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Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence against Women, Children

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women.  Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday. The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Health Ministry to reduce gaps in delivery of service

first_imgDirector of Regional Health Services at the MoPH,Dr Kay ShakoThe option of reintroducing Regional Health Authorities is being explored by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). The ministry is working to narrow gaps in healthcare delivery in Guyana and has noted that Regional Health Authorities are necessary if there is to be more control over financial resources.Director of Regional Health Services (RHS) at the ministry, Dr Kay Shako, explained that re-introducing the health authorities can have a direct impact in rolling out efficient healthcare delivery in the regions. She said they would be responsible for the health sector in the various regions and help manage resources for the sector’s development. Dr Shako made these observations at the Regional Health Officials second meeting for 2016.“We are thinking of not introducing but to some extent re-introducing Regional Health Authorities because it was first established in Region five and Region Six, so we think that if the Ministry of Health can have more control over its financial resources we can make a greater input in our healthcare,” Dr Shako said.The RHS Director further explained that the Regional Health Authorities will also ensure that all the health facilities within respective regions are properly staffed with specialised healthcare professionals. This will reduce the number of referrals to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and other Regional hospitals, the Government Information Agency reported.It would also see a decrease in the need for medical evacuations and surgical outreaches as patients’ needs would be addressed within the regions. This will save money that can be later be utilised in other areas of the health sector’s development, Shako pointed out.“A very good example will be the Lethem hospital… by the end of this year the hospital will have the required specialists to function in terms of having the surgeries (done) so that we can reduce on our surgical outreaches and also our ‘medivacs’ that usually go to Georgetown Hospital,” she elaborated.When the decision is finalised by the ministry, the reintroduction of the Regional Health Authorities, should address some of the inefficiencies in the present system where some health programmes are the responsibility of Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs).The health authorities will also be directly responsible for the efficient delivery of drugs to the respective regions. Expeditors responsible for the delivery of drugs and other medical supplies to hinterland regions are overburdened with duties assigned by the region. This contributes to the late delivery of health supplies causing unsatisfactory health service provision.It has been noted that Regional officials are forced to prioritise sectoral projects and often, the health sector is not given priority in the delivery of drugs, staff provision and improved infrastructure.However, the need for inter-agency collaboration remains important to the total healthcare delivery system. One example is the Public Health Ministry depending on the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Public Service to provide nurses and doctors to the Public Health system.last_img read more

Teen stabbed to death

first_imgPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-year-old Derril Wong of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The incident occurred at around 16:00hrs on Thursday at Graham Street, Plaisance, ECD.Initial investigations have revealed that the deceased and the suspect were in a yard when an argument ensued. Wong was found with stab wounds about his body. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The suspect is in custody assisting with this investigation.last_img

Boys’ basketball notes: Burroughs finds direction

first_imgThey appeared to be a confused group, seemingly without much direction. A lucky bunch that essentially backed into the playoffs, finishing just ahead of Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta and Burbank to secure the Pacific League’s fourth and final automatic postseason berth. Burroughs (17-11), however, has opened some eyes with three consecutive Div. II-AA victories and can no longer be overlooked heading into tonight’s quarterfinal game against host Murrieta Valley (19-10). It’s been quite a memorable run for the Indians thus far. A four-point wild-card victory over Buena Park a week and half ago started things off and a 74-61 upset over 14th seeded and Miramonte League champion Diamond Ranch of Pomona followed. Few could have expected Tuesday’s 85-73 stunner over fourth-seeded and Southwestern League champion Temecula Valley, though. “Confidence is key and we have it,” Sullivan said. “We’re not sneaking up on people anymore.” Don’t look now: Renaissance Academy of La Canada has quietly gone about emerging as one of the area’s better programs, but things might not remain that way for much longer if the team continues its current run of success. The Wildcats (26-1), who advanced to the Div. V-A championship game in each of the past three years, took the challenge of moving into the more competitive Div. III-A this season, and find themselves in tonight’s semifinal game against host Perris (18-8). “Hey, we’re just trying to survive here,” Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said. “The guys are beginning to realize just how tough this level of basketball is. We’re finding out where we stand.” Justin Cook, Hector Harold, Josh Thomas, Anthony Stover and the rest of the second-seeded Wildcats figure to have their hands full with the sixth-seeded Panthers, who won the Sunbelt League title and have won their first three playoff games by an average of 13 points. Collision course: As expected, the top two seeds in Div. V-A, Rosamond and Desert of Edwards Air Force Base, respectively, are still alive in the postseason race and appear destined for a showdown in the championship game at Colony High in Ontario on either March 2 or 3. The Roadrunners (22-6) narrowly escaped elimination Tuesday, defeating Villanova Prep of Ojai, 51-50, in a quarterfinal game. All that stands in between them and an appearance in the finals is sixth-seeded Thacher of Ojai (14-4) in tonight’s game at Nordhoff High in Ojai. Desert (21-2), on the other hand, has had a relatively easy time advancing, defeating opponents by an average of 46 points. The Scorpions face St. Bonaventure of Ventura (13-11) in the other semifinal tonight at Buena High in Ventura. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most considered the Burroughs of Burbank boys’ basketball team as somewhat of an underachiever when the Southern Section playoffs began. The Indians did, after all, enter the postseason with a less than spectacular 14-11 overall record, losing three consecutive games to close out the regular season, by an average of 13 points no less. center_img “There’s instant gratification when you’re in the playoffs and these guys understand that,” Indians coach Art Sullivan said. “If we lose, there’s no tomorrow. “We’re playing with a sense of urgency.” Burroughs has been getting things done without a true star. Several players contribute, including Chris Smith, a junior who is averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game. Jordan Lopez leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game and fellow senior Marty Shin has been equally important, averaging four assists per game. “I have an unselfish group here and that’s been key,” Sullivan said. last_img read more

