Prohibit All Corporal Punishment of Children, in Homes, Schools and Care Settings

first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to a story carried in its June 28 edition headlined “I Would Flog That Teacher if I Were Not a Senator”.According to the story written by legislative reporter Leroy Sonpon, River Cess County Senator Dallas Gueh, reacting to reports of extreme corporal punishment administered to a young female student by the Dean of Students of the Soltiamon Christian School System, declared that, were he not a senator, he would have flogged the perpetrator of the act. Senator Gueh made the statement on Thursday, June 27, 2019, when he served as guest facilitator to the National Youth Legislative Policy Dialogue.The Daily Observer frowns on the Senator’s inciteful language but condemns in no uncertain terms the brutal physical assault on the young student and on her dignity. The impact of such a traumatic experience on her psyche could likely have long lasting effects which may serve to undermine her ability to function as an adult in later life.This newspaper calls for stringent measures to be taken against the perpetrator of the act to serve as deterrence against future behavior. Additionally, the Daily Observer fully supports the punitive measures announced by the Ministry of Education. However, the measures do not go far enough to address concerns of the victimized student.For example, reference is made to medical treatment for the wounds she sustained as a result of the severe flogging, but there is no mention about psychosocial assistance for the young student to help enable her to overcome the trauma induced by the sheer intensity of the violence meted out to her.This incident, more than anything, has raised to the fore, questions about the administration of corporal punishment in Liberian schools and the impact such is having on learning and behavior. It has also raised to the fore the relevance of provisions of the 2011 Children’s law allowing corporal punishment in certain instances like in schools for instance.According to a 2010 UNICEF report, the Children’s law enacted in 2011 provides limited protection from violent child rearing but does not make all corporal punishment illegal. It does however allow for corporal punishment in the home.Article IV section 1.3 of the 2011 Children’s law states, “every parent shall have an equal duty with a co-parent to: … (g) respect the child’s dignity and refrain from administering domestic discipline that violates such dignity or adversely affects the psychosocial or physical well-being of any child living in the household”.Further, according to UNICEF, the Children’s law allows for what it calls “justifiable” corporal punishment which clearly indicates that the law does not explicitly prohibit all corporal punishment. Article VII Section 7 of the 2011 Children’s law allowing for “justifiable punishment” states the following:“(1) No person shall subject a child to torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. (2) Any correction or punishment of a child shall be justifiable for the child concerned. (3) No correction of a child is justifiable for any child if it is unreasonable in kind or in degree relative to the age, physical and mental condition of the child and no correction is justifiable if the child by reason of tender age or otherwise is incapable of understanding the purpose and fairness of the correction. (4) The Ministry of Gender and Development shall progressively facilitate parental guidance programs aimed at developing the capacity of parents to discipline and guide their children without use of any form of violence.”But it can be recalled that in June 2006, the Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted General Comment No. 8 on “The right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment”, which emphasizes the immediate obligation on states parties to prohibit all corporal punishment of children, including within the home.In October 2006, the report of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children submitted to the General Assembly recommended universal prohibition of all corporal punishment as a matter of priority.“The Committee on the Rights of the Child defines ‘corporal’ or ‘physical’ punishment as any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light. Most involves hitting (‘smacking’, ‘slapping’, ‘spanking’) children, with the hand or with an implement – a whip, stick, belt, shoe, wooden spoon, etc. But it can also involve, for example, kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding or forced ingestion (for example, washing children’s mouths out with soap or forcing them to swallow hot spices). In the view of the Committee, corporal punishment is invariably degrading.In addition, there are other non-physical forms of punishment that are also cruel and degrading and thus incompatible with the Convention.“These include, for example, punishment which belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares or ridicules the child … eliminating violent and humiliating punishment of children, through law reform and other necessary measures, is an immediate and unqualified obligation of States parties.” (Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment No. 8, 2006)Following examination of the state party’s initial report, the Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended that the Government of Liberia explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including in the family (CRC/C/15/Add.236, para. 43). The Committee made the recommendation following scrutiny of Liberia’s initial report.Against this back drop and in view of this recent incident the Daily Observer enjoins UNICEF in calling for repeal of the provision for “justifiable” correction or punishment (in the Children’s Law); explicit prohibition of corporal punishment in the home, schools and care settings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MP Wanyonyi meets Russia bound teenagers

