Govt alone with its guns cannot reduce crime – Pastor

first_img…rehabilitation programmes must be set up for ex-offenders“Government alone, with all their guns, vehicles and professionals, cannot reduce crime and recidivism; it takes the unmatched volunteerism and goodwill of the local faith-based authorities, and the resources of Government and donor agencies like the EU (European Union) and the Private Sector, to actualise the needed reduction in crime”.Pastor Wendell JeffreyThese were the sentiments of Pastor Wendell Jeffrey, who is facilitating the 10th European Development Forum (EDF) on Crime and Violence Prevention and Social Development Project, being held with the intent of providing trainers with information to help ex-offenders in prison.The Regional workshop, dubbed ‘Train-the-Trainers’, will focus on Restorative Justice under the ‘Sycamore Tree Project’ being held at the Grand Coast Hotel at Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara.According to Jeffrey, the training will be geared towards training persons who happen to be ex-offenders, and the intent is to conduct rehabilitation programmes with prisoners.He pointed out, “I have long argued that significant and precipitous decline in crime across the Caribbean states will only come when there is a formal marrying of governmental and corporate funding, coupled with the involvement of faith-based, private sector and civic-minded organisations”.Through this collaboration, Jeffrey said, a post-release rehabilitation programme can be developed, as the need for an ex-offender rehabilitation programme across the Caribbean remains evident.According to him, the formal facilities should be a place “where ex-offenders can participate in programmes when they are released from prison”.The facilitator noted that those institutions would need to be fully funded and managed for the sole purpose of transitioning individuals back into the society.He pointed to the grave need for such a programme in Guyana, especially since only a few Caribbean countries currently have such provisions, and have earmarked monies for the intended purposes.This much needed programme is being kicked off now, Jeffrey said, with the launch of the Train-the-Trainers workshop, which will allow for over 60 persons to be equipped with knowledge in the area of prison rehabilitation.“The programme will build from a comprehension of what is termed restorative justice to the actual engagement of ex-offenders and recovering addicts in practical applications,” he explained.Among the areas which will be discussed with prisoners are how their criminal behaviour would affect their victims, as well as the genesis of criminal behaviours of perpetrators.Jeffrey’s statements were endorsed by the Head of the European Union Delegation to Guyana and Suriname, Jerney Videtic, who said that increased punishment will not be effective in lowering the crime rate.According to him, “The assumption that increasing punishment will reduce crime can be applied to three categories of perspective offenders. The first category being criminals who believe they will be apprehended, the second being those who believe they will not be caught, and the third being delinquents who believe they might be arrested; so increasing penalty will only have an impact upon those who believe they might get caught”.It is because of this that the diplomat noted that immediate sanctions should be imposed on perpetrators, rather than giving them lengthy stays in the prisons.The EU is providing funding for the workshop, which will last for just about five days.The Sycamore Tree Project is an in-prison restorative justice programme which seeks to bring together unrelated victims and offenders to discuss crime and its impact. It takes its name from the story of Zacchaeus and his encounter with Jesus in the Bible.A senior member of the organizing team related that they aspire to reach the prisons and begin their mission by January.last_img read more

Newcastle to pile more pressure on Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal? Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman assesses some of the upcoming FA Cup fourth round ties after the draw was made on Monday.He also looks ahead to Tuesday’s Premier League action, with Newcastle v Manchester United the pick of the games. Louis van Gaal is under severe pressure going into the game and the Magpies are 15/4 for the win, while United are 5/6.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgTICKETS for a star-studded fundraising football match in aid of stricken Donegal man Mark Farren have now gone on sale.Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil will manage a Derry City XI against a Northern Ireland XI which will be managed by current international boss Michael O’Neill. The game will take place at The Brandywell Stadium next Saturday and former teammates Paddy McCourt, James McClean and David Forde have all agreed to play in the game.The game has been organised as part of a number of fundraising initiatives to help former Derry City striker Mark Farren and his family ahead of his revolutionary treatment in Mexico.Surgery to move a brain tumour was unsuccessful and Farren needs ground-breaking surgery to contain the aggressive nature of the tumour.The cost of the surgery is £30,000, but so far the Mark Farren treatment fund has raised a staggering £37.576.95. Organisers are hoping the game will be a sell-out fixture which would give Mark and his family the prefect send-off before he heads off to Mexico for his life-saving treatment.Finn Harps captain and close friend of Farren’s from their time together at Derry City Kevin McHugh has urged the general public to come out and support Farren.McHugh said on his Facebook timeline, “Folks, as of today, tickets are on now on sale for Mark Farren Treatment Fund game.“With International managers Michael and Martin O Neil confirmed, James McClean, David Forde and Paddy McCourt playing it’s sure to be a great event.“More names to be confirmed in a few days!“This is an ALL ticket game, so please get tickets early “All the National TV stations will be in attendance, so lets make a huge effort and sell this game out.“Be unreal to have Brandywell packed and singing for Farnzo before he heads for his treatment.“Thanks for your help so far.  Top Class. 🙂Tickets are available to purchase from the following outlets outlined on the poster above. TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR STAR-STUDDED FUNDRAISING MATCH FOR MARK FARREN was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fundraiserMark FarrennewsSALESportticketslast_img read more


