Collaborating for the greater good

first_img Main components Importantly, though, the main components of the projects, which covers various topics and practical sessions, are: – Component One: I am aiming high: Setting life goals – Component Two: Run your own race – Component Three: Lick it fi six – Component Four: Score it – Component Five: The cheerleaders What I like about the project so far is that it targets not only children, but also their parents, hosting workshops and seminars on personal development, parenting skills training, and entrepreneurship. The hope is that this will assist parentsin strengthening and/or developing viable economic enterprises whether in or outside the community. It also encourages them to support their child/ward and creates an impetus for them to keep encouraging children to not only attend the sessions, but to also incorporate some of the knowledge garnered. Another good feature of the project is that presenters such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, singer/songwriter Alaine Laughton, Ricardo Gardner, Marva Bernard, and several past and current national athletes, entertainers and sport adimistrators speak to the children on a wide range of topics. This is intertwined with speakers on managing finances, conflict management and resolution, sexual health, teenage pregnancy, personal hygiene, and crime and violence-related topics. When coupled with the practical components of learning about the respective sports, the project teaches so much about discipline and teamwork. This is a project that I think can continue to do wonders for our children. I know there are similar projects by many agencies across the island. Many use sport as key parts of their delivery, but we can never have too many. After talking to some of the children, I sensed their joy as they relish learning about practical solutions to daily issues they face. Undoubtedly, this will have a positive impact on their lives. The truth is, though, that as Forbes and her team know that an eight-week project in a community may not be sufficient. This has to be an ongoing programme for it to have the lasting impact that the patrons want. They will have to continue getting the buy-in from not just the parents and guardians, but members of the community as these children are also influenced by their environment. The positive impact of sport and how it helps to develop youth within our communities can never be overstated. So, with each project, the hope is that youngsters see the various spects of sport as an alternative to crime and violence and as a way of improving their lives, as well as those of their families. I am sure the pilot was successful in terms of the goals, objectives, and expected outcomes. There is enough negativity being spewed in our society. It is always refreshing to see our sporting icons using their talent and experience to give back in a big way. Let’s hope this project continues to strike gold. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to It’s always good to see retired national players giving back to society. It is even better when current and former players from across different sporting disciplines collaborate for a greater good. The recent announcement by former Sunshine Girls captain Simone Forbes of her collaboration with other national players to give back to the community is commendable. Project Gold is an initiative aimed at using sport as a social-development tool for youth in specific communities. Forbes is one of the patrons of the project, along with Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Christopher Gayle, double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and former Reggae Boy Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner. The concept is good, and Forbes noted that Project Gold is an ” … initiative underpinned by sporting techniques for athletes to shoulder some responsibility to our youths, providing them with hope, inspiration, and, more importantly positive role models”. It caters to 30 children between 11 and 17 years old. As a pilot, it started in August Town, Forbes’ hometown, but will spread across manyother communities, such as Waterhouse and Trench Town. Of the seven objectives, my favourite is “to generate in young people a sense of responsibility and ownership for their actions and to develop their community involvement”, simply because it’s about accepting responsibility for one’s actions.last_img read more

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Mocha Champs oust Diamond

first_imgDay five of the 2nd annual East Bank Football Association / Ralph Green sponsored Under-11 League at eth Grove Playfield, East Bank Demerara, produced some exciting results with one walk over being awarded to Samatta Point/Kaneville whose opponent, Agricola did not show up.In the three matches played, Mocha Champs trounced Diamond Upsetters 3-0, Diamond United beat Friendship All Stars 2-0 while Herstelling Raiders halted the unbeaten run of Grove Hi Tech with a 2-0 triumph.Mocha got their goals from Daniel Bradford in the 13th minute; Jamal Harry netted his four minutes later while the lone female player competing with the team, Kerry Boyce added her name to the score sheet in the 29th minute.Diamond United were gifted two own goals in their win over Friendship while Herstelling Raiders’ goals were scored by Solomon Austin in the 7th and 20th minute.last_img read more

