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Clarendon, Manchester in daCosta Cup blockbuster

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:When the high-flying Manchester High School meet the defending ISSA-Flow daCosta champions Clarendon College at Middlesex College this afternoon in the feature game of a double header, it will bring together two of the competition’s most prolific teams.The first game is between Denbigh and Ewarton at one o’clock, a game that should serve to whet appetites for the epic clash to follow at 3 p.m.Manchester and Clarendon College combined have scored a whopping 101 goals between them, 68 coming from the rampaging Manchester team and the remaining 33 coming from the champions.It will also feature two of the meanest backlines in the daCosta Cup as both have had their defences breached four times apiece.Clarendon College are yet to lose in eight matches, with five wins and three draws in amassing 18 points to top their group. They bring a refreshing style of play to the fore against a rugged and completely well-drilled Manchester machine.Manchester’s coach, Donovan Duckie, points to the fact that his three-year plan for daCosta Cup domination has been working. He told The Gleaner that a solid platform was laid and the proof is their success to this point.”Coming against the champions, we have to be mindful who they are, first of all. They are champions for a reason, they have been there and done it. Therefore, it is on us to give our best when we meet,” said Duckie.”We can only control what we can; play our game and put in place a tactically sound approach against this Clarendon College team,” he said.They have won all 10 games in the group stage and owe much of their punch upfront to talented forwards Romaine Walsh and the dangerous Duhaney Williams. Between them, they account for 39 of Manchester’s goals.Walsh leads the race for the Golden Boot with 20 goals, while Williams has scored 19.”We have managed to score a historic number of goals of any school in the history of the daCosta Cup at this stage. Williams and Walsh are just on fire, and we hope a victory is also there for us in this one,” Duckie asserted.last_img read more

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The biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest

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first_img… domestic violence through the eyes of the childBy Jeanna PearsonEleven-year-old Justin Fields (not real name) looked up at his mother by the side of the road; it was an hour before he was expected to sit his Common Entrance Examination and they had no money to catch a bus. He watched her, his eyes pleading but he dropped his head the second she took his hands and they started the long walk to his school. Half way there, a teacher saw them and offered them a drop.Hours later, when Justin returned home he found his mother unconscious on her bed, her face swollen and blood on the sheets. His father had beaten her unconscious.“She looked like she was dead and when I touched her she wasn’t moving…she still had on her working clothes and blood was all over. He (father) lashed her in the face because she took a drop from a man…one drop and he think she cheating on he…he is a stupid man,” he recalled.Now 19 Justin still carries the memories of the abuse with him. He stated that the abuse was an “every day thing,” something his father would do whenever he was not pleased with someone. “Someone always used to get knock,” he said.He stated that the abuse started when he was five years-old when his father picked up a mirror and slammed it into his older sister’s face. He stated that whenever his father was angry, whoever was around would face the brunt of the rage.According to a United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report “Behind Closed Doors: the impact of domestic violence on children,” violence in the home shatters a child’s basic right to feel safe and secure in the world. It stated that every child has the right to grow up safe from harm and should feel that those they love are also protected. And in cases where this right is violated, there should be a comprehensive response, taking into account the range of effects and needs of different children.It stated that as many as 275 million children worldwide are exposed to violence in the home, indicating that this range is a conservative estimate based on the limitations of available data and the figures may be higher.“I watched my dad beat my mom for the stupidest things. I don’t know why she stayed with him. It doesn’t matter if you have ten small children with him. If he is beating you, leave. This thing has affected me so much, I remember every time he beat her or my siblings,” Justin said on the verge of tears.In 2014, Justin had moved to the US with his cousins while his other three siblings stayed in Guyana with his parents. He stated that he went there for an opportunity to earn some money so that he could help his mother move out.“When I called on Christmas Day and I wished her merry Christmas she started to cry and she told me daddy beat her and that they didn’t have anything to eat. They cooked ochro and rice for Christmas and there I was in the States eating big and she was suffering,” he remembered, stating that this event pushed him to start using drugs and self-harm.“I started taking ecstasy and other drugs…I was drinking a lot and cutting…till one day I cut my wrist and they sent me to rehab for several months. I couldn’t come home and all the time I was thinking how stupid I was to cut my wrist and that I didn’t know what was happening with my mother. I spend days worrying about her. I didn’t know if I would return and not find my mother alive,” he cried.The UNICEF report stated that children who are exposed to violence in the home experience so much added emotional stress that it can harm the development of their brains and impair cognitive and sensory growth. It highlighted that personality and behavioural problems among children exposed to violence in the home can take the forms of psychosomatic illnesses, depression, suicidal tendencies; while later in life it can manifest itself in a greater risk for substance abuse, juvenile pregnancy and criminal behaviour.Justin’s Child Counsellor Abigale Loncke stated that episodes of violence and abuse between family members may prompt efforts on the part of the child to accommodate to such events and form a hyper-vigilant, insecure approach to relationships, often marked by strong emotions like frustration, disappointment, hostility, and fear.She stated that Justin blames himself for what has happened to his mother and sometimes he blames her (mother) for remaining in the relationship. Thus, she indicated that it is important to help children identify their feelings for each parent, talk about their resentment and help them to see that it is not their fault.“In many cases with children who have witnessed domestic violence depression is present along with a feeling that they can’t do anything to stop it from happening,” Loncke said, adding “On one hand, the father is the parent and the child is just a child. What can he or she do when the father is beating the mother? So many times the child feels incapable and blames himself/herself for everything.”Justin stated that his biggest fear is becoming just like his father. “I hate that man. I can’t even watch him in the eyes and he knows I hate him but he can’t beat me anymore. I feel sorry for my mom but it is up to her to do something. All I want is for it to be over and done with,” he said.Loncke indicated that much can be changed if domestic violence is brought into the open. She stated that people need to know that domestic violence is wrong and that the perpetrator should be punished and victim should be protected. She stated that there should be strong policies put in place and enforced to challenge the “norm” of partnership violence and the exposure of children to it.“As long as violence is protected it will continue,” she said.According to the UNICEF report, legislation and policies must reinforce the message that “domestic violence is a crime that perpetrators will be punished and victims protected.” It further stated that these policies must focus on the protection of children and address the impact of violence in the home on children.last_img read more

