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Vai, The Key to Varney’s Victory: Liberians, Please Teach the Children Our Languages

first_imgThere is a certain Paynesville resident who every morning makes it his duty to pick up students and drop them at their schools in Monrovia.  He usually asks their names, whereupon, he detects the ethnic group from which each hails.He also asks, “Do you speak the language?  To the child named Juah,” he asks, “Do you speak Kru?”  To the name Korvah comes the question: “Do you speak Lorma?”  Sia, “Do you speak Kissi?” Fanta, “Do you speak Mandingo?”  Wede, “Do you speak Grebo?” Yormie, “Do you speak Gio?”It is most unfortunate that for 98 per cent of these children, the answer each morning is “No!” or, “I don’t know that thing, oh.”What a national tragedy—Liberians are not teaching our children their languages.However, for most of the Mandingo students this Paynesville resident picks up, the answer is YES!  The Paynesville resident then asks each with the answer No to make him a promise: “When you go home today, please ask your ma, pa, aunty or grandmother to teach you your language.  It is very important for one to speak his or her own language.”At this point in this Editorial, we say a joyful   Thank God for four people: Senator Varney Sherman, his maternal grandfather, grandmother and grandaunt!These are the people who raised Varney Sherman from infancy through high school.  His maternal grandfather, a traditionalist, spoke Vai fluently and cared for his relatives, including his sisters, who were Varney’s grand aunts.  But none of them spoke English.  So since they were responsible to raise this child—his mother, shortly after his birth, traveled to Monrovia to complete her education—the grand aunts spoke nothing but Vai to Varney.  So from early childhood he grew up speaking Vai—before he learned English. Varney was very bright and studious.  In our recent interview with him, he told our team of reporters, “I did not only learn to speak Vai.  I studied it.”Is there any wonder that because he was bright and studious he excelled academically, becoming valedictorian at St. John’s Episcopal High School and graduating from Cuttington, excelling in Science and Mathematics?His St. John’s teachers, especially Ms. Banarby, the school’s legendary American   Science instructor, wanted him to become a medical doctor because he excelled in Chemistry, Biology and Math.  What they probably did not know was that Law was in Varney’s genes.  Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers were lawyers.  Both were also elected Grand Cape Mount Senators.  The paternal grandfather founded the Wakolo Law Firm in Robertsport in 1928.  Varney’s father inherited that firm and several of Varney’s brothers became lawyers.  A younger brother also graduated from Harvard Law School.Today, Varney Sherman is one of Liberia’s most successful corporate lawyers and many believe he is Liberia’s richest lawyer.  His firm ranks, along with the nation’s oldest—the Henries Law Firm (1944)—as the second firm in its own building.  Others are Pierre and Tweh Law Firm and The International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants.All of these successes—and legacies—would naturally lead Varney into politics. His 2005 presidential bid was unsuccessful; but that could not possibly have been the political end for this talented, wealthy, ambitious young man.  So, like his grandfathers, he decided to enter Cape Mount’s 2014 Senatorial race.  And that is when his linguistic legacy laid in. Varney is modest, never boastful.  So only a few knew of his Vai linguistic prowess (ability, competence, dexterity).  So when he appeared before his proud Cape Mount people, the vast majority of whom—whether Dey, Gola, Mende or Mandingo—speak Vai—he addressed them in the classical Vai he learned from his grannies. When the votes were counted, he had won by a wide margin.We have taken pains today to explain how one man’s example convincingly demonstrates the importance of learning to speak one’s indigenous language.  Liberian parents, PLEASE TEACH OUR CHILDREN OUR LANGUAGES!  Look how far it has brought   Varney Sherman!Ministry of Education, please start teaching our languages in our primary and secondary schools throughout the country—NOW!   All Liberian universities should also require every student to be able to speak at least one Liberian language before graduation.Remember, language is the bearer of culture.  Lose it, you lose your culture.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI to drill well at Port Kaituma

