Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Gozum partners with Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie up front UAAP Season 81 as he joins a Fighting Maroons squad that boasts of potential with team captain Paul Desiderio and returnees Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño, and UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño leading the way.Transferring from UPIS to Mapua, the 6-foot-6 Gozum made a name for himself in the NCAA, averaging 13.2 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in his senior year with the Red Robins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHis stellar showing also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.For now, Gozum will reunite with the Gomez de Liaño brothers, his former teammates in the Junior Maroons, this time under the guidance of coach Bo Perasol. UP is coming off a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80 with its 6-8 record. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum is set for a homecoming.The former Mapua Red Robin returns to Diliman as he has committed to play for University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed
And then Irving really took over.TIP-INSCeltics: Horford sat for the third consecutive game — he’s expected to miss at least a few more because of an injured left knee — and Brown and Hayward were out because of illness. … Outscored Washington 38-22 in the third quarter. … Daniel Theis fouled out after just 14 minutes. He had eight points and six rebounds. … Semi Ojeleye was 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts.Wizards: Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 of their 32 bench points. … Rebounding has been a problem all season and this was no different. Washington was beaten 50-41 on the boards and outscored 24-8 in second-chance points.WALL ON THE CALLSWall was not thrilled with the officiating, saying the Wizards kept getting whistled for “ticky-tack” fouls, but did not get the same sort of calls when they had the ball. “We get so many hand-check calls to put those guys on the free throw line. Let guys make plays,” he said. “I mean, then we drive to the basket, getting fouled, and we’re not getting it.” Washington actually took more foul shots, 29 to 25; the Wizards only made 21, while the Celtics were perfect at the line. “We play just as aggressive as anybody else,” Wall said. “So I don’t understand it. I don’t respect it.”SMART AT 5Smart said he hadn’t played the “5” position since high school. “That’s just what we needed tonight,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Atlanta on Friday. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Raptors rout Warriors without Kawhi Leonard to complete sweep Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots between Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12), guard John Wall (2), and guard Austin Rivers, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. The Celtics won 130-125 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving’s pair of 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team’s bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were “amazing.”To the man contesting both of those key shots, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, they were “incredible.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wizards: At Brooklyn on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The hallmark of this group has been whoever’s available plays and is counted on to do what they’re supposed to,” Stevens said. “Not everybody had their best night, but everybody did their jobs and kept adding value when they checked in. They played whatever role they were asked to and gave us a chance to win.”Wall returned after missing a game with an aching left heel to pour in 34 points with 13 assists, and stayed on the court in overtime after getting his right foot stepped on during a drive to the basket. But his seven points in OT weren’t enough to keep pace with fellow All-Star Irving.The Wizards led 123-122 when Irving made a 3 with 38.6 seconds to go. After Wall tied it at 125, Irving hit another shot from beyond the arc that gave Boston the lead for good, because Beal (22 points; zero in OT) and Wall then each missed a 3.This sure was a close one: There were nine ties and 18 lead changes. Neither club was ahead by more than three points over the final 10 minutes of regulation. Up 113-110, Boston opted to foul Beal on purpose with 13 seconds left, but that backfired, because after he made the first free throw, he missed the second — but grabbed the rebound and put it in for the tie.Irving blew by Beal at the other end but missed a layup right before the buzzer, sending the game to an extra period.ADVERTISEMENT To Irving himself? He was a lot more matter-of-fact, saying: “I was just trying to win the game.”Did just that, too. Serenaded on the road by chants of “MVP!” in the closing seconds, Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points to finish with 38, and the undermanned Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Wizards on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve seen Kyrie do that on multiple occasions,” said Marcus Smart, a guard who spent some time at center and had 18 points and five rebounds. “But to see it again in person — every day we see that is something that is jaw-dropping for us.”Marcus Morris added 27 points and nine rebounds for Boston, which played without Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, its No. 4-6 leading scorers.
