Inner-City Youth Take Part in Leadership Training Programme

first_img The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police. The training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees. Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management. Story Highlights The relationship between the police and residents of several inner-city communities should see marked improvement following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme.Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities.Members of the 57th cohort of the programme were presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony, held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on October 3. The group successfully completing the course comprised 38 youth, as well as five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and two from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing, and family life, over a six-week period.First Vice President of the JCC, Warren McDonald, said the relationship between the citizens and the police has the potential to be productive or problematic.“At the level of the society, we need that relationship to be a productive and mutually respectful one that will contribute to facilitating the environment for economic and social development,” he said.Chairman of the Civic Affairs/Inner-city Development Committees, Sameer Younis, said he was happy that the programme brings the police and the youth together, “so they now understand each other and can bring about some peace.”He told the participants that they have received an opportunity to empower themselves, and urged them to become economically independent and to focus on personal development, particularly proper family life and family values.last_img read more

Comilla court orders execution of Khaleda arrest warrant by 24 Apr

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda ZiaA Comilla court on Sunday ordered the police to execute the warrant for the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 48 other BNP leaders and activists by 24 April next in a case filed over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila that left eight people dead, reports UNB.Additional chief judicial magistrate Joynab Begum passed the order and fixed 24 April for the next hearing of the case, said court police inspector Subrata Banerjee.Accepting the charge-sheet against 69 BNP leaders and activists, the same court on 2 January last issued the arrest warrant for the BNP chief and others as they did not appear before it on the day.Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February 2015.Two separate cases – one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder – were filed in connection with the incident.Sub-inspector Nururzzaman filed the murder case against 77 people, including Khaleda.Firoz Ahmed, inspector of the Detective Branch of police and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet accusing 69 people.On 9 October 2017 last, a Comilla court ordered the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 45 other leaders and activists of her party in the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack.last_img read more

