Abundant Natural Resources, but Poverty-stricken People

first_imgArticle 7 of the Liberian Constitution states that all citizens of this country must be free and treated fairly in the society; that our national riches and God’s gifts in our forest and forest lands be properly taken care of so that all Liberians may receive equal benefits for self-improvement and for the development of the country.Again in chapter 10 of the 2006 New Forest Law of Liberia—otherwise known as the National Forest Reform Law— states that the reason for the New Forest Law is to give power to communities so that they can carry on complete and careful control of the forests of Liberia for a very long period of time. The communities will do this by setting up a plan that will be in line with a law that will support community-rights in taking proper care of the forest materials when anyone wants to use the forest for any reason.The National Forest Reform Law also made it clear that the community will have the right to no less than 55% of all the revenues or income or all of the money and benefits that will come from any logging activities concession companies carry out in their forests.The Land Rights and Community Forestry Program (LRCFP) is a UASID project assisting the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and forest-based communities to jointly manage Liberia’s forest lands.With such good laws on the books and an abundance of natural resources, there is no doubt that 90% of the 3.5 million people according to the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services 2008 Housing and Population Census, should have been living at the middle-class level.With such a small population, however, the vast majority is still living on less than US$1 a day despite naturally abundant mineral and forest resources.This author saw stacks of logs belonging to the Atlantic Resources Logging Company, a logging company that is operating in Lofa County but using Botota, Kokoyah Statutory District seat of the local administration as transit point.It is not hyperbole, but one has to throw his head to the back of his neck in order to fully assess the height of the stockpiled logs.When our correspondent visited Botota over the weekend, it was established that the logs are stockpiled in the area before being transported to the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for shipment.The poor people will always have less access to health, education and other basic services.Problems of hunger, malnutrition, and disease afflict the poorest in this country. The poorest are typically marginalized from society and have little representation or voice in public and political debates, making it even harder for them to escape poverty, Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe asserted.Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe named inequality, bad government policy and exploitation by people with power and influence as some of the causes of abject poverty in this country.“High levels of inequality will affect social cohesion and lead to problems such as an increase in crime and violence. Inequality is often a measure relative to poverty” the Paramount Chief emphasized.Despite huge resources, and a small population people are not feeling the positive impact of our minerals and forests resources, the Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe concluded.The forests are some of the most important among the many gifts of God in Liberia which belong to us as a people, our children and grand children; so policy makers should ensure that real laws made for the betterment of our children and the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sinking…

first_img…of the traditionalThe philosopher Antonio Gramsci – who did try to change the world, rather than just explaining it – made an observation that’s most apropos to our present situation: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”Unfortunately, the PNC government completely misapprehend what Gransci was saying, and as a result, they’re about to launch another 28 years of destruction on Guyana, especially in the economic sphere. Having been installed right after oil was struck off our shores – and the two events are definitely NOT coincidental – they salivate at the prospect of a new Guyana floating on a sea of plenty, through oil revenues.Nothing wrong with that – although that sea of plenty would’ve been much “plentier” if Trotman hadn’t sold us down the river. What IS wrong is: the PNC seem to think they’ve got to actually KILL the old economy! Even during the 2015 elections, Granger had insisted sugar had to go…and it was only to get the AFC fly into the PNC parlour that Granger changed his “mouth”. But from what he did immediately after, he certainly hadn’t changed his mind!!Sugar is gone because Granger knows this will also be the death knell of the PPP’s staunchest base.What Granger and his PNC will never understand – because, like Clive Thomas, they’re all deskbound “moutars” – is Gramsci’s ‘death of the old’ isn’t meant “literally”! The old has to be TRANSMUTED into the new…and it represents continuity with change.Of course sugar had to go!! Under the old relations of production, the workers were always oppressed by a monstrous hierarchical system. But where it had to ‘go’ was to a higher level, where those objectionable features were removed….not to throw thousands of workers into the streets!!Sugar should’ve been diversified, and workers should’ve been facilitated by the coming oil revenues to become farmers for a world where ‘food security” is the mantra of the age. But because of the vindictiveness of a Granger, who’s vowed to fulfil the ‘legacy” of his mentor, Burnham, he’s unleashed the “morbid symptoms” of hopelessness, starvation and unemployment on seventy thousand affected persons by his sugar closures. Just because they supported the PPP.But history has a way of unfolding where it can creep up and bite smart alecks like Granger and the PNC right on their behinds. The dust hadn’t even settled on his sugar workers’ dust-up when an innocuous butterfly released by Trump over in USA triggered a tsunami in the bauxite industry here.And guess which party they support? Payback’s not only a bitch – it can be poetic justice!!…in fraudWhile Clive Thomas was marching under the midday sun – without the “Cork-Hat” he had at Queen’s – railing against corruption in the company of the British High Commish, right across town, the folks who were supposed to be doing the actual fighting were having their pics taken with their trainers: Security Reform Advisor to the President, Russell Combe; Irish security expert Sam Sittlington, and the UK-based facilitators Tony Crampton and Mark Dilliway.Was it because of this top-heavy presence of foreigners that Thomas later insisted he “wants local ownership of corruption”?? Surely, he couldn’t have meant he wanted locals to be actually INVOLVED in corruption, right? He already pronounced the local PPP had CRIMINALISED the state and “SIPHONED OFF” billions and billions!! That’s LOCAL, right?Anyhow, he’d barely finished speaking when it was announced there was a $35 million fraud at GuySuCo!! Since he was Chair of GuySuCo’s Board and had a fiduciary duty to prevent fraud, is he going to investigate himself for criminal negligence?The job of a corruption fighter’s never done, is it??!…the Justice SystemHow can Basil Williams, the (Executive’s) Minister of Legal Affairs, tell the DPP the charges brought by the PPP against Lawrence and Norton for “criminal misfeasance” should be “reviewed”??That’s her prerogative, and his call is intimidating to the judicial branch.last_img read more

