LONDON (AP):The England striker Jamie Vardy signed a new deal with Leicester which will keep him at the club until 2022. The 31-year-old Vardy’s previous contract had been set to expire in 2020.”Everybody knows how I feel about playing for this football club and it’s a great feeling to know that I can look forward to another four years,” Vardy said.Since joining Leicester from then semi-professional Fleetwood Town in 2012, Vardy has scored 88 goals in 233 appearances.Vardy scored 24 goals as Leicester secured a shock Premier League title during the 2015-16 season and has established himself as a member of the England squad.
set for September 15All roads will lead to the Bell West Community Centre ground for the second annual “Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off,” billed for Saturday, September 15. The event will feature several attractions, including a sound clash among the top music systems on the Westside – Big Life Sound and Power Sonic.Also, vehicles registered to participate in the vehicle sound off competition will compete in four categories. These are Mini Extreme Car, Extreme Car, Mini Extreme Bus and Canal Number Two Sound Off. The event is expected to be off the hook, with several side attractions including mouth watering Bar-b-que and games.Admission to the event is $200 with Bar-b-que being sold for $500. Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound off is promoted by Hype Entertainment.Those who wish to register for the vehicle sound off can contact Selector Juggie on telephone number 643-6628.
Being a social worker is an often challenging yet rewarding career. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives and seek to improve the quality of life for individuals and to effect system-wide change through the pursuit of social justice.Just like other helping professions such as nursing and teaching, social work seeks to help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges.Trying every day to make a difference in people’s lives is 27-year-old David Schultz, a Probation and Social Services Officer who works with the Social Protection Ministry’s Probation Department in Region Two.David’s first choice of career was not social work but business. Before he applied to further his studies at the University of Guyana, he had an encounter with former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clinton Conway that changed his life and as a result, David chose social work as his career path.“I always felt like social work chose me and not the other way around. I really didn’t face any challenges getting into the field of social work as I had all three of my study choices accepted by the University of Guyana and I choose social work above all,” he noted.Born in the ancient county of Berbice in the small but vibrant village of Edderton on the West Coast, David is the last of six children for his hardworking parents. His parents had the challenge of providing for six children, ensuring that they had what was necessary growing up even though at times they did not always get what they wanted.“As a child, I attended the Cotton Tree Primary School and after writing the Common Entrance Exams, I gained a place at the Bush Lot Secondary School. During these times, I struggled miserably; nevertheless, my father always encouraged me to do my best in everything. After writing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Exams I gained five subjects including Mathematics and English.”David claims that social work changed his life, and he loves and enjoys being a social worker.“To make a difference in someone’s life can make you feel amazing, because you know you made an impact, a change in a person’s life and they are way better off now than they were before thus making the world a better place.“Social work changed my life. It is a life-changing field that gives caregivers the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives especially those going through a crisis. I love and enjoy being a social worker; at the end of the day personally, it feels good knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life, and as a result of what I did, someone is better off,” David stated.Social workers usually deal with neglect, abuse, domestic violence, mental health, behavioural and emotional issues and these are factors which contribute to social problems in Guyana and every other place in the world.David Shultz is one of those many persons who make a change every day in this world to make it a safe environment. Helping individuals who are vulnerable to social problems is what social workers do but yet many people do not understand or have knowledge of the contribution social workers make daily to society and this results in them being often undervalued.The most interesting experience David has had in the field of social work was when he was able to help and empower a woman who had been experiencing domestic violence for years and as a result, his intervention made a difference and she is doing much better now.“Working as a social worker can be very demanding at times, as it requires caregivers to put that client’s needs above their at times; as a result of this, many stressors may arise from work.Personally, I usually spend as much time as possible to irrigate my life every day, to avoid the heaviness that may arise from work that can overwhelm me. I love walking and enjoying nature, and being socially active helps as all help me in dealing stressors as well.”For David, at the end of the day, all he wants is for people to be happy and united despite their differences.“My advice for anyone entering the profession as a social worker is to do it, because you love it and is passionate about creating change in society. It’s not always about the money, but the feeling you get knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.”
