Share 17 Views no discussions Share Image via: caribana.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Gangs and gang violence among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) youth is one of the priority issues to be addressed in the CARICOM crime prevention and social development action plan (CCPSD), which is being implemented on a phased basis. The plan was jointly developed by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to address the development challenges posed by the high levels of crime and violence in the region. The CARICOM Secretariat, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in addressing the priority of gangs and gang violence, has organized a series of sub-regional consultations to discuss plans to roll out the anti-gang programmes and services component of the action plan. This component is designed to provide intensive support services and programmes to reduce involvement in gang life and to equip ‘gang leavers’ with life skills to help them reintegrate into their societies. The programmes and services, to be developed in consultation with stakeholders, will be implemented through pilot projects at the community level. On Tuesday, Guyana hosted the first four-day sub-regional meeting, which will engage stakeholders drawn from four member states — Belize, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. The stakeholders comprise leaders of faith-based organizations, private sector and government representatives — particularly personnel from the judiciary system – and social and probation workers of the member states as critical partners in the fight eliminate gangs and gang violence within the Community. Over the four days, stakeholders will exchange ideas on several topics, including culture and code of gangs and their impact on family life. They will explore models that focus on anti-gang services, life-skills, and income-generating projects. They will also share international, regional and national best practices for addressing gangs and gang violence and develop tools and protocols to implement the component at the community level.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional First phase of CARICOM crime prevention plan to focus on youth violence by: – October 5, 2011 Tweet
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he wants to keep skipper Steven Gerrard at Anfield. Press Association The 34-year-old Gerrard, whose existing deal expires in June next year, had raised the possibility of leaving his home-town club with no new deal on the table. However, speaking after his side’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, Rodgers said: “It’s quite straightforward. “I had a meeting with Steven’s representative explaining the situation. I very much want him to be a part of what we are doing here. “He’s been a brilliant captain for me. I relayed that to the ownership. “I’m sure he will go away with that and hopefully his representative will organise a deal. Steven is very much part of what I’m doing here. He’s a unique player, a unique talent.”
Ramires is included in the Chelsea side for the big game at Anfield against Liverpool, who recall Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli to their starting line-up.Back after recovering from a recent injury, Ramires returns along with Cesar Azpilicueta, who is available again after a suspension.Willian and Filipe Luis are on the Blues bench, as are Didier Drogba and the fit-again Loic Remy. Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Can, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli. Subs: Jones, Toure, Lucas, Allen, Lallana, Borini, Lambert. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Arcata >> After starting the season on a four-game winning streak, the Humboldt State women’s soccer team has found the waters of the California Collegiate Athletic Conference a little rough to navigate.The Jacks were shut out for the first time this season, falling 2-0 to the 17th-ranked Sonoma St. Seawolves on Wednesday at College Creek Field, sinking to 0-2-1 over their last three games in the process. “Sonoma is a very good team. They’re well coached and No. 17 in the country for a …
World Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. (Images: Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP))Following up on the commitments they made earlier this year, Volkswagen and its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a rural school in KwaZulu-Natal to maintain the bicycles they had donated to some of the learners.The car maker, bicycle maker and humanitarian organisation donated 1 100 bicycles to learners at 20 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape in April and May respectively; they returned in August to one of the KwaZulu-Natal schools to conduct bicycle maintenance, a road safety clinic and to deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.As one of the larger donors to Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP), Volkswagen looks to make a telling difference in the lives of the children involved with BEEP.According to the programme, each bicycle costs R2 320. Learner beneficiaries and their parents are required to sign a contract stipulating the terms and conditions of use, which include school attendance. When the contract ends two years after signing, the bicycle then belongs to the student.World Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. This was coupled with a 28% increase in school attendance as a result of students spending less time commuting and more time in class.Thomas Schaefer, the managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said the success of the partners’ initial donation of bicycles had inspired them “to look at other opportunities to extend our commitment to making a small but impactful difference in the lives of the learners in the schools we are supporting.“As a result we have partnered with some of our dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal and Nal’ibali in donating reading material and stationery to the schools. We hope reading will empower the learners and open their eyes to a new world filled with indefinite opportunities.”The bicycle maintenance and skills and safety clinic ensures over-all upkeep of bikes and teaches general road safety. A well-maintained bicycle requires fewer repairs, meaning lower repair costs, which builds the benefits of having a bicycle.Through the clinic, local mechanics are trained to maintain the bikes. They enter into a service-to-own contract, whereby they pledge to provide repair support to BEEP for a certain period of time. Typically this is two years, after which they receive full ownership of their own bicycles.The bicycle maintenance and road safety clinic is a pilot project and will be rolled out to all other bicycle recipients later this year. “It is wonderful [if] donors like Volkswagen South Africa continue to invest in the longevity of BEEP, supporting efforts to teach children how to ride safely and proficiently, which ultimately contributes to the sustainability of the programme,” said Paula Barnard, the national director of World Vision SA.Sarah Phaweni, the executive director of Qhubeka, said that while the bicycles were built for difficult terrain, “like all bicycles they perform best when well looked-after and maintained.“Our goal is to make BEEP sustainable in the long run, which is why we are delighted that Volkswagen South Africa has been so supportive in helping us fund follow-up bicycle maintenance and safety clinics. Our hope is that with well-maintained, beautiful, strong bicycles the children will be part of a culture in South Africa that promotes bicycle use.”NAL’IBALIWith the help of 12 participating KwaZulu-Natal Volkswagen dealerships, books and stationery were collected. They were packed in backpacks along with a Nal’ibali bilingual story-card and supplement to encourage reading for leisure.Nal’ibali, which means “here is the story” in isiXhosa, is a national campaign aimed at encouraging children to read for leisure as well as spark their potential through storytelling and reading.“Regular interaction with people who share interesting and exciting books and stories in home languages allows children to build a deep understanding of their mother tongue. This ensures a firm foundation for learning not only an additional language, but for all other school learning too,” explained Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa. Praesa runs the Nal’ibali campaign.
