Advocate Demands Justice for Children

first_imgThe spokesperson for the Liberia National Children’s Representative Forum (LNCRF), formerly the Liberia Children’s Parliament (LCP), Satta F. Sheriff, 17, last Tuesday called on the government to prosecute those who commit crimes against children.Addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Monrovia, Ms. Sheriff said “The LNCRF is greatly concerned about the many incidents of violence against Liberian children and called on the government and its partners to act now by ensuring speedy justice for all victims and survivors of crimes such as rape, murder and abuses that cause severe harm to children.”She made references to several cases involving children that are yet to be tried.“We demand justice for the 12-year old girl who was raped to death in Moulton Corner, Brewerville, and for the 16 year old boy who was sodomized by his teacher at Lango Lippaye High School in Kakata, Margibi County.“We also demand justice for a girl who was sexually exploited by her instructor at the Cuttington University Junior College, the two boys, Alvin Moses, 4 years old and Reuben Paye, 7, and the 3-year old girl who was raped in 2015, as stated in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Report,” she stated.“We can no longer keep silent because cases of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse against children are increasing every day,” Sheriff declared, adding, “those who commit crimes against children violate provisions of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC), the 1990 African Chapter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and the 2011 Children’s Law of Liberia.”She said Liberian children are at risk from unsafe environments and their future is endangered as a result of limited support to promote their safety.“It is an unquestionable reality,” she said, “that many Liberian children are today prostitutes only to earn money for their living, while others risk their lives between cars to sell cold water, candy and other commodities.”Children in Liberia are vulnerably exposed to harmful drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography, Sheriff lamented, noting that “children are accepted as customers at video clubs, at entertainment centers that sell alcohol, and they go to beaches, ghettos and gambling dens without protection.” She condemned child labor at many marketplaces in the country and called on those involved to stop doing so. Government must create a concrete framework that will take children from the streets and prevent them from being experimented on by harmful practices, Sheriff contended.“The practice of child labor in Firestone, Sime Darby Plantation, Cavalla Rubber Plantation, the Golden Veroleum Concession and many other concession areas are totally wrong and must be stopped,” she said.The child rights advocate meanwhile called on the government and its partners in progress to support the children’s section at the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection financially and materially in order for the ministry to effectively execute its mandates. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Acting Appeal Judge appointed to tackle backlog

first_imgIn light of the current shortage of Judges at the Guyana Court of Appeal, President David Granger has appointed University of West Indies (UWI) Lecturer, Dr Christopher Arif Bulkan, as an acting Appeal Judge. However, his temporary appointment will only last six months.The swearing-in ceremony was held at State House on Wednesday and amongDr Christopher Arif Bulkan taking the oath of office on Wednesdaythose present were members of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) – the body responsible for making the recommendation to the President.In an invited comment, Dr Bulkan told reporters that he looks forward to working with all stakeholders to address the backlog of cases, which currently plagues the judicial system.“Because they are under-staffed right now, my position will help to clear up the backlog or go somewhere towards that,” he said.Having worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers and being a Magistrate here, Dr Bulkan believes he would be able to make some headway in clearing up the backlog within his short tenure.“It would mean less adjournments, it would mean lawyers will get to present their cases and so on,” he added.Although Dr Bulkan has never served as a High Court Judge in Guyana, his appointment was recommended to the President after he was interviewed by the JSC.Asked how Bulkan’s name found its way before the Commission, Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams could not say. However, he did note that the Constitution does provide for the appointment of acting Justices of Appeal.Nevertheless, Williams posited that he believes the newly appointed Appeal Judge (ag) has the ability to acquit himself excellently.Meanwhile, President Granger in brief remarks highlighted the importance of efficient and timely dispensation of justice by the local courts, which he said are fundamental bases for a law-based State such as Guyana. In this regard, he added that the Judiciary is the vital organ in the preservation of the system of law and order.He went onto reaffirmed his Government’s commitment in ensuring that the judicial system remains independent.Bulkan was appointed under Article 128 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana, which provides that, “Judges, other than the Chancellor and the Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President who shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC)”.Also in attendance at the swearing in ceremony were Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Chief Justice (ag) Justice Roxane George, and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.last_img read more

