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Guardians of the Homeland

first_imgBy Iris Amador/Diálogo April 10, 2017 The Honduran Armed Forces kicked off their annual Guardians of the Homeland program on February 18th. Through extracurricular activities, the program seeks to instill values and principles in young people to stop them from participating in criminal organizations. “We teach them to love their homeland,” Captain Mauricio Alemán, director of Policies, Planning, and Programs for Civilian Affairs of the Armed Forces told Diálogo. “What we teach the kids is fairly broad. We don’t teach them anything related to the military. That’s not the objective.” The program is geared towards reinforcing a sense of right and wrong and instilling morals and leadership principles among minors throughout the country’s 18 departments. In addition to receiving ethical and spiritual guidance, the participants, who are between the ages of 7 and 16, are exposed to educational, athletic, and cultural activities. Roughly 136,000 children and young adults have participated in the program over the past five years. Program activities The minors attend the school facilities every Saturday. In addition to talks and workshops, they are provided with medical services and psychological care for three months. Members of the Armed Forces pick up the children and their guardians from their houses and drive them to the educational centers. When the day is over, they return them home. “We are responsible for their commute, their snack, and lunch for them and their parents,” Capt. Alemán explained. “We organize medical brigades to provide health care, their teeth get fixed, they receive free medicine, and if possible, they are hospitalized free of charge when they get sick.” To support their physical, mental and emotional development, the girls and boys have the opportunity to play, participate in soccer tournaments and visit museums, parks, and zoos. Throughout the day, the children also receive help with their performance at school. “We want to expose them to healthy spaces and experiences. We want to improve their sense of self-esteem and their ability to analyze and make good decisions in the future so they don’t fall prey to people who want to lead them to violence,” Capt. Alemán said. Children of gang members The program is backed by government institutions such as the National Institute of Professional Training, where young people receive technical training in the areas of construction, electrical work, carpentry, computers, tourism, automotive repair, food management, and baking. The private sector is also involved in the program. Universities provide psychologists and sociologists, while medical associations send representatives to provide health care. “Up to now, we’ve had around 200 kids who’ve received grants,” Capt. Alemán said as he discussed the collaboration of private companies that provide grants to the older children. “They are supporting us because they see the program as being positive since we work with at-risk kids.” “We received a letter from a gang member. In it, he expressed his gratitude to the Armed Forces because we are educating his child differently. He mentioned that he doesn’t want his child to be like him. He doesn’t want him to be a hit man. He wants him to be a good child,” Capt. Alemán said. Changing lives The Honduran Armed Forces work with state institutions designed specifically to look after the wellbeing of the country’s minors. “We are also supervised by DINAF [the Directorate for Children, Adolescents, and the Family, per its Spanish acronym], so that the civilian population can be certain that the program is only looking to ensure the wellbeing of the children and youth and help out the parents,” Capt. Alemán said. The program provides care and guidance to approximately 28,000 young people annually. Paola Ortíz, 17, is one of the teenagers who has benefited from the program. “In those days, I wasn’t going to school, my mom wasn’t able to send me there,” she told Diálogo. She saw in the program a worthwhile opportunity to learn. “To tell you the truth, I felt like my morale was very low, but the talks they gave us really motivated me. They said that if I fell, I should get back up, and so here I am. I thank God always,” Ortíz added. She dreams of being a journalist. Her dream could become a reality. Ortíz received a grant from Guardians of the Homeland, and today she is enrolled in the first year of an undergraduate program in sciences and humanities at the Intur Institute in Tegucigalpa. “Being part of the program has helped me a lot in life,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Frampton wants Quigg showdown

