Dimeh Women Prioritize Culture

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first_imgCelebrating and conserving our culture is a way of life for many of our people. Even though many say the practice of culture has totally vanished from Liberia, while Western values have eaten up the soil of Liberia and Africa at large. For these reasons, there are many Liberian children who do not understand their culture and the way of life of their ancestors.Unlike many towns around Liberia, Dimeh Town in the Dowen District of Bomi County, has vowed to make culture a top priority in their community, noting that the way of their fathers cannot be forgotten.It was revealed by the Chairlady of the Town, Madam Janet Rogers that the community has been practicing its culture since they were born and took over from the elder people they met there.She noted that before a child becomes a matured man or woman, they are trained in the ways of their fore-fathers.“Our main expression of our culture here is dancing, so all the women in this town —one way or the other— know how to dance. Their Cultural education has nothing to do with their Western Education. We make it our duty to teach them our culture before they become old enough to go to school,” she explained.She said out of appreciation to their culture, the women of Dimeh founded a women’s dance troupe to entertain visitors during important occasions and ceremonies.She said the masked dancer known as “the Country Devil” will wear a white clothe signifying Purity and togetherness.“Because of the way we have treated our culture in this part of the country, we have had international guest from all parts of the world come and talk to us about how we respect our culture,” Madam Rogers explained.“When our culture is practiced in the midst of a certain group of people, there is much more love and unity than expected. Our children know the meaning of respect and they know what it means to be obedient,” she said.Madam Rogers explained that girls in the Sande bush no longer spend a long amount of time there. “The bush only opens when the girls close their regular schooling activities. We decided it should be that way so that the girls would not get distracted from regular Western school,” she said.However, she said the community would continue to attach values and respect to its cultural heritage.Like other Women performing on the ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the late Bai T. Moore, 4 year old Bendu Sonnie, beautifully danced to one of the native songs that was sung in the Vai dialect.According to onlookers around, little Bendu has been a part of the cultural team for almost a year. It was revealed by others that she has expressed a lot of interest in cultural dance and it is possible that she might continue dancing in the future.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 impact on Caribbean’s call for reparations – Dr Phillips

