SCoL Provides Assistance to Ebola-made Orphans

first_imgThe child advocacy group that took nine Liberian youngsters to last March’s Street Child World Cup in Brazil continues its first quota supplies to its beneficiaries in West Point, Buchanan, Caldwell, Banjor and Redlight Bassa Town.The nine young boys are known as Liberia’s ambassadors and are fully involved in SCoL’s activities.SCoL’s program director Michael John Bull told the Daily Observer yesterday that the donation is on-going to cover nearly 174 Ebola-made orphans in those identified communities.“We’ve provided mattresses, toys, footwear and medication to our beneficiaries who are strictly children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease,” Bull said.Bull said while the Liberian government has mobilized international efforts in the Ebola fight, “When Ebola is finally defeated the children made orphans by the scourge would remain.” Therefore, he said the Liberian government and other agencies must begin to develop strategies to care for them.“We must be aware of the impending social problem since these orphans are emotionally affected,” Bull said, “therefore four interventions should be considered.”He named them as ensuring acceptance into their communities due to stigmatization; providing clothes, food and medication; being pro-active in their kind of education and assistance to caregivers or a grant that would used for their sustainability.“Street Child of Liberia is providing the above named interventions,” Bull said, “and we would also providing grant assistance to caregivers or responsible relatives so that the children would have no reason to feel neglected.”Bull said SCoL’s field officers are working in several communities, particularly areas highly affected by the Ebola scourge to identify needed children for further support. He put the number to 250 children or more, with cash value of the intervention set around US$20, 000.00 in a continues process of several months.Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), was first established in Freetown, Sierra Leone and later director Bull was charged to come to Liberia to get it started.Street Child UK currently partners with Street Child of Liberia (SCoL), a registered NGO that delivers street-based programs in Monrovia. SCoL is made up of a team of dedicated Liberian social workers who are trained and supported by a street work expert.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP Commissioners slam lack of transparency

first_imgGECOM system– insist publication of nominator lists a statutory obligationThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are unhappy with the lack of accountability at that entity; and this is especially since there are just 43 days to go before Local Government Elections are held.Those commissioners, in an interview with this publication, made it clear that there are times when requests for information get them nowhere. One problem identified by Commissioner Sase Gunraj is the manner in which meetings are held.“You’ve heard in the media us complaining and saying things recently about the quality of the meetings, the discussions, the timing of the meetings; and thoseThe publication of the nominator lists, according to the commissioners, is a necessitystatements are not very complimentary of GECOM,” he said.“Because the meetings are truncated in terms of time, the discussions, sometimes even though they may be long-winded, do not end in implementable decisions,” Gunraj said. “And generally, at the commission level, it’s as though you have to squeeze blood out of stone to get what is happening.”According to Gunraj, those commissioners perceive the operations at the commission level are running on a need-to-know basis.Elaborating on the way meetings are held, PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadick compared what obtains now to the days of former Chairman Steve Surujbally, who demitted office in 2017.“Statutory meetings are held on Tuesdays and are supposed to start at one o’clock. From the first day, the Chairman announces that he’s not going beyond certain hours. First it was five o’clock. Then it came up to four o’clock. Then, if something is being discussed and the Chairman doesn’t (want to stay), he gets up,” she explained.“This has happened on more than one occasion. The thing about it is the commission under Surujbally was long hours, but at least we didn’t have a chairman that used to get up and walk out. This now is happening,” she declared.Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed GECOM Chairman late last year. The commission would be holding Local Government elections on November 12. Already, much controversy has surrounded the elections, including political parties accusing each other of submitting fraudulent lists on Nomination Day.ListsMeanwhile, Gunraj also addressed concerns about the publication of the candidates and backers’ lists. While Government officials have suggested that this should not have been done at all, Gunraj has insisted that the law makes it necessary.“All that is done for elections are a statutory process. Included in that process is that, upon receipt of the lists by the Returning Officer on Nomination Day within the specified period, they are required by law to post that list in a conspicuous place outside the RO office. That was done,” he said.“In fact, myself and other commissioners looked at this exercise at various RO offices throughout the Coast. I was on the East Coast; I know Commissioner Shadick was on the East Bank. I was also at Critchlow Labour College, where it was attended by a large media contingent (and) in person by the Minister of Communities and the Chairman of GECOM.”Gunraj noted that all those officials had observed the process, and he denied claims that the lists were published because of the PPP Commissioners.At a recent Alliance for Change (AFC) press conference, it was reported that that party’s Campaign Manager, David Patterson, had compared publicising of the lists to opening a can of worms. But according to Gunraj, the transparency it afforded highlighted electoral fraud.“It is an outcome of the viewing of these lists that all these issues have now arisen. People started to complain that they never signed lists. People started to complain that they did sign lists, but were duped into so doing,” he said.“They were told they were signing for better roads or old age pension. Another one I heard was they was listing persons to join a Community Policing Group. All of those are instances of fraud,” Gunraj said, adding that no right thinking person should countenance such things.last_img read more

