Truancy: Why are you not in school?

first_imgWithall the hurdles and obstacles facing our young people today, an issue often underestimated is the far reaching effects of failing to attend school. Truancy, or chronic absence from school has a much more profound effect than poor grades, and the repercussions can last a truants’ lifetime; in turn adversely affecting society. The fact is, truancy is the manifestation of a whole host of other problems, ranging from factors such as the school and its facilities, the student’s home life, or personal issues the student is experiencing.There is no single reason for students becoming truants. Many factors can lead to a student’s decision to repeatedly skip school; the list of which is unfortunately extremely long. Those experiencing learning difficulties can often feel as though there is little point to being in school, especially if their problems are undiagnosed or misunderstood. Neglect, both at home or at school can make a child feel unwanted or unworthy and lead to low self-esteem or lack of desire to learn. This can lead to poor grades; further diminishing a child’s self-esteem.Abusive behaviours, again either at home from parents, or in school from either teachers or peers, can deter a child from attending. On the one hand, they may fear to discover of what is happening at home, and on the other fear for their safety at school.Substance abuse by parents can often lead to children being neglected or having to become carers which can limit the time they feel able to attend or leave them with too few essentials to present themselves. The financial limitations some families experience similarly leave children feeling they have inadequate resources to fit in with the requirements for school. Another issue affecting our demography is child labour. Many young people are out on the streets trying to earn a dollar instead of attending school. Unfortunately, sometimes for their own survival. How many young people have been on the streets during school hours dancing for Mash lately? Not just for a day of celebration, but for a couple of weeks?Whatever the reason, a truanting child is more likely to engage in other risky behaviour, not only due to the fact that they are usually unsupervised, but also because of whatever underlying issues are causing the action. Truancy often acts as what can be described as gateway behaviour that can lead to students trying drugs and alcohol, engaging in other anti-social or criminal behaviour, and ultimately dropping out of school altogether. Research shows that they are also more likely to become victims of crimes themselves. Underage drinking and illegal drug activity obviously carries another set of alarming risks, including dangerous sexual behaviours that increase the possibilities of underage pregnancy and the contracting of STD’s and HIV.This is a global issue and has been in effect for many years, only of late increasing figures and more severe consequences have necessitated serious preventive measures to be sought and implemented. Knowing and understanding the ineffectiveness of imposing ever-harsher penalties on students that usually increase truancy rather than prevent it, has led to the development of more successful truancy prevention programmes that instead address the factors contributing to truancy. These include increased parental involvement, diversion from the court system through alternative programmes such as counselling and community service, individual mentorship and increased training for law enforcement officials on how to better handle truancy cases.At a time when education is under the spotlight, the truancy rates tell a story of their own; there is evidentially a need to address our own situation here in Guyana accordingly. Some of the conditions under which we are expecting our young people to learn are simply not good enough.When students feel unsafe, unchallenged, or unimportant at school, they may decide not to attend. More accountability for insisting on documented reasons for absences and engaging in regular dialogue with parents of absent children is necessary for schools. Moving forward with more engaging teaching methods and building stronger relationships with students will motivate them to attend school. Providing a varied and interesting curriculum that allows for the diverse abilities of students will help to make our children feel valued and worthy. Personal issues need to be recognised and addressed as early as possible.For parents; ensuring policy regarding the reporting of absences is adhered to and that they are providing their children with the necessities, both physically and mentally.Truancy is one of the loudest cries for help a student can communicate, we need to be hearing and attending to those cries. We need to ensure schooldays are the most exciting, productive and carefree days of our children’s lives; as they ought to be.last_img read more