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Govt has failed in fighting crime – Opposition

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called out the coalition Administration for “abysmally” failing to implement any stringent and effective crime-fighting strategies despite having a Cabinet featuring experienced national security experts.This criticism of Government comes on the heels of a resolution passed at the Party’s Congress held in Essequibo back in December to bring attention to the horrendous crime situation in the country.“Having regard to the fact that the Cabinet is comprised of a number of persons trained in the area of national security, who have held top positions, both in the Defence and the Police Force, this is one area in which the citizens expected this Government to demonstrate a minimum of competence. Instead, the crime situation gets worse with each passing day,” the PPP said in a statement on Thursday.According to the Opposition, all the nation sees from Government is the “blundering incompetence” of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and a Police Force that is paralysed by mixed signals from the President and other members of the executive, which seems to favour criminals.To this end, the PPP posited “in very clear and unequivocal language, the Government must unfold, immediately, a crime fighting/crime prevention strategy, now! Too many of our citizens are dying at the hands of bandits.”The PPP went on to outline that when the Party demitted office two years ago, it left in place comprehensive crime-fighting programmes with the requisite financial support from international financial institutions.In fact, the Opposition noted that its Government had already begun to implement most of the strategies and components of the Citizens Security Programme, which it noted as a result of ministerial incompetence seemed to be in complete disarray.“This plan was conceived and designed by experts and contained various components which targeted for participation, a number of important agencies of State, amalgamating them as part of the crime fighting machinery of the State. An important component is to design, develop and implement an integrated crime information system to support the Ministry of Home Affairs in creating a comprehensive and up-to-date Integrated Crime Information System (ICIS), which would have been easily shared with the use of modern technology,” the PPP’s public missive detailed.According to the PPP, it is intended that this database would have been merged with others within the governmental architecture to provide complete profiles of perpetrators and victims. The plan, it added, contemplates a collaborative working relationship with the justice system and the construction of data management centres throughout the country, while provides for specific strategic plans for the Police Force, the prisons and other agencies.Moreover, the Opposition outlined that the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team was supposed to be assembled along with the operationalisation of the multimillion-dollar forensic lab.In this regard, the PPP is claiming that not only was Government failing to implement that which it inherited, but it has abjectly failed to come up with any effective plan of its own.“The Government’s posture sometimes demonstrates support for the criminal and on other occasions, its position can be described, at best, to be ambivalent. The pardoning of criminals, the instructions to Police Officers not to shoot at bandits, the condemnation of citizens who defend themselves against bandits and the failure of this Government to commiserate with the victims of crime, cumulatively, send the wrong signals,” asserted the Opposition.The statement further outlined that instead of implementing the plethora of crime-fighting and crime prevention strategies which are already with the Government and enacting more legislation to deal with real criminals, the coalition Government’s emphasis is on assembling special prosecutors and fast-tracking the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill, which will be used to target not just political opponents but the business community.The PPP continued that over the past two years, no “serious” criminal investigations were done by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) yet law-abiding citizens in the business community and persons who have served in the last Government are being harassed, intimidated and persecuted on a daily basis by the Unit. In the meantime, the Party posited, crime in the country continues to spiral out of control with no sensible response emanating from the Government.last_img read more

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Mourinho reveals why he is not picking Fred in Man Utd team

