Ten thousand four hundred and forty-nine candidates, who registered for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), began writing the test yesterday in six of the 15 counties, John Y. Gayvolor Sr., head of WAEC National Office in Monrovia has confirmed.The six counties where the students registered are Bomi, Bong, Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Montserrado.Of the number of candidates, Mr. Gayvolor said 5,397 are males and the remaining 5,052 females.He said the large turnout led the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Monrovia National Office to train and hire 348 proctors to monitor the students taking the exams.“Seventy-six schools presented candidates for this third phase of the pilot test. This is an opportunity for the students to take advantage of because government committed to underwrite the cost of the exams during its pilot period,” Mr. Gayvolor said.After this third and final pilot exam, each registered candidate will be required to underwrite the cost on their own without government intervention.WASSCE, according to its website, is a standardized test in West Africa administered by the WAEC. It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries, now joined by Liberia, whose students are writing the test in its pilot phase for the third time consecutively. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa.WASSCE is the academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams.Mr. Gayvolor called on the candidates to approach the exams with courage and without fear, saying, “They were the same history curriculum they studied in Liberia that the questions are drawn from.“We anticipate the best from our students who will score A’s in all eight subjects,” Mr. Gayvolor asserted.He said his office expects no stumbling blocks for the students, noting, “We look forward to our students becoming excellent award winners, and to achieve that margin, the students are required to attempt all the eight subjects, which are the minimum required subjects.”Meanwhile, the exam began in the six counties yesterday with the students sitting for both the multiple and essay questions for History.Shortly after the exam, some of the students, particularly those at the Tubman High School Campus in Sinkor were optimistic that although it was just the first test, they expect nothing less than 90 to 100 percent pass from this year’s exam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A showdown in Barclay Street, Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara has landed several persons in court for various offences against public order.Twenty-eight-year-old Mahendra Seebarat of La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara, appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week and was released on ,000 bail after he entered pleas of not guilty to threatening language and damage to property charges.Police said that on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Goed Fortuin, Seebarat made use of threatening language against Zameena Hamid and damaged a mesh barrier belonging to Chandra Armin, a housewife. Both individuals reside at 86 Barclay Street. The defendant was released on ,000 bail for the charges.Meanwhile, Armin, 49, who suffered damage to her property, was counter-charged, having been accused of verbally abusing Seebarat at Goed Fortuin. She was released on self-bail on the abusive language charge. Both parties will return to the Wales court on January 5 for report.
…GPL slammed for inaction to reports of faulty transformerA family of five is now homeless after their residence at Lot 31 La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara went up in flames on Sunday morning.The La Jalousie home engulfed in flamesThe fire was reportedly caused by a faulty transformer that had been located in close proximity to the now gutted building. This newspaper was told that at about 10:00hrs on Sunday, sparks were seen emanating from a nearby electric pole, and a massive inferno quickly erupted.Sixty-one-year-old Parbattie Baldeo and her two grandchildren were then at home, but were forced to abandon the burning house, leaving behind all of their belongings to perish.Baldeo’s son, Dooknauth Kalicharran, and his wife, Radika Prem, were the other occupants of the now destroyed home.The remains of the gutted La Jalousie homeSpeaking to media operatives, Kalicharran indicated that their losses amount to a value of about $30 million.Guyana Times, meanwhile, understands that several reports had been filed at the Guyana Power and Light entity (GPL) regarding a faulty transformer which had been severely leaking for some months now.Another La Jalousie family was just last month rendered homeless by the similar circumstance of GPL allegedly not responding to complaints in a timely manner. Despite numerous reports to GPL, a mother of two was forced to gather her children and evacuate their burning home after fire quickly spread throughout the building at Lot 12, La Jalousie, WCD.This was after the house was allegedly set alight by sparks emanating from faulty electric wires attached to the building.GPL has again come in for much criticism given that in both of these cases persons have lamented that action from the electricity company could have averted the disaster which had led to the two families being left homeless. Efforts to contract personnel from GPL on the issue have proven futile.