Ancelotti, Klopp top Kop’s boss bill

first_img0Shares0000Juergen Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final after winning the Bundesliga in 2011 and claiming the German league and cup double in 2012LONDON, October 5- Juergen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are the leading candidates to succeed sacked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, according to reports in the British media on Monday.Rodgers, 42, was sacked on Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Everton left Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table, albeit only three points below the Champions League places, following a sixth-place finish last season. Klopp, 48, has been out of work since stepping down at Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, while 56-year-old Ancelotti, who previously worked in England with Chelsea, was sacked by Real Madrid last May.Several news outlets, including Sky and the BBC, reported that Klopp was the frontrunner, having led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final appearance in 2013.Announcing Rodgers’ departure, Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group said: “The search for a new manager is under way and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”Rodgers, who took over in June 2012, led Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2014.But Liverpool have since lost Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling and despite significant investment in new players, Rodgers struggled to reproduce a winning formula.Carlo Ancelotti gestures in Real Madrid’s match against Juventus in the Champions League semi final at the Bernabeu.“Liverpool need a manager who is big enough to handle the pressure, without thinking he is bigger than the club,” former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson wrote in an article for the BBC.“Whoever it is will have to buy into the mindset of the American owners — they want success, but their model is to try to get that by signing younger players they can train up and, sometimes, sell on.“Juergen Klopp is the favourite to get the job and he would fit the bill.“At Borussia Dortmund he built a team that were in your face, with good players that he was making better, but he also knew he would have to sell one or even two every year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2, October 9

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we looked back on yesterday’s World Cup Qualifying action. Live on talkSPORT2 Republic of Ireland picked up a 3-1 win against Moldova, elsewhere Wales were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Georgia. We also reviewed yesterday’s second ODI between Bangladesh and England and also brought you the latest from the Aviva Premiership and F1.All brought to you by Will Gavin and the team.last_img

Input sought on plans for ‘duck farm’ park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 7/13: Duck farm LA PUENTE — What is still known as the “duck farm,” and still remembered for its indelible stench, may soon become a regional park. On Saturday, the Watershed Conservation Authority will hold a meeting for people who live near the property between the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and the San Gabriel River to give their input about three different designs proposed for the future park. The 57-acre property abuts Industry, Bassett, El Monte and Baldwin Park. The meeting will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at San Angelo Park’s recreation room at 245 S. San Angelo Ave. in La Puente. “We really want people to come out and see the alternatives and tell us what they like, what they don’t like and give us their ideas,” said Frank Simpson, project analyst of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. “We want to know what they would like to see here whether it be for themselves or for their children.” Officials said the duck farm property was bought by the conservation authority in 2004 for $4 million. Between 1950 and 2001 the duck farm, previously known as Woodland Farms, operated as a breeder of thousands of orange-beaked Peking ducks that were sold to restaurants across the West. Officials said the duck farm project, divided into 12 acres on the east side of the freeway and 45 acres on the west, gives a unique opportunity to provide open space and recreation areas to a densely urbanized area. Simpson said the three alternative plans, drafted after the conservation authority’s first public meeting held in April, include different arrangements with additions of wetlands and gardens, creations of vista points and a visitors’ center, and the addition of trails and bridges. The plans also include retention of portions of the Coiner Nursery, which has been on the duck farm property since 1977. “It’s a big project and there are a lot of entities involved,” Simpson said. “We have been working with our stakeholders like Southern California Edison, city of Industry, the Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles County Public Works Department on the design alternatives because they are really contingent upon the stakeholders, and all that takes time. “But we hope to have the future park accessible to the public as soon as possible,” he said. Jeff Yann, chairman of the Sierra Club’s San Gabriel River Campaign, said the duck farm’s transformation is something people are looking forward to. “We are very pleased it’s moving onto the planning process,” Yann said. “I think people are beginning to see what a wonderful asset this is going to be to these communities.” Simpson said over the next few months the conservation authority will work with project stakeholders to finalize design plans and begin cost estimating. The park is scheduled to be constructed in stages with the first phase due to be completed in about five years. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109last_img read more

