Prop Paul James scores twice as Ospreys beat Scarlets

first_imgWednesday Dec 30, 2009 Prop Paul James scores twice as Ospreys beat Scarlets Opreys prop Paul James scored twice as his side achieved a hard-fought 21-14 win over the Scarlets in the Welsh derby at Parc y Scarlets on Boxing Day.James, who was later named Man of the Match for his efforts, scored either side of half time as the hosts fell to their seventh loss in nine outings.Three second half penalties from Dan Biggar gave the visitors a commanding lead, despite trailing 9-7 at halftime. The match was competitive though, as the first capacity crowd at the new stadium lifted the Scarlets to a late try through Johnathan Edwards, helping them pickup a losing bonus point.James dived over for his first try after a promising attack from Tommy Bowe and Dan Biggar led to a lineout. The prop picked up the scrappy ball and sniffed out the tryline with the attacking instinct of a wing.His second was just as impressive, as he found himself stationed out wide before the ball arrived at his toes, which he judged beautifully, before the big dive over the whitewash.Great effort from the big guy, and an enjoyable match overall. Time: 04:00ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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[Vikas Dubey Encounter] Petitioner Submits Names Of Retired SC Judges And Police Officers For Inquiry Commission

first_imgTop Stories[Vikas Dubey Encounter] Petitioner Submits Names Of Retired SC Judges And Police Officers For Inquiry Commission Radhika Roy20 July 2020 9:20 PMShare This – xSuggesting names of Justices (Retd.) Deepak Gupta and R. Banumathi, amongst others, for appointment to the Judicial Commission, an Application has been filed in the plea seeking for investigation into the alleged encounter of Vikas Dubey and his five co-accused. The Application was filed in the wake of the Order passed by a Supreme Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSuggesting names of Justices (Retd.) Deepak Gupta and R. Banumathi, amongst others, for appointment to the Judicial Commission, an Application has been filed in the plea seeking for investigation into the alleged encounter of Vikas Dubey and his five co-accused.  The Application was filed in the wake of the Order passed by a Supreme Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, and Justices R. Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna wherein the State of Uttar Pradesh was directed to draft a notification with a list of names of Retired Judges of the Supreme Court of India and names of Retired Police Officers, for inclusion in the Judicial Commission formed to investigate into the alleged encounter of Vikas Dubey and his aides. Filed by Advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay, the Application states that the “Hon’ble Court has been pleased to directed the State to place before this Hon’ble Court the draft of the reconstitution of the SIT/Judicial Commission prepared by the State for perusal and approval of this Hon’ble Court.” Contending that the State has committed multiple gaffes in their investigation of the matter by acting in an “irresponsible and unfair manner”, the Application goes on to provide a list of names of former/retired Judges of the Supreme Court of “unimpeachable character” in order for them to be considered for appointment as a member of the SIT/Judicial Commission. The list includes former Chief Justices of India TS Thakur and RM Lodha, and former Justices Santosh Hegde, Anil R. Dave, Kurian Joseph, Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, MY Eqbal, AK Patnaik, Vikramjit Sen, KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, and HL Gokhale. The list also includes recently retired Justices Deepak Gupta and R. Banumathi. The Application alleges that there is prima facie evidence that the encounter and the demolition of Dubey’s property took place in “furtherance of a well-orchestrated and articulate criminal conspiracy wherein not only top/higher police officers of UP Police, but also people on echelon of State Administration are involved”. In light of this revelation, the Application submits that it would be prudent to ensure that the State Administration is kept away from choosing members of the SIT/Judicial Commission. Invoking the legal maxim that justice must not only be done, but also seen to be done, the Application goes on to pray that in the name of justice, good conscience, equity and fair play, the Supreme Court may choose the names provided by the Petitioner in the Application. A day before the alleged encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey, Advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay had filed the petition before the Supreme Court seeking for an investigation into the “killing/alleged encounter” of his five co-accused by the Uttar Pradesh Police and hinted at the possible killing of Dubey. “…there is every possibility that even accused Vikas Dubey shall be killed by Uttar Pradesh Police like other co-accused once his custody is obtained Uttar Pradesh Police”. The plea prayed for a thorough investigation into the “killing/alleged encounter of five accused who along with co-accused Vikas Dubey were alleged to be involved in killing of eight policemen in district Kanpur on 02.07.2020 which is now known as Kanpur Kand and which has rocked and shocked the entire nation”. While the petition did not get listed before the Court on July 10, Dubey was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Police on the same on which it was prayed that the plea be listed, allegedly because he was trying to escape from the Police. The Supreme Court yesterday, noted that it was the State’s duty to uphold the rule of law and directed the State of UP to reconstitute their Judicial Commission and include a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India as well as a Retired Police Officer of the rank of a DGP.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Greggs appoints new general manager

