Mixed Reactions of Liberians on Trafficked Girls Case in Liberia

first_imgFollowing the just-released verdict of Lebanese national cleared of charges against girls that were trafficked to Lebanon by Abbas El Debes on Monday by the judge of the 11th Circuit Court in Tubmanburg, due to government lawyers being unlicensed and without direct evidence to prosecute, the case has captured the attention of Liberians at home and abroad.Several citizens and non-citizens have provided mixed reactions about the issue.Many of those interviewed believe in the saying: “No justice for the poor’ and therefore urged the international community to look keenly in the issue and protect these girls from the state of disgrace and agony they are experiencing in their own communities.Exclusive InterviewsSpeaking to this paper in an exclusive interview yesterday in Monrovia, a sophomore student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) Mr. Frederick Tulay, 24, said that he is very angry about the government’s failure to protect its citizens especially in such case.“I’m really feeling bad about this situation to see a Lebanese National being set free due to government’s own failure to provide capable, licensed lawyers to plead the case of its citizens.“It’s a total disgrace for us in Liberia because our government doesn’t value its citizens but gives credence to foreigners to destroy the future of our sisters,” he said.“Liberia must be able to value its citizens, must take key interest in the wellbeing of every Liberian not only when the leaders wants to seek state power. If something is not done about this, it’s dangerous to the world because Liberians in other countries will also be marginalized because the government cannot protect its citizens.”“As a woman I feel so much disenchanted because the girls that went through this terrible experience are women like myself who will love to receive justice in my country as it relates to this matter,” 23 year old Fatumata Jabbie of the AME University said with emotions. She explained that from the day the girls set their feet on Liberian soil, she was pleased with the manner in which the government reacted by taking a huge delegation to receive them at the airport but, to her surprise, the entire case turned to be different with Abbas being set free without charges.“The government through our justice system should have carried out better investigation if they didn’t believe these girls, by at least sending them along with some officials of government to Lebanon to see for themselves the pains our sisters went through.‘But nobody believed in them so they provided unlicensed lawyers to plead for them and allow Abbas to go free without punishment but we will all pray to our God for justice to be done one day,” Ms. Jabbie of New Georgia said.Joseph Kwesi, a Ghanaian citizen and a petty trader in Red-light, told this paper that what happened in Liberia cannot go on in his country Ghana especially with foreigner ill-treating citizens in the country.“In my country this is a very big issue because our government prioritize citizens; therefore total justice was going to be done for our sisters. I really feel their pains and understand the difficulties they went through and after all they went through was it unfortunate to receive no justice from government,” he said. Madam Rosetta Brown, a mother of 4 children who trades in charcoal business in the 12th street community, called on other women’s groups to work along with the girls in order to reintegrate them in the society despite the unfortunate situation they are undergoing.“I am a mother and I know what it means for your children to go through serious torture, this man shouldn’t have been set free and we keep preaching Gender issues in our country this is an abomination for our country.“As poor mothers who don’t have money to pay for justice, we will keep praying for God himself to handle this difficult issue that our government couldn’t fight for us and make our children to go through shame in their own motherland,” Madam Brown said.She meanwhile encouraged the ladies to firstly focus on God for their justice and use their stories to defend other women that are going through similar issues in other countries.“Make the world to know that this is not the end of your lives but a strong test of times in life to strengthen you for the future challenges ahead of you and make mama Liberia a proud nation that we can count on for justice for the poor,” she uged the girls with tears in her eyes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Celebrating United Nations Day