Crowds converge on Baghdad for Hezbollah rally

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Thousands of Shiite youths, some armed, headed into Iraq’s capital Thursday for a pro-Hezbollah rally as skirmishes erupted with U.S. troops that left at least three people dead, officials said. Fifteen rally-goers were wounded in a bus bombing. The city was rocked before the crowd arrivals by a motorcycle bomb that killed 12 people – the latest victims of bloodshed that senior U.S. generals warned could lead to civil war. Two Marines were killed in Anbar province west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said, bringing to 13 the number of Americans to die in that violent region since July 27. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr summoned his followers around the country to attend a mass rally today in the city’s Sadr City district in support of the Shiite militants of Hezbollah battling Israeli troops in southern Lebanon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Iraqi government television said the Defense Ministry had approved the demonstration, a sign of the public anger over Israel’s offensive in Lebanon and of al-Sadr’s stature as a major player in Iraqi politics. Crowds of young men, many wearing white shrouds, began arriving in eastern Baghdad’s Sadr City late Thursday and were housed in mosques and Shiite community centers. U.S. Army vehicles guarded approaches to the slum to prevent clashes between Shiite and Sunni extremists. Some incidents were reported before the demonstrators reached Baghdad. Iraqi police said one al-Sadr follower was killed by U.S. troops near Mahmoudiya after he brandished a weapon. American officials said two people were killed when gunmen in three vehicles shot at the guard towers of a U.S. base.last_img read more

Norwich go top of Championship with commanding win at Leeds

first_img huge blow Bamford’s header was nothing more than a consolation for the Whites Krul parried well to keep Roofe out a minute after the goal and an unmarked Aarons blazed over from a Lewis cut-back on 41 minutes.Norwich survived shouts for a penalty when Roofe went down under a challenge by Lewis on the hour mark.Alioski failed to get any power behind his shot as Krul held comfortably two minutes later while Aarons should have made it 3-0 when the ball fell his way after some pinball in the Leeds box on 65 minutes.Aarons then came to the rescue at the other end when he made a goal-saving clearance to prevent Alioski from tapping home on 76 minutes. BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED 4 RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Two goals from Mario Vranic saw Norwich replace Leeds at the top of the Championship with a commanding 3-1 victory at Elland Road.Vranic put the Canaries ahead on five minutes with a lovely free-kick before Teemu Pukki may it 2-0 ten minutes before the break. And Vrancic made the game safe when Jamal Lewis won possession before delivering a perfect cross to the striker with 12 minutes to go.It could have been even more comfortable for the visitors, with Max Aarons and Onel Hernandez missing great chances.Leeds, who lacked any spark during the match, pulled a consolation goal back in stoppage time through substitute Patrick Bamford. Kemar Roofe and Tim Krul almost came to blows during the contest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Roberts lobbed an effort narrowly over the advancing keeper on 27 minutes before Kemar Roofe headed wide four minutes later.However, Norwich doubled their lead when Pukki tapped home from three yards out after a deflected Vrancic shot fell into his path, with both Luke Ayling and Forshaw giving the ball away for Leeds in the build-up. MONEY The visitors got off to a dream start when Vrancic’s free-kick clipped the wall and went in.Tyler Roberts had a shot comfortably saved by visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul before Pablo Hernandez volleyed over as Leeds responded well.Ezgjan Alioski hit a first-time volley just wide of the near post on 13 minutes before Adam Forshaw also went close for the hosts from the edge of the box.Onel Hernandez then volleyed over an unguarded net after Krul failed to claim an Alioski free-kick on 18 minutes. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Pukki’s easy finish doubled Norwich’s lead Vranic celebrates his first goal 4 4 However, it was game over when Vrancic finished smartly after a good counter-attack two minutes later.Hernandez fired inches wide on 83 minutes as Norwich looked to add another before Bamford headed home from a corner one minute into stoppage time to pull a goal back for United, although the damage had been done by then.last_img read more

Stuart Bannigan signs new two-year contract with Partick Thistle

first_imgMidfielder Stuart Bannigan has rejoined Partick Thistle on a new two-year contract.The 23-year-old had been on the verge of departing Firhill with no progress on a fresh deal at the end of last season, but Alan Archibald has now signed the midfielder until the summer of 2018.Bannigan has made 166 appearances for Thistle since making the step up to the first team in 2009, scoring nine goals in that time.Archibald had threatened to quit the club in the event of Bannigan’s sale during the January transfer window last season, although the Jags boss eventually resigned himself to losing the midfielder. Inverness CT had been linked with a move for Bannigan, but the player will now return to Partick Thistle for the 2016/17 season after signing his new deal with the Maryhill club.last_img

