The Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) in Liberia has sued (called on someone formally for something) the government—with emphasis on the National Legislature—to ensure that a bill in support of their welfare is removed from the back-burner—where it obviously has picked up some moss—and pass it into law. The bill, according to the ‘disabled’ women, has been lying in a committee room at the National Legislature, ever since it was submitted, early last year. The bill was sponsored by a Maryland County Representative, Isaac B. Roland and Montserrado County lawmaker Muna Pelham Youngblood.It raised issues relative to war reparations (reimbursement, compensation) and the establishment of a War Victims’ Trust Fund for disabled females in the country. The ADFI already operates in the country, in collaboration with war-survivors; it also seeks reparations (war-damages) for other kinds of war victims.The renewed appeal to members of the 53rd National Legislature, to fast-track the passage of the bill seeking to establish a War Victims’ Trust Fund at the national level was made by Ms. Meimai Hoff, ADFI executive director of ADFi. According to Ms. Hoff, when the bill is passed, government would be obliged to offer some compensation to war victims across the country—something, she says is done in international circle.Demands for reimbursement came in vogue (fashionable, a trend) after Germany lost World War I, and the victors, including the UK, France, and Russia—later joined by the US, Italy and Japan, (the Allies), defeated the Central Powers, including Germany Austria and Hungary. The allies they demanded reimbursement for the loss and damage they sustained from the war.The cost to Germany—the main instigator of the war—was 22 billion pounds that took Germany 92 years to deliver. Final repayment ended on October 3, 2010. “Since 2005, we have had a stable government with good governance, headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Ms Hoff continued.Against that backdrop, Liberian war-victims are hopeful that something will be done to give them a leg up as they try to rebuild their lives.This is why we are appealing to our lawmakers to revisit the bill, flung into the committee room so long ago,” the head of disabled females lamented.Ms. Hoff went on to remind President Sirleaf to reinforce her commitment to urge ministries and agencies to employ people with disabilities. The female leader of the ADFI made these recent appeals during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer. The interview took place at the close of a program that marked the end of a day-long workshop, at which the disabled community was targeted for public education, in preparation for the pending October (2014) special election. The first in the series of such exercises, the workshop was facilitated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) and hosted at the ADFI Headquarters in Slipway, Central Monrovia. ADFI executive director Hoff told this paper that the essence of the workshop was to educate members of the disabled community about procedures toward exercising their rights at polling centers when, election time comes around. Over 61 disabled participants from various communities and townships in Monrovia and environs attended the ‘educative program,’ with the intent of sharpening their awareness on ‘how to proceed (go on) to the ballot box,’ come election season.“We want the disabled, especially the females with various forms of disabilities, to be informed about how to participate in the upcoming election,” Ms. Hoff explained. According to the social worker, the exercise was also intended to reawaken the disabled and get them involved in doing the right thing, when it comes to voting. She reiterated that people with disabilities need a disable-friendly environment to go about exercising their inalienable (undeniable) rights in keeping with the Constitution of Liberia. Ms Hoff observed, however, that during the conduct of the 2005 and 2011 general and presidential elections, most of the polling centers and precincts were not disable-friendly enough to allow people with disabilities to cast their votes. “This time around,” she continued, “the ADFI has decided to begin taking some corrective measures to enable the disabled participate in the electoral process, without any constraints. She added that there are more disabled female non-voters, compared to their male counterparts; therefore, there was a need to identify disabled females and train them to ensure their involvement, beginning with the approaching October exercise. (With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A former Aurora man has been sentenced after he pled guilty to two counts of child molesting.Cornelio Salinas, 40, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 18 years of probation in Dearborn County Circuit Court on Friday, Feb. 14. According to sentencing information, he will also have to register as a lifetime sexual offender.He could be out much earlier due to the time he has already served in jail. He was credited with 1,026 days good time served.He was arrested in September 2012 after an investigation that he allegedly molested a young girl between 2000 and 2002.