first_imgA woman had to be airlifted to safety after she broke her ankle in the Poison Glen today.The 38 year old was part of a 150 scout group on a three day hiking group en route to Slieve Sneacht.The Scout group was led by an experienced member of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team. The area was remote so the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team, who had been alerted to the incident by Milford Gardai at 1pm, requested Rescue 118 assistance from Malin Head Coastguard Station.Malin Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue and the helicopter in poor conditions found the group and winched the lady on board and transferred her to Letterkenny Hospital.The Scout group continued their hike and are spending a second night in the mountains in the area.DMRT were stood down en route to the group.   RESCUE HELICOPTER WINCHES WOMAN TO SAFETY AFTER POISON GLEN FALL was last modified: October 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:fallPoison GlenRESCUE 118scout grouplast_img read more


first_imgLarissa heading for the line and Ireland’s tryDONEGAL rugby star Larissa Muldoon scored a wonderful try for Ireland against England at Twickenham this evening – but it wasn’t enough to secure another Triple Crown.The hosts – aided by some bizarre refereeing decisions – eventually won 17-10.But Cappry woman Larissa, along with Fahan woman Nora Stapleton, played fantastically for their country. The result came just after the men’s team lost 13-10 to England in their 6 Nations game.It was a disappointing result for the Donegal duo, but just like the men, they can still go on and win the Championship. LARISSA’S MOMENT OF TWICKENHAM GLORY NOT ENOUGH FOR IRISH VICTORY was last modified: February 22nd, 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:IrelandLarissa MuldoonNora Stapletonwomen’s rugbylast_img read more


first_imgMairtin KellyBIG-hearted restaurant owner Mairtin Kelly is offering a free burger and chips to every Leaving Cert student today.All you have to do is turn up after 12 noon today at Kelly’s Diner at Mountain Top Letterkenny with a print-out of your Cert/results.There’s no hidden gimmicks. Just some understanding from a man who has been there, done that (a few years ago now!) FREE BURGER AND CHIPS FOR EVERY LEAVING CERT STUDENT TODAY was last modified: August 13th, 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:Leaving certletterkennyMairtin KellyMountain Toplast_img read more

HSU women get revenge on Chico, men routed

first_imgThe Humboldt State women’s basketball team downed conference CCAA rival Chico State on the road 69-60 Saturday night. The win moves Humboldt (10-8, 9-4) past Chico (10-7, 8-5) into third place in the conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Jacks, one of the smaller teams in the CCAA, dominated the glass in the win. Humboldt out-rebounded Chico 31-19 and scored 34 points in the paint to Chico’s 28. “We were able to get extra possessions by being aggressive on the offensive …last_img read more

Khris Davis makes spring debut, A’s rotation battle gets clarity

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis was Major League Baseball’s home run king in 2018 and has homered more than any player in baseball over the past three seasons.The A’s know what they have in Davis. Nothing he does in spring training can change that. But it is still nice to actually get a look at him before the real games begin.After a left calf strain since the start of spring had limited to just taking at-bats over at minor league camp, Davis finally appeared in his first Cactus League game. The …last_img read more

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson listed as questionable for Game 1 vs Houston

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors absorbed what could be a serious dent in their championship armor. They listed both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Sunday at Oracle Arena because of right ankle sprains.Kerr also described Thompson’s right ankle sprain as “significant” and issued …last_img read more

