BRAC Conducts Psychosocial Counseling for Ebola Survivors

first_imgBRAC Liberia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social welfare (MOH/SW) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has completed a weeklong psychosocial counseling workshop for Ebola survivors and orphans in four of the 15 counties.Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Lofa. The exercise brought together hundreds of Ebola survivors and orphans.The workshop was intended for victims who were affected by the Ebola crisis in the country to share their experiences with the organization, and how to help tackle the growing levels of stigma surrounding the disease.Alexander Blackie, Psychosocial Consultant to BRAC, told the participants that there is a desperate need for psychosocial support and training in Liberia, where stigmatization has become a serious problem, pushing Ebola survivors and families out of their communities and adding to their pain.“We need to encourage the acceptance of medically cleared survivors and help communities understand the facts about Ebola transmission. It is important that communities and survivors stand in unity to successfully combat Ebola in the country,” Mr. Blackie stated.He said that survivors often face stigma, income loss and grief, particularly from surviving friends and family members of those who died from the disease.Mr. Blackie, who is a Mental Health Clinician, described the situation as “truly troubling,” because, he believes that survivors need food and other support, such as the provision of basic household items, since those who were infected had all their belongings burnt, leaving them in a desperate situation.”At the same time, Mr. Blackie is encouraging community dwellers to help ensure that survivors are welcomed and not stigmatized.Montserrado County Health Officer, Fred Amegashi, urged the survivors to think positively and forgo the stigma of Ebola, because the disease affected everyone in the country.In separate remarks, some of the survivors said that life had changed for them because community dwellers are stigmatizing them to the extent that some marketers refuse to accept money from victims for transactions.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, and has since been working for a better future with programs in microfinance, agriculture, poultry and livestock, health and empowerment as well as livelihoods for adolescents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mineke Foundation Hosts 1st Spelling Bee Competition

first_imgA none-governmental organization, the Mineke Foundation, held its first annual Kid’s Club spelling bee competition over the weekend. The exercise produced three winners who received cash awards of US$255.Elton J.Vah won the kid’s Club when he correctly spelt all the words that were assigned to him and walked away with a cash prize of US$100.Elton kept a serious expression throughout the competition until he finally brokered a smile when the judges announced that he had won the contest. Payne N. Gibson emerged as the runner up to Elton, for only two misspelled words in the final round, while Lovetta C. Jefferson the only female contender that reached the final took the third place. Payne received a cash award of US$75, while Lovetta walked away with US$50. Eight other participants including the three finalists each received a gift of school materials.The Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Ministry of Education, Yukhiko Amnon, frowned on the poor attendance of parents at the competition. She said the spelling bee competition was a good initiative to keep their kids busy, especially during the school break.Min. Amnon commended the Mineke Foundation for its “good work,” and promised the ECD’s full support of its endeavors while urging community leaders to follow the good example to motivate students by introducing various competitive academic exercises.“We are open to help build the spirit of ECD in communities, but we need commitment from community leaders,” she said.For her part, the Coordinator of Mineke Foundation, Bukola Ayoola, observed that if a man spells a word, it is of no interest, but when a child spells great words, that becomes of great interest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Century725 BdCn BT