On Tuesday, a video of a New Amsterdam Technical Institute student violently assaulting colleagues went viral.On social media, persons expressed disgust as the teen is seen removing his belt and inflicting blows on his colleagues. But more worrying is that the mother of the teenager in the video has since taken to social media, justifying her son’s behaviour claiming that the students he violently assaulted had teased him about his lunch.Violence in schools locally has always faced the harsh realities that in some cases when teachers act to curtail students from such behaviour, they too are retaliated against by parents and in some cases, face the physical wrath of these parents.In this particular case, whatever the grouse in the end, the students were violently attacked.The newspaper has previously pointed out that the increase in violence among our youth is cause for great concern. On numerous occasions, local news agencies’ headlines are replete with accounts of the incidents and the statistics speak to troubling trends in relation to youth involvement in crime.As previously stated also, this is a broader societal problem, but given the fact that our schools are a microcosm of the society, we now have another major issue that the education system needs to address head on. This is a challenge that the education system alone is ill-equipped to fully address and one that truly requires a multi-sectoral, broad-based approach at finding solutions.Schools have been hard-pressed to find workable solutions to the various manifestations of violence, which, for some time, have emerged as major detractions from the traditional business of schooling.There have been numerous accounts of the level of deviant behaviour occurring in schools. Teachers have long voiced their concerns in relation to their sense of powerlessness in the face of the increasing number and severity of the incidents which are occurring. More troubling are the accounts of these issues occurring at increasingly younger ages.Teachers have noted that our children at astonishingly low levels in the system are demonstrating unprecedented levels of anger and aggression. In consultations aimed at finding possible solutions, many teachers have attributed the new rules limiting the use of corporal punishment in schools as a major contributory factor.Others have cited the absence of the male presence in schools as another significant element. There has been widespread recognition that our schools lack the requisite human and material resources to adequately take on this new challenge.The guidance counsellors, school welfare officers and social workers who serve the system are in short supply. As a result, the bulk of the responsibility for dealing with this new challenge falls back on the teachers themselves—a source of great resentment on the part of teachers.Teachers have maintained that the nucleus of the issue is not within the school system and have openly declared that they should not therefore be saddled with the responsibility of addressing same. In addition, they highlight the fact that they lack the training and specialised skills required to adequately deal with the emerging challenges.Given their central, strategic position in the lives of our children, schools have a crucial role to play in any approaches devised. This would require broad-based consultation with relevant stakeholders, an openness to innovative ideas and initiative, and the willingness and commitment on the part of policymakers to see the entire process through.There is no quick-fix in relation to this issue, and both short and long-term sustainable interventions will be needed, integrating a number of different social, governmental and Private Sector agencies.Projecting forward, plans will have to be devised to seamlessly integrate programmes into the structures of the education system. Mechanisms must be put in place to monitor and evaluate the various interventions, identify best practices, and share information.This issue requires a comprehensive, collective effort that will facilitate the development of balanced, well-adjusted youths with positive outlooks on life. Ultimately, the quality of life we experience going forward will depend significantly on the steps we take to address the challenges facing our children today.
Suspected serial thief Anthony Brown, 24, of Lot 138 Waterloo Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, was remanded to prison after reportedly stealing a motorcycle.Brown appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week, and the charge was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse. It is alleged that on October 14, 2015, at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, he stole the motorcycle, valued $420,000, property of Linden Agard.Brown, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, explained that it was the first time he has been charged for such a crime. This assertion was, however, rejected by the prosecution. The Court was informed that based on information, the defendant, a father of one, was arrested for a similar offence. He is also wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for related matters.On this basis, bail was denied and Brown will remain incarcerated until his trial, which is scheduled to commence on July 29.
What responsibilities? Re “Other woman in the mayor’s life revealed” (July 3): Regarding our mayor’s extra-marital relationship, a married man I know marvels, “Between taking care of family and taking care of work responsibilities, where do these guys find the time to carry on an affair?” – Pauli Carnes Woodland Hills Re “Other woman in the mayor’s life revealed” (July 3): Call me old-fashioned, but when you’re still married and seeing someone else, it’s not “dating” – it’s called “cheating.” – Dolores Long Van Nuys Beyond repair Re “Other woman in the mayor’s life revealed” (July 3): It would be honorable, if any honor can be salvaged, if Villaraigosa resigned immediately. He is just another punk in the likes of Presidents Clinton and JFK who think values, morals and ethics need not apply to them. We voters are not going to give him any credence in what he says about anything in the future and he has hurt his daughters beyond repair. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Death is not too harsh Re “Bush allows Libby to scoot” (July 3): During Bush’s five years as governor of Texas, there were 152 executions. Not once did Bush grant clemency to a Death Row inmate. Yet now he finds any jail sentence for “Scooter” Libby to be too harsh. Am I the only one appalled by this hypocrisy? – Bob Meltzer Burbank The final straw Re “Bush allows Libby to scoot” (July 3): You can call this the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Bush administration decided to commute “Scooter” Libby’s sentence in order to buy his silence. What audacity! The only thing that the Bush administration deserves is its day in court. As an Independent, my loyalty is to our nation. – Bob Greene West Hollywood Wrong person Re “Bush allows Libby to scoot” (July 3): Well, where was he when Paris Hilton was sentenced to jail? – Ed Schlossman Thousand Oaks Compare crimes Re “Bush allows Libby to scoot” (July 3): Paris Hilton serves more jail time that “Scooter” Libby. What a country. – Alan Matis Sherman Oaks Halfway home Re “Mayor’s review in” (July 1): I am terribly pleased to see that our mayor has served half of his term. Some of his most challenging feats were to be seen and photographed at least 10 times a day by TV, magazines, or news services. His frequent trips are spent courting politicians from coast to coast, never missing an opportunity to leave our wonderful city. I must assume that travel payment comes from the city’s coffers. At this point our mayor is supporting the group that had a problem following the directions of the police in MacArthur Park. And to make things worse, we still have the potholes, we haven’t received the million trees, and our mayor has yet to accomplish what we need in this city. Maybe the sweet smell of Sacramento is luring him back. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills New era indeed In “New era dawning in L.A. politics,” the major says, “We want to see more Latinos elected … but they have to be people who represent everybody.” There is another quote that comes to mind: “Do as I say not as I do.” The only person our mayor represents is himself and what he can do to become our next governor. He needs to stay home once in a while and stop spending the taxpayer’s money jaunting all over the country and pay more attention to all of the people of Los Angeles, not just the Latinos. – Pat Dasse Chatsworth Junkets and migrants Re “AWOL” (Your Opinions, June 29): I agree with Dan Francis. Why wasn’t L.A.’s mayor here taking care of local matters instead of junketing off to D.C. supporting a flawed immigration bill? Why, just last week my foursome was approaching a hole on the back nine at the city Woodley Lakes Golf Course when 32 (we counted them) Canada geese come lazily marching in tight formation across the putting green as if legally entitled to be there. But they’re not! These lazy migrants have found L.A. an easy spot to land and stay. Why? Because as Dan Francis points out our mayor has become somewhat of a politically ambitious migrant himself and no one else seems to care. – Bob Ginn Arcadia Bush’s foreign policy The Bush administration’s foreign policy summed up: America is attacked Sept. 11, 2001, by mostly Saudi Arabian terrorists, Bush immediately blames Saddam Hussein, invades Iraq, then fingers the main enemy as al-Qaida, and all while American troops are assailed by mainly Sunni and Shia militias. Confused? Don’t worry, Bush is, too. – Bradley J. Kayl North Hollywood Proper perspective I hear daily about Barry Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record. At some point the question of Bond’s entry into the Hall of Fame will arise because of his alleged breaking of Aaron’s mark. To put the new record in proper perspective I have a suggestion I would like to make to Commissioner Selig. Simply add a new wing to the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. A “Steroid Wing.” This would be the proper venue for the accomplishments of Bonds, McGuire, and the rest of the enhanced performers. – Ed Mehlenbacher Van Nuys Supervisors failed Re “Supervisors to blame for MLK mess” (Viewpoint, July 1): Earl Ofari Hutchinson is right. The supervisors were elected (hired) to manage the business of this county. In the case of Martin Luther King-Harbor Hospital, they failed so badly that in a business sense they should all be fired. To make matters worse, bureaucrats in Washington and Sacramento are talking about taking action that would close MLK. What idiots. Medical care is already in crises. To close MLK would make the situation worse. What those bureaucrats need to do is hold the supervisors’ feet to the fire (so to speak) and make them do the job they were hired to do – manage. – Raymond Balikov Woodland Hills Doing it right Recently, I went to the emergency room at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. I was suffering from shortness of breath and bad coughing. As a former heavy smoker who had a heart attack 10 years ago, I was very worried and concerned about my condition. The staff of the Olive View emergency room made my situation much easier to handle. Through every step of the way, including registration, triage, diagnosis and treatment, I was greeted by a medical staff that was concerned, respectful, attentive and empathetic. It turned out that I had a bronchial infection and I am feeling much better now. I am writing this because I think the staff at Martin Luther King-Harbor Hospital should take a trip to Olive View to see how things are done correctly. – R.J. 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1 Lazio have blocked approaches from Premier League duo Aston Villa and Bournemouth for Ravel Morrison, talkSPORT understands.The controversial former West Ham and Manchester United playmaker has made just six appearances for the Italian side and, according to Il Messaegero, Lazio were looking to ship him out before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.The English clubs were thought to have been in a bidding war over a deadline day deal for the 22-year-old, with the duo keen to add some attacking flair to their squads as they fight to avoid relegation.But talkSPORT sources have now confirmed the club have slammed the exit door shut, with the youngster set to remain in Italy for the rest of the season.Morrison moved to Serie A last summer after falling out of favour with former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce but he has continued to struggle to live up to his potential.Lazio were at one point open to his exit, with Villa and Bournemouth both keen to help reignite Morrison’s career, but the club have performed a U-turn.Lazio are currently eight in the Serie A standings and believes Morrison could play a part as they look to climb up the table. Ravel Morrison
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – An Arleta man and his 17-year-old son were charged with murder and attempted murder today in the killing of a neighbor after a dispute, prosecutors said. Alvaro Williamson, 41, and his son, Jacques, are each charged with one count of murder, attempted murder and assault with a firearm in the shooting death of Felimon Ramos. The shooting occurred at 10:20 p.m. Sunday in Ramos’ driveway in the 10100 block of Woodale Avenue in Arleta. Police said Williamson told his son, Jacques, to bring him a loaded gun, then shot Ramos. Ramos’s 19-year-old son, Filiberto, also was hit, but lived. Jacques is being charged as an adult. Williamson turned himself in at 6 a.m. Monday at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Station. His son surrendered later that morning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Before entering the police station, Williamson told a television news reporter that he was surrendering. He did not admit to killing Ramos and said his son was innocent. If convicted, Williamson could face up to 50 years in prison, and his son could face life in prison.