May Day melee reflects failure in city leadership

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before the tear gas came the warning. I clearly heard, “This is an illegal assembly. You are ordered to disperse.” The helicopters circled menacingly overhead and I, along with the rest, faced a Hobson’s Choice of bad options. You see, while we were ordered to disperse, we were also surrounded by the police. There was literally nowhere to go. Maybe a backhoe to dig us out, or rescue, deus ex machina, from one of the helicopters. The helicopters supplied no relief — only the tear gas canisters that begat the running, the beatings and the rage. What I’m describing was a riot in Berkeley in the late 1960s. As a survivor of that era, I know something about what happened on Tuesday in MacArthur Park. While “riotology” is not my academic field, living through Berkeley in the ’60s gives me an informal masters, if not a PhD. Typically, a peaceful demonstration turns ugly when people in the back, craving the adrenalin charge of blood and destruction, start throwing rocks and bottles. I have never seen riots start totally unprovoked (not since the days of Bull Conner and the civil-rights movement). The people in the front then bear the brunt of the police violence, while those who started it remain in relative safety. Sometimes protesters riot, and sometimes it is the police who lose control of themselves. This latter seems to have been the case at MacArthur Park. Both sides share a lot in common during a riot. The protesters see the police as nonhuman and the source of unreasonable authority. The police see the protesters (soon to be rioters) as the force of anarchy and chaos. They meet at their mutual inability to see the other as anything but the enemy. This is how good cops hit women, broadcasters, members of the press and people who are just trying to get out of the way. The early 20th century sociologist Gustav LeBon wrote about how the members of a mob join in the energy of the moment and lose their individual sense of self and their own values or morals. This is true of both police and protesters. Once the violence starts, it is easy to get lost in the passion of the moment. It takes tremendous discipline and the willing suppressing of our natural instincts to hold to our own values. This discipline comes from training. Our police were clearly not prepared for what they saw in the park. This is a failure, not so much of the individual police officers, but of leadership. They were not trained for dealing with a largely peaceful group with some violent — and probably inebriated — people. They were trained for civil insurrection. Their leaders, our leaders, called the wrong play from the wrong playbook. Pundits often observe that the military prepares for the previous war. Well, the police are no different. Their use of force was properly designed for urban insurrection, for the Watts Riots or the Rodney King Riots. Thousands of people looting stores, setting fires and beating innocent shop owners might need to be cleared with the kind of authority and level of violence we saw Tuesday. But that level was not appropriate for thousands of peaceful people trapped in front of some provocateurs. Am I prejudging without having been there or before the official reports are issued? Yes. Isn’t that irresponsible? No. The reports and results of investigations will most likely follow the established pattern of blaming a few bad apples among the marchers and a few bad apples among the police. Like Abu Ghraib, no report will place the responsibility at the high level where it belongs — on the playbook and whoever called the play. This was a protest that did not need to become a riot. But it became a police riot because they were given orders to quell an insurrection instead of arresting a few violent thugs. We, the people, deserve better leadership. The police, too, deserve better leadership.— Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at read more

AFC once again rally back to pick a point

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards striker Marvin Omondi leads team-mates in celebration.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – AFC Leopards once again came from behind to pick a point after drawing 2-2 against Vihiga United in the only Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Saturday.AFC Leopards were trailing after six minutes of play after Chris Masinza scored the early goal after driving home a shot from six-yards outside of the box following a throw-in by Charles Okwemba. Things got worse for Ingwe in the first half when Michael Misigo volleyed  home to double the  scores for visitors Vihiga United to see the Edward Manoa side take a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.AFC returned stronger in the second half with the pep talk of outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi paying dividends. Wyvonne Isuza pulled one back for Ingwe from the spot when he was hacked down by Vihiga’s captain Bernard Ochieng in the 54th minute.Just as Vihiga thought they had won the match, AFC Leopards repeated what they did in their last match against Kariobangi Sharks scoring the equaliser on the death (95th minute) when Vincent Oburu connected home a cross from Isuza.The result left AFC Leopards stagnated third in the standings on 20 points while Vihiga, who are playing in their first season the top flight league, are 13th on 13 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Men’s and women’s top 25 basketball

