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Soccer semifinals have area flavor

first_img“To tell you the truth, I don’t know anything about Bassett,” he said. “I’m focused on our team and how we perform. That’s my priority.” And what of the possibility of playing La Ca ada in an all-area Division V final? “I’m not even thinking about that,” Plummer said. “We’ve got our hands full over here.” If performances against like opponents is any indicator of success, the La Ca ada boys soccer team is in for a tough match in today’s CIF-SS Division V semifinal against host Salesian at 3 p.m. The Spartans (14-8-2) and Mustangs (20-2-1) squared off against Woodland Hills El Camino Real (17-7-4) and Los Angeles Cathedral (16-6-3). “There’s nothing to teach at this point,” Marshall coach Claine Plummer said. “We just went over tactics, what’s worked for us and what hasn’t.” While the Eagles host a dangerous Bassett team (18-3-2) that is riding a 14-game unbeaten streak, Plummer is only concerned about one squad. Practice was relatively light Monday afternoon for the Marshall High boys soccer team. For the Eagles (14-5-3), the Pasadena Star-News preseason No. 1 squad, Monday was a day of fine-tuning in preparation for today’s CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff semifinal at home at 3 p.m. center_img While La Ca ada struggled to an 0-1-1 record against those squads, the Mustangs had a much easier time. Salesian went 2-0, including an impress 3-0 win over Cathedral, which is playing in today’s Division IV semifinals. It would seem natural for La Ca ada to feel some pressure, but coach Jordan Jones has a different view. “Honestly, this is beyond a lot of our expectations,” Jones said. “None of our playoff games have been easy.” The La Salle girls soccer team, faces a large hurdle in Apple Valley Granite Hills, looking to advance to its first CIF-SS championship game since 2002, ranked No. 2 in Division IV, today at 3 p.m. Forget the 160-mile round trip through the desert. The third-seeded Lancers (22-2-2) might find their path to the opposing goal more arduous. In Granite Hills (20-2-4), La Salle not only is trying to topple the defending Division V co-champions, but also hoping to score against one of the state’s best defenses. By defeating visiting Lompoc Cabrillo 4-0 in last Friday’s quarterfinal, the Cougars recorded their school-record 19th shutout in only 26 games. “Like La Salle, our defense is senior-laden,” Granite Hills coach Michael Bradbury said. “Everyone of our starters was at last March 4th’s championship game, so honestly, we are very experienced.” La Salle also would be wise to look after Cougars junior forward Emily Ochoa, who has a couple of two-goal games this postseason. “It’s about consistency on this team, as I imagine consistency is also important to La Salle,” Bradbury said. “When you’ve gone this far do you change anything? No.” 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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The fire behind the Fort St. John International Air Show

first_imgWith 25 years of experience, April Zalesky of AV8FX will be running the show along with a team of special effects experts. “Basically we blow stuff up at air shows,” she laughs. “It’s a lot of fun. We’re always trying to add a little bit of fire to the show.” The audience this weekend can look forward to some “flash and bang” during the CF-18 Hornet demo, as well as a few walls of fire. Zalesky says a lot more work goes into planning the special effects for a show than people think. – Advertisement -“It’s not just putting together the explosives effects and getting the gas out onto the field and setting all that up,” she explains. It’s choreographing with the pilots, it’s getting the permits done ahead of time… and then also the day before and setting up on the day of the show is very labour intensive too. It’s probably five to six hours every day to set up for an evening show.” The cost of gasoline and the explosives mean it’s too expensive for most shows to have a practice run, which means the special effects team has to be well-coordinated every time. The pyrotechnics are done in time with certain shows, and as Zalesky explains, along with the awe factor, they also add a sense of realism, like when the Hornet does a simulated attack mission. Advertisement “They will incorporate that into a few passes of the demo to simulate what the fighting might of the jet,” she says, “So basically it adds a lot of realism to the show. It’s very cool to have the jet flying as part of the show, but to add the pyro to it, it’s sort of the icing on the cake.” There are two chances to catch the Fort St. John International Air Show this weekend: Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information on tickets and parking, visit www.fsjairshow.com.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – No hope for Liverpool in Madrid?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesperson claims Liverpool, who are 11/1 to beat Real Madrid on Tuesday night, are the biggest price they have possibly ever been for a European tie.The boys also look ahead to Arsenal’s clash Anderlecht at the Emirates, along with Ludogorets’ trip to Basel.Coral is the official bookmaker of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.last_img

