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first_imgThe Liberian government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and UN Women, have signed a US$6.5m agreement to prevent gender based violence in the country.The funding is also intended to strengthen the capacity of institutions helping to tackle Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell signed on behalf of the government, while the Deputy Country Representative and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Liberia, Peterson Magoola, signed for his organization.Minister Cassell said according to GBV statistics there is a relatively slow trend in the fight against this social menace. “From January to August 2016 a total of 931 GBV cases were reported, of which 610 were rapes, compared to January to September 2015 when a total of 1,088 GBV cases were reported nationwide of which 588 were rapes.“Also, between January and December 2014, at the peak of the Ebola epidemic, which was a regional health and developmental crisis, women and children were still violated and a total of 1,392 GBV cases were reported, of which rape accounted for 682. In 2013 a total of 2,159 GBV cases were reported and 1,215 were rapes; 2,495 were reported in 2012, with rape accounting for 1, 501; and 2,383 reported in 2011, with 1,476 rape cases,” she said.UN Women is a global advocate for gender equality working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights and live up to their full potential. The agreement was sealed yesterday at the Gender Ministry during the official launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender, which is also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The funding was provided by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).Mr. Magoola said the agreement would tackle four key areas with diverse executors.The prevention of gender based violence will be undertaken by UN Women and Gender Ministry, while institution-strengthening will be handled by UNDP and the Ministry of Justice; the communication component is between UNICEF and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while coordination is again to be undertaken by UN Women and the Gender Ministry.Minister Cassell emphasized that violence against women, men, girls and boys is a violation of their human rights.She recounted that this year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism and the 15th commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence campaign in Liberia. “I wish to call on all of you to help create a healthy and not abusive environment where everyone can enjoy peace with safe spaces,” the Minister said. “This year’s 16 Days will also focus on the launch of the End Child Marriage campaign as well as ending violence against children through the launch of the 116 Help-line for Children. “We have come again to ask our media colleagues, our guests and the listening public to help us strengthen this campaign with the communities, the churches, the mosques, the schools, the traditional leaders and stakeholders to end gender based violence and prevent another woman, another man, another girl, another boy and another child from being abused, from being raped, from being sodomized and from being deprived to live as the result of sexual gender based violence.”The Minister added that “this year’s celebration is being observed under the national theme, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World; Stop Domestic Violence, End Child Marriage while Educating All.’” The free hotline to enable children to report violence through any GSM company is 116, which has been temporarily installed at the Gender Ministry, but will be officially transferred and installed at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police.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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first_imgLONG BEACH – It was three days before the biggest race of his life and Jimmy Grabow was jumpy. Oh, was he ever. “I’m trying to read or hang out with people,” he added, “but I’m like a volcano ready to erupt.” If you’re a distance runner, competitively or just as a method to burn calories and keep the cardiovascular system chugging along, you might be able to understand what he was enduring as he prepared to compete in the 5,000 meters during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend. If not, you haven’t a clue. The 5-foot-7, 115-pound Grabow, a 4.0 student who picked up his bachelor’s degree in history last spring and is now taking post-graduate courses in counseling and student development, has been “tapering” this week to prepare for his race at the University of Arkansas today. And that means trimming his usual 125 miles per week of running. “Yesterday I ran 13 miles and today only seven,” he said, sighing. “Coach (Matt Roe) knows I hate not working out. So I’m giving in to him on this.” Grabow, who transferred to Long Beach State from San Bernardino Valley College 2 1/2 years ago, broke his own school record by running a 13:44.0 in Seattle on Feb. 10. He arrived on campus the same time that Roe did after being hired by the track and field program’s head coach, Andy Sythe. Tonight he will take the sixth fastest time in America into the field of 16 that also includes a handful of elite foreign competitors, Roe said. Needless to say, Grabow will take a lot of pent-up energy onto the track with him. “The field will be loaded but Jimmy is going to be ready to battle,” Roe said. He concedes that getting Roe to strategically ease off in his training regiment is akin to a jockey pulling