first_img Shelden Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds – his fourth straight double-double – for the Blue Devils (13-0), one of eight undefeated teams in the country. 10 Washington 87, Cornell 71 Freshman Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and had a season-high 12 rebounds, and the Huskies (12-1) dominated the Big Red (4-8) inside with a 46-27 rebounding advantage in its final nonconference game. MEN’S TOP 25: WILLIAMS DOUBLES UP FOR DUKE at 1 Duke 84, Bucknell 50 Old Dominion 67 Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Nicky Anosike added 17 to lead the Volunteers (13-0) to their 10th straight victory in the series. at 2 Duke 100, Wake Forest 54 Monique Currie had 16 points before sitting out the final 11 minutes and Lindsey Harding added 14 points as the Blue Devils (12-0) won their ACC opener. at 6 Maryland 82, Manhattan 49 Jade Perry had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Terrapins (12-1) won their ninth straight game – despite shooting a season-low 36.2 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img WOMEN’S TOP 25: HOKIES SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT at N.C. State 65, 25 Va. Tech 44 Tiffany Stansbury scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead the Wolfpack to the upset. The Hokies (12-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell to 0-6 against N.C. State. at 1 Tennessee 83, last_img read more

Evangelical schools challenge UC system’s rejection of courses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Tension between evangelical Protestants and higher education isn’t unusual, said Green, who closely follows religious activism. What’s notable, he said, is the question of whether an elite university system will accept students from conservative Christian schools in which parents have invested heavily. Calvary’s supporters say UC is trying to force Christian schools to ditch their scriptural commitments in favor of secular approaches. It’s “pure discrimination against a particular viewpoint,” said Ken Smitherman, president of the Colorado Springs-based Christian schools association, which has 800 member campuses in California. But UC officials say objections are academic, that they have a right to set standards that aren’t met by the science classes and such courses as “Christianity and Morality in American Literature” and “Christianity’s Influence on American History.” “It’s not that we’re trying to prevent students from getting exposure to the ideas in these textbooks,” said Christopher Patti, UC legal counsel. “It’s just that they don’t adequately teach the subject matter, in the view of the faculty.” The questioned textbooks come from Beka Books of Pensacola, Fla., and Bob Jones University Press of Greenville, S.C. BERKELEY – In an unusual clash between creed and curriculum, evangelical day schools are suing the prestigious University of California system, charging that it’s biased against conservative Christian viewpoints. The suit was prompted by UC’s refusal to approve courses at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, Calif., where textbooks, among other things, endorse the Bible’s absolute authority and challenge the theory of evolution. Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles will rule soon on the university’s motion to kill the lawsuit. If the case proceeds, it will be unique. Neither UC nor the Association of Christian Schools International, Calvary’s partner in the lawsuit, knows of any parallel. “This is potentially a very serious lawsuit,” said University of Akron political scientist John C. Green, that has “important implications for the broader set of relations between religious groups and universities.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kings start 2005 season under wraps

first_imgKings coach Andy Murray knows who will start in goal for him in tonight’s season opener in Dallas. He just wasn’t inclined to reveal who it was before boarding an afternoon flight to Dallas Tuesday following a short practice in El Segundo. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our opponents don’t know either goalie that well and this makes their work a little tougher, ‘ Murray said. “I don’t usually have a problem saying, but I think right now I’d prefer not to say.” Murray did inform Garon and LaBarbera of his decision; although he made it clear he wanted them to keep mum. “I just said I don’t think anyone else has to know,” Murray said. Game day decision Mattias Norstrom, who is eligible to come off the injured list before tonight’s game, was not expected to fly with the Kings to Dallas while recovering from the flu. Depending on how he’s feeling, Norstrom could join the team in time to play tonight. Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera will get the starting nod, but in an effort to prevent Dallas from preparing for one or the other Murray kept his decision to himself. Garon and LaBarbera are both relative unknowns in terms of NHL service, and Murray is hoping to take advantage of the lack of intelligence on them by delaying his announcement. center_img Norstrom is fully recovered from the strained hamstring that landed him on the injured list. If Norstrom is activated, the Kings will have to make a roster move to clear a spot on their 23-man roster. The final 23 To get to the 23-man limit the Kings placed Norstrom, right wing Valeri Bure and defenseman Richard Petiot on the injured list. Bure, out with a back strain, is eligible to be activated after the Kings home opener Thursday against Phoenix. Left wingers Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn both cleared waivers and were loaned to Manchester of the AHL. Filling in One of Murray’s concerns heading into camp was replacing emotional leader Ian LaPerriere, who signed with Colorado as a free agent. But LaPerriere’s loss has been softened thus far by the play of newcomer Tom Kostopoulos, one of the surprise players in training camp. “We lost a great player in Ian, he was such a heart and soul guy and it was really tough to see him go,” Murray said. “But the word from our scouts was that (Kostopoulos) could come in and do some of those things and I think he’s done that. Now we just have to see if he can do it in the regular season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Making courts kid-safe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – A fledgling organization in La Puente wants to change the court system to keep children away from their alleged abusers.The Family Court Reform Coalition formed about three months ago.“We wanted the organization to reflect the large number of professionals who want to help protect children,” said Executive Board Member Tasha Amador.The coalition has about45 members on its advisory board, with more lining up to volunteer, she said.The organization is starting up in an office in La Puente and is applying for nonprofit status, Amador said.The coalition was formed by members of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women but is not affiliated with that group, Amador said.The advisory board includes professionals and advocates from around the country.“We have been fighting the courts that are doing outrageous things to women and children,” said Dr. Paul Fink, coalition advisory board member and president of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.Some courts use a controversial theory called “parental alienation syndrome” that puts children with an abusive parent, he said.“We’d like to find a way to get courts to learn about science – what is valid and what is not,” Fink said. “Our goal is to get reform into the court system.”The coalition will provide a responsible parent with a knowledgable attorney and psychiatrists who could serve as expert witnesses to counter the system, he said.The group also wants to educate the public about this issue, formulate reform and advocacy strategies and push for legislation to effectively address these problems to better protect children and families, Amador said.One educational tool is a documentary titled “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories,” which explores custody cases involving domestic violence.The coalition did not produce the documentary, but some of its advisory members appear in it, Amador said.But the group may face an uphill battle. These types of organizations don’t have a lot of power and influence, said Dean Tong, a family rights and forensic consultant on child abuse, domestic violence and custody cases.He had not heard about his specific group, but he said in general such a grass-roots organization might generate some media attention but they won’t necessarily influence public policy. 962-8811, Ext. 2230last_img read more