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Retired Banker Insists Women be Financially Ready for the Incoming Gov’t

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first_imgMadam Cecilia poses with IB banking staff during retirement honoring. “I have what I built, not what was built for me“ The Executive Director of the Central Bank (CBL), Milton Weeks,  recently informed Senate plenary that out of the L$12.7 billion that was circulated within the country by the bank last year, surprisingly, only L$1.5 billion has circulated back into the bank; so where is  the rest of the money?Governor Weeks also added that the CBL has about L$10.9 billion that is outside of the bank’s operations, which can only mean that the rest of the money is being hidden within households, mattresses and the creases of a susu ma or pa’s lappa or pants seam.Madam Cecelia Kolatee Browne started her banking career with the Meridian Bank Liberia limited as a bank teller in February 1990, just months before the Liberian civil war reached Monrovia. A few weeks ago, she was  retired with honor for her 27 years of hard work, dedication and banking genius as a vault custodian and teller. Some systems she put in place, including early Morning Prayer before operating hours, continue to be practiced in the banking sector today. “We don’t know which customers we will meet that day. I worked closely together with my colleagues in making sure everything was okay, helped them if they needed help and showed them how to save,” she added.By the same token, in 2002, Madam Cecelia formed a better work space for tellers who withdrew loads of money that filled their work spaces every morning. “Before International Trust Company became IB Bank, I would go to tellers who had a bulk of money at a time, and I would withdraw the money from them and take it back to the vault, to make sure that cash didn’t stay outside and they end up with shortages. The boss liked my system so much, it was embedded into the system,” she shared.Through Madam Cecila’s intuition, tellers began saving and the word spread to local women known as susu ma’s, who receive L$50 commission per person who saves with them.“The susu ma has a couple of thousands hidden in her house and every Sunday she has a meeting with all of the people who have been saving to see who wants to ‘eat’ their money that week. I tell them to open bank accounts for each person. When they request for their money, give them deposit slips and let them fill it out. Give them a chance to save their money in a bank because all parties will benefit from the savings,” she added.Madam Cecilia with IB banking staff during her retirement honoring programMadam Cecelia has learned that gone are the days women had to keep their money on them and report it to their husbands whenever they asked them to. “Holding money to give to someone else to build them up is not good, but being able to hold money for yourself and having something to improve your life is important. We as women need to learn from President Sirleaf. Her whole outlook was a period of knowing what to do with your money and learning how to manage,” she added.Women, she says, should understand that the bank is the safest place to save their money outside of their clean lappa, or hiding areas. Economically, the clear circulation of money within a system back to its people is a healthy banking system. “It is the safest and most profitable way to save money and get a percentage on top of it,” she added. “Presently, with my savings and the two lots of land I was able to purchase from a smart investment move, I am going to create a recreation hall where adolescents can come and think, be young and share ideas that will help their futures,” she shared.Meanwhile, Article 11 of the Constitution of Liberia guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms for all, irrespective of sex. In 1984, Liberia ratified the ‘Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women’ (CEDAW). “But there is still more work to be done to expand financial inclusion among women and the poorest households,” she added. Madam Cecelia remembers experiencing the war and never giving up her duty to manage her finances to support her family and pay their school fees. She says that the incoming government will teach Liberians the essence of business and money and Liberian women should be ready by saving now and engaging in the development that is about to come. “I sewed through the war, despite all the knowledge. For three years when the war was intense, what I received has empowered me to be self reliant. I used my money on investment, purchased land, own a house and I am also into real estate. I have what I myself built, not what was built for me,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Everything Is Possible

