Response to Rufus Berry on Gender Ministry’s Handling of MTM Rape Saga

first_imgDear Editor,My attention was brought to a callously irresponsible and reckless accusation made in an article written in the Liberian Observer by Rufus Berry on October 16th  titled: “Bystanders Katie Meyler (More Than Me CEO), Ministries of Education and Gender are Just as Guilty as the Molesters.” In that article Berry suggested that as the Minister of Gender, I was “a bystander” during the rapes at the More Than Me Foundation.Berry wrote this article out of either mischief, spite, or the combination of both. What the lazy-minded critics like Berry and others forgot to realize, was that when the incident at MTM occurred in 2014, the country was in the throes of the devastating Ebola epidemic. As Minister of Gender at the time, my responsibility included, but was not limited to liaising with our foreign partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRC) and other NGOs to provide the emotional, psychological, and psychosocial support to our women who bore the brunt of that epidemic… up to 75 percent of the Ebola deaths were females.Even in the midst of this human catastrophe, our caseworkers investigated the More Than Me rapes, the victims identified and were provided welfare relief services. A complaint was made to the line agencies, the National Police Force and the Ministry of Justice, which led to the arrest of the predator. Of course, Rufus Berry wouldn’t know that, because the cowardly Berry did an Ebola Run; he fled Liberia to the safety of the US during the Ebola epidemic; additionally, a casual research on his part would have educated Mr. Berry to the statutory responsibilities and functions of the Ministry of Gender; that the Ministry of Gender does not have the power to arrest or prosecute child predators. The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection works in conjunction with other line government agencies such as the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Force, Ministry of Health, etcetera.If Berry is so interested in expanding the functions of the Ministry of Gender and Child Protection, this is an opportunity for him to petition his senators and representatives to give more powers to the aforesaid agency, instead of launching attacks out of ignorance.RegardsJulia Duncan-CassellShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It’s a sell-out! West Ham shift 52,000 season tickets ahead of move to Stratford

first_img“So having made the bold decision to move to the former Olympic Stadium, we are delighted to see how it has captured the imagination of the Hammers fanbase. We find ourselves going into our first season with more than 50,000 Season Ticket holders and tens of thousands of people on the Priority List for seasonal seats in 2017/18. “I know there will be some disappointed fans on the Priority List who did not get Season Tickets, but I can assure them they will be first in the queue should any become available for our second year and they will very much continue to be a part of our great Club. West Ham are moving into the Olympic Stadium this summer “Reports consistently show that we have highest average capacity in the Premier League and every game in our final season at the Boleyn Ground sold out within days of going on sale. West Ham have confirmed they have sold out of season tickets for their first year at the Olympic Stadium. The east Londoners have also sold out of hospitality packages well in advance of the start of the new era-defining move to Stratford.  The Hammers have shifted 52,000 season tickets ahead of next season, only Manchester United currently sell more (55,000). It’s the club’s final match ever at the 32,000 capacity Upton Park on Tuesday night where Manchester United are their opponents. And while the move across east London to the site of the 2012 Olympics Games has been subject to some complaints, it is proving to be an unqualified success for the club. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “David Sullivan, David Gold and I have always believed in the West Ham fanbase and knew we could fill the new Stadium. 1 “Without doubt, our stadium move is an unrivalled success story, but we know the hard work does not stop now. We must deliver a stadium that exceeds our Season Ticket Holders’ expectations and support Slaven Bilic in building a team on the pitch that matches our stunning new home.“I would like to conclude by saying a personal thank you to everyone who has bought a Season Ticket or Club London package for next season. Together we will make history for West Ham United.”last_img read more

Raiders report: Derek Carr needs to chill

first_imgYou’ll never meet a more friendly and gregarious sports figure than Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, a guy who seemingly has it all together — faith, perspective, a beautiful family and also … Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — What we learned Wednesday as the Raiders continued preparations to face the Seattle Seahawks in London:Derek Carr needs to relaxlast_img read more

Cloud Storage for Social Media: Twitter Backup

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why backup your email? from BackupMy. Net on Vimeo.BackupMy.Net is a service that allows individuals to back up their tweets, email accounts, blogs and photos. Rather than having to install or configure files for backup, the Austin-based service offers users the chance to store their online data in the cloud. As illustrated by their above email service video, Backupmy.Net may be invaluable in protecting users from accidental deletions, service suspension and outages. While RWW would never suggest you store your passwords in your emails, there is some merit to the service. The blogging and email backup service is particularly useful when you’re working with clients who are less than tech-savvy and prone to deleting their files. Similar cloud-based services include Lifestream Backup, Mozy and Memopal. As for the Twitter back up service, BackupMyTweets is fast to index files and offers users the chance to download their backed up tweets in HTML, JSON or XML format. Nevertheless, one of our biggest complaints with this service is that it auto-tweets a message to your friends upon joining. Love it or leave it, at least Spymaster offers you in-game points to pimp its service to your friends. If BackupMyTweets allowed users to choose to tweet about the service in exchange for discounts on premium offers, the Twitter message might not feel like such an intrusion. Once they overcome the automated Twitter spam issue, the service as a whole will likely prove a useful tool for those looking to store 3rd party hosted materials. Tags:#storage#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are moments in life when the universe decides to play a cruel joke on you and just as your company’s files are being transfered to a new data center, a truck driver rams into a power transformer and cuts power to the server rack that is meant to be receiving your precious files. And after that, your other back up gets wiped off its server by an over-zealous system administrator. And then after that, you’re helping your CEO write an apologetic message to members. That “hypothetical” story is meant to illustrate the point that backup in multiple locations (via cloud or otherwise) is important. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Suranjoy to open India’s boxing campaign today

