Newly-appointed Region 8 REO Mitzy CampbellRegion Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) new Regional Executive Officer (REO) Mitzy Campbell is aiming to empower women and youths in her region.Campbell posited that though the region is well-known for its mining and forestry bases, there are many opportunities available in the region which can be tapped into, thereby, maximising skill and talent among the population.Campbell was speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) during the latest government outreach that was held in the mining town of Mahdia.When asked about some of the target areas in the Region she is seeking to improve, Campbell said, “I’d like to see the education system improved. I’d like to see the health system improved and also I would like to see the social services improved, particularly in the area of gender equality”.Further, she noted that collaboration with the central Government in these specific areas will aid in fulfilling the vision she has. Campbell, who has been REO less than a month, has already been engaging residents.“A woman met me this morning and she said she is unemployed. So, can we empower them, they can maybe do catering or sewing since those trades are still in demand. … We can bring the trades back here because this is the interior and we can do really good work here,” the REO notedCampbell said it is important that the young people in the region are empowered so that they can contribute to the country’s development. She noted that it is vital that they be equipped with the necessary skills that will help them to make wise choices and be role models in their communities.“… I’d like to see young people grow and utilise opportunities. I’d like to see them grow and take advantage of different options in their life. I’d also like to see women empowered,” Campbell concluded.
A 14-year-old girl was raped allegedly by two men in Barodameo village of Rajasthan’s Alwar district and her photographs were circulated on social media. Police have arrested three persons, including the wife of an alleged rapist, in connection with the crime.The incident comes barely three months after the rape of a Dalit woman in front of her husband at Thanagazi in Alwar, which had caused widespread outrage because of video-recording of the crime. The victim and her family had alleged that the police did not take action for seven days because of the Lok Sabha elections.Clicked photographs A woman named Raunak, staying in the neighbourhood, took the girl to her home where she was allegedly raped by one Rahul. Police said Raunak’s husband Jaikam also raped the victim and clicked her photographs after Rahul left.A few days after the incident, another man blackmailed the girl into meeting him in private and threatened her to circulate her photographs. The photos were later uploaded on social media and were seen by a relative of the girl.FIR registeredOn the complaint of the teenage girl’s mother, a first information report under Section 376-D (gangrape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO Act and the Information Technology Act was registered at Barodameo police station. Police arrested Rahul from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday and also apprehended Jaikam and Raunak, who were absconding.Police said the fourth accused, who had allegedly circulated the victim’s photos on social media, was still at large and raids were being conducted to arrest him.
A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead in Dhaulana area of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh by three unidentified assailants on Monday morning. Rakesh Sharma was a mandal general secretary in the Hapur BJP unit and was the in charge of 100 booths in his area.A peon in the government school in Chajjupur village, Mr. Sharma was going to his workplace on his motorcycle from his house in Karanpur Jatt village. According to police, he was stopped one km before Sapnavat police station along a deserted stretch and was shot from close range. He was taken to the government hospital in Hapur where he died during treatment.Local BJP workers blamed the poor law and order situation for the murder.“Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Sharma was socially very active. He was fighting a couple of cases on behalf of the locals. It could have led to some acrimony. However, the family hasn’t named anybody in the FIR,” said Yesh Vir Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur. “We have received some leads and five teams are after the culprits. The role of local police is also being looked into,” he added.
It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands.Just laughter and the sharing of heart-warming memories as family, friends and well-wishers from all across Jamaica gathered at the Duanvale Baptist Church in Trelawny on October 7 to celebrate the life of Violet Moss Brown, who was known simply to the people of Duanvale as “Aunt V”.The large crowd spilled from the halls of the church into the yard, with some persons accommodated in a tent erected outside.Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria.“My grandmother epitomised the meaning of the word love,” said Lilieth Fairweather, granddaughter and director of the Violet Moss Brown Foundation.“She was a unifier, not a divider. She was a musician, who played the organ here in this church for 40 years,” she noted.She said the world has lost “a real beacon of hope… a shining light on the hill… someone who knew how to work a room and make everybody happy”.Ms. Fairweather’s father and Mrs. Moss Brown’s son, Harland, passed earlier in the year at age 97, and was at one point the oldest living person, who had a parent alive.For Andrew Whyte, who met his great-grand-aunt only once for her birthday back in April, said “it was amazing that at 117 she still had all her faculties intact”.“I live in England, and so I came down with the rest of the family to celebrate Aunt V’s birthday. We were all in the room when she gathered us all around and prayed for us as a family. I playfully gave her my wallet and asked her to pray for it also. She was very jovial and was also very happy about meeting my children. I remembered her singing the song ‘I am blessed’ all the time,” he recalled.Raised by Christian parents, Mrs. Moss Brown, in addition to being the church organist, was a music teacher for more than 80 years.After her husband’s death in 1997, she took over his responsibilities and became a record keeper for the local cemetery, a job she continued well beyond her 100th birthday.“She has witnessed a lot of what you would call historical events,” noted grand-niece, Dr. Vanilyn Brown-Daley.“She also loved to tell stories, especially about Queen Victoria and the two world wars. She also used to tell us about the thrills of seeing a car and an aeroplane for the first time. Even at 117, she also would take a sip of red wine every now and again,” she laughed.Dr. Brown-Daley added that Mrs. Moss Brown never forgot her very humble upbringing and was a stickler for discipline and good manners.“She didn’t have it easy growing up, but she never used that as an excuse. Even until the very end, she loved to read her Bible and knew the scriptures well. She was also very fond of her Church and remembered names very well,” she said.For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life.“Don’t matter what your differences are, just take a page out of Aunt V’s book and remember how she has lived her life. And so I make a special appeal to you, make her proud, make Jamaica proud. And don’t do anything at all that will make you or anyone else ashamed,” Ms. Grange appealed.In April, Mrs. Moss Brown became the world’s oldest living person following the death of Italian Emma Morano in April 2017.On September 3, she was visited by representatives of the Guinness Book of Records, who presented her with a citation and the 2018 edition of the book.Her body has been donated to the University of the West Indies (UWI) for scientific research. It was not the usual funeral service. No hushed solemn stillness, visible tears or wringing of hands. Formerly the world’s oldest person, Mrs. Moss Brown, who at age 117 was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person alive, died on September 15, closing a chapter on a life that has been a witness to history – two world wars and the golden age of Queen Victoria. For her part, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, who was representing Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, told the gathering to remember “Aunt V” for the spirit of love she embodied throughout her life. Story Highlights