After Sunday’s game, coach Adam Brash joined Jon Zacks in the booth at the Centennial Arena, to talk about how the weekend went, what he wanted to get out of it, and what the team achieved.Click below to listen to that interview (runs 3:30) [asset|aid=598|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=afaf7079579f622ea12632dbca0b28db-Brash-theWeekend_1_Pub.mp3] The Flyers are back in Fort St. John after a long bus ride home from Stony Plain.The Flyers faced the Chinook Hockey League’s Eagles for a two-game exhibition series over the weekend, and are calling the trip a big success.It began with the Flyers winning 6-5 in a shootout on Saturday night, and concluded with Stony Plain winning 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.- Advertisement -Fatigue certainly became a factor in the second game, with the Flyers having only 4 regular defensemen making the trip. A couple of times, Todd Alexander dropped back to help out on the blue line, but for the most part, the 4 D-men (Brett and Tyler Loney, Luke Middleton, and Mike Shipton) held the fort. Brett Loney was singled out for his excellent play, while Luke Middleton had a fantastic series. The Flyers have now proven they will be able to compete with Stony Plain (should they represent Alberta in the MacKenzie Cup), and can look forward to getting stronger, as their conditioning improves, and Arlo Hadland, Bryan Lewis, and Kip Noble return to the defensive corps, and Tyler Brough and Adam Loncan jump in up front.Forward Ryan Carter, and goalie Chad Vizzutti did join the team for the series, with Carter scoring the Flyers first goal in both games, and Vizzutti playing well in Sunday’s loss. Both are expected to join sporadically over the season, and for this year’s AAA playoff action.Advertisement
Buncrana GAA NotesSenior FootballBoth the Seniors and Reserves did really well this week with both teams winning their League matches against gallant Urris teams at the Scarvey. The Reserves were convincing winners scoring 5-7 to 1-11 but it was a tighter affair for the Seniors at 4-8 to 3-9.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Cursa GaeilgeNot too late to join up for our Beginners Irish Conversation Classes Tuesday nights in the Scarvey 7 – 8.30 pm. Please note this course is for beginners only or those who haven’t spoken Irish in many years. Participants will be awarded with An Fáinne or Cúpla Focal pins as recognition of their levels of spoken Irish at the end of this 20 week course. The course costs €40 and all proceeds go towards the Club Development Fund. Fáilte roimh achan duineUnder Age ReportsGreat win for U13 Girls in today’s semi 11- 6 to 3 pts Buncrana v St Michaels. This had to be the best team performance by any Buncrana team this year! Very talented individually but more importantly how they played as a collective unit. Great team in the making and let’s hope as many as possible stick with it and progress to the Seniors. The final will be this weekend and details will be announced later but any support there will be greatly appreciated.Leadon Timber Framed Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament 2014Sun 26th Oct Shield S-Finals12:30pm Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon (Tyrone) vs. Winner of Shield Q-Final2:00pm Cuchulainns (Armagh) vs. Buncrana (Donegal) Sun 9th Nov Shield Final1:00pm Winner of Shield S-Final 1. vs. Winner of Shield S-Final 2.Sun 16th Nov Cup S-Finals12:30pm Liatriom (Down) vs. Shield Winners2:00pm Winners (Derry) vs. O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim)Sun 30th Nov Cup Final1:00pm Winner of Cup S-Final 1. vs. Winner of Cup S-Final 2.Scór na nÓg – CLG Dhún na nGallThe dates and venues for the three semi finals and the county final of Scór na nÓg have been announced.Saturday 8th November 2014 – Gleann FhinneFriday 14th November 2014 – Inis Eoghain – Venue in Inis Eoghain to be confirmedSaturday 15th November 2014 – Baile na nGalloglachCounty final – Friday 21st November 2014 – Na Ceithre Máistrí in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town.Under Age TrainingU8 & U10 hurling training is on Sundays 11-12 as usual. Newcomers always welcome.Under 16 Girls will train on Tuesday’s 6–7pm at the ScarveyGirls under 12, 13 and 14 girls are training on Monday from 7pm -8pm.Halloween DanceThe club is hosting a Halloween in the Plaza, Buncrana on Sunday 26th October. Headline act is the hugely popular David Craig band who will be on stage from 12am till late. Getting the crowd warmed up earlier will be a Ceili and Old Time Dance with music by Martin Duggan from 9pm-12am. Tickets are €10 each and can be bought from any committee member. This will be our main fundraiser for the year and all proceeds go to our Underage Development Fund so please support if you can.Suicide PreventionSuicide Prevention is everyone’s business. The HSE, in partnership with Donegal GAA and other organisations is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Donegal, working with the National Office for Suicide Prevention.We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in the plan. You can print off and complete the questionnaire from our FB page or answer the questions online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/donegalsuicidepreventionClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at email@example.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA EARN EXCELLENT LEAGUE VICTORY OVER URRIS was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:buncranaGAANoticesSport
