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In recognition of its efforts in supporting the country’s vulnerable children for over 20 years, First lady Sandra Granger lauded the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) at its annual Orphans and Vulnerable Children Fun Day on Sunday.Also present at the event was Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway.At the fun day, Mrs Granger observed that the advocacy employed by CIOG has been “valuable”.“I want to commend [the] CIOG for its very valuable work among our vulnerable citizens,” the First Lady told the gathering at the CIOG’s Woolford Avenue complex.The event included children from Kamal House, the Joshua House, the Guyana Red Cross Children’s Convalescent Home and the Shaheed Girls and Boys Orphanages.The First Lady also praised the children, who obtained success at the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and the CaribbeanA student receives a certificate of achievement from First Lady Sandra GrangerSecondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams. Additionally, bursary awards were distributed to children who performed excellently at the NGSA and CSEC.“It is important that you know that you are recognised as valuable people, as valuable citizens and that… you have people that care about you and who are interested in your growth and development… I want to congratulate those who have completed their CSEC and Grade Six exams and those who are continuing to go through the system, entering and completing their tertiary education with support from CIOG,” she stated.The First Lady made clear her satisfaction with CIOG expanding its reach to include children from other faiths, with it now serving “over 500 children” across the nation.“Children are left with their parents and their communities because the belief is that they do better there than in an institution, which means that Islam is also supporting the building of strong families,” she remarked.CIOG Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sheikh Mooen ul-Hack pointed out that “all of the major religions of the world prescribe that their followers show kindness to orphans, but Muslims pay particular head to this edict as the Prophet Mohammed was himself an orphan,” he noted.“We are happy and we are thankful to the Lord that he has chosen us to be of service to his creation, especially you, our children,” ul-Hack stated.The CEO noted that over the years, the CIOG’s programme for children has benefited from the support of the Zakat House of Kuwait, sponsors from the United States, Canada, the West Indies and Europe. He added that the $1 million allocation given to the organisation by President David Granger was being used to “subsidise the children’s tuition fees”.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nagamootoo posited that the event was a “demonstration of the Muslim community’s dedication to serving the underprivileged”.“It is a tribute, generally, to the Muslim community and organisations that they have taken, initially, a bold step to accommodate children, who might have lost one or both parents,” Nagamootoo outlined.The Prime Minister told the orphans that Government wanted to ensure that they were supported, adding that “a meaningful contribution to nation building” could be made through unity.“We want to make sure that you take your rightful place in the society, that you contribute to building harmony in Guyana, cohesion, unity. We are all Guyanese, whether we are born in divided homes or troubled homes… The only way we can overcome our difficulties… is if we achieve unity, love and cohesion,” expressed Nagamootoo.US Ambassador Holloway also applauded CIOG for its efforts.“I applaud the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) for all [its] efforts in supporting the youths in all 10 regions of Guyana by sending young people to school, providing health care at clinics and hospitals, alleviating poverty and essentially making sure that these kids know that there is someone out there that care about them,” Holloway indicated.The Prime Minister’s wife, Sita Nagamootoo, and Member of Parliament Bibi Shaddick were also present at the CIOG event.
Several communities in Yekepa are currently facing an acute shortage of safe drinking water, compelling the residents to fetch their drinking water from the jungle.The Daily Observer, on a tour of some of the camps in Yekepa, including areas N, L, O and others, discovered that these communities are facing severe water problems which they claim have been brought to the attention of the Arcelor Mittal Management.Eric Yarwiah, a resident of area “L” in Yekepa, said, “We fetch our water from the spring right down in the valley because we are not benefiting from water provided by Mittal.”“We do not have even a hand pump within this community and continue to get drinking water from the spring in the jungle down the valley,” he added.When this reporter visited areas “L and N, people were seen getting water from the valley, about a 20 minute trek away somewhere around area “P.”Most of those seen at the spring drawing water were children of area residents.“My name is Theresa. I lived around area “O” and I come here daily to get our water because we do not have a well or pump around us,” a 12 year-old girl told our reporter.Yekepa is getting crowded, with people coming from across Liberia seeking for jobs and better living conditions.Some citizens expressed frustration over the failure of Mittal to provide them with safe drinking water or even electricity during the night.