first_imgGreggs has appointed a new general manager for the Midlands. Ian Bagnall will be responsible for the 168 shops located in the Midlands as well as the company’s bakery operations in Birmingham.He joined as sales director of Greggs of the Midlands in 2005 from Greggs’ south west division, and takes over from recently retired managing director Alan Dick.“Alan is an inspirational leader who took Greggs from strength to strength in the Midlands and we all wish him the very best for his retirement,” said Bagnall. “The future looks extremely promising for Greggs in the Midlands as we continue to open new shops across the region and expand our range of fresh products to meet our customer’s needs.”last_img

David Smart: Mr Daddy Longlegs

first_imgAs the saying goes, “if you live your life on social media, one day it will bite you” and, of course, we are no exception to that rule. Our Facebook account is updated almost daily, depicting new products and new promotional ideas. We also have Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of other strands of techno wizardry to push the Greenhalgh’s name out there.A short time ago, a legitimate complaint (as we thought) was phoned through: a crane fly (a daddy longlegs to you and me) dared to fly into the bakery, through the van bay, dispatch area, the packing area, and into the dough room, navigate itself past six or more fly zappers and squeeze itself into a practically fully encased machine. I mean this little guy was determined to end up on the bottom of one of our rolls. I am sure it wasn’t pleasant to witness – especially when you are going to take a bite out of it – but sadly it does happen, thankfully very, very rarely indeed.Like most companies out there, we have rigorous procedures in dealing with and trying to appease otherwise loyal customers, as naturally we wish to keep their business going forward. We don’t bribe, we don’t lavish gifts of one form or another in order to placate their alleged hurt feelings. We simply apologise sincerely and try to replace their lunch with Greenhalgh’s product tokens, to the value of around £5. Normally, the general public does see sense and accepts our apology, and we keep their custom, with thanks.Before the advent of the internet, disgruntled customers would try to frighten us with suggestions like, “Getting the health after you!” Little did they know that we have an amazingly enviable association and reputation with our local authority.This customer in question, however, demanded £250, he said, “or else I`ll push the button”. He thought this was a very acceptable form of behaviour as he professed that a fast food business had paid twice that to a colleague of his – we have since found out that this was untrue. We also learnt that he uploaded a video of said daddy longlegs to a ‘cash for news’ website, so that every time a network took the story, he got a commission (I wonder if the tax man knows that one). His main objective, it seems, was solely to discredit us, while gaining money for himself. What kind of malicious, vindictive behaviour and self-pitying, spiteful actions motivate this person? And all because a company stood up to back-door intimidation or blackmail!It is social media that is unrestricted, unregulated by nature and a media for all. What isn’t always obvious is that it is a tool for anybody to spread all kinds of hurtful content – whether it be true, semi-true or just their impressions and whether you like it or not. And there’s not an awful lot you can do about it either.The best way to deal with cyber thugs, we have found, is to have a robust policy and stick to it. Never enter into a war of words via the net, as that’s just cheap entertainment for the uninterested. Don’t retaliate unless they have criminally crossed the line; just hold your head high, believe in your accredited excellent standards and support all those who work hard within every department to produce quality 24 hours a day. 52 weeks of the year. Let’s face it, that ‘news’ is tomorrow’s chip papers and, after a while, it becomes boring, uninteresting and the perpetrators go away.last_img