Article 7 of the Liberian Constitution states that all citizens of this country must be free and treated fairly in the society; that our national riches and God’s gifts in our forest and forest lands be properly taken care of so that all Liberians may receive equal benefits for self-improvement and for the development of the country.Again in chapter 10 of the 2006 New Forest Law of Liberia—otherwise known as the National Forest Reform Law— states that the reason for the New Forest Law is to give power to communities so that they can carry on complete and careful control of the forests of Liberia for a very long period of time. The communities will do this by setting up a plan that will be in line with a law that will support community-rights in taking proper care of the forest materials when anyone wants to use the forest for any reason.The National Forest Reform Law also made it clear that the community will have the right to no less than 55% of all the revenues or income or all of the money and benefits that will come from any logging activities concession companies carry out in their forests.The Land Rights and Community Forestry Program (LRCFP) is a UASID project assisting the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and forest-based communities to jointly manage Liberia’s forest lands.With such good laws on the books and an abundance of natural resources, there is no doubt that 90% of the 3.5 million people according to the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services 2008 Housing and Population Census, should have been living at the middle-class level.With such a small population, however, the vast majority is still living on less than US$1 a day despite naturally abundant mineral and forest resources.This author saw stacks of logs belonging to the Atlantic Resources Logging Company, a logging company that is operating in Lofa County but using Botota, Kokoyah Statutory District seat of the local administration as transit point.It is not hyperbole, but one has to throw his head to the back of his neck in order to fully assess the height of the stockpiled logs.When our correspondent visited Botota over the weekend, it was established that the logs are stockpiled in the area before being transported to the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County for shipment.The poor people will always have less access to health, education and other basic services.Problems of hunger, malnutrition, and disease afflict the poorest in this country. The poorest are typically marginalized from society and have little representation or voice in public and political debates, making it even harder for them to escape poverty, Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe asserted.Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe named inequality, bad government policy and exploitation by people with power and influence as some of the causes of abject poverty in this country.“High levels of inequality will affect social cohesion and lead to problems such as an increase in crime and violence. Inequality is often a measure relative to poverty” the Paramount Chief emphasized.Despite huge resources, and a small population people are not feeling the positive impact of our minerals and forests resources, the Paramount Chief Togar Glegboe concluded.The forests are some of the most important among the many gifts of God in Liberia which belong to us as a people, our children and grand children; so policy makers should ensure that real laws made for the betterment of our children and the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– contradicts president’s statement on insufficient evidencePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said Monday that moves to prosecute persons who were said to be culpable of financial transgressions discovered by audits is being slowed by fearful witnesses, a statement which starkly contradicts previous utterances of President David Granger, who had declared that the audits provided insufficient evidence to support prosecution, according to the Government information Agency (GINA).Ramjattan, made the comment on Monday at the Golden Jubilee, National Symposia Series, underway at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre (ACICC), after he was asked about the apparent lack of prosecutions and sloth in prosecuting errant public officials named in the audits.However, he assured that government was profound on bringing those responsible for impropriety to justice:“Minister (Jennifer) Westford has been charged and that’s pending. The trial is going on as I understand. There is somebody with her who has been charged. The fellow from GPL, Aeshwar Deonarine has been charged and Mr Carvil Duncan has been charged, prosecution is going on there. We have asked the Canadian Royal Mounted Police to find Mr Aeshwar Deonarine (former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Administration), they are going to find him soon and he is going to be sent back here,” the GINA quoted Ramjattan as saying.Ramjattan stated that a number of the audits made recommendations that there should be police investigations, however the absence of a witness protection programme locally is confounding the prosecution’s efforts.