Youth and life skills

first_imgIt’s a fact that youth today make up the larger part of the population of almost every country in the world. This presents certain challenges for policy makers to develop, implement and maintain programmes and activities which must be economically and socially oriented to satisfy their (youth’s) desires.It is also well known that the absence of well-thought-out programmes with respect to youth development impacts negatively on our young people, and sometimes even lead to them resigning themselves to lawlessness and other anti-social behaviours that are damaging to society.Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, only a few days ago, stated that the majority of victims as well as perpetrators of crimes reported by the Police are young males 18 to 35 years old. He pointed to the fact that there are a number of socio-economic determinants of crime, the least of which is the high youth unemployment in the Region — 25 per cent in 2017. That is three times the average, and is the highest. This is surely reason to be concerned, as right away one would begin to worry about the kind of future these persons would have, and the contribution they would make to their societies, if any at all. Certainly, this is enough reason to cause governments and policy makers to take a closer look at what is happening in their individual countries, and take steps to remedy the situation.Certainly, there is a great need for intervention in order to combat the current challenges facing young people. In order to prepare young people for workplace success, job training programmes need to go beyond technical instruction, and teach “life skills,” such as communication, reliability, and teamwork. This push for teaching youth life skills has been validated by employers, who have consistently reported that, above all, they want to hire employees who possess workplace-ready skills such as communication, teamwork, motivation and responsibility. Technical skills, they say, can be learned on the job.In addition to teaching youth the life skills employers look for, there is need to introduce complementary life planning activities in this component. These activities help youth in assessing who they are, their aspirations for the future, and define realistic steps toward achieving these goals.Guyana has a number of programmes geared towards equipping young people with various skills for the world of work etc. This is commendable, but more focus needs to be placed on combining teaching life skills with the various academic or technical subjects. Meaning, these programmes should include assessment and identification of ways to build competency and skills supportive of healthy behaviours, to help young people as they mature into adulthood.Additionally, institutions such as the family and religious bodies need to take up their roles more seriously, as happened before. Historically, the older generation had managed to transmit their beliefs, values, traditions, customs and institutions to the younger members of their societies. This was achieved largely because of the impact of agencies of socialisation, such as the family, religion and the schools. Today, the impact of these institutions has been challenged and undermined by new forces, particularly television and the internet, and the pop culture as a whole.Further, the role of the private sector should never be underestimated. There is need for funding for many crucial programmes aimed at creating better opportunities for young persons here. Such programmes, once effectively implemented, would see our young people become well equipped with the necessary skills to develop themselves and in turn contribute to the overall development of the country. The private sector is one of the main beneficiaries of an educated and skilled workforce, and it should seek to invest in, and help to build, the pool of talent it wishes to draw from.It is well accepted that progressive countries in the world have strong systems for engaging youth in policy formation and in creating or altering programmes designed to support youth. We believe that if our young people are to make more mature and responsible judgments and engage in activities that are the hallmark of a socially productive adulthood, certain support systems for development must be present in the environment. Teaching life skills is a good way to start.last_img read more

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Joy of six as City crush United

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 23 – Mario Balotelli scored twice as Manchester City defeated Manchester United 6-1 to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday after their biggest win at Old Trafford for 85 years.Balotelli — who was forced to flee his home on Saturday following a bizarre late night blaze triggered by fireworks — lit the fuse on City’s title challenge after being named in the starting line-up by Roberto Mancini. The 21-year-old Italian fired City ahead in the 22nd minute and added a second on the hour mark before Argentine striker Sergio Aguero netted a third in the 69th minute.A brace of late goals from Edin Dzeko and a David Silva finish completed City’s scoring on a memorable afternoon as United suffered their worst home defeat in Premier League history.United — who had Jonny Evans sent off two minutes into the second half — scored a memorable late goal through Darren Fletcher but it was scant consolation after a chastening afternoon for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.The defeat was United’s first league loss at Old Trafford since April 2010 and left City in pole position at the top of the table.Balotelli’s first came midway through the opening 45 minutes, the striker coolly stroking home from the edge of the area after neat play between Silva and James Milner.The £24 million man celebrated his strike by removing his jersey to expose a t-shirt with the slogan — “Why Always Me? — which delighted his team-mates but irked referee Mark Clattenburg who promptly booked the forward.A shellshocked United struggled to mount much of a response for the remainder of the half, and were limited to only a couple of long-range efforts from Anderson and Wayne Rooney from distance.It got worse for City two minutes into the second half when United were reduced to 10 men after Evans hauled down Balotelli just outside the area.The killer blow from Balotelli came on 60 minutes and again it owed everything to the ingenuity of Silva and Milner, the duo combining before Milner crossed to the far post for the Italian to make it 2-0.More slick inter-play led to Aguero’s goal in the 60th minute before Fletcher curled in a superb finish 10 minutes from time.But with United increasingly ragged, City ramped up the pressure. Dzeko added a third on 90 minutes before Silva tapped in from close range and Dzeko bagged a second to make it 6-1.In other matches Sunday, Arsenal captain Robin van Persie came to the rescue once again as the Gunners downed Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates.Van Persie, came off the substitutes bench to score Arsenal’s second and third goals after Peter Crouch had levelled for Stoke following Gervinho’s opener. The win saw Arsenal move up to seventh position.At Craven Cottage, Everton scored twice in injury time to clinch a 3-1 victory over Fulham.Everton took the lead through Royston Drenthe after only three minutes before substitute Bryan Ruiz levelled for the Cottagers in the 67th minute.But with a draw looming Louis Saha made it 2-1 for Everton before Jack Rodwell made it 3-1 three minutes into stoppage time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Adebayor’s Togo make Nations Cup history