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AG talks law reform with Canadian diplomats

first_imgDuring a meeting with Canadian diplomats earlier this week, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, spoke about Guyana’s need for law reform.Attorney General Basil Williams in discussion with Canadian High Commissioner Pierre Giroux and Director General Isabelle BérardCanadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux; and Isabelle Bérard, Director General, Central America and the Caribbean, Global Affairs Canada; along with Attorney General Williams, met at his office on Monday.During the meeting, they discussed his perspective of the justice system in Guyana and the expected contribution from the Canada-funded Impact and Jurist Projects, as well as prospects for future collaboration.High Commissioner Giroux informed the Attorney General that Director General Bérard will head the Justice Sector Programme titled “Women in Justice.” To this end, Williams pointed out that the country needs to have a Law Reform and Law Revision Capacity.The Attorney General also indicated that he would like the Canadian High Commissioner and the Director General to focus on projects that can strengthen the justice system, as this Government is in the process of restoring the rule of law.High Commissioner Giroux informed the Legal Affairs Minister that he will continue to work with his Ministry and other institutions.Additionally, Williams enquired about training sessions for State Attorneys and opined that they need to be exposed to the new procedures.He informed the two Canadian diplomats that he has to write the Chancellor about such a possibility.The Canadian Government has played an integral role in supporting the local justice system, hosting several training programmes and even providing funding enhancement initiatives. In fact, Canada donated over $100 million back in January to fund a training and capacity building project here.Moreover, earlier this year, police officers, police prosecutors and State Prosecutors received training under the specially designed project, “Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice System”.Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme (ACCBP), the Government of Canada is providing funds to Canadian NGO, the Justice Education Society (JES), to implement this project. The project is expected to last over a two-year period.The goal of the JES project is to develop the technical capacity of the Police, Police Prosecutors, State Prosecutors and Magistrates; to collect, analyse and present forensic evidence as a means of decreasing impunity rates. The JES team has been visiting Guyana since September 2015 and has conducted training activities with the local Police Force in the areas of major case management, forensic video analysis and crime scene management.In addition, Guyana is expected to benefit from two other multimillion-dollar regional justice programmes for the Caribbean. Former Canadian High Commissioner Nicole Giles had disclosed that the programmes are under Canada’s Regional Development Programme for the Caribbean. One of the projects will be implemented through the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the other through the University of the West Indies (UWI).last_img read more

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Mother, sons killed in Berbice smash-up given emotional send off

first_imgSabita Manglani and her two sons – five-year-old Ethan Ramjeet and 18-year-old Emanuel Manglani – who were tragically killed in a two-vehicle smash-up last Sunday at Number 59 Village, Corentyne, Berbice were on Friday given an emotional send-off before being laid to rest.An aunt of the deceased embracing another relative at the funeralBernard Da Silva delivering the eulogyA photo of Manglani and her sonsThe atmosphere was both sad and sombre as relatives and friends paid their last respects to the mother and her sons of Bel Air, Georgetown following a touching funeral service.Sighs of regret for the great loss could be heard as mourners viewed the bodies of the deceased. Loud wails could also be heard from a number of family members.The eulogy of Sabita Manglani and her sons was read by her cousin, Attorney Bernard Da Silva, who reflected on their lives as being joyful.A message of hope for the resurrection was preached to the small gathering by Pastor Leroy Singh, who also encouraged the family of the dead to remember them for the joyous life they led.Following his sermon, family members along with friends of the deceased delivered tributes where they reflected on times shared together.Manglani and sons lost their lives along with her secretary, Reshma Seeram of the West Coast of Berbice and friend, Dhanpaul Kishandial, called “Navin” of the United States.The body of Manglani’s younger son, Ramjeet was severed in two following the impact of their motorcar and a lorry.Eyewitnesses told Guyana Times there were two carts parked on the road’s shoulder adjacent to the pothole.The impact of the collision pushed half of the lorry off the road and sent the paddy-laden tray pitching off into the back of the Honda wagon removing the top half in the process.Manglani and her 18-year-old son, who were in the back seat, were tossed over the lorry, and as a result, the woman landed on the parapet and the teen in the trench – both dead.The body of the five-year-old, who was also in the back seat, was severed at the waist, with the top half of his body flying over the lorry and landing in the trench running parallel to the road. The bottom half remained trapped in the car.Kishandial and Seeram were pinned in the front seat and remained there until members of the Skeldon Fire Service arrived on the scene and cut open the vehicle to remove the bodies.In the meantime, undertakers had taken the other persons to the Skeldon Hospital, where they were confirmed as deceased.The lorry driver was said to be bleeding profusely when he was taken away from the scene.last_img read more