first_imgThree-time All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh has said Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash between Tyrone and Donegal was not a good advertisement for the GAA.Cavanagh was red carded during an ill-tempered clash between two counties that seem to have a genuine dislike towards each other.Cavanagh one of the finest players Tyrone have ever produced felt the game wasn’t a good advertisement for the GAA and sais that ‘sledging’ between players has now become ‘nasty’ and ‘malicious’. Cavanagh admitted both sides were guilty but said some of the bile directed at players went over the edge and some of the personal stuff regarding players families and girlfriends was pre-calculated and malicious.Cavanagh told The Irish Independent, “With the intensity of the game and the hype and probably the tightness of the game as well, everyone was probably a bit on the edge I think. Players probably did overstep the mark to a certain extent.”“I’ve had it before, it can be very, very personal and I know there was certain players, you will probably know that play for us that have been through tough times, and they were getting a fair bit of personal abuse.“Look, it’s disappointing to see and it’s not just all one side. It’s both sides. I don’t know how you can change it, I don’t know how you can stop somebody whispering in somebody’s ear because I don’t think you’re ever going to be able to police that.“I think it’s part and parcel. Referees and officials will obviously try and clamp down on it but I’m not sure how they can do that because there’s so many different ways it can be done.”Cavanagh also said that in comparison to other sports like Rugby and Soccer the GAA falls behind in terms of respect shown.“It certainly wouldn’t be a good advertisement for younger players coming into the game and if they were thinking of whether they wanted to go play soccer or whether they wanted to go play rugby, there’s probably an awful lot more respect in that game than there is in GAA at the moment.” Advertisement SEAN CAVANAGH – “MATCH BETWEEN US AND DONEGAL WAS NOT A GOOD ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE GAA was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAnewsSean CavanaghSledgingSportTyronelast_img read more

Pochettino defiant after Chelsea’s derby triumph

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino stood by his team selections this week following the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Pochettino left a number of players out for Spurs’ midweek loss against Monaco which ended their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase.He seemingly prioritised the derby at Stamford Bridge, where Premier League leaders Chelsea stormed back to win after Christian Eriksen had put the visitors ahead.Asked if he had any regrets about his decisions, Pochettino said: “No regrets. I think you (the media) are very focused on rotating players and the names. It’s about the squad.“If it’s a different result against Monaco then I don’t think you ask. Regrets? No regrets.Victor Moses netted Chelsea’s winner“We are competing in the Champions League and Premier League and to be competitive sometimes you have to give a rest to players.“Never regret, because we are professionals and try to make the best decision for the team and if you lose then accept the criticism.”Tottenham were excellent in the first half but Chelsea levelled with a fine strike from Pedro just before the interval and went ahead courtesy of Victor Moses’ goal six minutes into the second half.“After that game, you feel proud. We came from Monaco and that was tough to be out of the Champions League,” Pochettino said.“I think the answer of the players was clear. It was the right mentality and a good performance, but we lost.“If you analyse the result, 2-1 for Chelsea – congratulations. But if you analyse the 90 minutes, we played well.“We played very well for 44 minutes and conceded a great goal from Pedro. If you analyse the whole game, we deserved the minimum of a draw,“It’s easy to explain; they were clinical in front of goal and we weren’t.” See also:Chelsea top after beating Spurs againConte savours Chelsea’s derby victoryChelsea v Tottenham player ratingsBoss Conte hails Chelsea transformationConte backs Blues keeper Courtois  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more