first_imgNow that Nomination Day has come and gone, after all the buzz about the need for a “third force” to deny both the PPP and PNC a majority and use their strategic few seats like jujitsu in the National Assembly to steer development in a non-partisan direction, the opportunity was allowed to slip away. There will now be eleven small parties to contest the elections of March 2 against the PPP/C and APNU/AFC.Frankly, I was not surprised at this outcome. Early in 2005, we had written: “ROAR believes it is time for a “centre force” to be created and nurtured. What is this centre force? For one, it’s not a “third force” that feels it can wish away the PPP and PNC. It’s a force that should seek to occupy the political, social, and cultural ground between the PPP and PNC – hence “centre”. Today, in Guyana, there are a number of political parties outside the ambit of the PPP and the PNC – GAP, WPA, ROAR, UP, JFAP, etc that can begin the process of creating this centre force. These could be joined by the parties now in formation by other committed Guyanese. What would be some of the incentives for these parties to work together?“There’s the experience of The United Force with the PNC that demonstrates the inadvisability of the smaller parties seeking a coalition arrangement with the behemoths. There’s the matter of “the disequilibrium of size” when it comes to coalitions between parties of vastly different strengths. It matters not the good intentions of the parties to the coalitions. If a mosquito joins forces with an elephant it should not be surprised when it is taken for granted or even ignored during crucial decisions. Then there’s the “iron law of oligarchy” – in all organisations power will accrete in the hands of a few – and we can be sure the few won’t come from the ranks of the mosquitoes.“What would be the ground rules for a centre force? Firstly, they should not get together simply to deny the PPP or PNC the Government. And secondly, their success would depend on whether the principals in the abovementioned groupings can rise to the need of the moment and work on a common program for Guyana. The issue would then be not whether the PPP or PNC forms the Government but that either of them would have to negotiate with the third/centre force on the basis of what’s good for all of Guyana.”The above-mentioned groups – plus several others – did come together but decided to call themselves the “third force”. We agreed on five “Core Principles” that would guide our relationship with each other and the Guyanese people and proceeded to work on a common programme. The Chairmanship was rotated among the leadership of the parties and there were regularly scheduled meetings. But the initiative was aborted and I believe the reasons for that failure might have played a role in the present dispensation.First, there was the question of leadership and egos. One group – the newcomer that was to become the AFC – insisted that they should lead whatever endeavour that ensued. It was not clear to others then as to why this should be so and the long-established WPA was quite scathing about their insistence. Secondly, there was the question of strategy: whether the group should be open to joining with the PNC, which had launched its “big tent” initiative. This was pushed by the WPA and as a matter of fact, ROAR and GAP pulled out of the group after the WPA and several others met with the PNC.Eventually, ROAR, which had been taken aback by what they considered to be racist reasons for denying leadership to the Amerindian party, GAP, coalesced with the latter, conceded them the “presidential” spot but they managed to only secure one seat which by common consent was given to GAP. The AFC was formed after the breakup of the Third Force and went on to significant success because of their foreign assistance. But ironically, they have now destroyed themselves because they ignored the rationale for a “third or centre force”.We suspect efforts to craft coalitions among the present new partiers might have foundered on the same rocks of leadership, egos and strategy and will prove fatal to their chances in March. They refused to hang together and will hang separately.last_img read more

Lack of knowledge by M&CC

first_imgDear Editor,Clearly, there is a complete lack of understanding by the administrative and political heads of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown as to the role and responsibilities of the Georgetown Municipality, particularly as it relates to their legal obligations and duties to the citizens of our capital city.It is extremely disconcerting to realize that senior municipal officials do not realize that they are not the owners of city reserves, of green spaces, of playfields and other open spaces in Georgetown; but rather are merely custodians of reserves and open spaces in our capital. The covenants on the deeds of these open spaces and reserves are very clear in their delineation of what they are to be used for.The filing of an appeal by the Town Clerk against the recent ruling by a judge on the controversial Bel Air Park Playground, which blocks the municipality from selling or leasing the reserved community lands to a private developer, shows the level of arrogance and lack of knowledge by the Council on these matters.But what is just as distressing is the flagrant disregard and disrespect by officials of the Council for their subject minister and ministry and Central Government.Examples of this include their disregard for the Minister’s instructions with regard to the proscribed parking meter fiasco when the Minister ordered the suspension of the Georgetown parking meter by-laws for three months and was forced to obtain the assistance of the Public Security Minister, who had to advise the Commissioner of Police to ensure that citizens and their vehicles would receive the protection of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to prevent them and/or their vehicles from being unduly hindered or restrained in any way whatsoever by the City Council and/or its agents.In the Bel Air Park area, despite the residents appealing to the Minister of Communities for his intervention to stop the City Council from continuing land clearing works on their playground, those works continue around the clock, which can only be considered a violation of a recent court ruling. The Council, through its two favourite contractors, who did not have to bid for this project, continue to destroy that playground, bulldozing trees which nests endangered species, and killing wildlife under the guise of playground maintenance.Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more

