The Constitution in Braille: A Revolutionary Idea Long Overdue

first_imgLiberia’s blind have called on government to produce the Liberian Constitution in Braille so that they will have the opportunity to read it.Braille is a series of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or whose eyesight is not sufficient for reading printed material.In their frank exchange with the CRC last week, representatives of the blind and visually impaired lamented, “Considering the way we are treated, we don’t feel as though we are part of this country.”We consider this a serious indictment of the way we do things in Liberia. The CRC’s mandate is to include ALL citizens of Liberia.The representatives told the CRC, “Now is the time to reflect on treatment of the blind and visually impaired by providing them with copies of the nation’s most important document in Braille. It is just as important for us to read as it is for those with sight.”We pray that the CRC will pay keen and active attention to this community, which in Liberia number at least 35,000, or one percent of the population.  According to recent statistics, three percent of our people are visually impaired.These are significant numbers of people that must be included not only in the constitutional review process, but in the broader spectrum of national affairs.  Their exclusion is unconstitutional, since the Constitution, the basic law of the land and the nation’s most important document, is what guides citizens as they participate in the process of governance.  A citizen’s knowledge of the Constitution empowers him or her to play a more effective and more meaningful role in national affairs and hopefully makes a better citizen.The CRC is, therefore, called to recommend immediately to government the production of the Constitution in Braille, even as the Committee continues its work.  This will enable the blind and visually impaired to participate NOW, while the Review process is ongoing.  GOL could contact the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California, or other Braille institutions in neighboring countries or in Europe, for advice and assistance. Perhaps one of development partners interested in the constitutional review process could be approached to assist in this endeavor.But the CRC should not wait, as time is of the essence.  The year 2015, when the CRC should be completing its work, is now only months away.  If the CRC is proactive and swift, treating this matter with urgency, the Constitution in Braille should be ready within the next three months and placed in the hands of these citizens.Another matter of urgency which, not just the CRC but more so the national government should immediately address is the matter of access to buildings for our physically challenged people.For too long, these unfortunate brothers and sisters of ours have complained about access, especially to public buildings and educational institutions.  The time is long past when we as a nation should DO something about this problem, by reaching out to these people and giving them access to places they need to go.The government will, hopefully soon, begin renovating the E.J. Roye and completing other unfinished buildings.  In this process, the physically challenged should be remembered.  Architects and engineers involved in the renovation and construction need to visit the Japanese Friendship Hospital at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and see what has been done there giving complete access to pregnant mothers and other people in peculiar circumstances. The government also needs to put in place mandatory measures to ensure the efficient maintenance of elevators in buildings that have them. For example, when last did anyone–even the Ministers whose office was on the sixth floor–use the elevators in the old Ministry of Education on Broad Street?That building was totally off limits to our physically challenged, many of whom are teachers.We hope government will act NOW to protect access of ALL the people to buildings in Liberia, most especially government ones.  GOL should make it mandatory that BEFORE a construction permit is given for ANY building now or in the future, access by the physically challenged should be assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UL Students Identify with Disabled, Poor

first_imgUniversity of Liberia students majoring in Sociology recently donated assorted food items valued at US$850 to over 600 less fortunate and disabled people in Monrovia and its environs.The students converged at street corners in Central Monrovia and Old Road Junction, opposite Nigeria House in Congo Town, and distributed food items to the disabled people usually seen begging around those communities, in most instances on the street corners and among moving vehicles. The items included rice, onions, tomatoes, salt, magi cubes.Onisemus O. Nurse, who headed the students at the Old Road Junction, told reporters that the gesture was all about demonstrating what they have learned in class during the semester instructing them to identify with the less fortunate when the means is available.He said the students were motivated by their course instructor, Mrs. Saydah Taylor, who always told them to emulate good examples in society.“If society must get better, there is a need for every well-meaning citizen or student to provide some assistance to those referred to as ‘the societal deprived,’” Student Nurse said.Mrs. Taylor, who herself assisted the students during the distribution exercise, also called on every Liberian student not to wait only for government to provide for the needs of every citizen, but to take the initiative and help those who are in need.Mrs. Taylor then called on Liberians, who she said often sit idle and blame government for every problem the nation is faced with.She encouraged students reading Sociology to form part of the government’s efforts to minimize the challenges the country is going through such as the ‘uncontrollable’ prices of goods and services.Mrs. Taylor added: “If we say government is for the people, by the people and of the people, students can make the change from a social change prospective.”“Against this backdrop, our students were able to formulate the idea of feeding the vulnerable for at least a day.”The beneficiaries thanked the students for the good will gesture, saying it was timely and prayed that God would continue to bless the students as they strive to help the poverty-stricken and disabled in the community.Meanwhile, ‘Mother’ Evelyn Brooks, who supervises the old folks’ housed in the facility need, at least until the end of their studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese man stabbed to death in St Lucia

