In Lebanon gyms, playtime and escape for Syrian children

first_imgMaram al-Malwa, a 17-year-old paid volunteer who came up in the program, recalls her own feelings of isolation when she and her family fled from Aleppo to Lebanon five years ago. “It was a new country, even a new accent,” she said.But now she is irrepressible, rising on the balls of her feet when she speaks and helping coaches reach through to children in the group activities. She is one of a handful of the children pulled aside for a six-month mentorship on leadership and coaching.“You grow, you experience victories, setbacks, you learn to fight for yourself, and you become more confident,” she said.When hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes or were forced into Lebanon during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, they set to work mending the national fabric through schools, scouts, and athletics, with the support of Arab nationalist groups.But Syrians have not been able to count on the same sense of solidarity. And as the U.N. and aid groups have struggled to assist the nearly 5 million Syrian refugees scattered across the region, the focus has been on schooling, aid and shelter, with few resources left over for cultural or recreational activities.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “Children won’t necessarily express themselves unless you give them an outlet, and sports are an excellent medium to do so,” said Nakib, the technical director.Rania Qadri, who fled from Syria’s southern Daraa province, said she saw her oldest daughter change before her eyes.“She used to be introverted, she wouldn’t speak to anyone,” she said. “Now she comes home and tells me, ‘I’ve made friends, we’ve been playing soccer, we’ve been playing games and sports.’”Staffers are trained to identify struggling children, those who lash out and those who retreat into their shells. Psychologists meet with parents weekly to discuss healthy relationships and domestic violence.The group sessions often bring to light domestic disputes, learning disabilities or experiences of sexual violence. The children are then referred to specialized non-governmental organizations for further support.In other cases, children will reveal that they are not enrolled in school, and staffers will direct them to organizations that can help. Two-thirds of Syrian children in Lebanon do not attend school, according to U.N. figures, in part because the country’s underfunded public education system has been overwhelmed by the new arrivals.On a recent Sunday, the children lined up to dribble through cones, shoot layups and learn cheers and stretches.“You see a lot of cases of shyness or stubbornness, and you immediately see them change when they’re here,” said al-Malwa, the teenage volunteer. “I feel like I’m responsible, like I’m in charge of a group.” View comments Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site PLAY LIST 01:18Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits01:33Special Christmas delivery for US troops in Syria01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Santos on SMB’s title chances: ‘Dapat mas gamay mo na’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img “We try to get them out of their stressful environments and the frights that they’ve lived through,” said Maher Nakib, 40, the technical director of Hoops Lebanon, the sports association behind the project.Of the one million Syrian refugees the U.N. says are living in Lebanon, more than half are under 18 years old. Syrians here face legal and other forms of discrimination, and many parents are hesitant to let their children play outside in the crowded alleys of Beirut’s poorer neighborhoods, where most of the refugees live.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe monthlong Hoops program provides a safe environment where the children can blow off steam, as well as learn self-confidence and teamwork.“They come back home and they’re too tired to fight,” smiles Fatima Tayjan, a refugee from the Syrian city of Aleppo who has enrolled three of her four children in the program. When her family of six returns home to their crowded two-bedroom apartment, the children have “released all their energy and they are ready to talk to each other,” she said. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this picture taken on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, Syrian refugee girls attend a basketball training session at a private sports club, southern Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)BEIRUT, Lebanon—Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut’s airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian children enjoying a rare escape from a grim and confined life in exile.The Sport 4 Development program, run by the U.N. children’s agency, aims to bring 12,000 children, mostly Syrian refugees, to blacktops and turf pitches this year to teach the basics of soccer and basketball, and to ease the pain of war and displacement.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bali Pure beats Air Force in PVL opener

