first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman has she is “ecstatic” after the man who raped her at a gaming convention was jailed for 12 years.Keith Hearne, aged 28, from Tallaght in Dublin pleaded guilty to tying up and raping Dominique Meehan, aged 25, at a gaming convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on 4th July 2015. There was applause in the courtroom from Ms Meehan’s family as the 12-year sentence was handed out at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today.Ms Meehan had bravely waived her right to anonymity to identify Hearne to other members of the gaming community.The sentence hearing heard how Ms Meehan was in a meeting room preparing a presentation for the convention when Hearne entered the room before locking the door and attacking her.Hearne tied the young woman’s hands together and raped her, threatening her life and saying that he would hurt her with a knife if she made any noise.It was only when another worker at the gaming event entered the room that the attack stopped. Hearne was arrested by Gardai at the scene.The court heard that Hearne was in possession of a bag described as a “rape kit” containing a knife, handcuffs, condoms, a mask and other items when he was arrested.In April of this year, Hearne had pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of falsely imprisoning the woman. He was taken into custody ahead of sentencing.It was only after this hearing that Mc Meehan felt safe enough to speak publically about the attack.In Hearne’s sentencing at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said the case was of the utmost seriousness. He took into account the devastating effect the crime has had on the 24-year-old, noting how Hearne threatened her with a knife she screamed for help.Judge McCarthy said he was impressed by Ms Meehan after the “devastating” events.The court had previously heard from Hearne’s defence that he had mental health issues and suffered from a bipolar disorder. Defence Solicitor Mr Michael Bowman SC said that his act was inexcusable and he has since expressed extreme remorse.Judge McCarthy read from psychiatric assessment reports that Hearne had schizoaffective disorder and autism spectrum disorder, but said he was of sound mind at the time of the attack and his culpability was not diminished by his mental health difficulties.The judge said the only mitigating factor to be considered was Hearne’s guilty plea. He noted that Hearne was caught while committing the offences, which he said further reduced the mitigating factor.The judge said the appropriate sentence was 15 years and reduced it to 12 to take into account Hearne’s plea.In a statement outside the court today, Ms Meehan said she wished to waive her right to anonymity in order to help more people come forward about sexual abuse.“People need to know that coming forward to say that you were raped is a good thing and you can do it.“There’s no doubt it’s tough, but the more people who report their rape that more people that will be able to see that you can’t rape. It doesn’t work.“While 12 years is a bit of a light sentence in my opinion, he has got a sentence and I can show everyone today that he has got what he deserves and what I deserve.“My whole life has been impacted. There is nothing in my life that is the same any more.“I have to treat every day like someone is going to rape me. I am constantly on alert, I can’t help but be. Even today, even though I knew he was in custody I had to keep an eye out for him,” she said.Dominique said that if she hadn’t spoken out, her attacker would have been able to go to other conventions “as if he had been on holiday” and commit the same crimes.Donegal woman “ecstatic” as her rapist is jailed for 12 years was last modified: June 19th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more