MHA Gives Special Packages to Down Syndrome Kids, Volunteers

first_imgMy Heart’s Appeal Incorporated (MHA) has provided assistance to over 50 volunteers and 49 children who are suffering from Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities from around Monrovia.Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is one of the most common causes of human birth defects.The initiative is part of MHA’s regular activities of providing support, care and training opportunities for persons with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities in the country.“We are here today through our CEO, Lovetie Major, to give you a 25Kg bag of rice, anti-Ebola buckets and special cartons comprising various items to all our clients and volunteers. This was planned for December during Christmas but due to the late arrival of the ship in Liberia we had to postpone it to now.”Making the disclosure and official presentation of the items on behalf of MHA, Madam Sue B. Telewoda, said the organization was committed to supporting their clients, children with Down syndrome or intellectual disabilities.  According to Madam Telewoda, who manages the Bigma’s Care Place Respite Care of MHA, the items provided were donated by the CEO and friends in the USA.“Mrs. Lovetie Major and all board members were grateful to all the parents for the level of care they continue to provide.”“The Bigma’s Care Place Respite Care is one of the programs of MHA that bring our clients and volunteers together every last Saturday in the month for six hours of one–to-one care and attention. They have indoor and outdoor games, general meeting for story time and music with care from volunteers who are selected, screened and equipped for the work.”She reminded all their clients, parents and volunteers to continue to observe the Ebola prevention measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health and partners in order to remain safe from the epidemic.Also speaking was Titema Telewoda, Sue Telewoda’s sister. Titema expressed gratitude to her parents, sisters, brothers and friends of the MHA for their support.“My sister Lovetie and other people have been working hard to make us happy and we are happy today to get all these things. We want them to continue to help support us with training and education for some of us who want to go to school and training for some of my friends who want to be trained.”She continued, “When we are together, we can be happy to play, dance and move around also.”Cynthia Fahn, a caregiver, explained that taking care of children with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities is a serious challenge, as many people in the community would show discrimination against such persons.She expressed thanks and appreciation to MHA for the level of support provided.Also speaking, Emeka Obiamiwe, a friend of Titema Telewoda and owner of Nubian FM, pledged that his media institution will work with MHA to ensure that Down syndrome children are educated and become productive.“It is our responsibility to look out in society for people that need assistance, to make them productive and educated also.  We sometimes build our high fences in the community and don’t look beyond the fence to reach out to people that need us because we don’t think it is necessary.”He said it was unfortunate for many people in our society to show discrimination to children who are suffering from something they have no idea about.It has not been established how many persons suffer from Down syndrome in Liberia. However, one caregiver said the number could run into the “hundreds.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRC, LNRCS Identify with 100 EVD Orphans

first_imgWith support from the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC), the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has identified with several children orphaned by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that ravaged the country two years ago. LNRCS provided livelihood and psychosocial assistance to 100 children who lost one or both parents during the EVD outbreak. The beneficiaries are from Gardnerville, Bushrod Island, Paynesville and Central Monrovia. LNRCS donated food and other items including rice, vegetable oil, vita, toiletries, used clothes, footballs, school bags to 20-orphanages hosting the affected children. Friday’s donation on the campus of the Great Commission Academy in Chicken Soup Factory, Gardnersville, was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. According to Jackson Wankah, Red Cross head of office for Montserrado County, who supervised the distribution of donations, there is a need to continuously cater to the needs of innocent children deprived of parental care.“They lost their parents so we need to fill in these voids left behind. For that, I’m so grateful to these orphanages that are making the sacrifice to cater to the children,” Mr. Wankah said. He also lauded the TRC for assisting the orphans.“The children have had too much to bear and as we are around them trying to provide for their needs, they will not reflect on their horrible situations,” Wankan added.He also said that as the foremost humanitarian responder, the Red Cross remains committed to increase and expand support to the recovery and reintegration of orphans and vulnerable children with dignity and renewed hope as they return to their respective communities.One of the orphans, Abraham Beah, who spoke on behalf of his friends, thanked the Red Cross for the donations, especially the school materials, which he said will help their guardians with the cost of getting their school supplies.Beah, who is from the Greater Commission Orphanage Home, said their caregivers are always making the sacrifices to keep them happy. “We are very grateful to our caregivers for the sacrifices they are making to keep us going. I also want to say a big thanks to LNRCS and her partners,” he added. In another development, the Liberian Red Cross with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent recently continued the distribution of relief supplies to flood victims in Lower Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jordan snubs students’ concerns