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first_imgBy Saah MillimonoMy heart pounded with the expectation of returning to school after a whole year. I grabbed and held the few notebooks my mother had bought me under my arm, and ran ahead of her by the roadside.We reached the school building and went to the principal’s office, which was among a long line of classroom entrances along a wide porch with stairs to mount.My mother knocked on the door. After a moment, she pushed the door open; we both entered the office.The principal, a tall man with a shaved head, stood up to greet us. He shook hands with my mother and motioned for us to sit in the two chairs in front of the desk. We sat down; my mother began to speak with him.I tried to grasp what she was saying, my head tilted to one side, like someone straining to hear a conversation barely above a whisper. As my mother spoke, the principal would turn and look at me with raised eyebrows, which made me believed that my mother was speaking about me and that whatever she had said must have left the man surprised. At last, my mother finished. The principal rose to follow us out of the office and I noticed that he avoided looking at me in that way people who knew me did when they came across me. Many would not speak to me and pass me by as if I did not exist, like the man in Ralph Ellison’s book, Invisible Man.A hundred pairs of eyes greeted the principal, my mother and I as we entered one of the classrooms and the students rose to greet us in unison. The teacher, who had stooped to write on the blackboard, straightened up. We three – my mother, the principal, and I – went to stand in front of the board.As the principal spoke, I noticed that the students, like the principal had done before them, looked at me with raised eyebrows, their mouths wide open. One girl in particular couldn’t take her eyes off me and, after my mother and the principal had left and I had gone to sit next to her, she moved to the end of the bench, as if I were a leper.The teacher wrote something on the blackboard. In an undertone I read it:“What was the main purpose of the Berlin Conference?”I waited for awhile, hoping that one of my classmates would come forth with an answer. But nobody did, and I stood up and said:“The Berlin Conference was a meeting between European powers on how to divide Africa among them for colonization.”The teacher began to clap, and so the classroom erupted.As I sat down, I realized instantly that going to school would be the most important time of my life, and I vowed that even though I was deaf, I would use my education to prove that everything is possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No significant leads in Lancaster shooting

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first_imgLANCASTER – Homicide investigators said Thursday they have no significant leads in the fatal shooting of a Lancaster man in his home the previous day. Melvin Lee Bright, 39, was killed early Wednesday morning in a home in the 2000 block of West Avenue H-7, sheriff’s deputies said. Bright was a self-employed handyman, homicide detective Tim Cain said. His wife and three children were asleep when Bright was shot to death while investigating a noise he heard on the first floor of the family’s home. Cain said little is known about the circumstances surrounding the killing. He cited robbery as the most likely motive for whoever entered the home, but he would not confirm whether any property was taken. Investigators are seeking three suspects in connection with the killing. A large footprint was visible Thursday next to the door knob on the front door to the Bright’s house – however, the door itself did not appear to be damaged. Cain would not confirm whether the door was kicked in. The crime occurred in a quiet middle-class neighborhood on the west side of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway north of Avenue I. A home security company distributed leaflets Thursday advertising free alarm installation on the block. A restored white 1950s Chevrolet Impala sat in the Bright’s driveway next to a raised basketball hoop. A sign on the home Thursday afternoon read: “R.I.P. We Love You, Diddy.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want 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

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Province hands $5M to Geosciences BC

