Juvenile Justice Reform Bill laid in Parliament

first_imgThe Juvenile Justice Reform Bill was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday which now officially paves the way for a major overhaul of the juvenile justice system in Guyana.The Bill was read for the first time by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in the National Assembly after months of consultations, reviews and fine-tuning.In presenting the Bill, Ramjattan said the Act is expected to amend and consolidate the law in relation to criminal justice for juveniles and make provisionPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanfor proceedings with respect to juvenile offenders.Also, the Minister said the Bill will provide for the establishment of facilities for the custody, education and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, and to repeal the Juvenile Offenders Act and the Training Schools Act.Ramjattan said previously that a cost analysis done by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is another reason for the delay. However, it was necessary to have information on expenditure needed to provide supporting mechanisms for the Bill in place, such as recreational and training centres.The Bill, among other things, provides to the juvenile justice system to further the wellbeing of juveniles, and encourage and facilitate juveniles having a meaningful life in the community by rehabilitation, education, reintegration, and proportionate and appropriate accountability to victims and society.According to the criminal capacity aspect of the Act, “no child shall be capable of or guilty of committing an offence unless the presumption is rebutted pursuant to an evaluation done in accordance with subsection.”In addition to other factors, it was also stated that “where a child is charged, the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Prosecutor or the Attorney-at-law representing the child shall request of the court and the court shall order an evaluation of the child by a suitably qualified person to be conducted at the expense of the State.”If a teenager has been found guilty of a crime, it was plainly stated that the Juvenile Justice System will be separate from that for adults, and place emphasis on the rehabilitation, education and reintegration of youths.As such, it seeks to ensure that a juvenile is subject to meaningful consequences proportionate to the offence and circumstances, recognising his or her greater dependency and reduced level of maturity, while providing procedural protection to ensure that adolescents are treated fairly and humanely and their rights are protected.The Bill will provide timely intervention that reinforces the link between the offending behaviour and its consequences; inform and involve parents of juveniles of and in measures or proceedings, and ensure that victims are provided with information about the proceedings and are given an opportunity to participate and be heard and wherever possible contribute to the rehabilitation and reintegration of the juveniles.Moreover, in accordance to the Act, the application of measures taken against juveniles who commit offences will reinforce respect for societal values; ensure fair and proportionate accountability; encourage the repair of harm done to victims and the community; and where appropriate, involve the parents, the extended family, the community and social or other agencies in the juvenile’s rehabilitation, education and reintegration, and 12 criminal capacity be prompt given a juvenile’s perception of time.Depending on the nature of the offence, the Juvenile Justice Bill 2018 provides “Diversions” which is considered to “often [be] the most appropriate and effective way to address juvenile crime and it allows “for effective and timely interventions focused on correcting offending behaviour.Diversion measures shall not be exploitative, harmful or hazardous to the physical or mental health of the juvenile; shall be appropriate to the age and maturity of the juvenile; and shall not interfere with the education of the juvenile.Some of the examples of “Diversion measures” provided by the Bill may include “an oral or written apology to a specified person or institution”, “placement by the court under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Probation Officer” or “referral by the court to counselling or therapy for a specified period” among others. Over the past two years, a number of consultations throughout Guyana had been held to familiarise members of the public with the Bill. These consultations also served the dual purpose of getting feedback from the public on what the Bill ought and ought not contain.It is expected that the Bill will seek to make sweeping changes to existing legislation, including removing status offences such as wandering. There were even proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years. Some of the measures the Bill is expected to contain are an emphasis on alternatives to detaining delinquents. More alternative sentencing has for some time been advocated by rights groups and international organisations.last_img read more