Vihari, Rahane  hit half-centuries in drawn India  contest

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua,( CMC) – Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane both gathered half-centuries as India’s three-day warm-up match against West Indies A petered out into a stalemate here Monday.Resuming from their overnight 84 for one at Coolidge Cricket Ground, India declared their second innings on 188 for five with Vihari top-scoring with 64 and Rahane stroking 54.Off-spinner Akim Fraser eventually accounted for both to finish with two for 43.Set 305 for victory, West Indies reached 47 for three before the game was called off at the scheduled tea break.Kavem Hodge, who top-scored with 51 in the first innings, fell cheaply for five after miscuing a pull at pacer Jasprit Bumrah to square leg while Brandon King’s run-a-ball 14 ended when he edged a drive at off-spinner Ravi Ashwin to slip.And opener Jeremy Solozano’s hour-long vigil over 16 ended when he missed a forward defensive stroke to left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja and was lbw.Vihari and Rahane had earlier dominated in a second wicket stand which they stretched to 96 before being separated.The right-handed Vihari, resuming on 48, reached his half-century off the fourth ball of the morning with an edged boundary off pacer Marquino Mindley.All told, he faced 125 balls and struck nine fours and a six while opener Rahane, starting the day on 20, counted five fours and a six off 162 balls in just over 3-½ hours.The match is the only warm-up for India before the opening Test starting Thursday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.DRAWN CONTEST..INDIA 1st Innings 297 for six decl.West Indies A 1st Innings 181India 2nd Innings(overnight 84 for one)M Agarwal c wkp Hamilton b Shepherd 13A Rahane c Harding b Fraser 54H Vihari lbw b Fraser 64+R Pant run out 19R Jadeja c Solozano b Pierre 9+W Saha not out 14R Ashwin not out 10Extras (lb2, nb3) 5TOTAL (5 wkts dec, 78 overs) 189Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-118, 3-147Bowling: Mindley 8-2-22-0, Harding 5-0-15-0 (nb1), Shepherd 9-6-22-0, Carter 5-2-3-1, Pierre 28-7-72-1 (nb1), Hodge 4-1-7-0, Mohammed 1-0-1-0, Fraser 17-1-43-2 (nb1), Francis 1-0-1-0.WEST INDIES A 2nd InningsJ Solozano lbw b Jadeja 16K Hodge c Jadeja b Bumrah 5B King c Rahane b Ashwin 14J Mohammed not out 2J Carter not out 1Extras (b4, lb2, nb3) 9TOTAL (3 wkts, 21 overs) 47Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-34, 3-40Bowling: Ishant Sharma 3-1-4-0 (nb1), Bumrah 4-0-13-1 (nb2), Ashwin 8-4-18-1, Umesh Yadav 3-1-3-0; Jadeja 3-1-3-1.Players-a-side: 16 (11 bat, 11 field)last_img read more

