Miss Liberia USA Contestants Pay Amb. Kemayah Courtesy Visit

first_imgContestants of the Miss Liberia USA 2019 pageant, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; paid a courtesy call on Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations.Contestants of the just ended 2019 ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’ are encouraging others to follow their dreams, exhibiting self-discipline and respect throughout their journey.The contestants, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; also stressed the importance of hard work and passion as drivers of success in the quest to achieve goals and dreams.The contestants expressed the belief that while it is important and noble to serve in the Government, young people should realize that working in the Government is not the only source of making a living. They urged young Liberians to use their gifts and talents to become entrepreneurs and employers themselves.The young Liberian ladies spoke during a courtesy call on Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations.During the interactive visit, many of the contestants who indicated that they’ve gone public with their stories to positively impact other young people, tearfully shared their life experiences–how they survived homelessness, sexual abuse and violence, neglect, and lack of confidence and self- esteem.The contestants also shared their dreams and aspirations for Liberia. They envisaged, among others, a country that will experience a change in the minds and attitudes of its people; a more unified people; more investments in infrastructure and the educational development of young people; and a liberated Liberia that is not exploited by outsiders.On their contributions to ensuring a better Liberia in line with their dreams and aspirations, the contestants spoke of initiatives they have taken to support education and tourism; ranging from educational advocacy, distribution of books, uniforms, and desks; to awareness creation on the culture and richness of Liberia in various spaces. One contestant, Vivian Smith, an entrepreneur, spoke of the ongoing construction of a building in Liberia that will explore and enhance the talents of young Liberians.For his part, Amb. Kemayah welcomed the organizers and contestants of the ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ to the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations; and expressed that he was pleased and honored by their visit.Ambassador Kemayah thanked the organizer of the pageant, the Liberia United Women in Progress, for using the platform to promote young Liberian women in the United States; and bringing out their hidden talents. The Liberian Diplomat encouraged the organizer of the pageant to explore linking the event with the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, which has the mandate to conduct National Miss Liberia Pageants in Liberia.Ambassador Kemayah also encouraged the Liberia United Women in Progress to include undertaking a tangible project in Liberia as part of its Pageant activities, to make it more visible in Liberia.Ambassador Kemayah then assured the contestants that President George Manneh Weah, as Liberia’s Feminist-in-Chief, has an unflinching practical commitment to women and youth empowerment.On their dreams and aspirations for Liberia, the Liberian Envoy assured that the Government under the leadership of President Weah is already making genuine efforts to address huge inherited challenges affecting the economy, the infrastructure, the educational and health sectors, among others.Ambassador Kemayah highlighted that the government’s national development agenda, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) has at its core, the people; and assured that the Government of President Weah will continue to work to ensure the empowerment of all Liberians.The Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations encouraged the contestants and all Liberians in the Diaspora to join the development drive of President Weah and contribute to addressing the inherited challenges in Liberia. He also encouraged Liberians to speak positively about the country to people they meet and on social media; stressing that such actions would encourage foreigners and investors to develop an interest in Liberia.Following the meeting, Ambassador Kemayah hosted the ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’ delegation to a dinner.Miss Liberia New York; Nupol Kiazolu, won the 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’. The 19-year-old is a student at Hampton University in Virginia. She is also a Civil Rights Activist and President of the Greater New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter. She is also the first Liberian to make the ‘Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 Class’, which spotlights extraordinary young women, girls, and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice. As part of her reign as Miss Liberia USA, Miss Kiazolu is expected to make a ten-day trip to Liberia.The 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ is the 17th edition for the Liberia United Women in Progress, the official organizer of the event. The Head of the Organization, Pageant Director Ms. Renee Wilson explained that the event presents the contestants and winners with exposure and a platform to share and achieve their life’s goals.According to Ms. Wilson, the Pageant also provides the contestants and winners with amazing opportunities to travel and network at all levels—High-level, Middle-level and low-level; creating relevant partnerships to enhance their work.Miss Wilson expressed appreciation to Ambassador Kemayah for the exceptional hospitality accorded her team; and the motivational session which allowed the young women to speak up and share their stories for the young people in Liberia.  She described the exceptional reception received as the first of its kind for the Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant team, in its seventeen (17) years of organizing the pageant.“It was a memorable experience for the contestants; and the generosity you showed us was amazing. I hope to work with you again” Ms. Wilson stressed.The 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ was held on July 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, United States of America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Communities Unite around Coalbed Methane Action Plan

