Joint Security Storms Abandoned MOD Building

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first_imgIn the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) drawdown, a joint security team comprising members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Liberia National Police (LNP), and Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) yesterday stormed the Ministry of Defense building in Congo Town, Monrovia, in search of suspected drug addicts. According to security sources, the building’s notoriety has surpassed the much-talked about and densely populated Peace Island community in Congo Town, commonly known as “540.”The Liberians were backed by their outgoing UNMIL counterparts. Several of the suspected addicts arrested in yesterday’s raid were immediately turned over to the LNP for processing and their subsequent hand-over to court, the Daily Observer was informed.Traffic connecting the main road to the Congo Town back road came to a standstill as commuters stood agape witnessing the event.However, according to sources, yesterday’s operations were intended to search, seize and arrest suspected drug addicts and hardened criminals.The exercise, the sources continued, has been carried out in several communities in Monrovia and other commercial districts, and is expected to continue in the coming weeks.Our sources hinted that the operation became a necessity because security forces have observed that the country is gradually becoming a potential haven for transnational drug dealers and traffickers.“The reason is because the country has porous borders that anyone can penetrate without the security noticing.” Prior to yesterday’s search, there had been widespread rumors that the abandoned Defense Ministry structure hosts an unspecified number of drug addicts and hardened criminals.Residents of the surrounding communities told the Daily Observer that until yesterday’s exercise, the building was inhabited by hardcore criminals, who made the area a no-go zone for them.“We have been very afraid to inform security people about the bad conditions around here as most of the suspected criminals over there continue to threaten our homes,” said a gentleman who identified himself as Morton.A female resident disclosed that they had remained silent on the situation owing to the fact that they have to protect their lives and properties from the marauding gangs that terrorize their communities.One resident described the move by the joint security squad as “timely” and urged the government and its partners to sustain the search operations in all parts of Monrovia and extend them across the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Don’t spoil kids this holiday season, experts say

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut, she realized, “the reality is we all set our kids’ expectations.” Experts say parents have more control than they may realize over the selfishness of the holidays. Here’s some advice for moms and dads who want to separate cheer from greed this season and avoid spoiling their kids. Think about it What your kids say they want might be based on an advertisement or something their peers own. Parents can use their older, wiser perspective to make better-informed purchases, says Alan E. Kazdin, incoming president of the American Psychological Association. He suggests items that inspire family time – such as board games, certificates to local theme parks or books on tape – and gifts that contribute to a skill or value the parent would like their child to have, such as a musical instrument or horse-riding lessons. “The parent should think about the agenda of their own. Not all gifts have to have vision with them, but get a little more inspired than just following the ads.” More giving, less getting If you think kids like to receive, watch them experience the magic of the other side, experts say. “You can really get your kids excited about the giving process,” says Fader, 37. She and her 8- and 4-year-old children make dog biscuits for their neighbors’ pets. Kazdin suggests taking your children to the store to buy items for others their age – relatives or those in need – or to take a book donation to the library. Dale McGowan, author of “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion,” says even nonreligious parents can find meaning in the holidays beyond materialism. “(Kids) are in a constant state of receiving. But if you give them a chance to experience the satisfaction of being the generous one, they just vibrate with excitement.” Set limits Remember, Mom: You aren’t Santa Claus. Just because your daughter’s been good all year, it’s not your job to give her every last item she wants, according to the pros. “It’s OK for parents to say `no,”‘ says parenting expert Mary Muscari, who co-wrote upcoming books in the “Everything Book” series about raising adolescent boys and girls. Muscari recommends putting a dollar limit on how much you’re going to spend, and then sticking to it. Feel free to let your children in on the amount so they know what to expect, she says. If it helps, consider how short-lived the thrill of receiving can be. “Parents now are spending thousands of dollars; they’re in debt for months,” she says. “Come March, most of these kids probably can’t tell you what they got.” Think outside the gift box Sometimes the most significant things aren’t things at all. “With kids, a lot of the stuff that they get doesn’t have any meaning,” says Donna Bee-Gates, San Jose-based author of “I Want It Now: Navigating Childhood in a Materialistic World.” “They just open the stuff, and they throw it onto the pile,” Bee-Gates says. But there is a gift that won’t just go onto the pile: time you spend with them. That means developing rituals or traditions that involve doing activities together, which they can forever remember and associate with the holidays. Bee-Gates suggests making gingerbread houses or eating breakfast as a family before commencing the gift-opening frenzy on Christmas morning. Show appreciation It’s OK to receive presents, but experts say kids should make the connection between giving and getting. That means acknowledging the generous benefactor. Bee-Gates recommends declaring “thank-you days.” It’s a good excuse for another family activity, she says, where kids and parents can design thank-you notes together and write them, giving consideration to details, and the meaning behind the gifts. “And then you remember, this is what they gave me, this is why it’s important to me,” Bee-Gates says.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is it possible to get through the holidays without hearing “I want,” “I want,” “I want?” Although Christmas and Hanukkah are often intended for gathering with family, reflecting on the past year and observing religious traditions, it’s easy for parents to get tangled up in ribbons and bows as they try to grant their child’s every material wish. Anna Fader, who runs the New York-based parenting blog Mommy Poppins (mommypoppins.com), says she was recently overwhelmed by the thought of Christmas. “There’s all this pressure to participate in this thing, and you feel like your kids have expectations.” last_img