Odds for a successful appeal appear slim

first_imgTomorrow, USC suits up for its most important game of the year.With all due respect to the men’s basketball team, this game will be played in a court 2,000 miles from the Galen Center in Indianapolis, and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will be throwing the passes.Bad puns aside, an impressive delegation consisting of USC’s best players in Pat Haden, Assistant Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, among others, will sit before an NCAA appeals committee tomorrow, hoping to essentially cut in half the sanctions put on the football program last year.But this is by no means a slam dunk (OK, I’m done).Haden will be looking to cut the amount of football scholarships lost over the span of the next three years from 30 to 15 and reduce the bowl ban from two years to one. So, if victorious, USC will be able to play in a bowl game next year. Haden has conceded on some of the other punishments: Clearing the campus of everything related to former football player Reggie Bush, including his Heisman Trophy, and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.Ethos, pathos and logos indicate that USC should have no trouble winning the appeal.The university president, surly athletic director and enthusiastic football coach who presided over the program and who were deemed to have “a lack of institutional control” are gone. They are replaced by a very friendly, mild-mannered intellectual who has done nothing but cater to the NCAA’s every need. When Haden came in shortly after the sanctions were announced, he turned USC’s compliance department into a veritable Department of Homeland Security.Any sign of misdoings, USC has reported it. It made freshman running back Dillon Baxter pay $5 to a charity for accepting a ride in a golf cart from a student who also happened to be an NFL agent. USC complied completely with the NCAA regarding Bush and hasn’t said anything to indicate bitterness or an arrogant attitude toward the almighty organization, despite the mere slap on the wrists the NCAA gave Auburn and Ohio State for violations somewhat similar to Bush’s.But the NCAA is not an organization that relies on either emotion or logic, which is why it’s unlikely the appeal to reduce the sanctions will be granted.Citing the precedent of the Ohio State football program being basically let off the hook, despite star quarterback Terrelle Pryor being caught in possession of a car belonging to a dealership three separate times, won’t work, even though common sense indicates otherwise.The reason for this is a change to the NCAA bylaws in 2008. Before, an appeal could be won if it was determined that the penalty was inappropriate or excessive based on the circumstances or evidence.Now, it can only be won if the offending institution can proclaim “the penalty is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.This is a much harder thing to prove. In a U.S. court of law, the prosecutor needs to prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.If the U.S. trial system used the NCAA’s wording, nobody would be found guilty this side of Benedict Arnold.But this isn’t a trial in a U.S. court, as Haden, an attorney, knows. Thus, USC needs to play by the NCAA’s rules.“It’s not a judiciary proceeding,” Haden said. “Precedent doesn’t necessarily control the situation … At the end of the day, they don’t have to pay any attention to those. They can create new findings each time they meet.”The NCAA is also very reluctant to prove that it displayed poor judgment and that it was at fault.Rarely does the NCAA turn on itself and reverse its own rules. In the 11 appeals since this new standard came into effect, 10 of them have failed.Haden knows this and is going into the proceedings with a determined but calm approach.“I’m just realistic,” he said. “I’m just going with the odds — [about] 10 percent of appeals are successful.”There is a better chance of only part of the sanctions being reduced rather than the whole thing.Haden has stated multiple times he is going to make reducing the number of lost scholarships a priority because that’s ultimately what the football program needs to stay among the nation’s elite.USC coach Lane Kiffin has backed Haden up on this approach.Even though USC should prevail, the NCAA is not going to abort its defined culture anytime soon. Up by 25 in the fourth quarter, look for the NCAA to go for two.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

Next E-waste Collection Day is Saturday at Wellington Recycling Center

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner County — E-waste collection day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Future collection dates are scheduled for June 13,  July 11 and August 8.  For more information about the operating hours please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831.For questions concerning specific items to be collected or information destruction please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 275 weeks ago Could you include the things that can and can not be recycled Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Julian · 274 weeks ago We accept everything from computers to microwaves, cell phones, small kitchen appliances, fans, stereo equipment, and much more. The only items we cannot take at all are tube televisions, tube computer monitors, and large projection televisions. However, we can recycle flat screen televisions and monitors. The tube tv’s have a large amount of lead in the glass screen which we are not able to properly recycle. We have more information on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ewastewellington There you will find pictures, and a more complete list of items we can recycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Julian · 274 weeks ago We accept everything from computers to microwaves, cell phones, small kitchen appliances, fans, stereo equipment, and much more. The only items we cannot take at all are tube televisions, tube computer monitors, and large projection televisions. However, we can recycle flat screen televisions and monitors. Please visit facebook.com/ewastewellington for more information and a better list of electronics we can recycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

first_imgRoss Wallace’s brilliant goal put Sheffield Wednesday ahead in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham.Wide-man Wallace, whose left-footed deliveries tormented Fulham when they were beaten at Wednesday in September, struck in the 29th minute at Craven Cottage.Tim Ream stood off him and Wallace cut in from the right and unleashed a fantastic shot from 35 yards that whizzed past keeper Andy Lonergan.The goal came after Whites midfielder Jamie O’Hara tried his luck from long range and saw his effort flash narrowly wide.Earlier, Emerson Hyndman had a shot saved by Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith after Alex Kacaniklic’s right-wing cross was deflected into the American’s path.After going behind, Fulham thought they had equalised when Ross McCormack found the corner of the net after being teed up by Moussa Dembele, but McCormack was offside.Fulham: Lonergan, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Kacaniklic, Mattila, O’Hara, Hyndman, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Parker, Smith, Woodrow, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Top honour for Bafana captain