first_imgSeveral BC Communities have created a coalbed methane action plan.A coalition of citizens’ groups has launched a province-wide campaign around a 5 point action plan they say could end the current stalemate on coalbed methane development.The group includes members from every region of the province including Hudson’s Hope. Their plan includes 4 key policy improvements including local communities having a clear say in deciding where and how CBM projects proceed, CBM projects undergo mandatory environmental assessments that address cumulative impacts, regulations promised in BC’s Energy Plan are fully implemented and enforced and sufficent funds are in place to prove the safety current technologies.- Advertisement -Coalbed Methane projects have been or are currently proposed in BC’s Hudson’s Hope area, Vancouver Island and Elk Island. Earlier this year the Union of BC Municipalities and BC First Nations called for a moratorium on Coalbed Methane drilling.In July of this year Vancouver based Canada Energy partners confirmed the start of a project near Hudson’s Hope. There is a potential for 315 well locations with the Hudson’s Hope project.last_img read more

Hate crimes decline in area

first_imgOnly Pico Rivera and La Habra Heights showed a slight increase. The former logged one hate crime in 2005 and two in 2006 while the latter went from zero to one. In the Nov. 22, 2005 Pico Rivera case, a man punched a woman he accused of being a lesbian and having a relationship with his wife, according to Lt. Dave Bobier of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. The station logged two hate crimes the following year. He said a racial epithet was painted on a fence owned by an African-American woman on Aug. 25, 2006, and someone carved an insult on a gay man’s car on Sept. 10, 2006. Bobier said the slight increase doesn’t mean it’s a trend. “You’re talking about an additional incident. It’s not an ongoing problem in the area,” he said. “It doesn’t point to a problem in the area.” Statistics kept by the sheriff’s Norwalk Station showed fewer hate crimes than what appeared in the FBI report. Sgt. Eric Fox said there were two racially motivated incidents in Norwalk and none in La Mirada for 2006. A racial slur was written on a fence and eggs thrown at a Norwalk house on April 20, 2006, he said. The victim was African-American. Eight days later, a minor who is African-American was the victim in an incident in which the suspects were Latino juveniles. Fox didn’t know the details of this case. Of the two La Mirada cases in 2005, the earliest one happened Jan. 9 and the victims were two African-American women and one African-American man. No details were available on this incident. Fox said the other case happened Dec. 24, 2005, when someone put a swastika on a Latino’s car. According to the FBI report, of the 7,720 incidents, 51.8 percent were motivated by a racial bias, 18.9 percent by a religious bias, 15.5 percent by a sexual-orientation bias, and 12.7 percent by an ethnicity/national origin bias. One percent involved bias against a disability. African Americans accounted for 66 percent of the 5,020 hate crime victims followed by whites at 21 percent, Asian/Pacific Islanders at 4.8 percent and about 2 percent were American Indians/Alaskan natives. The study found that 58.6 percent of the 7,330 known offenders were white and 20.6 percent were African American. The race was unknown for 12.9 percent, and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders. The suspects used intimidation in 46 percent of the 5,449 hate crimes classified as crimes against a person. Simple assaults accounted for 31.9 percent and aggravated assaults for 21.6 percent. Of the 3,593 offenses classified as crimes against property, 81 percent were acts of destruction/vandalism. The remaining 19 percent of crimes against property consisted of robbery, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, arson and other crimes. The bulk of the incidents happened in or near homes. The next most common location is on the streets, followed by colleges or schools, in parking lots or garages and at houses of worship. The Associated Press contributed to this story. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre An estimated 12,620 law enforcement agencies across the country participated in the FBI report. About 2,105 of the 12,620 law enforcement agencies reported 7,722 hate crime incidents involving 9,080 offenses to the FBI last year. The rest of the agencies said no hate crimes happened in their area. The FBI breaks down the type of hate crimes as those against a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability. In 2005, Norwalk had nine hate crimes reported while Whittier, La Habra and La Mirada had two each. Pico Rivera reported one case. Montebello, Santa Fe Springs and La Habra Heights also reported no hate crimes in 2005. Search: Look up hate crime statistics in your city Fewer hate crimes occurred in local communities last year, according to a 2006 FBI report released Monday. Norwalk had the most number of incidents reported for the Whittier area with five followed by Pico Rivera with two. La Mirada, La Habra Heights each had one hate crime. Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Montebello and La Habra had zero hate crimes for last year. last_img read more