Zimbabwe moves forward

first_imgThe new Zimbabwe: (from left) PresidentRobert Mugabe new, Prime Minister MorganTsvangirai and deal negotiator SouthAfrica’s president Thabo Mbeki.Image: Department of Foreign Affairs MorganTsvangirai has high hopes forthe future of Zimbabwe.Image: IrinnewsKhanyi Magubane A landmark power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe signed on 15 September 2008 will formally establish a government of national unity in that country.After several weeks of hard talking, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, Zimbabwe will finally move forward in what potentially signals the end of political and economic instability in the southern African country.According to the agreement, Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF) remains president of Zimbabwe; Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to become prime minister and MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara will hold the post of deputy prime minister.President Mbeki was tasked by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mediate talks between Zimbabwe’s three main political leaders.When the three leaders attended the signing ceremony at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, they received a standing ovation.In attendance were hundreds of party members, diplomats and African Union (AU) and SADC representatives. There were cheers all around when the leaders signed the agreement, which has been eagerly awaited, not only on the African continent, but around the world.Under the new deal, the MDC, along with another MDC breakaway faction, will together have 16 seats, while President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF will hold the remaining 15.Mbeki told the delegates they had travelled a long road to reach such a stage. He was thanked by the leaders present at the signing, for his patience and effort in seeking to bring together the country’s political bigwigs after they had a major falling out in the contentious presidential election earlier this year.The Southern African Development Community’s chairman for Organ of Politics, Defence, Security and Co-operation, Swaziland’s King Mswati thanked him for his part in successfully clinching the peace deal.“Mbeki has worked tirelessly to make this day possible and it is for this reason that the parties must make this government of national unity work.”The agreement ends a six-month deadlock that followed elections on 29 March.While Tsvangirai won the March elections, he did not win more than 50% needed to avoid a second round.Run off-elections were then scheduled for June 2008. Due to what Tsvangirai termed as insurmountable political intimidation by state police on him and his party members, he withdrew from the elections, leaving Mugabe as the only candidate. Several leaders in Africa and further abroad rejected his “one man” victory.Bringing Zimbabwe back from the edgeThe signing of the agreement is widely seen as a historic moment in African politics, as less than three months ago in June, political tension in Zimbabwe had reached a boiling point and the country was on the brink of collapse.In August startling figures were released by that country’s Central Statistical Office, which revealed that inflation was at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world.As a result of poor living conditions, millions of Zimbabweans fled the country to find employment in other countries. A third of its 12 million citizens no longer live in the country, and those who remain live below the breadline, some surviving on mealie-meal (corn) porridge.The economic crisis, which severely dropped the value of the Zimbabwean dollar, made it almost impossible for Zimbabweans to buy basic commodities, electricity, fuel and medicines.Commenting on the signing of the historic deal, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said, “What we see today is Zimbabweans finding a solution for themselves.“It shows that Africans can find their own solutions, and as South Africa, we call on the international community to join in, support and help rebuild Zimbabwe.”Other leaders who have praised the deal signed between the political parties includesChairman of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, who described it as further inroads made at achieving stability on the African continent.“The accord marks a turning point in the efforts aimed at promoting reconciliation, stability and fostering conditions conducive for the recovery of their country.”Ping also called on the international community to support the implementation of the agreement.Shortly after the signing, Mutumbara, Tsvangirai, and Mugabe addressed delegates in attendance.Tsvangirai, the country’s new prime minister, said he was pleased with the process leading up to the signing of the deal, “The truth is that we are facing a crisis, and we will have to work together to resolve It … and yes, we will face challenges but we are ready for them.”Tsvangirai added that the most urgent need right now was to rebuild Zimbabwe to its former glory and beyond.“We need electricity, water, petrol for our vehicles; we need to access our cash from banks,” he said.Deputy Prime Minister Mutumbara, also addressed delegates, where he admitted that it was a painful compromise that the parties had to make to reach an agreement.“We must make sure the healing is cascaded right from the top to the villages … our country has gone through a painful experience and we have to heal from the top to the bottom.”Taking to the podium and delivering a lengthy address, President Mugabe remained defiant.“Zimbabwe is a sovereign country, only the people of Zimbabwe have the fundamental right to govern it. They alone will set up government, they alone will change it.”People will want to see if what we promise is indeed what we strive to do … We are committed, I am committed, let us all be committed.”Mapping a way forward for ZimbabweThe 31-page agreement signed by the three parties, detail the way forward for Zimbabwe, from issues concerning the economy, food stability and land restitution.According to the Declaration of Commitment section of the agreement, the parties agreed to, gave their commitment to, “work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.”The deal stipulates in detail, how the country aims to undertake restoration of economic stability and growth. Under this section, the parties commit themselves to urgently addressing the issue of food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation.A National Economic Council (NEC) will also be established with representatives from the country’s manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, commerce, financial, labour and academia sectors.The main objective of the NEC will include advising government on economic issues and formulating economic plans and programmes to be approved by the government.Under land redistribution, the agreement states that while parties disagree on the methodology used in the acquisition and redistribution of land in Zimbabwe, they agree that it was necessary to have a land reform programme.Moving forward on the land issue, the parties have now taken a number of agreements including the need to conduct a comprehensive and transparent land audit for the purpose of eliminating multiple farm ownerships by one individual.The parties have also agreed to secure international support and finance for the land reform programme in a bid to compensate the former landowners and support the new farmers.The parties have also agreed there is a need for women to access and control land in their own right as equal citizens.A new constitution is also underway for Zimbabwe.A Select Committee of Parliament (SCP) will set up subcommittees chaired by a member of parliament and composed of members of parliament and representatives of civil societies as may be necessary to assist the Committee in performing its mandate.Public hearings will be held in a bid to include public consultation over the making of a new constitution.A draft constitution is expected to be tabled three months after the Select Committee of Parliament has held all the necessary consultations. The draft constitution will then be tabled in parliament.After it’s debated in parliament, the necessary changes will be made and a referendum to approve the constitution will be held. If it receives the thumbs up, it will then be gazetted within one month of the referendum.Under the new agreement, the freedom of political activity, which in the past led to many deaths and the torture of hundreds of citizens, is now protected.Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane on khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesNew Zimbabwe deal in sight Talks sound hope for Zimbabwe UN,AU strive for peace in Africa Leaders condemn Zim violence Useful linksGovernment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe – biographyMDCSouth African presidencylast_img read more