Gay people are not abused in Barbados says Attorney General

first_imgGays in Barbados Barbados’ Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has moved to dispel a notion that homosexuals and lesbians were being targeted for abuse across the island.Speaking during a courtesy call with Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault at his Wildey, St Michael office, Brathwaite maintained that although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact two consenting adults.He pointed out that Barbados remained one of the Caribbean islands where gay persons could exist without fearing for their lives and  stressed that citizens have always been aware and very “tolerant” of same-sex relations within the society.However, Brathwaite noted that he did not expect to see a “Caribbean consensus” on same-sex relations any time soon, given the wide-ranging viewpoints of each island nation.While acknowledging that Canada “thrives on diversity”, High Commissioner Legault stated that she hoped Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was “different from the rest of the Caribbeanlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Senior girls, juniors have t-shirts available

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015:Thursday•C team volleyball at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.Friday•Football at Augusta, 7 p.m.Saturday•Junior Varsity at Conway Springs, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Tater Tot Casserole, Green Pepper Strips, Steamed Carrots, Mixed Fruit, Brownie, Hot Roll and Milk.Tomorrow’s Lunch: Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple chunks, Hot Roll and Milk.Today’s News*Seniors- If you have a 28 or better ACT score and a 3.5 or better GPA,  you could be a candidate for the new Fort Hays State University Honors College. To find out more about the honors college please visit their website at www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/.*There will be a SADD meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium- We will be collecting dues and Permission slips.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11.*Junior Class, if interested in class t-shirts- you can pick up order forms in the office. Return the forms to Brecken Lawrence or Kayma Brand by September 8th.*Any baseball players that can meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. to learn long toss-please be there.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.*The theme for the football game on Friday at Augusta is Red out, Come out and show your Crusader spirit.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.*Freshman- Don’t forget to turn in your Student Network Agreement. You can turn the forms  into the office.*Are you interested in joining the big red machine drumline? The WHS marching band is looking for members to participate in the percussion section of the marching band. No experience is needed. If interested, talk to Haley Farley, Kyle Robbins or Mr. Olson.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of Kansas.last_img read more

AU Chair Lobbies for Flight Resumption to Ebola Affected Countries

first_imgThe Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Madam Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, disclosed yesterday that she has been working behind the scene to ensure that regional and continental airlines resume flight to Ebola affected countries.The AUC boss said the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease has taken a hard toll on the affected countries in every sector, especially their economies, which for Liberia and Sierra Leone were just beginning to rebuild after devastating conflicts.Madam Dlamini Zuma, who is also the wife of South African President, Jacob Zuma, made these comments in the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when she along with President Sirleaf addressed a joint press conference in Monrovia, during a solidarity visit she paid to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia.The AU Commission Chairperson noted that she was happy to be in Liberia, an opportunity she would also use to exchange views about the Ebola crisis, which would put the AU in a position to prevent the outbreak of similar infectious diseases in the future.Madam Dlamini Zuma, who earlier served the South Africa Government as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Health, told newsmen that she was frustrated by the action of some African countries to isolate the affected countries, something she said was not in line with African solidarity.It would be recalled several airlines, some owned by African states, including Kenya Airways, banned flights from coming to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for what they termed as fear of passengers from the countries transporting the virus to their countries.Even West African neighbors such as Ivory Coast and Senegal along with South Africa, where the AUC boss comes from, closed their borders to citizens of affected countries, a move that was heavily protested by the Liberian government and some internationally prominent individuals.She said bans imposed by airline owners and other countries, especially those on the African continent, is worrisome, looking at the implications that could such bans could have on these countries that are already going through a lot with the outbreak of the virus.Madam Dlamini Zuma, however, indicated that modalities are being worked out to ensure that airlines resume their normal activities; a development that urgently help affected countries in the recovery processes after the virus has been contained.“We have been working behind the scene talking to member states and airlines to see how we can get regional and continental airlines flying back to the Ebola affected countries.”The South African diplomat further indicated, however, that there are some constraints that need to be addressed in order for the resumption of flight to these states.“We are actually in talks with the airlines but they are saying that the problems are not with them but with other countries on the African continent.”“The airlines are saying that countries on the continent should be talked to because they are the ones who refused flights from these affected countries, from entering their countries. They are also asking us for the affected countries to put in place proper, adequate and efficient and rigorous screening infrastructures. So these are some of the constraints that we are going through now,” she said.Meanwhile Dr. Zuma lauded Liberians for what she termed as their resilience, strength and courage in fighting the deadly Ebola virus which is now stabilizing.She said from the onset of the outbreak, the AU tried and mobilized, and continues to mobilize human resources that would help in containing the virus. “We have ensured that a small team of health workers from the AU are on the ground in the three countries to help in containing the further spread of the disease,” she said.President Sirleaf, for her part, noted that the visit of Madam Dlamini Zuma, who is the first female Chairperson of the AU Commission, would add further impetus to a fight that has already placed Liberia at an advantageous position.President Sirleaf lauded Madam Dlamini Zuma for the level of support to Liberia and its neighbors since the outbreak of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more