Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence against Women, Children

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women.  Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday. The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Dominguez sends Lancers on their way

first_imgSeniors Bobby Macias and Jake Poppen sat next to one another on the Thousand Oaks High bench with looks of disappointment written on their faces. To the left, coach Rich Endres shook his head in what appeared to be disbelief. A pair of free throws by Macias cut the deficit to three points with 3:52 left in the second quarter. Dominguez answered with a run capped by a pair of free-throws by Watkins to extend the lead back to 10 with 1:43 left in the half. The Lancers gained some momentum after Macias converted a layup just before halftime but failed to capitalize in the third quarter and fell behind by 10 points once again. Things got worse for Thousand Oaks when Poppen picked up his fourth foul with 22 seconds left in the third quarter and fouled out with more than seven minutes left in the fourth. Macias kept the Lancers close, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. At one point, Thousand Oaks trailed 54-52 with 5:22 left on the clock. Watkins, however, put the game away with some timely free throws and Waymon Johnson sealed the victory with a steal and a layup at the other end to make it 65-57 with 38seconds left in the fourth quarter. “Our kids hung in there. Give them credit,” Endres said. “We had a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for.” Macias finished with 23points. Poppen added nine. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Losing is always difficult,” Endres said. “We have nothing to be ashamed of, though. We played extremely well tonight but Dominguez was just too tough.” The Lancers (24-4) never figured out a way to stop Quentin Watkins. The Illinois-bound senior scored eight of his game-high 30 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter for third-seeded Dominguez (21-7), which advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals against second-seeded Artesia of Lakewood. “I felt good, comfortable out there,” Watkins said. “This is the playoffs, that means it’s time for me to step my game up.” Watkins did just that in the first quarter, scoring eight of his team’s first 10 points. His layup just before the first-quarter buzzer gave Dominguez an 18-13 lead. center_img Michael Shelton stood quietly underneath the basket, looking up at the scoreboard despite receiving words of encouragment. The Lancers had done better than most expected in the Southern Section playoffs, but the realization that the season had come to an end Friday still didn’t sit very well after a 68-60 loss to visiting Dominguez of Compton in a Div. I-AA quarterfinal game. last_img read more

China the cat survives 35 days in cargo crate

first_imgAfter Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy. China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes that left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear. “I saw something in the container move,” Congdon said. “I turned up the headlights on the fork lift to get a better look.” That was when he saw the cat cowering in a corner, weak but still alive. Congdon, owner of Olympia Moto Sports in Hendersonville, N.C., said he and a co-worker called the county’s animal services when the cat would not let them near. A co-worker of Congdon’s plans to adopt China, if she checks out with a veterinarian. North Carolina law says any animal coming into the country must be vaccinated and quarantined for six months. – Associated Press 160Want 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