PROCMURA Reaches ‘Vulnerable’ Communities in Bomi

first_imgPROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice,  buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others.  Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the  Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore.     Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief,  Imam Mohammed Jalieba,  and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization,  Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes.  Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and  therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is  visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Brink of ECOWAS Last Resort to Stop Jammeh

first_imgWe have often in this column recalled how in 1975 Time Magazine published a cover story on Africa entitled, “In Africa, Things Always Go Backward.”This highly pessimistic title made many of us Africans angry. But then, the magazine had earlier that same year put on its cover the Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, calling him and Nigeria “The First Black Power.” It had just been revealed that Nigeria had US$7 billion in reserves in London banks, at the time one of the highest in the world. However, in July that year Gowon was overthrown in a military coup d’état while attending the Organization ofAfrican Unity Summit in Kampala, Uganda!And remember, barely four years earlier, peaceful and progressive Uganda, the world’s second largest coffee producer, had been rocked by Idi Amin’s coup overthrowing democratically elected President Milton Obote! That immediately sent millions of Ugandans, including top politicians, civil servants, army personnel, bishops and ordinary folk fleeing Amin’s murderous and widespread brutality. Uganda lost its coffee clout to the Ivory Coast. Amin soon expelled thousands of Indian businesspeople who had dominated the business sector, causing the collapse of the country’s commerce.We yet remember that around the same time of Gowon’s overthrow, Angola and Mozambique gained their independence from Portugal, and immediately entered civil war!We all know what happened in Liberia five years later, when this African citadel of peace and stability was rocked with its first coup, overthrowing and murdering President William R. Tolbert and his top officials, plunging the country into 10 years of terror, leading, worse yet, to civil war.Doe was in his last days of power when Yahya Jammeh joined the ECOMOG’S Gambian peace keeping contingent deployed in Liberia. Did ECOMOG stop the war? No. Following the All-Party Conference in Banjul in September 1990, Dr. Amos Sawyer, who was elected Chair of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), entered Liberia shortly thereafter. Dr. Sawyer, along with Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh and others, as members of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), were among the political movements that gave political consciousness to Liberian youth across the country, as well as the Liberian Armed Forces that staged the 1980 coup d’état. Did the coup set things right in Liberia? No. It led to 10 years of terror, leading to civil war. Sawyer and his team arrived here in September to early October, 1990 and remained in control of the Interim Government for over four years. Did things “go backward” in Liberia? You bet! The war continued for 10 more years.Meanwhile Jammeh, after completing his tour of duty with ECOMOG in Liberia, returned home and quickly, on July 22, 1994 staged a military coup d’état against the elected government of President Sir Dawda K. Jawara. Jammeh immediately started doing the same things Doe had done following his 1980 coup—embarking upon a repressive and murderous rule that has lasted 22 years.But something good happened on December 1, 2016, when the Gambian opposition united, defeated the tyrant and elected Adama Barrow as the new President. The defeat was so convincing that Jammeh immediately conceded. But determined that things will, once again “go backward” in Africa, Jammeh a few days later alleged election “irregularities” and called for new elections!The ECOWAS leaders, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President of Africa’s most powerful nation, Nigeria, has so far paid several visits to Banjul, pleading with Yahya Jammeh to step aside and allow the scheduled January 19 inauguration of the new President to be held.But Jammeh, assuming that ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the rest of the world are fools, is now insisting that his Supreme Court should decide the matter, which has already been decided by the December 1 elections. This has led ECOWAS to the extreme, threatening force to remove this intransigent and unreasonable tyrant. Now, for the first time in its history, Gambia’s peace has been seriously threatened, and thousands of citizens as well as tourists, the backbone of the economy, are fleeing the looming apocalypse.It is our prayer that military force, if it becomes necessary, will be swift, decisive and bloodless. We have another prayer: that Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s long awaited liberator, will not disappoint. We pray that he will have the common sense, humility and political will to lead The Gambia forward, and save it from going “backward” again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NYC building fire kills 8 kids, 1 adult in African migrant clan