first_img…after mercury found in waterwayRelief will soon be given to residents of Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD) as the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) on Friday announced that a well will be drilled to supply water to the community.This comes after water from the Port Kaituma River tested positive for mercury a few weeks ago.Addressing media operatives, GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles explained that the samples collected from the Port Kaituma River contained traces of mercury.As such, emergency interventions had to be put in place by drilling a well after it was realised that the well at Turn Basin was not functional. Presently, he noted that works were underway to have another well drilled at Turn Basin.“The Kaituma River, we’ve tested the water and it has proven to be high in mercury. In addition, the one well at Ten Basin is not functional and we have had to take emergency actions to have another well drilled, which has commenced at Turn Basin… we hope that within another three to four weeks, that situation will beGWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charleshave a significant relief,” he said.The official stated that while the well would be completed in a few weeks’ time, filters and jerry cans were provided to persons in the community, so that they can filter water that is obtained from the nearby rivers and creeks.He further noted that in relation to treatment plants across the country, 22 of the 24 have complied with standards set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).“With respect to the treatment plants, 22 out of the 24 treatment plants were consistently compliant with WHO’s standards. We had fluctuations in two cases – Vergenoegen and Central. In essence, we’re working and monitoring and testing very frequently to ensure that the water that is available, that leaves our treatment plants are all in compliance with WHO standard,” said Van West-Charles.Apart from these projects, works are also underway for the completion of a new well at Arakaka and the installation of a C2 Lifesaver filter tank at the Port Kaituma Hospital.A new well was also drilled at Koko, Moruca, North West District (NWD) to provide potable water for approximately 500 persons in 102 households at a total cost of $8.7 million.Additional works are currently being undertaken in Hosororo and Mabaruma to enable residents to obtain access to treated water for the first time. The works include the construction of filters and a new pumping system.Preparatory works have commenced for the drilling of a new well at Kamwatta which will see approximately 600 persons gaining access to potable water for the first time.last_img read more

Year end tourney caps most successful little league season to date

first_imgPlayers and volunteers concluded this year’s North Peace Little League season with a year end tournament over the weekend. The season saw a big jump in registration as about 325 players took part versus 230 last year.League president Forrest Liddicoat said the competition in the games was solid as everyone taking part wanted to end the season on a positive note.“Kids are having fun but it’s quite competitive now that they’re playing for something. Their skill level has gone up. They’re really enjoying it.”- Advertisement -He added that feedback from parents has been very good over the year, and that may translate into extra help for 2016.“We were a lot more organized this year. Parents have seen that we’ve put a lot of effort into it and it’s really shown in the numbers. I’ve had lots of parents and people want to volunteer and sponsor for next year,” Liddicoat said.Next season the league hopes to add a spring training component at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse leading up to the start of the year. The league also intends to add a few more teams to the age groups and explore the possibility of playing games against Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, and Peace River.Advertisementlast_img read more

Angry Buffon blasts talk of Benatia rift

first_img0Shares0000Buffon dismissed talk of a rift with Benatia as ‘invented gossip’ © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMILAN, Italy, Apr 24 – Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday blasted talk of a row with Juventus teammate Medhi Benatia as “invented gossip” to try and unnerve the champions in the title race.Buffon, 40, was reported to have let rip at centre-back Benatia after Kalidou Koulibaly scored in the final minute in Turin as Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 on Sunday, cutting Juve’s lead to just one point at the top of Serie A with four games to play. It was also a foul by the Moroccan defender which resulted in the controversial late penalty which gave Real Madrid a place in the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of the Italians.“It’s the kind of gossip, patently invented, that comes after the defeat of teams like Juventus who don’t have an Achilles heel,” Buffon told Juventus TV.“They try to destabilise the environment and undermine the certainty and the union of the group,” he continued.“No-one, at least in my 17 years at Juventus, is allowed to point the finger at someone and blame an error for a defeat.“What’s more, as long as I’m captain of this team that will never happen.“I’d like to add that Medhi is an extremely respectful lad and that he’s tied to our cause with an education and way of being in an exceptional group.“I’m sorry to be forced to point it out, but I have to because in the face of news which is, if not defamatory at least false, I think a clarification is needed to protect the group and Medhi, who is a splendid lad.”Goalkeeping legend Buffon insisted his side were united as they push for a seventh consecutive Serie A title and a fourth straight Italian Cup.“We’ve dropped five very important points in recent days, but we’re still first with a very small advantage,” said the Italian.“There are 20 days to go, in which we’ll have to return to the pitch with ferocity and sporting brutality and to be united.“The match with Inter (on Saturday) is a decisive one, but the ones with Bologna, Roma, and Verona will be too and then there’s the Italian Cup final.“If not we’ll play into the hands of our opponents and those who, in our few moments of difficulty, have always tried to create problems with ill-founded news, without ever succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham chief tells Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ over Michail Antonio links

first_imgWest Ham chairman David Gold has told Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ if they want to sign Michail Antonio this summer.Boro finished second in the Championship last season and will return to the Premier League for the first time in seven years this August.The club have now set about formulating a list of transfer targets for the upcoming summer transfer window to bolster their squad for the new season.Antonio is reportedly high on Middlesbrough’s shortlist after manager Aitor Karanka sent scouts to watch him in action last month.But Gold has now poured cold water on the rumour by tweeting his surprise at Boro’s belief that they can sign the 26-year-old. Michail Antonio scored 13 goals for West Ham this season Evening Standard – Newly promoted Middlesbrough have reportedly identified Michail Antonio as a key target this summer. (Dream on. dg)— David Gold (@davidgold) May 25, 2016center_img 1last_img read more