“We need electricity in our homes and this is absent. But Mittal is yet to install one light pole for street lights during the night. We are so surprised at the way they are separating us from their workers,” said Mary Bangura, resident of area “P”.Presently, Yekepa is divided into two, with workers of Mittal living in some of the camps already renovated with pipe borne water and 24-hour electricity.But, the rest of the camps are yet to benefit from any of these amenities, forcing many of the neglected communities to get drinking water from the spring.When contacted the public relations officer of Mittal, Mr. Jerry Mwagbe, said the company only provides water to where they have their workers.Most of the areas in Yekepa are yet to be renovated almost 10 years after Mittal took over operations of Liberia’s leading iron ore deposit in Nimba.The renovated camps where Mittal workers are living have been barricaded with wire fences and presently the company is issuing ID cards to all occupants to distinguish them from non-workers. However, according to the public relations officer, the fencing was intended to maintain security and monitor random movement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Severe flooding has reportedly taken place in Grand Cape Mount County, killing at least one person, destroying properties and leaving several residents homeless.A 16-year old boy of Nagbena Town reportedly drowned while attempting to flee from the rising tide that was surrounding the town.The flooding over the last 4 days has also left farms and crops destroyed, increasing the hardship of the residents, most of whom are unemployed.Many who survive on farming, hunting and fishing are now left vulnerable, the report said.According to a release from the WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia, the flood started last Thursday, September 17 following hours of heavy downpour.WASH reporters, who visited the county over the weekend, said they witnessed flooding in most of the communities including Tewor District up to Sunday, September 20.The flooded communities include Bo Waterside, Nagbena, Kobolia, Amina, Jaliebah, Bandor, Bombohun, Jenneh Liberia, Gambia and Gondama.The flooding is largely a result of the overflowing of the Mano River, due to the heavy rains.The area worst affected is the Baptist Compound in Bo- Waterside. The Compound established in 2011 has a hospital, senior high school, and residential quarters for nurses and teachers.All of the facilities in the compound were seriously flooded, damaging thousands of United States dollars worth of properties, including newly arrived medical equipment and drugs, educational materials and computers, among other supplies brought into the country.Authorities of the Baptist Compound described the flood as devastating and beyond imagination.Residents in the affected areas informed WASH reporters that the flooding was the first of its kind to take place in their communities. Some of them said, however, that such major flooding usually occurs every five to ten years.The residents have meanwhile called on the government, local and international organizations to assist the flood victims with relief items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Businesswomen in District #15, Montserrado County, have pledged their support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the 2017 general and presidential elections.They made their pledge recently in Caldwell at a town hall meeting, where they gathered to discuss economic and other national issues that affect their businesses.“We the businesswomen in Caldwell assure Veep Boakai of our support for the 2017 presidential race. You can count on us,” they indicated.Spokesperson Madam Haja Gray believes that “if the VP is elected as President, he will help them become self-sufficient, productive and efficient in catering to their families.”Madam Gray sells slippers, shoes and dry goods in Caldwell Market.According to her, there are lots of things the UP government has done for them, especially at the grassroots level in the business sector and as such, citizens of the country must elect VP Boakai to continue the legacy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Madam Gray said: “We are willing to support him to the fullest.”After pledging their support, Madam Gray vowed that they are ready when given the necessary support to help tackle unemployment as well as stabilize the economy.She further stated that the businesswomen can turn the country’s economic turmoil around if given the needed push from government which she said would enable them to contribute their quota to stabilize the country’s currency.“We are not against foreign competition, but we want support to be able to compete with foreign businesses,” she added.Also speaking, head of Thumbs-Up Women Business Association, Ruth Parker, urged the businesswomen to make more efforts to grow their businesses.Parker noted that developing a strong, coherent, transparent and supportive policy on entrepreneurship needs a comprehensive consultative exercise on the topic.