first_img “The only man I want to fight is Scott Quigg,” Frampton said. “I’ll fight him in Manchester. I’ll fight him anywhere, but we’ve got options.” WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz is also a potential next opponent, although Chris Avalos is the IBF’s mandatory challenger so Frampton’s hand may be forced if he wants to keep hold of his belt. Guillermo Rigondeaux, who holds the more valued version of the WBA’s two world titles, is a possibility, although the brilliantly awkward Cuban is a fighter many believe is best avoided. Martinez displayed bravery beyond the call of duty in defence of his title and Frampton may now face a extended spell out of the ring after suffering damage to his left hand. “Martinez was so dangerous. He’s a hard puncher. I’ve never respected a fighter as much in my life. What a fighter and what a worthy world champion,” Frampton said. “This has been a long time coming. It’s been a hard road and there’s been ups and downs. “I’m glad for everyone who has ever supported me and I intend to hold onto the belt for a very long time.” Carl Frampton is craving a domestic showdown with Scott Quigg after relieving Spaniard Kiko Martinez of his IBF super-bantamweight title. Frampton defeated Martinez for a second time with a unanimous points victory in his native Belfast that produced two scorecards of 119-108 and one of 118-111. Now the 27-year-old is seeking a unification clash with Quigg, who holds the lesser WBA title, despite the political landscape of having left the Mancunian’s promotional team Matchroom last year. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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KCCA, Vipers pick vital away wins

first_imgKCCA striker SserunkumaThe Saints 0-1 KCCABul 1-2 VipersUPL: Giants KCCA and Vipers picked vital away wins in the only two Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) matches played on Friday.Geoffrey Sserunkuma was the difference in Matugga as KCCA won their fourth away win on the road to re-open a four point gap at the summit of the league.With three points on the day, KCCA maintain the grip at the summit with 41 points while the loss leaves The Saints 11th on the 16-team table with 21 points.In Jinja, former league champions Vipers came from a goal down to win 2-1 against Bul in an end to end tie.Click for FULL STORYCape Town go top after beating Onyango’s Sundowns againJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |Cape Town City went top of the South African Premiership Friday after completing a double over title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns by winning 1-0 at home. Denis Onyango’s Sundowns face KCC later this month in the Champions League. Share on: WhatsApp Lebogang Manyama became the co-leading league scorer on 11 goals after hooking the ball over goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands midway through the second half.Cape Town wasted several other great scoring chances while Sundowns had two goals disallowed because of offside and handball.It was the third league loss of the season for African champions Sundowns and all have been inflicted by Cape Town clubs with Ajax winning 2-0 at home.Playing for the second time in three days, Sundowns could not match fresher and quicker rivals who joined the Premiership this season after buying a franchise.Cape Town have 38 points, Wits 37, SuperSport United 35, Kaizer Chiefs 34 and Sundowns 33 in the most exciting title race for many seasons.Malawian Frank “Gabadinho” Mhango scored on 73 minutes to clinch a 3-1 home win for Wits over lowly Bloemfontein Celtic in Johannesburg.Platinum Stars continued to climb away from the relegation zone by coming from behind to edge Chippa United 2-1 in northwestern mining town Rustenburg.last_img read more

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Di Maria with point to prove on return to Old Trafford with PSG

