Gborga: A Town without Safe-drinking Water, Health or Other Facilities

first_imgGborga Town, about 176 miles away from Monrovia, is located deep in the forest of Morweh District, Rivercess County.This small sized settlement is a home to approximately 2,500 inhabitants.They reside in an estimated 150 dotted thatched huts, and earn their living from subsistence farming.The town has two quarters, namely:  Gborga and Bunns, but the inhabitants within that quarterly division, are united for development, considering the dearth of basic social services. Principally, the town lacks a hand pump (source of safe-drinking water), a clinic and school.The Town Chief, James Gweh is assisted by a Quarter Chief of Gborga, Friday Zor.The town was founded in 1976 and named after in-laws  of the original residents of the area—the Gaunma people,  whose taboo remains chicken—which, in keeping with tradition, they don’t eat.  Neither do they sell the chicken.  “At first, we wanted to name the town after our son named Lemuel or Joshua Logan, founders of the town,” Mr. James Sammie, 61, told the Daily Observer during an exclusive interview during a visit.     Divided over who exactly the town should be named after, the townspeople later resolved the impasse when the only government elementary school there was named in honor of one of the contending names–Joshua Logan Public School. Thus, the town was named after the Gborga family who had the support of Lemuel Logan.  But one thing that keeps reminding them of their destitution is the lack of basic social services, paramount among them—a health post and at least a hand pump to provide them safe drinking water.With the coming of the raining season, the residents will have to fetch drinking water from nearby creeks, including the one closer to the town—the Borlahn Creek.Another issue which, if not immediately addressed by the government would make living more frustrating for Gborga residents, is the deplorable condition of the motor road. In dire need of reconditioning, it threatens to cut the area off from the rest of Rivercess County.The residents expressed fear of any looming ‘water-borne disease’ including diarrhea. But in spite that fear, coupled with their hardships, the residents believe that one day the nightmare will become something of history.True to the residents’ beliefs, the town is expected to witness a construction of a multi-million dollar school complex—the Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy.  The school project is expected to contain the needed development, including the construction of hand pimps, clinics or health posts, etc.A ground breaking ceremony paving the way for the construction of this school was held in April this year. It was welcome news for residents as it revived the academic hopes of parents and their school-age children desirous of continuing their academic sojourn.The Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy, to be built on 100 acres of land, will be the first privately-operated high school and the only two-storey modern complex in that region of the Morweh District. When completed, it will stand as a representation of the county’s developmental achievement, which promises to bring in safe-drinking water as well as construction of health-post and other facilities.The school will eventually provide an adult literacy program, vocational education, a modern gymnasium with a courtyard for other activities, and teachers and administrative staff housing units.Part of the infrastructure for the school, according to the man behind its construction, Mr. Daniel Menyon, the design calls for the use of solar panels, to provide clean energy (electricity) for the entire complex as well as the town and its surrounding hamlets.  Mr. Menyon is a son of Daisy Bopah, a woman after whom the school is named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Lemon Boosts Ebola Awareness in Its Workplaces

first_imgAs part of a public awareness effort, No Lemon Liberia Incorporated, in partnership with Metal Mechanic and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (MMAWUL), last Saturday staged an awareness campaign on the dangers of Ebola and how to prevent it in workplaces and communities.The event, according to Mr. Kenneth Moore, general manager,  and Abraham D. Nimene, secretary general of No Lemon, was part of their social responsibility to support all efforts by President Ellen Johnson and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as well as international partners in combating Ebola in the West African region.The campaign staged at their head office in Congo Town, was intended to educate and inform people who are still in denial of the virus and their belief in God that Liberia will soon be Ebola free.No Lemon also donated disinfectant materials to their sub offices where the Metal, Mechanic and Allied Workers Union are located.The Danish-based Company provides vehicle and equipment maintenance in developing and post-conflict countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Historical Injustices Should Be Addressed by Land Authority