May 17th

first_imgA memory from a young Baltimore woman whose life was changed radically by the landmark Brown v Board decision of 1954. May 17, 1954 marked a defining moment in the history of the United States. The Supreme Court declared the doctrine of “separate but equal” unconstitutional and handed The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund the most celebrated victory in its storied history. Reversing the 1896 the Supreme Court’s decision that separate but equal educational facilities for Negroes were legal. I’m sure you’ve seen the film and pictures of all of the White women upset about their children going to school with Black children. On that evening in May, like everyone in America who had a TV, I was watching the 10 inch black and white television; witnessing the drama being played out. In New York I had gone to Catholic School with a little redhead boy named Greenberg. At Holy Providence for Negros and Indians in Cornwells Heights, Pa., the convent where I was a boarding student; we were taught the Great Books and nothing about being a Negro or an Indian. In Saipan I was in school with children who looked like me and spoke a different language. Together we learned to eat Spam. Therefore, I could not imagine why these women did not want their children to go to school with me. To be perfectly honest I was more interested in the events of Baltimore than going to school. In the fall of 1953 Baltimore came alive. The electricity in the air was palpable. The Baltimore Colts had moved to town. Everyone, Black and white, welcomed the Colts with open arms. Baltimore was the Colts and the Colts were Baltimore. The great Buddy Young became my neighbor. Imagine, I could babysit for his family. One of the first Blacks to play pro football (after the “unofficial” ban from 1934 to 1945) Buddy Young #22, experienced the humiliations of prejudice. But Buddy Young always insisted that the worst prejudice he encountered was against his size being the shortest NLF player. He said his size was not a disadvantage and delighted in outsmarting larger opponents who attempted to tackle him. ”They hate to miss the little man, who can make them look foolish, so they hesitate,” he once said. ”That’s beautiful.” With Buddy Young being only a few inches taller than me, I learned to love my short genes. April 15, 1954, one month before the Brown v. BOE, big-league baseball came to town when the St. Louis Browns arrived with the new name The Baltimore Orioles for the 1954 season. The 1954 Opening Day Parade made its way through downtown. I love a parade. At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Camden Station, the Orioles – having traveled from Detroit, stepped off the train and into Baltimore’s version of wonderland. Other than the traditional “Animal Walk” Circus Parade coming to town with the a herd of 18 elephants, trunk to tail in chain gang style, leading the way from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus trains pulling the tents and the roustabouts dressed up as clowns, offered a dose of magic not obtainable anywhere else. The 1954 Opening Day Parade was the biggest parade I could remember. Baltimore had no Beltway, no Harbor Tunnel, and no Jones Falls Expressway. Working farms prospered inside the city; Howard Street was rows of beautiful bustling segregated department stores. Banana boats offloaded their bushels onto wharves where the Inner Harbor now stands. I loved the sight of the ships in the harbor, the sounds of streetcar trolleys on the cobblestone streets, the taste of the juicy red plug from the watermelon man (A-rabbers) with his horse-drawn cart. People took such pride in their white marble steps, and oh, how I hated polishing the brass railing lining those white steps. Mrs. Johnson, our next-door neighbor, was out to see that I did it right. The character of each neighborhood was on display. The descendants from Eastern European neighborhoods painted beautiful religious scenes on the front window screen. Anyway, that 17th day in May, when the decision was handed down, in that same TV news broadcast with the White women screaming and yelling, there was the very gracious, calm Mrs. Mildred Coughlin the principal of Western High School, beautifully styled white hair and dressed in a soft pink suit. I was taken aback by her comment, and I quote, “I will never see a colored girl graduate from my school.” Her school, Western High School, was one of the high class schools in Baltimore. At that time, some schools in Baltimore were not only segregated by race and they were also segregated by gender. The top schools in Baltimore were all that way, male and female. Western High School was the best, of all girl schools. Baltimore became the first City in the United States to integrate public schools.Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (BPI) had an unusually advanced and difficult college engineering “A” preparatory curriculum. After a law suit by the Baltimore Urban League and the NAACP on behalf of 16 Black male students, a settlement was reached. In the fall of 1952, Elmer (Buddy) W. German Jr. and his lifelong friend Victor Dates were among the first Black males to attend BPI. One cold day in winter of 1954 Buddy walked away. His mother was stunned, she was so proud of her oldest son. “Mom, yes my grades are good, yes I can keep up and no I cannot not tolerate the harassment any longer. He transferred to Douglass High School to graduate in 1956. In complete candor Buddy German was my best friend’s brother and my “starter husband.” May 1954, Walter Sondheim Jr. became president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City immediately after the Brown vs. Board decision and instantaneously implemented desegregation throughout the city. The NAACP, along with CORE, the Urban League, other civil rights organizations and the AFRO had actively pushed Maryland into being the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to accept the Brown decision. As the gateway to the south, Maryland and especially Baltimore needed to be seen by the world as being able to implement civil rights objectives before the south would even give it a try. Gov. Theodore McKeldin, on May 17, refused an invitation by Southern governors to consider plans for circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision. June 1954, Dr. John H. Fisher, superintendent of schools for Baltimore, detailed a four point program of integration for all public schools. The Board of Education approved unanimously. By the end of August, I was told we would go to “her school,” Western High School. There were five of us and we were hand-picked to start September 7, 1954, in the 11th grade, which was the junior year. Western High School was on Center Street a half block away from the AFRO building on Eutaw Street where my, Elizabeth Murphy Oliver, was firmly ensconced; this made perfect sense to pick me. However, on the other side of town, things did not go so smoothly. Oct. 4, 1954, near City Hall, a group of white students from Baltimore schools demonstrated against integration. Police held back white students at Southern High. Three days earlier, many students, led by their parents, boycotted classes in protest. Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, who had the city build 87 new schools, providing new facilities for Black students who had been relegated to inferior segregated buildings, prior to Brown v. BOE, appealed for “cool heads” to prevail. The administration of Baltimore held to their commitment of school integration. At Western High School students and teachers were very nice; at least no one was ugly. No one was overt, it was covert racism. No one spoke to me. I suppose their parents had taught them if you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all. The five of us were in different classes, different curriculums, so we weren’t together. No shared class notes, no social activities, none of the things that go along with high school. The entire time in school was spent very quiet. I guess in retrospect that was good because I learned a lot. I didn’t have anything else to do. And even if I had told my mother no one would speak to me, her first comment would have been, “You’re not supposed to be talking in school, and you’re supposed to be learning.” As you may suspect, I love to talk. Anyway we got through. May of 1956, just before graduation, we had done all we were supposed to do. Mrs. Coughlin, the principal, had been courteous to us; she had never been unkind or anything like that. However, just before graduation, Mrs. Coughlin turned her face to the wall and died. She never saw a colored girl graduate from her school. Now, I took it very personal, and as you can see it’s been 58 years and I will get over it- just not today. “Although the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown was ultimately unanimous, it occurred only after a hard-fought, multi-year campaign to persuade all nine justices to overturn the “separate but equal” doctrine that their predecessors had endorsed in the Court’s infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision,” explains the NAACP’s Legal Defense profile of the historic ruling that redefined the history of the United States. “This campaign was conceived in the 1930s by Charles Hamilton Houston, then Dean of Howard Law School, and brilliantly executed in a series of cases over the next two decades by his star pupil, Thurgood Marshall, who became LDF’s first Director-Counsel.” The drama took place in the towns and cities across the South, to the greater woe of the white bigots, but it will pass into history as something that has happened to us all, children of this age, and it will remain in our lives forever. Read more on Afro.com and the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