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Gomez out, Khedira, Schweinsteiger doubtful

first_img0Shares0000Mario Gomez celebrating after scoring the second goal.Photo/AFPEVIAN, France, July 3 – Germany’s Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 through injury while Sami Khedira and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger are doubts for Thursday’s semi-final, the German Football Federation (DFB) said Sunday.Gomez underwent a scan on Sunday that showed the striker suffered a torn thigh muscle in the quarter-final victory over Italy and he can play no further part in the tournament, the DFB said. Juventus midfielder Khedira has a partially torn groin muscle and Manchester United’s Schweinsteiger sprained a knee ligament in the penalty shootout win over the Italians on Saturday.“It is currently in doubt whether Schweinsteiger and Khedira will be able to take any part on Thursday in Marseille or in a possible final in Saint Denis on Sunday,” the DFB said in a statement.Both are receiving intensive medical treatment.“It’s very bitter when important players are ruled out in the decisive phase of a tournament,” said Germany’s coach Joachim Loew. I am especially sorry for Mario.”“He put in some good performances at these Euros and has helped the team, not only with his goals.“For us, it means we have to accept the new situation and find solutions, which we will do.“The quality of the team is high and I have full trust in all the players — we’ll be ready on Thursday and we’re looking forward to the semi-finals.”– Youth in the wings –Loew has options to replace Gomez with World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Goetze, who was left on the bench against Italy, while midfielder Thomas Mueller can also play as a striker.Khedira and Schweinsteiger will be harder to replace should they fail to be fit for Thursday’s semi.Joshua Kimmich, who was deployed as a wing-back against Italy, can partner Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos in midfield.Should Loew’s options be further depleted by injury, Borussia Dortmund’s 20-year-old midfielder Julian Weigl is a promising talent for the future, but a risk at this level.The world champions are already without defender Mats Hummels for the semi-final as he is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Italy.Loew took a chance on Schweinsteiger at these European Championships finals as his skipper had not started a game since January and tore the medial ligament in his right knee in March.He has been used off the bench in four of Germany’s five games in France, but landed awkwardly after replacing Khedira in the first half against Italy.The 31-year-old walked gingerly and rubbed his right knee immediately after the knock, but still finished the match, although he ballooned his spot-kick over the bar in the shootout.Germany won 6-5 in the penalty shootout in Bordeaux on Saturday after the match finished 1-1 following extra-time.They will play the winner of Sunday’s quarter-final between France and surprise packages Iceland.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal play Gareth Bale’ Wales in the other semi-final on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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WorkSafe BC reminding outdoor workers in Fort St. John to be wary of frostbite as temperatures set to dip

first_imgKeep an eye on temperature and wind-chill forecasts from Environment CanadaMinimize skin exposureLayer clothing to trap heat and allow perspiration to escapeKeep clothing dryKeep bare hands away from metal objectsStay hydrated but limit intake of coffee and teaWork rested — fatigue is a risk factor in the coldWear a hat to help retain body heatPace any vigorous work with scheduled breaks in warm and dry areasFor more information on preventing cold-weather injuries visit FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with WorkSafe BC are reminding outdoor workers in the Fort St. John area to be wary of the potential of developing frostbite on the job in the coming days.In a release, WorkSafe spokesperson Gillian Burnett said that temperatures are forecast to dip well below -20 degrees Celsius over the next week, and WorkSafe wants to alert employers and workers to be prepared and have a plan in place to manage the risks associated with working outside in frigid conditions.In the last five years, 77 workers in B.C. were injured as a result of exposure to environmental cold. Injuries included frostbite, which can result from something as simple as working with wet gloves. A more serious condition is hypothermia which can take hold of a worker gradually and if untreated, can lead to death. Four years ago, a worker in the Okanagan succumbed to cold-stress injuries.“Last winter, it was unusually cold in the early months of the year in parts of B.C. and we saw cold-stress-related injuries increase as a result,” says Dan Strand, Director of Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC. “Employers must conduct systematic risk assessments to identify hazards and implement a cold-exposure control plan to ensure workers are protected.”- Advertisement -In extreme temperatures, without the proper clothing and equipment, frostbite can occur in a matter of minutes. Construction workers, drivers, utility and maintenance workers, and ski-hill operators are among the many occupations that work outdoors, and employers and workers need to ensure they prepare for these conditions.WorkSafe also offered the following cold-stress prevention tips:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Big shake-up in Old World wine-making

