The Kpelles of Lower Bong County say they want to divide the county into Upper Bong and Lower Bong Counties. Why? The people of Lower Bong — that is Sanoyea, Salala and Fauma Districts — say they are being “marginalized” by their own kith and kin in Upper Bong County, mainly the identical fellow Kpelle people of Totota, Suacoco, Gbarnga, Baila, Belefanai, Panta Chiefdom in Fokwele, and Palala.What message are these Kpelle people trying to send to the other counties, for example Nimba, where there are not one, but two distinct and powerful ethnic groups — Gio and Mano? What message are Lower Bong Kpelle compatriots sending to Sinoe County, where serious rivalry exists among the Kru and Sapo people?Have these Lower Bong Kpelle ever heard of States in America called the agriculturally, culturally, educationally, technologically and financially-rich California, the financial and political power house, New York, land and oil-rich Texas and the educationally and industrially-rich Massachusetts? Are these Lower Bong Kpelles telling us that each of these powerful American states, because of their peculiar, dynamic advantages, must declare themselves independent nations? Should they, what do these Lower Bong people think would happen to the great United States? Would the USA remain “the Great”? No, it will be diminished and become small indeed.Here is one other Bong County reality that these Lower Bong people have not realized: A considerable portion of the educated people from Bong County come — can you believe it? Yes, they come from Sanoyea, which is in Lower Bong County!The very first Superintendent of Bong County, James Y. Gbarbea, came from Sanoyea. The most recent former Bong Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, also hails from Sanoyea. One of Liberia’s best known medical doctors, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, belongs to Sanoyea. The first person Ellen Johnson Sirleaf chose as her Vice Presidential Running Mate, Peter K. Bemah, came from Sanoyea. Mr. Bemah was one of the most respected citizens of Liberia. As Assistant Minister of Finance and later as Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, Peter Bemah was one of the most respected Liberians — why? Because he was a man of sterling integrity, who refused to be corrupted, despite the many high public positions he held. Peter was also an entrepreneur — he ran a poultry business and some of his children, including his daughter, Mrs. Pinky Bemah Goll, are following in his footsteps. Now two of Peter’s sons have recently advanced. Joseph Papa Kolleh who, like his father Peter Bemah, hails from Sanoyea, has just been elected Member of the House of Representatives; while Peter K. Bemah, Jr. has recently been appointed Deputy Minister of Labor. The Giddingses, one of whose exponents is Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, Liberia’s leading adult literacy promoter, of ALFALIT INTERNATIONAL, hail from Sanoyea. Dr. Joshua Giddings, a music expert and composer, served as Professor of Music at Cuttington.You know who else hails from Sanoyea? Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, former Bong Senator. Her mother was a born Sanoyean.And who has ever heard of the outstanding Bong citizen named S. Tonorlah Varpillah, former Minister of Youth and Sports? He is a leading Liberian entrepreneur, who owns two prominent hotels in Gbarnga, the Bong capital: Passion I and Passion II. Tonorlah hails from where? You guessed it — Sanoyea!How many people also know that the Sankawulos hail from Lower Bong — from Haindii to be exact. Wilton, a 1963 graduate of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), was Head of the Liberia Council of State and a prolific Liberian writer, whose books have been taught for generations in Liberian schools. His daughter Minnie Sankawulo Ricks, has just earned her degree as a medical doctor.And Dr. Thelma Traub Awori, Liberian Consul General in Kampala, Uganda, and a longtime United Nations senior official, who recently took her PhD degree from Columbia University, and her sister, Mrs. Mae Gene Best, wife of the Observer publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, also hail from Haindii.Ever heard also of Joseph (Joe) Keller? He, too, is one of Lower Bong’s eminent sons. He is Head of LISCR (Liberian International Shipping Corporation Registry).Finally, has anyone heard of the great Leymah Gbowee? Well, she is the first