Zimbabwe: Dog owners hit by the biting economy

first_imgZimbabwe’s small group of dog enthusiasts is keeping an old tradition alive.The German shepherd dog society, one of the few remain dog clubs in the country, is still training dogs and their owners and holding regular dog shows.Dog owners have been hit hard by the biting economy which has increased pet food costs and significantly reduced their numbers.last_img


first_imgLast month, we published Nathan Gbelee’s definition of peace as “the ability to live without fear of yourself, your peers, community dwellers and others.” This week’s article will focus on his analysis of the Amman Declaration on young people’s participation in peace building and security programs.Amman Declaration – A Review by Nathan N. GbeleeThe most important part of this Declaration is found in Section 1 of the Guiding Principles on young people, which talks about youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security.Promoting the participation of young people in peace and security issues remains an important condition for successful peace building efforts. This is because young people are energetic, passionate and could be highly engaged in transforming conflict, countering violence and building peace. Consequently, the need for the meaningful involvement and active participation of youth is a matter of must and a necessity for the growth and development of Liberia. It is my strong opinion that government buying in through youth engagement should be encouraged. The establishment of Bills and the passing of resolutions on youth, peace and security are appropriate options to recognize the role of young people and institutionalizing their participation at all levels.Based on these necessities, we call on governments and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution on youth, peace and security. The Amman Declaration presents a crystal clear and common vision and roadmap towards a policy framework to support young people in transforming conflicts, preventing and countering violence and building sustainable peace. The Amman Declaration should be a working tool and a guide to include youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security, prevention of youth from violence, getting youth involved in building peace, improve gender equality and lastly, for young people’s socioeconomic empowerment. In terms of differences that will be made by this Declaration, it is my contention that young people will vehemently and vigorously say without a doubt that this Declaration will reinforce the many efforts of young people, civil society organizations, local authorities and national governments exerted towards youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security. The Amman Declaration will also ensure the socioeconomic empowerment of young people through their involvement in the prevention of violence and contribution to peace building. It would promote stability, inclusiveness and sustainable peace in the country.To build a broad-based peace and security program, we need to invest in young people and tap into their creativity, energy and strengths. As young people, we have a responsibility to protect the next generation. According to Albert Einstein, “It is impossible to solve significant problems using the same level of knowledge that created them.”To deal with 21st Century crises, we need young people to evolve, and the Amman Declaration has provided us with the right platform to do so.Until next week, when we come back to you with another review of the Amman Declaration from the perspective of a young peace messenger, peace first! And may peace prevail in our time. Youth, Peace and Security!The Amman Declaration was signed by youths from around the world on August 22, 2015, in Amman, Jordan, with the promise to live in a peaceful global societyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Kerrykeel couple have so far raised a whopping €13,000 for charity with their amazing Christmas lights.Michael and Mary Whoriskey have been busy setting up hundreds of Christmas lights at their home since October! But now their dedication and hard-work is paying off after hundreds of people called to their homes to see the fantastic festive lights.The couple will leave the lights up until January and all the money raised with go directly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin. KERRYKEEL COUPLE ‘LIGHT UP’ THE LIVES OF SICK CHILDREN was last modified: December 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsKERRYKEELMICHALE AND MARY WHORISKEYlast_img read more