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first_img…other political and economic ramifications in the pipelineBy Alexis Rodneyguyana Reparations Commission Chairman, Dr Eric Phillips, on Monday said the fallout of Britain’s exit fromGuyana Reparations Chairman, Dr Eric PhillipsOutgoing British PM David Cameronthe European Union will have no impact on Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean in their call for reparatory justice.Guyana has been calling on Britain, and several other EU States to pay compensation for what is said to be the severe impact the Transatlantic Slave Trade has had on the descendants of slaves living in Caribbean.Caribbean countries said European Governments (in addition to being responsible for conducting slavery and genocide) had also imposed 100 years of racial apartheid and suffering on freed slaves and the survivors of that genocide.Slavery ended throughout the Caribbean in the 1800s in the wake of slave revolts, and this left many of the Region’s plantation economies in tatters. Caribbean leaders have said the Region continued to suffer from the effects of slavery today.According to Dr Phillips, Britain is considered a sovereign State when it comes to reparations, noting that its exit from the Union will not affect what the Caribbean countries have been calling for.“We are not addressing the issue as a European Union Issue, so [Barbados] Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wrote letters to several Heads of State. It shouldn’t impact us at all, Britain has its own empire and we are addressing slavery and genocide in Guyana created by the British, not by the EU, so it shouldn’t impact us at all,” he told Guyana Times on Monday.Dr Phillips said, however, that the move would very much have other political and economic ramifications, which, ultimately, may have some long-term impact. “But in terms of us specifically, I doubt,” he affirmed.Dr Phillips also stated that while British Prime Minister David Cameron would leave office, someone else would have to take up the mantle, as the issue is a sovereign one between Guyana and Britain, and to a wider extent, the Caribbean.Caribbean leaders in 2014 had approved a 10-point plan to seek reparations from the former slave-owning states of Europe.These points include those countries providing diplomatic help to persuade countries, such as Ghana and Ethiopia, to offer citizenship to the children whose foreparents were brought to the Caribbean to “return” to Africa; devising a developmental strategy to help improve the lives of poor communities in the Caribbean still devastated by the after-effects of slavery; supporting cultural exchanges between the Caribbean and West Africa to help Caribbean people of African descent rebuild their sense of history and identity; supporting literacy drives designed to improve education levels that are still low in many Caribbean communities; and providing medical assistance to the Region that is struggling with high levels of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and type two diabetes that the Caricom Reparations Commission linked to the fallout from slavery.It has been reported that if the European powers fail to publicly apologise and refuse to come to the negotiating table, the Caricom nations will file a lawsuit against them at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.Governments in the Caribbean have estimated that reparations for the slave trade could cost trillions of dollars and some have floated the idea of debt relief.Some 46,000 British slave-owners, including a distant relative of Cameron’s, were among those compensated at a current-day equivalent of £17 billion (US$36 billion) for “loss of human property” after the country emancipated its slaves in 1833.The issues of slavery and reparations have reverberated in the United States in recent years as well. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a journalist for the Atlantic and recent “genius” grant winner, wrote an influential article in 2014 making the case for reparations.Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles has warned the Region to brace for the impact of the United Kingdom’s break with the European Union, as he predicted that every aspect of life in the Caribbean would be negatively affected.The Brexit vote last Thursday has already caused ripples across the world, with the value of the pound falling and stock markets dipping.Sir Hilary said the Region’s fragile economic recovery was now under threat and Britain’s exit should trigger immediate strategic regional reactions, even before Heads of Government meet in Guyana for their July 4-6 Summit.“The predictable, highly individualistic action poses both a short-term as well as a long-term threat to the performance of Caricom economies,” he said in a statement issued Saturday.“From trade relations to immigration, tourism to financial relations, and cultural engagements to foreign policy, there will be a significant redefinition and reshaping of Caricom-United Kingdom engagements,” Sir Hilary further warned, as he urged Caricom to use the development to deepen and strengthen its internal operations and external relations with the wider world.“It’s a moment for Caricom to come closer together rather than drift apart. The Region should not be seen as mirroring this mentality of cultural and political insularity, but should reaffirm the importance of regionalism within the global context for the future.”last_img read more

“I Did Not Eat Gov’t Money”