first_img Grief spreads Word of the fire spread grief across two continents, from the Bronx to villages in Mali, a West African country about twice the size of Texas and one of the poorest nations in the world. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said a devastated Mamadou Soumare, a livery cab driver whose wife, son and 7-month-old twins died in the blaze. “I love her. I love my wife.” Soumare was driving through Harlem when he received a frantic cell-phone call from his wife, Fatoumata, who relatives said died in the fire. “She said, `We have a fire,”‘ Soumare recalled. “She was screaming.” Soumare rushed home in his cab, only to helplessly watch as their home turned into a fiery tomb. Moussa Magassa, an official of the New York chapter of the High Council for Malians Living Abroad, was headed back to the city from a business trip to Mali after receiving the grim news that nearly half of his 11 children were dead, said council representative Bourema Niambele. “He’s the best in our community,” said Imam Mahamadou Soukouna, a Muslim cleric and family friend. “It’s very, very, very sad what has happened to us today.” Magassa arrived in New York about 15 years ago, friends said. One neighbor said Magassa and Mamadou Soumare were brothers. Fatoumata Soumare was from the village of Tasauirga and left Mali for the Bronx about six years ago, friends said. The death toll might have been higher if not for the efforts of Soto and another neighbor, David Todd. Todd, 40, who lived next door, said one child was already on the ground in the yard when he arrived with Soto outside the burning home. “Please, God, help my children!” the woman inside screamed while tossing the children out – and then jumping from the window. Shooting flames Another neighbor, Elaine Martin, said flames were shooting from the building when she arrived, and a shoeless woman in a nightgown stood crying in the street. “My kids is in there, my kids is in there,” the woman wailed to Martin. Neighbor Charles O’Neal, 21, watched as firefighters passed along babies still in their pajamas. Later, O’Neal saw two of the children dead, splayed across white plastic on the ground. There were reports of 19 injuries, including four firefighters and an emergency medical worker. A 7-year-old girl remained in critical condition, while a pair of 6-year-olds and a 24-year-old were in stable condition. Part of the problem, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was that residents apparently tried to extinguish the fire themselves. “Once they were notified, the Fire Department was on the scene in a little more than three minutes,” the mayor said. “Sadly, that was not enough time.” The home did not have a fire escape and was not required to under city building codes. There were no complaints or violations on record against the building, constructed in 1901. The dead, according to family members, included Fatoumata Soumare, 42, and three children: a son, Dgibril, and 7-month-old twins, Sisi and Harouma. A fourth child, 7-year-old Hasimy, escaped the carnage, her father said. The family members provided different name spellings than the authorities did. Authorities identified the members of the Magassa family as four brothers: Bandiougou, 11, Mahamadou, 8, Abudubucary, 5, and Bilaly, 1; and their sister, 3-year-old Diaba. Varying accounts had the families’ names spelled differently. The fire was New York City’s deadliest since the 1990 Happy Land social club blaze in the Bronx that killed 87 people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Screams poured from the burning building along with smoke and flames: “Help me! Help me! Please! Please!” Bystanders looked up to see a woman toss two children out the window, one at a time, to those below. The scene unfolded early Thursday during New York City’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades – a blaze that killed eight children and one adult, part of an extended family led by African immigrants who shared a row house near Yankee Stadium. The children tossed from the three-story building survived, authorities said. The woman who threw them jumped but survived. The fire was sparked by an overheated space heater near a mattress in a basement bedroom, then raced up a stairway pushed by air from broken back windows, said Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano. Most of the 22 residents – 17 of them children – were stranded on the upper floors as the blaze raged for two hours. “I can’t recollect a fire where we lost eight children,” Cassano said. Neighbor Edward Soto ran toward the fire, then stared in disbelief as an infant was tossed from the building. “All I see is just a big cloud of white dust, and out of nowhere comes the first baby,” said Soto, who caught the child while with another neighbor. Moments later, he caught a second child. At least one of the children was not breathing. Firefighters worked for two hours in freezing pre-dawn temperatures to bring the flames under control. The home had two smoke alarms, but neither had batteries. Police said there was no evidence of a crime. The dead were found throughout the house, mostly on the upper floors, with babies still in their cribs. The victims included five children from one family, along with a wife and three other children from a second family. last_img

No. 1 Buckeyes turn the hat trick

first_imgNo. 6 Florida 77, Arkansas 56: The Gators (29-5) finished off threerouts in three days in Atlanta to claim their third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship and lock up the No. 1 seed in the Midwest regional. No. 8 North Carolina 89, N.C. State 80: Shrugging off nine years of frustration in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the Tar Heels (28-6) beat their Tobacco Road rivals in Tampa, Fla., for their first league title since 1998 and were rewarded with the top seed in the East regional. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 81, Northwestern State 78: Chris Daniels scored 19 points, and the Islanders held on to win the Southland Conference tournament championship and secure their first berth in the NCAA Tournament. WOMEN No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 91, Butler 64: Nicole Soulis scored 21points, and Amanda Popp added 18 to help the host Phoenix (28-3) cruise to the Horizon League tournament title. Mike Conley scored 18 points, Ron Lewis added 17, and the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No.3Wisconsin Badgers for the third time this season, 66-49, Sunday in Chicago to win their second Big Ten tournament title. The Buckeyes (30-3) then learned they have the top seed in the South regional. Wisconsin got the second seed in the Midwest. Greg Oden finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks after playing just 6 minutes in the first half. Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker missed his first six shots for Wisconsin and finished with 10 points. “They have a lot of athletes on that team, and they like to get up and down,” said Wisconsin’s Kamron Taylor, who led the Badgers (29-5) with 15points but was 6 of 18 from the floor. “I think the first two times that we played them, we kind of controlled that, and we let it get away from us. Today, we allowed them to get out and get on a break, and it caught up with us.” No. 2 Kansas 88, No. 15 Texas 84 (OT): Sherron Collins scored 20points, and Kansas rallied in Oklahoma City to claim their second straight Big 12 tournament title in overtime and the No.1seed in the West regional. center_img Old Dominion 78, James Madison 70: T.J. Jordan scored 17 points, and Tiffany Green added 16 in Newark, Del., to help the Monarchs (24-8) capture their 16th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. Drake 65, Creighton 64 (OT): Kelsey Keizer hit a 3-pointer with 55seconds left in overtime in Des Moines, Iowa, to give the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (14-18) the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title. UMBC 48, Hartford 46: Carlee Cassidy scored 14 points to help the seventh-seeded Retrievers (16-16) stun the top-seed Hawks (24-8) in the America East title game and earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. 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

Site C dam could withstand earthquake far greater than ever recorded in Peace: B.C. Hydro

first_imgThe model they used allowed for earthquakes up to 7.6 magnitude which is 2,000 times more powerful than the largest earthquake ever recorded in the region of 5.4 magnitude near Dawson Creek.  Little also said their review included low level earthquakes attributed to fracking in the area.The public hearings into the project started back up again today in Fort St. John with a topic specific session on the aquatic environment.Chief Project Engineer John Nunn started B.C. Hydro’s presentation by addressing some of the “misconceptions” about the  W.A.C. Bennett Dam, maintaining it has not yet reached its half-life. He argues with good maintenance dams can have a much longer life than 100 years, pointing to a dam in Germany that was bought in 1715 and one in the U.S.- Advertisement -The hearings continue today with presentations from Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and the Ministry of Forests, as well as Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the Peace River Environmental Society.last_img read more