Angry dad stabs man, police say

first_imgAn enraged Van Nuys father fatally stabbed his daughter’s 27-year-old boyfriend after the man professed his love and said he wanted to take the 14-year-old girl to Mexico, police said Wednesday. Efrain Ramos, 38, and two others were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder after a weeklong investigation into the slaying of Anselmo Sanchez-Reyes. “It’s a very interesting case,” LAPD homicide detective Mike Coffey said. “It started with a body that we didn’t even know who the person was. As soon as we found out his identity, it quickly mushroomed into quite a complex case.” The victim’s body didn’t have any identification when it was found Feb. 12 on a North Hollywood street. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Police got a break Feb. 15 when a Van Nuys resident reported that his brother had been missing for several days, and police were able to identify him as Sanchez-Reyes. The victim’s brother told police Sanchez-Reyes often drank with two friends in his apartment building, but those people denied even knowing him. “We knew they weren’t being truthful with us,” Coffey said. “They agreed to come to the station with us. En route and at the station, they decided to tell the truth.” One of the friends, Maria Ramos, told police Sanchez-Reyes was dating her 14-year-old niece, and that neither she nor her brother, Efrain Ramos, were happy with the situation. Efrain Ramos has a criminal record, including an outstanding felony warrant for being a parolee at large. Police arrested him Feb. 16 on the outstanding warrant and interviewed family members and others living in the apartment. Several people told police the same story: On Feb. 12, Sanchez-Reyes came over to the Ramos’ apartment and professed his love for Ramos’ daughter, saying he wanted to take the girl to Mexico. He and Efrain Ramos fought, and Sanchez-Reyes was stabbed multiple times. “Efrain’s sister, Maria, and a friend, Dolores, helped take the body from the house to a vehicle,” Coffey said. “The people inside the house never saw Anselmo again.” Sanchez-Reyes’ blood-spattered pickup truck was found abandoned Friday in Stockton, along with a knife, Coffey said. They are being transported back to Los Angeles, where forensics experts will analyze them. Efrain Ramos, Maria Ramos, 29, and Dolores Gomez, 27, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Efrain Ramos is being held without bail, while the two others are being held on $1 million bail each. “As a homicide detective, one of the main things you want to do is identify the victims and try to backtrack their steps and see where they are,” Coffey said. “That’s exactly what happened in this case.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

50 PALESTINIANS KILLED: MacLOCHLAINN DEMANDS ACTION

first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig MacLochlainn has called on the Government to make an official protest to Israel over the deaths of 50 Palestinians in the conflict this year.Speaking last night while questioning the Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore on the issue of Palestine, the Sinn Féin foreign affairs spokesman said that in light of the Israeli attacks on Gaza last week, “Ireland must unequivocally condemn Israel’s outrageous and illegal activity which the world continues to ignore.”He asked the Minister to visit the region immediately to observe the effects of the attack and of the on- going siege on the lives of civilians there. Deputy MacLochlainn said: “I was scheduled to visit Gaza as part of an International Parliamentarian mission this month; however, it was cancelled as a result of safety conditions deteriorating and an escalation in attacks and bombings.“This speaks for itself in how the situation in the region has deteriorated even further, a region which is being described as an ‘open- air prison’.“I have appealed to the Tánaiste to give a commitment to visit Gaza as the new Minister for Foreign Affairs to witness the effects of Israel’s outrageous on-going illegal activity which the world continues to ignore.“Activity including the on-going blockade, Israeli attacks and bombings on Gaza and the continuation of building of illegal Israeli settlements. “More than 50 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in Gaza this year; more than 170 since Operation Cast Lead which ended in January 2008. Not to mention hundreds of Palestinians killed during that operation. These actions must be called what they are, reprehensible and illegal. This Government should take a stand and clearly condemn Israel for them.”immediately.“ ENDS50 PALESTINIANS KILLED: MacLOCHLAINN DEMANDS ACTION was last modified: April 22nd, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:IsraelPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPalestinelast_img read more

NOWDOC CHANGES A RED LINE ISSUE FOR SINN FEIN – DOHERTY

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has said that proposals to reduce the Out-of-Hours GP service ‘NoWDOC’ is a Red line issue for Sinn Féin and has once again called on the HSE to reject the proposals.The NowDoc offices in Letterkenny.Deputy Doherty’s comments come ahead of a planned meeting tomorrow between the HSE, GP Clinical leads, Caredoc, and elected representatives regarding the controversial proposals to restructure and reduce the current NoWDOC service.Deputy Doherty said “When the proposals to scale back the current out-of-hours ‘Red-Eye’ service were first announced, I immediately wrote to HSE management in which I urged them not to reduce the service due to the profound impact which this would have on patients.” “It was following this that I, along with other elected Public Representatives, wrote to the HSE requesting that this meeting be held in order for a discussion to take place concerning these proposals as part of this on-going review process into Out-of-hour services in the County.”“At this meeting, which is due to take place tomorrow (Friday), I intend to make it perfectly clear that Sinn Féin cannot and will not support any measures which will ultimately see a reduction to out-of-hours GP care in Donegal.”“I will also be raising the very serious nature of the findings from a previous HSE report in which similar proposals to reduce the service were rejected by the HSE due to fears over how the plans would impact on patient care, service standards as well as access concerns.”“If previous proposals to restructure NoWDOC – which are strikingly similar to those on the table at the moment – were not supported by the HSE due to concerns the executive had over their impact on safety and service quality, then surely the HSE has no option but to reject these latest plans as well.” “In essence, this is very much a Red line issue for Sinn Féin and at tomorrow’s meeting – just like I did back a number of months ago – I will be demanding to know where exactly the HSE stands in relation to these proposals, and I will be once again calling on the executive to oppose any reduction to NoWDOC or indeed any other proposals which fail to put patient safety first.”NOWDOC CHANGES A RED LINE ISSUE FOR SINN FEIN – DOHERTY was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalNowDocPEARE DOHERTYSinn Feinlast_img read more

