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Justice Ministry Child Section Launches “Anti-Theft” Campaign

first_imgThe Child Justice Section (CJS) of the Ministry of Justice, with support from UNICEF, has launched a juvenile delinquency prevention campaign with emphasis against stealing, in the Borough of New Kru Town.New Kru Town, a slum community, is one of the high-risk communities for juvenile crime.The event will be a community dialogue aimed at discouraging juveniles from coming into conflict with the law, or simply being arrested for theft and other minor offenses.The program is scheduled for Friday, August 28, at the New Kru Town Hall.The Acting Coordinator for the Justice Ministry’s CJS, Ms. Tomah Kennedy, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia, said the campaign is intended to encourage juveniles to make better decisions and to avoid peer pressure that would lead them to commit crimes.These series of dialogues will also address other issues like Super Friday, the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and juvenile violence.She added: “Our ultimate goal is to stop children from getting into conflict with the law and being arrested and to encourage them to make better decisions for their future.”Madam Kennedy pointed out that Friday’s program will comprise of a drama on the theme ‘stealing’ to be performed by the Ministry’s juvenile peer educators. There will be speeches, break-out group discussions and a raffle draw to climax the occasion.“We are expecting that the juveniles in attendance who, after hearing this message, will spread the word to their friends and throughout their community,” said the Acting Coordinator.“The slogan for this dialogue is ‘Think, Talk, Transform,’ with the concept that when we think about the problems and talk about solutions, we can transform lives,” she said.“Earlier this year, we held a dialogue in Bong County where over 350 youth benefitted and discussed how to avoid delinquent behaviors. After New Kru Town, we will move on to another community,” said Ms. Kennedy.Ms. Kennedy boasted that since the establishment of the CJS in 2010, there has been progress in the reduction of juveniles in prison.She explained that the CJS was established to work along with the Judiciary to advocate for juveniles in detention, prevent juvenile delinquency and assist in anti-human trafficking and adoption issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMARY HARPERThe death has occurred of Mary Harper, Meenlougher, Killygordon. She passed away at Brindley Manor Nursing Home, Convoy, in her 100th year. Much loved mother of Jack, Charles, Hugo and May. Sadly missed by her sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Kathleen and Mary, son-in-law Lawrence, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Removal from McCool’s Chapel of Rest, Navenny Car Park, Ballybofey, on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, to repose overnight. Funeral mass on Thursday morning at 11am with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland c/o any family member. The house is private, at the request of the deceased.BRIDGET BONNER The death has taken place of Bridget Bonner (nee Russell) of Renny, Lettermacaward. Peacefully at Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. Beloved wife of the late Jimmy and much loved mother of Eillen, Andy and Patricia. Sadly missed by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, relatives and friends.  Resting in her daughters home in Gorbals Glasgow and removal to Blessed Jon Duns Scotus,Gorbals Glasgow at 6.00pm on Friday 11th May.  Requiem mass at 10.00am on Saturday 12th May then afterwards at Linn Crematorium. Internment in St.Bridgets Cemetry to be arranged.CONOR MORROWThe death has occurred at the Aras O’Domhnaill Nursing Home in Milford of Conor Morrow of Galway and Rossnowlagh. Remains reposing at the Nursing Home Chapel. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10am in the Nursing Home Chapel. Burial in Rahoon Cemetery, Galway at 10am on Thursday.BOBBY RODGERS The death has taken place as the result of a Road Traffic Accident of Bobby Rodgers, 26 Colehill, Newtowncunningham Son of Elizabeth and Geordie Rodgers. Funeral on Wednesday, with Requiem Mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please.  Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.ANNIE BYRNEThe death has occurred of Annie Byrne, Navenny Street, Ballybofey. Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar. Beloved wife of the late Francis and much loved mother of Frankie and Alphonsus. Sadly missed by her sons, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Funeral from her home at 10.30am on Wednesday morning for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar followed by interment in Sessiaghoneill Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Joseph’s Hospital c/o any family member. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012 was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAYMAY 8last_img read more

