In the wake of the horrific incident in Nice, France where there was a spectacular attack on innocent civilians with significant fatality on vulnerable and the attempted Coup d’état of July 15 in Turkey where over 50, 000 persons have been arrested and almost two hundred killed following a post-putsch purge. The world, more than ever before is reminded of the need for peace. There could be no better time in our history for peace advocates and the mantle of engagement falls squarely on the shoulders of young people.Much have been said about the involvement of young people in violent extremism and the recent stabbing at the train station in German by a 17 year old Afghanistan refugee is a clear reminder of the need to engage young people in peace vocation.It is for these reasons and more that the Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia chose to organize the first Peace Summer Camp for young people ages 8-18 years in Monrovia, Liberia. The purpose of the camp is to instruct, educate and prepare youth not to keep the old path that others, before them, have trod. The Peace Summer Camp designed for one month for over fifty young people would give instructions in understanding conflict and dealing with it and the implementation of UNSCR # 2250. Young people would be engaged in learning new and different skills, attitudes and knowledge. It is anticipated that they would acquire Language skills in French and Spanish. According to a young camper, “this is the camp that brings young people from different schools and communities together”Guest lecturers would be invited to speak on topics of interest ranging from: The Company you keep, how to select good friends, teambuilding and leadership, integrity and accountability. There would be board games, sports, quiz on Liberian expressions, and excursions. The Peace Camp would be a place for young people to dialogue in order to achieve peace. Young people must be included in all peace building exercise. Last Tuesday, the second day of Camp, fifty youths and five Camp Managers met with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General-Waldemar Vrey on the involvement of young people in peacekeeping. The Video Tele Conference (VTC) was not only interactive, it was inspiring.As we conduct the first Peace Summer Camp in Liberia, it is our position as Messengers of Peace, that Peace should be our inheritance not our cross. A national movement for peace makes it harder for the minds of young people to be molded for violent extremism.There must be a dramatic shift in violent extremism behavior. We need to inspire friendship among young people and at the end of the camp, one camper becomes a peace advocate, another victory would have been earned. Peace should not have to be bought. Peace should have its own reward.We are reminded daily that “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is-understanding”-Job- The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue and report on our Peace Summer Camp-Part 2, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An early morning accident on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway has claimed the life of 30-year-old Simon Paul of Victoria village, East Coast Demerara, an employee of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Paul was reportedly proceeding in a northerly direction along the highway, heading towards Georgetown in his car, PVV 9105, when he collided head-on with a truck heading to Linden, Region 10.This publication was told that the accident occurred in the vicinity of Hararuni at about 00:30h, and preliminary investigations indicate that Paul was probablySimon Paul’s ill-fated vehicle (Photo courtesy of Gordon Moseley)speeding when he apparently lost control of the car and slammed head-on into the truck.He was reportedly flung from the car, and his body was discovered on the highway, some distance away from the scene of the accident. The car’s roof was completely ripped off, while extensive damage was seen to its front and rear. Both windscreens were smashed inwards.The driver and the porter of the truck were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they were treated and sent away. However, the driver of the truck has been taken into custody as investigations into the fatal accident continue.
GOALKEEPER Shay Given has done his bit for Donegal tourism today – sending this picture to his astonishing 296,623 followers on Twitter.Shay often returns to the county for his holidays.The Lifford man, expected to leave Aston Villa this summer, has been in Rossnowlagh and took this snap at the Smugglers Creek where he stopped off for a pint of the dark stuff. SHAY GIVEN DOES HIS BIT FOR DONEGAL TOURISM was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 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:SHAY GIVEN DOES HIS BIT FOR DONEGAL TOURISM