WOLPNET: ‘FGM, Early Marriage Unacceptable’

first_imgThe Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) has described the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia, as unacceptable and should be abolished.In a press release yesterday, WOLPNET described the practice as a violation of human rights.The local women’s rights group’s assertion followed its recent engagements with Liberians in Bomi, Lofa and Grand Cape Mount Counties on the way forward to end female genital mutilation and early marriage.“These practices contravene international laws like the African Union (AU) Protocol and CEDAW, to which Liberia is a signatory,” the organization said.Quoting young women in said counties, who were directly affected by these cultural practices, WOLPNET said, “Most of them were taken to the ‘Sande’ Bush as children and went through the process against their will.”WOLPNET also said the women explained they, “learned some good things while they were admitted into the traditional school.”“While we bitterly frowned on FGM, we also recognize some positive things that come out of the traditional school, such as training in household care, respect for elders, dancing, singing and other morals,” said WOLPNET’s Acting Executive Director, Marian Gonyor,The release quoted her as saying, “The key unacceptable issue is the unhealthy condition under which the girls and women stay in while admitted in the bush.”The group said it has begun rolling out plans to partner with relevant civil society organizations and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to develop an implementable plan-of-action tool to abolish FGM and early marriage.WOLPNET, meanwhile called on the Liberian government to intervene and modify the aspect of the Liberian culture that has to do with cutting women, many of whom are often forcefully initiated into the Sande’ bush and given out for marriage when they should be in school.The group said the elimination of the practice of FGM is a campaign that every Liberian must join and urged Liberians to wake up to the reality of modernization and save our future generation.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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Farmers Meet, Strategize ‘Critical’ Agriculture Issues

first_imgFarmers posed with other stakeholders at the end of the meeting.Since 2004, Liberia became a signatory to the Maputo declaration on food security which states that ten percent of each country’s budget be given for agriculture, Liberia is yet to align itself to the agreement.Therefore, Liberian farmers have begun strategizing ways on how they can engage government to commit itself to the Maputo agreement, as well as other critical issues affecting farmers which, when addressed, they believe, will accelerate growth in the agricultural sector.It is based this that over the weekend, more than 100 farmers from Bong, Nimba and Margibi Counties convened their first town hall meeting in Gbarnga, Bong County to find a way forward in presenting their concerns to the legislature to enact the needed policy.Other issues identified besides the “Maputo Agreement” included, duty free reduction on taxes on agriculture inputs, access to agricultural loan for farmers at affordable rate and adequate time as well as the need for government to promote local produce at all public gatherings.“There is a need that we engage our lawmakers at the county level on these critical issues that affect us. If there is no favorable response, than farmers can carry out a sit-in-action. We elected these people as our leaders, so they need to prioritize agriculture,” says Conscience Juah, a farmer from Margibi County.“It is important that government demonstrates commitment to the Maputo Agreement, because it will help to increase farmers’ production and improve their lives. We must engage our lawmakers to implement the agreement,” Korto Mulbah from Bong County added.Meanwhile, one of the facilitators told journalists that his organization believed strongly that these issues identified by the farmers, when presented to lawmakers and translated into possible policies, can greatly move the agriculture sector forward.He said that the organization is driving the process on the issues by creating awareness through the mass media to increase understanding of the public and the government.“We are advocating so that government can allot 10 percent annually in to the budget for agriculture to improve food security,” Bass said.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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Cariboo Cougars with Fort St. John players win BC Hockey Major Midget League Championship

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Curtis Hammond, Johnny Herrington and Brophy Dunne helped the Cariboo Cougars win the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League Championship.For the second straight season, the Cariboo Cougars and Fraser Valley Thunderbirds faced off in the BC Hockey Major Midget League (MML) Championship. This season, the Cougars avenged last season’s loss and won the best-of-three (3) series two (2) games to none in Abbotsford, BC. For Cariboo, it was their second league championship in the least three (3) years.In game one (1) of the championship series, Cougars were back-stopped by netminder Xavier Cannon (Quesnel) who had the shutout in the 3-0 win. Curtis Hammond (Fort St. John) led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.- Advertisement -In game two (2), Cariboo exploded offensively taking a decisive 8-2 victory to take home the Cromie Memorial Cup. The Cougars were led by Jaxon Danilec (Prince George) and Fischer O’Brien (Prince George) with three (3) points each in the game.Cariboo will now face the Calgary Buffaloes, the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) champions, at the Pacific Regional Championship, April 5-7, 2019 in Calgary. The winner of that series will earn a berth in the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, being held April 22-28, 2019, in Thunder Bay, Ontario.last_img read more