first_imgUG tuition hike… says quality education must be paid forFinance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday reacted to the announcement by the University of Guyana (UG) that it has decided to increase tuition for the new school year, noting that in order for one to receive quality education, he must pay.Jordan said while the situation might not be a favourable one for students at thisFinance Minister Winston Jordantime, the fact is, if quality education is being sought, then they must be able to pay.“At the end of the day, you have to appreciate. If you want quality education, we have to pay for it. There is nowhere in the world I believe, people are paying for education, can they pay what they are paying at the University of Guyana.The Minister said it is irrelevant what one’s per capita income or the amount of money being earned is. In the end, he said if a university wants to attract quality people, it must pay to draw such.The University of Guyana on Thursday officially announced that it had begun the process of seeing an overall 35 per cent increase in tuition fees at the institution, with its first round of 15 per cent. Beginning at the new 2017/2018 school year, students will be required to pay this increase.The UG council also decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for the 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and a further 10 per cent for all students for the 2019-2020.The decision, it said, came following an examination of the University’s projected budget deficit, the pressing needs of the University, and projected alternative income streams.According to UG, the council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students for the 2017-2018 academic years. However, it said, input from the Student Society was considered, leading to an incremental roll out, where continuing students will now pay an increase of 15 per cent, and new students will be required to pay 18 per cent more.At the same meeting also, the council reportedly decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and a further 10 per cent for all students for 2019-2020.At the same meeting, the council also authorised the UG Administration to commence negotiations with the two University unions for remuneration packages based on what the University could afford.Salary increasesMeanwhile, speaking on the demands for salary increases by staff members of the institution, Jordan said Government has done its part and it is now for the University to find ways to satisfy that and other demands.“There will always be demands for wages, salaries, utilities and other things. This has to come from some place, if to meet those demands,” Jordan said.According to him, the University is largely financed by Government. He said when the new Administration took office; it increased the subvention to the University by some 63 per cent to allow them to pay a substantial increase in salary for lecturers and other staff. He said while the fund was substantial, it did not match the amount that is usually paid to lecturers even in Guyana at some other places. He said this year, staff is seeking a 15 per cent, however Government was only able to give what it can, at this time afford. As such, the University has to look for other sources of income to pay lecturers, he said.last_img read more

State Minister, Canadian High Commissioner discuss areas for cooperation

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon was paid a courtesy call by Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee on Wednesday to discuss potential projects that support sustainable growth. The brief meeting was held at the State Minister’s Office, Ministry of the Presidency, Georgetown.Minister Harmon and Chatterjee discussed projects to support innovation and theMinister of State, Joseph Harmon greets Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjeeprovision of Canadian technical expertise to the Government of Guyana. Minister Harmon and the High Commissioner also spoke of the long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship that the two countries share.High Commissioner Chatterjee was accompanied by Trade Commissioner at the Canadian High Commission, Anand Harilall.last_img

Living by tradition

first_img“It eliminates the spiritual meaning of the practice,” he said. The practice of placing ash in the shape of a cross on the forehead stems from the biblical the Book of Genesis, where God castigates Adam and Eve. “Thou are dust and to dust thou shall return,” God says before banishing them from the Garden of Eden. For Radecki such a Bible-driven practice cannot be duplicated by mass retailers. “All of it is symbolic of our repentance for our sins and contrition and in preparation for our eventual death.” Starting today Radecki and his traditional congregation will fast until Easter. Parishioners from 21 to 59 will eat one meal a day with meat and two smaller meals that “combined cannot be more than the larger meal.” For retired painter Raul Duenez, it is tradition that keeps him at the small church, not recognized by the Vatican because it sticks to the old rules. He admits that the counted few who attend Mass every day will be crowded by many unfamiliar faces today, but Duenez doesn’t call that hypocrisy. “Everyone works and has responsibilities, it is on these days that we are supposed to pay respect and it is great that they participate.” Nearby Catholic church Our Lady of Perpetual Help, considered a modern church, is preparing for the droves. “Ash Wednesday and Christmas are our busiest time of year,” said church receptionist Aurora Kvrgic. Ashes will be distributed throughout the day at the larger church with two morning Masses and ash distribution every half-hour during the afternoon. But Radecki likes the idea of his congregation having to sit down for Mass and prayer before receiving the ash. “Especially in Los Angeles where everyone has a busy life there’s traffic and other problems; church gives you some spirituality and strength so you can then deal with all of your issues.” Radecki added that those who cannot make it to Mass Wednesday can receive their ashes during Sunday services. “The church is strict about its penance but it’s also fair and flexible,” Radecki said. (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We do everything here the way it has been done in the church for 2,000 years,” Radecki said, who celebrates Mass in Latin. That means burning the palms used in ceremonies from past Palm Sundays – even though the ashes that mark worshipers foreheads on Ash Wednesday are now available online. The old traditions stand firm at this tiny Newhall congregation. On Tuesday, as he prepared for today’s observances, Radecki held up the small silver cup that’s contains the ashes he will use. The contents are the remains of holy palms burned by altar boys after last year’s Palm Sunday service to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem just days before he was crucified. Increased restrictions have prompted some churches to buy their ashes from retailers who sell them by the pound, but for a traditionalist like Radecki that just isn’t right. NEWHALL – Gently draping a century-old royal purple vestment on a hanger, Father Dominic Radecki had to run his fingers over the delicate stitching one last time before he set it in his closet. “We picked this up from a church that was throwing it away,” Radecki said. “I don’t know how anyone could throw away something so beautiful.” A priest at Queen of Angels, a pre-Vatican II traditional Catholic church, Radecki loves history and goes back in time to observe all religious holidays. Today he will wear the purple cloak at a Mass marking the start of Lent – such elaborate garb is rarely seen these days in the new Catholic church, he said. last_img read more

