Peace During War speakers describe work with toubled youth

first_imgLast night in McKenna Hall, the Dean’s Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters invited three speakers from Kalamazoo, Michigan — Michael Wilder, Yafinceio Harris and Sam Bailey, a professor from Kalamazoo Community College — to speak about the Peace During War project. Peace During War is a group that visits high schools, juvenile homes and prisons to share Wilder’s and Harris’s story about their life of drugs and crime and redemption after prison. Wilder said they hope to change lives by showing young people they can turn their lives around.“We tell our story to the youth so that they don’t make the same mistakes we made and end up in prison like we did,” he said. “Our story ends in good, but a lot of young people that go on that same path don’t end up good; they end up dead, they end up in prison forever.”Wilder and Harris talked about their childhoods and adolescences being surrounded by a culture that did not encourage them to have a life outside of crime. Harris said to have aspirations in that culture was looked down upon.“To try to be positive is a negative in our neighborhood,” he said. “But to be positive around you all, to be positive to your teachers, is a plus to them, and they make you feel glorious and good.”Wilder and Harris said Peace During War has spoken with 3,000 to 4,000 troubled youth in the past three years, visiting all the juvenile homes and alternative high schools in Kalamazoo and has traveled to speak to youth in other parts of the country as well.Wilder said his work with the program has changed his life and allowed him to contribute more to his community, after years of dealing drugs.“Now, I have seven police officers’ personal numbers in my phone, including the narcotics agent that raided my house and caught me with drugs in 2008,” he said. “Now, they call on us for community help. If drug dealers get out of hand, they call Peace During War. If the gang violence gets to an accelerated rate, they call Peace During War. We’re so honored and proud to be a part of that.”Harris said he and Wilder started speaking in schools because they wanted to share their stories, but they did not expect it to become a job for them.“We’re just happy to be here, to change lives,” he said. “We’re just happy to be who we’re becoming”Tags: Dean’s Fellows, juvenile crime, peace during warlast_img read more

SBE Inc holds ceremonial groundbreaking in Barre Town

first_imgSBE Inc (dba SB Electronics) has officially broken ground on its new high‐volume manufacturing facility in Barre Town. Event speakers included Governor Jim Douglas, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, Representative Peter Welch, the US Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi and Susan “Sam” Matthews, Executive Vice President of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation.  Earlier in the year, SBE Inc won a matching grant of $9.1 million as the major piece of funding for an $18 million project under the US Department of Energy’s Electrical Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to expand its electric car technology manufacturing.  SBE’s new manufacturing plant facility will be dedicated to the transportation market and will have capacity to produce Power Ring capacitors for over 100,000 plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles within 3 years. The 52,800-square-foot building will be a modern, controlled environment, state of the art manufacturing facility.  By strategically planning the production floor layout to mirror the production process, SBE can reduce both wasted time and materials, and maximize efficiency.  Integrating private offices, work stations, conference rooms and a large lunch /training room, the 13,000-square-foot office space has been designed with one core value in mind: “creating an enjoyable workspace for employees.”   SBE expects to begin moving into the new facility in December 2010. SBE Inc is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure, in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®. The Company’s headquarters, engineering and product development center, and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont.  For more information on the company’s products, technologies and markets, visit its website at: is external). Photos: Top. Ed Sawyer, president and CEO of SBE; Bob Lord Jr, contractor for the project (and investor in the project); Cathy Zoi, US Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Representative Peter Welch; Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie; Governor Jim Douglas. Bottom. Representative Peter Welsh, Ltd. Governor Brian Dubie, Win Hunter (SBE board member), Stan Fishkin (SBE board chairman), Cathy Zoi, Governor Jim Douglas, Mark Browning (SBE board member), Ed Sawyer, Dick Green (SBE board member) and Bob Lord.Source: SBE Inc 4.20.2010last_img read more

