’ of introducing legislation ’that leaves much to the subsequent discretion of ministers’.The report states: ’We regret that, despite the concerns expressed in the past by this and other committees, the government continues to introduce legislation that depends so heavily on an array of broad delegated powers’.The bill would give the government power to appoint a regulator or create a new regulatory body for social workers in England. The committee says it would expect the creation of a ’significant’ statutory body ’to be enacted by primary legislative provision to enable proper parliamentary scrutiny’.The government would also be able to, through regulations, create new criminal offences. Again, the committee says the creation of criminal offences, ’whether or not punishable by imprisonment’, should be subject to ‘proper and full’ parliamentary scrutiny.The committee also asks the government to clarify whether a new child safeguarding practice review panel will be able to ‘compel’ the submission of material subject to legal or medical privilege.Committee chair Lord Lang of Monkton said the bill ’continues a worrying trend’ in which parliament is asked to agree legislation ’that is lacking in crucial details’ that allow government proposals to be properly scrutinised.He said: ’Our political system relies on parliament having the ability to scrutinise legislation through the full multi-stage process in both houses. The government’s reliance on legislating by regulation undermines that and risks poorly constructed proposals becoming law.’The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, Psychoactive Substance Bill, Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill and Childcare Bill are cited by the committee as examples of ’vaguely worded legislation that left much to the discretion of ministers’.Lang said changes giving the secretary of state ‘significant’ powers to establish a social work regulator and create new, ’currently undefined’ criminal offences should be set out in primary legislation so that they can be ‘debated, scrutinised and improved’.’Instead, by giving the minister the power to make these changes by regulation, there is a risk parliament will again be denied its proper role in holding the government to account,’ he added.last_img read more

RIC hosts annual Children’s Christmas Party

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews RIC hosts annual Children’s Christmas Party by: – December 29, 2014center_img It was an afternoon of good cheer, fun and frolic for the children of the city of Roseau, when the Roseau Improvement Committee (RIC) for the first time, moved its annual children’s Christmas party to the beautiful Roseau Botanic Gardens, in the afternoon of Christmas day. Going for over more than two decades, the RIC’s Christmas Party which was usually held in the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union Hall on Hillsborough St, and always in the afternoon of Christmas day itself, has become a Christmas tradition in Roseau, and is much anticipated by children and parents alike. Said RIC Patron Norris Prevost, “The move to hold the annual RIC Children’s Christmas Party in the Botanic Gardens, created the opportunity for the children to have a lot more fun, and to appreciate the outdoors. It allowed RIC to introduce such fun activities as ‘Bouncing Castle and rides on the Chu-Chu train. Over 150 children were treated to fun rides on the ‘Chu-chu’ train, bouncing castle’, snacks and drinks. Attending the party with the Children were, new Roseau Central MP Joseph Isaac, Roseau North MP Danny Lugay, and Roseau South MP Joshua Francis. The children really enjoyed their Christmas day afternoon.RIC Inc is a registered non-profit, non-government organisation (NGO), operating since 1989, under the Patronage of former Roseau MP, Hon. Norris Prevost. In addition to its annual Children’s Christmas Party, RIC Inc. also organises a Mother’s Day lunch for the mothers of Roseau, and lunch for some 70 of the needy and homeless of the city, every Sunday. A Taste of Carnival Calypsos at RIC FUNDRAISING BRUNCH SUNDAY 4th JAN.RIC’s many activities are funded through contributions from the local private sector, other benefactors, its Patron and through fund raising activities organized by the members. In this regard therefore, RIC will be holding a Hearty Fund Raising Brunch, at the Anchorage Hotel- poolside and lounge, this Sunday, 4th January, from 11am to 4pm. Tickets which include, sumptuous creole brunch with sorrel, ginger beer, juice, glass of wine or rum punch and pre-carnival entertainment from Mass Camp, cost $65 for adults and $50 for children, and are on sale at the Anchorage Hotel, 448 2638 or from the PrevoCinemall, 275 3420. Proceeds from the brunch will be go towards reviving the NGOs Sector in the City of Roseau.Patron Hon. Norris Prevost, on behalf of the members of RIC Inc, wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who have so generously supported the RIC activities over the years, and to assure them that their continued support of RIC activities, very often touches the lives of people in ways that they could not even imagine. 145 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Northeast Ohio Baseball Power Rankings: April 25