first_imgOne year ago at the Asian Championships in Zhuhai, China, when flyweight Indian boxer Mayengbam Suranjoy clinched the title, he ended India’s 15-year long gold drought.This time around, when the Manipuri will step into the ring to begin his Asian Games campaign against Chatchai Butdee of Thailand at the Foshan Gymnasium in Guangzhou on Tuesday, he will be the best bet for India to help them end their 12-yearlong gold-less run at the Asiad Games.Digko Singh was the last Indian to win a gold at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. Now, as Suranjoy bids for the gold, his claim doesn’t look unrealistic.The 24-year-old boxer has clinched seven gold medals, including one at the recent Commonwealth Games, since March 2009 and is a clear favourite against Butdee whose claim to fame is reaching the quarter-finals of the World Championships last year and a gold at the South East Asian Games in Laos, also last year.The Thai is no threat to the mighty Indian, who is known for his electric moves and reflexes in the ring. But, at the same time, no Thai boxer can be taken lightly as the country is known to churn out the world and Olympic champions.On the other hand, Suranjoy is also fancied for the gold and he has the skills to emerge triumphant even against the best in Asia. His swiftness inside the ring often induces his opponents to commit mistakes. Unlike many Indian boxers, Suranjoy throws four-five punches in one burst and has better chances to log good scores.advertisementEven an ardent fan outside Thailand would know little about Butdee and at 25, he is known as the upcoming boxer. So, Tuesday clash against Suranjoy will be a test of quest for success for Butdee.last_img read more

Rev. Thwaites Supports Call for Social Workers in Schools

first_img He issued a challenge to the UWI Social Work Department to provide modules, research material and interaction for those principals. Story Highlights Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is expressing support for the placement of social workers in the local school system.He was responding to a recent call by the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) for the involvement of social workers in schools. The Education Minister said the appeal is to be supported. “It is not to take away work from anybody. It is to fill a distinct professional gap that exists,” he stated.The Minister was addressing the launch of a special issue of the Caribbean Journal of Social Work entitled, ‘Social Work & Development: Caribbean Insights’, on October 23 at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.He endorsed the journal, produced by the UWI Social Work Department, stating that it “helps to create a solid base for reflection and for action.”The Minister noted that the relationship between the profession of social work and social activists needs to be explored, defined and deepened in relation to the education process as an urgent priority.He issued a challenge to the UWI Social Work Department to provide modules, research material and interaction for those principals, who are now in training, so that they can have better schools and a better understanding of the principles involved in social work.He also asked the Department to create serviceable partnership with the National Parenting Commission. “We need your help. The help of persons with your skills, your input, regarding the revision of the education code developed two generations ago, which provides disciplinary and other procedures, which are completely inadequate to face the current realities of our time. Get ready,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites also invited reflections on the education process in subsequent journals, asking for solutions and suggestions and not carping criticisms. “We want the practical suggestions, affordable therapies. That is what your unit is for, that is what this university is for if it wishes to continue receiving public esteem,” he said.Head of Department, Dr. Heather Ricketts, said this issue of the journal has been published in recognition of the more than 50 years of social work education at UWI, Mona. “This is a very proud occasion for us at Mona,” she stated.She said the publication is, in many ways, a celebration of the growth and maturity of social work education within the UWI. “The special issue shows that social work education at Mona has not just survived but has adapted in order to more effectively contribute to national and regional development,” Dr. Ricketts said.In the meantime, Editor, Dr. Peta-Anne Baker, said the Caribbean Journal of Social Work is important as it is a vehicle for disseminating research, experience, insights, from staff and students in the social work programme and others.“This particular publication tries to take a really critical look at what is happening in social work using the Jamaican experience, but also brings on board, some of that Caribbean experience, and so you find a mix of articles addressing some of the familiar terrain, particular terrain relating to children,” Dr. Baker said.She noted that the authors of the individual chapters are excited about what they have produced. “Yes, they have some flaws, but we don’t think they undermine the value of the work that is presented,” she stated.The programme included a dramatic presentation from a piece in the journal entitled: ‘Re-writing the script: The drama of HERstory and the women of SISTREN’ which showed the stark realities of many women as recorded by SISTREN.Lecturer, Karlene Boyce-Reid, presented copies of the journal to the National Library of Jamaica and the UWI Library. He also asked the Department to create serviceable partnership with the National Parenting Commission. The Minister noted that the relationship between the profession of social work and social activists needs to be explored.last_img read more

FLOW celebrates Education Week 2017 giving back to over 500 kids

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Turks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales – In honor of Education Week 2017, FLOW TCI has partnered with the largest public school in the TCI, Oseta Jolly Primary, to provide lunch packaged in FLOW branded lunch kits for the lower grade students and drawstring backpacks for the higher grade students.Present at the school was Mrs. Delleriece Hall, Country Manager for FLOW TCI, Mr. Darron Hilaire, Marketing Communications Executive and other excited and enthused team members.  “In order to ensure success, you have to be equipped with the right tools. We as a team, therefore, thought it necessary to celebrate with the little learners at Oseta Jolly during EW17 to equip them be successful in their learning process,” says Hall.The students and teachers were thrilled for their presence and partnership as the team is always a source of motivation to the school family.   Hilaire added, “It is a joy to be able to see the humility and appreciation from students when we do our part in giving back. We were delighted to able to bring such an experience to the students at Oseta Jolly to kick of EW17.”Principal Mrs. Rachel Handfield, thanked Flow for their continous support of the school and their support of Education Week 2017.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and teachers throughout the TCI, a joy filled and encouraging week.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more