first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES     AARON GRYDER, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “I thought she was getting a very good trip, I was very confident at the top of the stretch, I gave her a chance to get into stride and get her to switch leads, she’s a very courageous filly and she’s very young so she’s a bit immature in her running, this is only her second start. Coming to the eighth pole, Rafael’s horse got to leaning out and her hind quarters were on my shoulder and we got kind of bounced and threw us off balance. She showed a lot of grit because she didn’t even stop after that, just lost momentum. Without any incident I believe she would stand in the Winner’s Circle regardless. She’s going to be a very nice filly. Phil told me before I ever worked her that she was one of his best three-year-olds and he was right.”TRAINER QUOTES     PHILIP D’ AMATO, MISS MY ROSE, WINNER: “She was a filly that came to us and we thought we were going to have a grass horse on our hands.  I just kept bringing her up the ranks in the dirt and she impressed me and she just took on maid after maid, finally I was having to breeze her against older stake horses and she was handling them too. It is quite rewarding and Aaron gets a lot of credit because he has developed her along the way and I think the best is yet to come. She does things so easily, you never know exactly how much she has in the tank but I just take it race by race and gradually extend her distance that’s going to help her along the way.”NOTES: The winning owners are A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Anthony Fanticola.last_img read more

UN Women, 12 Men Partner to End Violence against Women

first_imgThe United Nations Women and 12 Men non-governmental organizations have begun a collaborative campaign to tackle the growing wave of rape and other forms of violence against women.The two organizations last week engaged over 50 community dwellers in a one-day dialogue in the Moulton Corner Community in Brewerville outside Monrovia.This community mourned the recent death of a 13-year old girl who was allegedly raped to death by a man in his 50s.The dialogue, according to Mr. Arkie J. Tarr, lead facilitator of 12 Men, was intended to help community members to discuss and find ways to curb the gruesome act perpetrated against women, mainly children.Mr. Tarr revealed that the goal of the dialogue was to listen to community dwellers on possible causes of rape and how to mitigate the atrocity against females.“Today we understood that rape can be committed based on ritualistic purpose, we understood that poverty is a major cause of rape.  We understood that forced child marriage is a form of rape, and we also learned from the community dwellers that indecent dress code is also a factor of rape.  The lack of parental care is also part of the problem,” Mr. Tarr explained.He further revealed that 12 Men will shortly focus its attention in Bong, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties to support similar dialogues.He continued, “Right now, the group is targeting areas in which the atrocity is mostly committed, because community dwellers in those areas are concerned.”Mr. Tarr indicated that, “At the just ended awareness-raising program, held at the S. T. Nagbe United Methodist Church in Monrovia, most panelists called for strong community partnership and engagement in combating rape and other forms of violence against women.”At the conclusion of the dialogue, community members in a focus group discussion decided on several recommendations, including empowering women, crafting drastic laws against perpetrators, engaging parents in self-employment initiatives to help alleviate poverty, including the execution of educational activities on modest dress codes for students, especially females.    Academic institutions and community leaders were encouraged to promote proper dress codes, especially for girls and young women.Regular engagement in dialogue to increase awareness was also encouraged.Speaking earlier, Zone 6 Police Superintendent, Blama Yancy, commended UN Women for the interaction and pledged his support in addressing violence against women.Supt. Yancy indicated that such a gathering creates a platform for community members to formulate ways to curtail rape and other crimes.He used the forum to admonish community dwellers not to engage in mob justice but should rather turn alleged perpetrators of crimes over to the law enforcement officers for proper redress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IREDD Releases First Quarter Legislative Monitoring Report