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first_img“We think BC is one of the safest,most prospective places for mining investment anywhere in the world,” he said. A 10-year-old industry-led organization — billed as generating earth science information in partnership with First Nations, the resource sector, universities, governments and communities — has been given another $5 million by the BC government.Despite the government claim that energy companies are lined up at the door to invest in this province, Geoscience BC was set up in 2005 to attract more investment, including LNG exploration and development.Since then, the independent organization has been given nearly $52 million in taxpayer dollars to encourage more exploration and “informed land-use decisions,” money that Energy Minister Bill Bennett insists is well-spent.- Advertisement -“Geoscience BC doesn’t attract business in and of itself,” said Bennett.“What (it) does as an independent organization is go out and gather geological information useful to those companies around the word who are contemplating where they are going to invest in mining and where they are going to invest in oil and gas.”Mr. Bennett went on to congratulate the non-profit organization, for “its outstanding contribution to the economic health of BC.”Advertisement “They have generated over $100 million worth in exploration in British Columbia,” he said.“That represents hundreds of jobs. It also represents potential mine development and oil and gas development in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”Mr. Bennett also noted this province is now second only to Ontario for this type of resource development among the Canadian provinces.“Companies are looking for safe places to invest their money,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Transfer Rumours and Paper Review – Wednesday, June 17

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first_imgHere is the latest transfer gossip from the back pages and beyond…Manchester City are in a four-way battle to sign Juventus’s 22-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba, who is valued at £60m. (Mirror)  Barcelona have already opened talks with Juve over Pogba, according to a presidential candidate who says he will sign the Frenchman if elected at the Spanish club. (Sun)If City miss out on Pogba, manager Manuel Pellegrini will turn to Aston Villa’s 25-year-old midfielder Fabian Delph instead. (Telegraph) Meanwhile, City have agreed a deal to sign Fulham’s 18-year-old forward Patrick Roberts. (ESPN) Chelsea have targeted Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 27, as a replacement for Petr Cech. (Telegraph) Arsenal have rejected a swap deal for Cech that would see midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Chelsea. The Gunners would prefer a cash-only deal worth £10m to sign the Blues’ back-up goalkeeper. (Mirror) Manchester United’s 24-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea appears certain to join Real Madrid, but Iker Casillas, 34, has hinted he is not ready to relinquish his role as the Spanish club’s number one. (Manchester Evening News) Tottenham’s resolve to keep Hugo Lloris could be tested if United make a £25m bid for the 28-year-old goalkeeper. (London Evening Standard) QPR have warned Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle that they will need to pay £15m to sign 25-year-old striker Charlie Austin. (Daily Express) Southampton are targeting Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 23, as a potential replacement for 24-year-old right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Guardian) Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is keen on signing Hull City’s midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 28, and winger Robbie Brady, 23. (Mirror) Everton still want to sign Tottenham’s 28-year-old winger Aaron Lennon, despite closing in on a deal with Barcelona for wide player Gerard Deulofeu, 21. (Times) Swansea want to sign former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel in a £2m deal with Turkish club Kasimpasa. The 28-year-old spent four years at Anfield between 2007 and 2011. (Sun) West Brom have agreed a £1.5m fee with Wigan Athletic for 26-year-old winger James McClean. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest transfer tales from talksport.com…Arsenal agree sale of Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray for £1.4million – reportsInter Milan reject Liverpool’s bid to include Mario Balotelli in deal for £22m-rated midfielderCarlos Tevez latest: Liverpool target’s family ‘want Argentina return’Sevilla chief confirms Gael Kakuta on verge of completing switch from ChelseaManchester United to miss out on £5m Turkish starlet?Manchester United transfer news: The signing who could replace David De Gea – Jasper CillessenAC Milan make late move for Tottenham target with £20m joint bidNicolas Otamendi’s agent to discuss Manchester United move with ValenciaScunthorpe to sign former Swindon star Andy WilliamsManchester United face battle with Inter Milan for Atletico Madrid star MirandaInter Milan step up Geoffrey Kondogbia interest – Arsenal to miss out?Liverpool transfer news: Scout report on Charlton defender Joe GomezLiverpool and Everton to pounce for Turkish international Mehmet TopalReports – Aston Villa have bid accepted for Nice defender Jordan AmaviReports – Chelsea agree deal for ex-Manchester United striker Radamel FalcaoLiverpool to miss out on Barcelona defender Martin Montoya?last_img read more

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CROWDS COME OUT AS SAM MAGUIRE BEGINS TO ‘EVOLVE’!