first_imgFred was left on the bench this week as United drew at Southampton and was dropped from the squad altogether on Wednesday as Mourinho’s side twice fought back from behind to secure a point against Arsenal.The midfielder, who has not featured in any of United’s past four league matches, has lost his place in the Brazil squad after struggling to make an impression at Old Trafford.Mourinho used Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield for the 2-2 draw at Southampton, with no place in the team for the fourth-most expensive signing in United’s history.The manager then elected to use Herrera and Nemanja Matic in front of a five-man defence against Arsenal, with Pogba and Fellaini relegated to the bench.Mourinho has made clear that Fred’s time will come, but does not believe the midfielder is yet ready to play regularly in the Premier League.“Step by step, you have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing,” said Mourinho.“I think that when the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need in midfield people who are more worried about giving balance in the team than creativity, and the day we are stronger defensively, then the horizons change for Fred.”United, in eighth place in the Premier League, have already conceded 25 goals this season — compared with Liverpool’s six — and have a goal difference of minus one.– United character –Mourinho has questioned United’s character and competitiveness after the disappointment of draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton, asking whether the team had enough “mad dogs”.However, he felt that they showed far more spirit as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, giving him reason for optimism as bottom-of-the-table Fulham prepare to visit Old Trafford on Saturday.Asked if his players were showing more character, Mourinho said: “Yes. The numbers, the stats for me are not fundamental but sometimes they give us, they support our feelings, our ideas.“We pressed the ball more, we gave difficulties to Arsenal, we were fast in our transitions, so we had that spirit, we had that mentality that brought our game to a good level, to a better level.”Mourinho expects Fulham to provide awkward opposition, even though they have won only twice in the Premier League all season.The United manager is full of respect for new Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri, the man he replaced when taking his first English job at Chelsea in 2004.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win but if we don’t, then we must give credit to the people that deserve credit,” Mourinho said.“The game is not going to be 11 against zero, it’s going to be 11 against 11. They have good players in their side.“The points total sometimes doesn’t say much about the real potential of the team. They are led by one of the two most important managers in the history of the Premier League, so they have the potential to come here tomorrow and to give us a very difficult match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fred has struggled to make an impression since joining Manchester United © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Jose Mourinho suggested Friday that Manchester United must get stronger defensively before he is ready to give Fred more games.United spent £52 million ($66 million) on buying the Brazil midfielder from Shakhtar Donetsk in June but he has made just six Premier League starts.last_img read more

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Forget about Jose! Man United don’t want Mourinho as manager, claims Andy Gray

first_imgAndy Gray believes Manchester United have no interest in appointing Jose Mourinho as their manager.Mourinho, axed by Chelsea earlier this month, is being backed by many United fans to replace Louis van Gaal after a woeful run of form.United have failed to win any of their last eight games and picked up just a point over the festive period, with Monday’s goalless draw with Chelsea coming 48 hours after a woeful 2-0 defeat at Stoke.Mourinho merchandise was on sale at Old Trafford ahead of the game against his former club as speculation mounted over Van Gaal’s future.But Gray believes the United board remain behind the Dutchman and reckons there is zero prospect of Mourinho being brought in to replace him.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I don’t get the impression coming from the inner sanctum at Old Trafford that they are looking to get rid of Louis van Gaal unless they really, really have to do because of pressure from the fans.“And I get the impression they don’t want Mourinho. Jose Mourinho has been available for two weeks and, after that awful performance at the Britannia, if they really wanted Jose Mourinho that was the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to go ahead and get him.“I think Mourinho and United is just something that might not happen.“I don’t think United are in a hurry to do anything at all. If they really wanted Mourinho, they would have jumped by now.”last_img read more

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HOW TO STYLE YOUR HAIR FOR SPRING/SUMMER – with PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

