Foster’s Fairplay | Farewell Usain Bolt!

first_img It was a scintillating performance – adding to her more likely 100m gold – Jamaica’s first in Rio. It spoke eloquently to the inestimable value of guru coach of a multiplicity of skill sets, Stephen Francis, seen by many with expertise as the world’s best. More will be told of the Wolmerian, turned ace accountant, whose craft, cunning and competence is on course with his calculus. There should be no talk of the seemingly shy miss from the mid-island district of Banana Ground replacing the outstanding Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in her queenly status, but that is for another place and another time. For now, let the new champion be commended and celebrated for her Olympic double sprint gold – the first in 28 years for a woman. Year 2016 has been literally an up-and-down season for another Manchester High product, coached there by former high-school sprint standout Carlos Samuels. From there, Omar McLeod moved, or, better put, was attracted to Kingston College where Raymond ‘KC’ Graham, not unknown in the country’s hurdling culture, saw to his conditioning. The World indoor 60mh champion from Portland, Oregon, took on and bested the world in the opening Diamond League exercises, winning in Doha, Shanghai and the Pre Classic in Eugene. Then followed falls in Monaco and the Hengelo in Belgium. In true Fortis style, he did not yield, but rose again for the Olympic gold. The mettle of the 22-year-old, together with timely coaching acumen, won out for his country. If ever a top-of-the-podium finish can be predicted, the traditional 4x100m relay for men is it. The expected quartet of Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and the farewell man, Bolt – in his Olympics finale – got the equally expected result. Goodbye to Rio, and the same to Usain. For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. The shades have been drawn on Rio 2016 and this blessed nation is left with memories, some sweet, others not so. Clearly, the world has seen the last Olympic act of the grandmaster of track and field, Usain Bolt. Give him any title imaginable, but let it speak to the way he performed on a grandiose scale for the multitude of fans, encompassing both genders, who warmed to and reached fever-pitch excitement and ecstasy levels in response to his entertaining antics, victory after victory. From the moment he took off his running shoes in the Beijing Bird’s Nest after the 2008 Olympics 100m world record triumph, he has been imposing and impressive, instantly initiating the worldwide acclaim that rose to a pinnacle in the Olympic Stadium in Rio. With an admirable display of poise and panache, garnished by a substantial helping of flamboyance and flair, the sport’s sensational superstar has captured the hearts and minds of those who crammed into the world’s stadia to see him live, as well as the wider throng watching on television or other available video-imaging devices. The Brazilians, already nurtured on and nourished by their hero, race car driver – the late Ayrton Senna – and the institution in PelÈ, had found in this phenomenal athlete another idol at whose feet to kneel. His final tally of gold medals over the three Games where he shone, beacon-style, was a stunning nine. They were comprised of the triple-triple of sprint titles, never before accomplished. At the end of the action, with the closing ceremony to come, most appropriately on the big man’s birthday, the people from Brazil, with their tumultuous cheers, spoke for the entire Olympic movement, in saying, “Thank you, Usain”. Foster’s Fairplay, trapped in the afterglow of Jamaica’s nine medals, would take pleasure in keeping the tributes and show of appreciation at the level stimulated by the Bolt magnificence. No such luck, as the journey through one’s existence will always toss up the excellent and that of lesser brilliance. However, they must all be recognised, respected and accorded the relevance that is deserving. Not all will make the Bolt cut or trod the paths that he has so attractively traversed. In that regard, one must, in the first instance, revisit the outstanding showing of the country’s new queen of the sprints, Elaine Thompson, the girl out of the Manchester High School programme, astutely handled by senior coach Jerry Holness. She has stunned a phalanx of critics by reversing the 2015 Beijing World Championship triumph by the reigning 200m World champion, the Dutch former multi-eventer, Dafne Schippers. NEW CHAMPIONlast_img read more

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NPSS boys soccer club competing at ‘AAA’ Provincials starting tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s Boys Soccer team is in Burnaby getting ready for their first game of the 2016 BC High School ‘AAA’ Soccer Championships.The squad has had an excellent run up to provincials this year. The team took first place in the Westside Warriors tournament in Prince George over Thanksgiving, beating each of the teams they faced.The team then beat Dawson Creek in the Zones finals in late October to advance to Provincials.- Advertisement -The team is in action tomorrow for their first game of the tournament against Argyle Secondary from Mission at 12:00 p.m.*, and again at 3:45 p.m.* against Surrey’s LA Matheson. On Friday morning at 10:00*, the boys go into action against the team from Richmond based at McMath Secondary. Friday afternoon’s matchup will go at 1:45 p.m.* although North Peace’s opponent is still up in the air. What is known is that they’ll be facing either: Panorama Ridge, Tamanawis (both Surrey), Oak Bay, or Rutland (Kelowna) from Pool C.There will be a live stream of all the games at this link: http://sportscanada.tv/bcss/2016-bcss-boys-aaa-soccer-championship*All game times posted are Mountain Standard TimeAdvertisementlast_img read more

