– as Child Protection Week concludesMinister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams and a team, including a Blossom Incorporated representative Tiffany Griffith, conducted an education outreach programme to several communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The aim of the exercise was to raise awareness about child abuse and the strong role the community plays in intervention and prevention. This was part of activities in observance of Child Protection Week, September 18 to 24.Minister within the Communities Ministry Dawn Hastings-Williams addressing the meeting during the education outreachFor three days (September 21-23), the Minister and team held engagements with the children, parents, community leaders and Councillors of Kamarang, Jawalla, Kako and Kwebanna on child rights, preventing child abuse and better parenting. This was reinforced by a travelling exhibition titled “Break the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse”, which the team shared with them, a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated.Speaking at the different engagements, Minister Hastings-Williams sought to reinforce the importance of community involvement in ensuring the protection of the nation’s children.The Minister declared, “Child abuse is real.” Moreover, incidents of child abuse are on the increase throughout the 10 Administrative Regions, with the hinterland regions showing signs of being more vulnerable.The Minister noted that “all (parents, community leaders, businesses and the Police) must become involved” to stop this scourge and called on the community leaders, parents and residents to give prominence to the issue by making it a topic of discussion at every forum.The Minister urged that the community make it a decisive issue at the weekly village meetings and at the level of the different Parent-Teachers’ Association meetings. The Minister also asked that these meetings discuss topics such as how to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and what to do if it was suspected that a child or young person was being harmed.The Minister not only urged further education, but for the community to seek to report instances of suspected abuse. Meanwhile, Griffith reminded the children that they were all special, telling them: “You are going to be the leaders of tomorrow’s generation…”She explained that their parents, community and Government have a responsibility to them in relation to ensuring that they become their best self for their future role. Griffith pointed out that the responsibility also includes ensuring that they are “well taken care of” including protected from all forms of abuse.“Abuse is any form of punishment or wrongdoing that has been done to a child,” Griffith explained to the children. “If somebody beats you and leaves marks on your skin and causes you pain and you are not able to attend school that is abuse. If somebody should touch you on your private parts, that is abuse,” she added.The Blossom Incorporated representative urged the children to report all instances of abuse to “somebody who you think you can tell and who would not cause you more harm”.During the meetings, Minister Hastings-Williams also spoke briefly about Indigenous Heritage and Education Month, both of which are being observed in September.Alluding to the two observances, the Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment to indigenous development, including its pledge to work to bring quality education to the hinterland, on par with what is offered on the coastland.“The Government is committed in ensuring that every child has access to quality education despite their geographical location,” the Minister assured.She also resolved to bring to Cabinet’s attention a number of issues and concerns that were raised during engagements, including improving the living quarters of Government workers in the hinterland.The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) stated that over 2238 cases of child abuse have been reported. According to CCPA Director Ann Greene, the most reported form of abuse is neglect, followed by sexual abuse.Blossom Incorporated is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation within Guyana, that works separately and in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry to build and strengthen children and families’ relationships and to safeguard the physical and mental well-being of all children.
Three explosive devices were hidden in a hedge and triggered remotely as the team’s bus passed by © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZ“He expected people to at least be killed,” judge Peter Windgaetter said in court.After an 11-month trial, the trained electrician, who was born in Russia, was also found guilty of causing an explosion and two counts of causing serious injury. The blasts wounded Spanish defender Marc Bartra and a police officer.Wenergold had stayed in the same hotel as the team when he remotely triggered the bomb attack on the evening of April 11, 2017 as the bus was heading for a Champions’ League quarter-final match against Monaco.The devices were triggered “just at the moment” the bus drove past the the bombs, added Windgaetter.Dortmund’s empty bench after the team bus was targeted © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENWenergold had hidden in a hedge three explosive devices, each of which contained up to a kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of a hydrogen peroxide mixture and about 65 cigarette-sized metal bolts.Wenergold had left letters suggesting an Islamist terrorist motive at the scene, sparking initial alarm about a possible jihadist attack.He had bought put options worth some 26,000 euros ($29,000) — essentially a bet on the club’s share price falling — and had hoped to gain half a million euros, said prosecutors.– ‘I would like to apologise’ –Ex-Borussia Dortmund footballer Matthias Ginter broke down in the witness box © dpa/AFP/File / Ina FassbenderWenergold’s defence lawyer Carl Heydenreich insisted his client hoped to spark panic, not to wound or kill people.Wenergold reportedly drew attention to himself at the hotel, first by insisting on a window room facing the front and then, in the chaos after the blasts, by calmly walking into its restaurant to order a steak.Police arrested him 10 days after the attack.Several players of Borussia Dortmund, who currently sit four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, gave emotional testimony during the trial about the trauma they suffered.“There are still some players receiving psychological treatment,” Windgaetter revealed.Defender Matthias Ginter, who now plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach, broke down in tears when he gave evidence about the aftermath of the blasts on board the bus.Wenergold planned the attack to make money on the club’s shares © POOL/AFP / Marcel Kusch“Everyone was lying on the floor. Splinters were flying. There was a lot of smoke. Marc was crying out. We didn’t know what would happen next,” Ginter told the court in April.A day after the attack, the team played their postponed game against Monaco and lost, prompting then coach Thomas Tuchel to rail against UEFA for not giving the players time to come to terms with their fear before returning to the pitch.Wenergold, who confessed to the attack in January, voiced his regret last week when he told the court: “I would like to apologise to everybody.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenergold left letters suggesting an Islamist terrorist motive at the scene © POOL/AFP / Marcel KuschDORTMUND, Germany, Nov 27 – A German man who launched a shrapnel bomb attack on the team bus of football club Borussia Dortmund in April 2017 to make money on the club’s shares diving was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in jail.A court in Dortmund found Sergej Wenergold, 29, guilty of 28 counts of attempted murder after he detonated three explosive devices while the bus was en route to the stadium for a Champions League game last year.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte has expressed concern about the implications of Brexit and the possibility of a hard border on child protection issues on the island of Ireland.Deputy Rabbitte has written to the Clerk of the Oireachtas Committee on Children & Youth Affairs to invite Minister Zappone to appear before the members to outline what measures her Department has undertaken to ensure that child protection issues are being made a priority in the Brexit negotiations.“While we are all concerned about the impact that Brexit will have on businesses and communities across the country, I am worried about the lack of discussion about children’s services, and particularly child protection issues. “I am extremely worried that this is one of the issues that has fallen off the Government’s agenda and it is not being given the consideration it deserves”, explained the Galway Deputy.“While I fully appreciate the concerns that are being expressed about the economic challenges facing us as a result of Brexit, we cannot ignore the child protection issues, or indeed the human rights protections that were secured under the Good Friday Agreement.“I am uncomfortable with the laissez faire approach to child protection issues which has been adopted to date.“These concerns need to be addressed regardless of whether there is a hard or invisible border in place.“I would like Minister Zappone to outline if these issues have been discussed with the Minister for Justice, or indeed the Gardaí, PSNI or Europol. “We must ensure that the island of Ireland is not allowed to become an easy target for child traffickers and all of the relevant authorities need to be consulted.“I have asked the Clerk of the Children’s Committee to request Minister Zappone’s attendance at the next meeting so that she can outline what engagement she and her Department have had with other Departments and authorities to date. We must ensure that these child protection issues are not ignored any longer”.TD: “We must ensure that Ireland doesn’t become easy target for child traffickers” post-Brexit was last modified: November 12th, 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) Tags:Brexitchild protectionTD