LocalNews Regional forum to address early childhood care and development by: – June 27, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 90 Views one comment Tweet Share CIP Interns Kadian Harris and Malika ThompsonThe critical issue of early childhood care and development, especially the formative period of zero to three years, will be explored from all angles at a four-day regional forum set for June 27th to 30th, in St Vincent and the Grenadines.The forum, organized by the Caribbean Community Secretariat in partnership with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), will explore practical strategies from all levels for supporting the development of children.Two interns from the University of West Indies, Kadian Harris and Malika Thompson are currently on island to raise awareness of the foundation for the development of Caribbean children, which will be launched on the first day fo the forum.SAT TV News met with the team last week.‘We are here with the Caribbean Internship Project, I will be the community and advocacy intern. I am based in Castle Bruce where I am supposed to develop the YOUCAN; Youth and Community Advocacy Network, which is a network of advocates to look at the support around Early Childhood Development,’ says Harris.Malika Thompson, who is the communications intern says although this special forum is being held in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica has a lot to benefit from the programme.‘Even though it is being launched in St Vincent and the Grenadines, there is so much activity here in Dominica with this programme. We are going to be working with the government to support the development of children to support Early Childhood Development so that they can grow into adulthood and contribute to the development of Dominica,’ says Thompson.The FDCC is the regions first indigenous, private foundation dedicated to early childhood development with a vision for Caribbean children from all social and economic backgrounds to have equal opportunities to reach their maximum potential.Ms Thompson says one of the main challenges facing the project is the issue of financing.Project Coordinator of the RCP programme here, Mrs Nisbertha Buffong will represent Dominica at the four-day regional forum.Dominica Vibes News
Following last weekend’s road series at Minnesota, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will look to get their first conference win this weekend when it returns home to face No. 15 Michigan Friday and Saturday night.As road underdogs last weekend, the Badgers battled Minnesota to a 2-2 tie in their first game before dropping the second game of the series to the Gophers 5-2.This weekend, Wisconsin (2-13-3) will have a tough task ahead of itself once again going up against Michigan (13-7-0), who is ranked 15th in the nation and sits atop the Big Ten standings.Wisconsin’s series with Michigan will be its fourth straight series against a top 20 ranked team, but Badgers head coach Mike Eaves said Monday he believes it is a positive thing for his team.“When you play against ranked teams, regardless of what the results are on paper, you become better. You’re drawing up to play at a higher level,” Eaves said. “For our kids, that’s a good thing.”Eaves added he wants his team put together strong performances in back-to-back games, as opposed to last weekend when the Badgers played well in their first game against Minnesota and poorly in the second one.“We’re not where we need to be because if you want to be a big time team, you’ve got to be able to play back to back nights,” Eaves said. “We haven’t been able to do that yet.”Unfortunately for Wisconsin, they will have to play the series without junior defenseman Eddie Wittchow, who was suspended two games by the Big Ten after receiving a disqualification penalty in the Badgers’ finale against Minnesota.According to Eaves, Wittchow’s absence is a major blow to their defensive depth, and will provide an opportunity for younger, more inexperienced players to take on larger roles.With Wittchow out, the Badgers will be counting even more on senior goaltender Joel Rumpel, who is coming off a 45 save performance last Saturday, to keep pucks out of the net. Rumpel has carried the Badgers as of late, with a save percentage of 92.0 over his last nine games.If Wisconsin wants to upset Michigan this weekend, it will also need to continue having success on the penalty kill. The Badgers killed all five of their penalties last weekend against Minnesota after struggling the previous two series against Michigan Tech and Boston University, yielding six power-play goals in four games.The Badgers will also hope Grant Besse can carry over his hot offensive stretch from the Minnesota series. Besse, Wisconsin’s leading goal-scorer with six, scored three times last weekend including a two-goal performance in the second game against the Gophers.Friday night’s game between the Badgers and 15th ranked Wolverines will start at 8 p.m. and will air on the Big Ten Network, while Saturday’s game will start at 7 p.m.