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first_imgAtty. Woods: “It is bad to lead by cheating from the governed.”Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods has dispelled rumors in some quarters that he resigned his post as Minister of Public Works because he siphoned enough money out of the ministry’s coffers.Based on those rumors, Atty. Woods said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct a full financial audit of the ministry after he resigned his post.Mr. Woods made the disclosure yesterday at a program held in his honor under the “Peace Hut” in Sinkor, Monrovia by the leadership of Women in Peace-building Network (WIPNET), a Liberian Chapter of West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP).The activities were under the theme, “Building Relationships for Peace.”Mr. Woods’ clarification was a reaction to President Sirleaf’s letter to GAC, requesting for a “technical and financial audit” that would have been a crucial step in bringing closure to the issues of road contracts awarded during his tenure at Public Works.“In that audit, GAC cleared me, but it was God that vindicated me, because I did not eat government money, rather I saved the government from spending huge amounts of money unnecessarily,” Mr. Woods stated.He commended the women for their consistent prayers for the country, adding “it was through your prayers that God Himself vindicated me, because my character and record are clean.”“Samuel Kofi Woods has come before you this morning to defend his good name and character, because I am not a citizen of any other country but Liberia where the citizens or government don’t praise the good name of an individual, but only look for the bad name and things in the good character,” Atty. Woods told the women who shouted Halleluiah.The rights activist reiterated that as Public Works Minister, “I saved the government from unnecessary expenditure to the tone of US$25,000. I did not make you, the prayer women, shame but in the end the government insisted on an audit of my administration in two phases.”He then challenged the government to also audit all former government officials and those in active service to establish facts in their financial transactions during and before they left office. It should not only conduct audits, but apply legal punishments for violators.Atty. Woods also challenged the women to pray and act in accordance with their prayers so that all the “bad, bad things, including corruption, nepotism, injustice, discrimination and other vices in the country will come to an end.”He observed that unless those vices are destroyed, the country will not go anywhere in whatever goals it attempts to achieve.The rights advocate also called on the government to take full responsibility for the financial impropriety at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) by suspending the payment of severance and other benefits to those retired and or dismissed until a full investigation is conducted.The investigation, he said, should be void of members of the Board as announced by President Sirleaf, contending that “the NOCAL mess was created by the very board members.”Shortly after Woods resigned from Public Works, President Sirleaf on May 28, 2014, requested the Auditor-General, Yusador Gaye, to audit his administration.The President informed Auditor Gaye in her letter, a copy of which is with this newspaper, that the government is committed to fully addressing the serious issue of extra-budgetary commitments for the conduct of road works, which emerged in 2013 between the MOPW and road contractors. “As part of our commitment to deal with this issue decisively and in conformity with Public Financial Management (PFM) Law of 2009 and associated legal framework,” the letter noted, “I am directing the GAC to conduct a full financial audit of these projects.”Paragraph two of the letter added, “This special investigative exercise should provide a clear and comprehensive picture of events leading to the commitments that have been made; and, in particular, determine whether all of these contracts were obtained in adherence to the laws governing such commitments.” “This,” the letter continued, “will help us establish whether any legal action is warranted, and will also guide us in making appropriate payment settlements for outstanding contracts.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Main suspect released from Police custody

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first_imgTruck driver’s murder…insufficient evidence – CommanderThe main suspect in the murder of truck driver Nicholas Perion Bobb, who was shot and killed two weeks ago along the Kuribrong Trail, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), has been released from Police custody.F Division (Interior Locations) Commander Kevin AdonisThis was confirmed by F Division (Interior Locations) Commander Kevin Adonis, who in an interview with Guyana Times stated that the matter was still being investigated, but at this point there was insufficient evidence to keep the suspect in custody.He explained that the area where Bobb’s murder took place was isolated and there were no witnesses to the crime, at least none who have come forward or made contact with the Police.Therefore, in light of that fact, there is not enough evidence to keep the alleged mastermind in Police custody, he noted.However, he pointed out that this did not necessarily mean that the man was no longer under the Police radar.Murdered truck driver Nicolas Perion Bobb“We are coming close, really close, to completing the investigations. The thing is, it is simply not a cut—and-dry case where you have the requisite evidence at hand to prosecute. This murder happened in the back dam and there are many speculations, but the only statements we have right now is from the alleged abducted escapee who had given us conflicting reports,” Commander Adonis said.Thirty-four- year-old Bobb, also known as “Red Man”, a driver/mechanic of Lot 23 Caribese Hill, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), was shot to the stomach at close range and reportedly died immediately on April 21.The miner, who was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, was allegedly abducted by the suspects, but managed to escape from his abductors.It was reported that the shooting might have stemmed from an old grievance involving the stripping of a truck of its parts which were later taken and installed on another vehicle.It was also believed that the miner who alleged that he had been abducted by the perpetrators responsible for Bobb’s death might not have been a victim.Commander Adonis had previously said that statements given by the miner were “conflicting”, and, therefore, he was still being investigated in relation to the murder. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

The Poppy Poem

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first_imgMonday morning on Moose FM, Dwight Ford read a poem that was written for Remembrance Day.  Below is the audio from Moose FM.[asset|aid=2104|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1d41dd95809d841f0222f8eafe488528-Poppy Poem_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement –last_img

JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL SIGN COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW STAFF