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Students get hands-on experience at NLC

first_imgMore than 350 grade 8-10 students in School Districts 60 and 81 gained hands-on experience in Dual Credit programming available at Northern Lights College through YES-2-IT events. YES-2-IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) is a joint initiative of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Ministry of Education. At NLC, YES-2-IT events provide students with the opportunity to learn about Dual Credit programs available on campus or through distributed delivery.  “YES-2-IT events provide the opportunity for students to experience potential education and job opportunities in a hands-on environment. The students get the chance to see the options available to them in their own backyard, and to begin envisioning what their career paths might look like,” said NLC’s recruitment manager Kristina Van De Walle.  A unique aspect of YES-2-IT is its focus on hands-on involvement, as students are encouraged to try out aspects of their selected programs through activities that are developed and overseen by participating program instructors.Dual Credit programming allows secondary school students to enrol in certain College programs, and earn credits at both levels while still in secondary school. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Silver lining of shootings

first_imgBy Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER A teacher’s frantic 911 call. A SWAT team surrounding a high school. Kids fleeing their campus, screaming, gunfire ringing out inside. It’s been more than eight years since the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, but the images and sounds of the tragedy are forever disturbing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityEventually, though, some positive messages emerged from that horrific day: the importance of tolerance and compassion. And those lessons have spawned an inspiring school program that just arrived in Torrance. Named for Columbine victim Rachel Scott, whose many journals and other writings form the basis of the program, Rachel’s Challenge aims to curb school violence by promoting kindness. Just weeks before she was the first student killed on campus April 20, 1999, Rachel wrote in an essay, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then they will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness will go.” She added that her theory “may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached,” but, she urged, “test them for yourself.” Rachel was among 12 students and a teacher killed by fellow students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris that day. Another 24 were wounded. The killers had been bullied by other kids and left behind evidence that they targeted anyone who slighted them at the school. Rachel’s call to action hit Torrance High School on Tuesday, when Rachel’s Challenge was made to students and adults alike in four separate sessions with Scott family friend Andy McClure. Now the largest school- assembly program in the country, Rachel’s Challenge was started by the Scott family about a year after her death. The primary message? The tiniest gestures can have the biggest impact. “You don’t need to cure a disease. You don’t need to cross the Grand Canyon for someone else,” McClure told the students. “You just need to do the little things.” “It was very touching,” ninth-grader Michele Coughlin, 15, said later of the somber presentation, which mixed news footage of the Columbine shootings and Rachel Scott’s funeral with audio of desperate 911 calls from that day and voice-over readings from Rachel’s diaries. “I think it’s a great idea,” she added of the challenge. “I think more people should do it, and maybe we wouldn’t have such a big problem with everybody judging other people.” Choosing positive influences. Keeping a journal of one’s own dreams and goals. Practicing small acts of kindness. Telling people that they are loved. Embracing differences instead of judging them. Those are the five tenets of Rachel’s Challenge and, by Tuesday afternoon, several hundred students had signed a massive banner, pledging to try to observe them all. Stepping back after inking her own name, ninth-grader Kiana Sagun, 13, said what resonated most with her was the idea of tolerance. “You shouldn’t judge people by looking at them,” she said. “It’s better to love than to hate people. You should have a positive attitude.” Hoping to spread that attitude across the school district, the Torrance Council of PTAs is working on expanding the program into every Torrance Unified high school by early next year. “Columbine is no different than Torrance ? and that kind of tragedy could happen anywhere,” said council President Tish Carney, who saw a Rachel’s Challenge presentation at a summer convention and was determined to bring it home. “Kids need to remember, to stop thinking that anyone is of less value than they are. No one is of less value than anyone.” Words to live by, said McClure, especially for Rachel Scott, who was a unifying figure on her campus – and has become a nationwide symbol since her death. “She believed in compassion and kindness, and that’s why we’re doing this,” he explained following the first of his four Torrance sessions Tuesday. “We’re into changing cultures, not just the climate. The whole issue is to effect change.” shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K

first_imgMORE than 350 runners took part in Wednesday evening’s Lifford AC 5k.NorthWestNewsPix was there…  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LIFFORD AC 5K was last modified: July 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:2015Lifford AC 5kpicture speciallast_img