Geena Davis Warns 700 Years Needed To Reach Gender Parity In Kids

first_imgActress Geena Davis last week told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight.“We don’t have to fix the ‘unconscious bias’ they are raised with later on,” she said. “We can fix it from the very beginning.”The Academy Award-Winning Actor, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, said the data from her research shows “disturbing” results of how “profoundly fewer” female characters are in family movies and television programmes aimed at young children under the age of 11.Davis, known for her portrayals of strong female characters in films such as “Thelma and Louise,” went on to say the message the children were getting through entertainment media was of “hyper-sexualized” female characters judged by their appearance.“If we added female characters at the rate we have been over past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years,” Davis said, adding that she believed gender parity in children’s entertainment media can be reached dramatically faster – possibly even seven years.She noted that the message kids are getting through entertainment media is that women and girls are second class citizens.“There is one sector where this gross imbalance can be changed overnight and that is on screen,” she said. “We don’t have to fix the unconscious bias they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”Davis was speaking at an event on the side lines of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at UN Headquarters to promote gender equality in and through the media, as central to the so-called post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will drive the global development agenda for years to come.Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in remarks read by one of her deputies, said women represent “just third of reporters, and quarters of media decision makers.”“Only a quarter of people questioned, heard or seen or read about in the media are women,” according to Bokova. “How can we get the whole full story with only half of the world’s voices? We do need to redress this imbalance.”Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, which co-hosted the event with UNESCO, and Bokova agreed on the imperative to change the underlying stereotypes of women.“Progress is not the same as success,” the UNESCO head said.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

Thousands March In NYC For Gender Equality

first_imgThousands of people gathered on Sunday in New York to march from United Nations headquarters to Times Square in commemoration of International Women’s Day and to demand greater efforts by Governments to achieve gender equality worldwide.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for boosted global efforts to achieve gender equalityCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Devra BerkowitzAmong the many distinguished speakers who addressed marchers, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, sounded a call for global action for women.“When you hold back half of our population, we cannot realise 100 per cent of our potential,” he said. “We have to fully respect and use the potential of all of our women.”Mr. Ban praised the commitment of those present to gender equality, saying women had to be “front and centre” in the world, especially on issues like peace and development.“Progress has been too slow; uneven,” he said as he recalled that it was 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and sounding a rallying cry for the “step it up” campaign to reach Planet 50:50 by 2030.“That’s our target. We must make it happen,” he said. “Let’s work to make it happen!”In her address to the gathered crowd, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director-General of UN Women, stressed how rational equality is and the many benefits that stem from boosting the status of women.“We know that when there is gender equality, girls and boys will go to school and they will prosper,” she said. “We know that when there is gender equality there will be equal pay and poverty will be reduced. We know that when there is gender equality violence will come down and women will be able to live without being violated. We also know that where there is gender equality, our economies will grow, our development will be for everybody, because everybody will be participating.”Joining Mr. Ban and Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka on the platform were several other notables, including the Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee and actor Paul Bettany.Ms. Gbowee painted a vivid metaphor to describe the situation that persists in a world without gender quality, saying that by excluding the unique skills of women, global society was functioning “with one eye covered” and that was hampering its progress.“Imagine trying to see the beauty of New York with one eye covered. Imagine trying to watch a beautiful movie with one eye covered. Imagine trying to get something done with one eye covered. Building peace, having development,” she said. “It’s time for us to uncover the other eye, so that our world can function better. Gender equality all the way! Women’s empowerment all the way!”Adding his voice to calls for stepped-up efforts to improve equality and empower women, British actor Paul Bettany quoted shocking statistics about violence and abuse that girls and women face throughout their lives, including the fact that 70 per cent of women have experienced violent abuse from an intimate partner and that 120 million girls worldwide, each year experience sexual violence.“Here, in the US, over 80 per cent of girls in the eighth through 11th grades will experience sexual violence,” he said. “That’s a statistic I can understand because I have a daughter and I can imagine what will likely befall eight out of 10 girls in her class. And that is abhorrent, it’s unacceptable and it must end.”Source:United Nationslast_img read more

Nunavut government saddled with 20 incomplete annual reports

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut has struggled with capacity since the territory was founded in 1999 – too much to get done and not enough bodies to do it.That has resulted in a backlog of outstanding reports and almost every department with an incomplete report is unwilling to talk about it.APTN’s Kent Driscoll tries to find out why the annual reports aren’t coming in.last_img