Driver shot to death by cop

first_imgNORTH HILLS – A man who drove erratically on a busy street, hit a woman in a crosswalk and grappled with a police officer in a church courtyard was shot to death by police Wednesday. After careening down Sepulveda Boulevard, an unidentified 25-year-old man was killed at Nordhoff Street and Langdon Avenue at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s San Fernando Valley bureau. The shooting occurred within feet of the church and its school, which was closed for Easter break. “There were no kids and not many people around,” said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “Thank God school wasn’t in session.” About 12:30 p.m., witnesses spotted a white pickup driving erratically on Sepulveda south of the 118 Freeway, Moore said. After it struck at least one car, witnesses flagged down a passing LAPD officer from the Foothill Division. The suspect turned right on Nordhoff when the officer began following him. One block later at Langdon, he veered left and mowed down a 40-year-old woman in the middle of the crosswalk. The woman was hospitalized with a broken hip and other injuries. The driver then pulled into the church compound and got out of his truck, Moore said. A small crowd gathered, and the driver began threatening witnesses and the officer. A scuffle ensued on the church grounds, and the driver might have tried to grab the officer’s baton, Moore said. “The officer was attacked by the suspect,” Moore said. “The suspect was shot multiple times and died at the scene.” The officer’s name was not released pending further investigation. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. The officer was taken to a local hospital, and Moore said he expects him to recover from his injuries. The yellow crime scene tape and large number of police cars drew a sizeable crowd of neighbors and children from the nearby public schools. (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fire destroys Robin Donuts, deemed suspicious

first_imgCpl. Dave Tyreman says upon arrive of fire crew responding to the fire just after midnight, the investigation into the cause of fire was deemed suspicious.“Due to the extent of damage caused by the fire, the scene remains secure by police until plans can be made for a full fire scene examination.” Northern Rockies RCMP detachment commander, Sgt. Steve McLeod said in a written statement. “This is expected to take several days before investigators can enter the property and begin their examination.”Sgt. McLeod goes on to explain, “A fire scene exam is a lengthy and detailed process by a specialized investigator who will collect evidence from the scene to determine how the fire started – in may take some time before we are able to determine the exact cause of the fire.”- Advertisement -At this time, investigators have deemed the fire to be an isolated incident, and therefore, do not believe there is risk to the public.last_img

AC Milan confirm Liverpool star to make summer switch

first_imgAC Milan will only make a move for Liverpool midfielder Suso once he becomes a free agent this summer, according to club administrator Adriano Galliani.Reports in Italy claim the 21-year-old, whose current deal with the Reds expires in July, has agreed a four-year contract with the Rossoneri outfit and could even join the San Siro club this month.When asked about Suso, Galliani told his club’s official website: “It’s a hypothesis.“I’ve known him since he played for Spain’s Under-19 team.“His contract runs out and he is keen to join us. It’s a viable hypothesis from July 1 when his contract with Liverpool expires.”Suso moved to Anfield from Cadiz in 2010 but has made just 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since.He spent last season on loan in La Liga with Almeria and impressed at the heart of the side’s attack. 1 Suso in action for Liverpool last_img

Shane Long gives Ireland fans a night to remember (Video)

first_img Shane Long celebrates his goal v Germany 1 Shane Long’s rocket gave the Republic of Ireland an unforgettable win at home to world champions Germany last night.The Southampton striker latched onto a long ball from goalkeeper Darren Randolph and lashed the ball into the top corner to send fans inside the Aviva Stadium wild.Long’s strike guarantees the Irish at least a play-off spot as they look to qualify for Euro 2016, while victory in Poland on Sunday would see them qualify automatically.Check out the goal below.last_img

That Cristiano Ronaldo can dance! (Video)

first_imgSo you think you can dance, Cristiano Ronaldo.The Real Madrid man was training with his Portugal team-mates when he combined stretching with some hip shaking. Portugal play Belgium on Tuesday night in Leiria.last_img