Brazil football legend Ronaldinho to visit Pakistan

first_imgNews of Ronaldinho’s visit has generated excitement among fans, and comes as the South Asian nation seeks to revive international sports fixtures that were disrupted by a militant attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009.Those efforts were given a boost when the country successfully staged the final of its Pakistan Super League cricket tournament in Lahore earlier this month, a rare match featuring prominent international sports stars.Ronaldinho is being brought to the country by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to Pakistan.Shahrukh Sohail, a Pakistan representative for the company confirmed the visit Tuesday, adding the company would be launching tournaments next month in Pakistan’s major cities Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.He declined to say whether the Brazilian would arrive in time to make an appearance.Cricket-obsessed Pakistan has a strong base of football fans and players, particularly in southwestern Balochistan and the southern city of Karachi.But its national team has struggled in recent decades and has fallen to a lowly 198th place in the FIFA rankings.Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials were involved in court wranglings against each other for the last two years, forcing the men’s and women’s teams out of international competitions.The Lahore High Court last month decided in favour of recognising Faisal Saleh Hayat as the federation’s chief, a post he has held on-and-off since 2003 without being able to turn around the team’s fortunes.Earlier this month, Spanish giants Barcelona announced their former star would return to act as an ambassador for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldinho is being brought to Pakistan by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to the country © AFP/File / Josep LAGOKARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 14 – Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho is set to visit Pakistan as part of a goodwill mission to promote the game in the cricket-mad country.The recently retired 36-year-old, who won the World Player of the Year twice and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, issued a short video message on Twitter saying simply “Pakistan, I am coming” as he unfurled a Pakistani flag.last_img read more

Training and Counselling for Staff of Childcare Facilities

first_img Starting next year, staff at residential childcare facilities will receive training and counselling services that will better enable them to address the needs of wards in their care.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in making the disclosure on Wednesday (September 20), informed that the Child Development Agency (CDA) is developing the modules for the training and counselling, which will be undertaken in private and State-run residential care facilities.He said that the services are crucial for the caregivers and will place them in a better position to take care of the wards.“We always speak about the welfare of our children, but we often don’t speak about the welfare of the staff in the homes and we have to start dealing with that… . We speak about the mental well-being of our children, (but) we don’t often speak about when a staff member needs some counselling,” Mr. Green argued.He noted that the CDA has a responsibility to provide consistent training for workers employed to the facilities.“Not only do we have to ensure that the people are well vetted but that they get continuous training,” he added.The State Minister was speaking at a licensing sensitisation workshop for residential childcare facilities held on the grounds of the Alpha Institute in Kingston.The event sought to provide guidance on the requirements to be met.Every three years, private and State-run residential childcare facilities are required to undergo a relicensing process as part of measures to improve the standards of the child protection sector.“We have to realise that we have a fundamental role to play in ensuring that those of you who are dedicated to serving our children will have an easier pathway in ensuring that you get your licences and have the necessary information [so] that you can effectively serve our children,” Mr. Green said.The session included presentations from representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); Fire Prevention Division, Jamaica Fire Brigade; Dezign Diva; J. Tyson Limited; the National Education Inspectorate, among others.The CDA has direct responsibility for nine childcare facilities and provides oversight for more than 50 private ones, as well as expanding family-based care through its Living in Family Environments programme.The CDA aims to provide services to children in need of care and protection, specifically those children who are abused, abandoned, neglected or experiencing behavioural challenges. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in making the disclosure on Wednesday (September 20), informed that the Child Development Agency (CDA) is developing the modules for the training and counselling, which will be undertaken in private and State-run residential care facilities. He noted that the CDA has a responsibility to provide consistent training for workers employed to the facilities. Story Highlights Starting next year, staff at residential childcare facilities will receive training and counselling services that will better enable them to address the needs of wards in their care. last_img read more