first_imgThe Argentine, who turns 31 later this week, has a vital role to play for PSG in their crunch Champions League last 16, first leg against a resurgent United with Neymar and Edinson Cavani out injured.Those absences will place even more of an onus on Di Maria to show why PSG were prepared to make him their superstar signing in the summer of 2015, two years before Neymar and Kylian Mbappe arrived in the French capital.The former Benfica and Real Madrid man cost United a British record transfer fee of just under £60 million (almost 75 million euros at the time) in 2014, but he was an unmitigated failure in England.Di Maria scored only three times in 27 Premier League appearances in 2014/15 for a United side who finished fourth, a long way behind champions Chelsea.His time in England was also marred by an attempted burglary on his family’s home outside Manchester that reportedly left his wife and daughter terrified, and keen to get away.– Played out of position –His manager that year, Louis van Gaal, had hailed Di Maria as “world class” on his arrival, but their relationship quickly turned sour, with the player blaming the Dutchman for playing him out of position.“I only stayed one year. It wasn’t the best period of my career, or they didn’t let me have my best time there,” Di Maria said in a recent interview with radio station France Bleu.“There were problems with the coach at the time. But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again.” United made a loss when they sold Di Maria for 63 million euros (£44.3 million at the time), but it was very much PSG’s gain.Nicknamed ‘El Fideo’ (The Noodle)in Spain for his slender frame, Di Maria is in his fourth season in Paris and recently extended his contract to 2021.He has scored or created more than 70 goals in Ligue 1 for PSG, although he was signed chiefly to win big Champions League games and has been unable to prevent his side being knocked out in the last 16 in each of the last two seasons.– Happy under Tuchel –Nevertheless, if Di Maria’s days in Paris seemed numbered after Neymar and Mbappe signed in mega-bucks deals at the start of last season, he ended up being one of his team’s most consistent performers in the last campaign.Since then, the appointment of Thomas Tuchel has coach has only helped a player who can perform in central midfield as well as on the wing.And if Tuchel’s side are to overcome their injury problems and come away from Old Trafford in a strong position before next month’s second leg in Paris, they will need Di Maria to show the United fans what they are missing.“He was one of my favourite players when I used to watch him on television,” Tuchel said at the start of this season after making it clear that Di Maria was just as important to him as the ‘MCN’ front three of Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani.“He is a gift for me. Everything is very easy with him because he is a top professional. He has extraordinary quality and works so hard for the team.” Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO: Angel di MariaParis, France | AFP | An expensive flop who lasted just a single season at Manchester United, Angel di Maria might be keen to prove a point when he goes back to Old Trafford as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Scott wins, Winters struggles at Scotties B.C. Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKelly Scott of Kelowna stole the tenth end to capture the 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships with a 5-3 victory over New Westminster’s Kelley Law Sunday at the Cloverdale Curling Club.Scott, third Jeanna Richard, second Sasha Carter and lead Jacquie Armstrong now represent British Columbia in Charlottetown at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February.Scott finished one game behind Law in round robin standings with a 7-2 record. Law won the round robin with an 8-1 mark and defeated the Scott rink 9-3 earlier in the week.Kootenay rep Jill Winters of Nelson finished at the bottom of the table with a 1-8 record.Winters, third Samantha Almquist, second Natalie Nowicki, lead Heather Nichol and coach Terri Richardson never really got going during the round robin tournament.After opening the first day of competition 0-2, Winters & Company defeated Adina Tasaka 8-3 of Royal City Curling Club to get into the win column. Winters broke open the close game by scoring three in the seventh followed by a steal of two in the eighth.However, the West Kootenay rink lost 10-4 to Roz Craig of Duncan and could never recover — despite playing the eventual champion tough on Day three, losing 8-6 to Scott.The Winters rink outlasted the Karla Thompson rink of Kamloops 7-6 in the C event final of the Interior Women’s Curling Championships to win a trip to the provincial final.This is the second time in three years Winters had skipped a team to the B.C. Scott Tournament. That rink included Allison Hurley and Loreen Amonson of Nelson and Lisa Nevakshonoff of Castlegar.Winters also curled at the provincials in 1998, 2006 and [email protected]last_img read more

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Matt Hughes picked as man to lead Leafs

first_imgMatt Hughes formerly of Kamloops is the new skipper of the Good Ship Leafs.Hughes was officially welcomed to the position today by Nelson interim society president Larry Martel.”All his references spoke very highly of Matt and said we would be foolish not to hire him as coach,” Martel told The Nelson Daily.Hughes, originally from Kamloops, comes to the Heritage City franchise from the Okanagan Hockey School.Hughes also was coach of Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League where he coached former Leaf Troy Petrich, Grande Prairie of the Alberta Hockey League and was coach of the year when he skippered Columbia Valley Rockies of the Kootenay International Junior League. Hughes, who also assumes the general manager duties with the Leafs, will begin work on the job in the next few weeks.Leafs find coach to replace Frank MaidaThe Nelson Leafs have found their man to replace former coach Frank Maida.Leafs interim society president Larry Martel told The Nelson Daily Thursday morning the unanimous decision was made during a board meeting Wednesday evening.”There were 28 very good candidates from all over North America that applied,” Martel said. “We interviewed eight the committee felt were the very best.”At the May 21 board meeting the committee made the recommendation and th board approved the coach selection for 2014.”Martel said he is trying to get in contact with the successful candidate today before making the official announcement.”The level of coaches applying was very high and the choice wasn’t an easy one but in the end the final choice was unanimous.”The Nelson Leafs completed a successful 2013-14 campaign which the club hosted the Cyclone Taylor Cup.last_img read more