CANSEC 2012: Transregional Collaboration and Information Sharing

first_imgBy Dialogo December 13, 2011 The theme of the 2012 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), sponsored jointly by the United States Southern Command and St. Kitts and Nevis, is “Regional Information Sharing: to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and Assist Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response.” But other hot topics such as information sharing, youth violence, high rates of crime and violence in the region, illegal gun ownership and an outgrowth of the drug trade are also being discussed amongst several Chiefs of Defenses of the region, other military personnel and civilians. Youth violence is a particularly serious problem in the Caribbean. “Deaths and injuries from youth violence constitute a major threat to public health and impede social and economic progress across the region,” declared the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas during his opening remarks. Youth are disproportionately represented in the ranks of both victims and perpetrators of crime, while violence and youth homicide rates in several countries of the region are significantly above the world average, statistics show. CANSEC 2012 also provides participants the opportunity to discuss a strategy for a unified plan of action to counter illicit trafficking — a hemispheric-wide phenomenon that engulfs the region, presenting both internal and external threats. “We have to use this forum (CANSEC 2012) to have serious discussions about the important issues in the region, with a special focus on transnational organized crime”, said Lt. Col. Patrick Wallace, Commander of the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force. Another critical topic being discussed during CANSEC 2012 is the evolving role of the military into non-traditional roles to combat illicit trafficking and crime, and also the military participation in humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts. “We all have to learn how to better share information and how to benefit from the new information sharing tools available,” said the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, General Douglas Fraser. The regional conference brings together the Chiefs of Defense from the Caribbean nations, representatives from regional organizations such as CARICOM and observers from the Inter-American Defense Board, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Honduran Police Recover Residences in Power of Gang Members

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2012 On June 13, more than 200 police officers occupied residences that were in the power of members of the Mara 18 (M-18) gang, on the southern outskirts of the Honduran capital, AFP journalists confirmed. Under the command of Commissioner Abencio Flores, the police officers entered the houses, some of which had M-18 graffiti, but were abandoned in the 14 de Marzo neighborhood. “They didn’t live here, they threw the local residents out of the residences and occupied them in order to occasionally come to plan their criminal operations,” the commissioner explained, while the police officers took possession of the residences. “The residences remain in police custody; we’re going to assign permanent personnel, so that the local residents recover peace and tranquility,” the commissioner emphasized. Gang members not only control neighborhoods and developments in several cities around the country, but have also taken over taxis and buses, forcing the owners, under death threats, to transfer the vehicles to their names in the official registers. According to a study commissioned by the state National Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Social Reinsertion Program (PNPRRS), there are around 4,728 gang members in Honduras. According to the investigation, although that number has fallen from around 30,000 members 12 years ago, as a result of “anti-gang” laws, the groups are resurging, having “perfected” and “strengthened” themselves upon moving into drug trafficking, contract killings, and kidnappings. The most numerous gangs are Mara 18 (M-18), with 2,047 members (48 percent), and its similarly feared rival Mara Salvatrucha, with 2,104 members (49 percent), according to the study, Other gangs are Mara Organizada Ganster, West Side, and Mara 61, with a greater presence in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city and considered the most violent in the world.last_img read more

Lawyer Referral Service picks up two counties

first_img October 1, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service will be taking over the referral operations for Okaloosa and Walton counties after the Escambia/Santa Rosa County Bar Association decided it would no longer provide service for those counties.The Bar Board of Governors approved the transfer at its August meeting, upon the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee.The Bar is now taking applications from attorneys in that area willing to serve on its lawyer referral panel. Those interested should contact Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, at (850) 561-5810 or by e-mail at Bar provides lawyer referral services in counties that are not covered by local bar associations.PEC Chair Frank Walker also reported on several other issues at the board meeting, including:• Getting board approval for changing the name of the Out-of-State Practitioners Division to the Out-of-State Division.• Reviewing the status of the Animal Law Committee, which received tentative approval to form last year pending a review after its first year of operation.• Exploring setting up joint committees with other professions, such as medical practitioners, similar to the Bar’s existing Committee on Relations with Certified Public Accountants, as suggested by board member Grier Wells. Lawyer Referral Service picks up two countiescenter_img Lawyer Referral Service picks up two countieslast_img read more