first_img0Shares0000NELSPRUIT, South Africa, January 31 – Three years after the deadly Cabinda machine gun attack, Togo were celebrating an historic feat at the Africa Cup of Nations Wednesday by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.The 2013 first round drew to a close with Togo deservedly holding former champions Tunisia to a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit. That was sufficent to see the little west African nation sneak past the eliminated Carthage Eagles and into the last eight.Tunisia were following fellow north African heavyweights Algeria and Morocco on an early plane home.Togo, as Group D runners-up, will face Burkina Faso in Nelspruit while table toppers Ivory Coast, who drew 2-2 with already eliminated Algeria in the ‘dead’ game in Rustenburg, face Nigeria.Togo were led by talismanic captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who hid under a seat when the Togo team bus came under fire from separatists in the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda before the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola.Two of Togo’s entourage died in the attack.On their return to the continental showcase and making the quarters for the first time Togo have, if not banished memories of that horrific day, then at least given them and their supporters something to smile about.Serge Gakpe put Togo into the lead at Mbombela Stadium before Khalid Mouelhi levelled from the spot.Togo won a reprieve when Mouelhi missed a second-half penalty, his effort hitting an upright after a dubiously awarded spot-kick, one of a hatful of strange calls by South African referee Daniel Bennett.“This is huge for Togo — the first time they have qualified for the quarter-finals. We were the little team in this group, and we’ve made it. I think there will be a big party in Lome tonight,” said Togo coach Didier Six.Tunisa coach Samir Trabelsi said; “We did what we had to do, we dominated the play, but we lacked a bit of finishing.”Asked at the post match press conference to comment on the referee, Trabelsi replied: “I’m not a match official, I’m not here to talk about the referee — I’m here to talk about my team.”He added: “Am I satisfied with the outcome? Not really.”Adebayor, who had what looked like a legitimate penalty apppeal turned down, beamed: “A place is waiting for us in history. Some well known players thought we would finish last in our group, and we’ve proved them wrong.“This is our first qualification, I’m very happy for the team and my country, I can’t even begin to imagine what’s happening back home!”Of the two compatriots who perished in Cabinda, Adebayor commented: “I’m thinking of them. We’re going to take five minutes to pray for them at the hotel.”Organisers CAF, meanwhile, came in for some stick from both coaches, Trabelsi complaining about the translator at the press conference and Six about the already heavily criticised sandy pitch in Nelspruit.“The pitch is not a problem for either Togo or Tunisia, it’s a problem for CAF, who should not allow games to be held on this pitch — they should take responsibility,” said Six.The Frenchaman added that he would start plotting Burkina Faso’s downfall on Thursday.“We’ll start preparing for them tomorrow — now is not the time to think about that.”After a helter-skelter opening 12 days, the 2013 finals take a breather ahead of the quarter-finals, which begin in Port Elizabeth on Saturday with Ghana facing Cape Verde followed by hosts South Africa against Mali in Durban.The Ivorians are first out on Sunday against Nigeria with Togo facing Burkina Faso later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ozil and Arsenal look to bounce back after mini-slump