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Water Defenders head coach Roger Gorayeb was all praise for Malabanan but he urged his team to gel quicker after playing a lackluster first set. “Jerrili is a quick learner, she’s quiet and she just smiles a lot but that works for her,” said Gorayeb. “She’s a really big help for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They’re still finding their rhythm, because we were used to practice with our imports and when we got here they told us the papers haven’t been finalized.” Foreign reinforcements need to secure International Transfer Certificates from the FIVB but as of posting time the papers haven’t been resolved. Grethcel Soltones of Bali Pure attempts a spike against two Philippine Air Force blockers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBali Pure got into its act quickly and took the wind out of Philippine Air Force’s sails in four sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21, in the season opener of the Premier Volleyball League Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jerrili Malabanan, who only practiced with the Water Defenders three days ago, put Bali Pure in the winning column.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIEScenter_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ Grethcel Soltones had 16 points to lead the Water Defenders while Malabanan and Risa Sato had 12 apiece.Jocemer Tapic led the Lady Jet Spikers with 14 points while Joy Cases had a dozen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: PBA All-Stars, Gilas reach out in Cebulast_img read more

Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight

first_imgRacela: We’ll find better ways to defend San Miguel Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Read Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BRISBANE, Australia— The last of the formalities is over, and Manny Pacquiao is ready for his WBO welterweight world title defense against Australian Jeff Horn.Both boxers easily made the weight on Saturday morning at Suncorp Stadium, with Pacquiao tipping the scales at 66.1 kilograms (146 pounds) and Horn weighing in at 66.3 kilograms (147 pounds).ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos BACKSTORY: Jeff Horn starving, still overweightManny Pacquiao, left, and Jeff Horn pose for a photo after weighing in, Tuesday, July 1, 2017, in Brisbane, Australia. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO welterweight world title on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. APPacquiao, an 11-time world champion across eight divisions, is a hot favorite to win his 60th fight when he lines up against Horn, the 29-year-old former school teacher who is unbeaten in his 17 fights since turning pro in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The fight will be held on Sunday afternoon local time and broadcast live on ESPN into the U.S. on Saturday night.READ: Pacquiao vs Horn: Chance for a masterpiece Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View commentslast_img read more

London 2017 | I let everyone down – Williams

first_imgLONDON, England: Triple Jumper Kimberly Williams was left disappointed with her performance in the World Championships final inside the London Stadium earlier this week.  Williams finished 10th with a best mark of 14.01 metres in an event that was won by Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, 14.91m, ahead of Caterine Ibarguen, 14.89m, of Colombian and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, 14.77m.  The other Jamaican in the final, Shanieka Ricketts, was eighth with a distance of 14.13m.  Williams’ best effort came at the first attempt and was followed by a foul and a surprising 13.95m on her final attempt with the experienced Jamaican failing to secure another three attempts after finishing outside the top eight.  “I am disappointed, I know I am better than 14.01m but I am not upset or anything, it’s just what I did on the day and it just did not come together for me,” she said of her performance. “I can’t expect to be mediocre and get into the finals because everyone is coming with their ‘A’ game and unfortunately, I came with my ‘Z’ game. I don’t know, I know that I am good enough to be in the final eight so it was tough to see it go on without me. “In 2009 Berlin and 2011 in Daegu when I didn’t make the finals then, I was young and still inexperienced but after 2012 I knew that I belonged and I should have done better here and I feel like I let all my fans and family down because I didn’t compete as expected,” Williams said.  “When it happened I laid down and wondered if this was real because I know I am way better than some of those girls out there,” she said. “Moving forward I just need to do better, get things together so I would never feel like this again or be in this position.” Williams’ finished fifth and fourth at the last two World Championships and was seventh and sixth at the London and Rio Olympics. Her best this season is the 14.60m mark registered at the National Championships.last_img read more