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first_imgA Sign Company based in Co. Donegal has kindly instructed us Boyd HR to recruit a Full-time Sign Maker and Installer. The Sign Maker and Installer will work as part of a team and be responsible for the preparation, manufacturing, fitting & installation of branding solutions, vehicle graphics and other signage.The ideal candidate will be: Highly Organised;Naturally Outgoing & Friendly;Computer Literate.Highly Client Focused;Good Eye for Detail;Supportive of Management;Willing to Learn and Develop New Skills.Willing to Travel NationwideIf you have/are:Experience in Joinery/Carpentry (this would be an advantage);A Background in the Print or Sign Business;A Working Knowledge of Adobe Design Suite & CAD Programs;A Full Clean Driving Licence;A Current Safe Pass;Trustworthy, Reliable & Highly Confidential;A Good Team Player; then you may be the person we are looking for.In turn we can offer you:An Exciting and Challenging WorkplaceIf you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and a short cover letter by email to aoibhinn@boydhr.ie or via post to Aoibhinn, Boyd HR, 2nd Floor Crossview House, High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Closing date is 4pm, Friday, August 28th, 2015 All applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidence.JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL SIGN COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW STAFF was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

MCSA Eagles fight to pair of draws over weekend

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first_imgThe Mendocino Soccer Academy Eagles Under-19 boys soccer team entered last weekend’s pair of games as the 112th ranked club soccer team in California. After pulling out a pair of hard fought draws over the weekend, the Eagles will likely receive a nice bump in their state rankings as they prepare to wrap up NorCal Premier Fall League play this weekend.The Eagles (4-2-0) traveled down to Santa Rosa last weekend, Nov. 3 and 4, for a pair of matches against both the 26th ranked team in the state, …last_img

Sean Manaea dominant, A’s win again

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Left-hander Sean Manaea, in just his second start after a year on the shelf following shoulder surgery, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one run in seven innings Sunday as the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 in front of 24,550 at the Oakland Coliseum.Manaea didn’t allow a hit through five innings before Christin Stewart homered on a 3-2 pitch to open the sixth. Manaea allowed just two hits, equaling …last_img