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Family of Donegal man killed while clearing trees awarded six figure sum

first_imgThe family of a 29-year old Donegal man who died while clearing trees for the construction of a wind farm has settled various legal actions for a substantial six-figure sum.Mr Justice Garett Simons in the High Court today approved the settlements of the actions including those for nervous shock over the death of the father of two in Donegal four years ago. Jonathan Gormley, a chainsaw operator and the father of two young children, died shortly before Christmas 2015 while clearing trees at the site of Meenadreen Wind Farm in the Barnesmore area.An inquest two years ago into the death of Mr Gormley returned a verdict of death by misadventure.By a Donegal Daily reporter at the High Court in DublinWhen he was found the inquest heard Mr Gormley was crouched down and a pine tree was across his left shoulder.Medical evidence at the inquest said the cause of death was traumatic or mechanical asphyxia secondary to compression of the chest due to a fallen tree.Mr Gormely’s partner, Mairead Coughlin, of Cluain Barron, Ballyshannon, along with Mr Gormley’s parents, Bridie and James Gormley, of Boa Island Road, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, had sued Viridian Energy Ltd trading as Energia, Viridian Renewables Development Ltd and Windgeneration Ireland Ltd all with offices at Mill House, Ashtowngate, Navan Road, Dublin, which were the owners of the wind farm and Softwood Ireland Ltd of Ballymorris, Portarlington, Co. Laois, over the accident on December 21, 2015.It was claimed there was an alleged failure to have any or any appropriate employee to co-ordinate chainsaw work and to ensure no chainsaw worker was permitted to work alone.It was further claimed Mr Gormley had been allegedly allowed to attempt to clear a stand of trees manually using a chainsaw in circumstances where he allegedly should have been provided with appropriate mechanical plant and equipment.It was further alleged there was an alleged failure to ensure all chainsaw and tree-felling work was stopped where there were gale force gusts of up to 44 knots and Mr Gormley had been allegedly allowed to work on a day which was entirely unsuitable for the type of work involved and in circumstances where it was allegedly dangerous to perform chainsaw work in a stand of allegedly unstable, windblown and haphazard trees.The claims were denied.Michael Cush SC told the High Court the six-figure sum was a “global settlement figure” over the unfortunate death of Mr Gormley. He said there had been protracted mediation talks as a number of actions had to be settled.Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Garett Simons said it was a reasonable one.The inquest into Mr Gormley’s death heard he had not been seen for about two-and-a-half hours by the colleague who found him.Joe Devaney told the inquest that Mr Gormley was a saw man who cut trees ahead of him and he would then clear them with a harvesting machine.On the day of Mr Gormley’s death, Mr Devaney said he last saw him around 11.30am or 12pm on December 21 when they had a chat and a cigarette together and then Mr Gormely went to work on a hill.It was a windy day and he said he rang Mr Gormley’s mobile phone four times between 2.17pm and 2.36pm, but got no answer and got worried.When he went to look for him he found Mr Gormley with his helmet on and on his knees with a tree down on his shoulder.Mr Devaney said he could not find Mr Gormley’s pulse.He said he was unable to lift the tree off him and was later given the go-ahead to cut the tree. Attempts were made to revive Mr Gormley but he was pronounced dead at the scene.Family of Donegal man killed while clearing trees awarded six figure sum was last modified: August 1st, 2019 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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GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON SENIORS STUNNED IN FOOTBALL FINAL