first_imgA suspect is assisting St Lucia’s police with investigations into the fatal stabbing of Guyanese national, Michael Pooran at Bagatelle, Castries.Neville Atille, a friend of the deceased, told St Lucia Times that Pooran, 27, was a very good person who was outgoing and liked to dress.Dead: Michael PooranHe disclosed that about 05:00h on Sunday, neighbours informed him about the fatal stabbing.According to St Lucia Times, Atille said he and the deceased were acquainted with the suspect in the fatal stabbing.“The last time I built my step, he asked for a job. We said ‘We don’t have any job doing – it’s for free. If you want rum and food,’ he said ‘Yeah’ he will do anything. And now he is saying that Michael owes him money.”Atille said that according to reports he received, Pooran went to a party in the neighbourhood and the suspect started “troubling” the deceased and following him around.“That’s what I heard. People were saying ‘Leave the guy alone’,” Atille told St Lucia Times.He said based on his information, the two started fighting.“Eyewitness did not see Michael stab the assailant. Michael never walks with a weapon because he is a big tough guy,” Atille stated.He explained that a mutual friend advised Pooran to leave the scene but as he held the Guyanese, he realised that he was bleeding.Atille said the mutual friend heard footsteps and thinking that the assailant was after him as well, he left Pooran, who had by that time collapsed, and ran.He said Pooran went to St Lucia from Guyana in 2014.last_img read more

Georgetown Mayor calls for private, public help to restore City Hall

first_imgOne of Guyana’s most historic and iconic buildings is falling apart and Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine is making a stronger appeal to private and public agencies to help restore the once picturesque structure.Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj NarineUpon his re-election as Mayor a few days ago, Mayor Narine told the media under leaky roofs within the City Hall building, that the structure which has been neglected over the years is in dire need for repairs, especially since some sections of the structure are labelled unsafe.A deteriorating external section of the buildingA recent study by the European Union has pegged the rehabilitation of the building at over $400 million but as time goes by, the cost increases.However, since then, no significant work was done towards the restoration of the building.Nevertheless, at an event last week, the Mayor appealed to both the private and public sector for aid in restoring the building.“The iconic building, the historic building of this city, it is falling apart which is City Hall. I alone cannot do it as the Mayor, my Council alone cannot do it, we need the Private Sector to play a part, we need private partnership. We need all Guyanese to play a big part to restore City Hall and the only way we can do that is to put our shoulders to the wheel and move forward” he asserted.Most recently, the City Council announced plans to establish a Trust Fund whereby persons can make donations towards the rehabilitation of the building.Speaking to this newspaper on the plans, Mayor Narine conveyed that the fund is currently being established and the City Council is hoping to launch the initiative before February 2020.last_img read more

Chelsea striker hopeful of being fit for Manchester United trip

first_img Loic Remy 1 Chelsea striker Loic Remy is refusing to rule himself out of contention for this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.The Frenchman limped out of Tuesday night’s 6-0 Champions League Group G win over Maribor with a groin injury shortly after opening the scoring.Jose Mourinho, who is already without top goalscorer Diego Costa for Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford, said after the match that he did not expect Remy to be fit to face United.But Remy is hoping the injury is not too bad and is determined to be available against Louis van Gaal’s side.“We will see with the scan,” he said. “I really hope it is not too bad. Fortunately I stopped playing because I felt something.“I don’t think it is too bad but I felt something. My groin.“Yes, it’s frustrating of course because I had a chance to play because Costa is injured but I am not afraid.“I don’t think it is really bad. We will check and I really hope to play again this weekend.“It is a huge game but every game is tough. Especially this one because it is a big game against a good opponent but I will try to recover as quickly as possible.”Remy grimaced after scoring 13 minutes into the rout of Maribor, but says he had already felt something was wrong.He added: “It was a bit stiff, even my run and I didn’t feel very comfortable.“That’s why I prefer to come off but for me I have to care about myself and if I’m not feeling very good it’s better to leave for another player who is 100 per cent.”last_img read more