of two Liberians to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize! And who can guess from where Leymah hails? SANOYEA!One thing we have serious difficulty understanding is, with all of these outstanding people from Sanoyea and other parts of Lower Bong County, why have Lower Bong leaders not consulted widely, engaging some of its outstanding sons and daughters to dialogue with the leaders and people of Upper Bong to deal with the issues that make the Lower Bong people unhappy?What is the purpose of EDUCATION — all the education and training these Lower Bong people possess — if not to create great institutions wherever they wish? They have a touristic goldmine — the St. Paul River. Why don’t they also use their education to call their fellow Kpelle from Upper Bong to sit and reason together to find an amicable solution to the issues bothering the Lower Bong people?Remember our post-Easter Editorial, “Come Let Us Reason Together, Saith the Lord”? This is what we are talking about.The people of Sinoe and Nimba counties are in a decidedly more difficult position than the Lower Bong people. In Sinoe we have two distinct ethnic groups — the Krus and Sapos; and in Nimba, the Gios and Manos. Many thinking Nimbaians are against dividing their county.The government CANNOT afford to create another county. It is too COSTLY a proposition. And we all know that the past administration left the country absolutely BROKE!So we again call on the people of Lower Bong to invite the people of Upper Bong to sit and reason together. Division, we submit, is absolutely NOT an option.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana will be looking to enhance its capacity to better address land preservation issues next year when the country hosts the 17th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC) in January.The event will see representatives from some 196 countries expected to participate in CRIC 17, which will review the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes increasingly dry until almost no vegetation grows on it. This is the first time the conference will be held in the Caribbean Region.“… By hosting this event, Guyana is expected to benefit in a number of ways including: improving our capacity to address land degradation issues and support national efforts to sustainably utilise our land space; to develop capacity to host international forums and to allow Guyana to demonstrate our support and solidarity with countries that face the threat of desertification,” State Minister Joseph Harmon said last week.Last September, the 16th session of the CRIC was held in Ordos, China, during the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13).It concluded with the adoption of 37 decisions, through which the COP endorsed a scientific conceptual framework for land degradation neutrality, and addressed emerging issues such as drought, sand storms and migration as well as how to align UNCCD implementation with the Sustainable Development Goals.Meanwhile on June 17 last, World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was observed, urging persons to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land under the slogan, “Land has true value – invest in it.”It has been reported that a third of Earth’s landmass is threatened by desertification, which is caused by degradation due to climatic variations and human activities. According to studies, land covering 12 million hectares is lost every year as a result of desertification.Researchers have found that the deterioration of the “living soil” is generally due to intensive farming, overgrassing or deforestation. In some of these areas, climate change also causes an increase of torrential rains that worsen the problem as they erode the earth provoking a vicious circle, whereby the soil progressively loses its capacity to retain rainwater and to filter it towards the aquifers, and, therefore, the area becomes increasingly dry.Additionally, in some cases, the bad management of water resources has caused the deterioration of large areas of soil combined with the pollution of groundwater, which doubtlessly worsens the problem.However, it was noted that desertification is not irreversible. Experts say that reforestation can prevent land degradation by helping to anchor the soil, increase moisture levels and slow down wind erosion. They added that non-till farming practices too can go a long way in preserving soils.
