We need to get back to basics

first_imgDear Editor,It hurt me to the core when I read of the rape of a six-year-old boy in his school’s toilet, by pupils a few years older than him. Imagine the pain that this child was forced to endure! Imagine the agony of his parents as they seek to come to grips with the violation of their child in the “safety” of his school! Then there’s the ripple effect as other parents, fearing for their children’s safety, congregate outside the school, seeking assurance that their children are safe.This case is just one more negative scenario that has been exposed. We have been hearing more and more of bullyism, drug use, sexual experimentation etc in our schools. Where did we go wrong? Can we blame the internet for all of society’s ills? We cannot merely sit and wring our hands and ask ‘ what is the world coming to…?’. We must find solutions on different fronts!I believe that firstly, we must instil moral values in our children at home, so that they can act responsibly and humanely, standing tall and unshakeable in a world of shifting standards. We may need to arrange parenting seminars for parents, who themselves may need help! Secondly, because children spend more waking hours at school than at home, our teachers must be equipped to encourage and guide our children in the way of truth and help to shape their behaviour in a positive way. Thirdly, we need national leaders who will stand resolutely against anything, anyone, or any system that seeks to tamper with or distort this God-ordained (not man-made) foundation of our world – the family and family-oriented values! Also, we must be our brothers’(and sisters’) keepers. We have to look out for each other and lend a helping hand if or when the occasion demands it.Religious education, which benefited all of us who were privileged to experience this system (regardless of our religious persuasion) was taken out of the school system. Now we have become more “enlightened” and accommodating, and we and our children are reaping the rewards of rejecting absolutes – right or wrong, true or false!I propose that at least once weekly there be a general assembly in every school, and for just about ten minutes or so, students are given a talk on moral issues, for, if we lose our children, we lose ourselves, we lose our nation, we lose our world!There is hope! Let us get back to basics! Our nation will prosper, our children and the wave of the future will flourish, as we see beyond oil and other forms of material prosperity and embrace tried and tested values!Sincerely,Claudia Heywoodlast_img read more

18 for Samukai’s Tourney

first_imgEighteen teams will take part in a weeklong soccer and kickball tournament in honor of Brownie J. Samukai Jr., Minister of National Defense in Barnersville, Mountserrado County Electoral District #11, outside Monrovia.The tournament began on Friday, October 1, with a parade through the eighteen community blocks in Barnesville with their respective leaders.Richard Menah Gaye of Barnesville Township, who is also chairman of the eighteen community chairmen, said the tournament is the beginning of a series of activities Minister Samukai has planned to bring members of the community together. The tournament, Mr. Gaye said, will run from October 1 to October 11, and the winner will walk away with a giant-sized golden trophy. He therefore called on members of the participating teams to remain united and disciplined; a behavior, which he said, residents have recorded over the years about Barnersville.Nathaniel T. Solo, the tournament’s Steering Committee chairman, said this year’s tournament will achieve the tournaments’ objective, adding: “we have involved the 18 communities’ chairpersons and have also requested the Liberia Football Association to supervise the soccer portion of the game.”He said before the two finalists meet on Tuesday, October 11, the community will have an exhibition match between officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned in Barnersville and the community’s All Stars.Jackson T. Julu Toe, youth representative at Friday’s opening ceremony, expressed gratitude to Minister Samukai for his “farsightedness to bring the community together as he did during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.”“We embrace the idea because it would preach discipline and unity in the minds of residents,” Toe said.All the games will be played at the Kollie FC and the Kebah Sport Pitches, West and South of Barnersville respectively.Meanwhile, in the opening matches on Friday, Darmanwolor defeated Palm Hill 3-1 in post-match penalty in soccer and Darmanwolor girls forfeited the kickball point because they did not show-up.On Sunday (yesterday), E.J. Goodridge was awarded free points due to the absence of 1407 Block ‘B’ team. In kickball, a similar decision was taken in favor of E.J. Goodridge.In the second game Behwein defeated Lulu Pennoh 4-1. For kickball, however, the two teams did not show up for their scheduled encounter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9th annual Community Coal and Energy Forum in Tumbler Ridge this week

first_imgSome of the topics being discussed include regulatory decisions, coal markets, and alternative energy projects. The event is marketed as an industry networking opportunity, as well as a way to unite the companies and trades in the area. In addition to members of the public interested in learning more about energy in the region, the forum regularly draws mine operators, local government members and economic development representatives.- Advertisement –last_img

Marko Arnautovic responds to Manchester United links

first_img Arnautovic scored eleven goals for West Ham in the 2017/18 season West Ham ace Marko Arnautovic has said it feels “nice” to be linked with a £50million move to Manchester United.Arnautovic, 29, kept his cards close to his chest when asked about his chances of moving to Old Trafford this summer but seemed happy to be talked of.The Austria international only joined the Hammers from Stoke on a five-year deal last summer but the east London club value him at £50million.Man United fans react to Arnautovic rumoursSpeaking about the rumours, Arnautovic said: “It’s nice to hear.“I’ve not heard anything from my brother, my agent.“You can keep asking this question, you’ll never hear the answer from me.”United boss Jose Mourinho also claimed the club has made no contact with West Ham.Mourinho said: “He was on holiday, he told you. I haven’t spoken to him, he was on holidays.” 1last_img read more


