Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Singer and songwriter, Mz Menneh.Rape or sexual abuse is not an issue that many Liberian artistes love to sing about, but there are few brave ones like Mz Menneh and Tito Gee who are using their songs to speak out against the immoral and illegal act.Tito Gee’s song, Breaking Silence, and Mz Menneh’s Stop Rape, comes in the wake of the recently released ProPublica’s and Time Magazine’s story of years of sexual abuse at the US-based charity organization More Than Me.The Time Magazine’s story reported that MTM, a US charity, was founded in 2009 by Katie Meyler to help get girls from the street to school.The report added that the girls were raped from the onset by Macintosh Johnson, the charity’s co-founder and an ex-combatant with whom Meyler was having a sexual relationship.US-based Liberian artist Tito GeeAccording to the report, MTN founder Katie Meyler and the board went to great lengths to cover up the scandal as well as working with government officials to influence the trial of the accused rapist, her boyfriend.The singles from Mz Menneh and Tito Gee tackles a number of controversial issues, including rape and child molestation as well as the harmful impact on those who are being victimized.“We want to use our music to make a difference,” Mz Menneh and Tito Gee told the Daily Observer this month, speaking via social media. “Protecting women from sexual abuse is an issue close to our hearts. Our songs are meant to stir debate on how society can get rid of its rape culture and better protect women.“The best way we can end or even minimize rape or any sexual abuse against women is through a national dialogue, where people will get to know the danger of such thing,” Mz Menneh and Tito Gee said.Rape remains one of the most frequently reported crimes in Liberia, according to Liberia’s Ministry of Gender and Development, and the incidence of sexual violence against women in Liberia is among the highest in the world.In a 2016 SGBV report, UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia) and UNCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) reported that the number of reported cases of rape is extremely high and that perpetrators are rarely held accountable.The report added, according to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) Gender-Based Violence Annual Statistical Report of 2015, only two percent of all SGBV cases reported to GBV Response Actors (Health facilities, NGOs and LNP/WACPS) resulted in a conviction.The report further said prison data received by UNMIL in June 2016, show that courts convicted 34 individuals for rape in all of Liberia in 2015, out of over 803 reported cases that year.Rape is the second most commonly reported serious crime in Liberia. In 2014, according to statistics provided by MOGCSP, 708 cases of rape, including gang rape, were reported to law enforcement officials, health care providers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); in 2015, this number rose to 803.Out of these 1,511 cases, only 836 reported by MOGCSP were registered by the police, and the police later sent only 259 cases to court. According to data collected from circuit courts, 24 individuals were convicted in 2014 and 34 in 2015 by the court of the first instance,” the report added.“Rape is a serious issue that needs everyone to get involved and that is why we are trying to create that awareness through songs. Music is a powerful tool to create awareness about rape or sexual abuse; it is because music cut across all boundary and inspire people to take action,” the artists said.Mz Menneh and Tito Gee strongly condemn all form of sexual violence against women and promised to continue to use their music to create awareness on the issue through their music.
MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya spun teammate Scott Pruett to take the lead with eight laps left, then held off Denny Hamlin to win the Busch Series race on Sunday for his first NASCAR victory. Montoya, the Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season, recovered from a bad pit stop to aggressively move from 19th to first, taking the lead when he sent Pruett’s car spinning on the 72nd lap of the Telcel-Motorola 200. “Of all the people to take out – your teammate,” Pruett said. “That was just lowdown, nasty, dirty driving.” Hamlin, right behind the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers at the time, said it was a tough call. “I wouldn’t call it dirty driving, but it was a bit aggressive,” Hamlin said. “Juan had the fastest car and he would have taken the lead sooner or later. He was overzealous.” Hamlin, the winner last year, pressured Montoya in the closing laps, but couldn’t pass on the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course’s s-curves. Boris Said finished third in the race that ended with a green-white-checker finish after a late caution. Carl Edwards was fourth, and Pruett finished fifth. “I’m really glad we won, but really upset that we took out a teammate,” said Brad Parrott, Montoya’s crew chief. Montoya, who had the dominant car for the entire race, started in third but took the lead from Pruett on the third lap. Montoya made a green-flag stop on the 45th lap, but a fuel malfunction forced him to return to the pits about 10 laps later. After a caution, he started 19th and quickly moved his way back to the front of the field. “The reason I came to NASCAR is for the racing, and we showed today it is a great place for racing,” Montoya said. His victory was celebrated with deafening cheers from the 72,000-strong Mexican crowd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m very sorry about what happened with Scott,” Montoya said. “I thought he saw me and when he came across I had no room to go.” Montoya said he would personally apologize to Pruett.
The next steps for this project are for the proponent to determine whether it will proceed. If the determination is to proceed, the proponent will be required to seek out a variety of federal regulatory approvals from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Fisheries Act) and Transport Canada (Navigation Protection Act) and a variety of provincial regulatory approvals. These regulatory approvals will be required throughout various stages in the project. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today issued the following statement outlining the Governor in Council’s determination that the environmental effects of the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project are justified in the circumstances.“The Site C project, which has been proposed by BC Hydro and Power Authority, underwent a thorough independent federal-provincial review by an independent panel. This process included extensive, meaningful and respectful consultations with the public and Aboriginal groups. The environmental assessment process provided the scientific and technical expertise and the effective engagement of the public and Aboriginal groups to enable an informed decision by both governments.”“The proposed Site C project is an important one for British Columbia and for Canada as it will support jobs and economic growth while providing clean, renewable energy over the next 100 years. The Site C Clean Energy Project will translate into about 10,000 direct person-years of employment from now until 2024 and when indirect and induced jobs are added in, that figure climbs to 29,000 person-years of employment.”- Advertisement -“This decision will benefit future generations. Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent.”“In the Decision Statement that I released today, there are over 80 legally binding conditions that must be fulfilled by the proponent, BC Hydro, throughout the life of the project in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Failure to meet these conditions is a violation of federal law.”“Our Government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions based on the best available scientific evidence, and balancing economic and environmental considerations.”Advertisement
Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are ready to battle it out for Monaco starlet Thomas Lemar.The winger, who has been capped six times for France at under-21 level, has enjoyed an impressive season in Ligue 1.The 20-year-old has bagged five goals, while he has also weighed in with three assists.And, according to L’Equipe, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool both want to snap up Lemar this summer.The pair made enquiries back in January, but Monaco were reluctant to do business during the middle of the season.However, the French side are now willing to sell if they receive an offer which matches their valuation of over £10m. Thomas Lemar in action for Monaco 1