Ladies FootballThe club would like to congratulate Aoife McColgan and her Moville ladies teammates on winning the County Senior Ladies title. The club would also like to wish Grainne Byrne and her teammates the best of luck in Sunday’s Intermediate Ladies Final. Men’s footballMalin 2-20 Glenfin 1-13Glenfin opened the scoring straight from the throw in when Paddy O’Connor’s long ball in was won by Gerard Ward who shot over from the right. Conor McBride added a 45’ after Stephen Carr’s goal-bound shot was deflected wide. Brendan McLaughlin opened Malin’s account after running onto Seamus Houghton’s knockdown though Conor McBride replied right away when he tapped over a free which was won by Gerard Ward. Seamus Houghton finished off a lovely team score for Malin with quick hand-pass interchanges involving Damien Harkin, Paul McLaughlin and Anthony Kelly. He got his second point shortly after, getting his fist to Brendan McLaughlin’s dropped shot.Gerard Ward came back with a free, which he had won himself. Matthew Byrne levelled up the scores driving over the bar and he then gave the home side the lead after he and Anthony Kelly worked a short free. Glenfin then hit the front when Michael McGlynn slotted home a goal after full-forward Stephen Ward won a long ball in and did well to find McGlynn who calmly stroked the ball past McLaughlin’s left in the Malin Goal. Stephen McLaughlin responded right away for Malin with a score from the left. The last ten minutes off the half saw scores of great quality from both sides in a very open game. Conor McBride scored from the left before Matthew Byrne kept Malin in touch with another driven effort after good work from McLaughlin. Darren McLarkey levelled the scores with a great point from the left before Malin went ahead through Anthony Kelly, who after some quick passing, broke through and stroked over. Stephen Carr responded with a good score of his own, beating his man and slotting over with his left foot. Matthew Byrne scored under pressure from the left and Declan Walsh hit a sublime effort with the outside of his boot from the 45’. Carr got his second point under severe pressure from out in the left in response.Malin then scored a goal on 27 minutes when Stephen and Brendan McLaughlin’s interplay set up Seamus Houghton who had his initial effort well saved but he scooped home the rebound from the ground high into the net to give the home side a four point lead heading towards half time. Brendan McLaughlin cancelled out Gerard Ward’s free to leave the halftime score Malin 1-12 (all from play) Glenfin 1-08.Darren McLarkey opened the scoring in the second half with a free from the ground after Stephen McLaughlin had been fouled. Glenfin then had their best spell of the game hitting four points without reply and also having a few goal chances. Firstly Paddy O’Connor slotted over after being fed by Conor McBride. McBride then added free, after which Malin lost Anthony Kelly to a black card.The visitors also hit the crossbar after McGlynn passed the ball across to Ward whose punch rebounded back for the Malin defence to clear. Michael McGlynn squeezed an effort over with the outside of his boot under pressure and he then added another looping around out from the corner and scoring after a strong run from Patrick McGrath to bring Glenfin back to a point. Malin then won a penalty when Stephen McLaughlin’s direct run at the Glenfin defence seen him brought down with David Carr’s day ended with a black card. Brendan McLaughlin’s penalty was well enough struck but Liam O’Meara made an excellent save down to his right. Paul McLaughlin then stepped up to halt the Glenfin momentum, firstly he slotted over the resulting 45’ after O’Meara’s save, he scored from play after a run down the right and took over free taking duties, scoring from the ground when brother Stephen had been brought down again. Darragh McLaughlin made a reaction save after a long ball was flicked on by McBride with 10 minutes left. Darren McLarkey ran through, working a one-two with Dan McDaid and finished off the move from twenty yards out. Paul McLaughlin helped himself to another 45’ after Kieron McColgan’s wayward goal effort hit a Glenfin leg on its way out.Seamus Houghton punched for the second time in the game, making sure Dan McDaid’s shot went over the bar and not short. Gerard Ward hit a late point for the visitors from a central area but it was to be only a late consolation. Paul McLaughlin got his fifth point of the second half when his goal effort was saved and the ball rebounded off him and somehow managed to go over the