T&T clubs meet for CFU title

first_img Brilliant free kick Importantly, both winners qualified for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League as two of the three Caribbean slots allowed. The third spot will be filled by the winners of today’s third place playoff between Arnett Gardens and Don Bosco. In Friday’s opening game, W Connection grabbed the lead as early as the second minute when Alvin Jones scored with a brilliant free kick from just outside the box. Arnett Gardens missed a couple of chance to equalise and were made to pay for their wastefulness as Shahdon Winchester doubled W Connection’s lead on the stroke of half-time after being set up by Jamol Williams. The second half was fairly evenly contested but Arnett failed to find the two important goals to keep the semi-final alive. In the second game of the night, neither team could find the decisive goal in regular time, as they battled a heavy downpour, and the contest only came alive early in extra time. Central FC snatched the lead in the 93rd minute through Sean Silva’s free kick but his strike was cancelled out when Don Bosco earned a penalty and Kerlins Georges converted in the 104th minute. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC): Title-holders Central FC and last year’s losing finalists, W Connection, will clash again in today’s final of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship, after posting contrasting wins in the semi-finals here Friday night. Playing at the Stade Sylvio Cator, W Connection blanked Jamaican club Arnett Gardens 2-0 in the opening game and Central FC ensured another all-Trinidadian final when they edged home side Don Bosco 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after scores were locked 0-0 after regulation time and 1-1 after extra time.last_img read more

