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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

DONEGAL-BORN UNIONIST IN PARTY ROW OVER UNION FLAG

first_imgTHE Ulster Unionist Party in the North is at war with each other again after leader Mike Nesbitt withdrew the Assembly whip from Donegal-born Basil McCrea over the Union flag row.On Thursday, Mr McCrea, an MLA for Lagan Valley but originally from Ramelton and seen as a liberal unionist, said a UUP leaflet put through 40,000 homes condeming the Alliance Party over its stance on the Union flag was “reprehensible”.The leaflet was not approved by party leader Mike Nesbitt but distributed by the UUP east Belfast constituency association. But by lunchtime on Thursday, Mr McCrea received word that his party boss Mike Nesbitt was withdrawing the whip on him in the Assembly.It is expected he will face disciplinary action for speaking out against fellow party members in the flag row.Three UUP councillors at Belfast City Hall have already complained to the party leadership demanding Mr McCrea be disciplined.Asked asked about his future in UUP, Mr McCrea said: “I will not make a knee jerk reaction. There is an issue here and I am loyal to my voters.” He defended his stance on the Union flag and said there needed to leadership in the North.He added: “I may be a minority of one but the truth is still the truth. The protests have lost the moral authority.”On hearing the news about Basil McCrea, political commentator and former UUP press secretary, Alex Kane tweeted: ”Mike Nesbitt is leader in name only.”Earlier on Thursday, Mr McCrea had called for all-party talks to resolve the ongoing flag dispute.There have been loyalist protests since Belfast councillors voted to restrict the flying of the flag at the city hall. Some of the protests have resulted in rioting and violent attacks on police and property.The DUP wants a consultation process to extend the number of days the union flag is flown at Stormont.A meeting of the assembly commission, the cross-party group that manages the estate, did not go ahead on Tuesday because there were not enough members present.Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance boycotted the meeting. Mr McCrea said the past two weeks had been a “disaster for Northern Ireland, the business community in Belfast and the pro-union family”.“The negative images conveyed throughout the world are destroying jobs, businesses and our prospects for peace and prosperity,” he said.Mr McCrea said any decision regarding the flying of the union flag at Belfast City Hall was “bound to raise tensions” if not “handled with care”.“Political parties in city hall seem determined to obtain maximum short term political advantage with reckless disregard for the future of Northern Ireland,” he said.The Lagan Valley MLA said the situation could have been handled in a better way, and used the example of Lisburn City Council where a similar decision was taken in 2006 without large scale civil unrest.He called for all-party talks to resolve the flag issue.“This issue of flags represents a fundamental schism in our political thinking and it should be dealt with, not in some back room deal where things are pressurised or votes are brought to bear in a way that wasn’t meant to happen but by full and frank discussion in a democratic matter,” he said.“The discussion on flags in their entirety across the whole of Northern Ireland should take place in all- party talks convened for that purpose.”Twenty-nine police officers have been injured during loyalist demonstrations since Belfast City Council voted to change its flag policy on 3 December.Nationalist councillors, who hold a majority on the council, wanted to remove the flag completely.However, Sinn Fein and the SDLP backed a compromise motion, proposed by the Alliance party, to fly the flag on designated days rather than all year round.Death threats have been issued to several senior politicians, including First Minister Peter Robinson and Alliance MP Naomi Long since the protests began.The homes and offices of several Alliance party members have also been targeted.DONEGAL-BORN UNIONIST IN PARTY ROW OVER UNION FLAG was last modified: December 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL-BORN UNIONIST IN PARTY ROW OVER UNION FLAGlast_img read more