first_imgU-Thant Nicholas Smith, a young Liberian with albinism, addressing a gathering in West Anaheim California, USA, on International Albinism Awareness Day, said discrimination and stigma is carried out against Persons with Albinism (PWA) across Liberia in all forms. The occasion was graced by Americans with albinism, their family members, and church friends of the event’s organizer. The International Albinism Awareness Day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly for increased international attention to the condition and adversities of albinism.The program was organized by Dr.Rebecca Kammer, an American low vision specialist who is working with albinism organizations across Africa providing vision care. She was instrumental in getting Smith to the U.S for advanced medical care on his vision, which is gradually improving.“We are being discriminated against based on the perception and mindset that we albinos are not humans,” he said. He also accused the Liberian society of totally turning against albinos, which has left them with no voice in the decision making process of the country. “Many of us have been abandoned, neglected, rejected and abused and as a result we are living in total misery,” he asserted with tears running down his cheeks.Smith, who is a rights advocate, also told the gathering that albinos have lost all hope due to the violations of their fundamental rights.On the education front, the tough talking rights advocate lamented that PWAs have been ridiculed and intimidated in schools. Because of that most of albinos drop out of school, while some cannot even afford to pay their school fees.“We undergo a lot of constraints and difficulties in pursuing education, due to the lack of access,” he added.Touching on the health sector, Smith alleges that PWAs have been denied proper medical care. He accused health practitioners in both the government and private run hospitals and clinics of not paying much attention to their health.“We albinos lack the necessary pigment to stand sunlight. Because of that we are faced with serious challenges. When we go to the hospital or clinic they downplay us and do not give us the needed treatment. Because of that we are living with lots of health problems,” he said. Smith revealed that 99% of albinos in Liberia are not employed although some are qualified. “They will not afford them the opportunity because of their condition.”However, he said due to the lack of interest by the government and private employers in providing jobs for qualified albinos, most of his friends have no choice but to do hard labor jobs such as: pushing wheelbarrows, loading cars, selling around town markets, farming, crushing rocks, etc., under the blazing sun, which poses serious damage to their skin. He added that these kinds of jobs have contributed to many of them being affected with skin cancer and loss of vision, leading to loss of lives at early ages. In his concluding statement, Smith in a strong voice, said PWAs like any other persons must be given the chance to live in dignity free from marginalization. He urged everyone to join hands in making the world a better place for all. “We too have the right to good health care; we too have the right to quality education; we too have the right to employment, and better standards of living,” he argued.Smith later appealed for support to make their work of championing the cause of PWAs more effective and efficient.Meanwhile, Bibiana, a teen living with albinism from Tanzania, who says she was a victim of ritual attacks, narrated that she lost her parents at an early age, compelling her to live with relatives. “One late evening hour while we were asleep, some unknown men broke into the house and chop up one of my legs and fingers and went away with them. I screamed in a pool of blood until I was rescued and rushed to the hospital. After I came to myself, it was then I remembered that my dad once told me about albinos’ bodies being used for ritual purposes in order to make others rich,” she said.Sadly, he was not around to protect her from those evil men. Bibiana is in the U.S with the help of some organizations, and they were able to give her an artificial leg.Accompanied by her little sister Tindi, who is also an albino, they both called for the attacks and killings of PWAs in their motherland to stop immediately, noting that everyone should be given the chance to live a happy life without fear. They called on the world to join hands around albinos in Africa in putting an end to their suffering. Tremayne Mushayahama, a young Zimbabwean who came to the U.S in 2009, said he was grown when he left Zimbabwe. He admitted experiencing similar problems raised by his colleagues from Liberia, describing them as “people being wicked.” 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_img(L-r) Justice Minister-designate, Cllr. Charles Gibson; Defense Minister-designate, Rtd. Gen. Ziankahn(CAPTIONS: Justice Minister-designate Cllr. Charles Gibson; Defense Minister-designate Rtd. Gen. Ziankahn)The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claim and Petitions, Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sherman, yesterday announced to the 54th Senate at its 6th day sitting that it will this afternoon conduct confirmation hearings for the embattled Minister of Justice-designate, Cllr. Charles Gibson.Senator Sherman, who made the announcement for the scheduled 2:00 p.m. hearing, did not say on which specific areas his committee will place priority during the expected marathon grilling.Sen. Sherman’s announcement comes in the wake of continuing calls by some die-hard Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) partisans and cross-section of the citizenry for President George Weah to reconsider the nomination of Cllr. Gibson, who was found guilty and suspended by the Supreme Court for duping one of his clients to the tune of US$25,400.Even though the lawyer has refunded the full amount and the Supreme Court reinstated his license to practice law, the calls protesting his nomination have even increased, with many asking that Gibson save the credibility of the Justice Ministry and