Thwarting Poverty with Talent

first_imgFrancis Worjloh displaying his ‘peace hut’ as he makes his way on foot via the thoroughfare from Fish Market, Monrovia to Red Light, Paynesville52-year-old Liberian Selling ‘Peace Hut’ in Traffic By Samuel G. Dweh/freelance journalistFrancis Worjloh, 52, had covered about thirty percent of his planned 15-kilometer journey to the main selling point in Paynesville, for his architectural creation. “I’m on my way to Redlight Market to sell it, but I’m trying my luck here,” Francis told this reporter along a express lane in the Fish Market community, Monrovia, where this reporter met him displaying his product to people in vehicles passing by. “I’m selling it thirty-five U.S. Dollars, but I will accept twenty-five U.S.D from anybody who can pay cash-down right now.”The time was 11am, but the scorching sun at the moment most likely had two things on people’s minds — water and shade. And in lieu of those two things, one would hope that, like Francis, one’s activity under such severe weather would at least pay off decently. An indigene of Grand Cess of Grand Kru County, in Southeastern Liberia, Francis told this reporter he lives on the Tusa Field, New Georgia, outside of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. “I walked from my house on Tusa Field to this place you’re talking to me,” he explained and wiped off cascading sweat from his face with the back of his hand. “I’m thirsty. You will buy me one bag of water to quench my thirst for keeping me standing in this sun,” he added in flawless English, and then giggled.Francis’s journey on foot, beginning from his home on Tusa Field (located in Jamaica Road Community), covered the entire Vai Town/Bushrod Island, Central Monrovia/Broad Street, the UN Drive, the entire Sinkor, before connecting to a part of Congo Town where this reporter met him. The total distance to be covered—from Tusa Field (Jamaica Road) to Red Light Market—is “fifteen kilometers,” Mr. A. Samuka Dunnah, employee of the Ministry of Public Work, called the actual mileage to this reporter, quoting his colleague, an Engineer, on phone during an interview for this story. In a car moving at most 60 kilometers per hour, this roving trader would spend at least thirty minutes on the road before he arrives at his main trading spot: Red-light Market.What Francis was selling that day was a handcrafted hut with inhabitants — all made from bamboo: The roofs of bamboo straws; the walls made of sliced pieces of bamboo; the floor made from sticks in close knit; and the inhabitants carved from bamboo sticks glued together.The persons and seats inside the hut are symbolic. The inhabitants were eight men. Six were sitting on a bench, opposite another bench occupied by one man. The seventh man is standing at the entrance of the hut.“This is Peace Congress,” Francis explained to this reporter. “All are here to discuss problems in the Town and to find solution to each problem. The man sitting alone is the Paramount Chief. The six men facing the Paramount Chief are heads of various clans of the Town. The person standing at the entrance is the security.” This work is from talent, Francis told this reporter. “Constructing this is a talent from age eighteen, when I was in the Elementary class at the Boatswain Elementary, Junior and Senior High School, located on Jamaica Road on the Freeway,” Francis recalled. The talented man said he’s with his architectural creation in the street only for one thing. “I’m selling my product, in the street, only to defeat poverty,” he told this reporter.Like Francis Worjloh, many other Liberians are striving to defeat poverty in their post-civil war lives, mainly with their respective natural abilities.  Anybody who wish to contact Francis personally can do so on (+231) 880 765 519. “For now, I do not have Orange line,” he said, responding to this reporter’s question about an alternative contact number.From the end of Liberia’s 14-year civil war in 2003, in-traffic sellers comprise all age groups of people who cannot afford the means to own a stationary selling spot. Due to the daily levy by the Municipal Authorities, which they consider “too high”, they don’t want to go into the general market houses built by the government to sell. They can’t  also think that an over-congested market building would lessen their chances for quicker sales. But these kinds of survival methods are not without tragedies, sometimes. There are reports of deaths of many of Francis Worjloh’s street-selling colleagues by irresponsible drivers (moving against the flow traffic), over-speeding cars, or due to failure of brakes in a dense environment of traders. Yet, these sellers appear undeterred by these tragedies involving their colleagues. The pang of poverty is pushing them in death’s way. “What to do?” Francis asked.The writer of this story can be reached via: (+231) 886618906/776583266; samuelosophy@yahoo.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC unsure about support for Granger as Presidential candidate