“The opportunity for our businesses to succeed and grow supports our future potential for increased employment, growth and prosperity,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wongan Waterfall, Kokoyah, Bong County, central LiberiaWongan waterfall, although relatively unknown to the general public, is indeed a spectacular place to visit. As a wonder of Liberia, the waterfall showcases an awe-inspiring beauty which is manifested in the spray, the thunderous sound that accompanies the cascading water and the tranquil island beneath the waterfall.A stunning feature of the St. John River, the waterfall, located in Kokoyah District, Bong County, is said to be about 50 to 60 meters high. Its majestic beauty appears when the waterfall goes around the Wongan Island.The wide basalt cliffs over which the cascading waterfall are framed in particular ways that are different from each other; thus giving the waterfall a spectacular and unique view. Remarkably preserved in its natural state by locals, Wongan inspires visitors from several vantage points, like the “falling edge point.”At this point, a visitor can have the panoramic view of the waterfall, the cascade and the boiling pot, which is an area where the waterfall enters into the St. John River.Open to visitors throughout the year, the Wongan has a park that is boosted by a thick patch of forest, which is home to a variety of plants and animal life that are exclusive to the area. Hunting and farming activities are prohibited by locals in the forest.Activities, seasons and locationAt the waterfall, a number of activities can be undertaken, such as fishing and traditional canoe rides, swimming, and diving from the top of the waterfall for those who are brave enough.The river’s annual flood season is for six months—May to October, and during this period, the spring from the Wongan’s typically rises to a higher height and can be seen from as far as 10km away.But when the dry season, which occurs from November to April, takes effect the islet crest becomes wider as the rocky bottom becomes easily accessible.The Wongan waterfall lies on the northern bank of a village in Boisien, Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County. From the town, it is accessible via a footpath that is a 55-minute hike.The footpath in itself is an experience to take in, in addition to the anticipation of the waterfall and the surrounding jungle. The path provides visitors with a good selection of traditional food while en route to the waterfall.Sadly, Boisien town lacks better accommodation, like hotels, guest houses, and supermarkets. But the town’s lively residents are deeply rooted in their culture.Despite poor accommodations, Wongan waterfall is a unique place of mesmerizing beauty, exciting activities, or simply to lounge in the sheer tranquility.Meanwhile, Wongan and Gbedin waterfalls, unlike Kpatawee, remains relatively unknown to the public but are exciting places to visit. Gbedin waterfall is between 25-30 meters in height and is located in Nimba County, off the road between Ganta and Sanniquellie.July 26 adventure, anyone?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A ‘country devil’ that is reportedly controlling the forests of Gbarpolu County with parallel authority to the Government of Liberia, has reportedly ‘swallowed’ (abducted) an officer of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) assigned in the county, identified as Alphanso Leyadopoe Dennis.Dennis is believed to be in his early sixties.Though LIS authorities offices in Monrovia are yet to speak to the reported abduction of its officer in Gbarpolu, Dennis was reportedly ‘swallowed’ by the country devil in the county a fortnight ago when he allegedly refused to abide by the ‘devil’s’ order demanding all non-members of the Poro Society to remain indoors until otherwise announced.By tradition, those who are not member of the Poro Society are not allowed to see the country devil it emerges from the society bush. Any non-member caught exposed to the country devil is considered also exposed to the secrets of this Society. The consequence of such exposure is that the non-member will be “swallowed by the devil” — abducted into the Poro ‘bush’ for forced initiation.The Poro, which is led by the country devil, is a men’s secret society that is practiced in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and La Cote d ‘Ivoire as introduced by the Mande people. It is sometimes referred to as a hunting society and only males are admitted to its ranks. The female counterpart of the Poro is the Sande society, which among other things, practices the female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision.One LIS personnel, who spoke to this newspaper on the basis of anonymity, said Dennis was picked up recently when he came out of his house to attend to nature at night, while the ‘devil’ was on foot patrol.Our source said that the officer came out that night with his son, who also was attending to nature’s call, when the incident occurred, but did not say whether his son was also ‘swallowed’ by the devil.The abducted LSI officer was assigned as commander in Forkpah Town with jurisdictions over several towns and hamlets, including Beleh Kpallamue and Martumakolleh, all in the Gonwailala District.And as a result of officer Denis’s abduction, there are reports that joint security officers, among them some LIS personnel who are non-Poro members, but who were assigned at the Beleh Kpalamue Check Point, have reportedly abandoned the post due to the persistent presence of the ‘Country Devil’ which has allegedly terrorized the residents.Locals believe that leaving the post without any security officer rendered the entire environment vulnerable and or prone to criminal activities, as it was prior to the officers taking assignment there.The country devil’s activities have become so serious in the area to the extent that some of the Poro members leave the ‘bush’ to besiege the main road, something which the locals said is intimidating and instilling fear for non-Poro residents.