first_imgDONEGAL BOSTON SENIORSDonegal 1-17 Shannon Blues 4-13The stands and sidelines were bursting with anticipation for the senior football final between Shannon Blues and Donegal and the punters were not disappointed by the classic game of football served up by the two top teams in Boston this year. Donegal looked to have the game in the bag with a five point lead and three minutes left. The Donegal crowd was singing in the stand, but the Blues forced extra time thanks to a Kieran Hurley goal and two Sean O’Connor points. At the break in extra time the northerners again led, this time by three but back to back goals by the never say die Blues catapulted them into a lead. The Blues slowed it down in the last few minutes of extra time, and got two insurance points, to win the 2012 senior football championship in amazing style.A goal separated the sides at the end of the first 30 minutes, though it could have been more. Donegal missed a penalty early in the half after Fergal Clancy was pulled down in the area. Brian White went low for the corner and ball rolled wide of the post. The Blues tried to get their quick handpassing game going and had a degree of success. Sean O’Connor put two well worked points over the bar, James Hynes two, and Caolan Rafferty one that came from running moves that the Blues managed to craft. Donegal had the upper hand though, especially in the middle of the field. Clancy was in great form at wing forward and at times opened up the Blue rearguard. Conor Phelan did well at corner back to recover several balls, and Thomas Sayers made three very good saves when a goal beckoned for the northerners. Dessie Dolan was on form putting three points over, two from frees while Derek Maguire also found the mark on two occasions. Donegal’s goal came from a typical defence splitting move. Kieran Williams found White who was steaming down the middle and the Louthman’s shot gave Sayers no chance. At the break Donegal were a goal to the good. The excitement level rose considerably in the second half. Donegal stretched their lead to five points and were on top of the Blues short kickouts. One score came straight from a short one that was returned over the bar by Kevin Mulhern. The Blues kept up their running game but when it was critical to hold on to the ball, the Blues spilled it at crucial moments. James Hynes netted to bring the Blues within two points and Cathal McHugh pointed to make it a one point game. The Blues then had several chances to take the lead but chance after chance went awry as the forwards lost their touch. Donegal made the Blues pay for their errors. With less then 10 minutes to go Donegal turned a one point lead into five. Donnelly, White, Maguire and Kelly each put fine points over the bar and it looked as the game was Donegal’s. Driven forward by captain Brian Curran, the Blues earned a last chance to win the game with a few minutes left. Peter Boyle made a great save from Caolan Rafferty from point blank range but the ball spilled to Hurley who pulled on it and into the net. Sean O’Connor put two points over the bar, one from a free to level it, and unbelieveably extra time was now necessary to separate the teams.Donegal got off two quick points to get extra time going. The Kickouts favoured Donegal who ran the ball at the Blues back line. Dolan curled over a beauty and Kelly followed with another. Dolan and Cassidy put two more over as the Blues found themselves under pressure in the early going. O’Connor pointed once for the Blues before the break in play. Could the Blues keep the running game up enough to pull off a win? The answer was a yes. Two goals, both characteristic of the Blues handpasssing game carved open the Donegal defence. Cathal Cregg fired home to draw the teams level and shortly afterwards Rafferty buried a spectacular shot to the far side after begin fed by O’Connor. The goal stunned Donegal who were now all at sea and the northerners failed to score in the second period of extra time. Cregg now went into holding mode and used up time before pointing and then Brian Curran put another over the seal the victory. Delight for the Blues who had a tough season last year when nothing went right.Referee: Syl DoyleMan of the Match: Brian Curran (Shannon Blues) The Blues captain kept the side going when the chips were down. Donegal: P. Boyle, D. Reynolds, M. Canny, K. Mulhern, G. Reynolds, K. Cassidy, B. Donnelly, B. White, F. Clancy, D. Dolan, E. Kelly, K. Williams, D. Maguire. Blues: T. Sayers, C. Phelan, R. O’Callaghan, B. Curran, M. McGowan, S. Moriarty, D. Clark, D. Dineen, C. Cregg, J. Hynes, S. O’Connor, C. Rafferty, K. Hurley.GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON SENIORS STUNNED IN FOOTBALL FINAL was last modified: August 30th, 2012 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:DONEGAL BOSTON SENIORSlast_img read more

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URA FC eye third spot when they visit Lugogo

