Safety in schools

first_imgIn some schools in the USA, metal detectors are common as sometimes the presence of a Police patrol on the outskirts. Some may be tempted to ask why in a country that is rich and is the bastion of freedom and democracy. Others may counter that, exactly because of what the country represents, it can afford to have such mechanisms in place. The answer basically lies in trying to curb violence in schools.While the measures may appear to some as being extreme, given what unfortunately happened in the past where lives were senselessly lost to bullets, it may be deemed inadequate. After all, it hasn’t stopped. Other menaces are bullying and gang-related violence. These are the harsh realities in some institutions of learning there with an obvious negative impact on the student population involved.It is not confined to there and is prevalent in many other places. Here, Guyana is trying to come to grips with a seemingly new reality of gun violence recently perpetrated against the Principal of a leading private school – that might have stemmed from frightening threats on social media allegedly by someone who may have been a part of that school’s family. Even more frightening is that the threats are being renewed.Whatever the grouse, in the end: the Principal is injured and hospitalised; classes have been suspended naturally out of concern for safety; and fear has crept into the minds of students, parents, and staff. The Police have since announced deployment at city schools. Who would have thought that in the process of getting an education here is Guyana, safety in schools is becoming a primary concern? With the threats in question, it seems rightfully so.Some signs lurked to warn about violence in schools, but maybe not to that extent. Some time before the shooting, there were reports of a teacher who was severely beaten reportedly by a student. Over time, there were other reports of students being stabbed by others or hurt by other means. Bullying, which is just another form of abuse and even violence, was reported to be highly prevalent in many schools.Those represent reported cases as the understanding is many are unreported out of fear of repercussion. In some schools, there is reportedly a visible presence of known gangs, which are identified by particular colours. Some of the violence meted out allegedly results from the initiation process. There were published articles over the menacing presence of two particular gangs in parts of the country which have infiltrated some schools.While the gangs and the reason for the Principal being shot may not be related, the sum total is that the chance of being hurt in school has increased over time. Solace must not be taken in the fact that we are living in a changing world. For once so rationalised, then what unfortunately happened to the Principal could be accepted as the new routine. Violence over the years and its extensive coverage in the media have led to a seeming immunity to the gory images and now make for casual reading.This must not be allowed to slip into the mindset of students and teachers. They must be free from such psychological stress and be able to focus on learning to build much-needed capacity for the future of the country. All, especially the relevant authorities, have an integral role to play in helping to repel this scourge.While there may be compelling arguments over what may be the reasons perpetrators act the way they do and the spread of violence, immediate mitigating measures have to be derived and implemented, so despicable acts such as the shooting in question must not be repeated.The Police presence, while welcomed and a potential deterrent, may not be enough in the long term as sustainability could become an issue. It has to be supported by other means, particularly in schools deemed to be high-risk. Even in that, the unexpected can happen in one deemed to be of no risk. The situation, therefore, becomes much more complicated in a country of very limited related resources.Many have argued that parents and guardians need to be more involved and aware of what their children are doing, keeping an eye on any possible worrying sign. While that could still be effective in many ways, there is a challenge as the child approaches adulthood. At that stage, one’s space and privacy could present barriers. There are also social factors that contribute to disallowing such necessary intervention to some extent. That further complicates an already-complicated situation.Currently, the fear that prevails within the mindsets of parents, students, and teachers of the school in question is understandable. They would need guidance, reassurance and solutions in both the short and long term. The situation would probably demand the establishment of a non-partisan special task force comprising skilled personnel from the relevant sections of Government and civil society to examine and recommend practical solutions within the shortest possible time.Whatever the findings are, the resources must be found to implement the necessary measures given what’s at stake. If not, the fun in learning could be evaporated if it hasn’t begun already, through a sad and unwelcomed import from up north.last_img read more

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Remarks At the Opening of the 3rd India – Africa…

