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First Lady Kenyatta lauds Lions Club for Special Olympics partnership

first_imgShe expressed her delight that the work undertaken by Special Olympics in Kenya and across the world – has transformed the lives of people with disability.“You have provided a unique platform for them to participate in sporting activities, and an opportunity to pursue a sports career,” said the First Lady.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady was speaking this morning during celebrations marking the partnership between Lions Club International Foundation and Special Olympics Kenya held at Loresho Primary School grounds.A Unified Football match between the Leos and Special Olympics was part of the celebrations.The First Lady said sports have a unique ability to transcend across economic, physical and social cultural barriers.“I am convinced that sports is an important vehicle that will provide our youth with a positive competitive spirit, determination and courage to overcome social barriers that have restricted inclusive participation – because of generalizations, assumptions, prejudices or stereotypes,” she saidFirst Lady Margaret Kenyatta with the Special Olympics team. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady, an avid supporter and key participant in sports especially athletics said she has personally witnessed how sports has had lasting positive impact on the lives of children.“And while we must not underestimate the power of sports to transform attitudes, and promote inclusion, we must not only focus on the why inclusiveness, but on the how, she said.She pointed out that sports for people with disability must allow participation at all levels without hindrance.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during the event held at Loresho Primary School. Photo/PSCUThe First Lady said the partnership between the two organizations was informed by research showing that a large percentage of Special Olympic athletes had not accessed eye examinations services.“We know that many partnership efforts mostly target larger population issues such as malaria, HIV and Aids, Cancer, and unfortunately invest less on people with disabilities – they are largely under-served group when it comes to health issues not to mention eye-care,” she said.She applauded the Special Olympics and Lions Club International Opening Eye programs for their steadfast and unwavering work.Through this partnership, the First Lady pointed out the two organizations have managed to reach out to 400,000 athletes with screening, and offering close to 200,000 special eyewear.She noted that in the last one year the two organizations managed to perform desperately needed free eye surgeries to six Special Olympic Kenya athletes.The Kenya Special Olympics team training at University of Nairobi on Friday, 4th, March, 2016.The medical exercise, said the First Lady, averted tragedies of potential blindness, as well as protecting the victims from experiencing multiple vulnerabilities.“With your invaluable work, you have not only provided access to life-changing corrective surgeries and saving sight, but provided them with confidence and determination to pursue a future in sports,” said the First Lady.She also expressed gratitude to the doctors, thousands of volunteers, vision specialists and educators who have selflessly given of themselves to bring joy and essential services to persons with disability.“This is a valuable reminder that the needs of persons with disability is not about them, but about all of us,” said the First Lady.She said today’s football match is a demonstration of the powerful success of the collaboration between the two organization.Other speakers included the Lions Club International President, Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, International Vice-President of the Club Jung-Yul Choi, the International Director, Lions Club Mrs. Aruna Oswal and the Chairman Special Olympics Kenya Thuo Chege.They said inclusivity has transformed the attitudes of those with disabilities who are now proud to participate in the development of the country.They said the two organizations would continue engaging on how to enhance their programmes to make the disabled more excellent athletes.-By PSCU-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000First Lady Margaret Kenyatta handing over medals to Special Olympics football team .Photo/PSCUNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has commended Lions Club International Foundation for forging a partnership with Special Olympics which she said has had a positive impact on millions of individuals across the world.The First Lady, who is the Patron of Special Olympics Kenya, said this unique partnership which has been there for the last 15 years has helped the two organizations share a mission of inclusivity.last_img read more

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LAPD Plan to map Muslims opposed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A plan by the counterterrorism bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department to create a map detailing the Muslim communities in this city, an effort described as a step toward thwarting radicalization, has angered civil-rights groups, which say it is no better than racial profiling. At least three major Muslim groups and the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Thursday to top city officials raising concerns about the plan. “When the starting point for a police investigation is `let’s look at all Muslims,’ we are going down a dangerous road,” Peter Bibring, a lawyer with the ACLU of Southern California, said in an interview. “Police can and should be engaged with the communities they are policing, but that engagement can’t be a mask for intelligence gathering.” The objections started after Michael P. Downing, a deputy Los Angeles police chief who heads the counterterrorism bureau, testified before a U.S. Senate committee Oct. 30 that the Police Department was combining forces with an unidentified academic institution and looking for a Muslim partner to carry out the mapping project. He emphasized that he wanted the process to be transparent. The estimated 500,000 Muslims living in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange and Riverside counties, make it the second-largest concentration of Muslims in the United States, after New York City. Not all Muslim groups in the area object to Downing’s idea. “There has been a lot of discussion on the issue of ghettoization and counterghettoization,” said Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which is considering being the Police Department’s partner in the project. Marayati said his group supported anything that would help integration as long as it safeguarded civil liberties. Among those interviewed, whatever their position on the project, Downing was given high marks for his community-policing efforts, and the letter to city officials suggested that the groups opposed to his idea meet with him to discuss it. Those signing the letter included Muslim Advocates, a national association of Muslim lawyers, and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an organization for mosques. The groups were particularly angered that in his Senate testimony, Downing, discussing the possibility of Muslims’ radicalization, seemed to suggest looking at such factors as exposure to the puritanical teachings of the Wahhabi sect, instability in countries of origin and where they get their news. He also suggested that the study would result in helping amplify the voice of Muslim moderates who could counter fanatics. Definitions a concern “Who is going to decide who are the moderates?” asked Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for the Los Angeles area, who also signed the letter. “Are Muslims who criticize the war in Iraq moderate?” The groups’ letter coincided with the release Thursday by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and other city and law enforcement officials of an FBI report that al-Qaida might be planning to strike at shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago during the Christmas season. But the FBI report itself characterized the information as uncertain. The groups involved in protesting the mapping plan said any threat from al-Qaida, even a tenuous one, underscored their point that limited police resources should be directed at investigating real crimes rather than at what they characterized as treating the entire Muslim community with suspicion. “Al-Qaida has always operated outside the United States,” Ayloush said, “and has miserably failed to gain any support or sympathy among the American Muslim population.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img In his testimony, to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Downing said the project would determine the geographic distribution of Muslims in the sprawling Los Angeles area and take “a look at their history, demographics, language, culture, ethnic breakdown, socioeconomic status and social interactions.” The idea, Downing said in an interview Thursday, would be to determine which communities might be having problems integrating into the larger society and thus might have members susceptible to carrying out attacks, much like domestic cells in England and elsewhere in Europe. “There are people out there who believe in extreme violent ideology who present a threat to the American people, and that is what we are trying to prevent,” he said. “This could be called another prevention strategy.” The civil-rights groups argue that contrary to what has been found in Europe, the scattered cases exposed in the United States have involved individuals with no clear ties to international terrorism groups. 500,000 Muslims in area last_img
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