The International Day of Families was officially launched by the Social Protection Ministry’s Department of Social Services on Tuesday focusing on ‘Families and inclusive societies.’Being the agency with responsibility for social services in Guyana, the ministry has designated one month (May 15 to June 15) as International Month of the Families. During this period, the ministry will embark on a series of activities to encourage and strengthen families.A section of the participants of the eventIn her remarks at the event held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Chairperson, National Commission of the Family, Sandra Hooper said that the family unit is the lynchpin of any society. Its main responsibility is the socialisation, education and protection of its members, particularly children and the elderly. She noted that in today’s ever-changing societies, the family often faces challenges in the execution of its role.Meanwhile, Director of Social Services, Whentworth Tanner explained that a functioning family is a microcosm of a functioning society, and that “parents and children have to work together in order to build a functioning family, Similarly, each of us has to do our part to create and sustain a functional society.”Tanner added that the family is the first school in which a child receives the basic values of life, that moulds his/her character and lays the foundation for their analytical capability. He noted that the ministry is cognisant of the changing complexity of the modern family – nuclear families are reducing and extended and single-parent families are on the increase.The International Day of Families provided an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and can become a powerful mobilising factor on behalf of families in all countries, allowing them to lobby for the protection and support of family issues appropriate to each society. A series of panel discussions will be held throughout the month with key stakeholders deliberating family-related issues. The event will culminate with a march for elderly awareness on June 15.
Finn Harps have suffered their first defeat of the season after eventually going down 2-0 to table-toppers Shelbourne at Tolka Park tonight.In a fairly nip and tuck opening period, it was Shels who opened the scoring on the 23rd minute and in some impressive style.Gareth Coughlan was fouled on the edge of the Harps area and he duly unleashed a superb free-kick into the top left corner of Winn’s net to make it 1-0. Harps tried to regroup after going behind but Shels continued to pass the ball well throughout and kept Harps’ chances to a minimum.Without the young and not-so-young guns of Ruairi Keating and Kevin McHugh, Harps were struggling in the firing line.But just before the half-time whistle Mickey Funston had the perfect opportunity to reply from the penalty spot.But the Harps midfielder fluffed his lines as Greg Murray saved with his foot after Lee Desmond had taken down Damien McNulty in the box. After the restart Harps had a succession of corners which unfortunately didn’t results in anything.Coughlan almost doubled his tally for Shels in the 72nd minute when his powerful shot came back off the bar.Harps cause wasn’t help by the sending off of Josh Mailey as the Dublin outfit ran down the clock.And when referee Andrew Mullally pointed to the penalty spot at the death, Keith Quinn sealed the points on a night when Harps got a wake-up call after such a promising start to the season. HARPS LEFT SHEL-SHOCKED AFTER 2-0 DEFEAT was last modified: April 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsShelbourneTolka Park