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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityAmy BensonAmy Benson, an independent documentary filmmaker in Seattle, will discuss her film, “Drawing the Tiger,” an intimate portrait of a Nepali family whose chance to break its cycle of poverty disappears with the untimely death of their scholarly daughter, at the next Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, February 6, at 4 p.m., in Harned Hall #110, located on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE, in Lacey.Filmed over seven years, the film follows the family of Shanta, a gifted student, and how the Darnal family struggles to survive when this determined scholarship recipient ends her own life. The promising student provided her family with a chance to break their cycle of poverty when she is awarded her scholarship to attend school in the city. The Darnals expected her to return to their village as a doctor and ease their impoverishment. After Shanta’s death, her relatives must cope with the lost opportunity they had hoped would change their fates.The film was the result of a video project about the power of girls’ education in the developing world that was made for an NGO, which is a common term for a non-governmental organization that performs a variety of service and humanitarian functions.After Shanta’s death, the NGO removed her from its promotional materials. But Benson and her Nepali co-director, Ramyata Limbu, persisted with telling Shanta’s story about the ‘why’ of her suicide through  documenting the lives of her family. As the film unfolds over the seven-year period, global development watchwords come to life: less than a dollar a day, illiteracy, child marriage, migration. Factors not commonly measured – self-esteem, faith, mental health and marital love – tell this family’s story.Benson is co-owner of Nonfiction Media, a production company in Seattle. She has shot and directed more than 25 short films, telling the stories of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, Africa and Asia. Her personal documentary short – “Three: Impressions from the Struggle for Girls’ Education” – was the centerpiece of the UNIFEM Singapore film festival.Another short, “Called to Shine,” about Clarksdale, Mississippi’s only female preacher, premiered at the Langston Hughes film festival. Benson’s very first short about the life in a local homeless encampment won awards from SIFF and the Seattle Times. “Drawing the Tiger” is her first feature film.The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. The series honors the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.For more information, contact Robert Hauhart at 360-438-4525 or read more

first_imgKINGSTON (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said yesterday it would revisit the findings of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Reports to reassess their relevance, but has once again dismissed the recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Review Panel recommendation that called for the “immediate dissolution” of the entire board. In a move likely to worsen tensions between the WICB and CARICOM, the WICB Board of Directors at Saturday’s annual general meeting here once again emphasised their stringent opposition to the Panel’s main recommendation, with all six member boards signing a statement of opposition to any attempted implementation. Last December, the Board of Directors slammed the recommendation to dissolve as “impractical” and an “unnecessary and intrusive demand” and said yesterday they were standing behind that position. “We the full members of the West Indies Cricket Board do hereby respectfully disagree with the call for the dissolution of the board and we stand by the ‘position paper of the West Indies Cricket Board’ in response to the recommendations of the CARICOM Review Panel on Cricket Governance, which was issued on the 23rd day of December, 2015,” said the signed statement, a copy of which was issued by the WICB. “We have all read the response and fully support the position enunciated therein. We look forward to the implementation of the various proposals put forward by the WICB as the way forward for cricket and cricket administration in the region.” The WICB’s move comes just weeks after CARICOM prime ministers firmly endorsed the Panel’s recommendations at their 27th Intersessional meeting in Belize and “affirmed that they must be implemented”. Further, CARICOM said it would “explore all options available to achieve the desired outcome of improved governance of West Indies cricket”. Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, said then that the WICB did not have the final say on whether the report’s recommendations would be implemented. “The fact that we have said that we will use all options to ensure that the report is implemented, the West Indies Cricket Board can say it is dead, but they may not have the wherewithal to ensure that it is dead,” Mitchell said. While ignoring the Governance Review Report, WICB president, Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, announced yesterday that a team would now be set up to look at recommendations from the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Reports, which were yet to be implemented. The WICB has been criticised heavily in the past for ignoring the major recommendations of these reports, relating to the restructuring of its governance structure. “The terms of reference of this team will focus primarily on the recommendations that have not been implemented and for the team to examine if there is an opportunity to bring anything back to the Territorial Boards and the WICB for adoption by the shareholders,” Cameron said. He added: “Once that process is complete, a change management expert will be brought in to complete the process for a smooth transition.” The team will be headed by WICB independent director, Don Wehby, and will include Clifford Reis and Ricky Skerritt, along with three other members who are yet to be appointed. The Governance Review Panel was headed by UWI Cave Hill Campus Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau and also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. However, the WICB has criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.”last_img read more