“A lot of the witnesses that gave their evidence to the auditors are scared like hell to give their evidence to the police now, knowing that those fellows that they might bring to court, know that they can suffer at their hands,” he stated.Ramjattan said while government will not force persons to testify in court, he made clear government’s position on the audits: “This administration will never allow stolen monies to remain with those who have stolen those monies. We are going to get them back, and that is why we have set up this SARU (State Assets Recovery Unit).”ContradictionHowever, the vice president’s comments conflict President Granger’s previous pronouncements that there is insufficient evidence for prosecution.President Granger, during his weekly telecast, “The Public Interest” on Friday said that despite several of the audits point to corrupt practices, prosecution will be difficult since the evidence may be lacking or the persons culpable may have already left the jurisdiction or are citizens of other countries, making the process an arduous one.The President said the main function of some of these reports is to prevent recurrence or the continuation of any improper or corrupt practice: “Where the evidence is available, we will do prosecutions in the court, but we don’t want to use those audits as a sort of tool for witch-hunting.”The government spent a whopping $113 million on these audits and was confident it will unearth evidence of mass corruption and siphoning of state funds by the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration. However, the PPP/C has always maintained there is no evidence to suggest that persons were engaging in corruption.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Dr. Weeks becomes UL’s 14th president today The newly appointed President of the state-run University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, will be inducted into office today. Dr Weeks succeeds Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, who served the university as president from 2009 to 2016.Dr. Weeks was unanimously endorsed by the UL Board of Trustees in March this year following thorough scrutiny of candidates that applied for the position. She becomes the 14th president and second female president following Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, daughter of former Chief Justice Louis Arthur Grimes (class of 1903), in whose honor the UL Law School is named.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Visitor of the University, and a host of government officials, UL alumni, guests from private institutions, friends and family are expected to attend the induction ceremony to be held at the UL Fendell campus.Dr. Weeks is a retired professor of the Florida International University (FIU). Upon her retirement from FIU, she returned to Liberia and joined the UL faculty as Dean of the Science College. She was subsequently promoted to the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Based on her appearance and disposition, some managerial experts describe her as “conscientious,” a personality trait that depicts humility, quietude, carefulness.Even though it is difficult for every student to know the UL president, considering the bureaucratic process associated with this, Dr. Weeks’ personality has caused many students not to recognize her when she is among them. During the resumption of academic activities following Ebola epidemic in 2015, many were left in shock to see her for the first time, as she simply appeared like any of the students.It is not yet known what plans this second Dr. Weeks presidency (the first being her father, Dr. Rocheforte L Weeks who was UL president from 1959 to 1972) has for the university in the years to come. Whatever the latitude of her inaugural address, students, instructors and the nation expect to hear her tackle the fundamental issue of adequate financial support from the government for overall improvements in salaries, student transportation, instructional materials and equipment, renovations of the academic and science complexes on the Fendell campus and a myriad of corrective actions, developments and expansions that are long overdue at this restive, underdeveloped institution.As a scientist, she will no doubt work to raise the standard of the College of Science and Technology and the medical college but she is expected to balance her time and attention to raising standards across the entire spectrum of learning and administration at the University.Her challenge is to make the UL, Liberia’s oldest tertiary institution founded in 1862, the preeminent university in the country in terms of academic and professional excellence and impact on the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
By Tennen B. DaliehPresident Weah, after nearly two years into his presidency, on September 14, 2019 finally submitted to the Liberian Legislature a proposal seeking the honorable legislature to advise his government on the processes and mechanisms to implement one of the key Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.The decision is a dramatic twist from his initial indecisive and non-committal posture on the agitations that had mounted for the establishment of the court. Many are of the view that the political decision could not have come without behind the scene arm-twisting. For President Weah is believed to have a soft spot for Senator Prince Johnson, the former warlord who killed former President Samuel Kanyon Doe, and many others who names are tagged for criminal accountability in the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The reality is sinking in and the country is somewhat divided on the mechanisms to address war crimes accountability, reconciliation and nationally healing.In retrospect, the story is reflecting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in August 2003 in Accra made provision for the setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a hybrid restorative justice pathway.Perpetrators of the war and financiers of the gross human rights abuses and violations that attended the war of attrition were recommended for prosecution. The period for the criminal accountability was set between 1979 to October 2003. Others were to be blacklisted from holding public office(s) for a period spanning thirty years. Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was supposed to be among this category after her confession at the TRC was in admittance of having doled out US$10,000 to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) of erstwhile President Charles Taylor. She had suggested that the offer was not in support of the arms struggle but humanitarian gesture, even though the NPFL was an arms group.It is then possible to understand why the process to implement this aspect of the TRC recommendation has been contentious. It has been a sheer display of political lip-service much to the frustration of many victims of the brutal civil conflict, international human rights bodies and TRC former commissioner Jerome Verdier, etc. He would later flee the country claiming that his life was under threat for pushing the case of implementation. Other commissioners were divided on the issue of implementing the recommendation so as not to ruffle feathers of political heavyweights. And the issue of implementing the TRC is kept in abeyance with some people citing flaws in the document in attempt to discredit its authenticity.One dicey issue has been the constitutionality or legitimacy of the war crimes court establishment outside of the Liberian judicial system. But this is supposed to be an international court based on international humanitarian law, which supersedes national laws. Liberia is also signatory to many international treaties like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), amongst many others, hence Liberia’s legitimate basis for establishing the War Crimes Court.Meanwhile, Senator Prince Johnson and many of those who bear the greatest burden of the 14 years conflict remain unrepentant and are on record justifying their participation in the crisis.In the face of the fragility and poverty situation attributed to the war, the voices clamoring for retributive justice say it is about addressing impunity and sending the strong message that never again will armed struggle that violates international and national laws be employed by warlords. How to reconcile that legitimate argument with the equally important imperative of preserving the peace by not creating conditions where the vulnerability of unemployed youths, cannot be manipulated to make the country ungovernable, combined with a neo-patrimonial semi-democratic state where state resources are still available to persons named in the TRC report — this is the thrust of the article.In trying to play the balancing act, key questions comes to mind, namely: have the pre-war conditions that stirred the conflict been addressed? This major object of the TRC is enunciated in the need to investigate, “the antecedents of the crises which gave rise to and impacted the violent conflict in Liberia…” What are the goals of retributive justice and restorative justice? What purpose does each of them serve?There is, therefore, sufficient reason to embrace transitional justice as it is further seeking to heal historic identity cracks between so-called settlers and indigenes, as well as the lingering effects of authoritarian and politicization of the military all of which is bundled in the narratives of inordinate human rights abuses and Liberia’s political history.But there are those who hold contrarian positions on the matter and are referring to socioeconomic woes that are prevailing as the priority need of ordinary Liberians, women and youths especially who were exploited and abused in the war. The TRC is not silent on the matter and even suggested reparations. The delivery in this area has been very negligible to note, with sprinkling of actions from the Peace-building Fund in league with the Independent Human Rights commission, working on series of palava hut mediations and some youth empowerment projects that have not been very transformative.All Liberians’ eyes are on the unequal distribution of national wealth which has also opened an increased advocacy window for the economic crimes court as a supplement of the war crimes court advocacy. The hordes of ex-combatants that are now increasing in narcotics substance abuse and are tagged ‘zogos’ represent threats to national stability, but not much has been done to retrieve, reintegrate and purposely engage them in the needed productive sector.Dr. Walt Kilroy, who studied Liberia’s attempt at reintegrating ex-combatants, argues that the DDRR process was far from participatory, neither did it consider the inputs of ex-combatants into programs development and decision making.Additionally, the prevailing state of Liberia’s security sector cannot be ignored in making a case for war crimes court. There is a theoretical affirmation on point that democracy flourishes when ordinary citizens can have access to the law and break the culture of impunity. This was a strong basis for development partners’ support towards Liberia’s attempt to reform its justice system. Like several countries coming from civil conflict, the challenges are still herculean — courts still marred with corruption, unnecessary bureaucracy, untrained staff members, centralized judicial