BAWODA Declares 2015 A Year for Bassa Women’s Education

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA) has declared 2015 as a year for the women of Grand Baassa County to be studious and obtain quality education for better future.Madam Martha Flanjay-Karnga made the statement when she gave her New Year’s message during a press conference at her office in Buchanan City recently.Madam Flanjay-Karnga reiterated that if the women of Grand Baassa County obtain quality education, by learning how to read and write well, they will be able to teach their children at home after their children have returned from school.Madam Flanjay-Karnga said while it is a need for the women of the county to obtain quality education, the government must re-enforce its adult literacy education program in the various districts and not only in the urban areas.She pointed out that if educated the women will know their rights and social responsibilities, something she said will enable them to immensely contribute their individually and collectively contribute towards the socio-economic and infrastructural development of post war Liberia.She commended her donors, including the Nyonblee Cares Foundation, the American-Jewish World Service, Concern Worldwide-Liberia, Search For Common Ground, and Action-Aids-Liveria among others, for supporting her association to empower women and girls by building their capacity through trainings for self-sustainability.She mentioned that during the year under review ,the association has created awareness program about the danger and preventive measures against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the county.She used the occasion to encourage citizens and residents of the county to regularly wash their hands with soap and clora and adhere to all the preventive measures instituted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other international partners.She named other preventive measures as ‘stop shaking hands, touching  bodies suspected of Ebola, and reminded them of the symptoms like vomiting, fever, red eyes, running stomach among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Wants ‘UNMIL Presence on the Ground’ During Elections

first_imgAs the discussions on the drawdown plans of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) continue unabated, especially as Liberia prepares for Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2017, Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has weighed in on the discussions suggesting that some form of UNMIL presence remain in the country until after the 2017 elections.According to the Foreign Ministry, Minister Kamara made the assertion when a two-member delegation of the US Foreign Relations Senate Committee paid her a courtesy visit recently at her office. The delegation, comprising Senior Advisor for International Economics and Trade, Mr. Andy Olson and Policy Analyst, Ms. Morgan Lorraine Viña, were accompanied on the visit by the US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Mark Boulware.Minister Kamara told them that Liberians have a little bit of paranoia about UNMIL’s drawdown. In her view, she said, there should be no fear; however, “We have to continuously explain to our people that on June 30th, 2016, UNMIL is not going to disappear, especially as we approach 2017 elections. It’s going to be a transition of security from UNMIL to the Liberian government.”Speaking further, the nation’s top diplomat stated that UNMIL should still be around because Liberia’s security apparatuses have not inspired confidence in the people in terms of the way they have carried themselves. “So, all these factors come together to making a situation where we foresee some difficulties because of perception. Because of that, the government would like to still see some form of UNMIL presence on the ground during the elections. We see that as kind of psychological and a deterrent,” she added.However, she maintained that in reality Liberian security apparatuses are the “first responders” at the moment, not UNMIL, as is the perception from ordinary Liberians.She noted that some Liberians are not aware that in most areas across the country, UNMIL has already withdrawn. “UNMIL is nowhere in Grand Cape Mount, all along the borders and in many other places; but government doesn’t just want to take the risk. We are saying, let them just be there if it is going to contribute to good behavior, fair elections and no problems in order for us to have a smooth transition,” she reasoned.The Foreign Minister told the US delegation that she was glad to share with them what she knows even though the UNMIL drawdown process falls under the authority of the Ministry of Justice. IT was there Minister Kamara referred her visitors for further details on the matter, including how prepared the national security forces are to take over the security of the country when UNMIL hands it over to the Liberian government on June 30th, 2016.Minister Kamara highlighted, however, a serious challenge to the process – donor funding – which she indicated is not forthcoming.The visitors had stated that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate is paying keen attention to developments in Liberia as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) prepares to scale down its operations here.UNMIL was deployed in October 2003 in accordance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003), after the signing of the August 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement on Liberia. The mission had initial troop strength of up to 15,000, including 250 military observers, 160 staff officers, up to 875 UN police officers and an additional five armed formed units each comprising 120 officers, and a significant civilian component and necessary support staff.The mission is currently implementing a phased drawdown of troops and gradual handover of security responsibilities to the government. The Liberian government will assume full security responsibilities no later than June 30th.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Black History Month Series: Guyana Writers of African Ancestry, part one