first_imgStunning progress against malaria in the past decade has allowed the world to imagine a different future: Finally, a malaria-free Africa is within our reach. With Africa taking the lead, we are on the threshold of eliminating this deadly disease from the continent for good.The last chapters of our fight will be the most difficult yet. Eliminating malaria in Africa will take bold commitments from African leaders in the public and private sectors. We must double down on our existing malaria control efforts and think creatively about new funding sources, innovative new tools and unique partnerships to drive down cases and deaths and move more countries toward elimination. Strong leadership has been key to progress across the continent. Since 2000, we have cut malaria mortality rates in Africa by 62 percent. Ten years ago, malaria was killing a child every 30 seconds on our continent, and a scant five percent of the population at risk of malaria slept under insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Now, more than half of the at-risk population sleeps under bed nets. These are extraordinary achievements. Our continent is demonstrating that we can lead the charge in the malaria fight. But malaria still ravages our families, communities and economies. In many African countries, malaria reduces GDP growth by 1 percent annually. In Nigeria, for example, malaria costs approximately US$1 billion a year in prevention and treatment costs, absenteeism, loss of productivity and disability. So why are we hopeful? Momentum is building across the continent. In Nigeria, which shoulders 29 percent of the global malaria burden, the public and private sectors are joining forces to fight malaria. Late last year, the Nigerian Ministry of Health and the Dangote Foundation launched the Private Sector Engagement Strategy, which leverages business expertise and innovation and capitalizes on the strength of government efforts to control malaria. An innovative financial instrument now under discussion in Nigeria will seek up to US$300 million from investors to finance malaria control.We are inspired by the progress made by our ministers of health, our health workers and our communities with support from our partners in countries across the continent. The world’s oldest and deadliest disease is finally in retreat. In 2005, there was no data on how many Liberians were dying from malaria. Nor did national healthcare officials know how many children with a fever had the disease. So, Liberian health and finance ministers, non-governmental organizations and others joined forces against malaria. They strengthened diagnostic capacity at the local level, improved case supervision at the county level, and enhanced management systems for health data. Ten years later, Liberia’s malaria-related deaths have been cut in half. Today, all public and private health facilities in Liberia are supplied with rapid diagnostic tests. Nigeria has made remarkable progress in expanding the use of insecticide-treated bed nets. At the end of 2015, it was estimated that 69 percent of Nigerian households owned at least one bed net. The impact of these interventions has been significant: malaria prevalence in young children declined from 42 percent to 27.4 percent between 2010 and 2015. Similar advancements are underway across Africa thanks to the leadership of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), a ground-breaking coalition of heads of state and government from African Union member countries fighting malaria through high-level advocacy and action. Both the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action and the ALMA 2030 Scorecard Towards Malaria Elimination are helping track country-by-country progress and drive action on malaria control and elimination. ALMA recently recognized seven countries for achieving more than 40 percent reduction in malaria incidence and deaths.The need for renewed leadership, creative approaches to financing and new tools to fight malaria is why we, along with three other African leaders, joined the End Malaria Council, which was launched recently alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The End Malaria Council is a group of public and private sector leaders committed to keeping malaria elimination high on the global agenda. This includes encouraging African leaders to continue to increase domestic funding to fight malaria. All of us have a role to play in ridding our continent of this disease – from researchers and scientists to health workers, business leaders and government officials at every level. The end of malaria starts now.About the authors: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Aliko Dangote is the President and CEO of the Dangote Group, Chairman of the Dangote Foundation and Nigeria’s Malaria Ambassador. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNismes fatal accidentIvelaw Anderson, the 46-year-old taxi driver from Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD), who is accused of causing the death of 29-year-old motorcyclist and father of one, Corwin Anderson, on April 23, 2017, has opted to settle the matter with the victim’s family. This was related through his Attorney Pamela De Santos who informed the Wales Magistrate’s Court earlier this month that her client has come to an agreement with Corwin Anderson’s relatives.Presiding Magistrate Rushell Liverpool reminded the Attorney that a letter must be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after the agreement has been finalised. As such, De Santos gave all assurances that a copy of the agreement letter will be submitted to the Police Prosecutor. The matter was adjourned to June 21, for report as Anderson’s pending case continues at the Wales Magistrate’s Court.Corwin, who was a former resident of Bagotville, WBD, was killed at about 06:00h on April 23, 2017 on the Nismes Public Road, West Bank Demerara. It was reported that Ivelaw’s PTT 6297 motorcar allegedly collided with Corwin’s motorcycle, sending his body flying several feet away from the point of impact.In September last year, Ivelaw Anderson appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court where he entered a not guilty plea in a barely audible tone. The not guilty plea meant he denied he drove in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the Corwin’s death. The injured motorcyclist bled profusely before he was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the motorcar sustained minor injuries. Ivelaw, who is a father of six and a mechanic, was released on $300,000 bail.last_img read more