first_imgExcellency Mr. Prime Minister,Excellency Chairperson of the African Union Authority;Excellency Chairperson of the African Union Commission;Distinguished Colleagues and Delegates:On behalf of the people of Liberia, I want to thank you for organizing this 3rd India Africa Forum Summit. We wish to express profound gratitude to you, Mr. Prime Minister, and to the government and people of India for the very warm welcome and hospitality we have received since our arrival in New Delhi.This Summit forms part of a series of historic processes and events scheduled this year that will determine the state of our world in the next several years, the world that will be bequeathed to future generations.This year, the call for Africa’s transformation under Agenda 2063 can be seen as a continental commitment to a bold departure from the past, a call for ownership and self-dependence, for value addition, for regional integration, and continental interconnectivity through infrastructure development. For women, this year of empowerment gives impetus to action for higher levels of participation and elevation.This year, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, building upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals, is a call for global commitment to ending poverty, inequalities and injustices, a commitment of governments to people, nation to nation, old to young, rich to poor, a commitment that recognizes the interdependence of nations, big and small.This year, at the Financing Conference for Development resulting in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we registered a faith in the promises of a global partnership with financing mechanism and monitoring systems that ensures equitable sharing of benefits and returns from national endowment. This year, we look forward to the closing chapter of our Global Vision 2030 at the Paris Climate Change Conference that will, through resource allocation, right historical wrongs in accepting the principle of common, but differentiated responsibility for the destruction of our planet.Mr. Prime Minister, we are told that this Forum Summit brings together in India the largest number of foreign leaders since the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Delhi in 1983 and the Commonwealth Summit the same year. It builds upon the first India-Africa Forum Summit in 2008 and the second in Addis Ababa in 2011. We believe firmly that the implementation of the Global Goals will only take place in a changed administrative architecture of the United Nations as called for in the Ezulwini Consensus.We take note that these summits have led to a deepening of the relationship between India and Africa with significant expansion in trade, in private sector investment, and in bilateral programs and financing arrangements aimed at supporting development across all sectors, as well as capacity building and institutional development. We welcome the formation of the India-Africa Business Council, which will promote business partnerships and joint ventures, thereby expanding investment and trade between Africa and India.Mr. Prime Minister, Liberia – India relations span over six decades of strong bonds of friendship and economic cooperation. Our countries have benefitted from bilateral assistance in the area of public transport, education, and agriculture. The level of trade continues to expand as large numbers of Indian owned companies are now moving into manufacturing enterprises. Our access to India’s Duty Free Tariff Preferred Status enhances the partnership even further. The Indian Female Police Unit, included in our security sector reform, is the first ever women contingent in the history of UN peacekeeping. This has transformed the thinking of Liberian women in the role they can play in the security sector.Mr. Prime Minister, we were pleased to welcome in 2009 the first visit of an Indian Foreign Minister in 38 years along with a confederation of industry and business delegation, which was followed by another ministerial delegation in 2015. Several of our ministers have had the pleasure to visit India between 2009 and 2013. I was pleased to have visited in 2013, where several agreements and bilateral instruments were concluded; and I was deeply honored to visit the site of Mahindra Gandhi and to have been conferred, during the visit, the 2012 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.Finally, Mr. Prime Minister, I wish to thank you and the government and people of India for the sympathy and support which Liberia received as we successfully combat the Ebola Virus. We look forward to concluding ongoing bilateral programs aimed at supporting Liberia and the other affected countries in building a resilient health system and meeting the challenges of post-Ebola economic recovery.As we prepare for the 10th World Trade Organization Conference in Nairobi, the first in Africa, Liberia wishes to thank all our sister African countries and India as well as other partners who helped to put us on the fast track to accession. We expect to expand on the outcome of the Trade Ministers Meeting in Delhi last week to build on economic and commercial cooperation at the WTO.Mr. Prime Minister, Excellencies, I thank you for your kind attention. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kidnapped man escapes near Castaic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Morales continued driving south until his kidnapper told him to pull onto the shoulder of the southbound Interstate 5 north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, Hahn said. He took $40 in cash from Morales and got out of the car. Seeing a chance to escape, Morales continued driving and called 911, Hahn said. He described his assailant as white, in his 40s, 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, with “dirty dreadlocks” and wearing a gray shirt and dirty bluejeans. Investigators from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and the CHP are working on the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP Newhall office at (661) 294-5540. (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – A Stockon man who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Fresno County was forced to drive for hours until he managed to escape early today near Castaic, officials said. Johnny Morales, 31, was driving south on state Route 99, en route to Wildomar in Riverside County, when he got off the freeway about 15 miles south of Fresno to stop at a convenience store. “While he was in the store, he was approached by the suspect who told him to get in the car, or he’d shoot him,” said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. “The victim saw he had a small caliber silver automatic handgun. “He said the guy kept saying he needed to get into town, but he wasn’t specific.” last_img read more