Red Bull’s Verstappen wins Malaysian Grand Prix

first_img FERRARI’S LUCK Hamilton had failed to finish higher than fifth in practice, but found some speed in qualifying. Still, given his position – and where Vettel was – he might have expected to be further ahead. Vettel saved Ferrari’s blushes but, as if Ferrari’s luck could not get any worse, Williams driver Lance Stroll smashed into the side of his car on the warm-down lap, cutting it almost in half. “That’s impossible,” a stunned Vettel said. “Stroll’s not looking where he’s going. He’s shunted into my car.” Stewards investigated the issue, but no action was taken. In a light-hearted moment, the German driver hitched a lift back to the paddock the novel way – by sitting on the side of countryman Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber. Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix on his Red Bull debut last year, and became the youngest driver on the front row when he qualified second for Monaco. He was still 18. SEPANG, Malaysia (AP): Max Verstappen celebrated his birthday by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix in style yesterday, while Lewis Hamilton finished second to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel. Vettel started the race from last, but drove brilliantly to take fourth place behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and limit the damage to his own title hopes. Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen did not even start, despite qualifying second. Moments before the race, mechanics wheeled Raikkonen’s car back to the garage but could not get it ready. Hamilton secured the 70th pole of his career in qualifying, and his fourth straight in Malaysia, while Vettel failed to set a time because of an engine problem. The day after turning 20, Verstappen turned on the style, making a fine move to overtake Hamilton on lap four. “The whole race went well. Once I got past Lewis, I could focus on my tyres,” Verstappen said. “From then on, I could race my own race. It’s incredible to win.” His father, the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, looked emotional as his son stood on the podium. Dutch fans poured on to the grid to join in the celebrations, with one fan applauding with a pair of clogs. Hamilton’s only win in Malaysia was in 2014. He led comfortably last year but retired with an engine failure. Vettel’s last win came at the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break, moving him 14 points clear of Hamilton. But the British driver has won three of four races since and now leads Vettel by 34 points, with five races remaining. “It’s a step towards trying to win this world championship, so every point counts,” Hamilton said. “Considering the issues we had with the car, it’s a good weekend.”last_img read more

Paul Wright | The time to act is now

first_img Find the cause In last week’s edition of The Wright View, I mentioned two aspects of ‘children at play’ that needed urgent attention. The first dealt with the initiation of a ‘concussion protocol’ for athletes involved in Rugby Sevens where the possibility of high speed impact affects those learning the game, the so-called ‘non-elite’ players, school children. The other aspect of ‘children at play’ that I want to discuss this week is the response and care of children/athletes who collapse during games. We do remember the half-hearted and restricted response to the death of a child representing Jamaica in a cross-country event in Tobago some years ago. A pre-participation-evaluation (PPE) questionnaire and examination were developed to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death while engaged in sports. The PPE not only identified and initiated referral to cardiac specialists those with abnormal findings, but it also identified previously unknown physical and mental inadequacies that could be improved with treatment. The initial fervour dissipated until the unfortunate collapse and demise of a Manning Cup footballer at a game at the Stadium East field in 2016. Again, a flurry of activity that resulted in an increasing number of people, young and old, athletes and non-athletes who recognised the importance of a PPE before entering any exercise programme for the well-documented benefits of movement. An excellent spin-off of this important evaluation came when the SportsMax Elite League for Under 18 footballers started. All players in the league had to have been evaluated by way of a PPE before being eligible to play. Automatic external defibrillators were donated and distributed to some schools and the use and care of the machine was taught by experts from abroad and locally. One aspect of the death of that footballer at the Stadium East field was the fact that even though there were medical personnel on site, and they tended to the fallen player in reasonable time, there was no effort made to identify the cause of his collapse by the simple use of a stethoscope, a must-have instrument used by any medical person tasked with the care of the injured at an athletic event. In the USA on March 26 this year, 26-year-old Zeke Upshaw, a G League player in the NBA, collapsed in a game. The designated medical team arrived within 90 seconds of his collapse and they stayed by his side for four minutes while a stretcher was arranged to take the fallen athlete to the nearby, designated hospital. Zeke Upshaw never recovered and his cause of death at autopsy was Sudden cardiac death! During the four minutes that he was on the floor, surrounded by three medics, no one listened to his heart! No one checked if his heart was beating! There is, as can be expected, a lawsuit involved, brought against the authorities at the game by the parent of Zeke Upshaw. How is it possible that in 2018, with all the exposure and attention given to the treatment of collapsed athletes during games, a simple stethoscope was not brought into play? What is needed, therefore, is mandatory training and certification in basic life support for coaches, medical personnel, referees, umpires, and grounds administrators. It is now well established that more than 90 per cent of sporting activities under the auspices of local authorities will not start unless the necessary security arrangements are in place. Let us add medical personnel to that list of mandatory presence before the start of the game. A proper, well-equipped medical kit should be present at all competitive games. This request/idea is not expensive when compared to the value of the life of an athlete that may be saved. Let us use the unfortunate demise of a basketballer in the USA to galvanise our local sport administrators to do the right thing and not wait for another tragedy; for yet another round/flurry of activity would be definitely too late for the collapsed athlete. The time to act is NOW.last_img read more