Suspects detained for further 72 hours

first_imgThe five persons who were arrested in connection with the horrendous murder of prominent rice farmers Bibi and Mohammed Munir will be further detained by Police for questioning as the probe into the matter intensifies.On Thursday, investigators were granted a 72-hour extension to the legal 72-hour detention period.Bibi Munir, 70, and her husband, Mohammed, 77, of Lot 16 Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), were burnt to death after bandits set their house on fire following a suspected botched robbery on April 17.Reports indicate that among those arrested are the late couple’s handyman and Winston Sherlock, called “Quarters”, who was wanted for the abduction of Windsor Forest businessman Tazim Gafoor.Accompanied by his Attorney, Sherlock turned himself in to the Leonora Police Station on Tuesday.Eyewitnesses recounted that on the night of the incident which occurred around 23:00h, numerous gunshots were heard.Upon investigation, residents realised that the house was being rapidly consumed by the blazing fire and the couple, trapped inside the grilled room that they had locked themselves into when the bandits had invaded their home, were desperately screaming for help.However, neighbours were too late to render assistance.last_img read more

Brazil football legend Ronaldinho to visit Pakistan

first_imgNews of Ronaldinho’s visit has generated excitement among fans, and comes as the South Asian nation seeks to revive international sports fixtures that were disrupted by a militant attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009.Those efforts were given a boost when the country successfully staged the final of its Pakistan Super League cricket tournament in Lahore earlier this month, a rare match featuring prominent international sports stars.Ronaldinho is being brought to the country by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to Pakistan.Shahrukh Sohail, a Pakistan representative for the company confirmed the visit Tuesday, adding the company would be launching tournaments next month in Pakistan’s major cities Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.He declined to say whether the Brazilian would arrive in time to make an appearance.Cricket-obsessed Pakistan has a strong base of football fans and players, particularly in southwestern Balochistan and the southern city of Karachi.But its national team has struggled in recent decades and has fallen to a lowly 198th place in the FIFA rankings.Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials were involved in court wranglings against each other for the last two years, forcing the men’s and women’s teams out of international competitions.The Lahore High Court last month decided in favour of recognising Faisal Saleh Hayat as the federation’s chief, a post he has held on-and-off since 2003 without being able to turn around the team’s fortunes.Earlier this month, Spanish giants Barcelona announced their former star would return to act as an ambassador for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldinho is being brought to Pakistan by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to the country © AFP/File / Josep LAGOKARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 14 – Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho is set to visit Pakistan as part of a goodwill mission to promote the game in the cricket-mad country.The recently retired 36-year-old, who won the World Player of the Year twice and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, issued a short video message on Twitter saying simply “Pakistan, I am coming” as he unfurled a Pakistani flag.last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham targets head-to-head – moving to bigger clubs?

first_img 3 3 Danny Ings and Saido Berahino 3 Despite the January transfer window being shut, Liverpool and Tottenham continue to be linked with a new striker, specifically Danny Ings and Saido Berahino.“If I can keep [West Brom] in the Premier League and score as much goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things,” the latter has been quoted as saying.It appears Berahino is keen to get away from the Baggies, but will have to wait until the summer, while Ings was heavily linked with a move to Anfield last month. He eventually stayed put, however, it is being claimed the Reds will try and sign the 22-year-old in a pre-contract agreement, which would see him join the club at the end of the season.Ings, who has also been linked with Man City, and Berahino are clearly wanted men, so talkSPORT look at the duo head-to-head. It is Ings’ first season as a Premier League player and Berahino has 15 games on him, but having watched the two in action for their respective clubs, who would you rather sign? LIVERPOOL TRANSFER NEWS: STRIKER SIGNING WILL SEE ‘MANY FANS AROUND THE WORLD CRYING’last_img read more