Police investigating alleged assault by Joey Barton on Barnsley manager

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed The incident allegedly took place in the tunnel at Oakwell At the full time whistle, Stendel and Barton could be seen in an animated discussion, with reports sugesting Barton followed his opposite number towards the dressing rooms.Meanwhile, Barnsley forward Cauley Woodrow took to Twitter to have his say on the ‘assault’.Woodrow tweeted: “Firstly @ftfc to have a manager that can physically assault another manager in the tunnel is disgusting, causing our manager to have blood pouring from his face!!“People like you don’t deserve a place in the game of football you are foul. Secondly fantastic win today @BarnsleyFC”. REPLY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Police are investigating a tunnel brawl involving Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton after Saturday’s League One clash with Barnsley.Sky Sports claim Barton is wanted for allegedly assaulting Tykes boss Daniel Stendel.Reports suggest Stendel and the former Manchester City player had to be separated after Fleetwood suffered a 4-2 defeat at Oakwell. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL SORRY latest center_img gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Barton’s was hit with a touchline ban earlier in the season Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops 2 tense Getty 2 “Hopefully we never see those guys again because good football matches officiated in the correct spirit are great to be part of.”Shortly after the game, Barnsley released a statement, saying: “The Club can confirm there was an alleged incident in the tunnel area that took place following the conclusion of today’s match, which South Yorkshire police are currently investigating.“The Club is assisting the police with its enquiries and, as a result, we are not in a position to make any further comment at this time.” It’s not the first time Barton has found himself at the centre of a controversy.In January, the former Queens Park Rangers captain was charged by the FA over comments made about the referee of his Fleetwood side’s game with Bristol Rovers.Barton was also fined £2,000 for accusing the match officials of bias, saying: “At times it definitely felt like we were against a lot more than 11.“I have to be careful not to say anything because we all know the ramifications of telling people exactly what you think of officials.last_img read more

Lennon plans recruitment talks with Lawwell and Congerton

first_imgHe revealed that Tom Rogic was returning to training and that Callum McGregor was also expected to be available in the near future. The manager also gave an update on Leigh Griffiths, who has been absent from the club.Asked if he had had a chat with the Scotland striker, Lennon said: “Not yet, no. Just a few text messages and he congratulated me when I got the job. “We’ve been keeping on top of things with him. The club have done all they can with him in terms of getting the right support so hopefully we’ll see him sooner rather than later.” Looking ahead to Saturday’s match against Aberdeen, he said: “I don’t know if they have one eye on Tuesday [and the cup replay with Rangers] but knowing Derek (McInnes) he is a brilliant manager and he will have something up his sleeve for us, I’m sure. “The most important fact is the players are ready to go again.” “It is just business as usual, club business. And I am part of that.”One player likely to be prominent in the discussions is Scott Sinclair. The Englishman is reaching the end of his current deal but it was reported this week that Celtic could take up a one-year extension on the deal. While Lennon said there was nothing concrete on that deal, he said: “We’ll let you know in due time. He’s having a very good season and he’s been a very important player in his time here and will be for me in the run-in.”Lennon has returned to a club looking to complete a third consecutive treble but has also arrived as Celtic deal with a number of injuries to key players. Neil Lennon has talks scheduled with Celtic’s chief executive and head of recruitment to plan for beyond the end of the season.Lennon was brought in to replace Brendan Rodgers until the end of the current season but has made no secret of the fact that he would like to remain as permanent manager of the club.Speaking ahead of the Premiership clash with Aberdeen, the Northern Irishman said he was getting on with the business of managing Celtic, and that included planning how the squad will look next season.He said: “I am meeting with Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) on Wednesday and with Lee (Congerton, head of recruitment) about recruitment going forward. last_img read more

Thelma Yvonne Dishman, 80

first_imgMrs. Thelma Yvonne Dishman age 80 of Mitchell passed away Thursday, July 16 at her home.Mrs. Dishman was born August 30, 1934 in Washington County, Indiana the daughter of Vance and Opal Freed Rife. She was a homemaker, and a member of Saltillo Christian Church and Sassy Hoosier Red Hat Society.Thelma was preceded in death by her husband:  Wayne Lee Dishman in 2000, her parents and a great-granddaughter: Allie. She is survived by four daughters:  Vicky Baumann (Craig) of Saltillo, Vonda Root (Tim) of Mitchell, Vanessa Blaine of Campbellsburg and Valerie Potter (Venon) of Salem, nine grandchildren:  Gina, Tiffany, Thomas, Tracy, Kristy, Emily, William, Shelby and Jared and a great-granddaughter:  Sophia.Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Saltillo Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 4-8PM and Saturday from 9AM-time of service.last_img read more

