LM&TC Environmental, Works Committees working with limited resources

first_imgCouncillors within the cash-strapped Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) have their work cut out forCouncillors Leroy James (left) and Wainwright Bethunethem, and have been managing with limited resources in an effort to execute some major functions. During a recent press briefing, Chairman of the Environmental Committee, Wainwright Bethune and Works Committee Chairman, Leroy James, outlined several projects presently being executed in the community, while emphasising the fact that there are limited resources available.Bethune established that the Council just recently obtained a Bobcat and a mini-excavator, loaned by the Communities Ministry and work is set to commence along Sir David Rose Avenue, Mackenzie, in the vicinity of the Kara Kara bridge. As a result of the recent inclement weather, certain areas are water logged which he considers dangerous for commuters.The excavator is presently de-silting drains in the Constabulary Compound area at Mackenzie. Bethune said the current focus is only on the main thoroughfares at Central Mackenzie; Burnham Drive; and the Winifred Gaskin Highway, Wismar; and since the equipment was loaned, it would be time consuming to visit minor areas.Solid waste managementBethune alluded that garbage collection is a serious issue and there is no specialised equipment to carry out the task; however, he said recently, the Council acquired a new tractor to assist with picking up waste in and around the community.“The other tractor that we have, you will probably see the presence of it more in the community… one of the things that I wanted was to have the Environmental Department more involved in the whole garbage collection and waste management, so we can get a proper structure and schedule going so that residents, at least once or twice a month, given the equipment that we have, can have their garbage collected,” the Environmental Committee Chairman said.Additionally, he noted that there are some serious issues with the Dakoura dumpsite and works are ongoing. “We’re working to de-commission that site to promote more dumping in the Kara Kara area, which would maybe be a medium or a long-term dumpsite. We’re still working on the timing of that… the problem with the Kara Kara dumpsite is every time there is the inclement weather the road becomes impassable, so we’re trying to put more of a permanent access there”.Bethune added that coming out of a recent visit by officials from the Communities Ministry, a survey to determine measurements to the road was done, and as such, tenders are expected to be out within a few weeks for the construction of a road leading into the dumpsite. Following that, Bethune said the dumpsite would be further developed.Meanwhile, Leroy James, Head of the Works Committee, said minor patch- works are ongoing on access roads in areas which are adversely affected. For now, he said work is ongoing and the municipality is set to soon receive its 2016 subvention.“It is no secret that the Council is cash-strapped so we are trying the best we could with the resources available… to bring relief to the areas more critical… in prioritising areas we look for those where people are more affected,” he said.The Councillor encouraged residents to be patient since he noted that the aim is to reach every area in all constituencies. He said impassable roads at Central Mackenzie and Amelia’s Ward are set to benefit and welcomes any input from the community.last_img read more

