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GoL Urged to Prioritize Support to Children, Women Ebola Survivors

first_imgThe Liberian government has been urged to prioritize welfare programs for women and children who survived the devastating Ebola Virus Disease. Speaking at the launching of the non-profit organization, Liberia Women & Children Teenage Mothers Assistance Program, (LICWETMP) yesterday, Mrs. Christal-Dionne Reeves Da-Thong, said women and children were particularly vulnerable in the crisis.  Mrs. Da-Thong, a marketing and communications   professional and a humanitarian, quoted a UNICEF report, that said 75 percent of Ebola cases involved women and children. Quoting the UNICEF report during a program at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monrovia, she explained that 4,519 children were by February this year affected by the outbreak. To counter this Ebola’s negative effect on children and women, Mrs. Da-Thong said the Government of Liberia and its partners must increase their intervention programs to the “most vulnerable groups” in the country, who are women and children. Among other negative by-products of Ebola, she stated,  “is stigmatization that can affect children and women’s self esteem.”  “It is therefore necessary that our efforts are geared towards programs that are designed to help women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong suggested.  She commended LICWETMP for its bold initiative to concentrate its intervention on children and women in this critical period in which Ebola seemed to be out of the country.  Mrs. Da-Thong, with extensive working experience in the non-governmental sectors in the United Kingdom and Liberia, said LICWETMP’s psychosocial and educational welfare support to the more than 50 children and women need local and international support. “To be able to help many more women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong said, “The LICWETMP will need international support.”  She also commended LICWETMP for its feeding program, which she noted is vital to create support for children and women who lost parents and spouses.  “These women and children must now depend on the goodwill of society to attend to their needs and your organization has started the ball rolling,” she noted. Yesterday’s program was attended by over 50 Ebola made orphans and women who are being supported by LICWETMP, according to its acting executive director David D. Dennis. At the end of the program, an assortment of school supplies, valued at over USD5,000 were presented to the children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Art Wilson: Triple Crown hopes derailed

first_imgOTHER than watching your horse go down with a life-ending injury, there is probably no greater disappointment for a thoroughbred owner than seeing a promising Kentucky Derby colt knocked off the Triple Crown trail. Lee and Susan Searing, who own CRK Stables, have had it happen twice now; last year with Cindago and just this week with Exhale, who was to undergo surgery Thursday for a chip and a flake in his knees that will keep him sidelined until late summer or the fall. “It’s a huge disappointment,” Searing said. “After 40 years of racing horses, we’ve put quite a bit of money and invested quite a bit of our time in buying these 2-year-olds. “It bothered him in his last workout last weekend. We knew they were there and we decided that if they bothered him, we weren’t going to push it and we’re not pushing it.” Exhale, a son of Millennium Wind, finished second to the promising Notional in his career debut in October at Oak Tree after breaking slowly and then won a maiden special weight by five lengths on Jan. 15 at Santa Anita. Trainer John Sadler had Exhale, the seventh-ranked colt in the Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch, pointed toward the Grade II Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on March 3, but the colt’s next race now, at the earliest, will come at Del Mar. “It’s a very small injury and you have to make a decision – push on, or make sure you don’t hurt the horse,” said the 58-year-old Searing, who resides in Arcadia and, along with his younger brother, owns a steel tubing business in Rancho Cucamonga. “And that’s the decision; we’re gonna make sure we don’t hurt the horse. “There are certain trainers who do it one way and there are certain trainers who do it the other way and, as an owner, you better be ready to buy into it.” Searing, who has 12 horses in training with Sadler, has been with the veteran horseman for the past nine years and says the two enjoy a good relationship. center_img “One, he’s honest,” Searing said of Sadler. “Two, he works hard. And three, when it comes to style, I think John Sadler is at that barn every day. John feels every horse’s leg and he knows everything about those horses. “Him and I have a similar understanding on what to do, when these horses should run and what we’re trying to do with them. We get along. There’s no conflict of me trying to think that something’s too good or not good enough. We very easily agree on things.” The Searings also own the talented filly Jump On In, who won the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 15 and, after a disappointing last-place finish in the 11/16-mile Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 10, will be returned to a sprint. “She may not be able to go a distance of ground, but she’s a wonderful horse and she can run,” Searing said of the 3-year-old Jump Start filly. Another Searing colt, Swift Demand, broke his maiden at first asking on Feb. 15 when he overcame a terrible start to make up 20 to 25 lengths and win the 61/2-furlong race by a head at 10-1 with Garrett Gomez up. “I’m not so sure that his next race won’t be in a stakes,” Searing said. “He’s a wonderful horse that I bought at the Barretts Yearling Sale. John picked him out. “We didn’t nominate him to the Triple Crown, but we may supplement him.” Jon Court, 46, is the 2007 winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and will be honored at Santa Anita on March 25. “It’s an incredibly high honor,” “It’s also very humbling to know that it was the riders nationwide who voted for me.” said Court, a Florida native, has been riding for 27 years and has won more than 3,000 races. Noble Threewitt, who turns 96 on Saturday, will officially retire from training that day following a career that spanned eight decades. Threewitt, who was on hand when Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day 1934, will be honored after the fifth race and will be joined by his wife of 73 years, Beryl. art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want 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

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