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COYPED Wants Drug Abuse Combated

first_imgThe Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development (COYPED) has called on everyone to join effort in combating drug abuse in the country.Speaking last Friday at a program marking the celebration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking held at the Y.M.C.A on Broad Street, James Koryor, COYPED Executive Director urged the government and stakeholders in the drug sector to save the younger generation from getting involved with harmful substances.Koryor underscored the need for young people to distance themselves from drugs. He disclosed that “a huge percentage of the young people have been affected by drug use in the country.”He called on the government to carve policies and deterrent measures for users and importers of drugs into the Liberia.He wants the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to partner with youth and advocacy organizations to intensify the campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.The keynote speaker, a representative of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Titus Charley, noted that drug abuse has made young Liberians hopeless and created serious impediment to social, economic, cultural and political life of the country.Mr. Charley stressed that Liberia continues to suffer due to the constant usage of drugs by young people, who supposed to be future leaders.He mentioned that prevention starts with parents, and they are under obligation to ensure that the kids do not take drugs, tobacco or alcohol, and they should start to talk and listen to their kids, and help them to make good choices and friends.For his part, Assistant Information Minister, Albert K. Jaja, pointed out that the fight against drug abuse should be collective.He noted that the fight requires the disclosure of the hideouts of drug traders, and a strong drug law that prohibits or bars the usage of drug in the country.At the event, the Assistant Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Lance Gbagonyon mentioned that the government needs to intensify the fight against drug abuse to create a secure and safe society.Also, the vice president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Jallah Grayfield, said drug abuse hinders the growth and development of young people.He called on the media to join the fight against drug abuse by airlifting stories and articles on the effects of drugs in the country.The event brought together hundreds of students and youths, who were told about the harmful effects of drugs in Liberia.The students were also taught about their roles and responsibilities in the combat against drug and they were encouraged by panellists to desist from the harmful use of drug. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Orange Line ridership still on the rise

first_imgMTA planners had estimated that the Orange Line would attract 5,000 to 7,000 daily riders its first year, an estimate considered low by many experts. The line is now on par to hit the 21,000 to 25,000 expected by 2020. Transit advocate Kymberleigh Richards said it might be time to think about expanding the Orange Line. “It’s obviously a wonderful thing that we’re getting great ridership and the ridership keeps going up. But it brings us closer to the point where the Orange Line will be beyond what it was engineered to be,” said Richards, a member of the MTA’s Valley sector council. lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Orange Line ridership set records in March, breaking the 18,000 mark on weekdays and hitting a new high for Sunday passengers, MTA officials said Friday. The busway’s ridership has been steadily increasing since its Oct. 31 debut, inching toward the 21,000 mark planners had predicted by 2020. “It’s a validation of the tremendous success the Orange Line has had and the receptivity Valley commuters have had to the Orange Line,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who also sits on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. “People have embraced it. Riders have embraced it,” he said. “We should be aggressively looking to expand this concept, this technology, to other parts of the Valley, other parts of the county.” The $350 million, 14-mile busway opened on the former rail line between North Hollywood and Warner Center after years of debate over bringing mass transit to the Valley. Like most transit agencies, the MTA counts every time a passenger boards the line, regardless of whether it is for a one-way or round trip. During November, the busway had 16,626 average weekday boardings. Ridership dipped to 15,492 in December during the holidays but has been on the rise ever since. March ridership hit 18,242 average weekday boardings – an 11 percent increase over the opening month. The MTA said Sunday ridership for March also set a record, with 8,818 boardings. Orange Line ridership is on par with that of the Gold Line, the $898 million light-rail train between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. last_img read more


first_imgA MAN caught driving at 141km/hr on the dual carriageway between Manorcunningham and Letterkenny has kept his driving licence after telling a judge he has learned his lesson after attending a safer driving course.Brian McGovern, 21, pleaded guilty to the offence on June 21 last year.He was in Donegal for the rally at the time. He had been ordered at a previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court to attend the Pro-Social Driving Course, a classroom-based course where dangerous drivers meet to discuss their actions with car crash victims and members of the emergency services.He drove from his home in Gleneely, Co Antrim, to attend the four week course.“It was a real eye-opener seeing what could happen to you,” McGovern told Judge Paul Kelly.The shop assistant pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving in his Seat Leon at Trimragh.Judge Kelly fined him €400, telling his solicitor Patsy Gallagher: “I won’t disqualify him time but his licence is in jeopardy if he drive like this again.”RALLY FAN DROVE AT 141KM/HR ON DUAL CARRIAGEWAY was last modified: January 8th, 2016 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:dangerous drivingLetterkenny Courtrally fanlast_img read more