system etc. The process of access to justice is still far-fetched with citizens having little or no trust in the justice system.Communities continue to take self-help steps, such as community watch teams to serve in the place of inaccessible Police personnel and community palava huts to “settle civil matters” outside of the bureaucratic judicial system. The lack of trust in the justice system remains a substantial ‘piece of the pie’ that has to be dealt with as Liberia moves toward a sustainable peace and development as there is a correlation between justice and development.However, many are asking: Is the establishment of the court capable of curtailing the uneven distribution of wealth and improvement in service delivery? This is an area for open debates to better educate the public on the pros and cons of the proposition to have the court. The heightening poverty levels beyond Household Income and Expenditure statistics 54%, according to the Institute of Statistics and Geo Information Services, are widening and making it more challenging for national stability, as evidenced by rising crime rates and mass actions calling attention to political corruption and hardship. These are conditions that create a restless society and, as Paul Collier argues in his Greed vs. Grievance theory, the motivations for conflict are manifested in the germane concerns of citizens.The figures in the education sector also paint a grim picture, explaining the depth of the socioeconomic strait-laced conditions that drive proponents of the benefits of the war crimes court.By 2008, after the conduct of Liberia’s census, with a growing population of about 4 million, UNESCO states that Liberia’s adult literacy rate was at 42.94% while the male literacy rate was 60.77% with females at 27.03%, a huge gap between the sexes. Post-conflict status, the quality of education in Liberia ranks the lowest in the Mano River Region, with the country’s young population having little access. As one of the major causes for the conflict, it still remains prevalent.It is therefore imaginable how challenging it is for the majority of the citizenry to appreciate the political questions that need answers in taking position on a critical issue such as establishment of war and economic crimes court.In the same vein, there are questions on: how can rising gender based violence reminiscent of the war days be sacrificed implicitly by not accommodating war crimes in dealing with the notoriety?Liberia is still caught in the web of neo-patrimonialism as defined by Diana Cammack — a form of governance where real power and real decision making lie outside the formal institutions; decisions about resources are made by big men and their cronies, who are linked by informal private and patronage clientelism before and beyond the state structures. Within this framework, it is understandable while accountability for war crimes remains highly contested, 15 years after the CPA. Also, addressing corruption and promoting transparency remains far-fetched. The retributive justice opportunity against the option of restorative justice becomes a hard choice to make.The establishment of the war crimes court could be a ‘potential source of conflict’ and scrimmage, if not analyzed through the neo-patrimonialism lens, within which context Liberia fits.Those culpable under the law currently wield high influence in the underworld that controls the ‘upper world’, the public space. They have amassed ill-gotten resources. They have the guts to throw spanners in the work of the war crimes court. The scope of the would-be war crimes court, given the legislative submission for its establishment, remains murky in terms of the number of persons under the blanket of notorious persons to be tried. So the fears that loom large cannot be elevated.For example, Former President Sirleaf (2011 Nobel Peace Laureate) is named and placed on 30 years ban from public service. Former Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh was LURD’s head of delegation at the Accra Peace talks. Toga Gayawea McIntosh, Liberia’s ‘Statesman’ who recently led Liberia’s National Economic Dialogue (NED) and Isaac Nyenabo, Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union and Belgium, are named ‘financiers’. Furthermore, at the Legislature, are Sen. Prince Y. Johnson, Sen. Morris Saytumah, Sen. Sando Johnson, and Senator Peter Coleman and Representative George Boley. Benoni Urey, Liberian businessman and politician plus Emmanuel Shaw of Lonestar Cell, one of Liberia’s communication giants, both named in the TRC report, are or were ‘advisors’ to President George Weah. The complexities of the relational interlinks must not be taken for granted nor ignored.Madam Sileaf told Al Jazeera journalist, Mehdi Razzan Hassan in a television interview that the findings and recommendations of the TRC were taken to Liberia’s Supreme Court, and the opinion of the Court reduced the War Crimes Court establishment to ‘palaver hut’ discussion items. Palava hut has not provided the needed healing of a cracked nation in want of reconciliation that cannot blur justice. So a recourse to the Statute of the ICC — known as the Rome Statute, establishes a permanent, independent Court to investigate and bring to justice individuals who commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide becomes the option to go for.The lessons of the past in this experimentation and how it has worked in other context must be considered. Even as the court option becomes the fair recourse in dealing with grave human rights issues of the