Shelter for abused women to be constructed in Linden

first_imgA sod-turning exercise in Linden on Thursday has symbolised the respective commencement of construction of a shelter for abused women and two community centres.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch were among those at the sod-turning exerciseThese projects are being undertaken by the United States Military Services, also referred to as the New Horizons. One of the shelters will be constructed at Amelia’s Ward, while the other will be constructed at Blueberry Hill, Wismar.At the sod-turning exercise on Thursday, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch noted that this is the third outreach to Guyana by the New Horizons. She noted that the US is committed to building and sustaining relationships with its partner nations.“We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership and our friendship. Just like its previous iterations in 2004 and 2009, which built clinics and schools and provided medical outreaches, this year’s New Horizons’ efforts provide invaluable knowledge and unmatched hands-on experience”, Ambassador Lynch noted.She added that the bilateral nature of the exercise creates a unity of efforts between the two countries to address challenges in the areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.Ambassador Lynch also posited that hundreds of Guyanese have already benefited directly from medical outreaches and construction projects undertaken by New Horizons, and thousands more are to benefit in the years to come.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally related that there is much to celebrate and be grateful for, since the community will, for the first time, have a Women’s Shelter.She noted that the US/Guyana partnership has resulted in positive outcomes for the people of Linden, and she said she is looking forward to future partnerships.The Minister noted that the sod-turning ceremony represents the first act of greater things to come, and it would not have been possible without support of the US Government under the New Horizons project.Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell has said the introduction of a Women’s Shelter is something that the town would always remember, in that it would bring much needed relief to the Region as a whole.She also expressed hope that the shelter would be able to provide services that would help to reduce issues such as teenage pregnancies and child abuse, and provide skills training and literacy services for youths.New Horizons Commander, Colonel Kenneth Bratland, in an overview, alluded to the importance of the projects.“(For) our exercise, New Horizons will bring over 500 airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines into Guyana between February and September of this year. Our primary purpose is to train US Forces (on) how to plan and conduct humanitarian missions in different and challenging conditions. To ensure our conditions are challenging, the first thing we did was to build a base camp for all our personnel to live in. We did this starting in February, and we finished that in May.“With that completed, we are now moved on to the helping phase of this exercise. Our first focus area is providing medical, dental and veterinary assistance at seven events in 15 locations across Guyana,” he detailed.Five of these events, he noted, will take place at seven locations throughout Linden.He highlighted that the first event concluded at the Port Mourant Hospital in Region Six last month, while the second will conclude today (Friday) at the Linden Hospital Complex.Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Patrick West, has said that, with an apparent increase in domestic violence cases, he is heartened that the shelter for women was conceived and earmarked as a priority project.He said realisation of the shelter signals that the men and women in uniform are there to offer support.“It signals that, as military persons, we are in touch with some of the social ills that plague our society… The Joint Services as a whole is committed to providing assistance through whatever provisions are allowed legally by mandate and otherwise to fight against the scourge of domestic violence. I cannot wait to see the completion of this project, and ensure that it is effectively and efficiently utilised by all,” he declared.last_img read more

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first_imgFRIDAY San Fernando Valley Economic Summit, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Terrace, Universal City. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the keynote speech. Tickets: $125. Call (818) 379-7000. Caregiver Support Day workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mission College, Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. Free. Call (818) 364-7696. Olde World Faire, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lindero Canyon Middle School, 5844 N. Larboard Lane, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 889-2134. Spring Home & Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. Asian & Pacific Islander Adult Festival, 2-4 p.m., Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 623-4352, Ext. 327. Spring Art Fair, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, 720 E. Cypress Ave., Burbank. Call (818) 840-2810. Youth Coffee House, 7-9 p.m., Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 548-3374. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

Costa Rican dog attends trial as a victim of animal abuse

first_imgRelated posts:Ticos love their dogs but could be better owners, study finds Animal Welfare Bill could be discussed in Legislative Assembly this week Supreme Court deems wording of Animal Welfare Bill unconstitutional Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun Champion, a two-year-old dog, became on Monday the first animal in Latin America to attend the trial of his former owner as a victim of abuse.The president of the court in Atenas, located 35 km from San José, warned that he would not tolerate disorder, and Champion cooperated: apart from a small bark, he behaved wonderfully.The small courtroom was full of journalists, photographers, civilians, prosecutors, witnesses, defendants, lawyers and local residents who came to support the victim.In November 2017, the six-month-old puppy — not yet called Champion — had been tied with a leash that sank deep into the flesh of his neck. He was malnourished, skinny and covered in fleas.The president of the Atenas Foundation for Aid to Abandoned Animals, Dora Castro, explained Monday to the court that she was alerted by one of the owner’s brothers, who sent her a video that showed how the dog was being treated.Castro then picked up the puppy and took him to a veterinarian, where he had to receive care for about 20 days.Champion’s benefactor filed a complaint in January 2018 in accordance with a law recently enacted in Costa Rica that sanctions mistreatment against animals.Accompanied by more than a dozen other dogs, Champion looked quite recovered. He explored the court with delight and interacted with kindness and shyness with the press and his fans during a court recess.The trial continued Tuesday.Costa Rican law establishes penalties ranging from six months to three years in prison for mistreatment resulting in the death of an animal; from six months to two years in prison for acts of cruelty; and from 20 to 50 days for simple abuse.The president of the court mentioned precedents in the United States and Spain to bring to justice the abused animals, but Champion’s case is the first in Latin America. Facebook Commentslast_img read more