bar. Malin put a gloss on the scoreline when Stephen McLaughlin ran straight at the heart of the Glenfin defence deep into injury time and his looped effort deceived O’Meara to get Malin’s second goal and see the team top group C and advance to the quarter finals of the senior championship for the second year in a row.Malin team and scorers: Darragh McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Gary Farren, Kieron McColgan, Declan Walsh (0-01), Paul McLaughlin (0-05, 2 45’, 1F), Adam Byrne, Anthony Kelly (0-01), Stephen McLaughlin (0-01), Matthew Byrne (0-04), Darren McLarkey (0-03, 1F), Brendan McLaughlin (0-02), Seamus Houghton (1-03) and Damien Harkin. Subs used Christopher McLaughlin for Darren McLarkey (38 mins), Dan McDaid for Anthony Kelly (black card 44 mins). Glenfin team and scorers: Liam O’Meara, Martin O’Donnell, Gary Herron, David Carr, Jason Morrow, Stephen McLaughlin, Kyle Doherty, Paddy O’Connor (0-01), Patrick McGrath, Daniel McGlynn, Michael McGlynn (1-02), Stephen Carr (0-02), Conor McBride (0-05), Stephen Ward, Gerard Ward (0-03). The reserves are out after been beaten on a scoreline of Malin 0-09 Glenfin 2-16.AllSportStore.com Division 2 Fixture: Sunday 11 th September: Malin V Naomh Muire, Lower Rosses in Connolly Park at 3:00pm, reserves at 1:30pm, all support welcome.UnderageThe minor girls have training every Monday at 8:00pm. All girls from aged 15 upwards and new members are welcome to attend. The under 13’s boys beat Cloughaneely on Friday and also beat Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday. They play Glenfin away next Sunday in Northern Board Division 1. The under 11’s boys beat Urris in the A and B’s last Sunday, they are playing Buncrana and Carndonagh in the playoffs for Semi-finals on Tuesday Pool RoomOur new pool room is now open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse for anyone looking to play a game of pool. Pool competitions will be run in the Autumn. Everyone welcome.Jiving LessonsJiving Lessons will re-commence in the Clubhouse on Monday 12th September from 9pm to 10pm for 6 weeks with Josie & Catriona. €5 per person. Everyone Welcome.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.ShopThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00 and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, new gear bags and much more club merchandise.CondolencesThe club would like to extend their condolences to long serving club volunteer Sean McLaughlin (Owen) and all the McLaughlin family on the death of Annmarie McLaughlin, may she rest in peace.Malin GAA: Congratulations to Aoife and Moville ladies on winning County Senior Ladies title! was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Malin GAAMatch Reportmoville
Your report on “L.A.’s underground cash” (Dec. 14) underscores the need for real tax reform. The Fair Tax plan would replace income and business taxes with a consumption or sales tax. This plan is truly progressive, since the more you spend, the more tax you pay. Taxes paid by low-income people would be rebated. Since everyone is a consumer, everyone would pay taxes. The Fair Tax would eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and greatly simplify tax collection. It also would promote savings, since money saved is not taxed until it is spent. The Fair Tax would capture all that lost revenue from the underground economy. Michael R. Thorpe Glendale Happy trade deficit Re “Trade deficit hits all-time high” (Business, Dec. 15): What a surprise. Hello, shoppers. Shoppers who must have the latest dumb gadget. Shoppers who must buy the latest toy. Shoppers who must have the latest flat TV. Hello, dumb parents, endlessly buying toys, afraid to say no to nagging kids. Kids glued to a TV set and absorbing everything thrown at them. Hello, happy China, happy Mexico, happy Wal-Mart. Hello, happy retailers. The USA has become the wicked witch of Oz, melting away while screaming, “I’m melting! I’m melting! I’m melting!” And we, the citizens of this country, created the melting. Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Orange Line answer Approaching an Orange Line crossing, some drivers view it as a challenge of who crosses the intersection first. Of course, the color of the traffic light is of no consequence. Drivers are cited for the violations and fined, with little or no change in their attitude and driving habits. One solution that would really have an impact on these drivers is, of course, a citation, but it should not be for a financial penalty. It should be a penalty of seven working days doing street cleanup in those beautiful orange coveralls. When hurrying housewives, thoughtless chief executive officers, rampaging students late for class and men late for a golf tee time realize this will cost irreplaceable time, rather than money, people will have significantly more respect for that red light. Ray Ricci Van Nuys Turning a blind eye Re “Remember, Syriana is just a movie” (Their Opinions, Dec. 14): Turning a blind eye to something may make one think that it is not there. This