The Sydney 2015 captains gathered at Luna Park last night to mark the beginning of the sport’s pinnacle event, the Netball World Cup, on Friday (today local time), with Jamaica opening their account against Samoa.With the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the NWC 2015 captains looked ahead to the 10-day tournament, with all nations taking the court in day-one action.Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados are the other Caribbean teams participating in the tournament. T&T play their opening game against Australia, while Barbados tackle New Zealand in their opening match.The World Cup returns to Australian soil after 24 years, with Australian and international fans expected to flock to Sydney Olympic Park for the 14th staging of the event.Candle lightingPrior to the captains’ call, players gathered for the official Candle Lighting ceremony, a tradition dating back to the first official World Cup in Eastbourne, England, in 1963.During the ceremony, each team captain lights a candle – a symbol of friendship and goodwill – and commits to honour the spirit of the game.The much-respected Candle Lighting Ceremony is a sacred tradition of the NWC and gives players and officials the opportunity to honour the past, present and future of the sport before they take to the court to compete for the ultimate prize – the World Cup.The tournament takes place at Allphones Arena and Netball Central, venues within Sydney Olympic Park.The captains are Nicole Aiken-Pinnock (Jamaica), Laura Geitz (Australia), Rhe-Ann Niles (Barbados), Geva Mentor (England), Mere Rabuka Neiliko (Fiji), Caroline Mtukule (Malawi), Casey Kopua (New Zealand), Juliana Naoupu-Laban and Opheira Harder-Karatau (Samoa), Hayley Mulheron (Scotland), Qingyi Lin (Singapore), Maryka Holtzhausen (South Africa), Semini Alwis (Sri Lanka), Joelisa Cooper (Trinidad and Tobago) and Peace Proscovia (Uganda).
He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO. Story Highlights Speaking at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”. “We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised. Deputy Chairman, Social Intervention Committee, Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO), Omar Sweeney, has announced that the operational framework for the social intervention aspect of the Government’s new anti-crime initiative has been signed off with the National Security Council.Speaking at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s luncheon on September 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Sweeney said with the sign-off, the social-intervention programme “will begin to roll out effectively now”.“So, the first will begin in Montego Bay tomorrow (September 30). There will be more items in the media and more information that is coming out around these activities,” the Deputy Chairman said.In an interview with JIS News following his presentation regarding the social intervention aspect of ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, Mr. Sweeney pointed out that most of the [social intervention] initiatives now are around civil registration, including the delivery of birth certificates, tax registration numbers and other forms of identification as well as some public health services.“We are now moving to start looking at clean-up activities in the community in a coordinated way. That is solid waste removal, bushing, clearing of some areas, street lighting for public safety, [and] the development of youth corps,” Mr. Sweeney said.He pointed out that unattached young persons of the inner-city communities such as Mount Salem are the main targets of the social intervention aspect of ZOSO.“The Social Intervention Committee is formed as a critical tool to seek the peace of the communities that we deem as Zones of Special Operations. It’s a coordinated government response to some of the issues in these communities, or what we need to attack. What is true is that much of the violence produced in these communities is done by unattached youth,” Mr. Sweeney said.“If they are not attached to formal things or good things, you find that they will get attached to illegal activities, so the social-intervention strategy will have a strong focus on youth,” he noted.Mr. Sweeney called on members of the Rotary Club to assist with the social-intervention aspect of ZOSO.“Service clubs can provide an impact. Service clubs like Rotary possess tremendous professional skills, and the transfer of that knowledge will go a far way in what we would say is no cost. It costs nothing to transfer knowledge,” he said.“We have to engage the youth and ensure that they are moving in the right direction,” Mr. Sweeney emphasised.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Hunter Tootoo, the former Nunavut speaker of the legislator, was named minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, ensuring an Inuk will again sit in the federal cabinet Wednesday.Tootoo is the second Inuk MP to hold a cabinet position – he beat out former MP Leona Aglukkaq who held several cabinet positions under the former Stephen Harper government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn in Wednesday morning at Rideau Hall that included throat singing by two Inuk girls from Ottawa.The #SwearingIn of PM @JustinTrudeau is highlighted with throat singing by two #Ottawa Inuit girls. #PM23 pic.twitter.com/wkxUXtwzKv— OSGG / BSGG (@RideauHall) November 4, 2015There was speculation that Tootoo would be named to Trudeau’s cabinet prior to Wednesday.Many people took to social media to congratulate Tootoo, who is related to NHL hockey player Jordin Tootoo.Congrats @HunterTootoo new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard #cdnpoli #nupoli— ITK (@ITK_CanadaInuit) November 4, 2015Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed attended the swearing-in ceremony and said in an interview with APTN National News “it is a proud day for Inuit” and that he spoke to Tootoo shortly after he was sworn in as a minister.“This is a portfolio he holds that is quite near and dear to the hearts of the Inuit,” said Natan, adding he’ll be meeting formally with Tootoo soon. “He knows formal meetings are coming and there will be very difficult things (language and suicide prevention) I’ll be asking of him and I think he is ready for that.”The ITK is the national Inuit organization that represents nearly 60,000 Inuit.Other Aboriginal leaders like Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde also congratulated Tootoo and Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak who tweeted:Very happy/hopeful that we now have an Indigenous Fisheries and Oceans Minister. Congratulations Hunter Tootoo— Sheila North Wilson (@shenorthwilson) November 4, 2015Others included former APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin.HUNTER TOOTOO is the DFO Minster! We have an Inuk in charge of Fisheries and Oceans! And the Coast Guard too! #CantEven!— Ossie Michelin (@Osmich) November 4, 2015