A program helping prevent violence among youth is folding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are concerns that a Vancouver program meant to help prevent violence among youth is being cut because of federal budget cuts.The national program aimed at re-connecting aboriginal youth with cultural and artistic activities was recently cut in the federal budget.APTN’s Tina House tell’s us many are concerned about what that will mean for those kids who are considered at high risk and vulnerable.last_img

Team USAs Women Are An Olympic Powerhouse

The United States brought home more gold medals than any other country at the Rio Games this summer. As has become usual, the U.S.’s excellence owes much to the success of American women.In Rio, the U.S. women shined with 61 of 121 medals, including 27 out of 46 golds (59 percent). The U.S. was also atop the medal table at the end of the previous Summer Games, in London, and women were responsible for more than half the gold medals that year as well. Worldwide, more women than ever are competing in the Olympic Games: In Rio, around 45 percent of the athletes competing were women, and women’s events accounted for 47 percent of the 306 total. Of those 145 gold medals available for women, the Americans took 27 of them (19 percent). The U.S. men, meanwhile, won gold medals in 19 of the 161 male events that took place in Rio (12 percent). In the 2012 Games, the U.S. women took 29 of the 140 available gold medals (21 percent) while their male counterparts took 17 of the 162 available gold medals (10 percent). This has been the trend in most Summer Olympic Games, which leads to this inescapable conclusion: The only thing limiting the success of American women at the Olympics is the number of events available to them.Naturally, this brings us to Title IX, which was passed into law in 1972 and prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded educational programs, including sports. The share of U.S. gold medals won by women at the Summer Olympics dipped in 1976, but with the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, the U.S. women began a rapid ascent into equilibrium with the U.S. men: If we take into account that women have participated in fewer events than men in all modern Summer Olympics — and therefore competed for a smaller number of medals — the divide between men and women looks even more drastic. In 19 of the 26 Summer Olympic Games in which American men and women fought for medals,1This excludes the 1896 Olympics, which had no female events, and the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which the U.S. did not compete in. the women won a greater share of the available gold medals than the men did. That’s right — if there were a gold medal for who performed better in the Olympics, women would bring that one home too. The International Olympic Committee hopes to achieve an equal number of male and female events and athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics, being held in Japan. That’s good news for everyone, but considering recent history, perhaps even better news for Team USA. read more

Cops conduct special drive on highways to put brakes on recreational speed

first_imgKolkata: A week after the Ferrari accident at Pakuria in Howrah on National Highway 6, police conducted special drives on national highways to check “recreational speed driving” of premium cars on Sunday morning.A large section of premium car owners go out for “recreational speed driving” on Sunday mornings on the stretches of national highways, which are mainly straight and pass through thinly populated areas.But the police have now started taking necessary steps to check the same after the accident of the Ferrari car on June 3, in which a businessman from the city, Shibaji Roy, was killed and a 21-year-old woman was critically injured. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior police officer said that the policemen carried out a special drive with an intention to check such activities on the national highways and at the same time, to create awareness among people.The police maintained a strict vigil on the stretches of national highways which are straight and pass through less populated areas.It may be mentioned that speed metres are installed at different places along national highways. Using the same, the police identified cars plying at a high speed, violating the traffic norms. A car can ply at a maximum speed of 120 km per hour on highways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt the same time, the police carried out awareness campaign so that people who often travel on highways, do not violate traffic norms.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched a state-wide awareness drive, Safe Drive Save Life, to check road accidents and it also helped in bringing down the rate of accidents in the state.Now, the special drive is going to curb the problem on national highways as well, said a police officer.This comes at the time when there are around 35 such people in Kolkata who own super expensive cars. Each of the cars cost between Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore.But according to experts, there are apprehensions of a decline in sale of such cars at least for the time being, with the accident that claimed a life last week. 13 such cars were sold in Kolkata in 2017.last_img read more