first_img-Says USAID-LGSA Chief of PartyDr. Yahannees Gebremedhin, Chief of Party of USAID- funded Land Governance Support Activities (LGSA) on Wednesday said that for Liberians to feel the relevance of the newly created Liberia Land Authority (LLA), the Authority must first seek to address past and present historical injustices associated with land-related issues, including concession agreements, throughout the country.Though established in 2016 to develop policies and undertake actions that would lead to the implementation of progress to support land governance, Dr. Gebremedhin believes the LLA has done much in that area, particularly with public consensus building, but stressed that “it needs to ratify some of the historical injustices regarding land-related issues.”The USAID-LGSA boss did not elaborate further on the issues when he spoke at the public awareness on activities of the LLA, but reminded the LLA that it also needs to build consensus on equitable access to land.However, Atty. Adams Manobah, vice chairman of the LLA claimed that community dwellers have been denied and exploited during the signing of concession agreements by past governments. It was for which the Authority was created to resolve-for locals to be a part of any arrangement for the use of their lands.Gebremedhin’s assertion comes against the backdrop of the Legislature’s continued inability to reach a consensus to ratify the 2014 bill that is intended to protect communities’ Land Rights. It was submitted to that body by the government of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Friday’s awareness was jointly sponsored by both UNDP (United Nation Development Program) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). It brought together stakeholders from two of the 15 counties, namely Grand Cape Mount and rural Montserrado, and was held at the Administration Building, in Bentol City, outside Monrovia.Gebremedhin told his audience that although he has stayed in Liberia for a little over six months, he has witnessed that land-related issues have drawn private and public actors’ attention.He quickly clarified that land-related issues around the world cannot be resolved by using straightforward methods because it comes with a history that sometimes is contentious.“Issues like criminal conveyance of land is not straightforward, because it involves divergent interest and views,” he noted, adding, “issues relating to land awareness cannot be straightforward and it will not be in Liberia and has not been that way in any country of the world, because it comes with lot of history that sometimes is contentious,” he said.According to Gebremedhin, LLA has an enormous task ahead, because it should understand that land-related problems cannot be handled in one or ten years.He also used the occasion to call on development partners, including his institution, to continue seeking the more meaningful involvement of segments of society to sustain the gains and progress made so far by strengthening the LLA capacity and its legal policy.“LLA should also effectively take advantage of the available opportunities that can be created in the future,” Gebremedhin said.Atty. Adams Manobah, vice chairman of the LLA recounted how much exploitation locals have experienced as the result of bad concession agreements entered into by past governments on their behalf.Making specific reference to Sime Darby, the LLA vice chair claimed that the company paid US$6 per tree especially kola tree that was part of the land negotiated by the government.“They paid you US$6 for your kola tree, only if you were to keep the tree, by then, you would raise over US$25 from the sale of each of its fruit,” Manobah alleged.“It’s a historical injustice that led to the civil war, this must stop and only the LLA can do that for you, because, we are going to make sure that you form part of any agreement about your land usage for concession purposes,” he said.The LLA vice chair asked the participants to join the campaign to pressurize their lawmakers for the passage of the Land Rights Act that is before that august body for ratification.He also enlightened the people about the formation of the LLA, which he said will deal with some of those historical injustices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clinton advocates Iraq exit in Spanish-language debate

first_img“We need to quit refereeing their civil war and bring our troops home as soon as possible.” All who were asked about immigration at the debate on the campus of the University of Miami said they would address this vexing issue in their first year in office. Clinton criticized the immigration bill proposed in the last Congress, dominated by Republicans. That legislation would have penalized those who help illegal immigrants. “I said it would have criminalized the good Samaritan. It would have criminalized Jesus Christ,” she said. That the Democrats participated in the Spanish-language debate is the clearest sign yet of the growing influence of Latino voters. Anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas posed questions in Spanish, and the candidates had earpieces to hear simultaneous translations into English. The candidates’ responses were simultaneously translated into Spanish for broadcast, and English-speaking viewers could watch using the closed caption service on their televisions. CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted Sunday night it’s time to start pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq as she and her Democratic presidential rivals debated the war on the eve of a much-awaited assessment by U.S. commanding Gen. David Petraeus. In the first presidential debate ever broadcast in Spanish, the protracted war in Iraq competed for attention with the swirling argument about immigration. On Iraq, Gov. Bill Richardson retorted that Clinton and others who want to leave residual forces there would leave soldiers at risk. “I’d bring them all home within six to eight months,” the New Mexico governor said in the debate, which was broadcast on Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish-language network. “There is a basic difference between all of us here … This is a fundamental issue,” he said. Clinton said a report Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are presenting in Washington this week won’t change the basic problem that there is no military solution in Iraq. “I believe we should start bringing our troops home,” she said. Not surprisingly for anchors who vocally support a path to legalization for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, both Ramos and Salinas framed their questions with the basic assumption that immigrants, including those in the country illegally, face discrimination and have been unfairly demonized – a view not universally shared in the English- language media.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bosnia 2-0 Wales: Despite defeat Chris Coleman guides the Dragons to Euro 2016

