Tempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members. Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years. “I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP,” he said. Robertson’s proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered. However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed. Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away. The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight. Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.
28 January 2015Bafana Bafana lost 2-1 to the Black Stars of Ghana on the night of 27 January, eliminating Shakes Mashaba’s side from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament taking place in Equatorial Guinea.As has been the case throughout the competition, Bafana Bafana took the lead but allowed the opposition to come back and steal the show.Mandla Masango gave the South Africans the first half lead with a sublime strike in the 17th minute, but late strikes by John Boye and Andre Ayew, son of legendary Abedi Pele, put paid to any chances South Africa had of making it into the last eight as Ghana, who lost the opening game to Senegal topped the group.It was a sad end for Bafana Bafana, who had entered into the finals in Equatorial Guinea on the back of an unbeaten run. After Masango’s goal, the match immediately turned into war of attrition, becoming a ding-dong affair.With news that Algeria was winning by a single goal, it meant South Africa had to push forward for another goal to proceed to the next round. But instead of going into the second half hard, it was the Black Stars who started on the offensive.Despite this, Brilliant Khuzhwayo and his back four kept things tight. Khuzhwayo was in the thick of action, again punching the ball clear in the 55th minute from a good cross as Ghana threw every man upfront.Meanwhile, Erick “Tower” Mathoho cleared all the high balls as Ghana continued to pump long balls into the box. In the 70th minute, Ghana made a double substitution in a bid to add some bite upfront and immediately equalised when substitute John Boye scored after he collected a loose ball inside the box and his strike gave Khuzhwayo no chance to make it 1-1.Kwesi Appiah then hit the upright moments later as the double substitution started to pay dividends. It was at this juncture that South Africa needed to regroup as they were constantly pushed on the back foot. They Black Stars forced one corner after the other as they searched for the winner.In the 82nd minute, Ghana took the lead through Andre Ayew whose perfect header gave Khuzhwayo no chance as Bafana Bafana again gave away yet another lead, as was the case in their previous two games.It is not all doom and gloom for Mashaba and his rising charges, and they will have to pick up the pieces in the forthcoming competitions as the rebuilding exercise continues.Source: Safa
Documenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Your FamiliesAn excellent way to begin to document the process of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is through a one-page description. In this document, the child, along with parents, caretakers, doctors, teachers, case-workers, therapist, or anyone else who knows and cares for the child, come together to detail the following:Things That Are Important TO MeThings That Are Important FOR MeHow You Can Support MeWhat You Love About MeAnything else you need to know… Person-Centered Thinking & PlanningPerson-centered planning is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities (those eligible for special education). However, we believe that this process can also be used for all children with special needs, particularly for military families who are facing the challenges of relocation.Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is a process based on what the child (the Person) wants in life. The most important aspect in this process involves deciding what is important to and for a person, which eventually leads to development of the child’s future plans. This process happens when a group of people that know and care about the child partner with the child to develop the plan. Note that all perspectives are important regarding what works and does not work for the child. Parents/guardians using a Person-Centered Thinking and Planning approach can determine when to begin this process based on the child’s growth and development. References:Helen Sanderson Associates, Person-Centered Thinking Tools.National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (2017). Retrieved on March 13, 2018.The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. Retrieved on March 13, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 6, 2018. Keeping this document updated is particularly helpful for military families who relocate and will need to share information with those who work with their child. This succinct document can lead to discussions and planning regarding how a person would like to be involved in the community, procures supports at school, etc. Additionally, the document details the manner in which the person would like to live life now and in the future. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Month of the Military ChildApril is the Month of the Military Child, which underscores the important role that children play in the armed forces community. As the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains, “Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities” (2017, para. 1). This is a perfect time, therefore, for parents, caregivers, and service providers to focus on the military child with special needs. This entails thinking about the child’s future role in life, what strengthens the child’s health, safety and security and the child’s general life transitions. Particularly, this April we ask that you initiate a process called Person-Centered Thinking and Planning for the child. Person-Centered Thinking and Planning takes into consideration the child’s strengths, interests, needs and desires. Those who are familiar with this way of planning enable the child to make informed choices and become a fulfilled and productive member of the community. Download this example of Person-Centered Thinking & Planning and a template to create your own! Important To and ForDiscerning what is important to a person involves determining:What activities a person enjoys (swimming, movies, video games)Rituals and routines that are important (drinking orange juice each morning, taking the dog for a walk after dinner)Ways to relieve stress (listening to music, talking to a trusted adult, physical activity)Relationships (family, friends, teachers, service providers)Faith (participating in religious rituals, praying)Anything else that a person controls in life (participating in school meetings, choice of clothing, recreational activities)Important for includes things that are necessary in order to keep a person healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally. This may include:Medications (including knowledge of allergies)Diet and exerciseRegular doctor visitsNecessary medical equipmentEnvironmental safety measures may include:Comfortable seatingWell -lit areasQuiet zonesAwareness of allergensKeep in mind that discussions regarding what is important to and important for a person may change over time. This is especially so for military families as they relocate from one place to another. For this reason, keeping an ongoing discussion about these things is necessary as the military child with special needs grows and changes.Person Centered Thinking and Planning can lead individuals to become better advocates for what they need and want out of life. Ultimately, it empowers military families to allow their child with special needs to lead a more connected, healthy, and fulfilling life.
