Bomi County Electoral District #1 Rep. Samuel Garya Karmo has joined the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) in condemning child marriage in Liberia.Serving as the keynote speaker at the official launch of the ‘campaign to end child marriage in Liberia’ in Tubmanburg recently, Rep. Karmo said “with no disregard to the values of traditional practices in the country, it is about time for everyone to let children remain children and not force them into marriage because of economic difficulties a family might be faced with.“No country in the world has all the laws written for its citizens to follow but transforming ideas into a value system for collective progress positively changes a nation,” said Rep. Karmo. He said not everything considered legal by a group is expedient at all times, and not everything considered expedient is legal as well.“Unwritten traditional laws practiced by our people of yesterday seemed good to them at that time but they did not consider the risk associated with them,” he said.He noted that because he has the passion to always advocate for women and girls who are victims of circumstances, he will never be complacent and watch them continue to suffer challenges that can be avoided. “All of us, parents, guardians and friends who are mature should promote the moral and educational development of children, most especially girls,” Rep. Karmo admonished.The lawmaker assured his audience that people who continue to abuse children and endanger their future will meet tougher punishments.The chairperson of the Governors’ Council of Liberia (GCL), Mrs. Musu Kiadii, said her office will always stand by the Gender Ministry and other local and international organizations that are fighting against child marriage and other abuses. Mrs. Kiadii cautioned men who are in the habit of approaching minors for sex to desist. “If you believe in the dignity of a person, I advise that you don’t accept to go to bed with a girl child, neither should parents allow their daughters to be trapped into early marriage,” she said.The president of the Liberia Children Representative Forum (LRCF), Ms. Satta F. Sheriff, said her office is calling on all stakeholders in the fight against child abuse to stand taller than what they are now.“We all should realize that more needs to be done if inhumane treatment against children must come to an end in this country,” Ms. Sheriff said. “A girl with a dream is not only a noble citizen but an untouchable pearl destined for the enlightment and transformation of a nation.”She commended all those who are supporting MoGCSP’s efforts to curtail the violation of children’s basic human rights. Launched under the African Union Commission’s theme as “African year of human rights with focus on women’s rights” and the national theme “We are children not wives, save us from child marriage,” the campaign is focused on accelerating change across Africa by encouraging governments to develop strategies to raise awareness and address the harmful impacts of child marriage.According to the MoGCSP’s report, the first summit on ending child marriage was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from November 26-27, 2015. Liberia’s accurate statistics on child marriage is yet to be made public; UNFPA’s child marriage sheet’s statistics states that 42 percent of girls in Africa are married before they reach 18. The UNFPA said child marriage leads to premature pregnancies, maternal mortality, infant mortality, illiteracy, mental health problems, abuse and violence against female children who are married, in most cases to older men. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Here we go, Rafa 💪@RafaelNadal | #NittoATPFinals | #ATPTour pic.twitter.com/lmkgYBySkB— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 6, 2019The report cited an interview Nadal’s doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro gave to Spanish publication El Pais, where he said they will wait until Saturday or Sunday before deciding whether to play or not.Nadal also took to Twitter to share on Friday that he will begin with service practice on Saturday and see how that goes.Update? Ok, I’m in London happy to be here. Taking it day by day after Paris (small abdominal tear). I need to see how things go, started serving yesterday very slowly. Right now the main goal is to be ready on Monday following the protocols that the doctor gave me— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) November 8, 2019 Nadal and Djokovic are competing to finish the year ranked No.1 in the world after the Spaniard missed the chance to seasl the top ranking due to his withdrawal from the Paris Masters.Nadal has never won the ATP Finals title before, losing to Roger Federer in 2010 and to Novak Djokovic in 2013. ATP FinalsATP TourNovak DjokovicParis Masters First Published: November 8, 2019, 7:39 PM IST Rafael Nadal has returned to training in London ahead of the start of ATP Finals at the O2 Arena this weekend, thus boosting hopes of him competing well at the season-ending ATP tournament.The world number one had to withdraw from his Paris Masters semi-finals clash against Denis Shapovalov after he suffered an abdominal strain and since then, his participation at the ATP Finals was under the clouds However, the 33-year-old Spaniard announced ahead of the draw that the plans to travel to London to play in the tournament. He underwent a serious of scans in Mallorca to confirm he had not sustained any serious injury.ATP took to their official Twitter account to share a video clip in which Nadal can be seen practicing on the court.
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCorinthia Hotel London welcomed the UK Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and his esteemed panel of judges, including Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, to announce the winner of the five star hotel’s inaugural arts patronage initiative, the Corinthia Artist in Residency. Noemie Goudal has been selected as the first ever Corinthia Resident, and will benefit from her one month residency at Corinthia to create a collection of work to be exhibited in the hotel in April 2012.The Artist in Residency initiative reflects Corinthia London’s aim to foster the best of young talent from across different arts disciplines, this year focusing on photography.The judging panel was comprised of some of the UK’s leading voices on the arts and design scene: Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture Dan Stevens, Actor, Downton Abbey Ben Evans, Director, London Design Festival Amanda Nevill, Director, British Film Institute Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council Josie Rourke, Artistic Director, The Donmar Warehouse Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, Financial TimesOver 1,000 recent photography graduates from British art schools all over the country were considered for the residency by responding to a creative brief focusing on different views of the vibrant cultural capital. Noemie will now take up the prestigious residency and produce a collection of work to be exhibited at the ‘Corinthia Artist in Residency Exhibition’ in an area of the hotel of her choice in April 2012 – whether it be in the grand Victorian ballroom, against the pearly walls of the four story spa ‘ESPA Life at Corinthia’, or suspended from the ceiling of the grand dining room of The Northall restaurant.The newly opened Corinthia London is placed at a cultural crossroads in the vibrant artistic hub of London. With major cultural centers all around, including the National Gallery, the British Film Institute and the National Theatre and previously unseen spectacular views from the seven individual Penthouses, there is inspiration at every turn. Artistic talent exudes from within the walls of the hotel with bespoke creations throughout, from the interior design of David Collins and GA Design, to the bronze lift doors by Greenwich-based artists Based Upon, to the stunning 1001 crystals of the bespoke ‘Full Moon’ chandelier – every feature is a work of art.Matthew Dixon, General Manager of Corinthia Hotel London said, “Corinthia London is very proud to be taking our first steps in the supporting of young British-grown artistic talent. The arts are an integral part of the DNA of the hotel, from our surrounding major cultural centers to the bespoke British art on the walls, right down to the craftsmanship that is prevalent in every detail of the hotel. We are very excited for our winner to be living and breathing the artist inspiration that Corinthia London has to offer during the residency.”Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and Judge of The Corinthia Residency said, “London has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of our culture and creative industries. The Corinthia Artist in Residency is a terrific scheme that will give one outstanding artist the opportunity to develop their work. I very much look forward to spending time with key players from the arts world and exploring the work of the next generation of young talent.”www.corinthia.com/London