first_imgDWORP, Belgium – Few wine merchants saw the ominous signs when Bordeaux produced a magnificent harvest in 1995, sending the prices for some of France’s most prestigious wines spiraling upward. Surely, the famously oenophile Europeans would continue to flock to French cellars. After all, over nine out of 10 bottles Willy Goorden sold in his shop outside Brussels around that time carried those ornate French labels. But for French wines, the excellent vintage also held the seeds of a curse. “When the 1995 Bordeaux came onto the market two years later, it was very expensive, often double in price. People were shocked looking at the price tag,” said Goorden. “It was a turning point. People started thinking differently and, as prices remained high (in) the coming years, they were ready for alternatives,” Goorden said as he handled New Zealand Cloudy Bay Sauvignon and South African Boekenhoutskloof. Traditional European winemakers are in rut, facing overcapacity, tough markets and wine drinkers with taste buds tickled by new horizons. On Wednesday, the European Union executive office was expected propose a total overhaul of the bloated sector, which now spends well over $700 million a year just turning unwanted, unsellable wine into distillation for industrial alcohol. It calls for grubbing up excess vines, cutting subsidies and changing deep-rooted traditions that go back generations. “I want the money to be spent better – on things which will build the sector up, not as a crutch,” said EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel. Excessive subsidies have often been blamed for overproduction and a decline in quality of non-premium wines, which can still fetch a hefty price, especially if the harvest is of the quality of the 1995 Bordeaux. It is in the less-expensive sector that the New World wines have made their biggest impact. Imports into the EU have risen by 10 percent each year since 1996, pushing low- to mid-range homegrown wines to the side. Countries such as Chile and Australia have more than doubled their exports this decade. French and Italian exports have also been declining, hurt in part by the strong euro. Colruyt wine purchaser Freddy Steens has seen the New World wines take over the under-5 euro ($7) bracket in the past dozen years to account for 90 percent of volume now. “People, especially the young, were looking for something different, something else than what their parents were drinking,” he said. “And we also saw that they (New World producers) could put wines on the market at less than 5 euros that, when it comes to price-quality, were great.” The Europeans had no answer at first, cocooned in complacency. “They had been lulled to sleep and they thought they were untouchable, that their quality was what it should be,” Steens said. Even at Goorden Wine, French bottles have declined to only two-thirds of sales now. “They didn’t take care of their consumers. The French attitude just was: Why would I go out into the world when the whole world can come to me? Now they pay for this.”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

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Carr has first day as gang czar

first_imgCarr is finalizing his budget and it is unclear how he will measure his success. Carr has repeatedly said that it’s often easier to measure failure, such as crimes, than it is to measure success, such as the number of kids steered away from a life of crime. But school attendance and prison recidivism rates could be clear indicators, he said. Also, City Controller Laura Chick is auditing the city’s anti-gang program, which could lead to other recommendations. Carr is a former chief operating officer of a liberal evangelical group based in Washington, D.C. He also headed the Bresee Foundation providing health care, job skills and other services in South Los Angeles. Carr said he is still learning his way around City Hall and the various social agencies and community groups in the city. A few blocks from a shootout between gang members and police on Thursday, newly appointed gang czar Jeff Carr started his first day on the job with a promise to boost gang suppression in the Valley and other areas hit hard by gangs. “There sometimes is this perception that the Valley doesn’t have a problem,” Carr said during a news conference. Acknowledging the tough challenge ahead, Carr said it would take a long, concerted effort to rid the streets of gang crime. Named last month by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to lead a citywide gang intervention and prevention drive, Carr said he hopes to flood high-gang areas with badly needed resources. And, in the long term, reduce gang violence. For decades, the city’s gang problem has been attacked on various fronts by more than a dozen agencies from federal law enforcement to grass-roots gang intervention groups like Communities in Schools in North Hills. The city itself has nearly two dozen anti-gang programs. But for the most part, agencies have been unable to make a dent, as gang membership has swelled to beyond 40,000 and the problem continues to spread across the city and country. “What his biggest challenge is going to be is rising above the bureaucratic nonsense and taking control over the programs and department personnel who are needed to reduce violence,” said Connie Rice, a civil-rights lawyer who authored a report on the city’s gang programs. She found the maze of anti-gang programs inefficient. If Carr is to be effective, she said, he will have to listen to interventionists and academics who better understand how gang influence ricochets through a community rather than the half dozen politicians who have adopted their own plans. His chief task will be to implement Villaraigosa’s strategy to target eight “gang reduction zones,” including one in the Northeast Valley, by flooding them with social and police services. The plan is part of a larger one unveiled with Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton in February that included creating a “most wanted” list of gangs and gang members. Since then, violent gang crime in the Valley, which had risen in 2006 by 44 percent, has not abated. (818) 713-3741160Want 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