Liberians Demand ‘Major’ Share in Economy

first_imgLocal entrepreneurs are demanding a major stake in the Liberian economy that would raise the development levels of the country and trickle down to improve the living standard of Liberians. The entrepreneurs are also resolved to compete with or even dethrone their foreign counterparts if the needed support and sources of empowerment are availed to them by the government.During separate interviews after having what they described as fruitful conference with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last weekend at her Foreign Ministry office, the local entrepreneurs said that the level of preferential treatment given foreign entrepreneurs over the years have thrown locally-owned businesses far behind.While the Liberian entrepreneurs acknowledged some of their individual and collective shortcomings, they maintained that the Government of Liberia could still provide support to help them overcome their vices. Shortcomings in managerial skills and integrity, as well as strategic access to markets and technology, are some of the well known ones which, some of them claimed, are not their own faults, but national problems. Even President Sirleaf highlighted some of these problems during the interactive forum.“Government understands some of the issues,” The President said, “and will give you the needed support to be able to succeed. She also acknowledged that the Liberian economy is largely dominated by foreigners and admitted that both government and entrepreneurs lack capital.“We recognize those shortcomings on both sides,” she said, urging them to work with government to address those issues so that they can have a bigger space in the market.Foreign merchants have, from time immemorial, controlled the country’s economy, from basic commodities and staple foods to real estate, finance and certain political advantages at the expense of the population.Though many may consider the move belated as the president has only two more years to end her tenure, for local entrepreneurs, it is better late than never. “We feel that much can still be done. If she can set the pace during these last two years, I think the next administration, with the right attitude, will take us there,” Madam Isatu Gbegbe Noubibous said. Madam Noubibous is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MEMAS Marketing Services which specializes in the tailoring industry.“These foreign nationals have always had the backing from influential government officials and members of the presidents’ kitchen cabinet. Not just this government, but mostly those that have been in the past,” one of the business women said, noting that, “if the government desires that Liberians should take over the economy it should be in deeds and not in words.”She said when Liberian businesses and their foreign counterparts go into a bidding process, the former are always sidelined in favor of the latter. “The Lebanese are always winning bids – they get all of the preferential treatment so we are now just striving for survival. But thank God that the President has personally decided to intervene,” she said.The Chief Executive Officer of Libra Sanitation, George Howe, said one thing that is also impeding the progress of Liberian businesses is the high interest rates on loans from the banks. “There should be some consideration for us. The interest rates on the loans are too high for us and this is hampering our businesses,” Mr. Howe said.He also said that the banks are never willing to give Liberian businesses the full amount that they desire. “The bank will never give what will help our businesses to grow. They will always give half of what we ask for and this does not meet the plans that we make,” he said.He added, “It is no secret that foreigners have easier access to loans from the banks than Liberian entrepreneurs – and when the loans are made available, most often it’s just 50 percent or below, while foreigners take the entire 100 percent.”He also complained of the involvement of foreign businesses in all aspects of the economy, including businesses that are meant for Liberians.“We acknowledge the lack of managerial skills, markets, technology, enhancement, and integrity on the part of the Liberian community as the President rightly put it. However, we are of the strongest conviction that addressing the aforementioned and at the same time ensuring solutions for [issues such as] limited access to loans from the banking sector, as well as the involvement of foreigners in businesses only set aside for Liberians, among others, would better address the holistic problem of foreign dominance of the current Liberian economy,” he said.Another local businessman, Fomba Trawally, said the move by the President is good and rewarding start, and if pursued would open doors for the Liberian business community.Mr. Trawally also said Liberians are yet to give preference to locally produced materials. “Liberians are yet to prioritize local products and we need to do this if we are to take over our economy.”Meanwhile, a follow-up meeting with the President is expected to convene soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Speaker Picks Committee to Review House Rules