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first_imgThere is standing room only at the Evolve Menswear shop in Letterkenny today with the arrival of a well-known VIP.A certain Mr S Maguire has moved to Donegal for the year ahead and he was on display at the well-known clothing outfitters this morning.And he is accompanied by two well-known friends – Donegal captain Michael Murphy and the fantastic Karl Lacey. Once again the players went out of their way to accommodate the large crowds looking for photos and autographsParents and children, many dressed in their Donegal GAA colours, queued from early morning for a look at Sam and a quick chat with their heroes.Evolve Menswear owners JP and Mark McCloskey, who have been behind the team from day one, said they were delighted with how the visit is going.And the even better news is that the Sam Maguire and the lads will be there until 3pm. So get down to Evolve and see what all the fuss is about.* If you miss Sam and the lads at Evolve you can also catch him later today at 4pm at Brian McCormick Sports.CROWDS COME OUT AS SAM MAGUIRE BEGINS TO ‘EVOLVE’! was last modified: October 6th, 2012 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:Evolvekarl laceyMichael MurphySam Maguirelast_img read more

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Nu ez blasts plan to cut transit funds

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Spillover monies for public transit is a no-go,” Nu ez said. “We just can’t go there.” Spillover funds are gas sales tax receipts that exceed local government revenue levels from a quarter-cent sales tax, according to the state Department of Finance. Because of high gas prices, the state expects to receive $4 billion in such funds over the next 10 years. Normally, spillover funds are dedicated to public transit. Instead, Schwarzenegger has proposed dedicating the money to paying down transportation bond debt, including past bonds and those that will be submitted to voters in November. Nu ez and other Democrats have complained about that proposal, saying the money should go toward its original purpose of public transportation. But a Department of Finance spokesman noted that by paying transportation bond debt, the spillover funds are indirectly helping fund public transportation. Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said there could be SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez criticized some elements of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised budget proposal Monday, saying a plan to cut public transit funding is a “no-go” and more money should be stashed in reserves for financial emergencies. The statements came as the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst also recommended more fiscal prudence in the budget, including a greater reserve and caution on education spending. While Schwarzenegger’s revised 2006-07 budget, released Friday, has generally received more positive reviews than his previous budgets – mainly because the state’s revenue picture has greatly improved – both Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, and Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill had concerns with how he proposed to use some of the surplus funds, including potentially cutting $4 billion in “spillover” gas tax funds for public transportation. $4 billion or more spent on public transit in the November bond. “We don’t see this as an either/or type of situation,” Palmer said. “We believe we can provide resources for public transit as put forward in the bond that the governor supports. At the same time we can create a fund that provides a clear link between the prices we’re paying at the pump and the projects to relieve congestion.” Both Hill and Nu ez also object to the governor’s plan to pay back early $1 billion in debt created by his 2004 economic recovery bond. In her analysis of the governor’s budget, Hill recommends the Legislature not adopt that proposal, and instead pay down the reserve, or prepay other debt that is coming due in 2007-08 or 2008-09. Voters authorized the economic recovery bond in 2004 for $15 billion, though only $11.3 billion in debt has been issued. The bond was originally scheduled to be paid back by 2023, but that was later revised to 2010. Now Schwarzenegger wants to pay it back in 2009 by prepaying $1 billion one year early. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want 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

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Ireland’s abortion laws slammed at UN Convention against Torture

