Truancy, child welfare issues prominent in Region 10

first_imgBY UTAMU BELLEThe prominence of truancy and child welfare issues were matters recently discussed by the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC).Councillor Gordon Callendar stressed that there are visible signs of children not attending school in Linden, while he highlighted the need for Child Protection Services and intervention by Council in providing assistance.Callendar indicated that truancy is prominent in areas such as One Mile, Half Mile and Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden. He even added that in some instances children are engaged in odd-jobs so as to get food to eat.“All over the place you could see children, school-aged children. It got a place in One Mile where these children does be playing Nintendo. We need to look at it,” he told fellow councillors.Councillor Sandra Adams in offering a solution noted that assistance of school uniforms and other basic school necessities be provided to affected school aged children, courtesy of the First Lady, as she asked fellow councillors to identify children in various communities who might be in need.However, Councillor Charles Sampson said the issue of security around schools should be examined while adding it is important to ascertain the level of truancy. He called on the Department of Education to be proactive in making such available.“Some children go to school and have their names marked as present and then get out without being observed by teachers… We also have a situation where in certain parts of the community children don’t go to school at all… it’s a big issue… a lot of money goes towards education, the biggest part of our Budget and it’s unfair to the taxpayers of this country that we spending all that money and our children are not benefitting… two Welfare Officers for a Region, that’s disgraceful. We need about a dozen Welfare Officers, moreso in a big area like Linden,” Sampson said.Regional Chairman Renis Morian too said a closer look should be taken at security in schools, noting that high level of unemployment no doubt affects parents in sending their children to school.He indicated the RDC has been advocating for more Welfare Officers since there are only the two stationed in the Region, which is inadequate given its size. As such, the Regional Chairman said he has asked for a meeting with the President regarding the issue. He said himself and other regional leaders are presently unhappy over the tone of relationship of Council and the Ministry of Education.“So we feel that we need to take some of these challenges at a higher level, that we can get more Welfare Officers. So we are waiting a response from the Office of the President to address some of these issues”, he said.The Regional Chairman said a team would be venturing to schools in Region 10 this month to take a look at security and other areas. He stressed that money is spent on providing security and Council is dissatisfied with the level of service.Additionally, Education Committee Chairperson Denise Belgrave said lack of daytime security at some schools is an issue. She said a recommendation has been made to have Social work graduates of the University become a part of Welfare.Other issues highlighted by Council included absenteeism of teachers and the “pourous” nature of some school compounds.last_img read more

Senior Flyers to skate with Canucks tomorrow night

first_imgFort St. John comes into tomorrow’s game with a record of 13-5-0-1 for 27 points. It’s important for the Flyers to keep up with their winning ways because even though the team does have a three point lead in the standings both Grande Prairie and Spirit River have games in hand.Fourth place in the West Division belongs to Dawson Creek who have a firm grip on the position. The Canucks are 10 points ahead of fifth place Hythe, but five points behind Spirit River for third.After tomorrow’s game the Flyers will get on the bus to Spirit River to take on the Rangers Saturday night.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal youngster set for Feyenoord move

first_img1 Colin Kazim-Richards Feyenoord are close to signing former Arsenal, Blackburn and Sheffield United forward Colin Kazim-Richards on loan.The 27-year-old is currently playing for Bursaspor, who he joined in September, but he made just 16 league appearances for the side last season.And, according to reports in Holland, the Turkey international is now set for another move, with Feyenoord ready to seal a loan switch.The Dutch club are desperate to increase their attacking options after selling Graziano Pelle to Southampton earlier this summer and they reckon Kazim-Richards could fit the bill.The London-born ace spent time at QPR and Arsenal as a trainee before enjoying spells at Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United – as well as a loan at Blackburn two years ago.And, should the switch to Holland be confirmed, Feyenoord will be the tenth club of a nomadic career.last_img read more