State law barring the dumping of patients sought

first_imgThe dispute between the city of Los Angeles and local hospitals escalated Thursday as City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced plans to seek state legislation that would make it a crime to dump patients on Skid Row. At a news conference with state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, the two officials said they want to make it a misdemeanor for hospitals to dump patients on Skid Row – a move that the hospital industry argues is not needed and could be avoided if officials would simply meet with them. “What we need is legal clarity that a specific prohibition would lend to our efforts,” Delgadillo said. Delgadillo cited a recent case involving Hollywood Presbyterian in which a paraplegic was dropped off without a wheelchair and in poor physical condition. Aides to Delgadillo said they decided against further negotiations when they were unable to see any movement by the hospitals on key points regarding which shelters to use and how to train workers on when someone is in the proper condition to be able to be moved. “Our office worked to craft a best-practices protocol,” spokesman Nick Velazquez said. “We want them to have a proper protocol to make sure the patient being discharged is being sent to a safe and appropriate environment. We were unable to come to an agreement.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hollywood Presbyterian officials have acknowledged their policies were violated in the case. “The hospital has had policies and procedures in place since November 2005 specifically designed to ensure that homeless patients are transportation to a shelter or other appropriate facility,” the hospital said. Jim Lott of the Hospital Association of Southern California said all hospitals in the area have a similar policy in which they obtain informed consent to transfer a patient and make sure someone is there to meet the patient. But, he said, hospital officials have been unable to meet with Delgadillo since the city attorney filed a legal action against Kaiser Permanente last November over a patient-dumping case. “What we resent is (Delgadillo) saying we are causing homelessness,” Lott said. “It’s an incredible misunderstanding of what the hospitals do. The hospitals have demonstrated their care. We treat people and try to accommodate them. The problem is the public agencies haven’t done their job in providing the shelters needed.” last_img read more

