CASC Symposium on Youth and Violence underway at the Public Service Training Centre

first_imgLocalNews CASC Symposium on Youth and Violence underway at the Public Service Training Centre by: – August 8, 2011 38 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Participants at the CASC Youth Symposium.Over seventy-five youths from across the Caribbean Region are today participating in a Youth and Violence Symposium, which has been organized by the Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council (CASC) and sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.According to the organizers, the symposium was organized in an attempt to combat youth idleness by providing an avenue for young people to contribute to their personal growth through skills, develop meaningful service to their community and healthy lifestyles.Chief Youth Officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Mr. Jules Pascal, while addressing the symposium, referred to the period of being young as one of the most difficult periods in one’s life.Cheif Youth Officer, Mr. Jules Pascal addressing the symposium this morning.“Youth is a period in an individual’s life that is probably the most difficult. It is considered the most difficult because that is the time that the individual is in transition, it is difficult because that is the period when the young person wants to develop his or her own identity, it is a period where the young person is propelled into moving from childhood to adulthood and that is a difficult transition. I say it is difficult because during that period one has to grapple with a lot of difficulties and a lot of challenges,” he said.Mr. Pascal also described this period as one which is misunderstood as a result of the changes one encounters.“Youth is also one of the most misunderstood periods in an individual’s life. I say misunderstood because during that time many changes are taking place and even the youths themselves have difficulty in understanding that period of transition; it is misunderstood and it is misinterpreted.  Dr. Francis Severin addressing the symposium this morning.Meantime Dr. Francis Severin, Head of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Dominica, also addressed the symposium on the topic ‘Society and How It Is Affected by Youth Violence.’In his deliberation, he quoted the lyrics of reggae superstar Bob Marley’s “Coming in from the Cold”, to highlight to the youths that although their circumstances may be difficult they should not resort to violence.“Would you allow your circumstances to cause you to kill your brother man, or rape, or steal, counterfeit, forge? Would you let the system cause you to do these things? The response should be a resounding NO!”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Bulldogs 4th Grade Dirt Road Hoops Results

first_imgDirt Road Basketball League.The boys 4th Grade Bulldogs traveled to North Decatur High School on 1/3/16 and in game one defeated Milan 51-9. Jack Grunkemeyer led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Deacon Hamilton had 9 rebounds and Conner Drake had 4 assists.In the second game the Bulldogs defeated North Decatur 40-25. Chris Lewis led the team with 12 points. Sam Johnson, Jack Grunkemeyer and Bradley Wirth each had 8 points. Grunkemeyer added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.The 4th Graders are now (13-1) on the season and travel to Milan next Sunday to play Jac-Cen-Del and Greensburg before playing in the DRBL Final Four the following Sunday in Connersville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img