first_imgIt wasn’t simply the defeats, but the manner of the losses in games when Wenger’s side led on both occasions only to be overwhelmed by their opponents’ greater strength.The performances led to accusations that, despite a promising start to the season in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Arsenal remain flawed and incapable of pulling off the right result when it mattered most.Bearing the brunt of that criticism was Mesut Ozil, the playmaker whose contribution had been praised during the opening months of the campaign before the Germany international produced two sub-par performances.Wenger, though, is happy with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s contribution — although Ozil is yet to commit himself to a new contract — and insists the explanation for his team’s dip lies elsewhere.“I don’t give Mesut any leeway when the team doesn’t have possession,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.“He has to do his job like everybody else and usually he does it well.Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey faces a fitness test regarding a hamstring problem and is uncertain against West Bromwich Albion © AFP/File / Adrian DENNIS“His main strength is of course when we have the ball and he suffers more when we don’t have it.“At City, he suffered more than others because we didn’t have enough of the ball. Unfortunately, if you want to have the ball, you have to win it back.“He is a guy who works much harder than people think and his body language goes a bit against him sometimes.“We are a team who win the ball back high up the pitch very well, which means he and Alexis Sanchez do their part of the job very well.“We have to respond. Mesut Ozil is an important player, a big player, and the big players always respond to criticism on the pitch.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out after picking up an injury at City and Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey faces a fitness test regarding a hamstring problem.– ‘Bobbing along okay’ –West Brom head for the Emirates Stadium with boss Tony Pulis happy with his team’s form despite a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.West Brom head for the Emirates Stadium with boss Tony Pulis happy with his team’s form despite a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend © AFP/File / BEN STANSALLPulis’s men have lost just twice in their last seven games but the Welshman is already looking at potential reinforcements in the January transfer window.“I know where we are at the moment and we’re bobbing along okay,” said Pulis, who could be without key midfielder James Morrison who has had a bout of flu.“What we’ve got to do is try to improve it this (transfer) window if we can and keep it going and hopefully every window from that point onwards we will get those one or two quality players that we need all the time.”Pulis, who launched a bid this week for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, has urged players unable to get into the starting XI at bigger clubs to consider joining the Baggies for regular football.“This is a very good club to be at, it’s an opportunity to come here and play,” he said.“Jonny Evans is one example of someone who couldn’t get into (Manchester) United’s team, now he’s been talked of in terms of Arsenal and Liverpool, the press are talking about him being one of their targets.“It gives them the opportunity to play and that for me is what it’s all about.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The brunt of the criticism over Arsenal’s flawed recent performance has fallen on Mesut Ozil who has produced two sub-par performances © AFP/File / Patrick HERTZOGLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal have no margin for error when they attempt to revive their Premier League title challenge against West Bromwich Albion on Monday.The visit of Tony Pulis’s side to the Emirates Stadium presents the Gunners with an opportunity to bounce back after successive defeats to Everton and Manchester City that have undermined their claim to be genuine challengers this season.last_img read more

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Man United defender targets – £51m deal and Hummels alternative

first_img1 Man United’s defence is a mess, but that could soon change. Angelo Ogbonna and Neven Subotic have both been linked with a move to Old Trafford, so talkSPORT pits the pair head-to-head. Who would be better placed to help the Red Devils get their defensive strength back?What’s the latest?On Ogbonna: Man United were strongly linked with the Juve stopper before he moved to the Serie A champions from Torino in 2013. Now the Red Devils’ defence has been decimated by injury, Ogbonna is being looked at again, with one report claiming he, along with Arturo Vidal will move to Old Trafford in a £51m transfer.On Subotic: He is the other half of Dortmund’s formidable defence and with Mats Hummels insisting he is not leaving Germany for England anytime soon, attention has turned to his 25-year-old partner Subotic.What will Ogbonna offer?He is composed on the ball, a very good passer and he’s quick. Also, because Man United don’t already have enough left-backs, Ogbonna can play there, too.What will Subotic offer?Subotic has only just returned to first team football after a knee injury kept him out for half of last season. Before injury sidelined him, though, he was being tracked by rival European clubs such as Man United. Like Ogbonna he is good on the ball and is spot on with his positioning. Both men appear to be the type of defender manager Louis van Gaal craves.Video evidence: Which defender would you rather have?last_img read more

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Bolton blow! Trotters striker ruled out for rest of the season

first_img Bolton striker Max Clayton 1 Bolton striker Max Clayton has been ruled out for the rest of the season.The news comes as a big blow to the Championship side’s promotion hopes as the 20-year-old has been a regular since signing from Crewe in the summer.Now he is looking at a comeback next season after being told he will not play for six months following surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Clayton tweeted: “Devastating news to be out for the rest of the season, but will come back stronger than ever, ready for the challenge of next season.”last_img

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Coral Daily Download – Arsenal set for more FA Cup glory

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.It’s FA Cup semi-final weekend and McGeady reveals holders Arsenal, who face Reading, are being backed ahead of Liverpool, who face Aston Villa, to lift the trophy.She also looks ahead to the World Snooker Championship and says, though Ronnie O’Sullivan is the 2/1 favourite, her money would be on 6/1 shot Judd Trump.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former West Ham United, Tottenham and Stoke City winger, Matthew Etherington, to look ahead to the weekend’s matches.Matt is confident of a seventh straight Spurs victory, which would pile the pressure on City boss Pep Guardiola.Michael Duberry, the former Chelsea and Leeds United defender is also on the show. Dubes says Diego Costa will be welcomed back by Blues fans with open arms, ahead of their match with Hull City on Sunday.Plus, in the extended programme, a look at the rest of the action from the Premier League this weekend and the Predictor Game!last_img