England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice to lead the Three Lions to victory over Scotland in the nations’ first clash north of the border in 15 years.The Manchester United forward’s 46th international goal means he is now just three away from equalling World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record.Fans expecting another heated meeting between the Home Nations rivals were treated to a lively 90 minutes, with Celtic Park exploding with multiple choruses of Flower of Scotland, complete with bagpipes, throughout.But the home support were largely silenced by the final whistle, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney scoring either side of the half-time break to give England a two-goal lead.The Scots did pull one back with seven minutes to play, Hull full-back Andy Robertson giving the hosts hope of a late comeback with a well crafted goal.But that hope was shattered just two minutes later when Rooney clinically finished off a swift counter-attack to hand the Three Lions an impressive win.Roy Hodgson’s side looked refreshed compared to the weekend’s performance against Slovenia, where a laboured 3-1 win belied an overall poor display, though both sides struggled to create any real clear-cut chances in the opening half.It was Danny Welbeck who had the first sight of goal, the in-form Arsenal forward combining well with Rooney and Stewart Downing – back in the England team for the first time in two and a half years – in midfield before scampering free on the left, though his scuffed effort was routinely saved.Rooney then had a chance to spring free off the Scottish back-four when Welbeck robbed captain Scott Brown of possession, though his over-hit through ball had too much pace for his former United team-mate.Some tasty tackles then began to creep in as the game heated up, with a fired-up Welbeck flying in with a really well timed tackle on Maloney, who then responded in turn with a tough-but-fair challenge on the forwardIt wasn’t one-way traffic though, with the visitors finding themselves pegged back midway through the opening half as the hosts looked to delight the home crowd with the opening goal, though England’s scrappy defence managed to stand firm.Chances dried up on the half-hour mark, but England were suddenly one-up out of nothing with a goal made in London. Arsenal star Jack Wilshere launched a brilliant Hollywood-pass into the box which was met by an untracked Oxlade-Chamberlain, who flicked it into the net with the deftest of headers on 32 minutes.Scotland tried to up the tempo as half-time appoached, but they had very little attacking joy despite a greater share of possession.Rooney then got the second-half off to a brilliant start when he netted his first of the night within two minutes of the restart, the skipper reacting quickest in the box to head in after the Scots failed to clear.Tackles continued to fly in on all areas of the pitch, with England showing real passion with some tenacious tracking as Scotland, frankly, looked beaten.Wilshere then had the chance to cap off a man-of-the-match performance with a fully deserved goal, but fired wide on the volley after good wing play from Oxlade-Chamberlain.But a reshuffle from Gordon Strachan saw his side claw their way back into the tie, with substitute Johnny Russell instantly making a difference in Scotland’s attack, with the Derby striker bypassing the England defence with neat one-two to set up Robertson, who poked in at Fraser Forster’s near post.The last laugh went to the Auld Enemy, though, as a lightning counter-attack found substitute Adam Lallana on the right, with the Liverpool man perfectly picking out Rooney who couldn’t miss from the centre of the box, rounding off a superb week for the Three Lions.Meanwhile, Robbie Brady helped himself to a superb double as the Republic of Ireland bounced back from their Euro 2016 disappointment to put the United States to the sword.Scotland emerged 1-0 victors in last week’s qualifying meeting, but Martin O’Neill’s much-changed side ran riot at the Aviva Stadium, with Brady’s late free-kick the highlight of a 4-1 win.Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring after just seven minutes before Mix Diskerud equalised for the visitors, but Brady’s brace and one further goal from Wigan’s James McClean sealed a dominant triumph. England captain Wayne Rooney celebrates his second goal against Scotland 1
A man who punched a taxi-driver after he was given a lift to Letterkenny has been ordered to pay the driver a week’s wages.Gavin Gallagher, from Dunfanagahy, assaulted the driver while he was on a night-out with his girlfriend on September 25th last. Letterkenny District Court was told that Gallagher, of Greenhills, was very drunk and was initially refused as a passenger by the driver.However, when he got into the vehicle he began messing and it was claimed that he struck the driver as he was driving down the road.He was not injured and the car was not involved in any kind of collision.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said he had spoken to the accused, aged 23, who said he remembered nothing about the night.However, his girlfriend denied that there had been an assault.Mr Dorrian said his client would like to apologise to the driver and that no harm was ever intended.Judge Paul Kelly asked if Gallagher was employed and he was told he earned approximately €600 per week in construction in Dublin.He ordered Gallagher to sacrifice one week’s wages as compensation to the taxi-driver and adjourned the case until February 26th.Man who punched taxi-driver ordered to pay him a week’s wages was last modified: February 4th, 2018 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)
