By Emmanuel Addeh in YenagoaThe Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide (IYC), warned yesterday that government’s failure to investigate and punish those responsible for the killing of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan footballer, Joseph Izu, would have far-reaching negative consequences in the long run. Factional leader of the IYC, Mr Elvis Donkemezuo, said in a statement in Yenagoa that unless the killers of the 3SC’s central defender were promptly arrested and prosecuted, it would send a wrong signal to other youths in the region that their lives do not matterThe group noted that having represented Nigeria internationally in beach soccer competitions, Izu’s death should not be swept under the carpet. “For the records, until his painful death last Sunday, Joseph Izu was a central defender for Shooting Stars Football Club (3SC) of Ibadan and a prominent and very outstanding beach soccer player who made Nigeria and Africa proud in different international competitions. He is not known to be a lawbreaker of any sort,” the group stressed.While condemning ‘the growing trend of senseless killing of Ijaw Youths’ by security operatives, the group argued that the primary assignment and responsibility of the military is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and not to maim the innocent. It noted that from investigation, there was no case of militancy or vandalism of government infrastructure in Okarki, where the 24-year-old footballer was shot along with some of his friends. “We demand Justice for the family of Joseph Izu. We want to also put it on record that as of today (we cannot speak for tomorrow), there is no militant camp inside Okarki Community or in Okarki bush.“There was also no case of kidnapping, disturbance of the peace or unlawful gathering of any kind at Okarki before or on the day and time Joseph was murdered by the soldiers. “ So we wonder what may have warranted the killing of an innocent, armless and defenceless youth who had done nothing but used his God-given talent to serve his fatherland, save for a lust for blood and lack of respect for human life on the part of the soldiers”, the group further said. The Ijaw youths maintained that coming just a few weeks after 17-year-old Innocent Kokorifa was allegedly killed by the police in Bayelsa, the situation was getting unbearable. “Kokorifa was equally murdered by the Bayelsa Police, through a gang-styled execution in Yenagoa two months ago. Innocent’s autopsy was conducted on Monday and he will be buried within the week”, it noted. “We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, the Inspector General of Police, among others to ensure that those behind this killing and that of other innocent Niger Delta youths do not go unpunished. “The Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) ,Operation Delta Safe, should live up to its name by ensuring that those who have taken the lives of the Niger Delta youths like Joseph, it was meant to save, do not get away with impunity. “The failure on the part of the appropriate authorities to act and do so swiftly will lead to consequences that would have far-reaching effect on the interest of the government”, the IYC warned.Meanwhile, Rivers State Sport Commissioner, Boma Iyaye, said yesterday that the death of Joseph Izu “represents another dark chapter in the history of Nigerian football.”Iyaye urged the 3SC family to show strength following the sad turn of events while urging security operatives to fish out the killers of Izu. “The death of this vibrant young man, cut short at the prime of his career, represents yet another dark chapter in the history of Nigerian football.“I have since sent my personal condolences to 3SC and on behalf of the sport fraternity in Rivers State, I also urge the Izu family to be strong in this period of great sadness.“I am also using this medium to call on security operatives to embark on exhaustive investigations with a view of bringing the killers of the late Izu to book,” he said.The late player joined 3SC in the 2013/14 season from Bayelsa United and had just completed his third season at the Oluyole Warriors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
I really am so sad to receive this very sad news, good memories of watching Junior play ❤️— John Thurlby (@thurlby_john) August 22, 2019 Loved watching Agogo growing up.Made a Massive contribution to us getting promoted back into the championship. RIP— Bradley J Paley (@PaleyBradley) August 22, 2019 Brokenhearted 💔💔💔💔💔💔— Midlands red (@wykesdarren) August 22, 2019 Thoughts and prayers with family and friends 🙏🏻 will be remembered for getting us promoted back to the championship 🔴⚪️— Alison Lineker (@AlieNFFClineker) August 22, 2019 So sad. Loved him at Forest. Even now, whenever a group of us are going anywhere, we say ‘Right, let’s Junior Agogo!’RIP fella.— Mr P (@Paramore1979) August 22, 2019 What’s that coming over the hill….is it Agogo is it Agogo!! Good memories singing his name and watching him play for #NFFC— Gary Sills (@gsills1) August 22, 2019 My first ever Forest game he scored a couple, one was such a cheeky lob against Huddersfield 5-1. @ClinganS sorted the tickets out for me and got done in within 15 mins of the match – still came back for a pic with his cast on from hospital after the match. RIP Junior!