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. In partnership with Prep Baseball Report Ohio, here are the latest power rankings for Northeast Ohio baseball teams.Teams are listed in order of PBR Ohio’s Statewide Rankings and will have their overall state ranking listed in parentheses.Division IMassillon Jackson 15-0 (1)Amherst 16-4 (5)Solon 12-1 (7)Avon 14-2 (8)Green 12-1 (12)Aurora 13-1 (20)Mayfield 10-4 (28)Walsh Jesuit 8-6 (33)Strongsville 11-7 (35)Twinsburg 11-6 (39)Hudson 12-4 (40)Hoover 10-5 (41)Hoban 11-6 (42)Berea-Midpark 10-5-1 (43)Nordonia 11-6 (44)Massillon Washington 12-5 (46)Massillon Perry 10-5 (48)Kenston 11-3Elyria 10-7Midview 9-5On The Radar:Avon Lake (9-8), Bedford (8-3), Brecksville-Broadview Heights (8-6), Brunswick (8-8), Cleveland Heights (7-2), Eastlake North (11-7), Ellet (7-7) Firestone (12-4), Highland (9-7), Lakewood (7-9), North Royalton (8-7), Olmsted Falls (7-8), St. Edward (6-6), St. Ignatius (5-8), Stow (6-10), Wadsworth (8-7)See Full Statewide Rankings For Division I here.Division IIField 14-0 (10)Chagrin Falls 16-4 (14)Vermilion 16-3 (17)Canfield 11-3 (22)Keystone 16-1Tallmadge 13-4Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 9-6Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 6-4Lake Catholic 13-5Holy Name 9-7On The Radar:Alliance (10-7), Bay (8-6), Clearview (8-8), Crestwood (7-6), CVCA (8-7), Fairview (7-8), Firelands (9-7), Geneva (8-6), Marlington (8-6), Orange (6-6), Padua (10-8), Ravenna (8-4), Southeast (9-5), University School (6-5), Woodridge (7-3)See Full Statewide Rankings for Division II here.Division IIIElyria Catholic 13-3 (2)Hawken 13-3 (8)Trinity 17-3 (9)St. Thomas Aquinas 9-6 (17)Kirtland 10-3 (20)Lutheran West 11-1 (24)Gilmour 7-5Rootstown 12-4Canton Central Catholic 10-6Wellington 10-5On The Radar:Beachwood (5-9), Berkshire (6-9), Villa Angela-St. Joseph (7-4), Wickliffe (10-9)See Full Statewide Rankings for Division III here.Division IVBerlin Western Reserve 12-3 (2)Cuyahoga Heights 6-5 (9)Lake Center Christian 10-4 (15)Warren JFK 7-3 (19)Lake Ridge 10-4On The Radar:Columbia (4-8), Fairport (8-11), Mogadore (7-4)See Full Statewide Rankings for Division IV here.Follow @PBR_Ohio and @NEOSportsInside on Twitter for complete coverage of baseball in the Buckeye State all year-round. Matt Medleycenter_img Related Topicslast_img read more

WashU engineer plans to develop bioinspired imaging technique to study tendon ligament

first_imgJun 27 2018Tommy John surgery, or reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow, has been dubbed an epidemic among Major League Baseball pitchers. A mechanical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis plans to develop a bioinspired imaging technique to study how damage accumulates in the UCL during loading, or the stress of activating the ligament. This could provide insight into what is progressively happening to these soft tissues when pitchers throw fastballs dozens of times during a game.Spencer Lake, associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is leading the research with a three-year, $388,541 grant from the National Science Foundation. The study stems from an ongoing collaboration with Viktor Gruev, a former associate professor of computer science at WashU now at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Matthew V. Smith, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the School of Medicine. This polarized light-based imaging technique aims to improve the microstructural and mechanical evaluation of soft tissues, particularly as mechanically-induced damage or biologically-induced degeneration accumulates in ligaments or tendons.Lake’s research team uses a custom polarization camera designed by Gruev that mimics the vision of the mantis shrimp, which senses multispectral and polarization information to detect prey. Lake and Gruev appeared on a National Geographic Special in 2016 discussing the camera and its imaging technology.Building upon previous research that studied region-specific properties of the knee ligaments, the current project will shine light of a known polarization state off the surface of the UCL, then use the bioinspired camera to measure the properties of the reflected light. As the extreme aspects of the baseball pitching motion are thought to cause microdamage to the UCL, changes in light while the ligament goes through this motion can provide insight as to how the UCL is injured.”If we compare what we know about the light to begin with and measure its properties after reflecting off the tissue, we can determine how the ligament is organized and how it changes dynamically during loading,” Lake said.Related StoriesQueen Mary University of London’s BCI boosts radionuclide imaging capabilities with MILabs VECTor technologyIT Faces the Digital Pathology Data TsunamiAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesPrior to this technique, similar types of measurements required removal and thinning of tissues to enable light to shine through the full tissue. To get physiologically relevant information about how mechanical damage affects soft tissue, the tendon or ligament of interest needs to remain as close as possible to its in vivo state. That’s where this imaging technique is expected to be a big improvement over existing techniques, Lake said. The new approach will enable analysis of full-thickness tissues in more natural configurations.In addition to looking at how mechanical damage accumulates in the UCL, Lake and his team also plan to study how biological damage accumulates in the rotator cuff tendons. About 40 percent of adults 50 and over experience painful and debilitating rotator cuff injuries or tears in their lifetimes.Lake and his team will treat a rabbit rotator cuff tendon with enzymes to stimulate degeneration and break down the collagen matrix. They will then use the same polarization imaging technique to track these biological changes in real time.”These are two test cases to show that the technique is going to be effective at measuring the microstructural organization of soft tissues,” Lake said. “In the future, we hope to use it for many kinds of different applications. The advantages are that we can leave the tissues intact and that we can measure the changes quickly.”Eventually, Lake and his team would like to be able to use the technique during an arthroscopic surgery to immediately evaluate the integrity of patient’s soft tissues.In addition, Lake and his team plan to work with local middle school students to teach them about polarized light and engage them in this project by enlisting their help to develop applications for how the technique could be used. The team plans to develop a free electronic book to showcase and disseminate the key concepts and developed ideas.Source:,-ligament-damage-.aspxlast_img read more