Child advocate wants proper correctional facility for juveniles

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Child advocate wants proper correctional facility for juveniles by: – April 7, 2012 Share Fr. Franklyn Cuffy.An advocate for children’s rights want has called for authorities to swiftly address the issue of a proper correctional facility for young offenders in Dominica.Fr. Franklyn Cuffy believes that the lack of such facility could be a major contributing factor for the increase in criminal activities among juveniles. “I think our constitution says when a young person commits an act they should be sent to a training center but we send them to the state prison. To my mind this is a violation of the constitution, a violation of the rights of the young person,” he said.Cuffy said justice is not being done hence the reason for the increase in violence.“People do not want to feel insecure. People do not want to feel humiliated, people do not want to feel rejected so they are taking it into their own hands and this is one of the reasons why this ugly picture of violence is showing its face in Dominica”.He noted his elation however at the number of youths who participated in a National Youth Rally last weekend in Mahaut.“Over 100 young people showed up on the grounds of the Mahaut School on Palm Sunday. They displayed their talents, they prayed, they had clean fun,” he said.Cuffy believes that the nation needs to continue to put their trust in the youth to help motivate and encourage them to engage in positive and socially acceptable behavior.“We need to encourage them to display and share the gifts and talents that they have, if we can do that there will be less violence among our young people,” he explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Kearney warns against complacency

first_img It may be Payne is kept in reserve even if he is fit to play Georgia on Sunday. Hooker Rory Best (calf) and flanker Chris Henry (severe migraine) are unlikely to feature against the Lelos and four players have been added to the Ireland training group – Ulster centre Darren Cave, Munster back Andrew Conway, Leinster tighthead Tadhg Furlong and Robin Copeland, the Munster back row. Best has resumed running and could be back to face the Wallabies. Michael Kearney added: “It might be more prudent to give him a few more days to recover just to make sure he is right. “A more realistic target might be Australia but he hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday.” Ireland are determined to carry the momentum from the victory over the Springboks and full-back Rob Kearney expects head coach Joe Schmidt to make tactical alterations to front up to a Georgia side reliant on a fearsome forward pack. “We have an ability as players to play lots of different types of game plans and we’ve got a fantastic coaching squad who are able to manipulate a specific type of game plan based on the opposition we are playing,” Rob Kearney added. “South Africa and Georgia are two very different teams so I would imagine our game plan will vary a little bit. “They’re a good team and they have a huge pack. A lot, if not all of them, are playing Top 14 and Premiership rugby. “Okay, a lot of their backs are homegrown players, but they do have the potential to be dangerous players.” Like his full-back, Schmidt will not be satisfied with the South Africa win. “He’s trying to make us winners every single week, to improve our performance on a weekly basis,” Rob Kearney added. “He’s trying to make us that 80-minute plus team, which is something we probably haven’t been a lot over the last decade or so. “It (beating South Africa) gives us that confidence to take on Southern Hemisphere teams. “That is huge for our mental ability going into a game, knowing we can genuinely compete and beat the best teams in the world.” The 29-year-old committed his future to Leinster on Tuesday, but had no intention of leaving to play elsewhere. “It was always a case of staying here,” he said. “I’ve no reason to leave. I’m very happy here, I’m part of two fantastic teams. “I’m playing with all my friends and we’re still competing heavily in a lot of competitions so there was never a need for me to consider moving anywhere else.” Press Association Ireland claimed a surprise 29-15 win over the Springboks, who had beaten world champions New Zealand in their prior Test a month earlier. Georgia proved challenging opposition for Ireland at the 2007 World Cup – Ireland eventually prevailing 14-10 – and that Bordeaux contest has been spoken about this week. Rob Kearney has cautioned against complacency as Ireland look to back up their defeat of South Africa against Georgia this weekend. Kearney, who on Tuesday signed a three-year extension to his Irish Rugby Football Union contract to remain at Leinster until June 2018, said: “Confidence is a brilliant thing and sometimes over-confidence can be a detrimental thing. “It is key we find the balance there between the two and by no means we get carried away with one victory over a South African team who played poorly on the day and didn’t really seem that the defeat hurt them after the game. “The scalp of getting a southern hemisphere team and the confidence it’ll bring to our team as a whole is probably the biggest benefit of the whole thing. “We are very aware of just what was achieved on the day but by no means losing the run of ourselves and getting ahead of our station. “I think South Africa played poorly enough and certainly there’s a lot of work-ons from our performance too.” Changes may be required following the Springboks victory, with centre Jared Payne to undergo further assessment on a sprained foot on Wednesday. Team manager Michael Kearney said: “Jared is going to have further medical assessment and scans tomorrow. “We’ll know a little bit better after that. At the moment there’s no detail on his chances of being fit for either Georgia or Australia.” last_img read more

