First phase of CARICOM crime prevention plan to focus on youth violence

first_img 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!center_img Share NewsRegional First phase of CARICOM crime prevention plan to focus on youth violence by: – October 5, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Magnolia wants more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Romeo Travis vs Kevin racal–PBA ImagesSteadier down the stretch, Magnolia averted a huge fourth-quarter collapse to carve out an 83-73 decision of Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, practically clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.“We just want to win more games and see where we will wind up (at the end of the elimination round),” said coach Chito Victolero after his wards rose to 7-1 and remain in the solo lead.ADVERTISEMENT “We kept our flickering (playoff) hopes alive,” Meralco coach Norman Black said after appearing for the customary winning coach’s interview for the first time since a 109-106 nipping of lowly Columbian at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Aug. 17, the tournament’s opening day.“I’m really glad to see you guys. It’s been a long time,” he told reporters with a smile.Amer first completed a three-point play after picking up NLEX import Aaron Fuller’s sixth foul, before making a smart play by calling for a timeout while on the way down on the baseline that enabled Black to set up the game-winning play.He finished with 22 points, all but five of them coming in the fourth quarter where the Bolts erased a 16-point deficit. He topped off his offensive brilliance by nailing the wide-open trey with the shotclock winding down.Amer didn’t score in Meralco’s 94-99 loss to NorthPort on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham scored 36 points, had 18 rebounds and seven assists, finally getting a win after another brilliant all-around effort that saw the Bolts rise to 2-6.Meralco remained way out of the circle of eight teams that will advance to the playoffs. It must win all its remaining three games and hope that others in the bottom half start losing to have a chance of advancing.NLEX is one of those clubs that Meralco could catch after the Road Warriors lost for the third straight time to go down to 4-5.Meralco plays Magnolia on Friday at Ynares Antipolo.“We needed this (win) badly,” he said. “Let’s move on to the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ateneo rises Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Romeo Travis had 19 points and 17 rebounds in his first game against his former team while Jio Jalalon, coming off a first career triple double, chalked up 18 and nine as the Hotshots extended their winning run to five while snapping Alaska’s two-game streak.It was just the second loss in seven games for the Aces, who were very much in the fight with under three minutes remaining after rallying from several huge deficits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEarlier, Baser Amer was at the center of every play in the stretch for Meralco and the Bolts finally held it together to stay in the running for a playoff berth with a 108-105 win over NLEX.Held scoreless in their previous game, Baser hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 13.6 seconds remaining. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

VA identity theft scandal growing

first_img“Instead of continuing to eke out the information, drip by drip, on an almost daily basis, adding to the list of those whose personal information is at risk, the Department of Veterans Affairs must get to the bottom of this now, fix the problem and put veterans’ minds at ease,” he said. Joe Davis, a spokesman for Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the VA must come clean after three weeks of “this debacle.” In the VA statement, Nicholson said the total number of military personnel affected by the theft – 26.5 million – remains unchanged. The VA initially assumed its data would only include veterans, but upon closer investigation it realized it had records for active-duty personnel because they are eligible to receive certain VA benefits such as GI Bill educational assistance and the home loan guarantee program. The VA previously has said that veterans discharged before 1975 might also be affected if they submitted claims. The lawsuit filed Tuesday demands that the VA fully disclose which military personnel are affected by the data theft and seeks $1,000 in damages for each person – up to $26.5 billion total. The veterans are also seeking a court order barring VA employees from using sensitive data until independent experts determine proper safeguards. Veterans groups have criticized the VA for a three-week delay in publicizing the burglary. The VA initially disclosed the burglary May 22, saying it involved the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers – and in some cases, disability codes – of veterans discharged since 1975.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2His announcement came shortly after the Pentagon distributed a briefing memo to Congress – obtained by The Associated Press – that said the 50,000 figure cited over the weekend was understated. The disclosure is the latest in a series of revisions by the government on who was affected since publicizing the burglary on May 22. At the time, the VA said the stolen data involved up to 26.5 million veterans discharged since 1975, as well as some of their spouses. It also came as a coalition of veterans’ groups charged in a lawsuit against the federal government Tuesday that their privacy rights were violated by the theft. The class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, is the second suit brought since the VA disclosed the burglary two weeks ago. Veterans advocates immediately expressed outrage. “The magnitude of this data breach is simply breathtaking and overwhelming,” said Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., the top Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He called on the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, to launch an investigation and get a full accounting. WASHINGTON – Personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and Reserve personnel – not just 50,000, as initially believed – were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the government said Tuesday. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson said the agency was mistaken when it said over the weekend that up to 50,000 Navy and National Guard personnel – and no other active-duty personnel – were affected by the May 3 burglary. In fact, names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of as many as 1.1 million active-duty personnel from all the armed forces – or 80 percent of all active-duty members – are believed to have been included, along with 430,000 members of the National Guard, and 645,000 members of the Reserves. “VA remains committed to providing updates on this incident as new information is learned,” Nicholson said in a statement, explaining that it discovered the larger numbers after the VA and Pentagon compared their electronic files more closely. last_img read more