When will the torture end

first_imgEight minutes may not hold much importance to us but a child in India goes missing every eight minutes. Our country is widely recognized as having the world’s largest number of trafficking and slavery victims, many of whom are children. Exploitation and slavery in India includes sex trafficking, and multiple forms of slave labour. But India is not alone where children, women, and men are trafficked within or across a nation’s borders. Not My Life, a widely acclaimed film by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer on human trafficking discusses this issue very effectively. The documentary which is filmed on five continents in a dozen countries is a grim reminder of how human trafficking and slavery is growing rampantly and how we are not doing enough to curb the issue. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. It takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day through labour, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. Challenging though it may be, Not My Life’s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to Kailash Satyarthi of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ‘Human memory is very short. We are hurt but what we very quickly forget. Indian children go missing in India every eight minutes. These children become slaves,  work in factories and in brothels, and they are numbered in millions.’  Commenting on the film Billheimer said, ‘This project is a labour of love. We kept asking, who will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves?  In the end we felt that making Not My Life was not only our job, but our mission, because far too much silence still surrounds this issue.’ The Director General of Doordarshan, Tripurari Sharan made the endeavour to take the film to the remotest corners of the country and overseas where it can be seen, so that it can create the right kind of impact about the horrors of human trafficking.  He said that the problem of human trafficking existed in at least 190 countries and the film had attempted to cover some of these including India. Doordarshan will telecast the 56-minute documentary dubbed in Hindi in its international première on 29 June at 9.30 pm.last_img read more

Fishermen forum to protest against Centres policies

first_imgKolkata: The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) along with other fish workers’ organisations will organise a movement in the coastal areas of the state on November 21 on the occasion of World Fisheries Day to protest against various policies of the Centre.Debasis Shyamal, general secretary of National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) said Center’s various policies favour large-scale investors at the cost of traditional fishing community and mechanised fishing boats have been affecting small scale fishermen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe also voiced his protest by saying that the Sagarmala Project is going to evict the traditional small scale fishing communities from the coastal areas. The proposed Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2018 has been published by the Government of India with a view to further open up the coast to massive investment. The Centre has also announced about the West Coast Shipping Corridor that will prohibit fishing along the 85,000 square kilometre of sea waters in the West Coast, Shyamal maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from Bengal, the NFF will also organise protest movement in 10 other coastal states across the country, besides celebrating the World Fisheries Day. November 21 is celebrated all over the world as World Fisheries Day to commemorate the establishment of World Forum for Fisher People (WFFP) in 1997. This year as well fishermen from various organisations will celebrate the day to commemorate glorious movements of the community and take a vow to build up invincible collective resistance against the implementation of various policies by the Centre. The theme of this year’s celebration is “save water, save fish, save fishing people”.last_img read more

Two new hires for Goway Travels GroupsOnly dept

first_img Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Goway’s GroupsOnly department has brought two new coordinators onboard.European destination specialist Rebecca Goldsack Smith and air specialist Mary Takla will both be based at Goway’s head office in Toronto.Goldsack Smith has taken on the role of the department’s Europe Team Lead, with over five years of experience selling international travel, particularly to Europe. She has travelled extensively throughout the continent including in-depth tours of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and the UK. Her travels have also taken her to Costa Rica and Peru.Takla is an industry veteran who brings a wealth of air contract and routing knowledge to the department, with experience in executive sales and customer service from working for major international airlines both in Canada and in her home country of Egypt.Barbara Norton, the Group Department’s General Manager, says she’s thrilled to have Rebecca and Mary join the team. “With Goway now selling Europe along with the incremental growth in air-only inquiries, the expertise these women bring in both destination knowledge and group planning experience will be invaluable,” says Norton. Tags: Goway, People Thursday, May 3, 2018 center_img Two new hires for Goway Travel’s GroupsOnly dept. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more