The State unit of the BJP on Sunday said the whole of Jammu and Kashmir belonged to India, and Pakistan must vacate illegally occupied areas of the State.“Indian Parliament has made it clear that the whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India and Pakistan has to vacate illegally occupied areas,” State BJP president Sat Sharma said here.Abdullah remarksMr. Sharma was reacting to a statement by National Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, which said PoK belongs to Pakistan and “that won’t change” even if India and Pakistan kept fighting wars.Mr. Abdullah’s statement on Saturday came days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rejected the idea of an “independent Kashmir”, saying it was not based on “reality”.Togadia’s challengeIn an apparent response to Mr. Abdullah’s statement, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia said those talking about “independent Kashmir” should go to Pakistan.“Kashmir is an integral part of India. People talking about independent Kashmir should go to Pakistan or else our security forces are ready with AK-47s at the border to deal with them,” the VHP working international president said on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai on Sunday.On the controversy surrounding Bollywood film Padmavati , Mr. Togadia said the Censor Board should take a stand on the issue and stop its release.
India’s badminton star P V Sindhu is the only athlete from the country to be named among the world’s highest-paid female athletes by Forbes, a list topped by tennis great Serena Willams.With total earnings of 5.5 million dollars, Sindhu is tied for the 13th place in The Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019 list released by Forbes on Tuesday.”Sindhu remains India’s most marketable female athlete. She became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour finals in 2018, Forbes said.The list of the world’s top 15 female athletes is topped by Williams, with total earnings of USD 29.2 million. Forbes said Williams, 37, plans to play through at least next year but is already planning her next act with a clothing line, ‘S by Serena’, and designs to launch jewellery and beauty products lines by the end of 2020. She also has built a venture portfolio worth more than USD 10 million.On the second spot is Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open, defeating 23-time Grand Slam champ Williams. She has total earnings of USD 24.3 million.Forbes said its earnings tally looks at prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 2018 and 2019. There are 15 female athletes who made at least USD 5 million during that time period; for comparison roughly 1,300 male athletes will hit that mark this year.The top 15 earned a cumulative USD 146 million, compared with USD 130 million last year.Williams and Osaka both earned more than twice as much as the third-highest-paid female athlete in the world, Angelique Kerber, who pulled in USD 11.8 million from tennis.advertisementForbes added that tennis remains the most surefire way for female athletes to make millions of dollars. Female athletes in soccer, basketball and softball earn salaries of pennies on the dollar compared with their male counterparts.Despite the playing salary gap in team sports, marketing opportunities have opened up in recent years for female athletes thanks to the growth of social media platforms, according to Dan Levy, who heads up the Olympics and female athletes divisions at Wasserman.Pro athletes now have a way to connect with their fans that doesn’t rely on network TV to build a fan base and connectivity to the consumers that brands want to reach, Levy says. That change alone has helped women become much more powerful in the sports marketing world.Also Read | Hoping to carry momentum into world championships after Thailand Open win: Chirag ShettyAlso See:
SAINTS are the first team to be members of Rugby League Cares!We are the first full Super League side to support the organisation.St Helens captain Jon Wilkin said: “It’s great that all of the boys have signed up to Rugby League Cares.“The charity does so much to assist players, particularly at the point of retirement and transitioning from the sport to a future career.“We are behind them with this and their other work and would encourage others to take a look at the charity and support them however they can.”Neil from RL Cares said: “Rugby League Cares plays an important role as part of the player welfare programme supported by the RFL and clubs.“Providing support to players with education helps them plan for the future and leave the sport well equipped to take on their next challenge.“One or two of the lads have benefitted from the charity and it good to see them all join up and give something back.”Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, added: “Rugby League Cares plays an important role as part of the player welfare programme supported by the RFL and clubs.“Providing support to players with education helps them plan for the future and leave the sport well equipped to take on their next challenge.“One or two of the lads have benefitted from the charity and it good to see them all join up and give something back.”To become a member click here.