Ospina, Castillejo arrive in Serie A on eve of transfer deadline

first_imgThere are fears slim pickings including goalkeeper Alex Meret, midfielder Fabian Ruiz and forward Simone Verdi may not be enough for Napoli to keep pace with rivals Juventus, Inter and AC Milan.Juventus top the summer spending with 235 million euros invested in new players — more than double rivals AS Roma and Napoli — as Serie A clubs have already spent more than a billion euros, second among the top five European leagues behind the big-spending English Premier League.With the transfer window slamming shut in Italy at 9:00pm EAT  on Friday, Serie A teams have time to overtake the 1.037 billion euros spent last summer.Ospina — who had fallen out of favour in London after the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen — will cover for Meret, who broke his arm in training last month.Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan have had some late signings with Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Laxalt and Castillejo arriving at the San Siro.Bakayoko has agreed a season-long loan which could be turned into a permanent move.Spaniard Castillejo, 23, reportedly agreed a deal to leave Villarreal on loan with obligation to buy for 18 million euros, with Carlos Bacca going the other way.Left-back Laxalt completed his Milan medical, and can officially sign from Genoa.For Gattuso, the dream of the final hours of the market remains Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, to back up new signing Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone.At city rivals Inter Milan, hopes of signing Real Madrid’s Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric are fading, with Roma’s Radja Nainggolan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez among the big summer arrivals.After the departure of Nainggolan and goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool, Champions League semi-finalists Roma have boosted their squad with winger Justin Kluivert, midfielder Javier Pastore and French World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.“We did what we wanted, we moved quickly to have the squad straight away, then we continued to monitor the market for opportunities,” explained Roma sporting director Monchi at Nzonzi’s presentation at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.“I’m happy, even if you can always do better.“We are not a team that sells only, we are the club that spent the third most. I’ve never had a “no” from the club management for the players I wanted.“We have the ambition and a plan to take Roma as high as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AC Milan’s Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso reacts during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy football match between Real Madrid and AC Milan in Madrid on August 11, 2018. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMILAN, Italy, Aug 16 – Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina joined Napoli with Villarreal’s Samu Castillejo and Genoa’s Diego Laxalt completing medicals at AC Milan among a late flurry of action Thursday on the eve of the transfer deadline in Italy.Colombian international Ospina’s arrival comes amid criticism from fans at the lack of spending by new coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Serie A runners-up compared to champions Juventus who splashed out 100 million euro to bring Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin.last_img read more

Chelsea boss Sarri close to Juventus switch

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri my leave after a single season © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 1 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has told the club he wants to leave after a single season to join Italian champions Juventus, according to reports on Saturday.Sarri has been an uncomfortable fit with fans at Stamford Bridge and despite winning the Europa League this week and finishing third in the Premier League, there is a perception the chain-smoking coach is unwilling to adapt tactics when things go wrong. Sarri has been widely linked with Juventus, who are seeking a successor to Massimiliano Allegri, although sports daily Gazzetta reported Saturday that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was also on their radar.Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and informed her that he wanted to return to his homeland, the reports in Britain and Italy said.Granovskaia, it is said, has promised to talk to club owner Roman Abramovich about his future, but it would seem Chelsea will seek compensation from any suitor.Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager last summer after spending three years at Napoli.The 60-year-old enjoyed a tremendous start at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea went unbeaten in 18 games.But Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign and suffered heavy 4-0 and 6-0 defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City.Chelsea, however, reached the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, before finishing the season strongly.Sarri claimed the first major trophy of his career when Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku on Wednesday to win the Europa League final, but refused to commit his future to the club, saying: “You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition, and I am lucky because I am at Chelsea, one of the best teams in the best championship in the world.“So at the moment I am happy, but of course I want to know if the club is happy, if we can improve.“It’s normal I think; I have a discussion with the owner after every season with every club.”Chelsea are facing a transfer ban next season which could restrict their ability to attract a big name coach.The club have been linked with their former midfielder Frank Lampard, now the manager of Championship side Derby, should Sarri leave Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgWell-known Glenswilly woman Peggy Kelly hit her 100th birthday today surrounded by family and friends. Peggy received a very special visitor when the Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Pascal BLake dropped by to make a presentation to Peggy.And Peggy passed on some some wise words of a long life…!Many thanks to Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Gallery for the video.Simply click to play.  DDTV – PEGGY RECEIVES A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:100TH BIRTHDAYBrian McDaidCRISTEPH GALLERYGELSWILLYPEGGY KELLYlast_img read more


first_imgThe construction of the first ever Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Donegal has begun, and a RSPCA spokesperson is confident it will address the problems of animals suffering all over the county. It is also expected that the facility, which will be built in Ramelton, will create a substantial amount of employment for the county. The move has been warmly welcomed by the people of Donegal, and those who work in the industry say it’s absolutely vital that the facility is built to help resolve ongoing issues with animals that are neglected and in pain.Building work on the exciting project begins on June 15th, and the facility will be located at Barrack, Ramelton.Highly reputable construction company McMenamin Building Contractors Ltd have been tasked with the job, but the timeframe of when the project will be complete has not been revealed.However, it’s a major boost for Donegal, and it’s fantastic that we’ll have such an incredible facility on our doorstep soon.  CONSTRUCTION OF ANIMAL REHAB CENTRE IN DONEGAL SET TO BEGIN was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more