Ndejje are 5 points away from safety with two games to play (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier league Ndejje University Vs OnduparakaArena of Visions- Luwero@4:30pmOnduparaka FC makes the long trip to face red zoned Ndejje University in one of the five StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday.Ndejje’s biggest prayer is to defeat Onduparaka, that is if they are to remain with any hopes of staying in the league.Only five points are currently separating them from 13th placed SC Villa who lost to Tooro 2-1 on Tuesday.If Ndejje wins all there two last games and SC Villa losses it’s last, Ndejje gets a straight ticket to play in the league next season.Both Ndejje and Onduparaka drew there last encounters to KCCA and Paidah respectively.Team newsThe visiting Onduparaka will look to the fit again Gadafi Wahab, Ceaser Okhuti, teenager Ezra Bida, goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato, Dennis Okot Oola and Viane Ssekajugo for inspiration.Raymond Komakech’s side will look up to custodian Derrick Mukule who put up heroic performances against Villa alongside Anwar Ntege and Stephen AkenaMatch FactsOnduparaka lies in the 7th position with 41points while Ndejje is in the relegation zone 14th with only 26points.Ondupraka won the first encounter 3-0 against Ndejje at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.Comments Tags: Ndejje University FConduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premier League
Fulham have turned down an official bid from Manchester United for Moussa Dembele since the end of last season, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.It is claimed that United offered Fulham 10m euros for him a month ago but were rebuffed.Jan de Visser, an agent working on behalf of Sport International, who are believed to represent Dembele, told the paper that Real Madrid are also interested.“It [United] is not the first big club this summer that has asked for him,” De Visser said.“Real Madrid have contacted us and enquired about the possibilities for Dembele.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Oscar’s hat-trick gave Chelsea a deserved half-time lead in a thrilling fourth-round FA Cup tie.Diego Costa made the most of a terrible Kyle McFadzean backpass to lay on a simple opener for Oscar.And although MK Dons levelled against the run of play through Darren Potter’s deflected long-range strike, Oscar’s tidy finish and sumptuous curler put Chelsea in control.Eden Hazard, on his first start since limping off early in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, was the key man in a dominant Chelsea display.He helped create three early chances, once for Costa via Oscar that produced a good save from keeper David Martin, and then twice teeing up Oscar, who miscued from 12 yards on both occasions.Rob Hall and Jake Forster-Caskey’s pace posed a few problems for the away side, but Chelsea controlled possession and created opportunities at will.Branislav Ivanovic had a shot blocked, Costa then made it 1-0, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also had a strike saved after a swift break – all inside the opening 20 minutes.But the Championship strugglers levelled when Potter’s strike from the edge of the box took a huge deflection off Nemanja Matic and looped over Thibaut Courtois.Hazard then squandered a glorious one-on-one opportunity, hitting the post when totally in the clear, while Costa slid in ahead of Oscar to prevent the midfielder scoring a simple tap-in.But a clever Loftus-Cheek pass put Oscar clear inside the box and he finished tidily across Martin to make it 2-1.And the Brazilain completed his treble with his best effort just before the break, running across the box and curling home a stunning strike.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The median nerve travels through a compartment called the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The ligaments that transverse the nerve are not very flexible. If there is any swelling within the wrist compartment excessive pressure can be put on structures such as the blood vessels and the median nerve. Excessive pressure can constrict bloodflow and cause nerve damage. The symptoms from the compression causes pain, loss of sensation, and decreased function in the hand.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis’ dunk wasn’t spectacular, certainly nothing like Giannis Antetokounmpo jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for a slam.But the moment he landed, punching the court in pain , the Knicks’ playoff hopes had likely crumpled right along with him.Porzingis tore the ACL in his left knee Tuesday night in the Knicks’ 103-89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Hardaway for one high-flying slam after Porzingis had dunked over him earlier in the game.