Lawrence County Safe Night June 10

first_imgAs always, admission, food, treats, and all activities are completely free.This event is made possible by the amazing community support and donations we receive. A special thank you to our platinum sponsors for making this event possible: Bedford Federal Savings Bank, Duke Energy, Bedford IGA, Johnny’s Signs, Lehigh Cement Company, Local UAW 440, Aflac – Dawn Newby, Hoosier Hills Credit Union, Tom Acton, The Palms Day Spa and Salon, The Lawrence County Fair Board, WBIW/ WQRK/ WPHZ, The Lawrence County Local Coordinating Council, and Bedford Urban Enterprise.Go to the Safe Night website: for more information. Safe Night 2017 will be on June 10 th at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds from 6-10 PM. Safe night is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention event that also focuses on overall healthy living.This year’s event will include airbrush face painting, a magic show, t-shirt tie-dying, inflatable games and obstacle courses, hot dogs and chips, ice cream, snow cones, popcorn, and much, much more.The event will end with a fireworks show! We have a lot of great door prizes this year including target gift cards, restaurant gift cards, a Jump n’ Joey’s free pass for the first 700 families, Cave Country Canoe passes and more!last_img read more

The day Danny found a US bomber in the waters off Inishowen

first_imgIn August 2001 a unique underwater discovery occurred off the coast of Inishowen Head, when local diver Danny Keenan and his dive team located the remains of a US B 17 bomber in just over 20 metres of water. Wreck diving off the Donegal coast is now big business with divers coming from Europe and the UK to dive the deep war wrecks that litter the Irish coastline, but to find a virgin aircraft wreck at recreational diving depth is the stuff of a divers dreams – a once in a generation experience.Danny and his team are fortunate enough to be counted amongst such lucky divers when their persistence paid off and they at last came across the untouched remains of the ‘The Meltin Pot’.by Dearn McClintock Last Thursday evening Danny recounted his adventure to a full audience in The Tower Museum, Derry and over a two hour session he enthralled everyone with his premonition of a successful dive on a crystal clear summers evening in 2001, when he got a glimpse of the aluminium structure of the aircraft shimmering in the diffused sunlight on the seabed.Danny recounted the condition of the wreck and his emotions at that moment of discovery; the joy at finding her at last and the fearful realisation that there could have been life munitions still on board.Danny KeenanThe Boeing B 17 heavy bomber or Flying Fortress was the about the biggest thing flying in WWII, with a length of 22m, wingspan 31m, unladed weight of 16 tonnes and when loaded they weighed in at 24 tonnes. It took 4 Wright turbocharged radial engines, each producing 1,200 HP to power them to maximum speed of 287 mph and achieve a maximum height of over 10,000 metres.The B17’s were armed with 13×50 calibre Browning machine guns and 3.6 tonnes of bombs and ordinarily operated by a crew of 10.The unique identification of The Meltin Pot, or Plane Number was 41-24516 and she was assigned to a bomber command base in Thurleigh in England. The assembled audience were told of how and indeed why her engines caught fire far out in the Atlantic, with one after another cutting out until three of the four were out of action and the skill and bravery of Captain Curt Melton, who the aircraft was named after, when he safely ditch her near to Magilligan Strand in Co. Derry on the 6th September 1942.Their safe recovery was delivered in no small part to the quick actions of a young woman from Greencastle, Elizabeth Ferguson, who was sailing in her 15ft boat when she saw the aircraft ditch nearby.While all on board at the time were safely recovered, for some their wellbeing did not last long, with five of the crew of nine dying in the following year due to separate enemy actions over France.While Curt Melton survived the war, the story of Staff Sargent Lee Kessler, the Flight Engineer, is worthy of a movie in its own right.Including this occasion between 1942 and 1945 Kessler was on four different aircraft that crashed during this time, with the last incident resulting in his incarceration as a POW, he endured two forced marches by the enemy and the horror of witnessing a German war crime, in the shooting of unarmed civilian’s prisoners towards the end of the war. Kessler’s anguish of witnessing the shooting stayed with him all his life and in later years he depicted it in a Holocaust painting that has become famous as The Hand.Danny was able to relate these survivors’ stories because the discovery of the remains of The Meltin Pot was the beginning of another search, as he found and interviewed both Melton and Kessler when they had a clear memory of the events that clearly influenced them for the rest of their lives.This contact with Melton and Kessler was through Russel Strong, who was also a US WWII veteran and was well known at that time for his knowledge of the history and service of B17’s during that time.Similar to the recent lecture on the Laurentic, also hosted by The Tower Museum, the witness testimony of the survivors is what really brings the event to life, so that future generations can understand the terrible consequences of war. Danny kindly brought some of the rescued artifacts to Thursdays’ lecture, including the iconic green tinted Aviators Ray Ban’s that were saved in pristine condition inside their protective case, which had the manufacturer’s logo imprinted upon it, that of Bausch and Lomb lens manufacture.Today ‘The Meltin Pot’ remains where she sank and Danny found her, but because of the corrosive nature of seawater on aluminum any hope of recovering her is technically unfeasible.But nonetheless, the story lives on, thanks in no small way to Danny’s adventure on a glorious summer’s evening in 2001.The day Danny found a US bomber in the waters off Inishowen was last modified: March 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:berDanny KeenandonegalInishowenUS bolast_img read more