Muslim groups protest UCI cartoon unveiling

first_img A College Republicans representative didn’t return calls for comment. Bangee said Muslim students may hold a peaceful teach-in and protest next door to the event if they can’t stop it. Petrilla, a 22-year-old student at Glendale Community College, said he founded The United American Committee last year for people who “want to get involved in the War on Terror at a grass-roots level.” The group, which he said focuses on Islamic extremism in America, held a rally against what Petrilla called “Islamofascism” in Los Angeles earlier this month. About 30 people attended. The Muslim Student Union at UCI last drew national attention in 2004 when more than two dozen students wore green stoles to their graduation. They said the stoles symbolized their faith, but others said the clothing represented allegiance to the militant group Hamas and was meant to intimidate Jewish students. Thousands of Muslims worldwide have protested – sometimes violently – against the drawings of the Prophet Muhammed after they were first published in a Danish newspaper in September. The drawings are offensive to Muslims because Islamic tradition bans any depiction of Muhammed. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Organizers insist the panel is aimed at promoting dialogue about the cartoons, which have gone largely unpublished in the American media for fear of offending Muslims. The panel will also discuss Islamic extremism and provide examples of anti-Western, anti-Christian and anti-Semitic drawings that have appeared in some Middle Eastern newspapers, said Jesse Petrilla, founder of The United American Committee, an event organizer. “How can you confront an issue when people don’t even see what’s going on and what the bottom line is? We really need to get it out on the table,” he said. “This is the freest nation in the world and if we can’t discuss things openly without being afraid, then we’re losing sight of something important.” Bangee said the Muslim Student Union has asked The College Republicans, which joined with The United American Committee to sponsor the event, to pull its affiliation. Without the student Republicans, the committee couldn’t go forward because it’s not a registered student group at UC Irvine, which has about 2,000 to 3,000 Muslim-American students. The Muslim Student Union has already received hate mail related to the prophet drawings and has contacted campus police for additional security should the panel go forward, she said. IRVINE – The cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed that sparked mass demonstrations across the Middle East and Europe are causing unrest on a smaller scale here after a student group announced plans to “unveil” the drawings at a panel on Islamic extremism. The panel, which will take place Tuesday at the University of California, Irvine, has prompted angry reaction from several Muslim groups, including the school’s Muslim Student Union. Another group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was invited to participate in the panel but is boycotting it, said Sabiha Kahn, spokeswoman for CAIR. The debate surrounding the student panel follows incidents at other campuses, including Harvard University and the University of Illinois, where student newspapers published the Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet with a bomb in his turban. “To have a negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammed is a slap in the face and we have an obligation to defend our prophet against slurs on his reputation,” said Marya Bangee, a sophomore at UC Irvine and a member of the Muslim Student Union. “They’re trying to draw a link between Islam and terrorism and that’s what we’ve been trying all along to stop.” last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 17th August 2012AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME REGISTRATIONWith the impending re-opening of schools following the summer break, registration for the afterschool programme will take place on Thursday 30th August from 3-5pm and again on Tuesday 4th September from 3-5pm. Registration fee to cover insurance requirements is as follows- €5 per single child; €8 for two children and €10 for three or more. Please note there will be limited places. The afterschool programme will re-commence on Tuesday 11th September with 3rd & 4th Classes from 3-4pm followed by 5th & 6th Classes from 4-5pm. Wednesday 12th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm and Youth Cafe from 7-9pm; Thursday 13th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm and 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm. TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATIONIn 1999 the Family Resource Centre (then Raphoe Youth & Community Project) brought the Training for Transformation Programme to Raphoe. At that time 20 community leaders/activists participated in the training over several months. Training for Transformation is built on the idea of building a “temporary learning community”, and by doing so, learning the tools of building a sense of community in our own places built on three distinct realities; that everyone feels a sense of being safe and accepted, that everyone feels they are important, significant and has a part to play, that everyone feels a common bond, a sense of solidarity.Training for Transformation is ideal for developing leadership capacity at grassroots level, creating and deepening a sense of community among diverse groups, particularly those with a history of conflict, and developing skills for community building by experience, a process that is inclusive, participative and built around fostering human relationships.Partners, the community education agency working in Ireland for over 25 years and who delivered the programme in Raphoe in 1999 is now keen to return to Raphoe and East Donegal to run the Programme again and are in the process of drafting an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs. To support that application Partners are keen to base the application on the needs of groups around East Donegal, and will visit the area shortly to hear first hand the needs of local organisations.In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the training please contact Tony on 074 9145796.BORDER VILLAGES SOCIAL INTEGRATION PROJECT:Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Border Villages Social Integration Project is hosting a facilitated discussion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th August on the following themes: belonging, fitting in, identity, feeling welcome, feeling at home, being a ‘blow in’, creating a diverse community where all are welcome.If you are someone who has recently moved to or back to the Raphoe/Convoy areas then this discussion might be of interest to you. If you are a longstanding member of either community that people have moved in to and wish to help support the creation of a diverse community then please feel free to come along. The discussion should last for about two hours and will be facilitated by