Van der Merwe lifts Soweto Open title

first_img18 April 2011Izak van der Merwe went one step better than he did in 2010 when he captured the Soweto Open men’s singles title at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu after a hard-fought battle against fellow South African Rik de Voest on Sunday.The final had been moved back a day because of rain and rain, once again, made an appearance in the final, forcing the players from the court for over two hours with Van der Merwe leading 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 3-2, and the contest on serve. Ultimately, he went on to a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory.The victory, his second in a Challenger Tour event, has lifted Van der Merwe to a career-high ranking of 134th in the world.Last year, he made it into the final but was beaten by Dustin Brown. This time around the fourth-seed made sure of success by defeating the German 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought semi-final.Tie-breakersIt was far from an easy walk to the title for the big-serving South African who played tie-breakers in every one of his matches.Van der Merwe began his title challenge with a tough 7-5, 7-6 win over Englishman Daniel Cox in his first round match. He followed that up by sending another Englishman packing after defeating Chris Eaton 6-4, 7-6.In the quarterfinals, he faced seventh-seed Andrej Martin and once again it proved to be a tight contest. Van der Merwe won it 7-6, 7-6, claiming both tie-breakers 7-2.Path to the finalOn his way to the final, De Voest, the sixth-seed, recorded victories over fellow South African Raven Klaasen, Denys Molchanov, and Michal Przysiezny before facing Australian Greg Jones in the final.It took a gritty comeback for De Voest to win a match that was interrupted by rain. When the heavens opened, he was 3-6, 4-3 down, but went on to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.In the final, he became the only player in the tournament to win a tie-breaker against Van der Merwe. By reaching the title-decider, he improved his world ranking to 158th.Women’s titleThe women’s honours went the way of Russia’s Valeria Savinykh, who proved to be a giant killer on her way to lifting the title.She ousted fourth-seed Eva Birnerova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Then, after an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round, she upset seventh-seed Corinna Dentoni 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.Savinykh followed that up by disposing of top-seed Ann Keothavong in the semi-finals when the Briton retired at 6-3, 3-0 down.In the final, second-seed Petra Cetkovska proved no much for the 20-year-old Russian, who cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory and the biggest win of her career.South African women failed to make an impact as none of the four players in the draw made it out of the first round.DoublesGermany’s Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Peya of Austria claimed the men’s doubles title with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory over South African-born Australian Matthew Ebden and Germany’s Andre Bergemann.Sadly, the women’s doubles final was a victim of the weather and was not played.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

