Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages

first_img 40 Views   one comment Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages by: – April 7, 2012 Share Hon. Gloria ShillingfordMinster for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs Gloria Shillingford has charged the newly sworn in Mahaut, Tarreau, Jimmit Village Council with the responsibility of developing the communities which they are to govern.Shillingford who addressed the eight members swearing in ceremony at the ninth inaugural meeting of the Council on Wednesday said councils must see themselves as “partners of government” at a local level.“Local governance is about communities taking responsibility for their own development. It’s about people taking ownership of what is theirs. Councils are therefore expected to demonstrate sound leadership and to work in collaboration with all residents of the communities which they serve as well with all stake holder bodies who can assist them in achieving their developmental goals”.Shillingford said government is committed to creating opportunities through which communities can empower themselves.“Councils must therefore continue to work with government for the development of their communities and the nation by extension”. The minister therefore charged the council to “continue to be resourceful and proactive, encourage good practices such as volunteerism, community participation, harmony, communication and respect between the youth and elderly. I also charge you to initiate income generating activities which can make your communities more self-reliant.”She further urged the council to work with members of the three communities which they serve and involve them in decision making as “they are the people who will be directly affected by the decisions which you take”.Shillingford also reminded the councilors that “by voting you into office residents are saying to you that they trust you to manage the affairs of the council with integrity and transparency”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Syracuse’s defense helps it to 3rd in the nation

first_img Published on March 27, 2019 at 12:12 am Contact Kaci: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Last season, when Kerry Defliese prepared for her sophomore season, Regy Thorpe presented her with a change. Defliese had redshirted her freshman campaign due to a concussion. So while practicing defensive drills, the associate head coach approached her.“Do you want to play defense?” Defliese remembered he said.Defliese had a history with the position at Garden City (N.Y.) High School. And at SU, her oldest sister, Caitlin, helped Thorpe coach the defenders. Defliese, then a midfielder, welcomed the challenge. “Sure, I’ll do whatever you need me to do,” Defliese answered.During her first season as a defender, Defliese, along with Alexa Radziewicz and Ella Simkins who also moved from midfield, anchored No. 3 Syracuse’s (10-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) defense, SU head coach Gary Gait said. The three started all 19 games for SU, and Simkins was first on the team in caused turnovers (18) while Defliese and Radziewicz were tied for second with 15 apiece.But, the defense was Syracuse’s weakest link — ranked 91st in the country for scoring defense — in its first losing season in program history. Now, the defense is causing turnovers and keeping opposing teams from going on scoring runs. They’re the part of the team Gait attributes SU’s wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Kerry and Ella both embraced their roles on defense,” Radziewicz said. “They made the transition very well.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAgainst then-No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday, Defliese and Syracuse’s backline led the second-half comeback — Syracuse had let up eight goals and 13 shots on goal in the previous frame. At halftime, the defense talked about guarding Maddie Howe, the Notre Dame attack who had six first-half points. SU zoned in and limited Howe to just one in the second frame as the rest of the unit blanketed UND’s attack.Three of Syracuse’s four starting defenders are juniors. And while Defliese and Simkins lacked experience, the unit developed together, Radziewicz said. They’ve built trust and stronger communication skills to know where each other are on the field at all times.They’ve made some technical changes as well. The backline prioritized one-on-one situations and gauged when to charge a ball handler. The added pressure brought Syracuse from 96th in caused turnovers last year to 33rd.Each of the upperclassmen brings something to the defense as well, Radziewicz said. Simkins gets backchecks and causes a lot of turnovers. She is tied for first in the team as a result. Defliese brings aggression to the field and is able to get good “bumps,” first contact with a ball handler. As for Radziewicz, she prides herself on the ability to handle any attack’s dodge.TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerAgainst Notre Dame, Defliese’s aggression slowed the game late in the second half. The Fighting Irish cleared the ball and rushed the net, but Defliese switched to guard the immediate threat. Her gamble caused the player to run behind the net and toe the endline.After most games this season, Gait’s credited his defense. After the eventual 10-9 win on March 24, he didn’t waver.“(The defense) were the stars of the game today,” Gait said on Feb. 12 after beating Binghamton, 15-5.“The defense had a great second half,” he said after it held Notre Dame to one goal in the second half of SU’s 10-9 victory.“Again, my hat goes off to the defense who just played amazing,” he said once the Orange beat Virginia, 16-11.A veteran group has bounced back after a 2018 campaign proved the defense as Syracuse’s weakest link. Now, the defense has in part lifted the Orange past five ranked teams and to their highest ranking since 2016. Commentslast_img read more