Big trouble in little China

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Record high for property

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Market turned by £300m City deals

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Matthieu Dam in Layou no longer poses a threat says Don Corriette

first_img Share Share LocalNews Matthieu Dam in Layou no longer poses a threat says Don Corriette by: – July 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Clark Hall Estate Bridge in Layou completely cut off by overflow of Matthieu Dam.Don Corriette, the Acting Disaster Management Coordinator has reported to the media that the Matthieu Dam in the Layou Valley, no longer poses a threat to the public.The Matthieu Dam or Miracle Lake as it was referred to after a major landslide and subsequent flash flooding in 1997, broke in the early hours of Thursday morning overflowing the Layou River and village.This overflow affected livestock, damaged crops, properties and completely cut off a bridge in the Layou Valley area.Mr. Corriette says Disaster Management personnel met on Friday to discuss latest developments in the Layou Valley, which indicates that the dam is completely drained.“We got a detailed presentation from the SSU that give us some details on the physical characteristics of what was obtained from Matthieu and Layou River, and we can report that the dam is completely drained, there is not a likely threat of flash flooding. However there is still very heavy siltation and sediments in the river that can pose some problems downstream especially if we get heavy rain. So people need to be cautious when approaching the banks of the Layou River.”As part of their follow up analysis and review of the situation, several stakeholders will be on site to assess and quantify the damage Mr. Corriette informed.“We will have persons on the ground from the Ministry of Health Environmental Health Unit, Red Cross, Housing, Public Works, the various stakeholders doing a more detailed assessment of the damage and to try to quantify it for the Ministry of Finance so that we can put a comprehensive position forward to Cabinet and most likely to our friendly Governments and our donor countries for whatever assistance we may be able to attract.”Meantime Acting Coordinator advises everyone not to use the river water as it may be contaminated and cause a health threat“We just want to advise persons that the situation on the ground remains one that they should exercise caution given the siltation and sedimentation of the river, vis a vis the dangers it pose to persons entering the river. Secondly on the health aspect of it, there might be dead animals, broken sewer systems that may contaminate the water. Please stay away from using the water for any purposes such as drinking, bathing and the like without proper boiling,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet 142 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Guardiola reacts to Aguero record with Messi comparison

first_img Loading… Read Also: Grealish ready to quit Aston Villa after Man City bashingHe said: “We’ll debrief the game, we’ll learn from it and move forward. We were poor against Watford but learned from it and put in a good performance against Burnley.“What we can learn from is the way they pass and move, the way they work as a team and press. It’s something for myself and the players to aspire to.“We made mistakes and got punished by a better team.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed Sergio Aguero as one of the world’s best strikers but insists Lionel Messi remains his No.1.Advertisementcenter_img Aguero’s hat-trick in City’s 6-1 romp at Aston Villa made him the Premier League’s record overseas scorer with 177 goals. Riyad Mahrez’s first-half brace and Gabriel Jesus’ goal made light work of Villa, who crumbled to their sixth defeat in eight top-flight games on Sunday.Guardiola managed Messi at Barcelona and believes he still sets the standard to which others aspire.“Messi is [the best] number nine, number 10, number 11, number seven, number six, number five, number four…“Sergio is one of the best, no doubt. The best is Messi, but the rest? Sergio is absolutely one of them.“All the players in the locker room congratulated him. To break this record of an incredible legend like Thierry Henry, it means it’s not just for a short period, it’s many years.“To be the foreign player with the most goals and hat-tricks speaks for itself.“It’s an honour to be here the day he achieved that, hopefully he can score more. He will die scoring goals.“There are players through the incredible history of English football and he is one of them, he helps to make the Premier League and English football better.”Anwar El Ghazi’s injury-time penalty did earn Villa a consolation and boss Dean Smith urged his side to move on from the mauling – the club’s heaviest home defeat in almost four years.last_img read more