No-till corn and strip-till corn exceed expectations in 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Given all the excessive rain and cool temperatures this spring, there was some concern about how no-till and strip-till corn yields would end up at the end of the season. Well, the results from the 41st year of our long-term tillage plots near West Lafayette, Ind., are in and they tell an interesting story. These prairie soils (about 4% organic matter) at the site are silty clay loam and naturally poorly drained, but systematically tiled. We didn’t suffer from as much rain as some other counties, but we still had over 10 inches of rain in June and over seven inches in July at this location.The first surprise is that corn yields with no-till were better than chisel plowing in both continuous corn and in the corn-soybean rotation. Yields were 11 bushels per acre better than fall chisel plow and spring secondary tillage when corn followed soybean, and 5 bushels per acre better than the fall chisel plow in continuous corn. Most of the reason for that is the improved soil structure in long-term no-till versus chisel plow system (a system where we did secondary tillage with soil a little wetter than we wanted to simply so that we could accomplish planting by May 23). Figure 1. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for with and without a nitrification inhibitor (Instinct) when a 200-pound per acre side-dress N rate was applied as UAN at V4 stage. Note: All tillage treatments were planted with the same hybrid (P1498 CHR) on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/acre) and sidedress N was applied as coulter-banded UAN to give a total N application of 223 pounds N/acre for all plots. Plant populations averaged 33,600 and were not affected by tillage or rotation treatments. Normally, no-till corn yields about equal to the fall chisel plow system when corn follows soybean, but not when corn follows corn. In fact, no-till corn after corn is usually about 7% lower in yield than the fall chisel system even when we do everything right in terms of best management for no-till.The second surprise is that corn yields with strip-till were better than both chisel plow and no-till when corn followed corn, and about equal to no-till when corn followed soybean. Usually strip-till corn yields equal those with the fall disk-chisel system, but this year they surpassed the chisel system by 18.5 bushels per acre when corn followed corn. The main advantage of seeding into a friable, dry and warmer strip of soil with minimal soil compaction during planting is the key advantage here for the fall strip-till system.Yields with the strip-till system may have been even higher if we had taken advantage of the earlier soil drying to plant even earlier. But, in this research, all tillage systems were planted on the same day. The spring of 2015 was so wet and cool that the fall strip-till system offered a great opportunity for an extended number of planting days between the frequent rain events.The third surprise is that strip-till resulted in higher yields than chisel plowing even when no nitrogen (N) was applied except for the 23 pounds of N in the starter band at planting. The relative yield gain for strip-till when no side-dress N was applied was especially apparent in continuous corn. The results of this table also make it abundantly clear that even 40 years of continuous no-till do not magically result in more available mineral N in soil for corn to use. It is doubtful that farmers can be successful in no-till corn production systems by using lower N rates than they do in conventional tillage systems, and certainly not when corn follows corn or a grass or cereal cover crop.Figure 2. Preliminary 2015 corn yield results from a long-term tillage experiment at West Lafayette, IN. Corn grain yields are averaged for the first time corn had ever been produced on these plots with anything less than 180-240 pounds of N/acre since 1975.Note: All tillage treatments were planted on the same day (May 23, 2015). Starter N was applied as 10-34-0 (20 gallons/ac) and zero sidedress N was applied. Frustrated farmers are understandably strongly tempted to do deep and intensive tillage following a disappointing corn harvest in 2015. But these results, and others like them over the decades in the Eastern Cornbelt provide reassurance that both no-till and strip-till can maintain or increase corn yields compared to the most common fall tillage system. Extreme rain events (such as getting five or more inches in 24 hours) also make soil protection with residue cover even more important. Strip-tillage, done properly, is an even more reliable tillage system than some conventional tillage alternatives in both continuous corn and corn-soybean rotations.Finally, these yield results confirm once again that the benefits of rotating corn with soybean instead of growing corn after corn are particularly obvious when weather conditions during the growing season (and especially the early part of the growing season) are unfavorable. Corn yields averaged 17% lower when corn was grown continuously in 2015; that compares to a 10% yield reduction for continuous corn versus corn after soybean with the same three tillage systems in the last five years (2010-2014). So the bottom line is that crop rotation pays, and adoption of either strip-till or no-till pays dividends despite severe weather challenges.last_img read more

HC orders probe in R.S. Pura rape

first_imgThe J&K High Court on Thursday ordered an investigation against two officials in a case of illegal confinement and rape of a 15-year-old girl at R.S. Pura in Jammu in August.A prosecuting officer and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) will face the investigation.“The prosecuting officer and the ASI in-charge of the R.S. Pura police station have suppressed a material fact in the report submitted to the court. They have not stated anywhere in the report that the victim, in her statement, had recorded that the accused compelled her to submit herself to the sexual lust and desire of three persons, who forcibly raped her for a long time,” held Justices M.K. Hanjura and Dhiraj Singh Thakur.Justice Hanjura directed the Director-General of Police, J&K, to conduct an inquiry into the role of the officers and submit a report within four weeks.The victim left school at 1.30 p.m. for home on August 22. A vehicle with eight or nine passengers stopped her. “One of them was wielding a gun. They dashed her schoolbag onto the ground and forcibly pushed her into the vehicle. She was put up in a shed in a forest area,” according to the investigation reports. The probe suggests the victim was forced to marry one of the accused. Forced statementIt is alleged that on September 11, 2017, she was forced to make a statement before the court that she was in love with one of the accused and wanted to marry him. “However, in the court, she narrated the entire episode to the presiding officer. She said she did not want to marry the accused and was brought to the court to make a false statement,” said the report.last_img read more

BCCI may ask Kumble to probe India’s disastrous England tour

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been contemplating a three-member panel under former captain Anil Kumble to probe the team’s disastrous tour of England, which concluded last week.India got whitewashed in the Test series, followed by a one-off Twenty-20 match and finally in the ODI series. The board has received flak for poor planning as the reason for the team’s dismal performance.Sources said Kumble was likely to be entrusted with the task of reviewing the series and suggest ways for future. The spinning legend had given his preliminary views during the last working committee meeting.Kumble has been in the race to head the technical committee along with another former skipper Sourav Ganguly following the resignation of Sunil Gavaskar.last_img read more