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West Van Nuys name change set for public hearing Monday

first_imgProponents of a name change for West Van Nuys say the city has scheduled a public hearing for Monday — and invited only opponents. The West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council had gathered more than 600 signatures backing its bid to expand Lake Balboa to include West Van Nuys. But Neighborhood Council members said Friday that only the 600 opponents of the plan were notified by the city clerk about a public hearing scheduled by the City Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee. The committee will decide whether to recommend a name change for a vote by the City Council. “Something smells rotten in Denmark,” said Steve Leffert, chairman of the WVN/LB ad hoc renaming committee, who was originally informed the meeting was set for Tuesday morning downtown. “This last-minute thing — zing. They’re only notifying those people that are against it. This is biased.” A representative of the City Clerk’s Office was unavailable late Friday. The public hearing will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Van Nuys City Hall, 14410 Sylvan St. — Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Two youngsters suspected of sexual assaults

first_imgCALABASAS – Two elementary school boys are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting their classmates in campus restrooms, authorities said Wednesday. After a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation at Lupin Hill Elementary School, deputies concluded that fewer than 10 children, all between the ages of 5 and 8, were involved, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case and declined to comment. It’s unclear whether the boys – who are both 8 – will be charged. At least one of the accused boys was cited for investigation of sodomy, but Scott said prosecutors will decide what, if any, charges will be pursued. “The thing I found most irritating is the police going in and extracting a so-called confession without notifying us at all,” he said. He maintains that although his son admitted to him that he did participate in inappropriate behavior in the boys’ restroom, he said he didn’t commit sodomy. The boy has since been suspended from school and faces expulsion. His father said he thinks the school overreacted. “They decided to play extreme hardball, and we’re going to have a major showdown once we get to court,” he said. Principal Sheila J. Grady did not return a call seeking comment, but in a Nov. 5 letter to Lupin Hill parents, she said the school has “plans to revisit age-appropriate touching lessons with professional advisors.” “Students at Lupin Hill are safe and protected,” she wrote. “Our staff members are vigilant in assuring the safety of all students. The vigilance of the adults on campus is the reason that this situation came to light.” But at least one parent has voiced frustration over what she sees as a lack of supervision on campus. “You want to know how 10 kids end up in the bathroom?” said Alyssa Clemsen, whose daughter attends Lupin Hill. “They’re unsupervised, that’s how.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3636160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We’re not looking to prosecute these children. We’re looking to get them help,” Scott said. “It would have been a crime if the children were old enough to commit a crime. … There was substantial sexual contact between the children.” The two children were cited in the past few weeks. Scott would not say how long the alleged conduct took place, but said it was over an extended period. All the children interviewed were given the choice of having a school official present, which many did, Scott said. The interviews occurred over several days without the children’s parents present, which is routine procedure, he added. The father of one of the accused boys said he was upset at school and law-enforcement officials for not notifying him about his son’s alleged involvement until after the investigation was finished. last_img read more

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LaLiga side to beat Chelsea to signing of Maurizio Sarri favourite

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 LATEST Villarreal are expecting to beat Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Raul Albiol after activating his release clause.The Spaniard is in high demand this summer after clubs were alerted to the £5.2million release clause written into his contract at the San Paolo. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Villarreal have moved one step closer to signing Albiol three-way race moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED targets Villarreal, however, are the ones leading the chase for the centre-back as – according to AS – they have activated his release clause.The Spanish club are now able to open talks with Albiol over personal terms and they are hoping to reach an agreement soon. 2 Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? In the current market, that makes the 32-year-old a bargain compared to other players and both Chelsea and Villarreal have shown an interest in him.Albiol is keen to listen to offers from both clubs as he is ready to leave Naples in search of a new challenge. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Albiol had been linked with following Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets TOP WORK Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Villarreal are banking on the defender wanting to return to Spain – otherwise they fear he may opt for the riches of Chelsea instead of them.last_img read more