movie shows a reality no American wants to believe, as it is not what true Americanism is. It is wrong to believe anybody is stupid when the one who thinks that he or she is smarter than anybody else is exactly the opposite. This is what the big fish in America now think. The cartoon with the article aptly sums up what is going on in the United States today. So what if hundreds of lives are being lost? At least somebody is making billions of dollars. “Syriana” is not just a movie or a better cartoon. It is a wake-up call before it is too late. To ignore it will be disastrous. Paramjit Singh Lancaster Not good business Re “Won’t happen” (Your Opinions, Dec. 12): I would have hoped that Richard Shafarman had learned, from the reaction of some Jews to Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ,” to wait until he saw the miniseries before deciding what it is about. I have no idea what is in Gibson’s mind, but I do believe he is a sharp businessman. Therefore, I cannot believe he would produce a film that would be so far removed from historical facts. Anyone who has lived through World War II knows the horror of the Nazi attempt to rid the world of those they found objectionable. I believe 19 million innocent people died in concentration camps. Six million of these were Jews – men, women and children. If Gibson were to deny this, he would lose all credibility. Agnes Peterson Malibu False piety Beware of practicing your piety before Bill O’Reilly in order to be seen by him; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give thanks to customers, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in some stores, that they may be praised by Bill O’Reilly. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the Wal-Marts and Targets, that they may be seen by Bill O’Reilly. Jesus, apparently, followed a different form of Christianity than Bill O’Reilly follows. But, then, Jesus didn’t use his religion to make money selling books. Jason L. Weisberg Granada Hills Most religions Where in the U.S. Constitution does it state that we are a Christian nation? The preamble states “We the people of the United States,” not “We the people of the Christian United States” and not “We the Christian people of the United States.” The First Amendment does state that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. No mention of Christianity there, either. So, until we become the Christian theocracy so many seem to want, please don’t call the United States a Christian nation. Call it instead a nation that tolerates the practice of most religions. Michael Smith Tarzana Renouncing violence Re “Executed; Governor denies clemency for Tookie Williams” (Dec. 13): Some try to justify this state-sponsored killing by citing the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth,” statement from the 3,000-year-old Hebrew Bible. They violate the sanctity of that pronouncement by failing to acknowledge the context in which it was first spoken. Then, the rule among nations was instead two eyes for one eye and a whole bunch of lives for one life. The Hebrew prophet instead wisely required his people to fashion their justice proportionally, to moderate retributive violence. What the intervening 3,000 years should have taught us is that in executing justice, one can never sink to the violence of the criminal. That is why the civilized world has renounced the death penalty, and it is about time California joined it. Martin Kotowski Sherman Oaks All deserve it I sympathize with murder victims, not their murderers. That said, I couldn’t suppress a touch of compassion when Stanley Tookie Williams paid for his brutality. But that was all. Everyone on California’s Death Row deserves execution. Williams was on Death Row 24 years for blasting four holdup victims with a shotgun. In March, it will be 25 years since Lawrence Bittaker, a complete monster, was sentenced for five excruciating rape-torture murders of adolescent girls. Why isn’t he next? Ask the judges responsible. If a worse monster is possible, it’s Charles Ng, who terrorized many murder victims in a remote torture chamber. Ng stalled his trial 13 years, so he’s been on Death Row “only” seven years. Phony delays are what produce clemency campaigns, but sympathy is impossible for monsters like Bittaker and Ng. Charles Sergis Calabasas In their name Re “Executed; Governor denies clemency for Tookie Williams” (Dec. 13): Perhaps vengeful whites’ blood lust will be satisfied for a while. It must be difficult for them, now that lynching is frowned upon, that there are so few remaining opportunities for barbarism in the United States, which ludicrously claims to be a civilized country. What a triumph for Christianity, too. You remember: the religion based on forgiveness and redemption. Or maybe California’s Christians are fully absorbed in the earth-shakingly important quest to banish the greeting “Happy holidays” from shopping malls this Christmas season. Too busy to concern themselves with bloodshed in their name. Myrna Hill Sylmar Why so long? Why is it that California waits so long to execute a convicted killer waiting on Death Row? After all, we have DNA now. Think of the money that could be saved from feeding them on Death Row and keeping them alive when they’ve already been sentenced. The DNA should always be used whenever possible. Gwen E. Wieben Simi Valley AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