first_img0Shares0000Westlands MP Wanyonyi gives blessings to Russia bound teenagers. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – ‘Go and represent and our Constituency and country well’, those were the words of Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi to two teenagers from Parklands Baptist Primary school who will be taking part in the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship tournament that will precede the FIFA World Cup in Russia.Wanyonyi lauded Jadidi Ndambuki and Myles Muriuki for excelling to the extent of catching the eyes of the selectors from a pool of many equally talented kids in the country. “Having this two ambassadors travelling to Russia for the World Cup is not a mean achievement. We are so proud for them. As their Member of Parliament this is such a great occasion for us. I hope to see them off at the airport,” the sports fanatic and the founder of the annual Tim Wanyonyi footballer tournament stated.“This shows that the country has the ability to take sport into the next level if only we can put our act together and work towards uplifting the sports standard in the country,” Wanyonyi, a former Nairobi School Football captain spoke at his Westlands offices on Thursday.“I have Faith that the generation of Jadidi and Myles have what it takes to take Kenya to the World Cup, all they need from us is support in this journey. He added.WC Myles Muriuki , Hon Tim Wanyonyi, Jadidi Ndambuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe political leader did not shy away from calling on the sports administrators to put the welfare of athletes in front if we are to make the country great.“We must desist from the habit of putting our own agendas first, I am afraid to say Football Kenya Federation is not doing enough to nurture talents in the country. For starters, let us first bring fans back to the stadia,” he pondered.The two kids young Footballer Jadidi, and young journalist Myles have been on one month awareness project that involves meeting sports personalities in the country and leaders before traveling to the European country early next month.“First it was the incredible news of having made it as Kenyan ambassadors to Russia for the Football for Friendship Tourney, since then the journey has been overwhelming,” Jadidi who wants to be a professional footballer told Capital Sport.“From meeting world beaters in the world of sports, people like Conseslus Kipruto and Olympic champion to the Gor Mahia title winning team and their coach to our Member of Parliament is such a sweet joy,” the 12-year-old second born to Andrew and Lilian Ndambuki reflected.Myles on the other hand caught the eye of the selectors for his dedication not only to tell his story but also that of his friends through the art of writing.WC Myles Muriuki , Hon Tim Wanyonyi, Jadidi Ndambuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Through writing, I am able to tell the world my feeling and that of my friends, as a footballer, I like to document the happenings in our school football team, that is my passion for  a while now,” Myles disclosed.“I want to be a journalist when I grow up, this is because the profession is fun and most importantly because I want to tell the world what is happening,” Myles the first born to Nicholas and Rachel Muriuki narrated.The two boys will be part of F4F, an International Children’s Social programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA and the World Cup, an initiative that involves the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers – friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities.The tournament will also be beneficial to the youngsters as the footballer will an opportunity to be trained by some of the world best coaches, for aspiring Journalist Myles, he will be guided further on how to tell his story.In the tournament that will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities will play in one team.The tournament will run from 8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the first match pitting host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Woman Convicted in Fatal Attack on 75-Year-Old Parking Attendant

first_imgGLENDALE — A 31-year-old Burbank woman was convicted today of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2006 death of a 75-year-old parking lot attendant she attacked over a $5 parking fee. A Glendale Superior Court jury found Hilda Voskanian guilty in connection with the death of Pedro Dorado, said Deputy District Attorney Ana Lopez. Voskanian faces up to four years in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 8. On June 30, 2006, Voskanian and her husband, Oshin Grigorian, parked in the lot at the Grand Bellaj Reception Hall at 237 E. Olive Ave. in Burbank, authorities said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings On the way out, Dorado asked the couple to pay the $5 parking fee, but Voskanian refused. Dorado then positioned himself in front of the vehicle to photograph the license plate. Enraged by Dorado’s action, Voskanian, who was eight months pregnant, exited the vehicle and pushed Dorado backwards, causing him to slam his head against the pavement, Lopez said. The force of the impact caused bleeding of the brain, authorities said. Dorado checked himself into White Memorial Hospital later that evening. While he was being treated for a head injury, he fell into a coma and was placed on life support. He died three weeks later on July 18, 2006. Voskanian, who left the scene without knowing the extent of the victim’s injuries, was arrested July 20, 2006, after Burbank police were notified that Dorado had died of his injuries. Prosecutors declined to file charges against Voskanian’s husband.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