the title of Attorney General by doing the honorable thing and decline the nomination.Also, in the Chambers of the Senate this morning (11:00 a.m.), the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans Affairs will conduct confirmation hearings for the Defense Minister-designate, retired Major General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Gen. Ziankahn was appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) following his return from the United States, where he underwent intensive military training. If confirmed, he will succeed Brownie J. Samukai, the long-serving Minister of Defense under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Meanwhile, Major Brigadier General Prince C. Johnson, the new nominee to replace Gen. Ziankahn as Chief of Staff, is also expected to be placed on the grilling iron of the Defense Committee chaired by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee.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_imgRegional health centre Concerns over the construction of the Supply Health Centre, including shoddy work by the contractor, has caused Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Chairman Genevieve Allen to step in and order a full investigation into the matter.The move was sparked after Councillors on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) recommended sanctions against the contractor, Navin and Sons, at a recent meeting. According to the region’s Public Relations arm, it was pointed out that the contractor has multiple contracts in the region and thus, those projects could also have issues.“As such, several Councillors unanimously requested for action to be taken against the contractor, noting that to allow such a misstep to slide, would be sending the wrong message and setting the wrong precedent as well.”“This was supported by several Councillors, with Councillor Suresh Singh reiterating that he had brought this very issue about contractors doing as they like with little or no proper supervision. Therefore, several Councillors said that they firmly believe that action should be taken against the errant contractor.”Allen then called for a vote on whether action should be taken immediately or if a separate investigation should be done. It was unanimously agreed that an independent Commission of Inquiry (CoI) should be conducted by the Works Committee.At the meeting, Regional Vice Chairman Earl Lambert also stressed that the tree stump at Supply has to be removed regardless of whether a stress test was done. He also expressed concern about connections between the contractor and the supervisor of the project.He acknowledged that Senior Engineer at the RDC, Elon Austin, who had reported that while a decision is yet to be made on continuing works, a test by the Public Infrastructure Ministry had found that the flooring was of acceptable quality.“We know what the stress test is saying but the reality is that the very root has to be removed as in years to come that tree root, if not removed, can certainly affect the structure of that building and we may see the root breaking up the flooring, so certainly there is need for action against this contractor and any other who may have erred,” Lambert said.“We are spending monies to put up a structure and later on it would start cracking. The contractor at Eccles he was told to remove the zinc sheets because the zinc sheets was not the correct one that was part of the contract and up to now he can’t remove it. The thing is that yes we want to give people work but if you are serious, you have to start operating like you’re serious.”The Vice Chairman noted that several contractors seem to be more interested in winning contracts than delivering quality work for taxpayers’ money. He also stressed that the region needs to take the required action against contractors who continue to deliver poor quality work in order to ensure that there are not repeat offenders.“You can’t give one man five contracts and all he is trying to do is to push the work and giving us substandard work and tomorrow he walks away and we are forced to spend monies to correct something that should have been new. I believe there should be action taken against this contractor and I support the call for action,” Lambert declared.Meanwhile, Councillor Desmond Morian endorsed the call for a full investigation. He noted that the time has come for serious action rather than mere lip service. Morian told Councillors that he fully endorsed the call for an investigation and also declared that the findings should be made public.In addition, he observed that appropriate action should be taken against those found guilty of any activity that is deemed unacceptable and or inappropriate. Allen thereafter promised to commission a special meeting shortly to commence the investigation.Concerns over quality of the work, and the actions of the contractor in question, recently brought the construction of the Supply Health Centre to a screeching halt after the intervention of Region Four authorities.At the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC) monthly meeting last month, Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Four, Pauline Lucas, had revealed that the contractor was ordered by the Clerk of Works to not proceed with casting the foundation of the Centre. This cease work order was reportedly ignored.According to a report that was submitted by the Clerk of Works, the contractor had failed to comply with a number of requirements for the project. Among the requirements ignored by the contractor was one for the complete removal of tree roots and debris from the site.The REO had revealed that the casting of the flooring was found to have been done without removing a major tree stump. This, she noted, places the strength and quality of the building in serious question.last_img read more