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IT’S HOT OUT THERE – SO WELCOME TO ‘EL PASO’ (DONEGAL)

first_imgIT’S hot out there today – temperatures heading for 24C this afternoon.But visitors to west Donegal might just have mistaken it for El Paso.At least that’s what the sign says…..on the Glen Road between Loughanure and Annagry! Picture by Danny O’Donnell. IT’S HOT OUT THERE – SO WELCOME TO ‘EL PASO’ (DONEGAL) was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Annagrydonegal weatherEl PasoLoughanuresunshinelast_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, January 6.Tony MCDONAGHThe death has occurred of Tony McDonagh, Main Street, Dunkineely, Donegal Funeral Mass today Saturday at 10am at Church of St. Joseph and Conal, Bruckless. Burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.Bill GILLThe death has occurred of Bill Gill, Annagh, Clonmany, Donegal.Removal from his late residence on Saturday at 11am to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Carndonagh Community Hospital Patients Comfort Fund c/o any family member. Family time, please, from 11pm to 11am. House Strictly private for family only on the morning of the funeral. Michael F. DESMONDThe death has taken place in the Donegal Hospice of Michael Desmond, Sessiagh, Dunfanaghy Co. Donegal formerly Macroom, Co. Cork.Removal from the Donegal Hospice Letterkenny on Saturday January 6th at 3pm, going to his late residence in Dunfanaghy. Funeral mass in Holy Cross Church, Dunfanaghy on Monday January 8th at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm until 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.Christy DEEHANThe sudden death has taken place of Christy Deehan, Shore Front, Buncrana. Husband of Teresa and dear father of Mark.Removal from Murphy’s Funeral Home took place yesterday evening going to his home. Funeral Sunday 7th January leaving at 12 noon going to St Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm. Interment immediately afterwards in Cockhill Cemetery. Family time please from 11.00pm – 10.00am.Bernadette CONLON (née Mc Manus)The death has occurred of Bernadette Conlon (née Mc Manus), Donegal Road, Ballybofey, peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late John Conlon and much loved mother of Francis, Mary, John, Veronica, Clare and Maeve. Dearly loved sister of Monica, Bridie, Carmel and Francis and the late Mary,(Brazil), Felix and Fr. Michael. Deeply regretted by her sons, daughters, sisters, brother, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.Remains reposing at her home on Saturday Jan 6th from 6pm until rosary at 10pm. House Private on Sunday Jan 7th, with removal from her home at 6pm to the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, to repose overnight. Funeral Mass on Monday Jan 8th at 11 am, with interment afterwards in Drumboe Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowrers if so desired, to the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny, care of any family member.Martha BEGLEYThe death has occurred of Martha Begley, Drogheda, Sean O’Hare Unit, Stranorlar, Donegal / Raphoe, Donegal, peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and under the continued tender care of the staff of the Sean O’Hare Unit and Letterkenny University Hospital staff. Formerly of Figart, Raphoe. Loving mother to her sons Andrew, Colm and Peter, grandsons Michael, Ryan and Craig, brother Leslie (Alex) and predeceased by her brothers Robert and Willie John. Sadly missed by her her sons, grandsons, brother, staff of the Drogheda Ward, relatives, neighbours and friends. Remains reposing at Drogheda Ward, Sean O’Hare Unit (St. Joseph’s Hospital) on Saturday and Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm. Service of thanksgiving for Martha’s Life will take place in the Church at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday 8th January at 2 pm, burial immediately afterwards in the family plot in Raphoe Presbyterian Churchyard. Flowers welcome, donations in lieu of flowers if so desired to the Patients Comfort Fund, Drogheda Ward, Sean O’Hare Unit, Stranorlar c/o Martin McGowan, McGowan’s Funeral Home, Drumboe Avenue, Stranorlar or any family member. Eircode for Wake F93 FCR6.Michael HARKINThe death has occurred of Michael Harkin, 133 Ard Colgan, Carndonagh, Donegal at Carndonagh Community Hospital.Funeral from his late residence today, Saturday at 10.30am, to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, for Requiem Mass at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