first_imgAaron Mokoena goes through his pacesin training.(Images: The Aaron Mokoena Foundation) Aaron and the Bafana squad in training.MEDIA CONTACTS • Margeret BlanksonThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation+44 208 150 6679• Morio SanyaneSafa communications director+27 82 990 0835RELATED ARTICLES• Bafana final squad announced• Centre for SA’s future football stars• A brief history of Bafana Bafana• Glitzy Captain’s dinner planned• Grassroots football alive and kickingRay MaotaAaron Mokoena, the captain of South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana and UK Premier League club Portsmouth, will receive the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November 2010.The award, which will be presented to Mokoena at a ceremony in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall in London, acknowledges his contribution to the sport and charity, through the Aaron Mokoena Foundation.It is one of the highest honours given to an individual in the City of London.“This is a great honour for me and it’s one of my biggest achievements, one I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Mokoena said.Andrew Parmley, chairperson of the Board of Governors for both the London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music, nominated Mokoena after he met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC, and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation,” said Parmley in a statement.Praise for ‘Mbazo’Mokoena, whose crunching tackles have earned him the nickname Mbazo, which is isiZulu for axe, has also impressed his Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane. “I am proud of his achievements. He has been a great servant of the national team and a wonderful ambassador for South African football abroad. In my view no one is more deserving of the honour,” Mosimane said.“This honour does not come as a surprise to me. He is a special player and a special person and we just hope this will serve as an inspiration to many players out there that whatever you set your mind to, you can make it,” added Mosimane.CEO of the South African Football Association Leslie Sedibe said the association was happy to see one of its players making a meaningful contribution to ordinary lives.“It’s good for Mbazo and we congratulate him in advance for getting the freedom of London,” said Sedibe.David Lampitt, Portsmouth’s CEO, described Mokoena as a great role model for all young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation, and congratulates him on this wonderful accolade,” Lampitt said.Kaizer Motaung, owner of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, told the Sowetan newspaper that it was good for Mokoena to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Doctor Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone.Mokone is well-known for representing South African football talent abroad during the apartheid years.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our full respect. I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports, which have raised the standard of our football abroad,” said Motaung.Career Mokoena is the youngest capped player in South African football history, having been first selected for the national team at age 17. Since then, he’s played for Bafana Bafana 104 times. Mokoena led the squad during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first tournament of its kind to be held on African soil.In addition to Bafana and Portsmouth, Mbazo, now aged 29, has played for a number of other prominent clubs, including Ajax Amsterdam, KRC Genk, and Blackburn Rovers.Making a differenceThe Aaron Mokoena Foundation was launched “… with the aspiration of making a real sustainable difference to young people in South Africa using the power of football,” according to the charity.It was launched as a non-profit organisation in South Africa in 2009.The foundation focuses on improving education, health and life opportunities for underprivileged young South Africans. It does this through a coaching programme and campaigns in targeted communities and schools.Through the foundation, Makoena is also hoping to establish a football academy in Gauteng province.History of awardAccording to the City of London, the first Freedom of the City was presented in 1237 and is one of the oldest traditional ceremonies still practised today. Other notable recipients of the award include Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Luciano Pavarotti, Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill.last_img read more