— Conor Quinn (@ConorQuinn_2) August 22, 2019 This will be held in the 23rd minute of their Championship match against Fulham on Saturday, marking the shirt number Agogo wore while at the club. A number of the club’s fans have also been reminiscing Agogo’s time at the club. Fans of English Championship club, Nottingham Forest will hold a minute’s applause in memory of Junior Agogo.Agogo spent two years of his career at Forest from 2006 to 2008, playing 64 games for the club.Having scored 41 times in 126 appearances for Bristol Rovers, expectations for Agogo were high when he arrived at Forest.He did not disappoint, becoming a cult hero at the club as he scored 21 times.Following his untimely death on Thursday, fans of the club have planned to honour the former Black Stars striker with a minute’s applause. RIP… the last 6 months in that promotion campaign he was unplayable and always will personally fondly remember him for his efforts during this period. 🔴⚪️🔴— Leigh Loseby (@lloseby) August 22, 2019 RIP Junior. Lovely bloke, instrumental in our rise out of league one under Calderwood.— Chris Moody (@thebezzler) August 22, 2019READ ALSOTributes pour in for Junior Agogo following news of his deathJunior Agogo: Five things to know about the former Black Stars striker
Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth.The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams, said she was “delighted to be returning to the court”.She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September.Former world number one Williams has not played since winning the Australian Open in January.Coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in November that no decision had been made over whether Williams would play in the season’s first Grand Slam. Australian Open director Craig Tilley has said Williams is “very likely” to defend her title at the 2018 tournament, which starts on 15 January.Ranked 22nd in the world, she would not need a wildcard.Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka have pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which runs from 28-30 December.Latvian Ostapenko, whose match against Williams will be the first between women to be played at a tournament first staged in 2009, said: “It is a huge honour to be part of that history.”
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 67 years, Esther Joann, their daughters and families, Vicki Morrison, Sheryl and Greg Nickol, Shelley and Gary Coffey,Â brother-in-law Jerome Niebaum and wife Judy, 8 grandchildren, Chad, Michelle, Joe, Jennifer, Chris, Heather, Kristian and Hilary, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell. Kenneth NulikKenneth Lee Nulik son of Joseph and Jennie Misak Nulik was born at home in rural Freeport, KS on December 31, 1926.Â He departed this life on August 23, 2013 at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 23 days.Kenneth was raised on a farm 8 miles west of Caldwell , KS attending grade school at King School and graduating high school at Caldwell in 1944.Â He enlisted into theÂ United States Navy that same year and was honorably discharged July 16, 1946.On June 15, 1946 he was united in marriage with Esther Joann Niebaum in Wichita, KS.Â To this union three daughters were born, Vicki Lee, Sheryl Lynn, and Shelley Ann.After his discharge from the Navy, Kenneth farmed west of Caldwell, he then became a driller for the oil wells.Â After his oil well days, he became employed by the John Deere dealership in Caldwell where he worked as a mechanic and then a salesman. Upon retiring, he resumed farming.Kenneth was an avid horseman belonging to the Caldwell Saddle Club for many years.Â He loved to hunt, fish and golf and later traveled with friends in their campers for which many memories were made.He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother,Â Jackie and his sister JoAnn. Memorials may be given in Kennethâ€™s name to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or to the Czechoslovakian Cemetery. Interment will be in the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit’s stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer.The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning,” James said. “They’ve been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that.”The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland’s reserves ended up outscoring Detroit’s 26-8 in the first half. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.ANOTHER BLOWOUTThe previous matchup between these teams wasn’t much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Clevelandnearly broke that mark Monday.A BREATHERCleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Everybody’s built different and if you’re one of the greats sometimes you’ve got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland still isn’t close to full strength. The Cavs were without Isaiah Thomas (right hip), Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert (left knee effusion) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain).Pistons: Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Detroit’s six-game home winning streak was snapped. This was also the first time all season the Pistons lost the latter half of a back-to-back. They had been 3-0. … Andre Drummond moved into fifth place on the Pistons’ career list with 5,205 rebounds. Larry Foust had 5,200.UP NEXT Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.“We haven’t had a win like that in a very long time,” James said. “That’s what happens when we don’t let up.