Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Juliette Scauso transformed her bereavement into empowerment following a retreat with 60 young adults brought together in the most heartbreaking of ways—all lost a family member to an act of terrorism.Project Common Bond, as the symposium that includes young adults from around the world is called, was organized by Manhasset-based nonprofit Tuesday’s Children, which serves the sons and daughters of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.“The opportunity to be part of such a wonderful and empowering program has been life changing for me,” said Scauso, of Melville, who was 4 years old when her father—a firefighter—died on 9/11. “I want to help heal, and to bond with others who feel the way I do.”Launched in 2008, Project Common Bond involves young adults from Algeria, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, Spain, as well as Americans who lost a family member on 9/11, and children of military personnel killed in post-9/11 active duty. This year, 27 Americans participated, including seven from Manhasset.“They asked this program to be initiated because they wanted to learn more about people from all over the world who go through the same tragedy and circumstances,” notes Danielle Coon, the director of programs at Tuesday’s Children.The young adults, who are reminded of their loss on the anniversary of the attacks, shared their unshakable pain and traumatic grief with one another, embracing dramatic differences and transcending language boundaries.“For these teenagers, the sudden, violent and public nature of their loss becomes an overwhelming and defining characteristic of their lives,” said Terry Sears, executive director of Tuesday’s Children. “Project Common Bond helps them turn their personal tragedy into strength and create positive change within themselves and their communities.”Matt Jordan, from Westhampton, returned to the international project for a fourth year, and walked away thankful for the global perspective.“Project Common Bond has allowed me not only to meet new people from across the world, but to enrich my understanding of foreign cultures and experience firsthand the impacts of international affairs,” he said. “I now have a more mature outlook onto other cultures and I have developed a greater understanding of the issues that impact the lives of their people.”He noted how a Middle Eastern participant shared a large notebook she used to document extremist violence and its aftermath in her community.During their eight days spent at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania from July 26 through August 3, campers participated in therapeutic group work, leadership sessions, conflict resolution and peace-building projects, as well as team events designed to foster trust, healing and communication. The initiative also had participants in a daylong adventure-based expedition run.The camp curriculum was designed by Harvard Law School’s Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and incorporated the Dignity Model, designed by Donna Hicks of the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs. The model’s core principles stress engagement in dialogue, a fundamental tenet of treating humans with dignity.“What has shaped me as an individual is the idea that you cannot fight hate with more hatred, that it will only add fuel to the fire,” Scauso said. “Knowing what it is like to have a loved one taken from you by inhumane acts of others is what fuels me in the fight against terrorism.”
Setting the records straight: Hearts – Kotoko league encountersSunday 22nd September, 2013 is going to be the 99th meeting between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko in the premier league.Sports researcher and analysts, Thomas Freeman Yeboah has compiled results of clashes between the two traditional clubs which is published below:First ever league encounterJackson Park, KumasiMatch cancelled because it ended abrubtlyKotoko 2-4 HeartsReplaySunday 2nd November, 1958Kotoko 2-5 HeartsHead to headTotal: 98Accra Hearts of Oak = 33Kumasi Asante Kotoko = 30Draws = 35At Accra Hears of Oak home groundsFirst league match at Hearts of Oak’s home groundsSunday 16th November, 1958Hearts 2-4 KotokoAll matches played in Accra except 2006/07 league home match that was played at Cape Coast Sports StadiumtTotal = 51Accra Hearts of Oak = 15Kumasi Asante Kotoko = 13Draws = 23Hearts of Oak home matches in AccraTotal = 50Accra Hearts of Oak = 14Kumasi Asante Kotoko = 13Draws = 23Week 2 matches between themWeek 2 matches between them have happened only twice since 19581992Hearts 1-1 Kotoko2000Hearts 4-0 KotokoThe last time Kotoko won their match day 1 at home while Hearts won their match day 1 away. In 1992 Kotoko won at home to Goldfields while Hearts won away to Neoplan at Bekwai Gyamfi park and the week two match was Hearts of Oak vs Kotoko in Accra.Week 117th February, 1992Kotoko 1-0 GoldfieldsAt Gyamfi Park, BekwaiNeoplan 1-3 HeartsWeek 223rd February, 1992Hearts 1-1 KotokoMahmoud Ahmed 82nd for Kotoko and Emmanuel Armah equalized for Hearts of Oak in the 90nd minute through a penalty.Will this repeat itself in the 2012/13 season?Kotoko beat Aduana Stars 2-1 at home, while Hearts won away to New Edubiase at no other grounds than Bekwai Gyamfi Park in their week 1 matches and the week 2 game is Hearts of Oak vs Kotoko in Accra.Will what happened in 1992 repeat itself?Hearts are without a win in their last three home matches against Kotoko2010/11Hearts 0-2 Kotoko2012/13Hearts 0-0 Kotoko2012/13Hearts 1-1 KotokoIt is likely a team will avoid defeat if it leads 1-0 by the close of half time. The last time a team lost in their encounter after leading 1-0 at half time was:1963/64 seasonHearts 3-2 KotokoMfum scored in the 40th minute, but Hearts fought from the 1-0 goal deficit to win 3-2 in the 2nd half.