past, the issue of reparation of approximately US$500 million to be paid over 30 years to deserving women as victims of the carnage cannot be buried in the frenzy to punish notorious warlords, still having the upper hand to unleash more havoc.The United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Rights to a Remedy and Reparation for Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law  provide five formal categories of reparations: restitution, compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction, and guarantees of non-repetition. These phases must be crossed for justice to come full circle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“When you purchase from a child that is vending, you are part of the problem, and you are part of the exploitation of that child and if you throw a dollar in a child’s outstretched hand, you are part of the problem, you are part of his exploitation.”Those were the sentiments shared by the Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene at the Agency’s head office on Charles and Broad Streets, Georgetown on Monday during one of the initial events being hosted to observe Child Protection Week.CCPA Director Ann GreeneHer statements came after being questioned by Guyana Times about the recent increase in children vending water and other items at traffic lights.According to the Director, such activities should not be condoned by sympathetic persons, since it will only result in the action being continued rather than being resolved.She said too that it only supported the exploitation of the child, since many times those monies were taken away from the children by their parents.“People should not (buy from those children), what people should do is link them to the services (CCPA), like talk with them, find out what is happening and tell them where they can come…if you stop (giving or buying from them) you become part of the solution and not problem…but don’t keep giving children money or purchase from children who are vending. We would never get it to stop,” she informed.Greene reminded that child vending was illegal as was child begging, and they ought not to be on the streets but in school. She explained that children who were on the streets become vulnerable since they endanger their lives while running to a person’s vehicle, in an attempt to help their parents or guardians put food on the table.According to her, such matters should be reported to the CCPA, which can result in action being taken against the parents or guardians as have happened before.She said the purpose of the CCPA was to investigate matters such as these and help children who are in need. Greene added while she understood poverty was a sore issue which often resulted in these activities, it was not a child’s duty to help parents earn an income.This newspaper was told that on various streets in the city of Georgetown, children have been running to vehicles to sell water and other beverages, especially at stoplights. They have also found themselves at these very stoplights wiping windshields for an extra dollar in their pockets.
… after death of 12-year-old “girlfriend”Following the tragic death of 12-year-old Amber Richards, who was crushed to death by a fallen house at La Bonne Intention on Friday last, her reported “boyfriend” took his own life upon receiving the news.Dead is Ricardo Niranjan of Lot 410 Block 12, Non Pariel, East Coast Demerara. The duo reportedly met through a cousin of the 12-year-old more than six months ago and started a relationship.However, information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the young man’s mother and two sisters travelled to Suriname to visit a relative and he was left at home alone.His body was discovered on Monday evening by another sister who went to check up on him after he was not seen since Sunday evening.His body was discovered hanging from one of the rafters in the living room of the house. The Police were contacted and the body removed and taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem examination. Rajni Niranjan, a sister of the dead teenager, told Guyana Times that her brother and the now dead girl have been together for the past year.“He come home and tell mommy that he like some girl and that they does normally talk and so… But meh mother warn he about getting too involved with she because she was only 11-year-old when they start see each other,” the sister noted.The cousin, she added, sells greens at a bridge in the community. Nevertheless, she explained that ever since the tragic accident that claimed Richards’ life, her brother has been emotional.The distraught sister related that there was a wedding in the area and on Saturday evening, he reportedly told friends that he was going to end his life claiming that he had no one to live for. This threat was not taken seriously.On Sunday evening, he reportedly drank a few beers and got “high”.She further explained that she was under the impression that her brother was staying at the wedding house but it was until his friends called on Monday afternoon to enquire about his whereabouts, she went to look for him at her mother’s house.When she got there, she called out for him but there was no response. “The door de lock from inside and it had a little crease so I peep in… it was then I see he with the rope around he neck…,” the woman cried.She immediately went home and related what she saw to her husband and they raised an alarm. The door had to be broken to gain access to the house. The teen leaves to mourn his mother and four siblings.