San Francisco gift exchange gets guns off street

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards. “I used to fire it at bottles or do some plinking in the woods,” said the gun’s owner, 48-year-old Bruce Bourne. “But I have a 6-year-old daughter now and my wife was uncomfortable with it being in the house.” For a few hours on a sunny yet brisk Saturday, San Francisco police officers accepted 100 guns from about 80 people in the city’s second “Gifts for Guns” event. The first event in July brought in 117 handguns and two shotguns. The idea is to make the streets seem a little safer when the city’s murder rate has risen in recent years – San Francisco has had at least 89 homicides so far this year. Participants received $100 gift cards for rifles or shotguns, $150 cards for revolvers or semiautomatic pistols and $200 cards for assault-type weapons like AK-47s. But not everyone participating in the gun program Saturday believed it was helpful. Peter Buxtun, a 70-year-old gun advocate, turned in two pistols Saturday that he said were worthless. He collected $300 in gift cards. “You can buy junk guns for $10 and then use the gift cards to buy new guns,” he said. “I saw a half-dozen uniformed SF police officers taken off the street to sit for hours in a City Hall photo-op, instead of patrolling certain drug-ridden and gang-infested neighborhoods.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAmong the 100 guns collected Saturday were four assault rifles and two sawed-off shotguns, said Mikail Ali, director of the mayor’s office of criminal justice. As Ali discussed the city’s efforts to curb violence another man walked up with a large, black gun case. He took out a black assault rifle with a folding stock and pistol grip and turned it in. “Twenty years ago you could buy a gun like that legally in California. Some were registered properly, some weren’t,” Ali said. California law makes owning an assault weapon illegal, but Gifts for Guns allows people to turn in their firearms without showing identification, and officials promise not to ask any questions about the guns’ origins. Once in police custody the guns are checked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to see if they were stolen. Ali said 99 percent of the guns recovered are destroyed and, if the guns were stolen, they are returned to their owners if possible. last_img read more


first_imgWell done to all the men, women, boys & girls who took part in An Post Donegal’s 2011 charity cycle race.Nearly 80 people joined An Post and cycled from Dungloe to Letterkenny last Saturday to raise money for Donegal Hospice.Through the hail, rain, wind, sun & showers they still all made it back in record time.!This is their 3rd charity cycle year & the organisers would like to thank  all who participated & supported them throughout the day & helped them raise money again for the Hospice.They would like to thank their sponsors, Top Quote Direct, James Doherty, Executive & Mini Bus Hire, Tobins Service Station, Sharp Design, LK Bikes, Wilkins Bar & PO Churchill, 4 Lanterns & 4 Lanterns Subs.AN POST DELIVER 3 IN A ROW FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:an post cyclelast_img read more

Filipinos backing `Pacman’

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! WEST COVINA – Rod Carbonell is ready to put his money on boxer Manny Pacquiao, if he can find anyone in the Filipino community willing to bet against the “Pacman.” “My hero is Mr. Pacquiao,” Carbonell, 60, of Walnut said Friday. Carbonell isn’t the only Filipino looking to make a bet on Pacquiao’s performance tonight in a Las Vegas fight against Erik Morales. Area Filipinos, who make up roughly 10 percent of West Covina’s population of 108,000, have Pacquiao fever and the bets are flying. “There’s betting all over here,” said one man outside a Filipino market on Amar Road. Zenaida Yuzon, 52, of West Covina said Friday she knew of 10 people in the local Filipino community who had made bets on Pacquiao. She beams with pride as Pacquiao’s image flickers across a television set parked on the sidewalk near Seafood City on Amar Road at Azusa Avenue. The super-featherweight fighter and two-time world titlist is a national hero in the Philippines, sparking a new wave of interest in boxing, one of the country’s most popular sports. Carbonell said a major parade is planned for Pacquiao in Manila after the fight. Perhaps Pacquiao’s countrymen are following his example. A Filipino boxing Web site notes that Pacquiao also loves to gamble. On Pacquiao’s Web site, a survey asked fans how tonight’s fight would go. By Friday, fans voted 16,444 times for a knockout finish favoring Pacquiao. Fewer than 3,000 voted for any kind of win for Morales. “He’s my No. 1 man,” Carbonell said. Ernesto Silvestre, 39, of Covina, made a $100 bet on Pacquiao with a co-worker who favors Morales. Silvestre said he favors Pacquiao’s speed over Morales’ reach. “Besides, even if he loses we’re still Pacquiao fans,” Silvestre said. If you can’t be in Las Vegas when the bell rings, the next best place is Sariling Atin restaurant, 18778 Amar Road. Restaurant manager Mike Cobarrubias said he expects about 80 people to show up about 6 p.m. and pay $12.99 for dinner and a chance to watch the pay-per-view fight on television. Of course, there will be a betting pool. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717last_img read more