49ers to take the court tonight

first_imgThe Long Beach State men’s volleyball team, expected to make a strong push for a national championship, plays an exhibition match against a squad from the University of Alberta at 7:30 tonight in the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers open their season Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock against USC in a two-day tournament at UC Santa Barbara. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The championship match is set for 6:30 Saturday evening. Alan Knipe, in his sixth season as his alma mater’s head coach, returned much of the personnel including setter Tyler Hildebrand, outside hitter Robert Tarr and middle blocker Duncan Budinger from a team that finished 22-10 and ranked No. 3 last season. last_img read more


first_imgThe decision to keep Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain open is “a mighty victory for parents and Irish language activists in Inishowen,” says Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn.Padraig Mac Lochlainn TDThe Sinn Fein TD said that when he heard the news that Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain was to close, he made it clear that the people of Inishowen would not accept the loss of their Irish language secondary school.“Local parents and Irish language activists have since fought like tigers for their school and this news is a mighty victory for them. “I again refute any suggestion that there is not the demand for an Irish language secondary school in Inishowen.“There are three Irish language nursery schools across Inishowen in Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville, namely Naiónra Bhun Cranncha, Náiscoil Dhomhnach Óg and Naíscoil Cois Feabhail. And there are two Irish language primary schools in Buncrana and Moville, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail. All of these have been established and supported by their communities for years.”He added that the reality is that for a number of years, it has been widely known that there are ongoing serious disputes between staff at Gaelchloláiste Chineál Eoghain.The failure of first Donegal VEC and more recently Donegal ETB to ensure that these disputes were amicably resolved has severely undermined the confidence of the people of Inishowen in the school, he said. “The challenge for the ETB and the Department of Education is to now deal with the internal difficulties at the school once and for all.“If this challenge is addressed and plans advanced for the new three school campus in Buncrana incorporating, new school buildings for Crana College, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain, I believe that we can make Gaelcholáiste Chineal Eoghain the same great success that Gaelcholáiste Ailigh in Letterkenny is today and no doubt moving forward” BUNCRANA SCHOOL RULING A MIGHTY VICTORY FOR PARENTS AND IRISH LANGUAGE ACTIVISTS – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:buncranadonegalInishowenPadraig Mac Lochlainn TDSCHOOLlast_img read more


first_imgIN this video interview singer Margo O’Donnell talks to Sunday World’s Shuki Byrne at the Country Music Awards 2013.Margo scooped two major awards.She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Larry Cunningham memorial award, named in memory of the late Leitrim singer.Margo celebrates 50 years in the music business next year. Next stop – a Med cruise in February. Click play to watch the video. DDTV VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH SINGER MARGO O’DONNELL ON HER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was last modified: February 4th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH SINGER MARGO O’DONNELL ON HER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDlast_img read more