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Two Donegal hotels named amongst Ireland’s top small hotels

first_imgTwo Donegal hotels have been named in the Top 25 list of Ireland’s Best Small Hotels.The Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for 2018 have named Ballyliffin TownHouse, Inishowen, and Castle Grove Country House Hotel, Letterkenny, as two of the best small hotels in the country.Coming in at number 7 on the list, Ballyliffin TownHouse has a top score on the travel website, with hundreds of outstanding reviews being left by guests. Ballyliffin TownHouseOne guest remarked: “Beautiful, comfortable hotel ideal for families. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The food was also very good. Very impressed with this hotel. Couldn’t fault it!” Another guest summed it up by calling the hotel “an absolute gem.”A spokesperson for Ballyliffin TownHouse shared the good news on their Facebook page, saying “this is fabulous news and we would like to thank each of you for all your great reviews. We are only one of 2 hotels in Donegal in this category. As always, a special thanks to all the team here who work with such passion each day. A huge congratulations to all the Donegal Hotels on their 2018 awards.”The stunning Castle Grove Country House Hotel placed number 24 on the list, with their friendly staff and delicious food being just some of the elements that made guests’ stay at the hotel extra special.Castle Grove Country House HotelOne guest left a review saying the Letterkenny lodge is “like an oasis”, with another saying “it was exactly what we were hoping it would be and more.” Guests noted the exquisite furnishings and breathtaking artwork, along with the cosy glow that radiated from the charming fireplaces.Topping the list is the lavish Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, with the title of the World’s Top Small Hotel going to the ornate Hotel Mume in Kyoto, Japan.Two Donegal hotels named amongst Ireland’s top small hotels was last modified: February 4th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballyliffin townhousecastle grove country house hoteldonegalIreland’s top small hotelslast_img read more

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Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon

first_imgA man who accidentally assaulted a young woman in a Donegal nightclub was only trying to defend himself after being set upon by other people.Jorge Carlin Pereda pleaded guilty to the charge arising from an incident at Voodoo, Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on April 22, last year. Full evidence was heard at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court on June 10 and had been adjourned until this week for finalisation.Sgt Jim Collins said Gardai were called to Voodoo nightclub after a male had been ejected for allegedly causing an assault inside.Garda McFadden found Carlin Pereda, of 51 Main Street, Ballybay, Monaghan, had a cut above his right eye.On viewing CCTV footage, the court heard that there was an altercation on the dance floor and the defendant could been seen attempting to strike another male, as he did so, he hit inadvertently hit the injured party who was sitting at the bar nearby.CCTV footage also showed that another male bumped into the defendant causing his glass to fly out of his hand.Solicitor for Carlin Pereda, Mr Frank Dorrian outlined that his client is a Spanish national who works in a managerial role for a meat factory and had been in Letterkenny for some time at the time of this incident.“He tells me that he was being provoked, jostled, insulted and made fun of all for reasons he did not understand. He went to strike the guy who pushed him and it actually looks like the elbow of the person he struck is what hit the young lady in the face.”In a statement to gardai, the defendant said he was deeply apologetic for what happened and said: “I’m so sorry for that, I did not mean that. I was defending myself.”This week, Mr Dorrian re-iterated what he had said at the previous hearing and added that his client has treated this matter with “great seriousness”.He added: “It can be seen on CCTV that my client’s assailant meets this matter with great hilarity. The contact was accidental. My client is not of a violent disposition and is as contrite as can be. He had no malice or ill will toward the injured party. His recklessness was borne out of panic and fear. It was a strange, bizarre situation.”Judge Kelly said that under the circumstances he would apply the Probation Act, meaning a conviction will not be recorded against the defendant.Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon was last modified: September 10th, 2019 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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