Sharkey agrees new deal at the Showgrounds

first_imgSligo Rovers further strengthened their squad for the 2018 season at the weekend.Defender Seamus Sharkey has agreed a new deal to remain at the Showgrounds for a second season.Sligo Rovers -v- Drogheda UnitedHe becomes the tenth senior player to commit for next season’s campaign, following in the footsteps of striker Greg Moorhouse on Friday.Sharkey joined the club in May as a free agent after overcoming long-term injury and ended up a key player in the #bitored defence, playing 18 games that included seven clean sheets as Rovers stayed in the Premier Division.He formed a partnership with Kyle Callan-McFadden that was telling in the strong run of form in the final series of matches.Boss Gerard Lyttle told Ocean FM he has earned a new deal…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sharkey said: “It was a blessing really because my career looked to be in jeopardy. I came over for two weeks, did well and ended up being nominated for Player of the Year.“When Ger came in, training was hard. It was double sessions for the squad, he saw something he obviously didn’t like and wanted us to work hard. I got in the team for the final set of games after being in and out a bit. The run we went on was brilliant.“Sligo is a great club to allow you to totally focus on your football. Everything is geared towards what you do in training and it’s a very relaxed environment too. The group are the nicest I’ve been with. We’re close and the spirit is there every day before we train. When we get out there it’s all business and if we could repeat the form we showed in the last series of matches then obviously it’ll be a much different season.“I’m already itching to get back, I want the full pre-season as obviously I came in and just went straight into squad.  The fans really got behind us and it was unbelievable really. The backroom here is very supportive too.“I’m really happy to know where my future is and to get that done as soon as possible. You see the likes of Rhys signed up who as Ger says gelled us together and Craig Roddan who really proved something to people. It has been two weeks off and I’m already looking forward to next year.”Gerard Lyttle said of Sharkey re-signing: “Seamus came into his own. We gave him an opportunity and the message was basically ‘go prove yourself’. He did that in a tremendous fashion. If you look at his stats, some of them are remarkable.“He earned this deal and I want to see him go on to be even better. When I came in, there was a lot the players had to work on in terms of fitness and sharpness.“Seamus was coming in having not played in the league in a while. We gave him that opportunity and I love to see players prove themselves like he did.“Again, with that full pre-season, there are improvements that can be made.  I want players with good discipline, leadership and hungry to achieve more and Seamus fits that bill again. He’s a great lad and he really likes being with us.“We have the spine coming together. We want players to fit in to what we are trying to build here. I think the vision we give them is a good one.”last_img read more