first_imgA former cop, who was wanted by the Police for allegedly trying to kill two women, was charged for discharging a firearm with intent to commit murder on Wednesday and appeared at the Linden Magistrates’ Court.Teon Allen, also known as “Spoil Child”, appeared before Magistrate Wonda Fortune.Teon AllenAllen was charged for the offence after video footage surfaced showing him carrying out the act.However, the former cop is contending that he is not the person in the video and submitted a video as an alibi, which showed him at another location, at the time of the incident.Allen was released on $50,000 bail and is expected to make his next to court appearance on October 7.Allen turned himself in after a wanted bulletin was issued by the Guyana Police Force, in connection with the attempted murder of Denise Grant and Tiffany McDeth, in Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), on September 2, 2019.Meanwhile, Allen’s car was reportedly torched by a bystander who witnessed the ordeal with the women. The act was suspected to be carried out by members of a Cayenne-based Guyanese gang.In August 2017, Allen was charged with harbouring wanted men Mark Royden Williams and Uree Varswyck – who had escaped from the Camp Street Prison on July 9, 2017.Also in January 2017, Allen was charged along with three others for possession of an AK-47, along with matching ammunition. The men were arrested during a Police raid at a John Street, Campbellville, Georgetown house. Allen was also previously charged for a number of other offences including robbery under arms.last_img read more

first_imgSome six months after President David Granger assented to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016, the commercial trading of wildlife is yet to begin, and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling for efforts to be taken to change this.In a statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Friday, JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeourged the Government to immediately attend to its administrative responsibilities to enable the re-opening of the wildlife trade, while simultaneously ensuring that this is done in a renewable and sustainable manner.“We urge the Government to act expeditiously to facilitate resumption of the wildlife trade, while concurrently synchronising the creation of an environment of a smooth and efficient wildlife conservation and management framework, with the capacity for adequate enforcement,” the release outlined.According to the Opposition Leader, the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016, which was assented to by President David Granger on October 5, 2016, envisages the incorporation of the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission and demands the establishment of the Wildlife Scientific Committee.The statement further outlined that this Act was intended to satisfy international conventions pertaining to the import and export of wildlife, and provide a regulatory framework to bring Guyana into compliance with international standards and bestPresident David Grangerpractices; not to bring the trade to a precipitous halt.To this end, Jagdeo said in the statement, “As of today, Friday April 7, almost six months after the passage of this Legislation, there has been no notice or announcement of the re-opening of this commercial activity: This inaction has negatively affected the livelihood of exporters, trappers, many Amerindians in Guyana’s hinterland regions, and others engaged in this business.”The Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill was passed six months ago, allowing Guyana to fulfil its requirements as a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES), thus guaranteeing the protection of the nation’s flora and fauna.The CITES membership process revolves around certain responsibilities, including having appropriate laws and regulations to curb illegal trade of wildlife, and to provide for the safe and regulated breeding, movement and trading of wildlife without and within state parties.The lengthy Bill is divided into 85 parts. Its key objectives are to create a supportive mechanism cognisant of the national goals of wildlife protection, conservation management and sustainable use; and to create a national framework and mechanisms governing the local and international trade in all species of Guyana’s wildlife.It will lead to the implementation of the primary provisions of the CITES convention, and also to provide a framework of licensing and decisions which support core principles of transparency, certainty, natural justice and fairness. The bill also makes provisions for captive breeding and wildlife-ranching.One week after passage, President Granger announced that Government was looking to introduce a group of rangers to enforce the new laws aimed at curbing the illegal trade of wildlife. He noted that this corps of wardens will be placed in the hinterland regions to protect not only the mining areas, but forestry and the areas of wildlife and tourism.Granger had outlined that, too often, there are sightings of persons on the streets of Guyana with a string of iguanas, or there are stories of people smuggling towa-towas in their curlers, or photographs of people going into protected areas with huge freezers or fridges, catching fishes that are quite rare.President Granger elaborated that the Wildlife Bill is very critical, since there has been excessive smuggling and excessive endangerment of some species. He recalled years ago when someone actually exported dolphins.last_img read more

first_img– public servants to now receive $70,000 monthly, private workers still get $44,200In light of the recent increase of minimum wages for those in the public sector, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) is urging the Private Sector to follow suit.Consultant of the Labour Department at the Ministry, Francis CarrylTo date, the minimum wage for Private Sector employees stands at 44,200 when compared to 70,000 for those in the public sector.At its end of year press conference, GAWU stated that as 2019 comes to an end, it is dismal that the Private Sector employees will not enjoy benefits or increases which Government workers can and will benefit from.“This stark disparity requires urgent attention. Our Union is aware that the National Tripartite Committee (NTC), which comprises representatives of the labour movement, the Private Sector and the Government, at its meeting in April, this year agreed to up the national minimum wage to $60,000 per month. The increase which, we understand, was supported by all the constituents, at this time, has not been implemented,” the Union stated.According to the GAWU, since the abovementioned meeting that was held in the month of April, there has been no attempt made to reconvene the NTC meeting which is usually chaired by Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally.“We are at a loss as to why the NTC is not meeting as such meetings are critical to ensure that the decision to increase the national minimum wage is implemented. Undoubtedly our nation’s workers are more than deserving and the improvement would bring about much-deserved relief to our working-class.”Some six months ago, Consultant of the Labour Department at the Ministry, Francis Carryl had explained that the economy is vastly changing and another increase is crucial at this time.“We’re not sure when the consultations will be completed, but we are working assiduously to raise the Private Sector’s minimum wage, to bring it up to speed with the 2019 economic circumstances. We don’t want to excite anyone, but all the parties including the unions, employers and the Government are interested with what has been brought to the table. As soon as the consultations are completed, we will announce the increase,” Carryl at that time related.However, to date, there has been no such increase or a date slated for an increase to be implemented for Private Sector employees across the country.In light of this, many workers attached to the country’s Private Sector have over the year left their jobs and sought employment at Government-run agencies or Ministries.In January 2017, the Private Sector’s minimum wage was increased from an hourly rate of $202 to $255, taking the monthly wage from $35,000 to $44,200.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attends a press conference at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on April 23, 2018, the eve of their Champions League semi-final first-leg against Roma © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club’s fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City’s team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.City became just the latest victims of a famous European night at Anfield on the pitch three weeks ago as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 first leg lead that laid the foundations for their 5-1 aggregate victory over the English champions in the quarter-finals. However, Klopp wants to retain the passion inside the stadium without the ugly scenes outside the ground which are the subject of a UEFA investigation.“In the stadium do it again and better. Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show,” said Klopp on Monday.“This is such an outstanding football club, an outstanding football family, known for fantastic atmospheres all over the world, so we don’t need to throw whatever at the bus of the opposing team.“If we can do what we did creating an atmosphere in front of the stadium, let’s do it but please show the respect they deserve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Manchester City are well set for Premier League AND Champions League glory this season.City have made a storming start to the season, with five wins in succession putting Manuel Pellegrini’s side four points clear at the top of the Premier League.Redknapp has been blown away by their early form, and he fully expects them to see off the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to clinch the title.“Manchester City look almost uncatchable even at this early stage,” he told talkSPORT.“I couldn’t have tipped them at the start after last year. The likes of Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany didn’t look the same players but now they look fitter, they look really focused.“City have also made some great signings this summer. They look on a different level at the moment.”Redknapp is also predicting City to take the Champions League by storm, as they prepare to kick off their campaign against Juventus on Tuesday night. “I have got a feeling Manchester City will have a good run at the Champions League,” he said. “If you asked me to pick an outsider, I would have a little flutter on Man City. They have got the players.”last_img read more

first_img1 Here are the top transfer-related stories in Satday’s newspapers and online…Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, 27, Everton’s John Stones, 21 and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, 25, top incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s transfer list. (The Sun)Leicester City want to sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, but the 27-year-old England international is keen to stay in north London. (Daily Star)Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to sell Son Heung-Min, 23, less than a year after the South Korean joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen for £22m and will also listen to offers for Nabil Bentaleb, 21, and Ryan Mason, 24. (Daily Telegraph)Arsenal will offer Juventus forward Alvaro Morata a five-year-contract worth £155,000-a-week in order to beat Chelsea to the 23-year-old’s signature. (The Sun)Chelsea remain hopeful of signing Radja Nainggolan, despite the 28-year-old midfielder’s public claims that he does not want to leave Roma. (Daily Telegraph)Everton want more than £23m for Ramiro Funes Mori following interest from Lazio in the 25-year-old, who the Toffees signed for £9.5m last summer. (Daily Mirror)Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has opened talks with Everton duo John Stones, 21, and Romelu Lukaku, 23. (HLN, via Daily Star)Stoke City have made fresh enquiries for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, with manager Mark Hughes targeting British recruits this summer. (Daily Telegraph)France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, is ready to sign a long-term contract at Atletico Madrid, despite interest from Manchester United. (The Sun)Midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, is being targeted by Arsenal and could be the first Newcastle player to leave following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest headlines…Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs: ‘There’s no chemistry between the two of them’, talkSPORT toldTottenham and West Ham express interest in Manolo Gabbiadini in search for attacking reinforcementsGermany boss Joachim Low says Liverpool target Mario Gotze should consider summer exit from Bayern MunichDundee prepare for life without Greg Stewart as Leeds United, Hearts and Aberdeen consider summer movesBesiktas president Fikret Orman: If Oguzhan Ozyakup goes to Europe, it should be to a team of Chelsea’s calibreTransfer news: Watford keen on Lille full-back Djibril Sidibe but face fight with MonacoN’Golo Kante: Paris Saint-Germain remain keen on signing Leicester midfield sensation Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more