first_imgSHAY GIVEN WAS mysteriously dropped by Man City for their FA Cup clash with Leicester last night – sparking reports that Arsenal want the player’s services.The club had made no secret of the fact that Given was to have started the game, which City won 4-2, earlier in the day.But when the team was announced at Eastlands, Joe Hart was named in goals. It is no secret that Given would love a move to the Emirates – and Arsenal desperately need a world class ‘keeper.They are still in the FA Cup – and play Leeds in a replay tonight. Had Given featured last night, it would have ruled him out of any possible future appearances for the north London club.However, City manager Roberto Mancini has again warned Given it is not certain such a move will be granted.As we reported at the weekend, the City boss wants a replacement before Given can go. And it makes financial sense for them to sell now – as Given could go on a free transfer at the end of the season.Asked why Shay has hardly featured this year Mancini said: “It is not a simple position. You can change the other players every game but the goalkeeper is different.“That is the only reason why Shay has not played so often because he is a fantastic goalkeeper.”WAS SHAY DROPPED BECAUSE OF ARSENAL INTEREST? was last modified: January 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Milan offer Arsenal man €4m-a-year to leave Emirates for San Siro

first_img SORRY 2 whoops Elliott Management bought out Milan earlier this year with the view of restoring the club to the pinnacle of Italian and European football, and the company have been making moves behind the scenes to start on this pathLeonardo and Paolo Maldini, both former Milan players, have been hired as sporting director and technical director respectively, and Elliot Management have made Gazidis their number one target for the position of CEO. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Most read in Premier League Gazidis has worked for Arsenal since 2009 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Milan want to tempt Gazidis to Italy How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City AC Milan have offered Ivan Gazidis a contract as they look to tempt Arsenal’s chief executive to the San Siro.The Rossoneri have been attempting to hire Gazidis, 53, as their CEO throughout the summer, but they have so far been met with resistance from the Gunners, who do not want to lose their man. latest revealed tense predicted 2 And, in an attempt to push forward with a move for the 53-year-old, Calciomercato report Milan have made ‘direct contact’ with Gazidis to offer him a contract worth around £3.6million (€4m) every year.With Arsenal planning to keep hold of Gazidis, he has yet to give an answer to Milan concerning their offer. Should the Rossoneri fail to secure Gazidis, they will turn their attentions to Roma CEO Umberto Gandini, who is named as their alternative target.last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell posted a special message to fans on his website following the news that wife Majella is battling breast cancer.Majella usually looks after the website detailing the singer’s latest plans and exploits.He asked fans not to send cards or letters as they would not be able to respond to them personally which the couple normally like to do. “I’m sorry to inform you that Majella was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer.“She is undergoing treatment at present and as it was found in the early stages we are very hopeful of a full recovery.“I know that many of you would like to send your good wishes to Majella but at this time we cannot deal with a lot of mail so we would ask you not to send cards or letters, all we need are your prayers to help us through this difficult time and we know we can rely on that,” he said.  DANIEL ASKS FOR FANS PRAYERS BUT NOT TO SEND CARDS FOR MAJELLA was last modified: July 26th, 2013 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:daniel o’donnellfansMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgGardai and other emergency services at the scene of an accident on the N15 at LaghyA MAJOR accident has been reported on the N15 on Thursday evening.Multiple vehicles are involved in the accident at Laghy.Gardai, fire crews and Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are at the scene which is between Ballintra and Donegal Town. An eyewitness told Donegal Daily: “There were about four cars and possibly a lorry involved that I could see.“There was an half hour traffic delay as we were going through.”There are no condition reports on any people involved in the accident at present.  BREAKING NEWS…MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENT AT LAGHY was last modified: June 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BallintraBREAKING NEWS…MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENT AT LAGHYDonegal TownEMTGardailast_img read more