first_imgThere are as many ways to celebrate as there are appropriate ways to celebrate. The tenor of Black History Month should be celebrated with books. Here’s a short (but by no way a comprehensive) list of Guyanese works and their authors which could be used to commemorate the above.Ivan Van Sertima ‘They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America’, written by Ivan Van Sertima, published 1977, was one of those controversial books that stabbed at misconceptions about Africans. Van Sertima knew what he was doing when he set out on that scholarship ‘many people feel a certain kind of happiness when they read my book. A certain kind of shadow lifts. The psyche of blacks is raised. No man who believes his history began with slavery can be a healthy man. If you lift that shadow, you help repair that damage’.Educator, researcher, critic, writer, poet, Ivan Van Sertima was born in 1935, in Kitty Village, British Guiana. He competed his early schooling in Guyana and entered the world of work as a Press and Broadcasting Officer, Government Information Office. For higher education, Van Sertima attended the London School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England, where he studied African languages and literature and during which time he also he learned to speak Swahili and Hungarian fluently.Norman E. CameronEducationist, mathematician, historian, poet, dramatist, sportsman, cultural activist and social reformer, Norman Eustace Cameron was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice, in 1903, not far from the birthplaces of Edgar Mittleholzer and Wilson Harris. Although Cameron was blessed with a ‘light but pleasant tenor voice’, he was a trailblazer, pioneer and pacesetter. All of this due in no small way to the fact that his father’s great thirst for knowledge rubbed off on him and his mother’s wonderful organising ability grounded in religious tenets was foisted on him.As a trailblazer, pioneer and pacesetter, Cameron did what had to be done, filling the lacuna in many areas. His magnum opus The Evolution of the Negro a subject shunned by thinkers on the British colonial portion of the world, published while yet in his 20s was one such significant feature of his contribution to society.Jan Carew‘The Gentle Revolutionary: Essays in Honour of Jan Carew’ edited by Joy Gleason Carew and Hazel Waters is the book paying tribute to a man who lived and worked in many places, with the singular fixation to right wrongs of discrimination, marginalisation and even gender inequity, fighting the ‘same cause’ by re-writing and righting history.Carew is best known for his novel ‘Black Midas’, first published 1958. As a cultural historian, he wrote ‘Rape of Paradise’, ‘Moscow is not my Mecca’, ‘Ghosts in my Blood’, ‘Grenada, the Hour will Strike Again’ and ‘Fulcrums of Change’; setting history right, contrary to Euro-centric bias designs previously forced upon us.O. R. DathorneDathorne is better known for his novels ‘Dumplings in the Soup’, and ‘The Scholar-Man’, describing the academic world in Africa but he also published academic works including the following:‘The Black Mind: A History of African Literature’, University of Minnesota Press, 1974.‘African Literature in the Twentieth Century’, University of Minnesota Press, 1976.‘Dark Ancestor: The Literature of the Black Man in the Caribbean’, Louisiana State University Press, 1981.Beryl GilroyWriter and educator, Beryl Gilroy was born in 1924, in Springlands, Berbice, Guyana, later becoming the first black head teacher in Britain.Beryl Gilroy who gained her doctorate in counselling and ethno-psychology wrote two historical fiction books ‘Steadman and Joanna’(1991) explored the history of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora in the period of slavery and ‘Inkle and Yarico’ 1996. Gilroy is better known for her novel, ‘Black Teacher’.In part two, we would take a look at the works of contemporary Guyanese writers of African ancestry who are still at work.Responses to this author please telephone 226-0065 of email: oraltradition2002@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Awesome foursome for Neymar in Japan rout

first_imgNeymar underlined his star billing as he moved to 40 goals in just 58 games for Brazil and gave new coach Dunga a fourth straight win with no goals conceded.The victory also rounded off a successful Asian mini-tour for this year’s World Cup hosts after Saturday’s convincing 2-0 win over arch-rivals Argentina in Beijing.Neymar looked dangerous from the off. In an ominous start, he had a penalty shout waved away and grazed the side-netting with a free-kick.He duly put Brazil ahead on 18 minutes when he ran on to Diego Tardelli’s penetrating through-ball, scampered around goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and finished with aplomb.Neymar pierced the Japanese defence once again when he evaded the attentions of Tsukasa Shiotani on the left and went close with a shot which rolled across the goalface.But Japan were not prepared to roll over and Yu Kobayashi flashed a volley over the crossbar as the Blue Samurai nearly found a quick reply.Bundesliga’s Shinji Okazaki almost found the target with a glancing header and Brazil dealt poorly with a corner on the stroke of half-time in signs of hope for Japan.But Japanese optimism receded three minutes after the break when half-time substitute Philippe Coutinho won possession in midfield and prodded the ball forward for Neymar.With Japan’s offside trap sprung, Neymar had plenty of time to pick his spot and put his second goal of the night past Kawashima.Okazaki, now bolstered by substitute Keisuke Honda, remained industrious and made the Brazilian woodwork shudder with a fierce shot that cannoned off the near post.Neymar should have have sealed his hat-trick when he rounded a defender and shot with the goal at his mercy, only to see the side-netting bulge.The 22-year-old was tormenting the defence and he set up first Liverpool’s Coutinho and then 65th-minute substitute Robinho for carbon-copy chances on the left which both went wide.Kaka arrived to huge applause in the 72nd minute and he quickly drew the best from Kawashima as his firm header, from a Neymar cross, was palmed onto the bar.But the ball was not cleared and although Kawashima kept out Coutinho’s fierce drive, Neymar pounced on the rebound for his third on 77 minutes.Four minutes later and Neymar got his fourth of the night, and 40th in a Brazil shirt, when he met Kaka’s hanging cross from the left at the far post.Substitute Yoichiro Kakitani nearly grabbed a late consolation for Japan. But there was to be no fillip as the Blue Samurai look ahead to their Asian Cup defence in January. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SINGAPORE, October 14- Barcelona superstar Neymar thumped four goals past Japan in a spectacular solo performance as Brazil hammered the Asian champions 4-0 in Singapore on Tuesday.The 22-year-old Barcelona forward was a class apart at Singapore’s national stadium as he scored all of Brazil’s goals and nearly provided more in front of a sell-out crowd.last_img read more