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cavaliers: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Pistons: At the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Irving’s 47 lead Celtics past Mavericks to extend streak to 16 straight The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11 of 17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16 of 33 from beyond the arc.“I’m not upset at our guys. I didn’t see our guys quitting or anything like that,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We got a little bit shell shocked.”This had the feel of a big game before it started. Although there were still some empty seats at Little Caesars Arena, the Pistons’ new home seemed closer to full than on previous nights, and the attendance was announced as a sellout. The team played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren’t able to keep up with Cleveland’s torrid shooting.“He definitely did set the tone,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “Made some really tough, contested shots — 3s. Got himself going, got his team going, and then they were able to just pretty much fuel off that.”It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DeWanna Bonner returned after missing last season to give birth to twins, and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix. Brittney Griner, coming off a championship in Russia, battled foul trouble and finished with 13 points. Newcomer Briann January added 10 points.Liz Cambage, a top international player returning to the WNBA after four seasons away, made six of her first nine shots for 14 first-half points and finished with 18 for Dallas. Skylar Diggins-Smith also scored 18 and Glory Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds before being helped off the floor with an apparent leg injury at the 6:11 mark of the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownby Taboola Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half and became the first WNBA player with 1,000 career 3-pointers, helping the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 86-78 on Friday night in the league’s season opener.Taurasi’s one of four players, joining the NBA’s Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to reach the 3-point mark with less than 400 games played.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Manuel’s heroics save Alaska, send San Miguel to 0-3 start In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over Columbian Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES A 2012 Unesco report found that all 13 rivers running into Jakarta Bay were contaminated with human waste, largely due to the capital’s inadequate sewage treatment facilities.There was also drama in the Indonesian camp as Noviana Puspita Sari was hit in the ribs by part of her sail and her boat capsized, according to her team.She was rescued by one of the Singaporean boats, before being stretchered off the jetty into a waiting ambulance.Although the water was choppy, the conditions would have posed no problems for most world-class athletes.However, many of the athletes at the Asiad are relatively inexperienced.ADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Tetsuya Isozaki (R) and Akira Takayanagi gesture to photographers at the end of the 470 men sailing competition at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 31, 2018. AFPJAKARTA – Japan’s Akira Takayanagi said he battled dire stomach pains after swallowing dirty sea water to win a gold medal at the Asian Games sailing on Friday.Takayanagi, 22, competing in the men’s 470 event with team-mate Tetsuya Isozaki, was one of several athletes struck by stomach cramps and diarrhea in Jakarta, where the surrounding bay is heavily contaminated by sewage.ADVERTISEMENT In the women’s 49er FX, Varsha Gautham secured silver alongside Sweta Shervegar after becoming embroiled in a court case over their selection for the Games.Gautham claimed she and Shervegar had performed better in qualification but two other athletes were selected instead.Gautham and Shervegar were eventually picked for Jakarta after the High Court in Delhi directed the Indian Olympic Association to decide on the case but Gautham, 20, said it had been a very difficult time.“It wasn’t fair and we fought for what was fair. I’m sure there was politics involved,” she said, adding that the court battle ended just a week before they arrived in Jakarta.“I am so relieved, I’m so happy, I’m so happy I can’t tell you,” she also said. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I had a really bad stomach earlier in the week, probably from getting the water in my mouth,” said Takayanagi, who also developed a fever and stomach pains at the Asian sailing championships in Jakarta in June.His compatriot Shingen Furuya, gold medalist in the men’s 49er with Shinji Hachiyama, was running a temperature of close to 40 °C (104 °F) in his qualifying races, while Manami Doi was feeling unwell during the final of the laser radial, where she secured the top spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Hong Kong’s Michael Cheng, who bagged a silver in the RS:X, also blamed the sea for his tummy troubles.“I guess it’s the sea water here because we eat together every night (but they are not ill),” he told AFP, pointing to his support staff. “The water looks OK but I just try to remind myself not to open my mouth.”