Trust your putter to let you down

first_imgAlmost everyone I know loves to hit golf balls. A few even like to chip. Almost no one likes to putt. So,in all my travels, I’ve yet to find a valley player who also rates as an outstanding, A-plus putter. There might be one out there – I’ve just never met him or her. We tell new players not to break clubs. They do anyway – putters. Putters snap easily, and they’re easy to trash. Quickly forgotten. Arnold Palmer used more than 80 different putters – and never found one he really liked. Ben Hogan quit golf early because he admitted he couldn’t make a 3-footer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week So I guess when local hero John Daly missed that contemptuous 36-inch playoff putt Sunday at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship, many of us weren’t totally surprised. Disappointed, not surprised. Daly, who plays Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga several times a year, also missed a 30-incher on No. 17 to allow Tiger Woods, the eventual winner, to tie him at 10-under-par in regulation. The Daly-Woods match was a marvel, filled with drama and superb shots, but John’s missed putts flawed it. Tiger said later, “I just felt so bad. It shouldn’t end like that.” We agree. One lesson came out of Sunday’s great match-up. Trust yourself, your driver and your irons. But the putter … like a disloyal friend, will let you down when you need it most. A NEW APPROACH An article in the October issue of Golf Digest suggests that putting improves when the golfer looks at the hole rather than the ball when he putts. center_img Forty players in an experiment hit nearly 3,000 putts, and results showed a 28 percent improvement for players who looked at the hole, not at the ball, on both long and short putts. So, if you’re struggling on the greens, you might forget the ball and concentrate on the hole. Personally, I’m not so sure about that one. FOR THE RECORD Taylor Coffman, 17, of San Diego, won the recent City of Chino Championship at El Prado with a 134 (66-68) gross total. Here are the official results of the handicap flights: Women: Tracy Lehman, Chino Hills, 140; Meaghan Montoya, Corona, 141; Joy Trotter, Chino Hills, 144. Men, A flight: David Greatbanks, Anaheim, 134; Chris Pearce, Canyon Lake, 137; Jun Lopez, Chino Hills, 138. B flight: David Oshiro, Chino Hills, 137; Dave Hopkins, Rancho Santa Margarita, 139; Yu-Nin Shang, Tustin, and Steve Stainaker, Irvine, 142. C flight:, Stan Tabangcura, Irvine, 134; Michael Shott, West Covina, 136; Keith Ensman, Covina, Mike Forsiuno, San Clemente, and Wayne Loh, Rowland Heights, tied at 138. D flight: Hiroshi Muraoka, Lakekwood, 135; Mike Younger, Aliso Viejo, 136; Francis Lee, Rowland Heights, 140. Augusta: Chris Walters, Chino Hills, 143; Kerron Pierre, Chino, 145; Brett Arnold, Chino, and Paul Gaydos, Chino, tied at 146. Seniors Winners: Ken Rowland reports that Don Pederson won the A flight recently in the San Dimas Canyon Seniors 36-hole Championship tournament, finishing with a 136 net. Frank Chippeeta (137) was second and Dario Barron (139) placed third. Chuck Pollard (135) topped the B flight; Madan Malik (139) and Don Pitman (140) were second and third respectively. C flight honors went to M.J. Murrell (130), Charlie Mitchell (137) and Jack Bunnett (137). Seniors play 18 holes every Thursday at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. For information, call Ron Ainsworth at 626-303-5802. SPONSORS NEEDED Fernando Ramirez of Upland, director of this area’s Special Olympics golf program, is seeking sponsors and players for the first Harvest Tournament at Glendora Country Club on Oct. 24. Sponsorships are available for donations of $200 to $5,000. The event benefits children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For information, call Ramirez at 909-982-9806, ext. 284. CLASSIC SCHEDULED The 12th annual Tommy Davis Classic, presented by the Girl Scouts Spanish Trail Council, has been scheduled for Oct. 28 at Sierra Lakes Golf Course in Fontana. The great Los Angeles Dodger outfielder, Tommy Davis, will be on hand, along with “The Mulligan Man,” Eric Tracy. The $200 entry includes golf, cart, tee gifts, lunch, refreshments, auctions, dinnner and awards. Proceeds will go toward the building of a Girls Only Teen Center to serve more than 13,500 girls in 36 communities located in San Bernardino and Los Angeles County. For information, call Jeanne Ferrara at the council office in Montclair at 909-399-0808, MARSHALL CANYON Seniors at Marshall Canyon will play their club championship on Saturday, Oct. 22. Dave Juergens of La Verne will direct the 18-hole tournament. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist. His column appears Wednesday. He can be reached at 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

Art scholarship entries sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An entry form can be obtained by calling (888) 646-4610 or visiting All entries must be postmarked by March 18. Winners will be notified by April 10. Recycled materials session announced NORWALK — The second in a series of workshops intended to show teachers how to use recycled materials in their classrooms from will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the child care center at Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The workshop is designed to encourage teachers and students to be creative with natural and recycled materials in their curriculum and in the environments of young children. There is a $30 fee. The first 40 who register will receive the book, “Designs for Living & Learning.” A certificate will be given to participants upon completion. For more information, call Lynda Roberts at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2560. Lions Club honors four area students WHITTIER — Four Whittier-area high school students have received Outstanding Freshman of the Year awards for the 2004-05 school year from the Whittier Host Lions Club. The recipients are Richard Coronado and Melisa Romo, both of Whittier High School, and Jason Bernabe and Samantha Ortiz, both of St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs. These students received trophies at a recent club lunch. The awards are meant to recognize exceptional scholarship, leadership and community service during the first year of high school. Sullivan appointed to schools post WHITTIER — Whittier City School District board members recently appointed Elyse Sullivan to replace retiring Keni Cox, assistant superintendent of instructional services. Sullivan served as a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District until June 1988, when she became a principal in the Pasadena Unified School District. She moved back to LAUSD in 2001 as an standards-based education administrator and school services director. She is also part-time professor at USC and Cal State Northridge. Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley, a master’s in administration and supervision from Cal State Northridge and a doctorate in education from USC. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA MONICA — The Art Institute of California in Los Angeles is seeking high school seniors interested in applied arts and design to participate in its 2006 scholarship competition. The competition is open to all students scheduled to graduate in 2006 from a U.S. high school or equivalent foreign institution, and who will be pursuing degrees in graphic design, media arts and animation, game art and design, interior design, interactive media design and video production. Up to six full-tuition scholarships are awarded based on the quality of projects submitted. Students must fulfill general admission guidelines and competition guidelines, including a 250-word essay, educational resume, letter of recommendation and entry form. Students will also need to submit samples of artwork relating to each individual program as explained in the entry form.last_img read more