Flight Design: Flies and Birds Get it Wright

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first_imgParse the following sentence for logical consistency: “Just as the Wright brothers implemented controls to achieve stable airplane flight, flying insects have evolved behavioral strategies that ensure recovery from flight disturbances.”  That is the first sentence from a paper in PNAS yesterday about the stabilizers in fly wings.1  Ristroph et al just compared design principles employed purposefully by inventors to the trial-and-error process of evolution.    The authors studied how fruit flies recover from disturbances.  They made them stumble while flying, and watched how they responded.  Their abstract continued the invention motif all the way up to modern times: “Thus, like early man-made aircraft and modern fighter jets, the fruit fly employs an automatic stabilization scheme that reacts to short time-scale disturbances.”  It only takes them 60 milliseconds to recover to within 2 degrees of their original heading.  They do this because they are equipped with “a pair of small vibrating organs called halteres that act as gyroscopic sensors.”  More aerodynamic engineering lingo ensues forthwith: “These findings suggest that these insects drive their corrective response using an autostabilizing feedback loop in which the sensed angular velocity serves as the input to the flight controller.”  The word “control” was one of the most prominent in the paper, used 27 times.  Later, their transition from biology to human engineering was seamless:Flight control principles uncovered in this model organism may also apply more broadly, and this work provides a template for future studies aimed at determining if other animals employ flight autostabilization.  The control strategies across different animals are likely to share common features, because the physics of body rotation is similar across many animals during flapping-wing flight.  Additionally, animals that lack halteres may use functionally equivalent mechanosensory structures such as antennae.  Finally, the control architecture of the fruit fly offers a blueprint for stabilization of highly maneuverable flapping-wing flying machines.    For fixed-wing machines, the need to overcome instabilities spurred the invention of autostabilizing systems by 1912, only 9 years after the Wright brothers first manually controlled airplane flight.  The development of such automatic steering systems also led to the first formal description of proportional� integral�derivative control schemes and advanced gyroscopic sensor technology.  The fruit fly’s autostabilization response is well-modeled by a simple PD scheme that receives input from gyroscopic halteres, and, like airplanes, uses fine adjustment of wing orientation to generate corrective torques.  Roughly 350 million years after insects took flight, man converged to this solution for the problem of flight control and joined animals in the skies.Want to see what animal flight technology has achieved?  Look no further than the aptly-named swift.  The common swift (Apus apus) is the speed champ in the category of sustained level flight.  The BBC News reported that swifts have been measured faster than peregrine falcons in level flight, though the falcon, employing gravity, sets the record in freefall dives.  A swift was recently measured going 69.3 mph, “the highest confirmed speed achieved by a bird in level flight,” said Swedish researchers publishing in the Journal of Avian Biology.  This is nearly triple their normal fast flying rate of 22-26 mph.  Apparently males do it to show off in “screaming parties” when flocks of swifts come together in jubilant displays of prowess.    Dr. Per Henningsson said, “It is remarkable that a bird that otherwise appears to be ‘finely tuned’ to perform at a narrow range of flight speeds at the same time is able to fly more than twice as fast when it needs to.”  The reporter added, “That means the birds need to be able to radically alter their aerodynamic performance, by altering their wing profile and physiology, depending on whether they are flying normally or in a screaming party.”  The article includes a short video of swifts in flight.  They go by in a blink of an eye, so a slow-motion sequence follows the real-time blip.  Reporter Jody Bourton called them “supercharged swifts”.1.  Ristroph et al, “Discovering the flight autostabilizer of fruit flies by inducing aerial stumbles,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online March 1, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1000615107.The fruit fly experimenters only slipped on the E-word banana once, but then they got back up and talked design engineering the rest of the time.  But the cognitive dissonance of hearing them use evolution in the same sentence as the Wright brothers, engineering and flight control principles was jarring.  Maybe they did it on purpose.  It could have been to raise awareness of the logical inconsistency.  Or it could have been to ensure their intelligent-design paper got past the censors.  Hopefully that was the case; otherwise, it betrays endemic mental illness in the halls of academia.    Next time you see a fruit fly or gnat, watch it for a while.  Think about how much technology is built into that tiny, tiny body.  It does things that our best aerospace engineers would like to imitate.  Become aware, also, of the birds in your area.  Watch some swifts in flight if you can.  You might just want to join their screaming party.  Flap your arms long enough, and you might be able to join them in a few million years.  Actually, probably not.  For more on swifts, see 12/09/2004, the 04/29/2007, and 07/18/2007.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

RED CHERRY Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #199 : Fabulous Lashes

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first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-11-24 13:30:45Reviewed Item Red Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #199Rating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  21  reviews exactly what it says on the tin. Five Stars Red Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #199100% human hairlong, full eyelashesuse with DUO adhesive for best results (sold separately) They arrived super quick and the quality of them were great. Very happy with my purchase x. Over the top glamour pornstar style lashes xxx. These lashes are extremely thick, as pictured and look beautiful. I haven’t yet put them on as they were purchased for halloween but i am very happy with the quality of the product and how quickly it got to me. These lashes are the best for a night out and the quality is amazing and last a lot of wears. I love these eyelash if you love the fuller longer glam look you will love these. This is my first amazon review, but i had to give not just this product, but company a well deserved review. I have been using red cherry lashes and this company for a long time and every time is faultless. Perfect product and customer service, and super speedy delivery. I also got a little treat when i opened my package today, a free set of gorgeous eye candy lashes.Extremely happy customer as always. Great to wear with sensitive glue comfortable i love this make. Love these they’re so long , cut them down to size as they went away past my eye but that’s fine gives u plenty to work with. . Easy to put on as well will definitely order more. Excellent lashes,great value,fast delivery,easy transaction well done. Lashes are thick and long but it’s very difficult to apply as they are stiff and inflexible therefore harder to make them stick around your lash line. Arrived on first day of estimated delivery, amazing product, definitely recommend. I buy these all the time they are fabulous. Perfect Posted on November 24, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories False LashesTags RED CHERRYlast_img read more