Amputee granted bail on wounding charge

first_imgAn amputee was slapped with a wounding charge and granted bail on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Gary Morris appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and denied the charge which stated that on November 29, 2019, at Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Navindra Kumar.The court heard on Monday that the two men had a misunderstanding when the 49-year-old father of two took an object out of his pocket and wounded the virtual complaint. A report was made and Morris was arrested.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus released Morris on $60,000 bail. The case will continue on January 6, 2020.last_img

Temple City stays in control

first_imgDo knocked down three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (14-13). Sunarto had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Carrillo, on the other hand, finished far below his 21.1-point average with a season-low four points for the Oilers (12-16). “They took Michael out of the game with a box-and-one and it made it difficult for us,” Montebello coach Marino Angulo said. “We were able to hit our other players earlier, but in the end, we need Michael.” Said Temple City coach Rich Hollinger: “It’s turning out that the box-and-one is our best defense.” Chen and Do turned out to be the Rams’ best offense in the first half. Do single-handedly gave the Rams (14-13) the momentum and control of the game late in the second quarter with 12 quick points during a 21/2-minute span. His first 3-pointer snapped a 20-20 tie with 3:02 to play in the first half. His third trey of the quarter capped a 12-4 run to give Temple City a 32-24 advantage. “The key was the 3-pointers,” Angulo said. “After that, it was over.” Montebello pulled within four, 36-32, midway through the third quarter, but Temple City used a 16-4 outburst to put the game away. “Our guys just kept our cool,” Hollinger said. The Rams enjoyed a 43-31 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive boards. “(The Almont League) is a bit scrappy, where ours is finesse, so we had to prepare for a battle,” Hollinger said. Juan Artiga led the Oilers with 13 points and five rebounds. Oscar Robles had 12 points and nine rebounds and John Ramos scored nine points and had a game-high 12 rebounds. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-6611, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Temple City’s concerted effort to contain Carrillo slowed down the Oilers. The Rams’ trio of David Chen, Will Do and Tommy Sunarto provided the knockout punch. Chen scored 28 points to lead the Rams to a 64-46 victory over the Oilers in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs on Friday at Temple City High. center_img TEMPLE CITY – When it came to devising a game plan for Montebello High School’s leading scorer Michael Carrillo, the Temple City boys basketball team thought inside the box. As in box-and-one. last_img read more