first_imgA local civil society group, Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has released its first quarter Legislative Performance Report on lawmakers in the 54th Legislature.The report aims to provide citizens with accurate, objective, and comprehensive information about the performances of their elected leaders using indicators drawn from their primary constitutional mandate (lawmaking, oversight and representation). With support from partners, IREDD over the years has been monitoring the work of the legislature and individual lawmakers on Capitol Hill.The report, according to IREDD, covered the period of January 15 to March 19, 2019. It also provides some analysis on the overall governance of the legislature, and the effectiveness of legislative committees.Although, much legislative work are conducted in committee rooms, where bills are reviewed and amended, budgetary decisions are made and important oversight duties are performed, the report described as ineffective the House of Representatives in responding to critical national issues.The report named former Deputy House Speaker, Grand Bassa District #1 Representative Hans Barchue, as one of the poorly performed lawmakers due to his constant absence from sessions.Although Rep. Barchue is yet to respond to the report, IREDD also branded members of the House of Representatives as being ineffective in responding to critical national issues; and failed to pass decision on three critical communications written by Representatives Francis Dopoh, Dixon Seboe, and Ben Fofana.According to the IREDD report, Representative Dopoh, in his communication, requested the appearance of the Minister of Finance and Development Planning and Liberia Revenue Authority Commissioner-General to discuss the performance of the last two fiscal quarters of the current national budget.Representative Seboe, the report added, similarly communicated to the House plenary, craving the appearance of the ministers of Commerce and Finance and Development Planning to frankly discuss on strategy to move the economy from eight-hour to 12th-hour or 1-hour.Representative Fofana also requested that the Minister of Finance and Development Planning and his deputies be invited to provide reason why counties have not received their respective Social Development Funds, and other remittances since the passage of the 2018/2019 fiscal budget, the report said.IREDD said since the relevant committees were asked to probe the matters, and report in two weeks, the committees are yet to so up to press time last night.IREDD’s Executive Director, Herald Aidoo, who read the 11-page report said his organization’s also recorded performance of individual lawmakers and individual senator.Aidoo said seven members of the House of Representatives recorded the highest presence in session, scoring 100 percent. The lawmakers are Kanie Wesso of Gbarpolu; Matthew Joe of Grand Bassa; Speaker Bhofal Chambers of Maryland; Matthew Zarzar of Sinoe County; Ivar Jones of Margibi; Samuel Kogar of Nimba and Dr. George Boley of Grand Gedeh counties.Meanwhile, IREDD said Representatives Vincent Willie of Grand Bassa, and Hans Barchue of Grand Bassa County, Bob Sheriff of Grand Cape Mount, and Zoe Penue of Grand Gedeh got lowest attendance grades in plenary.At the Senate, five senators obtained the highest attendance grades during the period under review, scoring 100 percent. They are Albert Chie of Grand Kru, Gbleh-Bo Brown of Maryland, Dr. Henrique Tokpa of Bong, Morris Saytumah of Bomi and Augustine Chea of Sinoe.On the contrary, the report said Senator Edward Dagoseh obtained the lowest grade by scoring 38.2 percent, even though he was battling illness.IREDD has meanwhile recommended that the leadership of the Legislature should demand for efficiency and productivity from legislative committees members.“If possible, the leaderships of those committees, including the Standing Committees, should be restructured to reflect the level of knowledge, effectiveness and willingness of committee members to execute their respective assigned tasks,” the report said.The report said Legislature should make sure that quarterly performance reports by government ministries and agencies benefiting from national budget are produced. “This is upheld by the state’s budget law, which is a product of every legislature around the world. This will help the public cross-check the level of accountability and transparency measures used by public officials in handling taxpayers’ money,” Aidoo said.IREDD said members of the 54th Legislature should also review its standing rules on secret sessions while making legislative deliberations, particularly the workings of the Committees.Furthermore, they should review their standing rules on attendance so as to penalize individual lawmakers, who are suspected of being in the constant habit of leaving session after roll call, and those that continued to gain strength in lateness.The entity recommended that the leadership of the House of Representatives and Senate should take steps to improve the level of transparency and openness in decision making process.Particularly, IREDD calls for the adherence of legislative rules on record of the vote to improve transparency in vote-taking on legislation and national decisions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Mr. Aidoo: “IREDD calls for the adherence of legislative rules on record of the votes to improve transparency…”last_img read more

Hungry dogs come out of the shadows

first_imgFlorida health regulations previously prevented all dogs except service animals from joining patrons al fresco, although several restaurants ignored the rules until local regulators started cracking down last year. Rep. Sheri McInvale, an Orlando Republican, filed the bill after some complained they were threatened with fines. The measure creates a three-year pilot program, and the state will determine whether to continue it. Allowing dogs to dine will be up to each county, and even if it’s allowed, restaurant owners will still decide individually whether to participate. Bush said the bill will allow dog lovers and their pets to “have a brewski together, have a hot dog together or whatever they want outdoors. “It just seems like it’s a small thing, but it’s going to be an important thing for a whole lot of people.” Not everyone supported the bill. Orlando resident George Jones said he thought legally allowing dogs to dine in public was “the most ignorant thing I’ve ever seen.” “They eat well, but they don’t eat with me,” Jones, 51, said of his border collie and black Labrador. “I’ve already made the decision that I won’t go to any place that will allow them. I just don’t think people should eat with dogs; that’s disgusting.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORLANDO, Fla. – At just 1 year old, Theo had already turned to a life of crime. The tiny Yorkie would sneak into restaurants inside his owner’s bag, usually undetected, but he and Marcy Richardson were occasionally kicked out. Now the 26-year-old Richardson and Theo can stop worrying and start chowing down. Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday signed the so-called “doggie dining” bill, which allows local governments to let restaurants permit dogs to eat with their owners outside. last_img read more