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday assured the State Legislative Council that caste panchayats of the Kanjarbhat community would face action if they compelled newly married women to undergo a ‘virginity test’Action would also be taken if the panchayat members were found to be interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment, said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe.‘Hurts women’s dignity’The Kanjarbhat community’s custom, in which newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before marriage, hurt women’s dignity, Mr. Gorhe said.She also alleged that these panchayats also tried and settled cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.‘File criminal case’“Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman’s right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to the public,” Mr. Gorhe said.Mr. Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forced a woman to undergo a virginity test.Awareness meet“The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment,” he added.“We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue,” Mr. Patil said.
Bringing some relief to the parched Marathwada region, eight sluice gates of the Jayakwadi dam have been opened to discharge water thanks to heavy rain in north Maharashtra.The current discharge of around 4,500 cusecs from the dam has been prompted due to incessant showers in Nashik district and other parts of north Maharashtra, causing the Godavari river to swell and fill up the dams there. The release of water from these upstream dams has in turn led to the accumulation of more than 2 lakh cusecs in Jayakwadi’s Nath Sagar reservoir.Authorities said the discharge from Jayakwadi was prompted after the dam filled up to 92% of its live storage capacity. At the same time last year, the dam had barely 28% of its live storage capacity.While Nashik and Nandurbar in the north and Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Pune in western Maharashtra have been reeling under the onslaught of excess rain, the eight districts of Marathwada continue to remain arid despite two months of the monsoon season drawing to a close.Jayakwadi dam is the chief water source for industries in Marathwada, mainly in Aurangabad. The water discharge is expected to benefit areas in at least four districts in the region — Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Parbhani — and help resolve the water situation in talukas near the Godavari river bank.This is the first time in two years that the dam’s storage capacity has exceeded 90%.Till Thursday, authorities were releasing 1,200 cusecs of water from the Paithan left bank canal, 900 cusecs from the right bank canal, and 1,589 cusecs from the hydropower project towards the Apegaon and Hiradpuri barrages.The eight districts of Marathwada have collectively received over 75% of the average rainfall till now, with the region as a whole facing a rainfall deficit of more than 20%. Acute potable water scarcity still prevails in several villages, which continue to be supplied by tankers.
The trust account is used to hold fees pertaining to a real estate transaction, including sales deposits. Real estate dealers, developers and bankers, and others involved in financial transactions in the industry are being reminded to report activities on trust accounts to the Real Estate Board (REB). Story Highlights Mrs. Watson Garrick, who spoke under the theme ‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas’, said ethical challenges may arise in the industry, by nature of the money involved and the number of intermediaries, including attorneys, financiers, developers/vendors and salesmen/dealers. Real estate dealers, developers and bankers, and others involved in financial transactions in the industry are being reminded to report activities on trust accounts to the Real Estate Board (REB).The trust account is used to hold fees pertaining to a real estate transaction, including sales deposits.Chief Executive Officer of the REB, Sandra Watson Garrick, said that under the Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act, the Board must be notified immediately if funds are withdrawn from the trust account.She was speaking at an Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Conference hosted by the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA), in collaboration with the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston recently.Mrs. Watson Garrick said that like the banking sector, the real estate industry is safeguarded from potential risks by various pieces of legislation that insist on strict reporting policies.These include the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Terrorism Prevention Act, and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) Act.She noted that dealers are required to assign a nominated officer whose responsibility it is to file the required reports with the FID, which is the designated authority for the real estate sector under the POCA.The nominated officer should be a qualifying director or a senior manager with the requisite experience and training to fulfil his or her duties.Mrs. Watson Garrick, who spoke under the theme ‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas’, said ethical challenges may arise in the industry, by nature of the money involved and the number of intermediaries, including attorneys, financiers, developers/vendors and salesmen/dealers.She said that professionals can prevent potential ethical issues by avoiding conflicts of interest, that is, representing separate purchasers in the same sale, providing complete and factual advertising, maintaining an office and displaying licences, and hiring other licensed practitioners.Mrs. Watson Garrick noted that the REB has identified developers as one of the more ‘at-risk’ categories in the industry, as they are not subjected to anti-money laundering training and reporting requirements as are dealers and salesmen.