first_img Tags: abdallah mubirupolice fcsam simbwaStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC URA will move back into third with victory over Police. (URA FC Photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 01-05-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – URA FC will be hoping to retain third spot on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table when they travel away to Police FC on Wednesday.After Toor United’s 2-1 win away to SC Villa on Tuesday, the Tax Collectors fell into fourth, a point behind Wasswa Bbosa’s charges.With only two games to play in the season, the Tax Collectors’ head coach Sam Simbwa knows how important finishing third may be especially in preparations for the net campaign.“We know we cannot win the title but we can finish second or third.“Our target is to win both of our remaining two games and we see where we finish at the end.“A high finish on the table is good motivation for the players as they always target to finish better off the following season.When asked about Tuesday’s opposition, Simbwa had this to say.“Police are a very good side, one that you always want to watch play the game.“They have one of the best coaches in the league and I am looking forward to take them on on Wednesday.“Despite everything about them, our target is to take all three points off them.URA FC will come up against one of the stand out performers in the League this season.Despite sitting in 10th on the log, the Cops have scored the second most total of goals (41). Only KCCA FC (52), have scored more goals this season than Police.The goals go in at the front end but the team’s downfall has been the inability to shut out opponents.Going into Tuesday’s game, Abdallah Mubiru’s side have conceded a League third most 44 goals with only the bottom two of Paidha Black Angels (48) and Nyamityobora (49), letting in more.If they can shut out URA FC at the back end, a victory over the Tax Collectors is very much with the reach of Police.Team NewsPolice will welcome back the Hassan Kalega and Ashraf Mugume who were ineligible to play against parent side, Vipers in the last game. Wingers Johnson Odong and Ruben Kimera are doubtful for the tie as well as left back Arafat Galiwango.URA duo of Ronald Kigongo and Allan Mugalu are both fitness doubts for the game due to injuries.Match FactsThis will be the 18th top-flight meeting between the two sides since January 2011.In the 17 meetings during that period URA have won 9 of those games, losing only twice and drawing the other 6.Police has only defeated URA once in their last 7 home games against the Tax Collectors (D3 L3).The reverse fixtures last season resulted into a 2-1 win for the Cops while their first meeting this campaign ended 0-0 at Namboole.Going into Wednesday’s game, Police have lost only one of their last 5 games (W2 D2).At home, the Cops have lost only two of their last 12 League games (W7 D3).For URA, they go into the game having lost only one of their last 9 league games (W5 D3).Away from home, the Tax Collators are still the only unbeaten side in the division, Winning 5 and drawing the other 8 of their 13 fixtures so far.The other games on Wednesday-Nyamityobora FC vs KCCA FC-Paidha Black Angels FC vs Vipers SC-Express FC vs Bright Stars FC-Ndejje University FC vs Onduparaka FCComments last_img read more

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Donegal schools put coding in action with innovative initiative

first_imgFour secondary schools in the county are getting a step ahead with their coding skills under a collaborative Computer Science initiative.Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Coláiste na Carraige, An Charraig; Crana College, Buncrana; and Errigal College, Letterkenny have been selected to take part in a coding programme with Intel as they introduce the subject as part of their Junior Cycle programme.The area of Computer Science is set to make huge strides in schools following Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s recent announcement of the introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject in September 2018.  However, many students are already engaging in innovative learning of this type by undertaking ‘Junior Cycle Coding in Action’, a collaborative initiative between Intel Ireland; Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), a Department of Education and Skills support service.Crana College pupils Saoirse Fullerton & Stella KeanyThe two-year initiative is designed to support schools and teachers in their introduction of the short course in Coding within their junior cycle programme.As part of the two-year programme, Intel will donate 500 Genuino 101 development boards across participating schools. The boards, geared to learning environments, are powered by the Curie microchip developed by an Intel Ireland design team. This donation is supported by both online and elective training events for participating teachers, including an intensive workshop for teachers held on Sat 27th January in the Intel Ireland Campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. “This is the biggest involvement by post-primary schools since we began the programme of support for schools interested in including the Coding short course at Junior Cycle. 175 schools applied which reflects the growing appetite and enthusiasm in developing teacher and student skills in the vitally important area of coding,” commented Clare McInerney, education and outreach manager of SFI-backed Lero.Maeve Byrne, Public Affairs, Intel added, “Computer science is present in every aspect of modern society and is creating millions of fulfilling and well rewarded jobs in Ireland and across the globe. Fundamental understanding of how computer hardware and software operate and relate to everyday life is central to a 21st century educational system. Intel is delighted to be participating in this programme and making available technology developed right here in Ireland.”Dr. Padraig Kirk, director, JCT commented, “This is part of our continuing professional development (CPD) programme for post-primary school teachers and reflects JCT’s commitment to supporting schools who wish to develop in this area.”Donegal schools put coding in action with innovative initiative was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:codingCRANA COLLEGEeducationLeaving certschoolslast_img read more

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Heat 126, Warriors 125: Dwyane Wade makes game winner in final game vs. Warriors

first_imgMIAMI — As he looked up at the video board, Stephen Curry shook his head and smiled.Dwyane Wade drilled a banked 3-pointer to hand the Warriors a 126-125 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The Warriors (43-18) became humbled that their top-heavy talent could not overcome a 24-point deficit and plenty of apathy.And yet, Curry could still process the historical implication with Wade making this game winner in his final game against the Warriors. “I’d much rather see him jumping on …last_img read more