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DDTV: MURPHY SHOWS HIS WONDER-POINT AGAINST DERRY WAS NO FLUKE

first_imgMichael Murphy’s stunning sideline kick against Derry on Sunday, drew comparisons with the famous Maurice Fitzgerald point for Kerry against Dublin in 2001.  However, in this video for the AIB Club Championships, it shows Murphy attempting to recreate that stunning effort by Fitzgerald.He did at the first time of asking in Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final against Derry, but how did he get when he tried it on the training pitch.Simply click on the video above, and see how the Donegal captain performs.  DDTV: MURPHY SHOWS HIS WONDER-POINT AGAINST DERRY WAS NO FLUKE was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVMaurice FitzgeraldMichael MurphynewsSportWonder-pointlast_img read more

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Almost 200 waiting for Home Help care packages in Donegal

first_imgA record number of people are waiting for home help approval in Donegal this summer, with 192 people waiting to receive their hours.Figures from the Department of Health show that 192 families are waiting for more than 14 weeks for their approved home help.Many of these patients are either in hospitals or in their homes without the necessary care.  Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has criticised the government for failing to take any additional action to counteract the delays. He said: “I continue to be at a loss as to what is actually happening between the Department of Health, Government and the HSE, as on each occasion I raise this issue of home help hours in the Dáil; the Government spouts the line of the increased hours which they have allocated year on year, but in reality and on the ground little or no extra hours have been available for those that either have been provisionally approved help, or those that are awaiting home help.“The Government have created a home help crisis due to inaction and the complete failure to plan for the increased demand over time for home help hours throughout the country, and specifically here in Donegal,” Deputy Gallagher said.Investment in home help hours would be money well spent, says Pat the Cope. “The current home help system is at breaking point; the impossible is being demanded by the Government of those that are trying to run the home help schemes but they cannot provide a service unless the Government properly funds the scheme,” concluded Pat the Cope. Almost 200 waiting for Home Help care packages in Donegal was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Blues tipped to sign Guarin and Draxler

first_imgChelsea are set to snap up Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin from under the nose of Manchester United, the Sunday People say.United boss David Moyes is widely reported to be interested in the midfielder and forward Javier Hernandez has been linked with a move to the San Siro as part of an exchange deal.Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Roma are also said to be keen on Gaurin.The Sunday Express, who link Tottenham with the player, also suggest Chelsea are now favourites to sign him.Chelsea are also touted as the favourites to sign Schalke’s Julian Draxler, who is said to be a target for several Premier League clubs.Reports in Germany have indicated that Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal want Draxler.The Mail on Sunday suggest Chelsea are well placed to sign him, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho apparently willing to offer Kevin de Bruyne in exchange.The same paper also report that Manchester United are set to open contract talks with Wayne Rooney and are confident of keeping him despite Chelsea’s ongoing interest.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror report that Chelsea captain John Terry, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is to be offered a one-year deal by the club.And the People say former Brentford manager Uwe Rosler could be set to sign Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford on loan for Wigan.Striker Bamford is currently on loan at League One club MK Dons. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Proteas fall short in World T20