NBA All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_imgCharlotte Hornets owner and former North Carolina great Michael Jordan, center, watches North Carolina play Virginia during an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. At right is former North Carolina player Buzz Peterson, assistant general manager of the Hornets, and at left is former North Carolina player Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Hornets. Peterson knew Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion.“Remarkable,” Peterson said, “you almost have to pinch yourself.”Dell Curry says Jordan wants nothing but the best in anything he does — including this weekend’s All-Star game.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Added James Jordan: “I think when it’s all over, he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ “Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, who now works as an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”It’s well-known that Jordan uses failure to motivate him.The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan, who turns 56 on Sunday — the day of the All-Star game — is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to keep his team — and the city — relevant. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game with such vigor.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat’s understandable; they were young kids who didn’t know any better.Looking back now, Peterson said he should have known what Jordan’s parents instilled in him: He could achieve anything and he was destined for something extraordinary. “I think getting the All-Star game here is an accomplishment that will go on his list, and it will stand out for him because it’s really not about him,” said James Jordan Jr., Michael’s older brother. “This is an event that’s bigger than him. It’s really about the world — and he’s going to be the host of it.”On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, he went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.James Jordan Jr. said it comes from their parents.He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit. So this (hosting an All-Star game) is not that surprising to me at all.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Regine Arocha delivers another performance worthy of NCAA volleyball Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Four Reasons To Turn Down A Job

first_imgNot all jobs are created equal, which is why you shouldn’t feel obligated to accept every offer that comes your way. If taking the job means the difference between living on the street and keeping your house, that’s one thing, but if your situation enables you to be picky, career advisors say to do so.  After all, despite what employers may have you think, there are real reasons to turn down a job. Here’s a look at four:1. The job veers off your career pathIn this job environment many people are just happy to get a job and don’t give too much thought to the impact it can have on their future career. If the job is outside of your career path or you’ll have less responsibility than your current or previous job, career experts say that may be a reason to turn down the offer. “You run the risk of taking a detour in your career path,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. You have to think how will this affect your future prospects and the next opportunity and if it hurts, think long and hard before accepting the job, she says. “Can you articulate how this job is an improvement on your last job and how it will bring you closer to your long term goals,” adds Mark Jaffe, president of executive search firm Wyatt & Jaffe. “Are you acquiring new skills or tools or are you given increased responsibilities and the opportunity to make a big difference.”2. The only appealing thing is the money Money talks but satisfaction over a killer salary will only last so long, so if money is the only good thing about a job offer, you may want to reconsider accepting the position. “Money by itself is the worst reason to take a job unless you are starving,” says Jaffe. “Do it for the money and you are playing deaf, dumb and blind to everything else.” According to Jaffe if you take a job solely because of the money you’ll probably only be able to endure it for a period of time. It isn’t a way to build a successful career.On the flip side, if you take a job that you are being underpaid for, that too can lead to resentment and bitterness. “If you feel like you are accepting something way below market rate or feel like you are working too many hours, it can definitely take a toll,” says Skilings. “It can be dangerous to accept something you feel is way beneath you.”3. You don’t respect the bossGreat companies share one thing in common, great leaders. People want to work for someone that inspires them and someone they can respect. If you don’t respect or like the person you will be working for then that’s an extremely good reason to turn down the job. Not only will the lack of respect make work less than pleasant, but it will also wear on your own self-respect. “If you don’t respect the person how many directives, decrees and instruction will you take before it starts to wear you down,” says Jaffe.Same goes for the culture of the company. Skilling says to be on the lookout for toxic work environments and if you get that vibe it’s a good idea to run for the hills. “A bad manager can make even a good job a nightmare,” says Skillings. “You have to carefully evaluate if you can work with the person every day.” Telltale signs the company may have a culture problem is if there are high turnover rates and employees with short tenures at the company.4. You’re embarrassed to work there People take pride in the companies they work for. After all, your career does become an extension of you. If you aren’t proud of the organization that offered you a job or your embarrassed to tell your friends and family you work there you may want to think twice before accepting the position. “If it’s low prestige it’s a warning sign,” says Jaffe. Even if it’s a high status job, if it’s in a company you’re ashamed to be associated with, then your tenure there will likely be short lived. According to Jaffe the firm’s culture and values have to be aligned with your values in order for it to be a success. For instance an environmentally conscience person isn’t likely to be happy working for an oil company just like a person who is against guns isn’t going to be fulfilled as an employee of the NRA.last_img read more