first_imgAd hoc committee Chairman Rep. Cllr. Kanie Wesso; Secretary General Rep. Rosanna G.D.H. Schaack; and Co-chairperson Rustonlyn Suacoco Dennis– Election or appointment of leadership committees sparks debate among lawmakersAgainst calls for the election of heads of statutory committees – similar to what the Senate has done – House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers has appointed an eight-man ad hoc committee to review the rules and regulations of the House of Representatives.The rules were first amended by the 52nd Legislature and recently amended by the 53rd, conferring authority on the Speaker to appoint heads of Statutory and Standing Committees, among others.On Tuesday, January 16 during the 2nd day sitting, Dr. Chambers appointed the ad hoc committee and mandated it to report on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. There were 54 Representatives in session; 12 were absent.The Ad hoc Review Committee is chaired by Rep. Kanie A. Wesso (Gbarpolu County District # 2, CDC); co-chair is Rep. Rustonlyn Suacoco Dennis (Montserrado District # 4, LTP); and Secretary General is Rep. Rosanna G.D.H. Schaack (Rivercess County, District # 1, LP).Others are Samuel Enders (Montserrado County District # 6, Independent); Acarous M. Gray (Montserrado County District # 8, CDC); Dr. Isaac Roland (Maryland County District # 3, CDC); Rep. Clarence G. Garr (Margibi County District # 5, CDC) and Rep. Julie F. Wiah (Lofa County District # 2, Independent).Traditionally, the Speaker has always handpicked the chair, co-chair and members of statutory committees. However, only the chairs and co-chairs are considered members of the leadership of the House of Representatives alongside the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.Rule 5 of the House rules says the leadership of the House of Representatives shall consist of the following officials: The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, Chairman on Executive, Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Chairman on Judiciary, Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration, Chairman on Public Accounts and Expenditures, Chairman on Gender Equity and Child Development, Chairman on National Security and all co-chairpersons, “in order to ensure stability, decorum, orderliness, discipline and the proper distribution and delimitation of power, responsibilities and jurisdiction in the House of Representatives, Republic of Liberia; and in order to further guide Legislative practices and procedures and to regulate the activities of members of this Honorable body; and in further strict adherence to Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, which empowers each House of the Legislature of the Republic to adopt its own of procedures and enforce same.”In a related development, some Representatives have expressed opposition to 7.4 of Rule 7, which gives the Speaker the power to appoint the chairpersons and co-chairpersons of the statutory committees. It maintains that chairs and co-chairs of statutory committees should be elected by the members of each statutory committee.Besides the appointment of the chairpersons and co-chairpersons of the leadership of statutory committee, another sticky issue which has been a hot topic of discussion is the    the composition of the committees. Under current arrangements the Speaker is clothed with the authority to appoint committee members including their heads and deputy heads, something which some representatives find worrisome.Rule 53 of the House rules says: “Each committee shall be composed of not more than seven (7) members, except the committees on Ways, Means and Finance and Peace & National Reconciliation, which shall consist of one member each from each of the fifteen counties; no member shall serve at any time as chairman of more than one committee; no member shall serve as co-chairman on more than two committees; no chairperson of a Statutory or Standing Committee shall co-chair more than one committee; no chairperson of a Statutory Committee shall co-chair another Statutory Committee; and no member shall serve on more than five (5) committees.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus driver slapped with causing death charge

first_imgTwenty-four-year-old Ronald Balgobin, who on March 13 last reportedly drove minibus BWW 4542 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of 52-year-old Linden/Soesdyke Highway resident Yvonne Mohan on the Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara, appeared on Monday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the offence. He has been remanded to prison on this causing death charge.Remanded: Ronald BalgobinHe was also taken before Georgetown Magistrate Renita Singh on the following charges: being an unlicensed driver, breach of insurance, and reportedly providing false information to the Police on the day of the accident.He was granted $75,000 bail on those offences, and will return to Court on May 7th.RecapOn the day of the fatal accident, Balgobin was reportedly proceeding south on the East Bank public road allegedly at a fast rate. He lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn, and it collided with an electrical pole before flipping upside down.He and the passengers in the minibus were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where Mohan was pronounced dead on arrival.Two other passengers were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) and admitted for injuries they sustained.last_img read more