Clippers welcome back Montrezl Harrell

first_img“MA this RUN for YOU”With his grandmother in his thoughts, Montrezl Harrell rejoined his Clippers teammates Monday morning, just hours ahead of tip-off in the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.A month passed since he left the bubble July 17, and, for that matter, 160 days elapsed since Harrell played in an NBA game.No matter; the Clippers welcomed back the hard-playing reserve center who’d been away mourning the death of his grandmother. On Sunday, JaMychal Green, who’s been friendly with Harrell since they joined the league, before they were Clippers, said their current squad wasn’t happy about the long quarantine Harrell had to endure. If anything, Green said, it would make Harrell hungry to compete.“Trezz is doing good, he’s ready to come back with the team,” Green said. “We’re mad about the days he got, but there’s nothing we can do about that but continue to move forward and get to that championship.”When NBA play was suspended in March, Harrell — who, along with Lou Williams, is one of the Clippers’ two Sixth Man of the Year finalists — was averaging career highs in points (18.6), rebounds (7.1) and minutes (27.8).But Rivers couldn’t venture a guess about what Harrell would be able to offer in the heat of playoff competition after so little time practicing — not withstanding Harrell’s virtual participation, joining practices and film sessions with his teammates remotely, via Zoom.“He will be thrown out there, I just don’t know how that will look or how much he will play,” Rivers said. “It’s amazing but we are using a playoff game to get a guy back in rhythm and in condition. Never thought I would say that. That’s the only way we can do, we play every other day.”Rivers said the Clippers let Harrell make the call about whether he’d be in the lineup Monday, and, well, they needn’t have asked.“He looked at use like we were nuts,” Rivers said. “And then from that point on, you just throw him out there. He knows most of our stuff. We went over the two or three things that we’ve added with him. I don’t expect him to know those great. We’ll try not to run them when he’s in.“But again, I think this is more of a conditioning thing. He hasn’t played full court basketball in a month, so I honestly don’t know what we’re gonna get.” “It was great getting him back,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, via Zoom video conference, before Game 1 in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort. “I thought Nelson Mandela walked in. That was what it sounded like. We were all laughing about it. It was just good to get him back in.“Not just out of quarantine that he had been in for so long, but he has gone through a lot of emotional stuff. I think it was good for our guys to be able to be able to grab him and hug him and touch him. Good for him to see us. I thought it was a good medicine.”Harrell’s presence with the Clippers — who also planned to incorporate Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet, both of whom had been out nursing injuries during the seeding games — gave the team a full, if limited, lineup for just the 12th time this season.Even across the way, Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle recognized what a lift the 6-foot-7 Harrell gives the Clippers — on a regular basis, never mind that he’s busting out of an extended seven-day quarantine in which he’s been stuck alone in a hotel room (save for the half-hour a day he was permitted to be outdoors for socially distanced exercise).“You know, he has an affect on their team with his energy and effort,” said Carlisle, also noting the dynamic threat Harrell poses running the break and rolling to the basket. “I understand he just broke quarantine this morning … that’ll be a challenging situation. But, when he’s out there, you’re gonna know he’s out there, I’m very convinced of that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Five English players head GB&I team for 2019 Walker Cup

first_img Tags: Alex Fitzpatrick, Ben Jones, Ben Schmidt, Conor Gough, Harry Hall, Thomas Plumb, Tom Sloman, Walker Cup 20 Aug 2019 Five English players head GB&I team for 2019 Walker Cup Five English players have been included in the Great Britain & Ireland team to face America in this year’s Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool on September 7-8.Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Conor Gough (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire), Harry Hall (West Cornwall, Cornwall), Thomas Plumb (Yeovil, Somerset) and Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset) have been listed in the team while Ben Schmidt (Rotherham, Yorkshire) and Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County, Northamptonshire) have been named as first and second reserves.The rest of the ten-man team is made up of Ireland’s Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) and James Sugrue (Mallow) and Scotland’s Sandy Scott (Nairn) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie).Announcing the selection, GB&I captain, Craig Watson said: “It has been a very difficult decision to select ten players for Great Britain and Ireland from a strong squad but we have been very impressed with the results of those we have picked and we believe they will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team.”“The Walker Cup is a fantastic opportunity for those amateurs to demonstrate their talents on the big stage and it will be an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.We are looking forward to the match at Hoylake and I’m sure the players will give it their very best to win.”GB&I is bidding to win back the Walker Cup after the USA secured a 19-7 victory in the 2017 match at Los Angeles Country Club. Home advantage has proved a key factor in recent matches with GB&I winning the biennial encounter at Royal Aberdeen in 2011 and the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St Annes.Photos: Credit Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