Teaching children to love themselves

first_imgMany of the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds so Lovy encourages them to develop their self-love and to use this strength in their environment. Work with the mirror, using exercises from the Lovy book, promotes self-awareness and can help a child to deal with a negative self-image. Lovy is aimed at all children aged five to ten years.(Images: Lovy – Loves You)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dee Boehner Kidz2Kidz Trust+27 83 460 4449RELATED ARTICLES• Giving children a sense of pride• The right to dignity• Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act• Pupils get a lesson on dignity• Putting children’s rights firstCadine PillayAccording to life coach Annett Burmester, without knowing it, we often live what is expected of us and not what we truly want. We focus too much on others when it is important to understand our needs, fears and feelings, to recognise our beliefs and behaviour patterns.“What about your attitude towards yourself and your life?” This is the message Burmester wishes to convey to children with backgrounds that often demoralise them.Giving children a chanceOriginally from Germany, Burmester met Dee Boehner, founder of the Cape Town-based Kidz2Kidz Trust, in February 2010 while volunteering with the Santa Shoebox Project in the city.“I fell in love with Cape Town and the city gave me so much which I felt compelled to give back,” Burmester says.As a life coach, the main focus of Burmester’s work is teaching self-love, which is the most important inner strength for more happiness in life. She is also an illustrator, designer and author working on a book about self-love – a perfect mix to create a new project for the children in need.Boehner then proposed the creation of a short book to illustrate the idea of self-love. So Burmester wrote a story book with the character called Lovy, designed the Lovy toy and came up with the name which derives from “Loves You”.Born in South Africa, Lovy is the character portrayed as the hero in the books, and the figure is aimed at all children aged five to ten years to show them how loveable they are.The Lovy books contain a moral lesson, which will help the kids to become more aware of themselves.“It is a good way to allow them to start realising ‘that’s me’ and ‘I am important’,” Burmester says.The story has been written in three languages English, Afrikaans, Sesotho and isiXhosa. More Lovy books in different languages will be available in the future.In 2011 Lovy was run as a pilot project in the Western Cape and in 2012 launched successfully in Gauteng. The intention is to expand the Lovy project around the country.Burmester also holds follow-up sessions, where social workers sit in, with any child who needs additional coaching.Increasing self-esteem Burmester went on to develop Lovy as a special coaching project for children living in children’s homes and orphanages to help them to build their self-esteem and realise their potential. The project carries out group workshops using the Lovy Kit which comprises a Lovy book, a mirror and the cuddly toy called Lovy.“The Lovy toy is important because children need something to cuddle,” Burmester adds. “Having Lovy will give them a feeling of security and warmth. Lovy is like a friend who is always with them and listening to their feelings. They often own nothing, not even a toy.”The Lovy toys are made by seamstresses in the townships which provide opportunities for employment and empowerment.During the workshops Lovy shows children that they are loveable, unique and special. Work with the mirror, using exercises from the Lovy book, promotes self-awareness and can help a child to deal with a negative self-image.“Mirrors are often absent in children’s homes and orphanages. We use the mirror so that the children can say ‘I love me’ – using their very own name, looking into the mirror,” explains Burmester.“Nobody can take away their pain, but they will learn to love themselves and thus gain more and more self-confidence every day.”The mirrors are made from recycled materials by the children as part of the Art2Kidz Project to involve them creatively in the Lovy intiative.The right to be loved and respected“We all have the right to be loved and respected,” says Burmester. “We need to give these children a chance for a better and peaceful world. They are our future too.”Many of the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds so Lovy encourages them to develop their self-love and to use this strength in their environment.“These children have experienced more violence than luck or love in their young lives,” she says. “We show them how they can develop their love of self and use this strength in their environment.”Lovy is orange which is the colour for children as it symbolises joy and confidence. In colour therapy, the colour orange is used to help overcome psychological and mental exhaustion.“Its purpose is to bring more love and happiness into their lives as they are abandoned, afraid, unloved and hurt,” says Burmester. “They will learn to believe in themselves and live again. It will also teach them that we all have a great deal of love in ourselves and that there is nothing wrong with being an orphan.“It touches me again and again when I see how these children soak up Lovy’s message and how they integrate this into their lives.”The Lovy days coincide with 14 February, Valentine’s Day. They are celebrated in children’s homes and orphanages with workshops that share the message: “You are loveable, unique and special”.last_img read more