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DONEGAL TDs BACK MARTIN McGUINNESS FOR PRESIDENCY

first_imgSINN FEIN’S Donegal TDs Padraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty are backing Martin McGuinness for the Presidency.Earlier this evening Mr McGuinness – the deputy first minister in the North – was announced as the party’s candidate.It will be ratified at a party meeting on Sunday. Mr McGuinness needs the nomination of 20 members of the Oireachtas – three more than the party has, fuelling speculation that independents or even members of Fianna Fail may also back the Sinn Fein man.Tonight Gerry Adams said: “The officer board will recommend that the candidate will be Martin McGuinness. Sinn Féin believes that the office of Uachtaran na hEireann has been made more relevant by Mary Robinson and by President Mary McAleese.“This is a time of great challenge for all the people of Ireland. We need positive but authentic leadership.“It will be a great honour for me to propose Martin McGuinness to contest this election on a broad, republican, citizen-centred platform.” Mr Adams said: “I believe that this election will give Martin the platform to continue the work which he has led in the North and in the peace process and to put it on a national footing. I believe he can be the people’s president. If elected he will draw the average industrial wage.“He will dedicate himself to a genuine national reconciliation and the unity of our people. He will personify hope in the great genius and integrity of all the people of this island – Catholics, Protestants and dissenters.”The Sinn Féin leader went on: “I would appeal, if Martin contests this election, for people to join in this campaign, including people in the North and across the diaspora who are denied a vote at this time.“The campaign will give citizens the opportunity to make a stand for a better Ireland, for a united Ireland.”Mr McGuinness has huge connections with Donegal. His grandparents are from Inishowen. On news of Mr McGuinness’s plan to run for the presidency, Derry Presbyterian Minister David Latimer said: “My first reaction is that this is a loss for Northern Ireland, because he has been involved in the process of turning our community 180 degrees and starting that new journey, if you like, that has taken us towards peace and a better future.“I have watched Martin McGuinness change, so impressively change, that it would persuade me that he has a life beyond what he is currently engaged in, because he has, I think, changed in ways that prepare him for leadership at the highest level.”Rev Latimer added: “In running for the President of Ireland, he would have my full support. At a difficult time economically, as well as socially and culturally, I would see him as a man who could send out ripples of hope.”DONEGAL TDs BACK MARTIN McGUINNESS FOR PRESIDENCY was last modified: September 17th, 2011 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:martin mcguinnessPadraig MacLochlainn TDPearse Doherty TDpresidencylast_img read more

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DO NOT IMPEDE SEPTIC TANK INSPECTORS – DONEGAL CAMPAIGN GROUP

first_imgOne of the Donegal campaign groups fighting austerity is advising householders not to impede septic tank inspections in their work schedules due to start soon.The decision by the Cloughaneely Cant’ Pay Wont’ Pay group also comes amid a growing level of anger that has led to calls for a campaign to deny the septic tank inspectors access to property by whatever means necessary.A spokesman for the Cloughaneely group told The Tirconail Tribune there is nothing to be gained by opposing the initial inspections and they’ve warned their members there is a serious risk of court action if the inspectors are denied access to sites. And at the same time most householders have nothing to fear since it is estimated that the number of faulty septic tanks will be very minimal.And the Cloughanely group has said that anyone who believes that the attempted blocking of inspections is a viable tactic should explain in what way this is in the best interests of the septic tank owner, and in what way would such an action help the septic tank owners situation.And a spokesperson for the group says the campaign candidates who run for next year’s local elections will be including fairness for septic tank owners’ and proper rural sewage infrastructure as part of their programme for fighting the elections on.The anti-austerity campaign groups are going to employ a different method of opposing the new legislation. This opposition is likely to be centered on inability to pay where remedial works are recommended.The inability to undertake such works could then lead to a court order to implement the works.Donegal has the third highest number of septic tanks in the country, behind only Cork and Galway. Central Statistics Office figures show there are almost 500 thousand on-site wastewater treatment systems in the Republic- just over thirty thousand of them are in Donegal.The deadline is now looming for inspections to start and Local authorities will carry out 1,000 inspections on septic tanks across Ireland over the next 15 months.The Environmental Protection Agency is training local authority staff to carry out the work. The EPA said county council inspectors will have the power to enter private property and seek remedial works to be carried out if a septic tank is not in an appropriate condition. Mr. Owen Curran who is spokesperson for Cant Pay Cloch Cheann Fhaola and a possible local election candidate in the local elections next June has noted that the septic tank inspectors are due to begin their work in September.Mr. Curran said that his group understands has been a 90% national compliance with the Government’s demand for registration of septic tanks and they also note that E.U. fines for failing to protect drinking water has been suspended.He said: “A thousand State-wide inspections are scheduled to take place before July of next year. There is almost 500,000 septic tanks in the State. A minimum of 80 inspections will take place in Donegal.“We believe there is nothing to be gained by stopping inspections of septic tanks. Anyone who believes that the attempted blocking of inspections is a viable tactic should explain in what way this is in the best interests of the septic tank owner, and in what way would such an action help the septic tank owners situation. “Later inspections, those to identifying non-compliance with the inspectors recommendations, may well lead to an instruction to complete upgrade works. The inability to undertake such works could then lead to a court order to implement the works.”DO NOT IMPEDE SEPTIC TANK INSPECTORS – DONEGAL CAMPAIGN GROUP was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Illinois State, 80-64, in Regular Season Home Finale