Cabinet discusses economy, priorities

first_img14 August 2013The Cabinet began a three-day meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday, with South Africa’s economic outlook, and progress on implementing the programmes outlined in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address in February, top of the agenda.“The agenda mainly for us is to look at the economic outlook of the country and internationally to see what further measures we need to take to ensure that we sustain economic growth and maintain the current employment and probably increase employment in the country,” Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, said on Tuesday.The extended Cabinet meeting includes the national executive, which comprises the President, his deputy, the ministers, deputy ministers as well as the premiers of the nine provinces.Chabane said the gathering would also look at progress made on government priorities in education, health, job creation, fighting crime and corruption, and rural development and land reform since 2009.“We need to look where we are and also to look in detail at the progress we made following the State of the Nation Address,” Chabane said.“Lastly, we will look extensively on the preparations for the implementation of the National Development Plan and our medium term policy statement.”The National Development Plan (NDP) is a long-term policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances.The NDP was approved by Cabinet late last year and adopted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference in Mangaung in December.President Jacob Zuma, in his reply to the debate on the Presidency’s budget vote in Parliament in June, reiterated the government’s support for the NDP as South Africa’s “long-term socio-economic development roadmap”, saying the plan “ensures certainty with regards to the direction of the country in the next 20 years”.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgThis post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Lana Sperry, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Lana works as a speech-language pathologist in Clarksville, TN.  The names within this interview have been changed and their stories used with permission.  This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a speech-language pathologist in a civilian hospital outpatient rehabilitation setting. In the clinic I see pediatric clients, where I am the sole provider of swallowing and feeding therapy for infants and children. I also provide augmentative communication device training, as well as speech and language therapy. Finally, I see adult and geriatric populations for whom provide swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognitive therapy.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I love helping people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces when they have accomplished a goal.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.In 2002, following graduate school, I moved to Clarksville, TN which is located very near Fort Campbell, KY. This area serves a large military population, and it was in in Clarksville that I began working with families in the military.The ages and diagnoses of individuals I have seen have ranged from infants to teens. These children have had diagnoses including: autism, spina bifida, developmental delays, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and speech-articulation impairments. I have learned that children with the same diagnosis can be very different.Fresh out of graduate school, I worked at a clinic that provided home health services to the birth to 3-year population. I vividly recall a 2 year old named ‘Sam,’ whose parents were young and the father was in the military. Sam was unable to communicate verbally. He would instead take adults to a desired object or bring an object to them. When upset he would escalate quickly and have difficulty calming himself. It was while working with Sam that I suspected he had autism. This was my first experience sharing my suspicions with parents. I referred them for further testing and this diagnosis was confirmed. Luckily the parents took the news well. It was important for them to remember that a diagnosis did not change their child. In therapy ‘Sam’ was able to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to communicate. He was successful in using this system to request items such as toys and food. The family was reassigned and moved before we could try using an augmentative communication device with Sam. I will always remember ‘Sam’ as he was my first hands-on experience with a child with autism.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.A few years ago I worked with a young child named Jessa. She had spina bifida, which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She was a cute little blonde who pushed herself around the clinic in a tiny wheelchair. Her communication skills were extremely limited due to severe oral and speech apraxia. She could produce a few basic vowels and would use these with appropriate voice inflection. A sentence such as “Look at that ball” might sound like “Oo aa aa ah.”I worked with Jessa 3 days a week, which allowed me to become close to her as well as her family. Progress was slow but present. We established that she could produce consonants such as “b” in “ball,” but she had to separate the word “buh – all”. Toward the end of her therapy, and prior to moving, Jessa could use a variety of word approximations involving many different consonants. When the family was preparing to move, the mom expressed sadness in having to leave the area and find a new speech therapist. It was very rewarding to have helped Jessa and to have given the parents a chance to see her progress. It is rewarding to have parents tell me that they wish they could take me with them to continue to treat their child. While I am pleased that parents have seen their child make progress, I am sad to say good-bye to them.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Military families often move around a great deal which means frequent changes in medical and therapeutic providers. Therefore, it can be challenging to access therapy notes from former speech, physical, and occupational providers. Also, a child’s plan of care may not be met when a child is in my care for only a short amount of time due to military assignments.When one works with families for months or years there is a certain “sense of ownership” over the child’s intervention plan and their speech-language progress. So when a family has to leave and start working with another therapist, I feel a sense of loss. I do, however try to be available for the new therapist to answer questions.Also, as a civilian, I am not completely familiar with military terminology. This can be challenging when communicating with families. It is helpful to have some understanding of military acronyms.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families?Military families are generally in the area for shorter time periods than civilian families. I find that the parents, especially mothers, of children with disabilities are strong advocates for their children. In my experience, military mothers are often more assertive due to the need to fight for services for their child. In some ways, I adjust my practice when caring for a child in a military family. For example, if I know in advance that a family will only be living in the area for a short amount of time, I modify my plan of care to be more aggressive in an effort to address more targets during the family’s time here. However, in many ways I treat military families the same as civilian families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Communication between providers and families is essential. After every session I summarize the goals addressed in that session and the child’s performance on each goal. I send this home with the hope that it will help keep the caregiver informed of the child’s progress even when they cannot attend sessions.I try to understand the needs of each military family. If a family notifies me of upcoming travel or a deployment, and there is the need for the child to miss some appointments, I do my best to reserve availability on my schedule. For example, I am working with a child whose extended family is from another country. The mother has taken the children to visit family for the summer while the father is deployed. In this case, I did not discharge the child, but instead put his chart on “hold,” and when the child returns, I will re-evaluate him.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.Military families who have children with disabilities have expressed stress when they have to re-establish services for their children in new towns. It can be difficult to move to a new city and try to find quality service providers. I generally try to do an Internet search or ask other SLPs to recommend providers. I also like to prepare a detailed letter including the child’s goals, test scores, and progress for the parent to give to the next therapist. This can help the new therapist initiate services.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be open to and accepting of different cultures and ways of life. It is our place to listen to the parents and provide the best care possible to their children.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?It would be nice if the military provided families with a list of physicians and service providers located near each military base.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have reached out to the parents of the children with whom I work. They are generally happy to explain the hierarchy of the military, the acronyms, the procedures, etc.last_img read more