first_imgOctober 24 marked UN Day, “the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.” Each year, the organisation hopes to communicate the achievements of the United Nations, and to outline goals for the UN moving forward.This year’s UN Day was used to highlight concrete actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September, 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.The new Global Goals, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted: “This agreement marks an important milestone in putting our world on an inclusive and sustainable course. If we all work together, we have a chance of meeting citizens’ aspirations for peace, prosperity, and wellbeing, and to preserve our planet.”The Global Goals will now finish the job of the MDGs, and ensure that no one is left behind.On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement said: “This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations. Humanity has entered the era of sustainability — with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Under the agenda are 17 goals that will “propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.”As the most representative intergovernmental organisation of the world today, the United Nations’ role in world affairs is irreplaceable by any other international or regional organizations. The United Nations has made enormous positive contributions in maintaining international peace and security, promoting cooperation among states and international development.Today, people of the world still face the two major issues of peace and development. Only by international cooperation can mankind meet the challenges of the global and regional issues.The United Nations can play a pivotal and positive role in this regard. Strengthening the role of the United Nations in the new century and promoting the establishment of a just and reasonable international political and economic order goes along with the trend of history and is in the interest of all nations.In order to strengthen the role of the United Nations, efforts should be made to uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The authority of the Security Council in maintaining international peace and security must be preserved and role of the United Nations in development area should be strengthened. To strengthen the role of the United Nations, it is essential to ensure to all Member States of the United Nations the right to equal participation in international affairs and the rights and interests of the developing countries should be safeguarded.The United Nations, through its UNDP Representative to Guyana, recently reaffirmed the Organisation’s commitment to supporting the Government and country in achieving our developmental objectives and to working with Guyana to achieve SDGs for a better life for everybody, thereby ensuring that no one is being left behind.In his message the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted too that even as the world is in transition, so too the United Nations is also in transition, from its eighth Secretary-General to the ninth. He therefore urged all to give their full backing to Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres in continuing the UN’s global mission of peace, sustainable development and human rights.“I have been honoured to serve ‘we the peoples’ for the past ten years. Together, we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress – which we must build on by working even harder to empower women, engage youth and uphold human rights for all,” the Secretary-General stated.last_img read more

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Storm leaves damp streets in area, snow in mountains

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The storm that brought scattered thunderstorms and light snow to Southern California on Tuesday was expected to move east today, weather forecasters said. Rainfall was spotty in Los Angeles County, with downtown Los Angeles receiving about .02 of an inch and Malibu and Zuma beaches receiving about a half inch, said officials at the National Weather Service. Snow levels fell to 6,000 feet in area mountains. Forecasters predict a 20 percent chance of rain today under cloudy skies, with lows in the high 30s to upper 40s and highs from the mid-50s to low 60s. The storm center is offshore and heading south. It was expected to hit land near San Diego this morning, before moving east and taking the threat of rainfall with it, said David Danielson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.last_img read more

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Lakers not overlooking lowly Hawks

first_imgATLANTA – When the Lakers take the court at Philips Arena tonight to play the Atlanta Hawks, coach Phil Jackson undoubtedly will remind his team once again that the Hawks’ 18-28 record is nothing more than a number. NOTEBOOK Even though Atlanta is clustered at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, that record is by no means an expectation of how the Hawks will play. They just completed an 8-7 January and will be coming off Sunday’s 101-99 overtime victory at New Jersey. Jackson has tried all season to communicate that message to his team, only to see the Lakers suffer maddening losses to teams they think they should beat. They have lost twice to Charlotte and New Orleans and dropped games to Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Seattle and Memphis. Only the Hornets are within five games of .500. Having earned a victory against the Washington Wizards, who brought the Eastern Conference’s best record into Saturday’s game, the Lakers will try to avoid a letdown against a Hawks team with a nearly opposite won-loss record. “I think when we think defense first, triangle (offense) second, I think that’s when we’re tough,” Lamar Odom said. “When we come out and kind of depend on our offensive skills to win basketball games, that’s when you see us kind of slacking a little bit.” Said Kobe Bryant: “We’ve just got to go out and play our best basketball game. Just play our style of play. Just move the ball, execute and focus on improving. This is a big win for us (against Washington) and we want to try to build on it.” Whether the Lakers will have Luke Walton back from his sprained right ankle is uncertain. center_img The Lakers didn’t practice Sunday and Walton said he wanted to go through at least one practice before returning. He will be listed as doubtful. The Lakers won’t be able to use the excuse of youth against a Hawks team that once again ranks as the NBA’s youngest. The matchup between Bryant and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson might be better than anything cooked up Saturday with Gilbert Arenas. Johnson is averaging 25.6points and has scored 33 or more in four of the past sixgames, leading the Hawks to victories in those fourgames. He led Atlanta with 37 points Sunday against New Jersey before teammate Tyronn Lue made a buzzer-beater in overtime to win the game. NOTABLE Former Lakers forward Slava Medvedenko signed with the Hawks on Dec. 28 and has played in seven games. Medvedenko has been inactive for Atlanta’s past two games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Referee exposes ‘anti-Barca’ Clasico plot

