Archive for July, 2010

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – AND FINALLY…

Nelson Mandela has been celebrating his 92nd birthday, and he called for people “to serve humanity” on his birthday. The UN held its first Nelson Mandela day in honour of the hero who spent his life fighting oppression. ‘Madeba’ as he is known to those who know him best has also brought sport to its most social, cultural, spiritual and political potency in not only rebuilding nationhood, but also in building cultural bridges thought impossible by the very consideration of what was thought impossible. Madeba’s golden touch has also helped chart the progress of the Youth Charter and so much More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – QUOTES

“I’m not a playboy anymore, I’m a play old.”

-       Silvio Berlusconi, 73, telling the world his playboy days are over.

“It’s the same story in South America and Iraq. Its white people meeting people they think they are better than. I’ve seen it over and over again.”

-       Hollywood director, Oliver Stone

“Tom Watson has said you need to clean up your act on the golf course. Many of us over the years have heard you use the F word, we’ve seen you spit on the course, and we’ve seen throw tantrums like chucking your clubs around. Are you willing to cut out More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – INTERNATIONALLY

An Al Queada linked attack in the Ugandan capital Kampala has killed 64 football fans who were watching the World Cup final. Two bombs ripped through a restaurant and sports club, which is believed to be the work of Somalian Muslim extremists. So far 20 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, all are said to have connections with al-Shabab – Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, who claimed responsibility for the attack. The detainees are from Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Pakistan. International forces are now searching for Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, 37, Al Qaeda’s East Africa chief, who has More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – NATIONALLY

A shocking government guide to physical intervention techniques in privately run secure units for children has been leaked. The document provides guidance on how to inflict pain on children as part of restraint and self-defence practices. The previously secret manual, Physical Control in Care, authorises staff to: “Use an inverted knuckle into the trainee’s sternum and drive inward and upward.” “Continue to carry alternate elbow strikes to the young person’s ribs until release is achieved.” Drive straight finger into the young person’s groin area.” The document from the Prison Service was released following a five year freedom of information challenge. More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – REGIONALLY

Art organisations in Merseyside are facing budget cuts, with National Museums Liverpool considering all options including selling assets, redundancies, closures of sites and reduced opening times in order to cope with the funding cuts. National culture budgets are facing a 40% cut as part of the austerity measures. If 40% of the National Museums Liverpool £21m budget is cut this will see £8.4m taken away. Chief Executive David Fleming said: “There’s sharing the burden, and there’s deciding where you do least harm. At the moment, it’s just everybody gets the same. I’ve had several meetings with staff and they are More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010 – LOCALLY

A council backed youth initiative in Moss Side has warned that if doesn’t find a new home soon gang violence could increase. The Next Generation scheme provides teenagers with training and education, and help with interviews and CVs. It began in 2006 and employs 19 staff and 33 volunteers. It has to move from its temporary location at the West Indian Sports and Social Club in Moss Side by Friday. The bosses of the not-for-profit company have identified a building in Fallowfield which was formerly a laundrette and have submitted a planning application to transform it into a learning and More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th July 2010

Another summer, another time, another place where experiences, memories and young people and their communities will have somewhere to go, so much to do and so many people to show them. Where are the initiatives? Where are activities? And above all the agencies that will tick the box of numbers and provide no more that a mirrored smoke screen. Vouchers from newspapers and sweet manufacturers that suggest that if you read the Times your time will be enjoyable and good. If you buy the sweets, your taste of entitlement will represent what you’ve got, how you can get in and More >

Word From the Streets w/c 5th July 2010 – AND FINALLY…

A Stockport girl ahs celebrated her 18th Birthday by being crowned national gymnastics champion. Hannah Whelan, a former pupil at Bramhall High School, won the British Championships at the Guildford Spectrum. Hannah now dreams of the 2012 Olympics and said: “I didn’t really have any goals for this tournament and I didn’t set myself any aims. But now I’m hungry for 2012.”

Word From the Streets w/c 5th July 2010 – QUOTES

“It’s like yesterday we were in slavery and today we’re freed.”

-       A caller to Cape Town radio station who was celebrating the exit of Uruguay, who lost support in Africa following their controversial victory over Ghana.

“If you drive to training you notice the conditions people live in. It’s a completely different world and such a contrast to the joy of the World Cup. People welcome you with open arms and I would like to have the chance to find out more about this country.”

-       German player, Holger Badstuber, 21. The German team stayed in a modest base in the Pretoria More >

Word From the Streets w/c 5th July 2010 – INTERNATINOALLY

The four week love affair of everything South African, via the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has come to an end. The vuvuzela’s are downed and the all the time, effort and expectation leaves the continent of Africa. A successful tournament that ran relatively smoothly; but has it managed to leave a lasting legacy for the poorest youth and communities of South Africa? And so the Spanish are crowned World Cup champions for the first time in one of the less enthralling finals. Indeed the playoff for third place between Germany and Uruguay turned out to be a far more entertaining More >