Turkey day time to eat, not worry about faraway bird flu

first_img None of this hype has been lost on the animal-rights folks. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, seized on the bird flu to ramp up its holiday don’t-eat-the-animals campaigns. The group held a protest in Washington, D.C., in front of the USDA offices with signs that said “Bird flu kills. Go vegetarian” So far, Americans aren’t worried enough to switch to the soy-bean faux bird, Tofurkey. Turkey sales are on target, according to Alice Johnson, president of the National Turkey Federation. “Turkey sales are great, right on par for the holiday season,” Johnson told me Wednesday, although she acknowledged that numbers for this year are still tentative. Last year, 46 million turkeys were sold for Thanksgiving dinners, and the Turkey Federation (Web site, expects a similar figure this year. Christmas, though, might be a different story. As I write this, CNN is broadcasting another story about yet another case of someone with bird flu in China. Might be a good time to buy some soybean futures. Mariel Garza 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I don’t mean to alarm you or anything, but today, when you sit down at the Thanksgiving table, WHATEVER YOU DO, BE CAREFUL! Sorry, I’m a little on edge. This year we’ve all been inundated with so much “helpful” information from health officials about avian flu and its “inevitable” march across the globe killing millions of people and changing civilization as we know it. And then we’re supposed to suddenly forget it on the fourth Thursday of November and sit down en masse to blithely chow down on a big bird? Well, yes. That was my plan anyhow. I hadn’t even made the connection between the bird flu and the country’s national day of gluttony until I noticed this chirpy headline in the Missourian News earlier this week: “Forget bird flu and enjoy the holidays,” it said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Ha ha … What? I hadn’t even thought about bird-flu cooties in my turkey until I read that. No wonder people don’t like the news. Officially, of course, authorities from the federal government and health agencies say there’s no reason to worry about the deadly avian flu in the U.S. poultry quite yet. I called up a friend who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if I could get the real lowdown. Are turkeys really safe? She set my mind at ease that I was safe from this particular strain of bird flu (there are others; they just aren’t real dangerous) unless I flew to China, bought a random turkey, brought it home and then drank a cup of its raw blood. In that case, I would probably have more serious problems than catching the flu. Still, according to a recent poll by a group I have never heard of and have no reason to trust, half of the more than 1,000 Americans questioned said they thought they can get avian flu from eating chicken. I don’t know why the Center of Consumer Freedom, which seems to be mainly focused on fighting the “food cops,” commissioned this poll, but it sounds right. So, in the great American journalistic tradition, I will believe it based on that. last_img read more


first_imgAn unusual visitor paid the penalty on a visit to a Co Donegal school.The frightened fox just seconds before it was released from the football net at Errigal College.The normally canny fox found himself trapped in a football net when he visited Errigal College in Letterkenny.The frightened animal was noticed by pupils and staff at the school yesterday morning. A plan of action was hatched in a bid to return the fox back to the wilds.Teacher Michael McMenamin and pupil Ciaran Cleary had to exercise caution as the frightened fox was snapping.The lads eventually managed to free the tangled animal from the netting using a snips.Teacher Hugo Dorrian said it was a case of teacher and pupils coming together to “out-fox” the creature. “It did cause a bit of excitement for a while but the lads had to be careful because the fox was snapping.“When they eventually managed to free him, he took off like a shot through the fields.‘Thankfully it wasn’t hurt and he can live to play football on the Errigal College football field another day,” laughed Hugo.Errigal College in Letterkenny. UNUSUAL VISITOR IS OUT-FOXED DURING VISIT TO DONEGAL SCHOOL was last modified: October 1st, 2014 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:donegalerrigal collegefoxletterkennytrappedlast_img read more

Beginning farmer incentives take shape in Ohio House

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment A bipartisan effort in the Ohio House gives beginning farmers financial incentive to establish themselves in the state’s agricultural industry.Co-sponsored by Rep. John Patterson (D-99th District) and Rep. Susan Manchester (R-84th District), House Bill 183 would authorize a nonrefundable income tax credit for beginning farmers who attend a financial management program, and a nonrefundable income tax credit for individuals who sell or rent farmland, livestock, buildings or equipment to beginning farmers. Eligibility requirements would be affirmed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.Both representatives offered testimony on the bill to the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on April 9. Ohio Farm Bureau policy supports legislation that establishes beginning farmer incentives.“Several forward-thinking OFBF members realized the challenges of exit and entry in agriculture and successfully added Farm Bureau policy supporting incentives for new and beginning farmers,” said Jenna Beadle, Ohio Farm Bureau director of state policy. “Farmers are aging at a quicker rate than new farmers are joining the profession. Many beginning farmers do not have the levels of capital or credit necessary to begin farming, but even beyond that, the amount of land that is zoned for agriculture is finite.”If passed, a beginning farmer would have to meet the following criteria:Intends to farm in Ohio, or has been farming in Ohio for less than 10 years.Has a household net worth of less than $800,000. This limit applies to 2019 and will be adjusted for inflation in future years.Provides the majority of the day-to-day labor for and management of the farm.Has adequate farming experience or demonstrates adequate knowledge about farming.Submits projected earnings statements and demonstrates a profit potential.Demonstrates that farming will be a significant source of the individual’s income.Will not rent or lease agricultural assets from family members through this incentive program.Participates in a financial management program approved by the Department of Agriculture.Meets any other requirements set by the Department of Agriculture.“The bill sponsors also would like to add a sunset provision to evaluate the impact and merits of the beginning farmer tax credit program after five years and a cap of $10 million on money that can be allocated for the credit,” Beadle said. “Their goal is to include HB 183 in the state’s main operating budget.”  Leave a Commentlast_img read more