Yvonne Nelson Arrives Tomorrow

first_imgTop Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson is expected in Liberia on Friday for the Primer of her movie “If Tomorrow Never Come’’ with the aim of raising funds and giving a percentage of the proceeds generated from the movie premiere directly to My Heart’s Appeal, a not-for-profit organization.Upon her arrival she is expected to meet with children challenged by Down’s Syndrome from My Heart’s Appeal, interact and have a party with them.“If Tomorrow Never Comes” is a movie that tells a classic story of a young girl, Ewurabana, whose uncle wickedly sold her into slavery after her mother died, leaving her and her kid brother alone in the village to fend for themselves, as they endure all kinds of grievous treatments at the mercy of handlers.The movie stars include Yvonne Nelson, David Dontoh, Khareema Aguiar, Becca, Kweku Elliot, and others.The movie will premiere on Saturday, December 19 at 5 p.m. at the Monrovia City Hall, followed by an after party at the Golden Gate Night Club, where Yvonne Nelson will personally interact with the audience and local artists. Admission is US$60 for VIP and US$25 for ordinary guests. The actress is expected to make three days in Liberia during her entire visit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ending Child Poverty—A New Old Proposal Deserves to Be Heard

first_imgShare81TweetShare11Email92 SharesOctober 19, 2016; New York TimesThe United States leads the world in many ways in which we can take pride, but leading most of the industrialized world in child poverty brings shame.This statistic translates into more than 14.5 million young people starting their lives at the bottom of a very steep hill. While this number has shown some improvement as the overall economy has recovered from the depths of the 2007 recession, it remains at a disturbingly high level.Efforts to directly alleviate the pain of growing up poor have missed their target. Eduard Barros, writing in the New York Times, recently wrote,The child tax deduction—which allows families to exclude $4,000 a child from their taxable income—avoids the poor almost entirely. Just over 1 percent of the $40 billion it costs the federal budget every year flows to the poorest fifth of the population….The $58 billion child tax credit that reduces a tax bill by $1,000 a child is more progressive. But families in the bottom fifth get only a tenth of the money.This is a safety net that will let the poorest easily slip through.Perhaps it’s time to consider a different approach, one backed by nine experts on poverty and child well being and that received support from pundits as diverse as Daniel P. Moynihan and Milton Friedman. Rather than the current system of tax credits and deductions, they propose providing every child with a monthly stipend of $250.The benefit would be universal, like Social Security, rather than aimed at low-income families alone. And it would decouple government assistance from work, a sharp departure from the track followed since the welfare reform of the 1990s, when cash assistance was replaced with tax credits.At the level being proposed, $3000/year, child poverty would not be eliminated but millions of children’s lives will be improved. It ensures that the poorest of children are not left out. This new approach is estimated to cost about $190 billion annually, less than twice the cost of the current program of credits and deductions. When compared to other countries using similar approaches, it does not seem extravagant.Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden all already have some sort of child allowance. In Germany, the benefit for a family with two children adds up to $5600 a year. In Canada, it is worth $4935 per child under 6, and $4164 for children ages 6 to 17.As a universal benefit, it eliminates the stigma associated with need-tested programs. Because it does not require demonstrating one’s poverty, it would reduce the need for a large government bureaucracy to manage the program. And it would take the welfare of our children away from the ongoing political arguments over work that have marked decades of “welfare reform” efforts.Creating a new universal benefit would not be easy in our current political environment. It asks that easing the pain of children be placed above political ideology. It asks us to be willing to critically think about what has worked and what has not in earlier efforts. These are clearly not easy challenges. However, 14.5 million impoverished children should be enough cause for politicians right, left, and center to seriously grapple with this moral imperative and end our global shame.—Martin LevineShare81TweetShare11Email92 Shareslast_img read more