R&B star Chaka Khan speak on gun violence in Trinidad

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Chaka KhanAmerican R & B music superstar Chaka Khan is scheduled to give the feature address at a symposium on gun violence at City Hall, Port-of-Spain, tomorrow from 10 am. Hosted by Nu Wave Entertainment, the symposium is being held to mark the launch of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiative.Nicola Harvey, adviser and co-ordinator of the symposium, said Nu Wave felt there was an urgent need to give back to the society and help make T&T a better place. Harvey said Khan is expected to give a motivational and inspirational speech, as she has personally felt the effects of gun violence first-hand. The two-hour symposium will examine the effects of gun violence on the families and friends of victims.In 2004, Khan’s son, Damien Patrick Holland, shot to death his 18-year-old friend. The incident took place at Holland’s apartment where the two men struggled for control over a gun, which discharged a bullet and struck the victim. Holland was acquitted of the killing in 2006.“Chaka advocates for things like this. She tends to give a voice to those voices that are not heard,” Harvey said. Harvey said the multi-platinum recording artiste, who will headline the Every Woman Mother’s Day Concert on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, continues to be very vocal on issues involving gun violence.She said Khan has also spoken out on the highly-publicised Trayvon Martin case, in which 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida on February 26. “She is a mother, too, and knows what it’s like to be affected by gun violence. She can therefore share with us how she has been able to survive,” Harvey added.The symposium will also include a panel discussion to be led by head of the Police Victim and Witness Support Unit, Margaret Sampson-Browne, and will feature various community groups including the We Are Better Youth (WABY) of Laventille. “We have lost a lot of young people to gun violence. It’s one of our main crime problems in this country. We need to focus on this,” she said.Harvey said Gender Youth and Child Development Minister Verna St Rose Greaves is also expected to attend the symposium.The Guardian 63 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet EntertainmentNewsRegional R&B star Chaka Khan speak on gun violence in Trinidad by: – May 9, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Pellegrini worried by away form

first_img City lost 1-0 at Sunderland for the fourth successive season on Sunday afternoon and have now taken only four points from a possible 18 on the road during the current campaign. Pellegrini was at a loss to explain exactly how his team had come away from the Stadium of Light empty-handed after dominating for long periods, but admitted their hopes of glory could be dashed unless they can arrest the trend. Manuel Pellegrini has warned that Manchester City’s bout of travel sickness could derail their Barclays Premier League title challenge. He said: “I am concerned because we are losing too many points away and, of course, that’s very difficult if you don’t win away to try to fight for the Premier League. “But I don’t think we are playing badly, so we must have a reaction, we must improve to make sure we are going to win.” Former Manchester United full-back Phil Bardsley’s 21st-minute strike – his second goal in five days – proved enough to claim three priceless points for the Black Cats after he shrugged off James Milner and curled a shot across keeper Costel Pantilimon and inside the far post. The Romanian was once again preferred to England international Joe Hart and Pellegrini refused to be drawn on where he currently ranks his goalkeepers. He said: “At the moment, of course, Pantilimon is playing. He hasn’t had any problems in the three games he has played.” Pellegrini introduced Jesus Navas as a half-time substitute and later added Edin Dzeko to the mix as he sought a way back into the game. But with Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone and a defence marshalled superbly by Wes Brown – starting his first league game in almost 22 months – holding firm, there was no way through. The City manager said: “The reaction is very similar to the other games that we have lost away. It’s incredible the way we lost this match. “Sunderland played really well also defending. The team is not in a good position, so I understand the way they played. “But they had just one shot on our goal. We had the possession, we had the chances and we didn’t score.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was thrilled by a win which gave the Black Cats’ survival hopes a major boost, but did his heart little good. Asked if that was the biggest victory of his managerial career to date, even eclipsing a 2-1 defeat of arch-rivals Newcastle, he said: “Yes, probably. “I know that for the fans, for the club, for the history, it’s always more important to beat the biggest rivals without any doubt. That’s when you have to win. “But in terms of opposition, quality, world-class players, this is the biggest of my career, so it’s going to be a good evening tonight without any doubt. “I don’t know how my heart is right now. I don’t want to check it just in case it’s bad news, but it’s going to be a great evening. “I am so pleased for the players. They need to believe. It’s easy to talk – we can say things and you can write. But at the end of the day, it’s the players on the pitch who need to be convinced that this new way of playing football and defending is working, which is great for the future. “So let’s see if we can keep this going. It’s a good time to go into the international break.” Sunderland remain three points adrift of safety, but having won their last three home games, two of them in the league, the table makes for much more satisfying reading. Poyet said: “Right now, yes. Three hours ago? I’ll tell you what, when I looked at that table, it was awful – and we were playing Manchester City. “But that’s the key. It’s the feeling that you are sending to the rest above you. I would be thinking, ‘They are coming’.” Press Associationlast_img read more