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Porzingis crashed to the ground after his dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter and was taken for an MRI exam that revealed his injury.“More than a basketball player, he’s my brother,” Knicks center Enes Kanter said. “I don’t want to see anyone going down like that hurting his knee. He’s about to be an All-Star. I’m just going to pray for him tonight. He is the most important part of our family.”Eric Bledsoe also had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 20 for the Bucks, who are a season-high seven games over .500Antetokounmpo didn’t appear bothered by a right ankle injury sustained Sunday, particularly when he leaped to catch a lob pass on a fast break and jumped over the 6-foot-6 Hardaway to slam it down .“I knew (Middleton) was going to throw me the lob,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was a bad pass but I was able to get up and go get the ball. I didn’t see Tim Hardaway under me. I just went up to get the ball.”Kanter led New York with 19 points and 16 rebounds.Milwaukee led 50-46 at halftime and opened the second half with six straight points. The Bucks increased their lead to a game-high 21 points on Marshall Plumlee’s free throw with 3:43 left in the third quarter.The Knicks scored the next nine points and pulled within 12 points on a pair of occasions in the final quarter, but never got any closer.“I thought it was a very good effort,” said Joe Prunty, who is 7-1 since replacing the fired Jason Kidd as coach on Jan. 22. “We defended the three again well, rotation good in terms of getting to the spots and running people off the line. I really like the things I saw and we just have to keep doing them every night.”Sean Kilpatrick (16) and Jabari Parker (10) also scored in double figures for the Bucks.Courtney Lee added 14 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight, tying their longest skid of the season.“I think went K.P. went down, it kind of deflated us some,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “He is a big part of the things we do. No one is going to feel sorry for you when your guys are out, so you have to step it up.”TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova sprained his right ankle in Sunday’s win at Brooklyn. He underwent an MRI on Monday and subsequent examination by team physician Dr. William Raasch. The exam confirmed a sprained right ankle that is expected to sideline Dellavedova for up to four weeks.Knicks: New York has dropped 10 of its last 13 against the Bucks. That streak has cost them the lead in the all-time series, as they now trail 106-101. The Knicks have not taken a season series from the Bucks since going 2-1 against them during the 2013-14 season.NO KIDD-INGJust one of Prunty’s seven wins since replacing Kidd has come against a team that was above .500. That was a 107-95 victory over Philadelphia.KAN-DOKanter has recorded six consecutive double-doubles. It is the longest streak by any Knick since David Lee had seven straight from Feb. 9-26, 2010.IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGSMiddleton is the only Milwaukee player to start all 53 games this season. Thon Maker has also played in all 53, but has only started nine times.CITY SWEEPThe Bucks have had their way with New York City’s NBA teams this season. They are 2-0 against both the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, with all four wins coming within the last 11 days.UP NEXT:Bucks: Visit Miami on Friday.Knicks: Visit Toronto on Thursday.By JEFFREY BERNSTEINTweetPinShare0 Shares
\R Tokyo, Jul 28 (AP) Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics insist construction delays at two key venues will have no impact on preparations for the games, including test events.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced last month construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months.This led to media reports organizers would have to reshuffle test event schedules.”A recent media report is causing confusion about Tokyo 2020’s test event schedule,” said Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya.”Despite the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s announcement last month that construction of the Olympic Aquatics Center and the Sea Forest Waterway will be delayed by two months, both the TMG and Tokyo 2020 can confirm that the construction schedule will have no impact on Games preparations or running test events.”Takaya said the Sea Forest Waterway, which will host rowing, will be completed in May 2019, allowing for the test event to be carried out in August as currently scheduled.The Olympic Aquatics Center, which hosts swimming and diving, is due for completion in February 2020.Tokyo 2020, the TMG and the sports federation are working toward organizing the test events for aquatics in April or later, ensuring no impact to the preparations for the Games-time operations.”Overall, Tokyo 2020 is right on track to deliver the Games in two years’ time,” Takaya said.”Our recent report to the IOC Executive Board was well received, and the IOC recognized that Tokyo’s venue preparations are being carried out with an emphasis on project management and quality.”advertisementThe 2020 Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 to Aug. 9. (AP) RUPRUP