Owen Donnelly of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry. Light refreshments will be available.The Border Villages Social Integration Project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Donegal Co. Council.FROM STORMONT TO LEINSTER HOUSE TO BRUSSELS!Following on from its trips to Stormont and Leinster House the Speaking Up Reaching Out Project for people with disabilities, facilitated by Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Mencap Western Area, the participants permission has been sought by Dr Pauline Conroy, independent policy analyst, to take photographic images to be used as a visual backdrop to a presentation she is making to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. Her presentation, “Included or Excluded” to the Labour Market Observatory Conference to take place in November will address the labour market inclusion/exclusion of people with disabilities.Dr Conroy previously carried out an evaluation of the FRC’s “Making Choices Programme” for people with disabilities on behalf of the then Dept of Social & Family Affairs, an evaluation that recommended that the delivery mechanism of the programme be replicated by any other organization proposing to work with people with disabilities. Dr Conroy will visit the Speaking Up Reaching Out Group on Friday 7th September.The Speaking Up Reaching Out Project is by the European Union INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.ASIST REFRESHERThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a 3 hour refresher workshop for those who previously participated in Asist training within the past 18 –24 months.The workshop will be held on Thursday 4th October from 7–10pm. Tea/coffee available. To book a place please contact 074 9145796. HEALTHY WALKS Following the success of our walking group on Thursday mornings, thanks to Joe Porter we are also starting walks on Thursday nights, meeting here in the Centre at 7.15pm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please do. Walks take place at 9.30am and at 7.15pm.ARE YOU A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH DELAYED COMMUNICATION OR LEARNING SKILLS?Raphoe Family Resource Centre are providing the opportunity for local parents or guardians of pre-school children to spend a Thursday morning from 10.30am -12 noon participating in fun activities, working on social skills, and establishing and maintaining friendships. Siblings welcome.If you would like further information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796RAPHOE CUB SCOUTSRaphoe Cub Scouts ages 9 to 11, registration night on Thursday 6th September from 7pm -8.30pm in the Presbyterian Church Hall Raphoe. Adult and child are both to attend for 20 minutes.BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe boxing club is now back in full swing after the summer break and training sessions take place every Monday – Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm -8pm when all new and former members (boys and girls) are very welcome along.Everyone at the Raphoe club would like to extend best wishes to local business woman Annie Friel who celebrated her 90th birthday last week and wish her many more years of good health and happiness.During the summer break the Raphoe club erected a new extension at the clubhouse which consists of new showers, toilets and changing rooms and a very special thanks goes out to our main contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments), local architect and planner Paul Quinn Tullyvinney for his efficient and professional services, to Cllr. Frank McBrearty and Senator Jimmy Harte for all their help and to the local business people and wider Raphoe community for their continued financial support in all our fundraising events.RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOEDonegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm.The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at or to Lisa Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to every Thursday to meet the print deadline. LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: August 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:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgOisin Merritt, the Stranorlar man who was left fighting for his life after suffering an accident while holidaying in Spain continues to fight against the odds in an effort to make a full recovery. Oisin suffered severe head injuries after suffering a fall while on holiday with a group of friends in the popular holiday resort Santa Ponza.Doctors had prepared the Merritt family for the worse and had told them at one stage that the prognosis wasn’t good for Oisin. However, Oisin now dubbed the ‘miracle man’ made an astonishing recovery and continues to fight everyday in his efforts to make a full recovery.The inspirational former Finn Harps youth player is determined to pull on the boots again and won’t stop until he can.His sister Tasha expressed her pride at her ‘amazing little brother who celebrates his 20th birthday today.Tasha wrote on Oisin’s timeline, “A massive happy birthday to my incredible little brother and best friend. “Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful and blessed we are to have you here with us and to be celebrating a birthday with you.“The difference that one year made to our family, you have come through sooo much and are still continuing to fight even harder everyday pushing yourself breaking all limits even through all the pain.“We are sooo unbelievably proud of you and how far you have come with your recovery.“The determination and strength you show us daily is indescribable.“You absolutely seize to amaze us every single day, our little “miracle man”. Happy 20th birthday Oisin Love u❤xxxxxx‘MIRACLE MAN’ OISIN CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AS HE CONTINUES REMARKABLE RECOVERY was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:birthdayFeaturesMiracle MannewsOisin Merrittrecoverylast_img read more

Things to know: Sharks coach confirms the nature of Erik Karlsson’s injury

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Brent Burns is good to go, Evander Kane is still out and the Sharks coach provided insight into Erik Karlsson’s latest setback.Pete DeBoer confirmed after the Sharks morning practice on Sunday that Karlsson re-aggravated a groin injury on Tuesday that forced him out of the lineup for 10 games in January and February. The Sharks coach said recent test results affirmed that Karlsson isn’t dealing with a …last_img

Saso blanks Fortuna, Mack wins road contest

first_imgCameron Saso delivered perhaps his finest start of the season — a complete-game, 3-hitter-shutout — and the McKinleyville High baseball team took game one of its 3-game Big 5 Conference series against Fortuna 4-0, Thursday afternoon at Newburg Park in the Friendly City.“Saso was outstanding, I don’t even know what else to say,” McKinleyville’s head coach Scott St. John said. “He’s our ace and the heart of our team.”Saso needed just 80 pitches to work through seven innings worth of Fortuna …last_img