Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 18 Views no discussions 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 News
Morris hopes the district re-open schools “and scrap distance learning. You failed my children.”Several board members agreed with the need for better online offerings.“I don’t think it can be a free-for-all where in many cases, kids were on their own,” Board member Laurie Rich Levinson said. “It’s important our kids be educated every single day.”School district officials offered several options for reducing the number of students and promoting social distancing.However, board members now believe the best option is for all students to attend at least two days a week.One option would have some students attend Mondays and Tuesdays, and others on Thursday and Friday, with cleaning and disinfecting occurring on Wednesday.Other School Board members believe schools should be open to students every day, with cleaning and disinfecting taking place on nights and weekends.On the other hand, board member Donna Korn suggests a compromise in which schools could be open a half-day to students Wednesday, with the other half to be used for cleaning and teacher planning and professional development.School district officials plan to further discuss the options throughout the summer. The plans could also depend on how severe the coronavirus is in Broward County at the beginning of the school year.UPDATED: School Systems Consider Twice-a-Week School, Other Options for Fall Students in Broward would return to campus two to three days a week this fall, with improved at-home education offered on the remaining days, according to a proposal that School Board members outlined this week.The plan, is under development, attempts to balance the preferences of parents and students.All of the board members said they wanted students on campus as much, and as safely as possible, when the school year starts Aug. 19.However, parents and students are divided on the matter. A recent survey found that a third of parents and students prefer a full-time return to school, while another third want a hybrid online and in-person experience. A quarter of them want education to stay online, and the rest were unsure.Many parents and students have criticized the online instruction that was offered during the spring, as lockdowns went into effect due to the pandemic.They said teachers put course materials and assignments online and often did not cover the material or have contact with students.“Your lack of assigning appropriate teachers to provide online instruction is negligence,” Parkland parent Tammy Morris told the School Board. “I am now spending the summer teaching my children the appropriate math and English lessons they did not receive. I am not a teacher; I am a mother.”
Trail Allstars watched Highlands score 10 runs in the final two innings to dump the host squad 12-5 at the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships Tuesday at Andy Bilesky Park.The loss dropped the Trail Allstars record to 1-3.Hastings Allstars lead the standings with a 4-0 record after pounding Beacon Hill of Victoria 20-2.White Rock and Highlands are tied for second at 3-1 with Trail in fourth with Beacon Hill.Nelson’s Bryce Sookro singled in Noah Quinn for the first run for Trail. Sookro then scored as did Will Doerksen to give the hosts the early 3-0 lead.Highlands scored a single in the first and third before exploding for three in the fourth frame and seven runs in the fifth.Quinn took the loss on the mound for Trail while Jed Decooman was the pitcher of record for Highlands.Sookro, Darren Issel and Seamus Boyd of Nelson all finished with one RBI.Trail meets winless Dunbar Wednesday to conclude the round robin part of the tournament.In other games, White Rock faces Beacon Hill and Hastings meets Highland.The top four teams advance to the semi final round Friday with the two winners advancing to the final Saturday.