“Dehumanizing Women Is Not Part of Liberian Culture”

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has pledged to help end violence against women and children and ensure that they enjoy equal rights in the Liberian society.Speaking on Wednesday during a program held by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated near Fish Market in Monrovia, he called on Liberian men to recognize women as major contributors in society, declaring that “dehumanizing women is not part of Liberian culture.”“We the men in Liberia want to sincerely apologize for the misconduct against women, and I am calling on men to realize that women comprise 50% of our society, and are also our partners,” the Vice President said.Liberian men must make the commitment to protect their female counterparts by doing away with gender based violence, he admonished.The president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, T. Nelson Williams, said the purpose of the gathering and the walk was to inform the world and Liberians that gender based violence and rape is not necessary in Liberia.“We the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, UN Women and Ministry of Gender have planned to speak out against this hideous crime that is committed against young girls and women in this country,” Mr. Williams said.He said, last week, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Servants of All Prayers Assembly worked together in various ways to engage and inform men about the need to end violence against women.“We also visited the prison compound in Bomi and the Monrovia Central Prison because they need to be counseled before coming out. We realized that when men commit these crimes and go to prison, if they are not rehabilitated, they come out and continue to commit these crimes. For the brothers, this is 365 Days of Activism, not just the 16 Days of Activism,” he added.National program manager of UN Women, Ghoma Karloweah, called on the legislature to speedily pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law. “We need to mobilize more people, including lawmakers, to work to pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law to be able to protect our sisters, daughters and mothers,” 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

Candidates miss filing deadlines on fund statements

first_imgSerrano did not return messages left at his home. Carbajal was out of town at the deadline due to a death in the family. She said she will file her financial papers Monday. The statements cover the period from Sept. 23 through Oct. 20. Santa Fe Springs candidate Jim Burton’s filing shows zero contributions and a non-existent balance. “I am not going to spend my retirement on an election,” said the retired businessman. He has spent $50 for campaign cards, but didn’t do so until after Oct. 20. “I’ll report it next time,” Burton said, “and any other money people give me.” The signs he is using are recycled from his last go-around on the campaign trail six years ago. Kathy Salazar, a former Montebello mayor, has spent a lot more than Burton’s $50. Her campaign, while adding $6,047 to its coffers, spent $7,077 in campaign literature, campaign consultant fees and U.S. postal services, which alone totaled nearly $1,500. Salazar’s total campaign expenditures this year is $18,953. Her campaign’s biggest donor during this finance cycle was $3,000 from Athens Services of Industry. As for the rest of the Montebello candidates, incumbent Norma Lopez-Reid was the biggest spender. She has spent $20,028, according to her records. Lopez-Reid’s biggest cost during the time period was $1,495 for a fundraiser dinner at Quiet Cannon. Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano has spent $6,482 and Leo Rodriguez has spent $3,095 to date. Santa Fe Springs candidate Annette Rodriguez spent $467; Mike Madrigal spent $5,287 and Bill Rounds spent $9,598 this year. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“My campaign treasurer overnighted it,” Urteaga said Friday morning. “The city clerk should be getting it this afternoon.” He said he signed the paperwork at noon Thursday and there was no reason it was not filed on time. Bagwell, reached by phone Friday, said his campaign manager should have filed the statement. “I will get in touch with him, and it will be filed today,” he said. Both Santa Fe Springs and Montebello charge $10 a day to each campaign for every day it is not filed. Santa Fe Springs Mayor Joe Serrano and Montebello Councilman Bob Bagwell were among those council candidates who did not meet Thursday’s financial statement deadline for the Nov. 6 election. It is the final deadline before voters decide next month who will sit on their respective councils for the next four years. They are vying for two seats on each of the councils. Montebello candidate Robert Urteaga and Santa Fe Springs candidate Francis Carbajal also did not file their statements with their city clerks by the deadline. last_img read more

IPL: Bangalore to clash with Delhi in virtual knockout

first_imgcricket COMMENT Published on COMMENTS May 21, 2016 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2016 Stage is set for a virtual knockout as a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by inspirational skipper Virat Kohli, lock horns with an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in their final IPL Twenty20 cricket match, here tomorrow.After 13 matches, RCB are at the third spot with 14 points, while Delhi have as many points but are placed sixth in the table, lagging behind RCB only in net run—rate.In fact, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians too have 14 points each with just one match to go in their league stage.With a hattrick of wins, Bangalore have been on a roll with skipper Kohli enjoying one of the best phases of his career as he has four centuries under his belt. He is the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition and has 865 runs from 13 matches thus far.Despite sustaining a split webbing in his left hand while fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli has shown no signs of relenting.His teammates AB de villiers and Chris Gayle also dished out some sizzling batting display as RCB’s much vaunted batting line—up gave nightmares to their opposition by rattling up three of the four 200—plus totals this season.In bowling department, spin—pace duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Shane Watson have served Bangalore well with 16 wickets each so far in the season.On the other hand, Delhi, after back—to—back losses, notched up a last—ball six—wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad last night to keep their Play—off hopes alive.Zaheer Khan’s men have been inconsistent but they still somehow managed to keep themselves in contention and will hope to pull the rug from under the feet of RCB one more time like they did on April 17.Delhi’s batting has revolved much around Quinton de Kock, who has been the most consistent batsman for them. Karun Nair and Sanju Samson too have contributed and team’s fortunes would depend on them.Other domestic players like Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant and Pawan Negi have been inconsistent and mentor Rahul Dravid has his task cut out to spur them.last_img read more