Italian mob in decline due to informants

first_imgToday, Mafia families in former strongholds like Cleveland, Los Angeles and Tampa are gone. La Cosa Nostra – our thing, as its initiates called the mob – is in serious decline everywhere but New York City. And even there, things aren’t so great: Two of New York’s five crime families are run in absentia by bosses behind bars. Mob executions are also a blast from the past. The last boss whacked was the Gambinos’ “Big Paul” Castellano in 1985. New York’s last mob shooting war occurred in 1991. And in Chicago, home to the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre, the last hit linked to the “Outfit” went down in the mid-1990s. The Mafia’s ruling Commission has not met in years. Membership in key cities is dwindling, while the number of mob turncoats is soaring. “You arrest 10 people,” says one New York FBI agent, “and you have eight of them almost immediately knocking on your door: `OK, I wanna cut a deal.”‘ The oath of omerta – silence – has become a joke. Ditto for the old world “Family” values – honor, loyalty, integrity – that served as cornerstones for an organization brought to America by Italian immigrants during the era of Prohibition. “It’s been several generations since they left Sicily,” says Dave Shafer, head of the FBI organized crime division in New York. “It’s all about money.” Which doesn’t mean the Mafia is dead. But organized-crime experts say the Italian mob is seriously wounded: shot in the foot by its own loudmouth members, bloodied by scores of convictions, and crippled by a loss of veteran leaders and a dearth of capable replacements. The Bonannos, along with New York’s four other borgatas (or families), emerged from a bloody mob war that ended in 1931. The Mafia then became one of the nation’s biggest growth industries, extending its reach into legitimate businesses like concrete and garbage carting and illegal pursuits like gambling and loan-sharking. The mob always operated in the black. Things began to change in the mid-1980s, when the Mafia was caught in a crossfire of RICO, rats and recorded conversations. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act handed mob prosecutors an unprecedented tool, making even minor crimes eligible for stiff prison terms. The 20-year sentences gave authorities new leverage, and mobsters who once served four-year terms without flinching were soon helping prosecutors. “A good RICO is virtually impossible to defend,” insists Notre Dame law professor G. Robert Blakey, who drafted the law while serving as counsel to Sen. John McClellan in 1970. The results proved him right. The first major RICO indictment came in 1985, with the heads of three New York families and five other top level Mafiosi eventually convicted. It took nearly two decades, but the heads of all five New York families were jailed simultaneously in 2003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAFIA: Officials say oaths of silence have become a joke, and now members ask for deals. By Larry McShane THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In early 2004, mob veteran Vincent Basciano took over as head of the Bonanno crime family. The reign of the preening, pompadoured Mafioso known as Vinny Gorgeous lasted only slightly longer than a coloring dye job from his Bronx hair salon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Within a year, the former beauty shop owner with the hair-trigger temper was behind bars – betrayed by his predecessor, a stand-up guy now sitting down with the FBI. It was a huge blow to Basciano and the once-mighty Bonannos, and similar scenarios are playing out from coast to coast. The Mafia, memorably described as “bigger than U.S. Steel” by mob financier Meyer Lansky, is more of an illicit mom-and-pop operation in the new millennium. The mob’s frailties were evident in recent months in Chicago, where three senior-citizen mobsters were locked up for murders committed a generation ago; in Florida, where a 97-year-old Mafioso with a rap sheet dating to the days of Lucky Luciano was imprisoned for racketeering; and in New York, where eightysomething boss Matty “The Horse” Ianniello pleaded to charges linked to the garbage industry and union corruption. Things are so bad that mob scion John A. “Junior” Gotti chose to quit the mob while serving five years in prison rather than return to his spot atop the Gambino family. At the mob’s peak in the late 1950s, more than two dozen families operated nationwide. Disputes were settled by the Commission, a sort of gangland Supreme Court. Corporate change came in a spray of gunfire. This was the mob of “The Godfather” celebrated in pop culture. last_img