Chandrababu Naidu, Amit Shah discuss alliance status

first_imgThe status of the Telugu Desam Party-BJP alliance came up for discussion between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and BJP national president Amit Shah at a meeting over lunch hosted by the Cheif Minister at his residence in Vijayawada on Thursday.Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Suresh Prabhu, BJP’s State president K. Haribabu and Narsapuram MP Gokaraju Gangaraju took part in the deliberations.The TDP was represented by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S. Chowdary, State Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj N. Lokesh and TDP State president K. Kala Venkat Rao.The two sides also reportedly dwelt on important issues such as the likely impact of the denial of Special Category Status (SCS) to A.P. and development of the State.The speculation that YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s support to the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential nominee and his meeting with the Prime Minister was also learnt to have come up during the discussions.last_img read more

Panel suggests cancellation of 41 FIRs in Punjab

first_imgThe Justice (Retd.) Mehtab Singh Gill Commission, constituted by the ruling Congress government to probe “false cases” registered during the 10 years of Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP regime in Punjab, on Tuesday submitted its fifth interim report to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh recommending cancellation of FIRs in 41 cases. “Among the cases in which cancellation has been recommended are FIRs against Vijay Sayal, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gurdaspur, and Sikh religious preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal, both of which the commission described as culmination of vendetta resulting from their refusal to obey the diktats of former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia,” said an official statement. The statement added that the commission report pointed out that Mr. Sayal was falsely implicated in an FIR registered by the Vigilance Bureau, Faridkot, for challaning a bus of Mr. Badal, who was also holding the portfolio of Home Department.In the case of Mr. Daduwal, the commission did not find anything seditious in his speech at a congregation held on November 10, 2015.Relief recommended“In the fifth report, out of 159 complaints, 118 complaints have been dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or for being without merit,” said the statement, adding that of the 655 complaints examined so far, the commission has recommended relief in 258 while dismissing the remaining 397.last_img read more

Deakin to Host Twilight Touch Weekend

first_imgMatches will begin in the twilight hours and teams will compete for a share in the prize money. It is expected that eight teams will hotly contest each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Pool games will tap-off from 2pm on Saturday 22 August 2009 with the semi-finals and final held on Sunday 23 August 2009.  Lock in this weekend and get your team together. Places are limited so to avoid disappointment contact ACT Touch on 6212 2880 or visit our website (www.acttouch.com.au) to secure your spot for the Twilight Touch Weekend.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists they can handle being a big target this season.Liverpool became the first side since AC Milan in 1994 to lose the first match of their Champions League defence and the 2-0 reverse in Naples, which featured a rare Van Dijk mistake, has put pressure on their next game against Red Bull Salzburg in two weeks. “Everyone wants to beat us, no matter what competition,” said Van Dijk.”That’s something we have to deal with, but that’s not going to be a problem — we have to enjoy it as well.”For Napoli to win their first game is obviously big, for us to lose our first game is obviously not want we wanted. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on going to Chelsea.” last_img read more

5 days agoMan Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira under no illusions about size of Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira under no illusions about size of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is under no illusions about the size of their clash with Liverpool today.Pereira was born in Belgium and plays for Brazil, but he was reared in the United academy and knows how important beating Liverpool is for everyone connected to the club.”I think you can compare it with Boca Juniors-River Plate, Santos-Corinthians, Flamengo-Fluminense,” he told United Review.”It’s one of the biggest derbies like El Clasico – Real Madrid versus Barcelona – and one of the biggest games, not only in England but in the world.”Everyone will be watching and it’s most important for us, and for the fans.”I always watched these games at home with my dad and my family. You know, I was always very curious and supporting United.”I think it means a lot to us. It’s one of the most important games of the year – it’s the derby and we absolutely want to win this game.”We will do absolutely everything to win it. I know we’re not living the best moment right now, and we’re not getting results, but I think it’s a derby and it is always a different game.”Absolutely, we want to win it – everyone at the club, everyone in the team and the staff.”We all want to do everything to win the game and it can be a nice bounce back and provide a nice lift for us to start getting results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more