first_img1 Gareth Bale Wales have qualified for their first major tournament in 57 years despite falling away to Bosnia.After a tight first half, Milan Djuric scored a goal from nowhere with a looped header before Vedad Ibisevic confirmed the defeat with minutes remaining.But it was not the result in Bosnia that counted, it was the one in Jerusalem that sent Wales through as Cyprus beat Israel meaning no one could topple Chris Coleman’s men in second place in Group B.It is a historic day for the Welsh and emotional scenes took over the players as they and Coleman finished the job Gary Speed began five years ago.Wales began brightly but it was Bosnia who came the closest to breaking the deadlock after Ben Davies lost his footing in the Welsh half and Edin Visca flashed the ball wide of the goal.Gareth Bale kicked into life after 26 minutes as he proved he had the beating of the Bosnia defence, but Hal Robson-Kanu was inches away from latching on to his whipped cross.Wales should have scored on the stroke of half time when Bale fed Aaron Ramsey who shimmied his way into the six-yard area before the ball fell to Neil Taylor a yard out but Bosnia somehow managed to scramble the ball away.It was so close to going in that Coleman ran away celebrating as play continued. It was evident how much this meant to all involved with the Welsh.Neither team could get a foot on the ball after the break as the wet conditions made it tough to string together passes in the attacking third.Finally Wales got what they wanted when Bale broke free down the left with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he looked to lose his balance at the crucial moment and skewed his shot wide of the near post.However, the blow of missing the chance was softened as news of Israel falling behind against Cyprus filtered through, meaning Wales would be through regardless of the score.The game became a little scrappy after that with Joe Allen – Wales’ best player on the night – worked tirelessly to break up every Bosnian attack, take note Jurgen Klopp.But then, out of the blue, Bosnia took the lead.A long, hopeful ball was punted forward and was allowed to bounce in the Welsh area and Djuric leaped highest to loop the ball over a helpless Wayne Hennessey.It was only the third goal Wales had conceded throughout the qualifiers, but what a crucial time to concede it.Ramsey tried the spectacular as Wales looked to hit straight back but his first-time volley from Taylor’s cross flew over Asmir Begovic’s goal.Wales kept pressing and pressing and won a corner with four minutes remaining but substitute Sam Vokes’ header was straight at the Chelsea stopper.And the result was confirmed in the 89th minute when Bosnia scored again, as Ibisevic turned home a corner.But it didn’t matter, Wales lost but they won’t care as thanks to Cyprus’ 2-1 win over Israel, they have booked their tickets to France next summer.last_img read more

AMERICAN THEOLOGY STUDENTS SET FOR DONEGAL PILGRIMAGE

first_imgUP to 30 American theology students will visit Donegal this summer to study our county’s ancient Christian roots.Christendom College, a Catholic institution in Virginia, says the trip will offer students a deeper understanding of Western Christianity and the role of Ireland in particular.College president and institute director Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that “the idea was to bring American and Irish students together, basically to study, to pray, and to have a great time together.” He noted that the Church in both countries has faced difficulties in recent years.The St. Columcille Institute will be a three-week programme at Ards Friary.The academic core of the institute will feature classes in theology, history and literature, exploring Western Christian civilization in order to re-invigorate the faith of young students.“We want this to be part of the New Evangelization,” said O’Donnell, adding that the academic program aims to represent Church teachings with “enthusiasm” and “intensity.” One of the cornerstones of the program will be an apologetics course taught by O’Donnell that will “meet kids where they’re at.”The course will help students learn the fundamentals of the Catholic faith, as well as how to handle many common intellectual and personal challenges to the Church’s teachings.Students will also engage in a course on the spread of Christianity in Europe, with an emphasis on the role of Irish Catholics. Of particular emphasis will be the namesake of the institute, St. Columcille  who helped spread the faith to much of the British Isles and some of mainland Europe during the 500s.O’Donnell noted that this time period was also a “New Evangelization,” in that Christianity inspired the peoples of Europe, and he voiced hope that the study of this important moment in history would enrich both Irish and American students.Finally, Christendom will bring one of its classes on short stories to Ireland, hoping to “raise questions about faith, about life.” The class will place an emphasis on Irish authors, among the other great works and stories discussed in the seminar. O’Donnell also mentioned that the institute will offer an opportunity to bring “American and Irish students together” to enhance one another’s faith through shared experience and learning from one another’s perspectives.Students will also be encouraged to learn some Irish here.Mr O’Donnell has told students that Donegal is “strikingly beautiful,” close to the sea and surrounded by greenery.“You feel very close to God,” said O’Donnell, “and it’s very easy to pray there.” Already, the program has “been very very popular,” O’Donnell explained, and more than 25 students have signed up since the program was announced just two weeks ago.The group will arrive in Donegal on July 19th and stay until August 11th.AMERICAN THEOLOGY STUDENTS SET FOR DONEGAL PILGRIMAGE was last modified: April 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:AMERICAN THEOLOGY STUDENTS SET FOR DONEGAL PLIGRIMAGElast_img read more