“We have filed numerous complains to the District Statutory Superintendent, but his response has been that the issue of country devil is culturally-related, therefore, nothing can be done about it,” one of the local leaders said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee has been re-established in Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice). This comes on the heels of calls made by the region’s Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Representative Maurice Butters, who believes that the committee can provide assistance in alleviating prevalent health and safety woes currently being faced by employees.The new Joint Committee consists of employees of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) and the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). In an effort to sharpen their skills in the area of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), members of the committee recently benefited from a two-day training organised by the Social Protection Ministry OSH Department.The sessions were conducted by Senior OSH Officer attached to the Ministry, Roydon Croal. The interactive sessions provided information in various areas suchMembers of Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee in Region Ten during their re-establishmentas an introduction to Occupational Safety and Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workplace hazards, rights of employers and employees, HIV in the workplace, risk management, workplace inspection and policy as well as accident investigation and prevention, among others. Croal emphasised the importance of every workplace having an OSH Policy and for the OSH Act to be posted at workplaces.“The broad objective is to equip the representatives of the Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee with the basic knowledge and skills. This would enable them to develop and maintain safe systems and safe methods of work with a view of minimising or eliminating workplace accidents,” Croal said.He added that he was satisfied with the response garnered and encouraged all workplaces to have OSH systems in place.“What I’d want to do is encourage businesses and workplaces to establish these committees, once they have more than twenty staff, as required in the Occupational Safety and Health Act. If they have five staff and less than twenty, then they are required to have a representative,” Croal pointed out. He also stressed the importance of all organisations to have an accident register, which is required by law. It was noted that the main objective of the Joint Committee should be the promotion of cooperation between employers and employees in investigating, developing and carrying out measures to ensure the safety and health of employees. Moreover, the role of the Committee is an advisory one, as it is not a policy-making or regulatory body.
The following are some volunteer opportunities in the San Fernando Valley. • Work-force literacy tutors needed. Work one-on-one or with a small group of adults who are having difficulty speaking, listening, reading, writing, doing math or using information technologies in the workplace. Two-hour volunteer orientation required. • Information booth staffers needed. A nonprofit organization operating the Hollywood farmers market and four other Los Angeles-area markets seeks volunteers for Wednesdays and Sundays to work at information booths and assist with decorations, sales of T-shirts and bags, and special events. Minimum age is 14. • Care for military personnel. This organization is a new, entertainment-industry nonprofit charity that sends or distributes packages of DVDs, CDs, videotapes and other gifts to deployed military personnel, wounded soldiers in military hospitals and others. Seeking volunteers to help with administrative and computer support, Web site design and entertainment industry and military liaisons. • Toy-loan librarian needed. Volunteers needed to assist in operating community toy-loan center. Main responsibility: lending toys and books to needy children. Can also provide tutoring and lead recreational activities. • Volunteer library assistance in North Hollywood. Work in the library to help children choose books, to check books in and out, and to restack and file. Minimum two hours weekly. Reading and math tutors also needed. Here are other volunteer opportunities: • Meals on Wheels, 6514 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, needs drivers to pick up meals and deliver them to homebound individuals. Routes run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with directions given. Mileage reimbursed. Call Ileene Parker at (818) 374-5350. • MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) needs volunteer physicians, pharmacists, dentists and after-school tutors. Call Lupe Acosta at (818) 896-0246. • Northwest Valley Adult Day Support Center, to help those with mild to moderate dementia and stroke victims. Contact: Pamela White at (818) 775-0429. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Daniel Johnson 1 Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson has joined Oldham Athletic on an emergency loan deal.The 22-year-old will be available to Lee Johnson’s squad until January 5 and he is likely to be in contention to feature in this weekend’s home clash against Crawley Town.Johnson spent the first three months of this season on loan at fellow League One side Chesterfield and played against the Lactics in a 1-1 draw.The former Crystal Palace youth player has been unable to break into the first-team picture at Villa Park under the management of Paul Lambert and this is his third temporary stint away from the Midlands outfit.