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Premier League and FA Cup team of the weekend: Arsenal, Man United, and Chelsea

first_img 11 Right-back: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – Clearly an extremely intelligent footballer, the youngster has proved his versatility again by playing at right wing-back. Against Manchester City he had a fine showing and got the assist for Nacho Monreal’s goal. Goalkeeper: Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) – Click the right arrow above to find out who else makes our Premier League and FA Cup team of the weekend… – The Tigers shot-stopper made a couple of key saves to help them to a vital victory over Watford, and deserves plenty of credit. 11 It was another brilliant weekend of football action in England.Across the FA Cup semi-finals, and the Premier League, we saw some superb team displays and some brilliant individual showings too.Chelsea and Arsenal will play out the FA Cup final after defeating Tottenham and Manchester City, respectively.Meanwhile, in the league, Hull City, Crystal Palace, and Swansea all won as they battle to remain in the top-flight.But who were the best players on show? Click the right arrow above to find out who makes our Premier League and FA Cup team of the weekend… 11 11 Right-wing: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Quietly dazzling, the Dane doesn’t enforce himself on a game but provides incredible moments of skill with his exquisite technique. He did all he could to help Spurs beat Chelsea with his invention, including a stunning assist for Dele Alli’s goal, but it wasn’t quite enough. Left-wing: Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) – A bit-part player for some of the season, Pugh has proved useful with key goals and performances at the right time. This was another of them as he grabbed a goal and assist to help the Cherries down Middlesbrough 4-0. 11 Centre-back: Nathan Ake (Chelsea) – Gary Cahill may find it hard to get back into the Blues’ first XI given his team-mate’s performances against a tough Tottenham attack. He held his own and proved a vital piece of the puzzle as the Chelsea backline kept Spurs at bay, who were doing all they could to add to their two goals. Centre forward: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – Having been bombed out of Anfield by Jurgen Klopp, the extremely efficient striker will have been delighted with his double, which helped the Eagles come from behind to win. 11 11 11 Left-back: Arthur Masuaku (West Ham) – The Frenchman had Hammers fans purring on Saturday after a fine display against Everton at the London Stadium. Aaron Cresswell may well find it hard to make it back into the XI now, his dribbling down the flank was a bonus as they moved forward with the ball. 11 11 Centre-back: Rob Holding (Arsenal) – The youngster has played two games in a week for the Gunners and looks a composed figure in the backline. Handy on the ball, good in the air, and seems to hold himself well positionally. He should be above Gabriel in the pecking order at the Emirates following these displays. 11 Central midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) – If a man is going to save the Jacks from relegation, it’s their Icelandic superstar. Another assist was added to his collection as his superb corner found Fernando Llorente – this is now the most prolific combination in the Premier League. Central midfield: Harry Arter (Bournemouth) – Ill-discipline can sometimes let the Cherries star down but he was superb against Middlesbrough. Not only did he get the assist for Benik Afobe’s goal, he ran the show in midfield, barely misplacing a pass. Centre forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – The French star will need to step up in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and was certainly lively against Burnley. Martial’s burst forward, which resulted in his goal, showed impressive pace and power. last_img read more

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Why the FA Cup third round fixtures have an unusual kick-off time

first_imgAll 32 third round matches – including the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, Manchester United’s trip to Wolves and Leeds United’s visit to Arsenal – will kick-off at the new times.So the traditional kick-off times of 3pm, 12:15pm and 7:45pm will now take start at 3:01pm, 12:16pm and 7:46pm respectively.Any replays will not be subject to the change. All FA Cup third round ties will be played one minute later than scheduled, The FA has confirmed.Fans will be encouraged to ‘Take A Minute’ as part of the ‘Heads Up’ campaign, which aims to get people talking and to think about their mental health. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship update Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future targets Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta rookie error Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:08Loaded: 14.53%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen appointed The FA released a statement to support the move which read: “It is hoped that the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing.“During the minute delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.” statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target PEP TALK stalemate Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The FA Cup Third Round ties will kick-off one minute later 1 getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff West Ham fan Terry rants at Hammers in ANGRIEST talkSPORT call everThe Heads Up campaign is spearheaded by Prince William and harnesses the influence and popularity of football to encourage more people – particularly men – to feel comfortable talking about, and taking action to improve their mental health.And to recognise that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.Fans can search ‘Every Mind Matters’ to create their own personal mental health action plan. LATEST Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule last_img read more

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