Several Liberian engineers and chemists returned home last Thursday after completing specialized and intensive training in Jakarta, Indonesia,The training was sponsored by Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), which will employ the nine engineers and chemists in the operation and maintenance of farms, factories and mills it intends to establish here in the near future.The seven engineers received training in Oil Palm Mill construction, maintenance and operation while the other two were trained as Chemists.The engineers are reported to have undergone an 18-month program and on-the-job training, while the chemists underwent a six-month course.The GVL trained cadets will head to Sinoe and Grand Kru, where they will manage various projects for the company, which will help to bring economic stability to the region.During the welcoming ceremony at GVL headquarters in Sinkor, Assistant Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Prince M. Korvah, expressed hope that the new professionals will not only be welcomed back home but will be fully provided for and given the privilege to work. “We want to commend the GVL family for a job a well done and we want you to know that you are true partners to the Liberian government. We hope that this will not be the end. By next year we hope that the company will have sent abroad another batch for study and intensive training,” Mr. Korvah said.Admonishing the professionals to contribute to the rebuilding process of the country, Assistant Minister for Planning and Development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Ousman Tall, lauded the company for investing in human capacity-building in Liberia.Mr. Tall indicated that the government has invested considerably in human resource-building in the country, adding that capacity building is not only about welcoming the students back home but further investing in their expertise.“Let me admonish you not to think that you have learned it all, because learning is a continuing process. You have to open your mind to development and remember also to humble yourself,” Minister Tall said.Also making remarks at the ceremony, was Grand Kru County Electoral District # 2 Representative, Numene Bartekwa, expressed thanks to the GVL management and lauded the experts for undergoing the training, adding: “Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties need you to help develop their farms. When the company was looking for brilliant people to go for studies, you showed yourselves to be capable and have proved it.”Thanking GVL for the opportunity afforded them the experts assured the gathering of their profound desire to work with the company and to help in promoting capacity building in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Due to deplorable conditions of bridges and steep rocky hills to the town of Fassavolu in Kolahun District, Lofa County, conveying of needed drugs to the health post continues to worsen by the day.The Daily Observer was informed recently by the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fassavolu Community Clinic, Mr. Perrison Y. Flomo.OIC Flomo pointed out that owing to the proximity of the clinic to towns in Guinea, patients load has dramatically increased as the health post sometimes encounter shortages of essential drugs to meet the growing demands by citizens and foreign residents.Mr. Flomo also explained that due to the very nature of the road that leads to the location of the clinic, transferring critically-ill patients sometimes becomes an uphill task because they (patients) are most times left at the mercy of motorcyclists and non road worthy vehicles.Other challenges facing the clinic, OIC Flomo indicated the lack of space to accommodate out patients, bathrooms, latrines and reliable and clean water source.Toping those challenges are salaries and incentives deliveries, which he said delay.He also stated that other impediments being faced by the health outfit include and not limited to lack of transport and communication facilities such as two-way based radio for emergency cases with the referral hospital in Kolba City in Kolahun District.He further intimated that other constraints include lack of delivery and dressing sets, poor record system due to lack adequate medical supplies, no motivation, low salaries and insufficient prenatal care materials.The Fassavolu Community Clinic OIC was, however, quick to state that the MOHSW sometimes ago installed some reliable solar panels intended to enhance the medical services during night hours.Asked about diseases frequently diagnosed at the clinic, OIC Flomo intimated malaria, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections and “high tension headache.”Commenting on the number of patients that come to the clinic daily, he stated that at least 35 to 37 sick persons are seen by the clinic’s staff.