Parchment going for gold

first_imgHansle Parchment has one of the most decorated trophy cases among Jamaican male athletes currently competing, having won medals at the Olympic Games, World Championship and Commonwealth Games. But apart from his victory at the World University Games in 2011, a gold medal at championships has been eluding the towering sprint hurdler. Parchment told The Gleaner that he is looking to put the drought to an end this weekend, when he takes part in the 110m hurdles at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Championship in Toronto, Canada. “I am always looking to win whenever I compete and this championship is no different,” Parchment said. “It would be nice to get a gold medal here.” The profile of the NACAC Championships has been raised since president of the IAAF Sebastian Coe stipulated that the champions of each event at the meet will be given a bye into next year’s World Championships in Qatar. And though Parchment’s event, 110m hurdles, is exempted for Jamaica since Omar McLeod is the reigning world champion and will take up that automatic spot, the 6 feet 5 inches athlete still has vested interest in the meet. “The emphasis that is being placed on the meet now certainly makes winning a title here more important,” Parchment said. “Also, I think a lot of people are looking to get the world ranking points and this is a meet where it can be done, so I will be going for that, too.” The 12.94 seconds athlete also said that he will use the championship to perfect his race execution in order to get back to sub-13 seconds next season. “It is really not a big year but it is another opportunity to get in some races to prepare for next year. And it is a championship, so I will get to practise running through the rounds,” Parchment said. “I always would want to run under 13 seconds but my efforts are not focused on that at this time now. I am trying to leave that for next year when it counts more. The objective now is to execute a good race and stay injury-free.” In 2012, Parchment shocked the world to win the bronze medal in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympic Games. He followed up that performance with a silver medal in the event at the World Championship in 2015 before winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. akino.ming@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Barrett hoping to motivate unbeaten CC

first_img YESTERDAY’S RESULTS Assistant coach of Cornwall College (CC) Warren Barrett, who captained Jamaica’s team to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, said he is using his experience to motivate captain Shavon McFarlane and the team towards their goal of winning the 2018 ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup. Cornwall continued their perfect run in the competition yesterday, getting the better of Green Pond High School 2-1 at home, with Aiden Jokomba (57th) and Solano Birch (69th) getting the goals for the hosts. Simon Collins (65th) got the lone goal for Green Pond. Barrett said because of his status, it is easier to get through to the players as they are more receptive to him. “Yes, they do [respond] because that’s the highest level of any player playing in a World Cup. The fact that they know that, and I have been around this team for a number of years, most of the players know me and my experience. They know that if I have played at that level and I am passing on information, it must be good,” said Barrett. “[It is] information that will help them to be better players … . They grasp the information that myself, coach [Dean] Weatherly, and the other members of the technical staff is passing on. It has helped us to be unbeaten so far, and we are just hoping for the best for the rest of the season because the Cup isn’t won after six games,” he added. Barrett said because of the youthfulness in the squad, it can be difficult to get the team to show maturity on the pitch, but he is looking to the captain and other senior players to be responsible. “It’s always a challenge when you are dealing with schoolboys … . As the technical staff, we have to continue to encourage them and ask the senior players to shoulder the responsibility,” said Barrett. “Our relationship is good. I have known Dada-Dee for the past five years. I told him that this Cornwall team will go as far as he takes them. My relationship with all the boys is good. I like to see good, strong work ethic, so we push them as much as possible. When it comes to Interzone round, that’s where the real competition starts,” he added. Kellits 0 – 1 Thompson Town St James 2 – 1 Irwin Cornwall College 2 – 1 Green Pond Cambridge 3 – 0 Frome Green Island 0 – 2 Rusea’s STETHS 3 – 0 Newell Maggotty 1 – 1 Sydney Pagon Munro College 1 – 0 Lacovia Manchester 5 – 0 B.B. Coke Marcus Garvey 2 – 0 Ocho Rios Browns Town 3 – 0 Oracabessa St Mary High 1 – 1 St Mary Tech Enid Bennett 0 – 4 Charlemont McGrath 0 – 2 Dinthill Port Antonio 3 – 0 Horace Clarke Happy Grove 1 – 3 Titchfield Annotto Bay 3 – 1 Fair Prospect Denbigh 0 – 3 Garvey Maceo Vere Tech 1 – 1 Old Harbour Robert Lightbourne 0 – 2 Morant Bay Paul Bogle 2 – 0 Yallahs St Thomas Tech 0 – 0 Seaforthlast_img read more

