Crime prevention initiative for southside youth workers

first_imgEmail Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Facebook YOUTH workers on Limerick’s southside were first in Ireland engage in a new crime prevention initiative which aims to educate young people about the dangers of gangs and weapon crime.Youth workers from Southill Area Centre, Roxboro Garda Youth Diversion, Southill School Completion Programme and Limerick Youth Service, were trained in the programme. Jennifer O’Brien, Southill Area Centre, brought the UK-based Streetwise programme to Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It was developed in Leeds to combat gang crime.Jennifer said that although gang culture in the UK was different to here, much was applicable and will be rolled out in the Southill area.She said: “We invited all youth workers in Southill and the surrounding areas to participate. We wanted to challenge young people’s perception of what a gang is”.The programme uses an alternative approach to educating 10 to 21-year-olds about drugs, weapons and gangs by using powerful messages from former gang members.She added: “It highlights the negative impact of getting involved in gang crime and promotes positive alternatives”.Education packages provided include, ‘Bite the Bullet’, a weapons awareness programme, ‘Dealers’, a drugs education programme and ‘Doin Time,’ which deals with the consequences of going to prison.She stressed It was important that youth workers are educated about drugs and weapons, as it helps them to recognise the culture.Streetwise gets youth workers to explore the reasons why people join gangs.Jennifer explained: “Teenagers can often be oblivious to being a part of a gang as it is seen as normal for them, and they are just hanging around with their friends”.Those trained will now use art, music and role-playing to promote positive alternatives to gangs and crime.The programme also made the community workers aware of the different recruitment methods used.It uses a youth friendly design and connects to teenagers using modern language and references to hip hop.Some of the weapons used are highlighted, including swords, knuckle dusters and pool balls in socks.center_img Previous articleLimerick’s Niall Colgan appointed to national hairdressing ‘Style Council’Next articleShop, cook and eat smart admin Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsCrime prevention initiative for southside youth workersBy admin – April 9, 2010 518 last_img read more

Ziemke’s bill expanding addiction, mental health resources could soon be law

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — After receiving unanimous support in the House and Senate, Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke’s legislation allowing more qualified health professionals to work without burdensome oversight could soon become law.According to Ziemke, licensed social workers, mental health counselors, clinical addiction counselors and marriage and family therapists have the skills necessary to administer outpatient treatment to patients struggling with addiction or mental health. However, these health professionals in Indiana must currently have additional oversight from a doctor.“These barriers push qualified clinical social workers to look for work in other states with this law already in place,” Ziemke said. “Indiana should provide them the flexibility to administer treatment plans to those struggling with addiction or mental health issues. Our state faces a workforce shortage in the health care field, and this legislation could help attract qualified individuals to work in our communities.”Ziemke said these licensed professionals would need to possess a master’s degree to offer outpatient treatment to patients.House Enrolled Act 1175 is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Frank Avorsey lifts Ecobank golf trophy

first_imgHigh grade golfer Frank Avorsey played spiritedly to run home with the flagship prize in the Ecobank cup golf competition at the Achimota golf club on Saturday.Playing on a fine handicap of five, he recorded a  43 stableford points ; beating Mark tweneboa by just a stroke (42).Sampson Assorgbah, also a single handicapper (3) beat kojo ansah (41)on coutback.Young Jessica tei picked the ladies ultimate prize after a 39 stableford points. Christine  furler, 38 stableford points,  royal golf  club’s constance awuni, 36, Achimota’s Elizabeth aku Yaba, 33 and Vivian dick 33 points followed in that order.It was Barry dzadey, who picked the men’s longest drive prize, while Jessica won the ladies category.Dzadey again won the closest to the pin in the men’s event with Rainer asiama winning the ladies closest to pin prize.Managing director of Ecobank…  Said ” …we believe that organizing this tournament for the benefit of our clients will enhance their lives,promote networking and ultimately grow their businesses. We are excited about the massive participation we have witnessed at this tournament. “Sports is critical to good health, good health is priceless and it is the catalyst for long life, peace and success in business.”The pan African bank made a mouthwatering 10,000 cedis donation to the club for its upkeep.The 18- Hole event drew about 140 golfers from across the country.Club captain, Dr Frank Adu Jnr thanked the sponsors as well as golfers for making the event a worthwhile.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Wellington Golf Club gets 5 new trees, transplant 5 others in hopes of replacing dying pines and cedars

first_imgNew trees placed on Wellington golf course.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three new Crimson Maples, a sycamore and an oak — all ranging from 20 to 30 feet in height — were planted on the Wellington golf course Thursday as part of an ongoing tree replacement program.Currently, Wellington is losing trees at an abundant rate due to the drought, age and pine disease.Wellington Golf Director Derek Harrison said he hopes to have a program in place in which 30 new trees will be planted on the course every year. Tree replacement is funded through private donations.Thursday, Becker Tree Farm in Wellington, transported the trees from north of town and placed them at various spots on the golf course. Also, five volunteer trees were transplanted and placed at more suitable locations. The three maples now line the northern edge of fairway No. 18 next to Harvey Street leading to the Wellington Golf Clubhouse. These trees are expected to turn a crimson red during the fall providing striking color to the golf course, Harrison said.“It will obviously alter how people play this hole,” Harrison said.Wellington’s golf course, like many older golf courses in Kansas, is in a transitional period in which the older cedars and pines are dying and needing to be replaced. Pine disease has taken its tow on the various pines. All told even with an aggressive tree replacement campaign, the course will still lose 15 to 20 trees a year, Harrison said.“In five years, we will not have anymore pines on this course,” Harrison said.The Cedars, some as old as 100 years, are also seeing their lifespan come to the end. The evergreens will be replaced by deciduous trees.Since Harrison’s arrival as director of the course, 35 new trees have been planted. Harrison said he has only lost one this year and that was from a severe wind storm that broke the tree in half.Harrison said only five new trees will be planted this year as more funds and energy will be going toward the building of a new clubhouse. The plans for that has yet to be finalized but is expected sometime later this spring. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more