16 Years Later

first_imgOn March 24, 2009, Jon Stanley (username: Moun10Bike) stood on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, WA. He snapped a selfie before walking into the nondescript office across the street. It was Jon’s first day at a new job.Jon’s first day at Geocaching HQ.“I took a selfie — perhaps my first-ever — of me arriving at Groundspeak on my first day working here,” said Jon. “I was told I was employee #28.”Jon had a long history with the game before joining the company behind Geocaching.com, now known as Geocaching HQ. He first met Founder Jeremy Irish in 2000. Over lunch, the two discussed software that Jon had provided for an early version of the website. “The community was small then and I was in the same geographic area,” Jon said. “So it was natural that we would end up getting together.”Jeremy realized that Geocaching.com’s traffic would quickly outgrow the website he’d started as a hobby site. In 2000, he partnered with two co-workers, Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth, to start a new company. With the proceeds from selling 144 geocaching t-shirts, they began to scale the website to keep up with its growing audience. The three founders continued working at their day jobs while managing the website on the side.Cathy Hornback (username: Prying Pandora) first met the founders when they spontaneously showed up at her Cache In, Trash Out® Event. “I almost peed my pants when they just showed up. No warning.” Cathy with Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy Irish in 2006.Today, Cathy wears multiple hats: player (she’s going on 15,000 finds), volunteer reviewer, and Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because one guy had a crazy idea to hide a bucket of trinkets for other people to find with their newly accurate GPS receivers. Then another guy (Jeremy) had the gumption to build a website to list them all,” said Cathy. Cathy first met Jon in 2005 while looking for the same geocache. Five years later, she joined him as an employee at Geocaching HQ. “We exist because of our community’s engagement,” Cathy said. “Without them, there would be nothing.”Jon and Cathy were welcomed on their first days at Geocaching HQ by another long-time geocacher, Annie Love (username: Love). “I still pinch myself daily that I get to work here,” Annie said. “Geocaching was my hobby before I started working here and it’s a dream to get to do something I love for work. Sure, I sit at a desk most of the time, but getting to help people with this game for work is pretty awesome.”Annie joined Geocaching HQ on January 29, 2007. “My first job was to work as the receptionist at the front desk, answer phone calls and emails about the game of geocaching.”When Annie started, there were a dozen or so employees and 353,685 active geocaches. Today, Geocaching HQ has 74 employees and the website lists nearly 3 million geocaches hidden all over the world.Annie, now Partner Programs Manager, said, “We really listen to our community. We might not be able to make everything to perfection overnight, but we definitely hear the wants and needs of the community and apply that directly to what we work on.”A company photo taken in June 2007, shortly after Annie and Jenn started.A few months later, Jenn Seva (username: MissJenn) joined Geocaching HQ as employee #17, having previously served as a Community Volunteer Reviewer. “I started as a player of the game in 2001. I’m lucky enough to have combined my hobby and my livelihood without ruining either one of them.” Now Senior Manager of Tourism and Travel, Jenn said, “Geocaching HQ is different than most other companies because we are made up of employees who want to be here. We want to delight our community and encourage people to go play outside. I don’t feel like just an insignificant cog in a giant wheel.”Jon, Cathy and Annie feel similarly. “You only need to talk to the founders or any employee to see that we are passionate about the game and keeping people engaged with a fun and rewarding pastime for years to come,” said Jon. “While we may seem to move slow, it is not because of a lack of desire to improve things, only that we are a lot smaller than people know. I see our purpose to be good custodians of the game and provide the tools and means for people to have and share these experiences and adventures.”A company photo taken last summer.Sixteen years later, Geocaching HQ remains a strong, independent organization on a mission to enable adventure, exploration, and discovery. We are led by our original founders and we have no outside investors or influences who would maximize profits at the expense of the game. Annie said, “The community creates the game. We want to create the best tools to play it.”  Geocaching.com on November 9, 2000. Geocaching.com on January 29, 2007. There were 353,685 active geocaches then. Geocaching.com on April 30, 2007. There were 391,592 geocaches at the time. Geocaching.com on March 26, 2009. There were 755,856 geocaches listed at the time. Geocaching.com on August 13, 2010. There were 1,154,177 geocaches in the world. Geocaching.com on June 20, 2012. There were 1,798,456 geocaches then. Geocaching.com today. There are 2,921,888 active geocaches in the world.Have questions about Geocaching HQ? Post them in the comments below. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhat 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to MeMarch 4, 2013In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 2): Souvenirs, APE cache rediscoveryMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Three Things You Need to Know About Gratitude