first_imgFollowing Sunday’s game, Drake hits the road for its final two regular season contests. First up for the Bulldogs will be a game at Loyola on March 1 at 7 p.m. followed by a visit to league newcomer, Valparaiso, March 3 at 3 p.m. for the regular-season finale. Both road games will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Story Links Illinois State chipped away to the halftime deficit with a strong third quarter as the Redbirds outscored the Bulldogs, 23-14, utilizing a 7-of-8 performance at the free throw line. Photo Gallery Preview PDF Box Score at Loyola 3/1/2018 – 7 PM Full Schedule Roster The Bulldogs shot a blistering 85.7 percent in the first quarter with 12 field goals and 11 were assisted. Bachrodt led the way with seven points while Rhine chipped in with six points. Rose made the team’s tenth layup in the quarter with four seconds left to put Drake ahead 25-14. Illinois State (13-15, 7-10 MVC) was in led in scoring by senior Hannah Green with a game-high 20 points. Simone Goods contributed 14 points. Next Game: With the win, Drake (21-7, 16-0 MVC) claimed its second-straight outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title. The last time the program won back-to-back outright MVC regular season titles was 1996-97 and 1997-98. Coming into Sunday, the Bulldogs had already locked up the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, March 8-11, in Moline, Ill. Drake will play the winner of the No. 8 and No. 9 play-in game on March 9 at 12 p.m. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Illinois State, 80-64 Sunday afternoon in the regular season home finale at the Knapp Center. In the final quarter, Hittner made a three-pointer 33 seconds in, but Illinois State fought back with a 7-0 run. After struggling to score a basket for nearly two minutes, Drake scored off a jumper from Hittner. Miller followed up with a three pointer with 4:56 left in the game to widen Drake’s lead 73-57. After a basket from Illinois State, Miller scored again followed by a three-pointer from Dean and a layup by Monahan for a 7-0 scoring run which pushed the advantage back over 20 points. The Redbirds scored the final five points of the game. Drake led 51-27 at the halftime break as the team shot a program-record for one half at 81.5 percent (22-of-27) from the floor. The team recorded 18 assists. Rhine scored a game-high 17 points in the first two quarters behind a 9-of-9 shooting performance. Midway through the second, the Bulldogs ripped off an 11-0 scoring run to lead by as many as 21 points. HTML Box Score For the game, Drake shot 63 percent (34-of-54) from the floor and tallied 26 assists. The Bulldogs outscored the Redbirds, 46-20, in the paint. Drake’s bench continued its outstanding play by outscoring Illinois State’s, 36-2. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored a team-high 19 points while Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 14 points. Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) just missed double figures with nine points each. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) each added eight points. Rose added a career-high seven assists.last_img read more

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SA’s women’s rights to advance

first_imgWith South Africa’s gender equality status before the UN, women’s rights in the country will receive new impetus. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Women’s rights in South Africa will take a great stride forward when a national alliance of women’s organisations presents the country’s first shadow report in 12 years on the status of women in the country. On Friday 21 January, four representatives, led by the East London-based Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, will stand before the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) committee.Here they’ll present research they conducted regarding the progress of women’s rights since the presentation of the first report at Cedaw’s 19th session in 1998. Gender equality is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.Each Cedaw party state is required to report to the committee every four years. South Africa will therefore be submitting its second, third and fourth reports.Cedaw will review the report and present recommendations to the government on which steps to take to improve the situation.Identifying achievements and obstaclesAccording to Masimanyane’s executive director Lesley Ann Foster, the alliance that conducted research last year consisted of women’s groups across seven provinces.“We have worked with other organisations and have collected information on how women’s rights have been enforced by government,” she said.The study asked women to identify the achievements towards gender equality, and also considered ways in which obstacles faced by women and girls on a daily basis could be overcome. However, judging from the research, Foster said the country has not made enough advances in the right direction.In a statement delivered to Cedaw on 17 January, she acknowledged that the South African government has made significant efforts to address these gender equality issues through the ratification of the Cedaw convention and its Optional Protocol, which was introduced in 1999.“Despite these efforts, the lived realities of women, their quality of life, and their status within society has not seen a significant change,” she added.Foster and her colleague Thabisa Bobo, also of Masimanyane, discussed three main issues, namely discriminatory laws, violence against women, and challenges to young women – specifically those from rural areas – with the Cedaw committee.South Africa’s shadow report may be downloaded from the Masimanyane website.Kenya, Israel and Liechtenstein will present their reports around the same time as South Africa.Forming the allianceSouth Africa started to catch up with Cedaw reports in October last year when 22 women’s rights activists from around the country gathered in East London for a Cedaw seminar.This was a drive by Masimanyane to form a national alliance of women’s rights organisations from each province. They would then contribute to a report on the progress of gender equality in the last ten years.It was here that South African activists learnt how to use Cedaw as a tool for advocacy and lobbying. To guide them through the process were activists Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation, and Shireen Huq of the Nariphokko organisation in Bangladesh.According to Josiah, the activists educated South Africans on the Cedaw policies, explaining how they could be used as a useful instrument.  “I showed women how this is a tool to analyse and solve problems.”Josiah believes the tool is an international principle that holds governments accountable. “There is this power called government that is duty-bound to make sure women are safe.”Foster added that Cedaw is a primary standard setting document that guides all UN member states which have ratified the policy as to how they should treat women and girls within their countries.The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and is often referred to as an international bill of rights for women.last_img read more