AFC dance to Wanga musica amidst unrest

first_imgThe match officials had to wait before the situation normalized and the game ran on for the few minutes that were remaining.Homeboyz used the opportunity to drive the final dagger into Ingwe’s Ali Bhai scoring the third goal with a neat finish.At the Thika Sub-County Stadium, Ulinzi Stars returned to winning ways, Elvis Nandwa striking twice as the soldiers beat hosts Thika United 2-0 to move fourth in the standings.The soldiers had lost three of their last five matches to see their title hunt slowed down, but the win in Thika will revive their faintest of hopes.Nandwa opened the scoring in the third minute with a little chip that beat Thika keeper Eliud Emase after running behind the defense to pick out a cross from Masita Masuta.Ulinzi should have doubled their lead in the 11th minute but Geoffrey Kokoyo’s header at the back post from a corner was cleared off the line and Daniel Waweru’s rebound also blocked with Thika clearing desperately.Ulinzi Stars midfielders Ibrahim Shambi and John Kago vie for the ball with Thika United’s Dennis Lewa during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on July 1, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe home side had a brilliant opportunity to get back on level terms when James Kinyanjui little ball from midfield found Valentine Nyantika through on goal, but the forward’s shot with keeper Timothy Odhiambo off his line went wide.Nandwa should have had his brace in the 38th minute when he picked up another Masuta ball inside the box but his poor first touch let him down after he had beaten the defense.Five minutes to the break, Masuta had a chance of his own when he turned well inside the box but his shot came off the bar.In the second half, Thika tried to build in the pressure, but just couldn’t get quality in the final third. They found themselves two down in the 69th minute when Nandwa rose in well to head home a Waweru cross, keeper Emase caught flat footed.Thika coach John Njogu made some changes including bringing in the experienced Hajji Mwachoki, but nothing they could do salvaged their hunt.Ibrahim Mwiti came close 15 minutes from time with a freekick but the effort was straight to the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz forward Allan Wanga celebrates his goal with team mate Noah Wafula during the SportPesa Super Cup quarter finals against Tanzania’s Yanga on Sunday June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 1- Allan Wanga came back to haunt his former employers striking twice as Kakamega Homeboyz beat AFC Leopards 3-0 at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Sunday in a match marred by crowd trouble.The game was halted for close to half an hour after a section of AFC supporters threw projectiles into the pitch protesting a disallowed goal by Whyvonne Isuza which had been cancelled for offside.last_img read more

MCGUINNESS INVOLVED IN UNCOMFORTABLE TV INTERVIEW ON SECOND CAPTAIN’S LIVE

first_imgJim McGuinness was involved in an awkward and at times tense interview on Second Captain’s Live last night.Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was involved in an uncomfortable interview last night on popular RTE programme Second Captain’s Live.McGuinness seemed hostile and tense towards the show’s interviewers – as they focused on his high-profile fall-outs with Rory Gallagher and Kevin Cassidy.McGuinness was visibly riled during the exchanges, and said he was fed up talking about the Cassidy and Gallagher fall-outs – as he said he had addressed them in the book. When asked what he had made of Rory Gallagher’s counter claims to what was said in the book, McGuinness said, “I don’t think that there’s a need to react to that.“I’ve said in the book what I wanted to say in the book and that’s my perspective of what happened.”He also angrily refuted the claims of double standards aimed at him – considering Kevin Cassidy was dismissed for disclosing details from the Donegal set-up.He compared himself in the same context as Alex Ferguson – saying they had both done books after they had left their jobs. McGuinness said, “In the same context as Alex Ferguson writing a book after he stepped away, it’s after the event.“The situation with Kevin was, everything we were doing in that moment, we were trying to win the All-Ireland, we were putting our lives on hold.“And everything we were doing was laid bare for every single manager in Ulster and the country.“Every single method that I was bringing to what we were trying to achieve was laid bare in that moment.“I’m gone now and there’s another man managing Donegal. That’s why Alex Ferguson has written his book now, because he’s gone from the Man United job. I “t’s the exact same context with me. That’s what people do. They explain what happened in a job after the event, not during the event.”McGuinness did conclude that he hopes Rory Gallagher does well in the Donegal job – and wishes him and all the players every success in the future.You can watch a re-run of the interview on RTE Player.MCGUINNESS INVOLVED IN UNCOMFORTABLE TV INTERVIEW ON SECOND CAPTAIN’S LIVE was last modified: November 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Hilarity follows when Arsenal fans’ favourite journalist tweets contract news