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Real Madrid at last season’s El Clasico La Liga clash at Camp Nou. PHOTO/FileMADRID, October 22- A Spanish assistant referee has made a formal complaint to anti-corruption authorities, claiming he was pressured into favouring Real Madrid in next month’s El Clasico against Barcelona by the league’s refereeing committee.In a court filing published by Spanish radio station COPE on Wednesday, the official, who didn’t want to reveal his identity, claims pressure was put on a senior referee who is expected to take charge of the match on November 21 to handle the game in a manner that would “prejudice the interests of one of the clubs involved, Barcelona.” It is alleged the referee in question then contacted the complainant to request he make the more difficult decisions in the match as the referee’s performance is subject to more scrutiny by the media.Moreover, the complainant alleges he also received a phone call from a senior member of the referees’ committee advising him it would be “intelligent” to follow the instructions for the progression of his career.Referees in Spain’s top flight are normally allocated to matches little more than week before the games take place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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England Squad: Austin and Vardy handed first call-ups

first_imgCharlie Austin and Jamie Vardy have been called up to the England squad for the first time.Austin becomes the first QPR outfield player for 20 years to gain international recognition for the Three Lions, while Vardy is rewarded for his excellent performances for Leicester in his debut Premier League season.The pair will now be in line to make their debut against either Republic of Ireland or Slovenia.Full squad:GoalkeepersRobert Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)DefendersRyan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)MidfieldersRoss Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)ForwardsCharlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Charlie Austin 1last_img read more

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GAOTH DOBHAIR DAD SCOOPS €25K ON WINNING STREAK

first_imgGaoth Dobhair man Paddy Magee scooped €25k on RTE1’s Winning Streak on Saturday night.The father of three didn’t get to spin the Big Wheel on the show which has seen four Donegal contestants in the past six weeks.His mother had bought him the ticket – and his wife Martina posted it! Paddy – who has been unemployed for two years – bagged €15,300 and a €5,000 holiday in the first round of the show.The Derrybeg man then took his overall winnings to €25,900.GAOTH DOBHAIR DAD SCOOPS €25K ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: April 17th, 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)last_img read more

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Horrible memories rekindled

first_img sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’That mirage directed him to safety, although he suffered third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body. He spent the next 3 1/2 months living inside the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital and undergoing skin grafts and rehabilitation. Each year, on the anniversary of the fire, the retired firefighter returns to the site, which is still charred and dead, in what he described as a “moonscape.” Doing well these days, Jensen speaks about fire safety to children at schools. Jensen and his wife, Sue, were camping Thursday when they first learned of the Esperanza Fire near Palm Springs that killed four firefighters and critically injured another. The tragic news brought Jensen back to the day that changed his life forever. “It can always happen, and it doesn’t have to be at a big fire,” he said. “Things can go to pot in a matter of seconds.” His wife never worried as he left for work, knowing he was trained to battle blazes. But nothing could have prepared her for the day he nearly died. On Thursday, she thought of the wives of the firefighters who died. “My heart goes out to all of them,” she said. Ten years ago this week, the blustery Santa Ana winds raged the same way for Bill Jensen, who, like firefighters on the line in Cabazon, was engulfed in flames while battling a blaze. Jensen and two others on the Glendale Fire Department were protecting a hillside house Oct. 22, 1996, in a fire that scorched 14,000 acres when 100-foot flames rose up like an ocean swell and swallowed them. “Your mind goes a million different ways. You don’t really feel the pain of the burn, but your life flashes in front of you,” Jensen, 62, said Thursday. “You think about your family. You think that this isn’t how you want your life to end.” As the force from the flames knocked Jensen to the ground, he thought was going to die. Rising to his feet, he believed he saw his wife and children and walked over to them. last_img read more

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Passengers, sick of queuing, demand more control