And, while critics say a child’s most important need is a stable home, many experts insist that adoptive families understand that race – how you look on the outside – shapes identity and how people are judged. “We often think love will conquer all, but we know that it doesn’t,” said Maria Quintanilla, executive director of the Latino Family Institute – the only agency in Southern California specializing in placing Latino children. “First of all, we need to remember that adoption is created through loss,” Quintanilla said. “(Children) are already coming in with multiple losses – their siblings, their neighborhoods. And, on top of that, they are losing their culture, their history. “It’s one loss after the other.” Colorblind placements For much of the 1970s and ’80s, social workers in major metropolitan areas favored same-race adoption. But then came the 1989 case of Maurice West, a 2-year-old African-American who was taken from a white foster home in Ohio and adopted by an African-American couple in New York. Eight weeks later, the toddler died of repeated beatings by his adoptive parents. That case prompted then-U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio to sponsor the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, which prevents race from becoming the primary factor in determining placement. The 1994 rule was amended two years later to prohibit agencies from considering race at all, essentially ensuring agencies are colorblind. Social workers could no longer delay or deny an adoption because of race and, in some cases, couldn’t talk about ethnicity with families. But the bill also required greater recruitment in communities with adopted children. “The feeling was that agencies were not placing kids from foster care in families because they couldn’t locate enough families (of the same race),” said Kate Cleary, executive director of Consortium for Children, a San Rafael, Calif.-based group that mediates open adoptions. “They thought we would see loads of kids adopted … because they removed this artificial barrier. “The effect has been negligible. We still have huge numbers of kids waiting for families.” Recently, the Department of Children and Family Services has expanded recruitment in African-American and Latino churches. The department also is partnering with faith-based groups to feature an adoptable child in the church bulletin and is training adoptive parents how to recruit other would-be parents. But some like Quintanilla say the department still has this ideal of what a family should look like and don’t have enough outreach in the Latino community. Maintaining family ties “Who is gorgeous?” Israel Segal coos as he hugs Ziggy. The toddler giggles, dropping his head to his chest, then quickly peeking at his dad. “Who is gorgeous?” Segal repeats, tickling the little boy as he wiggles around. More giggles. “Not me,” Ziggy replies, with a wide smile. “Nooollllllaaa,” he says pointing to his sister. The twins are very close, and Segal hopes they’ll remain that way so they can help each other deal with cultural questions as they grow older. The couple has also found support in the black community and has promised to attend holiday functions hosted by the African-American family that adopted the twins’ half-sisters and half-brothers. While Segal and Holweger make an extra effort to bridge the racial gap, others hardly give it a thought. Bertha Monroy, a 57-year-old Salvadorean immigrant, says she really never considered the heritage of her two African-American children until somebody brought it up. “Briona was something very special,” she said of the 5-year old African-American girl who arrived at her house last year. “She came with marks (of abuse) on her body. Somebody did something very terrible. I started to love her.” And vice versa. Briona picked up Spanish within two weeks and clung to Monroy, staying up late to clean up the North Hollywood house. “She says, ‘Mommy, I want to help you with dishes.’ I had to pretend to go to sleep so she would fall asleep. She stole my heart.” On the day of adoption, another foster mother caring for Briona’s older sister met the olive-skinned Monroy at the court. “She told me, ‘What are you going to do with a black girl?’ and I said, ‘Listen to me. I am black, too. Don’t you see my color skin?’ … I was so angry.” She eventually adopted Briona, as well as her elder sister Tatina. She learned from a friend how to take care of the girls’ hair and skin. But, she said, she is not going out of her way to go to certain churches or expose them to different people because the girls are black. Instead, she said, she will wait for them to lead the way. “They are human and similar to me,” she said. “One day they are going to decide to go to their neighborhood and if they want me to go then I will follow.” It’s perhaps the best move a parent could make, stepping back. “This is not a walk in the park,” said Mei Lin Kroll, a 30-year-old West Los Angeles loan officer, who is the adopted daughter of Joe Kroll, executive director of North American Council on Adoptable Children. She was just 3 when her parents adopted her through an international Korean adoption agency. As a youth, they enrolled her in Korean culture camp, signed her up for a preteen Korean group and made lifelong friends with a Korean-American baby sitter who taught her the Korean language. But they couldn’t stop children from teasing her about her flat face or small eyes. And, in the end, that was fine with Kroll, because they let her learn for herself. “Sometimes my parents didn’t have answers for things … but they realized there was nothing they could do.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 email@example.com ADOPTIVE FAMILIES Nearly a decade after Congress forced adoption agencies to throw out race as a deciding factor, interracial adoptions have surged. In Los Angeles County alone they have doubled over the last five years. Fiscal Year Statewide Adoptions/ Los Angeles Adoptions/ Interracial Adoptions in L.A. 1999 6,806/ 1,865/ 559 2000 7,607/ 2,841/ 641 2001 8,161/ 2,604/ 1,006 2002 6,097/ 1,629/ 703 2003 7,071/ 1,793/ 1,042 SOURCE: California Department of Social Services160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It took just a few life-changing seconds for Dane Holweger and Israel Segal to fall in love with Ziggy and Nola. But even with that boundless love, the two know they can’t protect their adopted African-American children from racism. As Caucasian men, they just don’t have the experience. “I can’t raise them as a black parent because I am not black,” Holweger said of the 3-year-old twins. “But we are hugely supportive of our children as black children. We want to provide for them culturally.” Nearly a decade after Congress forced adoption agencies to throw out race as a deciding factor, the numbers of interracial adoptions have surged. In Los Angeles County, they have doubled over the last five years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Still, the adoption rainbow is hardly idyllic. A debate over the propriety of cross-racial families rages behind closed doors. Some who advocate placing children in same-race families fear that speaking out could cost them federal funds tied to ensuring adoptions are colorblind. Segal admits that, when he and his partner initially talked about adopting a child of a different race, he was hesitant, even frightened. But more heartbreaking was the long list of African-American boys and Latino siblings who were waiting for adoption. “(Our social worker) said people didn’t want children of color, especially boys,” said Segal, the son of a Holocaust survivor. “They were kind of afraid of black boys. It shocked me. But once you meet that child, that’s the child you want and all that goes out the window.” Los Angeles County officials estimate about 1,200 children are available for adoption at any time. About half are Latino, one-third are African-American, 13 percent are Caucasian and 2 percent are American Indians or Pacific Islanders.
DONEGAL post man Michael Gallagher was wrong to warn of a snow-crusted St Patrick’s Day, according to TV weather woman Evelyn Cusack!The RTE and Met Eireann forecaster didn’t name the Glenfinn man in her weather report.But she made the point that despite reports, next Tuesday is going to be dry and sunny for most of the country – and around 10C. Only the Midlands will see some drizzle – but there definitely won’t be snow!Last week Mr Gallagher had said St Patrick could be wearing a white coat this year with the cold weather he was predicting.Ms Cusack has never named the post man in her weather reports but last year she might as well have done.Over several evenings she repeatedly began her reports saying that long term forecasts are impossible, giving thinly-veiled jabs at those who claim to be able to do so. Her main beef was with those who say animals and plants can predict the weather – Mr Gallagher claims to be one of them.“Animal behaviour and plants cannot predict the weather,” she said, using on-screen graphics to emphasise her views. TV FORECASTER SAYS POSTIE GETS IT WRONG – IT’S GOING TO BE A GLORIOUS SUNNY ST PATRICK’S DAY! was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Evelyn CusackMichael Gallagherpost manweather
Gardai have confirmed that they were called to a disturbance at a housing estate in Dungloe overnight.Officers responded to a call at the Cois Locha estate.However, Gardai have told Donegal Daily that despite reports of weapons being used, no weapons was recovered.A spokesman also said that no arrests were made.GARDAI INVESTIGATE INCIDENT AT DUNGLOE HOUSING ESTATE was last modified: July 4th, 2015 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:Cois Lochadonegaldungloerow