first_imgLabour party councillor Frank McBrearty has called for a full, independent inquiry into the One Sigma controversy.The system was aimed at overhauling work practices at Donegal County Council and has so far cost €3 million.However there had been a major controversy around the system after two consultants were paid €30,000 a month. Now Cllr McBrearty has said nothing but a full inquiry will get to the bottom of the questions posed by the controversy.“I think at this stage we must have such an inquiry. We have to be seen to be accountable,” he told donegaldaily.com.“There are a lot of unanswered questions and we need to get answers to those questions if we are to retain our credibility.“And I think it has to be completely independent. We cannot have council investigating the council the same way that we can’t have the Gardai investigating the Gardai,” he said. Deputy Thomas Pringle recently raised the issue in the Dail and accused county councillors of failing to properly scrutinise what happens at council level.However responding to the claim, Cllr McBrearty said he challenged Deputy Pringle to claim he had not examined the issues of the One Sigmia outside the Dail“All I will say is that Deputy Pringle knew a lot more about the report into One Sigmia than most other members did.“If he has an issue then he should make these claims in full outside the Dail,” he said. MCBREARTY CALLS FOR FULL INQUIRY INTO CONTROVERSIAL COUNCIL CONSULTANCY CASE was last modified: May 24th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Gardaí are hunting burglars behind two home raids overnight.In one incident thieves made off with a garden strimmer, power washer and a leaf blower after breaking into a shed in Ballyare, outside Ramelton.A relative was broken into just a few weeks ago. The gang then made their way to The Glebe nearby where there was an attempted house break-in.However the gang fled empty handed after being disturbed by a resident.Inspector Goretti Sheridan appealed to home owners to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Gardaí.Anyone with information should call officers on 91 53060.  COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAI HUNT BURGLARS AFTER BREAK-INS was last modified: August 12th, 2014 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:Ballyarrbreak-inburglarMilfordRameltonlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Returns To Road With Saturday Game At Green Bay

first_img Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s game, Drake continues its road trip Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Nebraska with tipoff set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version The all-time head-to-head series between Drake and Green Bay is close with the Phoenix holding a 4-2 advantage after beating the Bulldogs last season in Des Moines. Redshirt senior Mehryn Kraker is averaging a team-leading 15.7 points per game while junior Jessica Lindstrom is averaging a double-double at 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Kevin Borseth is in his second stint at the helm of Green Bay and has taken the Phoenix to the NCAA Tournament 10 times. Story Links Fellow senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded her second points/assists double-double this season and the 12th in her career with 13 points and 11 assists. Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) made her impressive season debut for the Bulldogs with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was the other Bulldog in double-figures with 19 points. GREEN BAY, Wis. – Following a two-game homestand, the Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the road for a Saturday afternoon game at Green Bay. Tipoff with the Phoenix is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Drake (3-2) visits Green Bay (5-1) after topping Northern Illinois, 95-86, Wednesday at the Knapp Center. In a battle between two high-scoring teams, the Bulldogs held the Huskies 11 points below their national-leading average (97.0) to avenge last season’s defeat in DeKalb, Ill. Four players scored in double figures for Drake, led by senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), who poured in a game-high 30 points. It is the ninth career 30-plus scoring performance for Wendell who earlier in the day was named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team. Live Video Drake and Green Bay will be a contest that features one of the country’s top scoring teams in the Bulldogs and one of the top defensive teams in the Phoenix. Drake averages 80.2 points per game while Green Bay holds opponents to 51.5 points per game. Each team leads their respective conferences, the Missouri Valley Conference and the Horizon League, in each statistical category.last_img read more

Hittner and Wendell Sweep MVC Women’s Basketball Weekly Awards

first_imgIn her first season, Hittner is averaging 12.0 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds while shooting a league-best 53.7 percent from the three-point line. ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week while freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) was selected the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday, Feb. 13. Wendell and Hittner have each won their respective awards a league-best five times this season. In the 101-49 win over Illinois State, Wendell scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, grabbed four rebounds, nabbed four steals and handed out one assist in 23 minutes. In the 98-46 win over Bradley, she scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and pulled down four rebounds, handed out four assists and snagged two steals in 27 minutes. Drake travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Indiana State on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The contest will be broadcast online via The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Wendell averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists while shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line in Drake’s blowout wins over Illinois State and Bradley this past weekend.center_img Hittner poured in a career-high 20 points behind a 6-of-8 shooting performance with four three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds and handed out two assists in 22 minutes in the win over Illinois State. She followed that with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with three three-pointers and hauled down five rebounds and handed out three assists in 23 minutes against Bradley. On the season, Wendell is averaging a league-high 21.7 points per game while shooting 51.6% from the field. She has scored in double figures in 102-straight games, which is currently the longest streak in the NCAA. Hittner averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor (12-of-20) and 77.8 percent from behind the three-point line (7-of-9) versus Illinois State and Bradley.last_img read more


first_imgST Eunan’s are celebrating a double today – after their reserves won the county championship.Following in the footsteps of the Senior team, the Letterkenny men overcame Dungloe in the county final replay at MacCumhaill Park today.It was a low-scoring affair with both sides level for long periods, but Eunan’s ran out winners by 0-09 to 0-02.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S SEAL RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP IN WIN OVER DUNGLOE was last modified: November 15th, 2014 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:dungloeSt Eunanslast_img read more

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more