“If there are sufficient drugs at this clinic, we sometimes treat about 50 to 55 out patients everyday of each week at the Fassavolu Community in the Kolahun District,” OIC Flomo asserted.Throwing light on the birth statistics, OIC Flomo said in January 2013 six safe deliveries were carried out by staff and three were successfully done in February.He disclosed that clinic administration has undertaken the construction of another building on a self-help basis under the auspices of the citizens and residents’ support.He then appealed to the Government, support partners and non-governmental organizations to help with funds and materials such as cement, zinc, steel rods and planks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Leah HernandesThe high rate of social ills in Guyana’s youthful population, especially the incarceration and unemployment of young people, is expected to be reduced significantly in the coming years as the Government of Guyana launches its Youth Corps.The aim of the Youth Corps is to eradicate unemployment and ultimately the incarceration of young people via education, empowerment, equality, and employment.This was disclosed by President David Granger, who was at the time delivering the feature address at the much-anticipated launching ceremony at the Kuru Kuru, Linden-Soesdyke Highway on Thursday.During his address, the President acknowledged that Guyana’s youthful population, over the past years, has been plagued by a number of difficulties especially with the incarceration of over 500 youths.“We acknowledged that the dropout rates from primary and secondary schools; the migration rate of university graduates; the rate of teenage pregnancies and the rate of youth incarceration – with more than 500 young people within our prisons and correctional institutions . These rates must be reduced and if possible, eliminated ….Youth unemployment, as at December 2017, stood at 22.9 per cent. One in every three young persons, between the ages of 15 and 24, is not in education, employment, or in training (NEET). This is an unacceptable situation,” the President stated.The unveiled plaque commemorating the eventHe, nevertheless, reassured students and other young people that with the launch of the Guyana Youth Corps and the guidance of the national youth policy, their talents would be boosted and opportunities for self-actualization widened, noting that overall this would contribute to national development.“This vision emphasises the four cornerstones of our national youth policy – education, equality, empowerment and employment. The energy of young people is evident everywhere. Their enthusiasm and exuberance cannot be restrained or repressed. The Corps will amplify their talents and expand the opportunities for self-actualisation,” the Head of State said.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, during his brief remarks, reiterated that the Youth Corps was geared at enhancing the lives of young Guyanese and showed Government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s youthful population.President David Granger (centre) and Government Ministers pose for a picture with students of the Kuru Kuru Training Centre“As we launch the Guyana Youth Corps, a comprehensive initiative geared at enhancing the lives of young Guyanese by encouraging them to take charge of their future throughout the length and breadth of Guyana. Since taking office in 2015, your government had strengthened and pioneered to educate and empower you, the youths of this country,” Dr George said.The Guyana Youth Corps was first established on January 1, 1968 as a means of solving the youth unemployment problem. It operated for seven years, during which time, approximately 1200 youths benefited from the programme. The Youth Corps was then absorbed by the National Service on January 1, 1975, which itself was dismantled in 2000.Under the new programme, youths will be trained for one year. The levels of training will include apprenticeship, traineeship and internship, and the programme will span all 10 Administrative Regions. However, the main office and campus will be at the Kuru Kuru Training Centre.The auspicious event was commemorated by the unveiling of a plaque and was graced by the presence of Government Ministers, including Education Minister Nicolette Henry, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton among others.