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Mobile counsellor helps youth

first_imgBanetsi Mphunga, a qualified counsellor, standing next to his Caracara. The vehicle will be used as a mobile psychology unit to serve the people of Khayelitsha. (Image: Ground Up)A vehicle known in the township as a caracara for its coolness is adding a coolness factor to psychological interventions in the township of Khayelitsha, in Cape Town.Banetsi Mphunga, a qualified counsellor, bought a VW microbus, popularly known as a caracara in the townships, in May. Because it is the size of a small room, he decided to turn it into a mobile psychology unit.Mphunga’s caracara will offer free help to township youth who are dealing with psychological trauma.He told Ground Up, the news organisation that focuses on social justice stories: “I grew up in Khayelitsha. I am a registered counsellor by profession. The idea of the mobile clinic started after realising the need for psychological services here in the township. I realised this from the kids that I worked with in a previous programme; it was an after school care programme.“I was a programme manager for psycho-social skills, high school level, which is the group that is most vulnerable when it comes to substance abuse and gangsterism.”PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUESMphunga was inspired when he saw problems manifest in other children when they had to interact with others during his study group. This is when he realised many needed psychological interventions in their lives.“They always manifested in front of other children and I had to constantly intervene,” he explained. “I enquired from my educator friends, principals and school kids about why they are not making use of psychological services and counsellors in schools.“This is where I discovered that in order to get psychological assistance, they had to wait for weeks to be attended to by someone from the Department of Education, because they didn’t have counsellors at school. So I thought starting a practice could help the community.”TEACHER CALLED EXPERIENCEMphunga is no stranger to the effects of substance abuse. “I also experimented with drugs while growing up,” he admitted. “I started smoking weed and then from there I did mandrax, but luckily I managed to stop before I became an addict and before my family found out. But these days, kids are not that lucky.”Since buying the vehicle in May, Mphunga has used it to lead a study group of four schoolchildren, which sparked the idea to use the minibus as a practice.“A kombi is more or less the same size as the rooms that I have viewed that I would be using and running the practice from. The study group tested my idea of using the kombi as a practice and I saw, I could do it. I can engage with the kids in comfort and no-one can just walk in and disturb us,” he said.“So I just need to have this kombi fixed interior-wise, put tinted windows and branding, then I will have a clinic that can assist these kids. This is a popular van among these kids, because everywhere I go kids note the green kombi even though there’s nothing special about it. They even start singing the hit song Caracara when they see the car. So since it’s a popular van it can work well as a consultation room.”Although in need of funding to equip the kombi fully, Mphunga said nothing would stop him from starting to operate in August. He would use the mobile practice as a referral agent to rehabilitation centres.“Something that I have noted in my observation of psychological services,” he added, “is that kids default on their therapy sessions because they are stigmatised for seeking psychological assistance because there is this thing in society that if you seek psychological assistance, then there is something wrong with you, that you are mentally challenged or you are weak.“There’s also an issue of fear of the clinical environment. They feel intimidated by the environment and talking to someone. The kombi can serve as an initiating tool for therapy.”First sessions could take place in the mobile practice, with referrals and follow-up sessions at a more established venue. Mphunga has applied for rooms.“Not all sessions will be in the kombi, only those that need immediate help. Like for example when there has been a shooting in school, we will be there. The kombi will be like an emotional ambulance.”last_img read more

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