‘Dele Alli could become the WORLD’S most wanted player’, talkSPORT told

first_img Dele Alli has scored 21 goals in 50 league appearances for Spurs 1 Dean Saunders has told talkSPORT it would take ‘an absolute fortune’ to sign Tottenham and England star Dele Alli, who he believes could become ‘the most wanted midfield player in world’.Alli has become one of the country’s most exciting players since joining Spurs from MK Dons for just £5million in 2015.Playing in only his second season at White Hart Lane, Alli has not only become one of Tottenham’s best players but also a 15-capped England international.The 20-year-old penned a new six-year contract with the club in September, but Spurs have a history of allowing their biggest names to leave for the right price.And Saunders believes all of the world’s top clubs will come calling for Alli if he continues his meteoric rise.“Dele Alli is improving week-in week-out and is going to be worth an absolute fortune,” the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker told talkSPORT host Jim White.“If he keeps going the way he is going, he’s going to be the most wanted midfield player in the world.“When you say in the world, you’re including players like Lionel Messi and the rest of them, but Alli is the one they’ll want to buy – so what value do you put on him then?”last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Bosz hails Jadon Sancho as a ‘big talent’

first_img Jadon Sancho 1 Borussia Dortmund were tracking Jadon Sancho long before they prised him away from Manchester City this summer.The 17-year-old joined the German club in August after deciding it was best to continue his career away from the Etihad.A host of top clubs in England were looking at the winger, including Arsenal and Tottenham.However, Dortmund won the race for the England Under-17 international and their manager Peter Bosz has high hopes for the youngster.“Well obviously he is a big talent, a lot of clubs want him,” said Bosz.“I have only been at Dortmund for two months but I know the club was already looking at him for a long time.“We are really pleased to sign him. He is a big talent. Unfortunately he is not able to play in the Champions League yet.“We have to be patient, but we try to prepare him for the second round.“Like I said, he is a big talent and we are pleased to have him with us.”last_img read more

Boxing Day preview: United rejuvenated, Chelsea wobble and Liverpool top

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED tense huge blow 1 Former West Ham and Leicester striker David Connolly is also on hand to preview all the post-Christmas Premier League action.Liverpool lead at Christmas, Manchester City have slipped up and have to bridge a four-point gap, Manchester United are rejuvenated, Chelsea are wobbling, Burnley are in free fall – all this and more discussed on this week’s episode. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL deals shining Ahead of the Boxing Day fixtures, talkSPORT’s Tom Rennie and David Walker are joined by the former Arsenal and Cardiff defender Rhys Weston. gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Most Popular Premier League News whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Jurgen Klopp has led his side to the top of the table last_img read more

Rovers defender to miss cup game through suspension

first_imgSligo Rovers will be without defender Tobi Adebayo-Rowling for Saturday’s FAI Cup game away to Longford Town.The right full-back will serve a one-match suspension having picked up five bookings so far this season.Rovers could recall Gary Boylan or Seamus Sharkey to fill in at right-back for the game against the First Division side.New side Jamie McDonagh is also an option having deputised in that position for his previous club, Grenock Morton in Scotland.But the Belfast native told Ocean FM he thinks he is better suited to more attacking positions….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile Damien McNulty will be suspended for Finn Harps’ first round tie at home to Bohemians.But Paddy McCourt will be available despite his sending-off against Galway last week.Instead the former Celtic player will be banned for Harps’ next league game – a crucial relegation tie away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday week.last_img read more

Solidarity football match between Sligo travellers and refugees based in Ballaghaderreen

first_imgA friendly football match will take place this Wednesday afternoon in Sligo between a team representing the Sligo Traveller Support Group and players from Syria and Iraq currently based at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderreen. The players from Syria and Iraq have been based in the Roscommon town as they and their families prepare for the transition to permanent homes in various parts of the country. Many of those at the EROC have endured horrific experiences in war-torn Syria including losing family and friends in the conflict. Displaced from their home country they had to make treacherous journeys over land sea in order to find safety and refuge from bloodshed, war and bombings. Thousands of other women, men and children who have attempted similar journeys have lost their lives trying.Jamie Murphy from the Sligo Traveller Support Group, and organiser of the game, said: “The families living in the EROC have experienced unimaginable hardship and heartbreak over the years of conflict in their home country, not to mention how difficult the journey was to get to Ireland. This game, although a small gesture, is an important demonstration of solidarity, support and welcome for people that have endured so much. It is important that all communities reach out and show solidarity for these families in whatever way they can. Sligo Traveller Support Group is absolutely privileged to host the the players from the EROC and we hope that through the universal language of sport that good relationships will be formed. We hope as many people as possible turn out to watch the game.”The game takes place at 2pm at the Sean Fallon Centre at the Showgrounds, home of Sligo Rovers.last_img read more