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Afridi played the pivotal innings for the Pakistanis, cracking 51 off 34 balls, in a total of 149 for 4. Shoab Malik weighed in with 34 off 39, while Kamran Akmal struck a quick-fire 23 off only 12 balls at the top of the order. “These formidable achievements will stand them in good stead as they move on to the meet the next challenges. CSA has every faith in them to continue to be rated as one of the world’s best cricket teams in all forms of the game. He added that Pakistan played their best game, and singled out Shahid Afridi’s contribution with bat and ball. Afridi’s bowling especially, said Smith, made all the difference in the game. He destroyed England with a haul of 3 for 15 in 3.5 overs and was even more devastating against the West Indies, knocking over 4 for 13 in his four overs. Handed a tough test, he aced it. AB de Villiers was the third highest run scorer in the event and Graeme Smith was eleventh on the list. T20 recordCricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola commented: “We must remember that the Proteas have set a world record of seven consecutive T20 international victories. They are also number one in the world at 50-over cricket, and they have just completed their best-ever season in test cricket. NewcomersIt should be remembered, too, that Van der Merwe, like Parnell , is a relative newcomer to the international stage. With players like these emerging, South Africa has the talent and the toughness to become an even better team. They need to do it soon, however, with stars like Kallis, now 33, and Gibbs, 35, closer to the end than the beginning of their careers. Opening bowlersThe South African opening bowling pair, Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell, were excellent, capturing nine wickets each. Both Van der Merwe and Parnell returned economy rates of less than six runs an over – the standard for excellent in the T20 game – while Johan Botha and Dale Steyn were not far above the mark. The Proteas have the ability to prove they are number one. Yet, despite all the successes between major ICC tournament, that recognition will be given only once they have won one of those major titles. “It’s a very, very disappointing result,” said Smith after the match. “One runs out of words to say when you don’t get over the finishing line.” South Africa’s challenge in the ICC World Twenty 20 came to a halt in the semi-finals at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England on Thursday, as Graeme Smith and company fell to Pakistan by seven runs. It was a bitterly disappointing result for a team that, up until that point, looked like the best side in the tournament. Afridi undermined the South African batting effort, capturing 2 for 16 in his four overs and removing the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers for five and one respectively. He was an easy choice for man of the match.center_img 19 June 2009 ResultsDuring the tournament South Africa thrashed Scotland by 130 runs, edged New Zealand by one run, cruised to a seven-wicket win over England, won by 20 runs against the West Indies, and defeated defending champions India by 12 runs. Some will, no doubt, trot out the by now familiar choker’s tag, but the facts presented by Majola make for impressive reading. After a record number of wins in succession, the law of averages was against the Proteas. While the Proteas have enjoyed a sustained run of success in all forms of the game in recent times, one area in which they have trailed is in the toss – one wonders just how much more successful they could have been with luck at the spin of the coin – and so it proved on Thursday as Pakistan’s Younis Khan won the toss and elected to bat. The impact of an individualIn the 20 overs per side game, individuals have a far greater opportunity to swing the result of a match than in 50 overs a side matches or test matches; the effects of strong individual efforts are dissipated the longer a contest lasts. Unfortunately for South Africa, Afridi fired in their semi-final showdown, and his contribution proved to be the difference between the sides. It looked, at one stage, as if Pakistan might reach 170, but excellent bowling at the death by Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell halted their momentum. Despite yet another disappointing exit from a big International Cricket Council event, a look at the bigger picture reveals that it was a very good tournament for South Africa, and it underlined the fact that the Proteas have become the best all-round team in the game in all forms of cricket. Kallis, who was controversially left out of the South African team for the inaugural World Twenty20 two years ago, proved his worth by leading all run scorers in the tournament, totalling 238. He also achieved the highest average – 59.50 – for those players who scored at least 100 runs. South African replySouth Africa, in their reply, managed 142 for 5 in their 20 overs. Jacques Kallis top scored with 64 off 54 deliveries, while JP Duminy finished unbeaten on 44 off 39 balls, but there was little other support. Among the bowlers, Roelof van der Merwe picked up 10 wickets, tied with Shahid Afridi and Ajantha Mendis, and trailing only Lasith Malinga on 11 and Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal on 12. The emergence of Parnell was particularly significant. The 19-year-old, in his first major tournament, showed that he has what it takes to make a lasting impact on the game. Displaying the temperament of a veteran, he was superb opening the innings with the new ball and just as good finishing an innings.last_img read more

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