Haryana Khap felicitates para-athlete Deepa Malik

first_imgRohtak, Nov 30 (PTI) Top Indian para-athlete Deep Malik has been felicitated by a Khap Panchayat here for her achievements at the Rio Paralympics where she had won a silver medal. Deepa was honoured by Malik Gathwala Khap at Swami Nitya School in Rohtak. Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 event in Rio in September, is the first Indian woman para-athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics. Calling her the pride of the community globally, the Khap elders asked her to wear her silver medal as a moment of pride. Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Deepa said, “Who says the Haryana rural heads are not progressive. I have been time and again encouraged and felicitated by the village khap and given a mace (gadda), a male dominated trophy. They call me apni beti (daughter) and not bahu (daughter-in-law), they call me gaaon ka sher (Lion of the village)…. I see so much acceptance.” Deepa has her own NGO Wheeling Happiness which works towards promoting sports for differently-abled individuals. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Audit of Children’s Homes Underway

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture has commenced an audit of the children’s homes and places of safety so as to identify the needs of these institutions. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, following a visit to the juvenile sections of the Fort Augusta Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston on Sunday (January 13). She stated that assistance will be provided for the girls being housed at the facilities, many of whom she said, suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and epilepsy. Others, she said, have been abused and orphaned. “We are going to have to embark upon psychological assessments in the homes and the places of safety and also embark upon teaching our staff how to deal with children that have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and get more social workers in the places of safety,” Miss Hanna said. “They are all contending in the same spaces and the same staff has to learn how to operate. While we embark on what we are doing, we ask the nation to also realize that our children need more love. This is not only a Ministry of Youth and Culture issue, it’s a national issue. If we don’t give them the kind of care that they need now, we will not have enough resources to build facilities to put them in,” Miss Hanna stated. Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the media on January 13, Miss Hanna informed that she had instructed the Child Development Agency (CDA) to forge a closer working relationship with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) to do case work for juveniles remanded to correctional centres by the courts. [RELATED: CDA to help with case work for juveniles in remand] The intervention of the CDA will include the agency seeking review and possibly variation by judges of some court orders, which could be regarded as confining children to correctional institutions for excessively long periods for uncontrollable behaviour. The statement noted that discussions have started with the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson and with National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting to have more psychiatrists, counsellors and other child health professionals available to serve juveniles in the justice system. During Sunday’s visit, Minister Hanna spoke at length with 39 girls housed in juveniles-only dormitories at Fort Augusta, and 17 at Horizon. The visit was in keeping with efforts by Minister Hanna to encourage increased medical and therapeutic intervention for children in the care of the state including those in children’s homes and places of safety under the jurisdiction of the Ministry and the CDA. The team, which accompanied the Minister on her visit, included President of the Medical Association of Jamaica and noted Psychiatrist, Dr. Aggrey Irons; Psychiatrist, Dr. Myo Kyaw Oo, who currently works with the juveniles in incarceration; Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Carla Francis Edie; Social Worker with the CDA, Beverly McHugh; Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley; and Commissioner of Corrections, Lt. Col. Sean Prendergast.last_img read more

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Winnipeg backs call for murdered missing inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg’s council added its voice Wednesday to the call for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women.The vote comes after what some have called a turning point this summer in Winnipeg. The murder of 15 year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in the Red River, touched a nerve right across the country.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

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Rafa Benitez delighted with the addition of Almiron

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has expressed happiness over the addition of Miguel Almiron to his current squad.The Magpies are currently in and around the relegation zone in the Premier League but Benitez insists the signing of the former Atlanta United attacking midfielder will give the club a boost in attack.Benítez said, according to the club’s official website:“We were following Miguel Almirón for a while, and we saw a player with some pace in attack, who can play behind the striker. We have someone who can score goals and give assists.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We know that MLS is a different challenge to the Premier League but he has the potential to do what we are expecting, and what we need.”“From talking to the lad, you can tell that he is really focussed and wants to do well. He wants to be successful and he wants to help the team, to score goals and give assists if it is possible.”“His impact in MLS has been really good – he’s been one of the best players this year – and hopefully he can give us more competition and more quality in the final third.”“I am pleased that the hard work behind the scenes has ended positively and I thank everyone for their efforts.”last_img read more

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