Joey Taycher won for the first time in his IMCA Modified career Saturday at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by A and H Photos)By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (June 10) — One night removed from a full moon, the Shawano Speedway almost had it all … a nasty wreck, a first-time winner, sweet redemption following a nasty wreck and drivers coming from deep in the field.Joey Taycher got soaked in victory lane after his first career IMCA Modified victory. Travis Van Straten won his fourth local IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature of the season and Jason Ebert won his first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature of the season.The IMCA Modified feature got off to a scary start as more than half the field was involved in a wreck at the end of the back straight away. Lance Arneson rolled multiple times before his car came to rest on its side. All drivers were okay though numerous cars were eliminated from action.Once the race got going again, Taycher and Matt McDermid raced side-by-side for the top spot before Taycher pulled ahead. Taycher led the rest of the race for his first career win in the division. McDermid held on to finish a strong second in only his third night back after a seven-year hiatus. Seventy-six-year young Jerry Muenster continues to amaze after a third place finish.Luke Uttecht led early in the IMCA Stock Car feature as Van Straten quickly raced to second. Van Straten and Justin Jacobsen passed Uttecht to begin a battle for the lead. As the laps clicked away, Jacobsen made numerous attempts to find a way around Van Straten. Jacobsen tried the high line right on the wall and the low line right on the barrels, but to no avail. Van Straten held on to win the race, his fourth in a row. Dan Michonski came from 15th to finish third.The Northern SportMod feature was led early by Tyler Thiex but Ebert quickly moved to the front. Ebert led the rest of the way fending off a late charge by Lucas Lamberies for the win. For Ebert, it was sweet redemption after a nasty wreck a few weeks back. Lamberies, fresh off a big win in Davenport, Iowa the previous night, came from 18th to finish second. Jordan Barkholtz took third.
Jerry W. Davis, 54, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Friday March 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born October 12, 1964 in Covington, KY, son of the late Shirley Rogers.He worked as a Manager for Barleycorns. Jerry enjoyed fishing, playing Pokemon, video games and watching the Bengals. He loved to joke around.Jerry is survived by his children, Amanda Davis, Holly South, Robyn South, Erik Dixon, Lisa Davis; grandchildren, Savannah and JR Adcock, Keondre, Logan and Adrian South and Erika and Serenity Dixon.He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Rogers, and his loving wife, Angelia (Dixon) Davis.A graveside service will be held at the Old Burlington Cemetery on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm.Contributions may be made to the family. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
“The lads have found it easy to integrate with them. You have to try and get your best team on the pitch, it is about finding out how fit the new lads are and whether you take a little bit of a chance. “The big thing with signing new players is, I think they are all good, but how quickly do they settle in? It takes time and some people take longer to settle in so it is always a gamble.” That gamble did not pay off for Holloway whose mass changes unsettled the dressing room at Selhurst Park and saw him depart in November to be replaced by Pulis. The 56-year-old has since guided Palace to five league wins, enough to take them just above the bottom three and level on points with Saturday’s opponents West Brom. The Baggies have surprised many by their struggles this season but Pulis will not be underestimating Pepe Mel’s side. “I think every club will have good times and bad times,” he said. “The important thing is to keep focused, they have got some good players and they have got a lot of experience in the Premier League and it will be a tough game for us. “Whether you are on the same number of points, above them or below them, the big thing is that you stay focused on what you try and do to get the three points.” Neither Marouane Chamakh nor Cameron Jerome have scored for the Eagles in the Barclays Premier League since the turn of the year, with Palace the lowest scorers in the top flight having netted just 15 goals in their 24 league fixtures so far. Scott Dann, Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley, as well as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, were all brought in by Pulis on transfer deadline day and the trio of outfield players have scored 13 goals between them this campaign. Now the former Stoke boss is hopeful they can add another dimension to his side at Selhurst Park, with West Brom the visitors on Saturday. “We need to score more goals full stop,” Pulis said. “But we also need to share the goals more around the team, we are a little bit disappointed that we haven’t scored as many goals from set-pieces as well because we have some big lads in the team. “We have got to contribute all over the pitch, irrespective of who scores, the main thing is that we have the firepower to score from all over the pitch.” Pulis had made no secret of wanting to add to his squad in the transfer window, with the Eagles currently sitting just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone. The Welshman finally got his men at the close of the window but was pleased to avoid a mass recruitment drive similar to that of the summer where predecessor Ian Holloway welcomed 16 new recruits. “Well we haven’t signed 16 players that is for sure,” Pulis added. “It came together okay. What we tried to do and what we tried to achieve we ended up getting there so that is pleasing. Tony Pulis is hoping his January signings can help take the goalscoring burden away from his shot-shy strikeforce. Press Association