first_imgNew Business Minister Haimraj RajkumarThe newly appointed Minister of Business, Haimraj Rajkumar, has disclosed that his list of priorities includes boosting Guyana’s manufacturing sector as well as increasing the local consumption rate.Rajkumar made this disclosure at his party’s press conference on Friday at his party’s headquarters, Kitty, Georgetown. Rajkumar noted that even as he intends to follow existing policies within the Business Ministry, he also desires to execute the plan of enhancing the manufacturing sector.“There are several policies in the Ministry at this time that I would continue with, but my vision, one of the things I want which I hope that I [will] be able to execute before my time is up, is to increase local manufacturing, increase local consumption of things that we produce.”According to him, this plan has stemmed from the tendency of most persons not purchasing locally produced products but rather those that are imported. On this note, he urged local manufacturers to produce high-quality products as this is one important rule to be considered when seeking local sales.“It tends to be, we have a culture of not wanting to consume things produced in our country, it’s been a long legacy and I would like to encourage our manufacturers, our entrepreneurs to manufacture things of high quality, so that our Guyanese consumers can have an amount of pride in purchasing and consuming our products,” Rajkumar explained.However, Rajkumar, in response to a question directing that agriculture is cheaper than manufacturing items, expressed that the cost of manufacturing in Guyana is indeed quite expensive due to the high electricity rates.“The cost of manufacturing in Guyana is expensive, we can’t doubt that because one of the factors is the high cost of electricity.”Rajkumar noted that holistically, the business sector plays a vital role in today’s society since the Private Sector generates more than half of the country’s revenue, with specific agencies contributing to direct business development.“Business plays an inaugural part in the development of any society, the Private Sector involvement is actually about 75 per cent of generating revenue and spinoffs. Our Ministry of Business there are five agencies, more particular so the Small Business Bureau and GO-Invest, those are to my mind, agencies which may contribute more to direct development” he stated.Rajkumar, who hails from Essequibo, replaced Dominic Gaskin, who was forced to resign due to his dual citizenship status, which bars him from being a Member of Parliament and a Government Minister.last_img read more

first_img Payet scores against Blackburn Having gone 1-0 down to Blackburn in the FA Cup through Ben Marshall, West Ham fought back at Ewood Park to go in at half-time 2-1 ahead.Victor Moses struck first and then Dimitri Payet’s wonderful free-kick gave the visitors the lead.It was the Frenchman’s eighth goal of the season, while he has also created seven.PAYET COULD HAVE BEEN A TOTTENHAM PLAYER, SAYS DAVID GINOLA! 1last_img

first_imgJust as fire crews are mopping up the latest brush fire in Malibu, offshore winds are expected to develop beginning later today in parts of the Southland, again raising fears of wildfires erupting in tinder-dry areas. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for areas including the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, Los Angeles County valleys and mountains, the Santa Clarita Valley, Orange County coastal areas, Santa Ana Mountains and Los Padres, Cleveland and Angeles national forests. “Northeast winds will likely strengthen to over 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph centered over eastern Ventura and western Los Angeles County,” according to an NWS advisory. “Relative humidity will lower sharply Wednesday morning and average 15 percent in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.” 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 Kingscenter_img Afternoon high temperatures will be about five to 10 degrees above normal, forecasters said. The strongest winds are expected after sunrise and through early afternoon. The fire weather watch will last from tonight until late tomorrow. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 12, 21, 22 and 25. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,200. Match 3 rolls over to €180. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prize went Peter Sweeney, Croagh. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,100 on 45 calls.GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: August 30th, 2011 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:Killybegs GAA Clublast_img read more

first_imgTHE COUNTRY – and Co Donegal – has voted No in the Seanad referendum, meaning the institution will stay.Both Donegal constituencies, voting for the last time as two separate entities before merging into one constituency at the next general election, voted No.The official result announced for Donegal North East: 8663 no, 8097 yes. No wins 51.7% to 48.3% yes. Donegal South West voted 50.4% No – with 49.6% voting Yes.Turnout in both constituencies was 30%.Already the Government has said the vote isn’t a mandate for reforming the Seanad.The vote is a blow to Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein who all campaigned for a yes vote.  DONEGAL VOTES NO – SEANAD TO STAY was last modified: October 5th, 2013 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)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has told the Seanad that it is outrageous for the Health Minister and the HSE to withdraw the subsidy for the bus service from Donegal to Dublin Hospitals.The Donegal Senator pressed the Minister for Health James Reilly on the matter during an emergency adjournment debate tabled by the Senator last night (Tuesday 17 July)Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “The Donegal to Dublin Hospital bus service which has operated an essential service to Donegal patients for over 38 years is being withdrawn from the 27th of July 27th.  The HSE has cited budget constraints, claiming there are public bus services that patients can use instead. What they failed to mention is that these public buses are not wheelchair friendly and do not carry out direct drop-off and pick-up at the hospitals. “It is a major insult to patients in Donegal that the HSE would cut a relatively cost effective transport service, while in the same week it is forced to cough up close to €100,000 in an embarrassing settlement with the Revenue for underpayment of VAT.