Miss Mash Queen Guyana 2017 to be crowned on Sunday evening @ NCC

first_imgAfter weeks of intense training, the six beauties vying for the title of Miss Mash Queen Guyana 2017 will now battle on the stage of the National Cultural Centre on Sunday evening.The delegates are Ashanti Jasper, Aquaila Rupan, Keleisha Kelly, Younette Stepheny, Romichelle Brumell and Gabriella Chapman.Come Sunday evening, the delegates will participate in an opening fanfare but this will be followed by heated competition in the introduction, talent, swimwear, evening gown and onstage interview segments.Tickets for the pageant will cost $3000, $2000 and $1000 and are available at the National Cultural Centre. This pageant has returned after several years under the management of Simpli Royal.last_img read more

Questions…

first_img…on City Parkingour Eyewitness understands it takes a stake driven through the heart to kill Dracula. So what the heck does it take to kill this abomination called “Smart City Solution Parking for GTown”? After all, the latter’s gonna suck way more blood from the good burghers of our Capital City than the old Count from Transylvania ever did!This tale is unfolding exactly like these horror movies that used to keep us transfixed in a mixture of morbid curiosity and fear. We know there will be a whole lotta people slaughtered by the end…but we don’t know exactly how! In this case we always knew the citizens of Georgetown and visitors to its teeming streets will literally get it in the end…but we weren’t sure how gory it’ll be.Even if you were vacationing on Mars for the last six months and missed all the shenanigans of the Mayor, Town Clerk and the rest of the Gang of Four at City Hall, the fact that Smart City Solutions had moved on from exhibiting the Meters to hiring personnel should give you a hint “parking contract done gone a watah”! . The last vote taken by the City Council when they approved the “revised” plan was just the icing on the cake.And what’s this revised plan? Well, just a licence to funnel money from your pockets into the hands of the Boys and Girls in the band for twenty years…rather than forty-nine! And then we should know that even that’s a “cock”. There is, after all, the clause giving the option for an “additional 20 years subject to the approval of the City, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld”!!If for some obscure reason, the approval’s withheld, we can just see the high-priced lawyers Smart City will be able to afford in 20 years having a field day with that phrase “not to be unreasonably withheld”!! But let’s look past the so-call reductions in the penalties for “illegally” parking – we always knew these were hiked up so as to give the city some “haggle room” no? Did the Gang of Four think we don’t shop at local markets?But the final straw on the unfolding tragedy was the reward by the PNC to the Mayor by electing her to the PNC Central Committee. She obviously saw this as an endorsement of her travesty.Even though democracy demands “informed consent”, she circulated the “revised contract” just an hour before the meeting!!…on Social Cohesion trainingSix months before Prezzie ventured into the village Mandir of Blairmont to pay his respects to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman, his Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally had beaten him to the punch on the ecumenical front. As pictured in the Daily Chronicle of March 7, there she was praying to Lord Hanuman up close and personal in the Ogle Shri Samayapuran Mariamma Mandir. It was very touching, and as she said, it was an opportunity to demonstrate what “social cohesion was all about”.The Pandit, one Deodat Tillak pledged to work tirelessly with the government on this social cohesion front. But from his “religious” intervention at a Heritage Month Interfaith Service this week, he has a far way to go to build “togetherness” among us Guyanese. With several Indigenous Peoples in the audience including Ministers of Government and advisors, he claimed that paedophilia and statutory rape were a scourge in their community.Now whatever may be the merits or demerits of his point, surely this wasn’t the time or place to state it so bluntly. Obviously Amna Ally didn’t coach him enough!!…on professional trainingThe Government just announced they’ll be subsidising the cost of tuition for budding lawyers going over to Hugh Wooding in TT. But will they subsidise some poor clients on their return?And if law in TT, why not medicine at UG??last_img read more