Iran first World Cup team to arrive in Russia

first_img0Shares0000Iran’s Mehdi Taremi (R) celebrates with his teammates Sardar Azmoun (C) and Alireza Jahan Bakhsh a © AFP/File / Karim JAAFARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 5 – Iran became the first team Tuesday to arrive in Russia for the World Cup, a month-long celebration of football that kicks off in Moscow’s historic Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.Playing in their fifth finals and ranked 36 by FIFA, Iran begin their campaign against Group B rivals Morocco on June 15 in Nizhny Novgorod. They then travel to Kazan for a June 20 clash against former World Cup winners Spain, before concluding their group stage matches against Portugal on June 25.The three-time Asian Cup winner easily qualified for their second successive World Cup, going unbeaten in 10 matches in their Asian group.Iran lost 2:1 to Turkey in their last friendly on May 28, and have one last World Cup warmup against Lithuania on June 8.Coached by Portugal’s Carlos Queiroz, who has also managed his national side, Iran are long-shots to make their first knockout stage of a World Cup.European bookmakers put their odds of winning the whole thing at 500 to 1.They will be based at the training facilities of the Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow, on the Russian capital’s southwestern outskirts.Grouping 32 nations, the World Cup concludes in Moscow on July 15.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal join Bayern Munich in the race to sign Juventus star

first_imgLiverpool and Arsenal have been joined by Bayern Munich in the race to sign Kingsley Coman.The 19-year-old Juventus star is billed as one of the hottest properties in European football but has reportedly revealed his frustration at a lack of game time in Turin.Speculation is mounting that Germany World Cup winner Mario Gotze could join the Italian double winners this summer, opening the door for the 19-year-old French star to move to the Bundesliga champions.It has been reported by L’Equipe that Bayern will bid for Coman this week although the Bianconeri are reluctant to pass on the youth prodigy whom they signed from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.Brendan Rodgers’ side and the Gunners have both been linked with the forward but Bayern appears to be his next destination if Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri decides to sell and Gotze heads in the opposite direction. Coman is better known for his success at Bayern than Juventus getty images – getty center_img 1last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m., $2. Dance admission: $2 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at the Harvest Office and Ministry Center, 43209 10th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-2803. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY Antelope Valley Scrap Club will hold Super Scrapbook Night, 6-11 at Palmdale Holiday Inn, 38630 5th St. W. Cost: $20, which includes food, beverages and prizes. Call (661) 273-7925. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call (661) 718-8997. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5, students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806.last_img read more

FEMA hotel stays set to halt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals FEMA says people who are properly registered and are eligible for aid will have the assistance they need to move on to other temporary housing. As of midweek, 41,000 hotel rooms were occupied under the hotel program, FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said Thursday. Bartley, however, told U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval that she hasn’t received any other aid from FEMA and doesn’t know when she’ll get the $2,000-plus check for apartment rentals promised to those displaced by the storm. A letter dated Dec. 2 told her she could stay in her hotel room until Jan. 7, she said, but another dated three days later said she would have to leave by Dec. 15. “We had a life. We had stability,” Bartley said. Then, breaking into tears, she added: “My son is looking forward to Christmas. I can’t even give him a Christmas.” Under questioning from government attorney Scott Simmons, Bartley said she was fired from her job at a New Orleans nursing home because she could not return to the city. She acknowledged that she had not contacted her employer since then to discuss the possibility of getting the job back. HOUMA, La. – Lawyers for Hurricane Katrina evacuees still staying in hotels urged a judge Friday to keep the program going beyond next month’s deadline, saying federal officials may fail to find replacement housing for people still in desperate need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to end the program Jan. 7 in the 10 states with the most evacuees, and by Dec. 15 elsewhere. Evacuees’ attorneys want a temporary order extending the hotel program, which has cost $350 million so far and housed 85,000 families at its peak. They say FEMA has failed to provide aid to many who qualify and that information on aid has been slow to reach those who need it most. Lenora Bartley, who is pregnant, estranged from her husband and has been jobless since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, testified that the hotel room the federal government is providing for her in San Antonio is the only home available for her and her 8-year-old son. Government lawyers say the lawsuit should be dismissed under laws that protect government agencies from liability in the performance of their duties. The judge is expected to rule early next week. FEMA said it would ask radio stations to air a public service announcement notifying evacuees that Jan. 6 will be the last night it will pay for their hotel rooms. FEMA originally set a Dec. 1 deadline for ending the hotel program, but stung by critics who said that would result in mass evictions, the agency extended the deadline to Dec. 15. Evacuees in 10 states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas – could apply for extensions to Jan. 7. 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

EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF SERIOUS ACCIDENT

first_imgUPDATED: A young boy is being treated at Letterkenny General Hospital following this afternoon’s incident close to the Aura Leisure Centre.The boy was injured when he was struck by a car as he crossed the road.It is understood the boy has suffered at least one fracture. Gardai are investigating the incident.  EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF SERIOUS ACCIDENT was last modified: February 2nd, 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:accidentauraGardaletterkennylast_img read more