“Meanwhile overspending and waste in the HSE is out of control despite Minister Reilly’s many promises to cut agency staff costs, HSE taxi costs and overtime. Instead, agency staff costs have increased to €200m this year and taxi costs are up 10% over in a year to €28 million.  This is all happening on Minister Reilly’s watch.“I believe there will be little or no overall savings for the HSE as a result of its withdrawal of the hospital bus subsidy.  The organisation will end up paying out  more on private taxi runs to and from Dublin for Donegal patients who are simply not able to travel on regular bus routes.”Responding on behalf of the Minister for Health, Minister of State Brian Hayes said: “I wish to make it clear that the Health Service Executive has no statutory responsibility to provide transport or support for patients to attend its facilities or clinics. As a rule, patients should make their own transport arrangements, especially where public transport is available, unless there are clear clinical factors involved. “The cost of the subsidised bus service is now approaching €100,000 a year. Based on the number of the people using the service, the alternatives available and the cost effectiveness, the HSE has made the decision to discontinue funding the service from 27th July 2012,” said Minister Hayes.In reaction, Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “This response just highlights the total lack of interest this Government has in services for Donegal patients. It is a disgrace that Minister Reilly would withdraw a hosptial bus that has provided such a valuable service to patients here for nearly four decades. It’s a time the Government representatives in Donegal spoke up and played a role in trying to keep this service in place.” DUBLIN HOSPITAL BUS AXE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE, SAYS SENATOR was last modified: July 18th, 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:DUBLIN HOSPITAL BUS AXE DOESN’T MAKE SENSESAYS SENATORlast_img read more

first_imgA Killybegs woman has been honoured as one of Ireland’s top driving instructors after scooping the Irish Road Safety Association’s “Leading Lights” Award for being an Approved Driving Instructor.Diane gets some tips from Sean GallagherNow Diane Harvey, plans to use her new title to promote a culture of safe driving in south west Donegal.Diane (33) was presented with the title at a function in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin last week. Presenting the awards the chairman of the Road Safety Authority, Gay Byrne, praised Diane and all the category winners as “a group of determined people doing vital, life-saving work around the country to support the efforts made by the RSA and other road safety stakeholders.”Yesterday Diane was guest of honour at the official opening of FDR Tyres, Donegal Town, and used the opportunity to promote her message of safety on the roads.“It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving a Merc or a Micra”, she said, “as long as your car is in a safe and legal condition and you have the ability to always expect the unexpected.”Diane herself has worked hard to earn her qualifications and build up her business, “D’s School of Motoring & Training”, Killybegs. In 2010, she got support from the Donegal Local Development Company to get the business off the ground and was rewarded last year with a Donegal Enterprise Award.She has also studied hard to pass all stages as an Approved Driving Instructor and even found time to get the coveted “Train the Trainer” certification. Now, her sights are set on passing on the skills she has acquired to young and old.“My oldest student is 74 years of age”, she beams. “I have taken a special interest also in people who have learning difficulties and I am particularly keen to encourage young people to get properly qualified and to be fully aware of road safety. I am also offering special rehabilitation lessons for drivers who may be preparing to reapply for a licence after an illness”Diane has formed a close relationship with youth groups in the south west Donegal area and runs “pre-theory” courses a number of times a year.She is also active on Facebook and her page,, carries tips and advice, sets road safety quizzes and answers questions about driving dilemmas and best practice. She feels that one thing that makes her stand out from the crowd is that she does the job full-time.“I was delighted”, she says, “that I was nominated for the RSA Leading Lights award by another Approved Driving Instructor, Field’s Driving School, Ardara, and by students and parents who wrote in on my behalf.”Picking up her award last Wednesday, Diane was in good company with Donegal County Council’s Eamonn Brown, who was presented with the “Leading Lights” award as Road Safety Officer.“It was great to see two ‘Leading Lights’ awards coming to Donegal”, she said. “Hopefully, we will be able to build on that and increase awareness of road safety in the county.” Speaking at the FDR Depot opening yesterday, Eamonn Brown urged special care over Christmas and the New Year period and suggested that people coming home on holidays should be extra vigilant if they haven’t been driving for a while or perhaps are using hired cars.Said Diane Harvey: “I intend to work closely with the County Council and with the Gardaí to promote safety on the roads. I have received a lot of encouragement from Eamonn Brown, from the Garda Traffic Corps and from our local Sergeant in Killybegs, Tom Mitchell. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.“There will probably always be deaths and injuries on the roads but if we can prevent even one person from becoming a casualty, it is worthwhile”, she said. “It’s a frightening thought that 70% of road accidents happen less than a mile from home. Always expect the unexpected and belt up every time.”KILLYBEGS WOMAN IN DRIVING SEAT AFTER HONOUR FROM RSA was last modified: December 16th, 2012 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:awardDiane HarveyKillybegsRSAlast_img read more