first_imgHow to Style your hair for Spring/SummerThese past few weeks we have been talking a lot about the latest spring/summer hair trends and we’ve looked at some beautiful colour and fantastic cuts that have graced the recent catwalks of the biggest designers in the world. There are also of course some very popular styling trends that have been showcased by some of the biggest celebrities across the pond.Patrick has asked Rachel one of our Designers to talk us through some of the most wearable styles that should be embraced this season.Rachel says “Trends are great for inspiration; they will provide you with the little push that you might need to try something new- it  may be out of your comfort zone- but remember that you can put your own personal twist to any style and make it work for you”. Boxer BraidsThe Kardashian’s seem to be everywhere but like them or loathe them they do provide some great inspiration for change.Their very latest hair inspiration comes in the form of Boxer Braids! Leave it to Kim to turn a hairstyle usually seen in playgrounds to a chic do! This luxe, polished style looks adorable, chic and says -don’t mess with me all at once what is not to love about it?It is achievable with all hair types, is perfect for bad hair days and works just as well with a glamorous look as a more casual look.Next Day WavesIt’s time to embrace day old hair!  What this means is natural loose hair that was styled the day before, giving your hair beautiful texture. Calvin Klein showcased wonderful next day waves on the spring catwalk that left us really wanting to see more of it! Rachel says that this is certainly one of the most wearable styles at the minute. Think subtle waves not curls, textured messy and undone like Kate Hudson.Half Up/Half Down The half up/half down trend is perfect for both medium and long hair and can be personalised to you. This style took centre stage on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars with stars such as Diane Kruger, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson sporting beautiful half up do’s; each one elegant, beautiful but very different.The Half Up/Half do works in bun format like Alicia, with hair accessories like Brie or why not be a little more experimental with Braids and twists like Diane Kruger.Rachel’s advice is to have fun with your hair and don’t be afraid to try something new. If you have any hair topics that you would like us to cover next week just let us know by email or Facebook, we would love to answer any questions that you have, in the mean time you can keep up to date with us by following the below links!Email: info@patrickgildea.ie Website: www.patrickgildea.ieFacebook:www.facebook.com/patrickgildeahairdressingInstagram: www.instagram.com/patrick.gildea.hair HOW TO STYLE YOUR HAIR FOR SPRING/SUMMER – with PATRICK GILDEA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: April 14th, 2016 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:FeaturesnewsPatrick Gildea Centre of ExcellenceSPRING/SUMMERlast_img read more

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DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL REPORT: CLINICAL ST EUNAN’S DISPOSE OF FOUR MASTERS WITH EASE

first_imgRory Kavanagh was immense for St Eunan’s in their Donegal SFC victory over Four Masters at Mac Cumhaill Park.St Eunan’s have sent out a real message of intent following their excellent Donegal SFC quarter-final victory over Four Masters at Mac Cumhaills Park this evening.St Eunan’s were utterly ruthless throughout, and disposed of the challenge of Four Masters with ease.Maxi Curran’s side have shown they’re genuine contenders to win the Donegal SFC outright and they’ll take some stopping on the evidence of this showing. Four Masters are an excellent side, and they have a hugely talented and experienced squad.However, they’ll be desperately disappointed with their performance, and the fact they just didn’t give a good account of themselves.In truth, they never turned up and St Eunan’s exploited that and delivered an assured, clinical and impressive performance to book their place in the semi-finals.St Eunan’s got off to a great start and raced into an early lead thanks to points from Conall Dunne, Conor Gibbons and well-taken goal from Rory Carr. Gibbons then added a trio of scores, before Rory Kavanagh got in on the act to make it 1-06 to 0-00 as the clock ticked towards half-time.Four Masters finally scored their first point in the 29th minute from a free by Michael Doherty, he added another in first-half stoppage time before Connie Doherty blew for the half-time whistle.Remarkably with blanket defences all the rage in this year’s Donegal SFC, all of St Eunan’s scores in the first-half were from play.Half-time score St Eunan’s 1-06 Four Masters 0-02There was then some unsavoury scenes, as a melee broke out at the end of the half which lasted for a couple of minutes. There was disgraceful scenes as players traded punches and kicks during the mass brawl.It was finally resolved and two players were issued with yellow cards.St Eunan’s maintained their dominance in the second-half with Rory Kavanagh, Gibbons and Donnacha Gallagher all adding scores.Four Masters responded through Michael Doherty from a couple of placed balls, but they never really threatened St Eunan’s. They were heavy reliant on Michael Doherty who scored six of their seven points, (five from frees) Sean O’Kennedy got their other score from play.St Eunan’s capitalized on a Paul Durcan error in injury-time and that score only added to the woe for Four Masters.On the basis of this evidence 2012 champions St Eunan’s will be hard to be stopped again this year.Final score St Eunan’s 2-10 Four Masters 0-07DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL REPORT: CLINICAL ST EUNAN’S DISPOSE OF FOUR MASTERS WITH EASE was last modified: October 18th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCfour mastersGAAnewsSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