Coercive control under the spotlight at major conference in Letterkenny

first_imgAround 400 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other organisations gathered for a cross-border conference on coercive control today in Letterkenny.The event focussed on the impact and understanding of coercive control, which was made a legal offence at the beginning of this year.Organisation representatives at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny an event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations from left are Anne Timoney Meehan, CYPSC, Clive Beatty, Superintendant and District Commander PSNI,   Donna Campbell, Garda, Aisling Gillen, Tusla and Donna McGee, MACE. Photo Clive WassonCoercive control is a persistent pattern of controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour including all or some forms of domestic abuse. The Domestic Violence Act 2018 came into effect in Ireland on 1st January 2019, improving the protections available to victims of domestic violence under both the civil and criminal law. Under the Act a new law was introduced making coercion of a spouse, civil partner or intimate partner a criminal offence. Those convicted of coercion can face up to five years in jail but the main protections available under the Act are safety and barring orders.Keynote speakers at the conference talked about the need for partnership between statutory and community organisations to support victims of coercion.Speaking about the event, Deirdre McDaid, MACE Project said “Events like this allow us to work together with our partners from both sides of the border to share learning and best practise when it comes to preventing, identifying and responding to domestic violence, and coercive control in particular. Coercive control is a very important and complex issue, and we need to work in partnership to respond appropriately and ensure better outcomes for families and children.” MACE representatives at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny an event attended by 375 professionals from Tusla, An Garda Siochana, PSNI and other statutory and community partner organisations.  Are seated Fergal Landy, Shauna Hawes, Georgina O’Brien and Aisling Gillen. Back from left are Deirdre McDaid, Brenda Maxwell, Gavin McGee and Donna McGee. Photo Clive WassonGerry Hone, Area Manager, Tusla, said: “Today’s conference is an opportunity to highlight the impact of coercive control not only on adult victims but also on children, who are often the hidden victims. Tusla staff regularly intervene in such situations where children can suffer serious emotional abuse as they live in an environment of constant fear and insecurity. The conference helped bring some focus to their plight. We will continue to work with our partners in this area to ensure that children and families are supported.”Dr. Marie Hainsworth, manager of Donegal Domestic Violence Service said: “It is very important to remember that all victims can be impacted differently by Coercive Control. There is no such thing as a typical victim. Through our service we have seen that a parent and their children may all interpret this in different ways, and therefore we need to be able to tailor our responses to each individual’s needs. A multi-agency response is vital in achieving this.”Garda and PSNI members at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control.  Seated from left are Laura Sweeney, Detective Sergeant, Clive Beatty, Superintendant and Distric Commander PSNI, Donna Campbell and Inspector Goretti Sheridan. Back from left Paul Forestal, Eugene McGovern, Seamus McGonigle, Eunan Walsh, Ciara McNulty, Emmett Brady, Patrick McGlynn and David Kelly. Photo Clive WassonSpeakers at the Cross border Conference on Coercive Control in Letterkenny: Seated from left are Laura Sweeney, Garda Detective Sergeant, Marie Browne, Foyle Womens Aid, Lorraine Thompson, Donegal Youth Service and Deirdre McDaid, MACE Project. Back from left are Shauna Hawes, MACE Project, Janique Burden, Tusla, Clive Beatty, Superintendent and District Commander PSNI, Luke Hart, Survivor, Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager, Tusla, Michelle Alonso, Fermanagh Womens Aid and Maire Hainsworth, Donegal Domestic Violence Service and Donna McGee MaCE. Photo Clive WassonThe event was MC’ed by Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, Tusla. Key note speakers at the conference included:Michelle Alonso, Fermanagh Women’s AidSuperintendent Clive Beatty District Commander-PSNIMarie Brown, Director, Foyle Women’s Aid Detective Sergeant Laura Sweeney, An Garda SíochánaDr Marie Hainsworth, Manager, Donegal Domestic Violence Service Janique Burden, Principal Social Worker, TuslaThe conference was a collaborative initiative between the CAWT cross border MACE Project, which is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, and Donegal Children and Young People’s Services Committee and was supported by Donegal Domestic Violence Service, An Garda Siochana and Tusla. For more information on coercive control, visit safeireland.ie to find the service closest to you or call the National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900.Coercive control under the spotlight at major conference in Letterkenny was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:coercive controllast_img read more