back hard on the reins of a thoroughbred. “We’ve been trying to get him to rest because he’s done all the work he needs to get ready for the race,” Roe said of the first Long Beach distance runner to compete in the championships since 1990. “But it’s difficult because it’s taking away something he craves.” Grabow craves pounding a running track or trail, or pavement, the way most of us crave fries with our cheeseburgers. “And it’s funny,” he said, “because I used to hate running.” But that’s before a buddy convinced him to go out for the cross country team as a freshman at Rim of the World High in Lake Arrowhead. “I thought `Sure, why not? I can run three miles,”‘ he said, laughing. After the first couple of workouts, though, he had a question for his pal. “It was a rude awakening,” he said. “It was, like `Dude, tell me why we’re doing this?”‘ His high school coach, Glenn Mitchell, apparently had an eye for distance running talent, even if it came in the body of a scrawny ninth grader. “Coach Mitchell asked me to stick it out,” Grabow explained. “I told him, `Just give me three reasons to come back.”‘ And? “I don’t remember what he said,” Grabow said, laughing again. “But if not for him, I sure wouldn’t be here.” Grabow, who also holds the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:59.40) and was second in the 5,000 during the Big West Conference outdoor championships last spring, wasn’t recruited by any NCAA Division I program before enrolling at San Bernardino Valley. And he was lightly recruited before signing with Long Beach. “You know, what I’m doing now wasn’t even fathomable two years ago,” he said. “I had very humble beginnings as a runner. Even now, I don’t think about winning titles. I see it as a process of `How much can I improve?’ I see it a race of me vs. me.” And you know who wins that one every time. 49er notes: Also competing for Long Beach is triple jumper Ronald Carter, who was an All-American selection last spring after finishing seventh (51-4 1/2) in the outdoor championships in Sacramento. He has the third best mark in the country – 52-7 1/4 – during the indoor season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m like an egg waiting to hatch,” the Long Beach State graduate student said earlier this week. And then he polished off the 1-2 metaphorical combination. last_img
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first_imgJamie Carragher does not want to put too much pressure on Daniel Sturridge’s shoulders, but admits the striker is Liverpool’s most likely saviour.The 25-year-old has not played since damaging his hamstring while on England duty in August, and the Reds have struggled in his absence.But he is now back in training and in line to return to action for Liverpool in their first game after the international break, against Crystal Palace on November 23.“You can’t just expect Daniel Sturridge to come in and fire on all cylinders,” he told the Colin Murray show. “He has been out for while so you don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but it looks like it is down to him because there is not much else there at the moment.“Hopefully, when this international break is out the way, we will start seeing the real Liverpool. It will be a different Liverpool to last season, for obvious reasons – Luis Suarez going and the new players coming in – but we have to start picking it up because before you know it Southampton might even be too far ahead, never mind the other top teams.”last_img read more

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first_imgShoppers couldn’t BEE-lieve their eyes when a swarm of honey bees gathered outside a busy supermarket.An estimated 40,000 of the Black Irish honey bees decided to make their home outside Lafferty’s Supermarket in the village of Creeslough.The shop, which is normally buzzing, was left almost empty for more than four hours before help was called to get rid of the bees. Danny Martin Lafferty, owner of Lafferty’s Supermarket, said the bees definitely took the sting out of his afternoon trade!“I looked outside and I could see people waving their arms outside. It looked like it was snowing for a while.“Then I looked closer and I could see this cloud of bees. Needless to say a lot of people were afraid to come near the shop for the afternoon while they were here,” he said.Nobody knows why the bees chose the entrance above the supermarket to gather but amazingly not one person was stung. Danny called a local bee-keeper who arrived with the necessary equipment to get rid of the swarm.The man managed to sweep the Queen Bee into a holding box before transporting it away.The bee-keeper, who asked not to be named, said he gets dozens of calls from people asking him to remove wasps and other insects each summer.“I’m a bee-keeper and I would only remove honey bees. There must be up to 40 different types of bees and wasps.“If people come across wasps or other insects then they would be better calling a pest control company. “There is still a perception out that that bees sting but it rarely happens. Most bees are so full of honey that they wouldn’t have the energy to muster a sting,” he said.Meanwhile supermarket owner Danny Martin Lafferty said the only visible remains of the unBEElieavable drama were a few trampled creatures.“That’s bees and not customers,” laughed Danny Martin.UN-BEE-LIEVABLE! SWARM SENDS SHOPPERS RUNNING FOR COVER was last modified: July 14th, 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:beesCreesloughDanny MartinLafferty’s Supermarketswarmlast_img read more

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