Messi rescues unbeaten Barca, Bale double propels Real

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) celebrates a goal with Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the Spanish League football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Apr 1- Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later. Barcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory.But Messi came up trumps again and he celebrated his goal, a bending long-range strike into the bottom corner, by rushing to the jubilant coaching staff and substitutes on the touchline.“If you have Messi and he does not play, it is clear that it has a lot of importance,” coach Ernesto Valverde said.“He is a player that is decisive every time he touches the ball.”Barcelona have now gone 37 consecutive league games since losing to Malaga in April last year and stand one match away from equalling Real Sociedad’s record set in 1980.Messi had been left out of the starting line-up due to a hamstring complaint, with Valverde perhaps keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Roma. Valverde expects him to be available at the Camp Nou.“Today as a precaution he has not started, but we think that on Wednesday he may be available,” Valverde said.“We will see how he reacts after today’s effort. But we think it will be fine.”Messi still made the decisive intervention even if Barca’s draw means Atletico Madrid can cut the gap at the top to nine points by beating Deportivo La Coruna at home on Sunday.“We do not see the league won,” Valverde said. “Hence the celebration of ours. We know the spirit of the team and the importance of getting a draw here at this moment.”Sevilla, meanwhile, are still 13 points adrift of the top four, havng played a game more than Valencia, and must recover in time for their own Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.They would have been deserving winners here and, in truth, could have been out of sight had Muriel and Vazquez finished any number of dangerous breaks in the second half.“We are all a little angry in the dressing room but football is like that,” Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said. “When you have chances to score you have to score and we had many chances to close the game in the second half.”– Bale pushes case –Garteh Bale scores from the penalty spot during Real madrid’s 3-0 win over CD Las Palmas on March 31, 2018Earlier, Gareth Bale made a strong case for a starting spot against Juventus by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Las Palmas as Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.Bale’s double in Gran Canaria served as a timely reminder to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.Karim Benzema had doubled Real’s lead before half-time as Los Blancos moved just one point behind second-placed Atletico. Las Palmas stay 18th, seven points adrift of safety.The only worry for Zidane was the sight of Nacho hobbling off in the first half, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.“Everything is positive except one thing, the injury of Nacho,” Zidane said. “He is not happy. It is a concern but hopefully only little and the rest is all good.”Bale opened the scoring with a trademark run and finish down the left before Benzema converted one penalty and then generously handed over a second, which the Welshman had earned himself.The question now is whether Zidane was suitably impressed to pick Bale in Italy.“We will see on Tuesday, I am happy for his performance,” Zidane said.Girona’s hopes of Europa League qualification took a knock after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Levante. Athletic Bilbao also drew 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brand mansion could get $4 million

first_imgGLENDALE – A mansion where city father Leslie C. Brand once hosted a “fly-in” party, inviting movie stars to land at his private airfield, could get $4 million for restoration. City officials said they believe the 1904 structure in Glendale’s foothills, now the site of a city library with a large collection of art books and CDs, is eligible for $2 million in state grant funding. And they’re willing to kick in $2 million in city money to get the grant. “This was our White House,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “Not our seat of government in Glendale, but it housed one of our important founders of the city of Glendale.” The City Council is expected to vote tonight to ask the state for $2 million from voter-approved Proposition 40, the Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act of 2002. The project list includes seismic strengthening, new roofing, interior and exterior restoration and upgrading the building’s mechanical systems. 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 Brand willed his 5,000-square-foot mansion to the city, and in 1956 Glendale used the space to open an art and music library. A 12,000-square-foot addition was built in 1969. Brand made a fortune with utilities and real estate, and he joined with Henry Huntington to bring a streetcar line to Glendale, contributing to the city’s growth. The Missouri native was also an aviation enthusiast and built a small airport on his property in 1919. In 1921, he hosted a fly-in party, inviting movie stars and other guests to make their entrance by landing at his airfield. “I like to stand and walk around (the mansion) and think about what it must have been like when Brand built it,” Councilman Dave Weaver said. “That always fascinates me.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. 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