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Manchester United’s debt increases by 18 per cent to £337.7million

first_img Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium 1 Manchester United have reported a first-quarter fall in turnover of 2.8 per cent to the New York Stock Exchange following their failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League.The club’s revenue for the three months ending September 30, 2016 is down from £123.6million to £120.2million, while debt has risen 18 per cent to £337.7million.The drop in income reflects United’s lack of involvement in the Champions League, and the fact they have played three fewer home games in all competitions compared to the same period last year.But they remain on course to top last year’s record revenues figure of £515.3million, forecasting overall revenue of between £530million and £540million for the end of the financial year.“While our financial results for this quarter reflect the impact of our non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, we are pleased that we remain on track to deliver record revenues for the coming year,” United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said.“During the quarter we added a number of top-quality players to our squad, which once again demonstrates our determination to challenge for trophies.”The club said their net debt, which increased by £51.5million from £286.2million, was “primarily due to the impact of foreign exchange rate movements on our US dollar denominated debt” and that operating profit was down 34.7 per cent from £9.5million to £6.2million.United, who signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba in the summer, announced total operating expenses for the quarter had increased by £15.5million, up 14.5 per cent to £122.2million.The Red Devils reported a fall in matchday revenue of 32 per cent from £28.4million to £16.8million after playing three fewer home games compared to the same period last year – one each in the Premier League, in Europe and in the EFL Cup.Commercial revenue was up 4.4 per cent from £71.2million to £74.3million with five new sponsorship deals announced during the quarter with EA Sports, Tag Heuer, Apollo, Virgin Money and the renewal with Hong Kong Jockey Club.Broadcasting revenue was up 5.4 per cent from £27.6million to £29.1million, with the increase primarily due, United said, to the new Premier League broadcasting rights agreement.last_img read more

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Steve Clarke: It’s my ambition to manage Scotland

first_imgSteve Clarke has admitted it’s his ambition to become manager of Scotland “at some stage”.The Kilmarnock manager is among the favourites to replace Alex McLeish, who left the role on Thursday.When asked if he was interested in the job, Clarke said: “Yes, at some stage. Whether it’s now or not is a matter for you guys to speculate.“I’m fully focused on finishing the season well at Kilmarnock. Rangers are usually given the Moffat and Chadwick stands when they travel to Ayrshire.However, they will now be housed solely in the 4000-capacity Chadwick Stand for the Premiership clash on May 19, with Killie saying earlier in the week by way of explanation: “As we continue our 150th anniversary, we want to turn our final match of the season into a celebration of all things Killie.”A Rangers spokesman responded in a statement which read: “We are disappointed with this decision, which will force us to consider carefully what allocation we will seek for future matches at Rugby Park.”Ahead of their Premiership game against Aberdeen at Rugby Park on Saturday, Clarke said: “It is not about Rangers. It is about Kilmarnock.“It is a decision about our football club and our fans. That is the most important thing. It has nothing to do with Rangers.“I am not surprised (by the response) but as I say, it is a decision for Kilmarnock and their fans.“The nonsense that has followed it is typical Scotland I suppose. Typical.”With five league fixtures remaining Killie are in third place with 58 points, ahead of Aberdeen on goal difference.Clarke believes the Dons will be smarting from their 3-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in their last outing.He said: “I think it will be a tough game because they will be hurting badly from last week.“They lost the game in a bad way so they will be looking at the last five games as five cup games to try to get into Europe, so we expect a tough challenge and we will be ready for it.” “I don’t speculate, there is no point in doing that. I know how football works. I am fully focused on this job here.”Clarke, however, said he wasn’t expecting to be approached by the Scottish FA.He said: “It wasn’t that long since the Scotland job was last available – they didn’t speak to me then so why would they speak to me now.”Clarke insisted Kilmarnock’s decision to halve Rangers’ ticket allocation for the last game of the season at Rugby Park has “nothing to do” with the Ibrox club.last_img read more

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