So think how high Shipp’s confidence is now, after he made 10 of 14 shots and tied a career high with 24 points to lead No. 5 UCLA to an 81-66 victory over 19th-ranked Arizona in front of 14,611 at McKale Court. UCLA (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10) stretched its lead in the Pac-10 to one game over idle Washington State, dealing the Wildcats (17-9, 8-7) their second-worst home loss in coach Lute Olson’s 24 seasons. Afflalo was dogged by foul trouble and an errant touch Saturday, and Collison needed a scoring partner. Shipp obliged. He found his groove with a 3-pointer that gave UCLA a 28-23 lead with 7:08 left in the first half, and he remained in the flow. Shipp scored seven of UCLA’s nine points as the Bruins stretched a 38-36 lead to 47-40 early in the second half, and his jumper from the left with 4:43 to play gave UCLA a 68-59 lead. “Josh Shipp had a tremendous game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “I think this is going to be a turning point for Josh Shipp, getting back on track the way he was playing earlier this year.” Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur scored 17 points apiece for Arizona, but the Wildcats are not mired in the middle of the Pac-10 because of offensive troubles. UCLA cracked Arizona’s 2-3 zone with wide-open 3-pointers (13 of 28), ally-oop dunks on the backside and by corralling every loose ball. “When talking to our team, I said that (UCLA’s defense) is an example of what needs to be done,” Olson said. “That’s the kind of effort that it takes. If someone scores a bucket off of you, it should hurt, and it doesn’t hurt right now (for some guys). That’s the biggest problem we have.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bruins also strengthened their position for a No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA tournament and showed how dangerous they can be when a third scorer surfaces. “It’s about time, and it’s perfect timing,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “If a guy is going to go through his mental struggles, I’m glad he went through at that portion of the season. Now, it’s the most important time, when you want your better players to come along.” Bruins point guard Darren Collison scored 17 points and had a career-high 15 assists, one off Earl Watson’s school record. Afflalo had 15 points, but it was Shipp’s performance that elicited all the smiles. He was shooting 15.8 percent from 3-point range in conference play, and was 2 for his past 19. In his past seven games, Shipp was shooting 38.3 percent (18 of 47) from the field and averaging 8.8 points. “Numbers lie sometimes. You can’t always go by the numbers because they don’t always tell the whole story,” Shipp said. “I know I can shoot the ball, so I kept shooting. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. I’m going to keep shooting, though.” TUCSON, Ariz. – Josh Shipp wasn’t just in a shooting slump. He had earned the distinction of being one of the worst-shooting wings in the Pacific-10 Conference. Yet, as he stood outside UCLA’s locker room flashing his ever-present smile and minimizing the importance of Saturday’s breakout game, he said he always maintained confidence in his shooting.
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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMany headed for kinder, slower locales. While the population of the county slightly increased, that was due mostly to babies born to people already living here. This is hard proof of the area’s declining draw, and its very real hardships for those who remain. But there is a bright side: Fewer people on the freeways because babies can’t drive. Anecdotally, we all know that life in the second-largest city in the country is getting hard – too many people, too many hassles, too much indifference and neglect by City Hall. Some days just normal things like getting to work, buying gas and shopping are a major undertaking that requires every ounce of resolve and patience. But figures just released by the California Department of Finance indicate that the quality of life in the Los Angeles region isn’t the draw it used to be. Maybe it is the traffic, maybe the gangs, maybe the high housing prices or the rotten schools or the poor local government. For whatever reason, about 45,000 more people left Los Angeles County than moved here since 2000.