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first_imgBetween the 24th of July until the 11th of August the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is taking place in Geneva.In Geneva on Friday, United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) again emphasised the incompatibility of Ireland’s abortion ban with international human rights law and questioned the government’s support to repeal the 8th Amendment, expressing concern at the lack of progress taken since Ireland’s last examination under the Committee in 2011.Other topics to be discussed during the Convention include Ireland’s prison system, domestic violence, improvements in international protection processes, ‘social legacy issues’ such as the Magdelene Laundries, the Residential Redress Scheme, and Mother and Baby homes. Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton TD is the head of the Irish delegation that has travelled to Geneva for Ireland’s second examination under Article 19 of the UNCAT Convention.Donegal Abortion Rights Campaign have welcomed the recommendations of UNCAT.Speaking to Donegal Woman, a spokesperson for the group says; “We are aware of women leaving Donegal every week to access reproductive health care in the U.K and elsewhere.“That Ireland has repeatedly been questioned by the UN special rapporteur on torture speaks volumes about the government’s lack of action in issues that affect women. “It is shameful that women are still being forced to travel abroad to access healthcare.”A report issued by the UK Department of Health earlier this year revealed that 63 Donegal women travelled abroad to terminate a pregnancy.Of the 3,265 Irish women who travelled last year, 520 women chose not to disclose an address whereas 724 women provided a Northern Irish address.Women aged between 20-24 were the most likely to travel abroad, while 10 of the women were under the age of 16.“Cruel and inhuman treatment”Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Michali Hyams reiterated Donegal ARC’s concerns.Hyams said, “In what is becoming a familiar scene, the Irish state must once again answer to a UN committee as to why there has been no progress in ensuring the human rights of women and girls in Ireland are vindicated. “The Committee was troubled by the fact that the there has been no change in law in response to the cases of Amanda Mellet or Siobhan Whelan.“In both of these cases, women were forced to travel to access abortions and the State was found to have inflicted cruel and inhuman treatment, in violation of UNCAT.“In light of this, the Committee were eager to know whether the government was urging the Oireachtas to call for a referendum, and whether the government would be encouraging the Irish public to vote in favour of repeal.“The State today claimed that they had already begun to address these failings through the Citizens Assembly process and the subsequent formation of the Joint Oireachtas Committee (JOC). “However, it is clear from the Committee’s comments that the JOC recommendation is not enough. In order for the government to discharge its obligations under UNCAT, they must ensure the wording of any referendum allows for a full repeal and facilitates the Oireachtas to legislate for real and realistic access to abortion, in line with international human rights law”.“Simply put, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure a referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment passes, and that Ireland’s laws are brought into line with the rest of Europe. We can no longer allow barriers to access to remain in our constitution,” Ms Hyams concluded.‘A prior issue’In a report, the The Committee against Torture outlined abortion as one of the issues prior to the submission of the second periodic report of Ireland.The list of issues was transmitted to the State prior to the submission of its periodic report, which will include the replies of the Government.Concerning abortion, they asked for information on the following:Measures that may be in place to resolve “the uncertainty for women and their medical doctors regarding domestic procedures and the risk of criminal investigation or punishment, specifically with regard to clarifying the scope of legal abortion through statutory law, including in cases of rape.”Whether current legislation upholds a woman’s rights “to freedom from discrimination and prevents other breaches of the Convention.”“Whether adequate guidelines exist in the State party for medical and other professionals on the criteria to be met for legal termination of pregnancies, whether adequate procedures exist to challenge differing medical opinions and whether adequate services for carrying out abortions exist in the State party.”Possible future amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013.“Measures taken to protect reproductive health providers from harassment, intimidation and smear campaigns on the results of the investigation by the Health Service Executive into accusations made against a number of reproductive health providers and whether certain provisions of the Access to Information Act (1995) have been reviewed to remove obstacles faced by reproductive health providers.”A “highly politicised and divisive issue”Addressing the UN Expert Committee on Friday, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton TD said that abortion is a “highly politicised and divisive issue in Ireland” and outlined that it has been the subject to referenda and Supreme Court decisions.He says that the termination of pregnancy, which is regulated by constitutional and statute law, has been subject to both UN commentaries and “extensive parliamentary scrutiny.”He added that the Citizens’ Assembly, chaired by Judge Mary Laffoy, a Justice of the Supreme Court, was established in order to find a “resolution suitable for such a complex and deeply personal issue.”Between October 2016 and April 2017 ninety nine members of the public attended monthly seminars.“It gathered facts in relation to the issue, listened to experts in the medical, legal, and ethical field and to advocates’ views on the topic. The Assembly’s recommendations will be considered by a Special Oireachtas Committee, which will be asked to report to the Oireachtas within three months of its first public meeting.”The final report of the Citizens’ Assembly, released in June, outlines the following recommendations: That Article 40.3.3° should not be retained in full. (87%) That Article 40.3.3° should be replaced or amended. (56%) That Article 40.3.3° should be replaced with a constitutional provision that explicitly authorises the Oireachtas to legislate to address termination of pregnancy, any rights of the unborn, and any rights of the pregnant woman. (57%)In June, Taoiseach Varadkar vowed to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year, appointing Health Minister Simon Harris with the task of putting forth legislation to allow for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.Ireland’s abortion laws slammed at UN Convention against Torture was last modified: July 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:abortionArticle 40.3.3Citizen’s AssemblyEighth Amendmentlast_img read more

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