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Qantas boss confident on renewed push for American alliance

first_imgImage: Qantas QANTAS boss Alan Joyce says he is confident a renewed push to get the Australian carrier’s alliance with American Airlines approved by US authorities will be successful.The US Department of Transportation surprised the carriers when it last year rejected an application to grant anti-trust immunity to an expanded business alliance similar to the one Qantas operates with Gulf juggernaut Emirates.This would have allowed them to operate “metal neutral’’ joint flights alongside each other and to coordinate functions such as scheduling, network planning, sales, customer services and capacity decisions.The carriers argued the alliance would allow them to better compete and expand services across the Pacific and competition regulators in Australia and New Zealand had given the deal a green light.However, the DoT found it would harm competition due to the 60 per cent market share the partners would command.  Approval from all three regulators was needed to allow the airlines to commercially co-operate in all markets and the airlines initially said they were reviewing their trans-Pacific options.There has since been the change in administration in the US with the election of President Donald Trump and in the US and the appointment of new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “We said that we will be refiling and we’ve been going through that process,’’ Joyce said at the airline’s interim results presentation on Thursday. “Obviously, there’s been a change in administration in the US and we want to make sure the filing is done at the right time and we make sure we have the case prepared.Joyce said the airlines in their initial application had not done a good enough job in ensuring that customer benefits associated with the alliance were explained.“We will be making a lot better case for that and we’re confident, and our partner American Airlines is confident, that the case is very solid,’’ he said. “These processes can take some time so we will be pursuing it as fast as we can but we are confident we’ll have a positive outcome.’’Meanwhile, Qantas has also taken advantage of a new air services treaty between Australia and Israel to launch a codeshare partnership with EL AL.The treaty  — the first of its kind between the two nations — was signed on Thursday by Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester and Israel’s Ambassador to Australia, Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, as part of a visit Downunder by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The move by the carriers is a step up from their current interline relationship and will allow customers of both airlines to be ticketed on select flights operated by the other as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer points.It will focus on linking Qantas flights between Asia and Australia to El Al flights between Asia and Tel Aviv.Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said Tel Aviv was a popular destination for Australians with friends and families in Israel.“The timing’s especially good when you think about the growing number of Australian companies doing business with Israel’s world-class technology and start-up sectors,’’ he said.Chester said 12,600 Israeli residents visited Australia in 2016 , while 22,000 Australians visited Israel.last_img read more

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Fighting gender violence ‘everyone’s duty’

first_img26 November 2013It is the duty of all South Africans to play their part in the fight against the abuse of women and children, Brand South Africa said as this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign got under way on Monday.“It is a basic human right to have a sense of safety and security,” Brand South Africa marketing and communications director Wendy Tlou said in a statement. “It is our duty as citizens of our country, young or old, men or women to play our part to build a non-violent and secure nation and make this a 365 day campaign in our country.“We call on you to speak out and encourage victims to seek help,” Tlou said. “We urge all men to support women and children, and play their part through active opposition of abuse.“As South Africa prepares to mark 20 years of democracy, there are many achievements and milestones that we can celebrate as a nation. We must begin to count as a success the way in which we treat women and children.”Abuse ‘threatens our hard-won freedom’Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana echoed these sentiments during the launch of the 16 Days campaign in Mafikeng, North West province on Sunday.Xingwana said abuse threatened to erode many of the hard-earned gains of South Africa’s liberation struggle by condemning women and children to a life of fear and preventing them from being productive members of society.“We believe that the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence require the collective efforts of all South Africans,” Xingwana said. “We remain convinced that empowering women will help us win the war against poverty, inequality, unemployment and abuse.”The 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is a worldwide campaign that raises awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and encourages people to act against abuse.The campaign runs worldwide from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), with the government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media all participating in the awareness drive.Measures to combat gender violenceSouth Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.In the last year, the government has established a National Council against Gender Based Violence as well as an inter-ministerial committee to look into the root causes of violence against women and children in the country.The reinstatement of sexual offences courts across the country over the next three years will also boost South Africa’s efforts to combat gender-based violence. The courts will feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims.And earlier this month, Xingwana said the government would be working to implement the National Action Plan for Children. The plan, approved by the Cabinet in May, is a comprehensive guide for all government departments and agencies for realising children’s rights.It takes into account the Constitution‚ international and regional treaties‚ South African legislation‚ the UN Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan.“It is crucial that we invest more time and effort and exercise more vigilance to ensure that all our children are safe and protected,” Xingwana said. “Twenty years into our democracy, our democratic government has done a lot for our children, but we acknowledge that a lot more still needs to be done.“We must continue to build a South Africa where our children feel safe and secure, and that responsibility falls on us as government and also on families, parents and communities. Our children need support from all of us.”SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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