Bangladesh stun Aussies to claim historic maiden Test win

first_img… Warner ton in vain as Australia fall shortDHAKA, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Bangladesh pulled off a fairytale maiden Test victory over Australia yesterday as cricket witnessed a second triumph for the underdog in as many days with the Ashes protagonists both on the receiving end of surprise losses.Less than 24 hours after Shai Hope’s second century of the match secured a series-levelling victory for West Indies against England at Leeds, the Shere Bangla National Stadium on the outskirts of Dhaka became the venue of another upset.Playing his 50th Test, local talisman Shakib Al Hasan lit up the stadium with his all-round brilliance to script a famous 20-run victory that gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.David Warner’s fighting ton was all in vain.Australia tried their hardest to dampen home hopes when a 130-run partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith revived Australia’s bid to chase down the 265-run target and salvage a win after being outplayed for the greater part of the match.Warner tempered his natural aggression but did not altogether abandon it, as was evident from the 16 boundaries and one six in his belligerent 112.The southpaw conquered his spin demons to register a 19th Test century, and second in Asia, but he fell just short of guiding Australia home on the fourth day of an enthralling encounter.Skipper Smith led a charmed life at the other end, spilled at mid-on by Tamim Iqbal, but Australia’s most assured weapon against Bangladesh’s rampaging spinners could not make the most of his reprieve.Shakib sent back Warner and Smith, who made 37, in the morning session when Australia lost five wickets.The left-arm spinner then snuffed out whatever realistic hopes Australia had of making it five straight wins over Bangladesh by dismissing Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after lunch break.Pat Cummins, the lone paceman to taste success in the spin-dominated contest, blasted an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some late excitement but was left stranded as Australia folded for 244.Shakib claimed 5-85 and was the obvious man-of-the-match choice for his first innings score of 84 and a 10-wicket haul.HOME STRENGTHYesterday’s win came five months after Bangladesh secured their first Test win over Sri Lanka and a month before the first anniversary of their maiden triumph over England in the longest form of the game.Seventeen years since granted the Test status, there are still whispers whether Bangladesh belong in the elite group but skipper Mushfiqur Rahim remains satisfied with the progress the team has made under his leadership.“If you look at our home performance, it has been pretty consistent,” he said. “Against England also, we were very close in the first Test and beat them in the second Test. That’s the belief we have.”Shakib articulated that belief in a pre-series media interaction where he said Bangladesh were capable of winning both the Tests against Australia and the opening triumph has filled Mushfiqur with similar optimism.“Hopefully we’ll come harder at them in the next Test and hopefully we’ll seal the series,” the captain said.Counterpart Smith believed Australia paid the price for a poor first-innings display, especially since they had to bat fourth on a track where the ball both bounced unpredictably and turned viciously.“It was a great Test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played,” Smith said.“We probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat, probably we should have made a few more there. It was pretty difficult batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.”Bangladesh’s three-pronged spin attack claimed 19 of the 20 Australian wickets to fall with Usman Khawaja’s run-out in the first innings the only victim to elude the slow bowlers.Australia will slip one place to fifth in the Test rankings even if they level the series by winning the second Test in Chittagong from Monday. A second defeat would see them drop another place.BANGLADESH 1st innings 260 (S. Al Hasan 84, T. Iqbal 71) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 217 (S. Al Hasan 5-68) BANGLADESH 2nd innings 221 (T. Iqbal 78; N. Lyon 6-82) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 265 runs)D. Warner lbw b Al Hasan 112M. Renshaw lbw b M. Hasan 5U. Khawaja c T. Islam b Al Hasan 1S. Smith c Rahim b Al Hasan 37P. Handscomb c Sarkar b T. Islam 15G. Maxwell b Al Hasan 14M. Wade lbw b Al Hasan 4A. Agar c&b T. Islam 2P. Cummins not out 33N. Lyon c Sarkar b M. Hasan 12J. Hazlewood lbw b T. Islam 0Extras: (b-7, lb-2) 9Total: (all out, 70.5 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-158, 4-171, 5-187, 6-192, 7-195, 8-199, 9-22.Bowling: Mehidy Hasan 19-3-80-2, Nasir Hossain 3-2-2-0, Shakib Al Hasan 28-7-85-5, Taijul Islam 19.5-2-60-3, Mushfiqur Rahim 1-0-8-0.last_img read more