MOL AN ÓIGE -CEOLTÓIRÍ ÓGA Ó DHÚN NA NGALL INNIU AR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA

first_imgA new generation of talented young traditional musicians and singers from around the county can be heard on Raidió na Gaeltachta today.The musicians were recorded before Christmas in Letterkenny as part of the Mol an Óige series presented by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha.Students from Comhaltas Leitir Ceanainn, Ceol na Coille music school, Coláiste Ailigh and Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin all took part in the recording session. The first of the programmes will be broadcast today.Mol an Óige, Raidió na Gaeltachta, 18.30 -19.00.MOL AN ÓIGE -CEOLTÓIRÍ ÓGA Ó DHÚN NA NGALL INNIU AR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA was last modified: January 12th, 2014 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:Ceol na CoilleColaiste AilighComhaltas Leitir CeanainnGaelscoil AdhmanainRnaGlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE HOSTING ‘GET TO KNOW YOUR CLUB’ NIGHT

first_imgNaomh Colmcille are holding a ‘Get to Know Your Club’ night on Wednesday 4th November at 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and find out about all aspects of the club – facilities, senior and underage teams, coaches, committee, etc. There will be a short presentation about the club and then the opportunity to chat to the committee and coaches.The seniors lost out in the local derby at Burt on Sunday. Full time score Burt 2-15 2-9 Naomh Colmcille.The reserves fixture against Burt did not go ahead.The Junior Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser will take place on Saturday 14th November at the Halfway House in Burnfoot. This should be a great event so mark the date in your calendar now! Tickets available from the dancers and committee members. The club AGM is scheduled for Thursday 26th November at 8:00 pm. All nominations and motions need to with the club secretary 21 days before the AGM in writing.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be supdated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U21s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Check the Facebook page for latest update. U13s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U11s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update. Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 2, 3, 1, 6, 9 and the winners are Gary McDaid, Ronan McKinley and Monica McDaid who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot is €2100.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE HOSTING ‘GET TO KNOW YOUR CLUB’ NIGHT was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 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:GAA newsNaomh Colmcillelast_img read more

Shasta Creations Volleyball Team dominates at Bay Area tourney

first_imgThe Shasta Creations Volleyball Team was in Livermore over the Presidents Day weekend, where it won the NCVA Presidents Day Tournament.The team went in at the 9th seed and was undefeated in matches all three days, only losing one game, in the finals, the entire time.On Saturday the team beat No. 25 Lady Sharx 25-7, 25-10; No. 23 Dig It VBC 25-21, 25-15 and No. 7 Aspire Black 25-15, 25-10 to take over 7th seed.On Sunday the team beat No. 13 PRVA Tsunami 25-13, 25-15; No. 11 AAVC 25-16, 25-18 …last_img

Get ready for Baker Mayfield starting against Raiders in Week 4

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your Raiders-Dolphins pick & challenge our pros***ALAMEDA — Hue Jackson is playing it coy, but you can bet Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield will be making his first NFL start in Oakland on Sept. 30.According to the sports online site Bovada.com, Mayfield is a 1-to-100 favorite to face the Raiders in Week 4, with the odds on 2018 starter Tyrod Taylor 50-to-1.Jackson declined to state the obvious after the Browns, with Mayfield coming to the rescue, beat the …last_img