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“THERE IS NO QUESTION OVER SOLVENCY OF COUNCIL” – CEO SEAMUS NEELY

first_imgMr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive addressed today’s meeting of Donegal County Council and referred specifically to reports in some national and local media in relation to the financial position of the organisation.Donegal County Council are insolvent.A report published during March 2015 by the Local Government Audit Service and entitled “Overview of the work of the Local Government Auditors”, was recently commented upon in some national and local media with specific reference to the financial performance associated with Local Authorities during the financial year 2013.Mr Neely noted that the specific details included in this report prepared by the Local Government Audit Service on this Local Authority are accurate and consistent with the details previously presented to the members of Donegal County Council. However, he noted that there has been inaccurate interpretation of aspects of the report particularly in relation to comments around the financial solvency of the Council.In his address Mr Neely stated that “I can confirm that there is no question with regard to the solvency of the Council in that the Council has and will continue to trade in a solvent manner and in line with required governance and financial management processes”.He added “it is factually incorrect, to suggest that any business whether public or private sector and which happens to have a revenue deficit at the end of a particular year in it’s balance sheet is insolvent. This misrepresents the position of any such business to it’s stakeholders including in the case of Donegal County Council, it’s elected members, it’s employees, it’s customers, those businesses that provide goods and services to the Council, amongst others. In this context I can give full assurance to all of the stakeholders of the Council of fullest confidence in the ongoing financial management of the organisation and rejects any notion or suggestion that the organisation is insolvent or any connotations associated with such a term”.Mr Neely also stated that “it is useful to reflect at this time on what the most recent financial outturn is indicating, for the period ending 31st December 2014. These accounts reflect the merged position of the County and the former Town Councils and for the first time reflect the net joint position of these various authorities”. He added “I am pleased to report that the provisional figures for the year end position has improved by some €785,000 in respect of the County Council alone and as a result of the merge with the Town Councils (and on a once off, exceptional basis) by a further €2.045 million. This, in net terms, will see the 2013 deficit being reduced by some €2.83 million to a reduced deficit figure of less than €15 million.In addition to this, the Council’s financial statement also includes a credit position on our specific revenue reserve, amounting to some €3.375 million at the end of 2014. When netted off against the general revenue deficit this €3.375 million would reflect a net deficit position of approximately €11.6 million”.Mr Neely referred to the prudent approaches taken when reviewing the application of appropriate provisions for bad debt and how those bad debts are dealt with and stated “I am confident in our approach in that it is fair and equitable and strikes a good balance between the needs of the Council in continuing to trade in an appropriate manner and those of the customers that it serves while acknowledging the ongoing challenging financial and economic environment and the need to collect monies to allow the Council to provide the necessary services”.He concluded that “the Council will continue to work diligently to ensure that it can continue to provide the maximum range of services across our areas of responsibility in line with our financial capacity in a manner that does not expose the organisation to financial loss”.“THERE IS NO QUESTION OVER SOLVENCY OF COUNCIL” – CEO SEAMUS NEELY was last modified: April 13th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA!

first_imgLes O’Donnell and Denis Ferry on there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonWe’re not quite sure what to make of it either!Is it a car or is it a boat?Les O’Donnell and Denis Ferry will tell you it’s both. The two lads took their amphibious Landcover for its main voyage on Gartan Lake yesterday and guess what – it worked.The lads turned heads in all sort of directions as they took to the lake in their James Bond-style machine.The good news is that it didn’t sink and now the lads are thinking of putting it into mass production.They just wanted to float the idea past a few people first. Les O’Donnell gives Denis Ferry out of the lake after there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonTHE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA! was last modified: August 25th, 2015 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:donegalGartan LakeLandroverlast_img read more

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Takeaways: Oakland Athletics rip four home runs against Rangers to snap skid

first_imgJune’s spat began over Sampson purportedly stepping on Ramon … OAKLAND — Wish Kid August Wold wanted to get the full baseball player’s experience. Turns out, in the A’s 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, he’d get just that… with a little more spice.The A’s moved to 59-47 and into a tie for the second AL wild-card spot with the Boston Red Sox. Here are the takeaways.Rivalry revivedThe Adrian Sampson contention for the Oakland Athleticsbegan in Arlington, Texas, last month.last_img

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