first_imgTravelers queue up at the security checkpoint in the US. Airline passengers have overwhelmingly indicated they are sick of queuing and delays at airport choke points and want more control over their journey.The 2019 International Air Transport Association Global Passenger Survey of almost 11,000 passengers in 166 countries showed time was of the essence for most.Eight out of 10 didn’t want to wait more than three minutes to drop off a bag, while 79 percent thought 10 minutes of queuing at immigration or customs was enough.Three quarters said they did not want to wait more than 10 minutes to pick up their bags.Security screening and border control were again indentified as the biggest pain points for travelers with the removal of personal items (60 percent) and having to take out large electronic items (48 percent) the largest bugbears.Four out of 10 were also annoyed by variations in ssreening processes at airport.For this reason, nearly three-quarters of passengers gave a thumbs up to automated immigration, gates and kiosks.More eficient queueing at the boarding gate, an end to bussing and more bin space were among the improvements passengers would most like to see airlines and airport to make.An increasing number are also turning to personal technology to handle their travel but doubts remain about privacy and data security.READ: Relief for tall pax as Air New Zealand introduces economy stretchThe survey showed the number of passengers saying they preferred to use their phone to check in topped 50 percent for the first time, up 4 percent from 2018 to 51 percent.Using an airline app was also the preferred method of booking for passengers in North Asia, with almost a quarter booking this way, and the second most popular method in the Middle East.One in four passengers booked through what was still the most popular booking method globally, airline websites, although this was less popular than in 2018.More than 70 percent of passengers wanted to be kept informed about their journey through their smartphone with SMS still the preferred option.However, a preference for receiving information through an app was now the choice for a third of travelers and was up 10 percent compared to  2016.The survey found that 83 percent of passengers want to receive information on the status of their flight, 45 percent wanted information on their baggage with a similar proportion wanting information on wait times at security and border control.Seven out of 10 of us are now willing to share more personal information, including biometric identifiers, in order to get more quickly through an airport.Almost half would prefer to use biometrics instead of a paper passport and 30 percent would opt for using biometric token such as facial recognition to board a plane.But privacy issues still worried some passengers.“Passengers are willing to share more personal information if it removes hassle from their travel experience,’’ said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac.“But it’s clear that concerns over data privacy remain.“While the majority of passengers want to use biometric identification instead of a paper passport, 53 percent of those that did not, said they were concerned about the security of their data.”“Passengers need to be confident that their data is safe.”Baggage tracking was another area where there was keen interest, with more than half of passengers saying they would follow the progress of their luggage if they were able to track it.Some 46 percent said they would like to be able to track their bag and have it delivered to an off-airport location.The good news: airlines and airports are already working on improved baggage tracking this through the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.IATA said many of the survey results were covered by the New Experience in Travel and Technologies(NEXTT) Joint initiative by  IATA and Airports Council International.“Passengers have told us that they are looking to technology to improve their travel experience. That is what we are trying to deliver in cooperation with airports,’’ said IATA senior vice president airport and passenger cargo and security Nick Careen.“Through our NEXTT initiative with ACI, we aim to deliver a seamless curb-to-gate experience for passengers.”However, Careen emphasised that government support was also necessary for the program to succeed.last_img read more

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Cloud: A top priority for CIOs

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Cloud and Mobility in the Enterpriseby Chris Peters, member of the IT Center In 2013, cloud is a top priority for CIOs, right behind mobility. And in my opinion, cloud is an enabler of mobility.  Together, these have become key differentiators and points of innovation for many businesses. I recently read the latest issue of The New CIO Agenda, which discusses how CIOs are using cloud-based strategies to transform the business and reshape IT shops into engines for service delivery.A new pace for enterprise ITTechnology innovation in the consumer space has clearly set a fast pace for enterprise IT. There’s an influx of mobile devices in the enterprise, both as companions to desktop and laptop PCs, and increasingly as employer-provided devices. According to the article, “the upside for IT lies in harnessing consumer-side advances to improve employee productivity while meeting enterprise requirements for security and manageability.” I couldn’t agree more. These devices pave the way for CIOs to gain value from things like well-designed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and programs, app store–based software distribution, and more. And when combined with cloud services and data that is readily accessible anytime, anywhere, integrated mobile devices  can take business productivity to a new level. The cloud is critical because it allows IT to deliver services to these devices from private, public, or hybrid cloud implementations, improving agility, speed, and flexibility. And being able to deliver computing solutions that fit form to function is a critical part of user-centered computing. Three billion users, 15 billion connected devicesA few months ago, I blogged about how IT managers face constant change and why what worked yesterday may no longer be enough. Cloud services are a huge driver of that change. By 2015, Intel expects more than 3 billion connected users and 15 billion connected devices will be driving more than 1,500 exabytes of cloud traffic. And this level of connectivity is guaranteed to shift the scale of enterprise computing.Be sure to check out the full article for more insights from Intel’s IT leaders, technologists, and visionaries. How has your organization used cloud services to innovate (private, public, or hybrid)?How does your cloud strategy better support mobility, employee productivity, and IT service agility?Chris @chris_p_intel #Consumerization #CloudInnovation #ClOAgenda #Mobilitylast_img read more

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