Sadness as dolphin found stranded on Carrickfinn Beach

first_imgYesterday morning a dolphin was found washed up on Carrickfinn Beach.Éamonn Devenney and Paul Harkin came across the dolphin as they were out for a walk. They noticed seagulls on the sand in the distance and were curious, so gingerly approached that part of the beach.They assumed the dolphin’s body was seaweed from afar, but as they got closer they realised it was a dead dolphin. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, 2017 has been the worst year for dolphin and whale strandings, with 56 of the mammals being washed up since the new year.The number of mammals being washed up has increased five times since the same period in 2010, prompting meetings this week between marine and wildlife experts and fishing organisations to discover why so many dolphins and whales are dying on an ever increasing scale; particularly during the months of January and February.In 2000, the average amount of the mammals found on the beach was around 30 per annually, whereas now it has increased to 200.The Irish Examiner reported that pollution, trawler nets, disease, weather, and natural causes can cause the death of the animals, which have been appearing at a rapid scale across Ireland’s coastline. The number of dolphins washed ashore only accounts for a small number of dolphin deaths as it does not take into consideration the amount of dolphin deaths at sea in which they are cast out from fishing nets and disappear without a trace, with the estimation that only 8% of dolphin deaths at sea are recorded.Sadness as dolphin found stranded on Carrickfinn Beach was last modified: February 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Carrickfinn Beachdolphinlast_img read more

Man headbutted, poured drink over and sent vile texts to former girlfriend

first_imgA man who could not accept the break-up of his relationship headbutted his former girlfriend, poured drinks over her and then sent her a series of vile text messages.Kieran Callaghan appeared in court following the attacks on his former partner Martina Mulhern in Letterkenny. The court heard how that although the relationship was brief, 33-year-old Callaghan could not accept the break-up.After the relationship broke down, Callaghan approached Ms MUlhern on a number of occasions.On July 2nd, 2017 in the Warehouse Bar, he approached her on two occasions and poured two drinks over her head.On July 17th, Ms Mulhern was socialising in the Voodoo NIghtclub in Letterkenny when she was approached by Callaghan.He headbutted the woman causing her swelling and bruising to her face.Callaghan, of Garrison Hill in Killygordon also admitted sending a series of disgusting text messages to his former girlfriend.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said the text messages were very offensive and included “F*** you tramp. You rotten piece of s***. I hope you die a painful one”, “You are a pathetic lowlife scumbag I never loved you” and “I hope you fall off a cliff.”The court was told that Callaghan had previously appeared in court for breaking a window in Ms Mulhern’s home in Ardara on the night he poured drinks over her headSolicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said Callaghan had tendered an apology to Ms Mulhern and that it was sincere.He said his client had been distraught and had experienced emotions of hopelessness and despair after the couple’s break-up.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 14th next and asked the court for a probation report and victim impact statement from Ms Mulhern.Man headbutted, poured drink over and sent vile texts to former girlfriend was last modified: November 14th, 2018 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:attackcourtdonegalKieran Callaghanrelationshiplast_img read more

One person dead after crash on Route WW in Columbia

first_imgUPDATE: One person has died after a crash on Route WW.According to Columbia Police, Eunice McCaleb, 79, was driving west on Route WW just before Hominy Creek Bridge. She crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes, colliding head-on with a car driven by Wendy Garcia-Raygoza, 24.After the initial impact, McCaleb was hit by Jared Ingalls, 31, who was driving a third car.McCaleb and Garcia-Raygoza were taken to the hospital, where Garcia-Raygoza was pronounced dead.McCaleb had serious injuries, while Ingalls had none. Both were wearing seat belts. Garcia-Raygoza was not.Icy roads are believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.ORIGINAL STORY: One person is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash on Keene Street Thursday morning around 8:00.According to Assistant Chief Brad Fraizer, there were two people injured. The person with life-threatening injuries was taken to the hospital with assistance from fire department personnel.Highway WW was blocked while emergency personnel worked the crash.last_img read more

Shanghai SIPG sign former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho

first_imgChinese Super League (CSL) outfit Shanghai SIPG have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid and Chelsea central defender Ricardo Carvalho.”We have completed the signing since we came back from the winter training in Doha. Why we announced so late is because the registration was unsettled and we had to think carefully about the use of the veteran under the new policy of foreign players,” SIPG said on Wednesday, reports Xinhua news agency.According to the Chinese Football Association (CFA), CSL teams are still allowed to have a maximum of five foreign players, but only three of them can be fielded in one game. (Chelsea confirm Oscar move to Shanghai SIPG)The 38-year-old hardman will join Brazilian attacking trio Oscar, Hulk and Elkeson and Uzbekistan national team captain Ahmedov to play for the ambitious CSL powerhouse.”If any of other four foreign players was injured, Carvalho will get a chance. As one of the top defenders in the world, his experience is important to help young players,” SIPG President Chen Xuyuan said.The Portuguese set himself as a world-class defender in Porto, where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2004. (Chelsea manager Conte concerned by Chinese spending power)After that he left for Stamford Bridge, following his compatriot Mourinho, where he won Premier titles for three times.He joined Spanish club Real Madrid in 2010, where he spent three years and after which he moved to French Ligue 1 team Monaco.Carvalho scored five goals for Portuguese national team in 89 appearances and won the European Championship in 2016.advertisementlast_img read more