Womens Centre Encourages Diligent Monitoring of Teenagers in School During Holidays

The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is encouraging parents, guardians and community members to monitor the activities of adolescents while schools are on holidays.This in light of reported increases in the registration of teenaged pregnant girls and adolescent mothers at the institution’s centres at the conclusion of these periods, according to Director of Field Operations, Beverley Martin Berry.“One of the things that we recognise… is that after a summer break [in particular], during the months of September [and] October, we’ll see an increase in enrolment as it relates to adolescent mothers,” she noted while speaking at a recent Jamaica information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston.Against this background, Mrs. Martin Berry encourages parents to be diligent in monitoring their youngsters’ activities and ensuring they are aware of “what is being done during the summer break”.“We urge, not only parents, but community groups to continue to work with our young people during summer so that this rate of adolescent pregnancy is lowered through how our young people are engaged,” she implored.The Director argued that the manner in which adolescents are engaged must also be taken into consideration.Enrolment in church and community group camps, where teens can acquire awareness and a variety of skills, is encouraged.The WCJF also organises its own programme that targets adolescents during the summer months.“The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation seeks to engage young people through our peer counselling workshops. That is one avenue that parents can use to continue to [keep] young persons [occupied] while they are out of school. It is also a space that educates them on sexual reproductive health, builds personal development skills and [guides them on] how to make decisions on activities that could impact their lives negatively,” Mrs. Martin Berry outlined.The prevention of adolescent pregnancies is a mandate of the WCJF, which it addresses through several activities.These include close working relations between the counselling staff and schools; testimonials from mothers in the Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM); and school tours organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. This in light of reported increases in the registration of teenaged pregnant girls and adolescent mothers at the institution’s centres at the conclusion of these periods, according to Director of Field Operations, Beverley Martin Berry. “One of the things that we recognise… is that after a summer break [in particular], during the months of September [and] October, we’ll see an increase in enrolment as it relates to adolescent mothers,” she noted while speaking at a recent Jamaica information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is encouraging parents, guardians and community members to monitor the activities of adolescents while schools are on holidays. Story Highlights read more

Real Madrid 1st in group after Romas mistakes

ROME — A series of colossal errors by Roma handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory Tuesday and first place in Group G of the Champions League.Roma winger Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale’s goal immediately after the break.Lucas Vazquez then added another for Madrid against a demoralized Roma.Both three-time defending champion Madrid and last season’s semifinalist Roma had secured spots in the last 16 before kickoff, as Viktoria Plzen won 2-1 at CSKA Moscow in the other group match earlier to send them through.Madrid leads with 12 points, Roma has nine, and Plzen and CSKA four each.The victory offered some welcome relief for new Madrid manager Santiago Solari, who was facing pressure following a 3-0 loss at Eibar in the Spanish league in his first match since being given the permanent coaching job.Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, meanwhile, remains at risk after a loss at relegation-threatened Udinese at the weekend and with a home match against Inter Milan following the Madrid defeat.Roma dominated the first half but wasted a series of excellent chances, none greater than Under’s opportunity which practically came on a silver platter from Nicolo Zaniolo’s cross.The error left the 21-year-old Under holding his head in frustration and the Turkey international had to be consoled by Alessandro Florenzi, who was Roma’s captain in absence of the injured Daniele De Rossi.Roma also protested for a penalty early on when Dani Carvajal appeared to handle the ball at the edge of the area. But the referee signalled to play on.Roma sorely missed injured striker Edin Dzeko, who along with Lionel Messi is the joint top scorer in the Champions League with five goals.With Roma fans at the filled Stadio Olimpico still fuming over Under’s miss, the frustration turned to rage when Madrid scored on its first chance of the second half.A poor clearance by Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen was headed back by Roma defender Federico Fazio directly to Bale, who scored easily.Then near the hour mark, Vazquez tapped in after a headed pass from Bale.Before the match, retired captain Francesco Totti was inducted into Roma’s hall of fame during a ceremony that retired Madrid greats Raul and Roberto Carlos also took part in.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampfAndrew Dampf, The Associated Press read more