first_img pic.twitter.com/QelKVi28hN— Kristian (@KristianHauglnd) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/J4Z4U0UYtH— GoonerGordo2 (@GoonerGordo2) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/XxWVuXLnop— burberryjerry (@JerryKola) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/i32CrZwLdI— neal b (@goonerneal) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/9zapWRgtnv— 👑 (@SulimanDx) June 29, 2018 When David Ornstein tweets about Arsenal, the supporters listen and then reply to him with brilliant memes.His latest bit of club gossip was about Calum Chambers signing a new contract.This is obviously great news, but the fact Arsenal fans heard it first from the BBC Sport correspondent meant they could pay tribute to the ‘meme lord’ in their own way. Remember when he tweeted news of Bernd Leno’s arrival?Chambers has been an Arsenal player since 2014 when the club paid Southampton £16million for him. He spent the 2016/17 season on loan Middlesbrough, but new manager Unai Emery has seen enough potential in the 23-year-old to want to keep him at the club. Arsenal have already snapped up Leno and Stephan Lichtsteiner, while they have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos.However, like many people on Twitter, talkSPORT.com was only there for the memes, which you can see a selection of below. pic.twitter.com/33nOyxkCff— ❌Ra’id❌⚽⚡️ (@MesutsTouch) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/57chRD0NNc— SuperJack💕💕 (@KgosinagaMusa) June 29, 2018center_img pic.twitter.com/iRt1l8Zhex— Andy Ha (@_AndyHa) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/pYBJnnYbF2— Xhiddleton (@CrazyAlify) June 29, 2018 Orny is one of my… pic.twitter.com/S0Y2qHpvO3— suleman wanjiku (@sulemanwanjiku) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/zpqzSNIUu8— afcRob (@afcROB9) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/yfhoWCBoTs— Phil Merrick (@Phil_Merrick) June 29, 2018 pic.twitter.com/efdgjAPzm4— Matt Bonito (@mattbonito) June 29, 2018last_img read more

Kris Boyd blasts Alex McLeish and says Scotland look clueless on the pitch

first_img Griffiths withdrew from the Scotland squad to focus of his fitness for Celtic 3 “I get the whole thing that the clubs need to look after their players, but we need to be closing players left, right and centre.“Gordon was leaving people out of the squad, having to phone them up and tell them they haven’t been selected because they players in front of them are doing so well.“But when you look at Leigh Griffiths and James McArthur, they don’t even want to be selected for Scotland.“Looking at it, there’s a trust issue between the players and Alec.”Listen to more of Kris Boyd on Alex McLeish and Scotland IN FULL above! Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at home to European champions Portugal means McLeish has won just two of his eight games in charge since taking over from Gordon Strachan.Strachan was sacked by the Scottish FA after his side failed to make the play-offs for the World Cup, missing out on goal difference, but things have gone backwards since McLeish’s appointment.And Boyd, who quit the Scotland team in 2008 before coming back to add two more appearances in 2010, believes ‘something is not right’ within the Scotland camp.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White, the 35-year-old said: “When you rewind to the last campaign under Gordon Strachan, we felt as if we were getting somewhere.“But I look at it now and it’s far, far from that in such a short period of time.“There is something not right. Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd has hammered manager Alex McLeish and says he has made players lose interest in representing their country.The Kilmarnock captain also says the current Scottish team ‘look as though they don’t know what they’re doing’ on the pitch, after watching them suffer back-to-back defeats to Israel and Portugal in the UEFA Nations League. Axing Strachan has badly backfired on the SFA center_img “When you look at some of the performances, they look as though they don’t know what they’re doing.“I know Alex McLeish is saying you only get a short period of time to work with your players, but it’s the same for every international manager.”Boyd has also given his backing to Leigh Griffiths, who disrupted Scotland’s preparation for the Nations League double-header by pulling out of the squad to focus on maintaining his fitness for Celtic.And he believes there are other players who don’t want to pull on a Scotland shirt under their current boss.“The most important thing in international football is the players want to go and play and train with a smile on their face, but that’s not happening right now with Scotland under Alex McLeish,” he added. 3 Kris Boyd says ‘there’s something not right’ in the Scotland camp 3last_img read more

REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES

first_imgPortsalon: Campbell carried out burglaries not far from where she livesA JUDGE has reserved his sentencing on a woman behind a spate of burglaries and thefts from holiday homes in the county.Theresa Campbell from Portsalon emptied homes of their contents in a series of raids – even taking heating oil. During one robbery, she stole a washing machine, tumble drier, TVs, hair straighteners and even the linen off the beds, Letterkenny District Court heard.Inspector Michael Harrison detailed the incidents in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A charge of carrying out an arson attack on her father’s home at Rosskirk – to defraud insurance companies – was withdrawn after the court heard her father had since died.Inspector Harrison said Campbell, who is 42, stole a range of items from two holiday homes on the Lough Salt Road, Carrigart in September 2010.The homes belonged to a woman from the North and Campbell helped herself to €1,700 worth of goods including the washing machine, a laundry basket and a kettle.She also caused €300 damage to the property and emptied the oil tank.She struck again at Eelburn Caravan Park the following month, carrying out burglaries at two caravans owned by a man from Co Down.A TV, aerial, DVD player were among €560 worth of good stolen and €200 worth of damage was done to the properties.In another raid the following month at Croaghross – in November 2010 – she stole tools to the value of  €1,300.Campbell also admitted driving while disqualified and the theft of oil when she was stopped in Kilmacrennan in October 2010.Inspector Harrison said she had stolen goods worth €3,760 and caused damage to properties worth €900.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “simplistic” approach to life and described the case as “sad.”He said Campbell hoped to pay back some of the money by letting land next month for which she would be paid €1,200.Judge Kelly gave Campbell as six month suspended jail sentence for the driving offences June 2011, suspended sentence for previous pointing out: “She was given a 20-year driving ban in July 2008.”The judge warned: “She is not to drive again.”He adjourned the sentence on the burglaries until December 9.REVEALED: WOMAN WAS BEHIND SPATE OF HOLIDAY HOME BURGLARIES was last modified: September 10th, 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:burglarLetterkenny CourtPortsalonTheresa Campbelllast_img read more

Background checks now required

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the New Year arrives, every member of the staff at the United Methodist Church of La Mirada and every Sunday School teacher, counselor and volunteer will have undergone a background check.It’s just one of the policies instituted by the La Mirada church and all of the United Methodist churches in Southern California, Guam, Hawaii and Saipan as part of an effort to stem any sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church from occurring in United Methodist churches.“We’d like the community to know that if they bring their children to our Sunday School, we’re doing everything we can to ensure your children are safe at our church,” said Linda Tremain, a member of the La Mirada church’s Safe Sanctuary Committee that wrote up its plan.“We’ve never had a problem at our church, but we are protecting ourselves,” Tremain said.The “Safe Sanctuary” policy – set by the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church was instituted after its insurance company required it.That’s a good thing, said John Hergesheimer, lay leader for the East Whittier United Methodist Church.“It is a kick in the pants that we needed,” Hergesheimer said. “We all have the sense we’re playing catch up. We see it as a moral imperative.”The policies at all of the churches will include background checks, safety procedures such as having two or more non-related adults present in a classroom or at an activity and development of an ongoing education plan.“We believe the Christian faith calls us to offer both hospitality and protection to the little ones, the children,” said Larry Hygh, communications director for the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, “The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church” state that children must be protected from economic, physical, emotional, and sexual exploitation and abuse.”The La Mirada church also will have doors with windows and the ability to look into classes from the outside. Youth counseling will be done in a public or other visibly observable location and the adult teachers will have to be at least five years older than the oldest participant.Whittier-area church officials say they haven’t had any problems with sexual abuse scandals, but that doesn’t mean the Methodist Church hasn’t had problems.There have been news reports about scandals in Detroit and Long Beach.Hergesheimer said he’s not surprised that the Methodist Church also would have problems.“There’s no reason Protestants should have an advantage,” Hergesheimer said. “You just have to figure that when people are inclined to molest kids they are going to seek settings which kids trust adults. What better places than schools, youth organizations and churches?”The East Whittier United Methodist Church is in the planning stages for its “Safe Sanctuary” policy, Hergesheimer said.On Monday, the church’s leadership council will vote on a proposed plan.The policy would include requiring background checks on staff and volunteers who deal with youth, guidelines on how to supervise children and procedures for handling complaints. mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more