first_imgWritten by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MA What is gratitude?“Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves.”– 2011 Mental Health Letter publication, Harvard Medical School The act of appreciative reflection is strongly associated with benefits such as:Greater happinessStronger relationshipsDealing more effectively with adversity among others (2011). Here are three things you need to know about gratitude: 1. Gratitude is more than saying ‘thank you’The act of saying “thank you,” is one of the earliest social lessons we learn as children. For many, remembering to offer a brief, “thank you,” without deeper reflection is the only role that gratitude plays in daily life. Researchers believe that there is much more for us to know about gratitude. What they know about the act of reflective appreciation can have significant impact on wellbeing, happiness, social connectedness, and much more.2. Practicing gratitude may have lasting impactsA large and growing number of studies have found that practicing gratitude is effective in improving wellbeing (Emmons RA, et al 2003, Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. 2010, Seligman MEP, et al. 2005, Wong et al. 2016, Wong, J., & Brown, J., 2017). Results of these studies indicate that individuals who practice gratitude consistently experience a number of benefits including:greater optimism,increased happiness,greater alertness,better sleep,less lonelinessreduced feelings of isolation3. Gratitude can be effectively practiced in as little as 10-15 minutes.Gratitude practices associated with wellbeing do not require a great deal of time. Three gratitude activities that can be practiced in 10-15 minutes include gratitude journaling, gratitude letter writing, and gratitude meditation. The Greater Good Science Center at the UC Berkley has excellent resources to help you learn more about each practice and get started. Would you like to try a gratitude practice?Try gratitude journalingTry writing a letter of gratitudeTry gratitude meditation This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 13, 2018. References:Emmons RA, et al. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology(Feb. 2003): Vol. 84, No. 2, pp. 377–89.“In Praise of Gratitude.” Harvard Mental Health Letter, Harvard Health Publishing, Nov. 2011, health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude.Emmons 2010 Why Gratitude is Good. Greater Good Magazine. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_goodSansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 7(11), 18–22Seligman MEP, et al. “Empirical Validation of Interventions,” American Psychologist(July–Aug. 2005): Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 410–21.Wong, Joel, and Brown, Joshua. “How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain.” Greater Good, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, June 2017, greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brainJoel Wong, Jesse Owen, Nicole T. Gabana, Joshua W. Brown, Sydney McInnis, Paul Toth & Lynn Gilman (2016) Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial, Psychotherapy Research, 28:2, 192-202, DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332last_img read more

What To Do During the Last Two Weeks of the Year

first_imgThere is a lot of whining this time of the year about how no one is in the office, and there is no work that a salesperson can reasonably do. It is not true that “no one” is at work. And there is always work you can do during the last two weeks of the year.If They Are at WorkA lot of the people who you need to call will be out during the last two weeks of the year. They will take time off for the holidays, and they may add vacation time on either end of the holidays.Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding. It’s difficult enough to get your prospective clients on the phone during a normal work week (you are using the phone, aren’t you?), let alone making calls when many people are not at work.But some people are at work. And those that are at work have very little to do. Many of them are simply killing time, cleaning their desk, and organizing themselves for the next year. Some are standing at the water cooler chatting it up.The people who are at work have time to kill.If You Have Chops and a PlanIf you have the chops to pick up the phone and schedule appointments, you will find people willing to speak with you (If you’ve been reading this blog for any reasonable period, you have the chops, don’t you?). Even if it isn’t the main contact that you feel you need to meet, there is much you can learn from other people who work inside your dream client’s company.Spend time with the people who agree to meet with you, doing as much discovery work as possible. Find out about the company, and find out about the other stakeholders you need to meet. And spend time on some personal chatter because that’s what people like to do around the holidays.When you schedule an appointment, stop by the store and pick up a couple of stockings and stuff them with candy. Give one to the person who is willing to meet with you, and leave one for the contact you are trying to reach with a note.If you are at work, work. Make appointments with people who are at work inside your dream client’s company, and start developing relationships and insights.last_img read more