first_imgWith General and Regional Elections expected in the coming months, the minority party in the Coalition Government, Alliance For Change (AFC), has stated that it is too early for the party to say whether it would support President David Granger returning as presidential candidate for the impending polls.AFC’s Vice Chairperson, Cathy Hughes“We’re not there yet right now; we’re absolutely not there right now. We hope that President Granger continues the speedy recovery that he’s making… We continue to wish him the best, [but] we have no idea when the elections are going to be, and so we’re not in a position to answer that right now,” AFC’s Vice Chairperson Cathy Hughes told Guyana Times when asked whether the party would support Granger as the presidential candidate of the Coalition for the upcoming elections.During a press conference held at the party’s head office in Kitty, Georgetown on Wednesday, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan reaffirmed the party’s commitment to the Cummingsburg Accord, adding that they will go into the next elections as a Coalition with the APNU, since this would have worked in the past.On February 14, the APNU and AFC will celebrate their 4th anniversary since signing the “lovers’ deal” that eventual got them into office back in 2015. However, the AFC, in recent years, has come under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU.The minority party had even contested the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) separately from the APNU after planned negotiations to craft another accord had fallen through. It suffered massive defeat at the hands of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party.At Wednesday’s press conference, however, the AFC executives insisted that the minority party has done as much as it could have to stay relevant within the Coalition administration.President David GrangerIn fact, Hughes told reporters that the AFC came to the table of playing politics with a totally different perspective; that is, playing by the books. This, according to the party’s Vice Chair, is even moreso evident in the way it operates within the Coalition.Nevertheless, the minority party remains confident that it can continue to push its agenda within Government despite the passage of a No-Confidence Resolution against the Coalition, which was supported by former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in favour of the motion toppled the current administration.No ConfidenceSince the December 21, 2018 passage of the no confidence motion, several political commentators and stakeholders, including the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition, have been calling on the APNU/AFC Government to call elections, which, according to Article 106 (7), should be held within three months. This means, elections should be held by March 21 this year. It was AFC member Charrandas Persaud who, on December 21, 2018, voted against the coalition in a move which has toppled Government after he broke ranks and voted in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence resolution in what he described as a “conscience vote”.However, the High Court has since been asked to pronounce on two matters regarding the resolution – one contesting the validity of Persaud’s vote, given his dual citizenship; and another challenging the 33-32 votes, instead of a 34 majority, that was used to pass the motion.Those cases came up for hearing on Tuesday, and acting Chief Justice Roxane George has committed to a ruling by the end of this month.Both Government and the Opposition have agreed to have the court expedite these proceedings as they await the outcomes to determine the way forward.In fact, following a meeting with President Granger last week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that they have up until mid-April for the hosting of General and Regional elections, since the current list of electors which was used for the November Local government polls will expire thereafter.As such, the former Head of State is pushing for elections to be held within this timeframe, noting that it is sufficient for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to be ready. He noted that the $3 billion that was budgeted for the elections body to conduct house-to-house registration can be directed towards the actual hosting of national elections, and if more money is needed, they can always go to the National Assembly for supplementary funds.Fresh registrationBut on Wednesday, Ramjattan argued that the monies allocated for the registration cannot be redirected when it was budgeted for a specific project. He insisted that the $3 billion be spent on fresh registration since the list needs to be sanitised.“There are a lot of 15-year and 14-year-olds who will have to be included in the list, and a lot of dead people…who have to be removed,” the AFC Chairman said while reminding that GECOM had committed to fresh registration every seven years.Nevertheless, Ramjattan pointed out that the AFC is ready for elections, should they be called.last_img read more

August 15th Community Events Photos

first_imgChairman Diana Foster presents Shaya Basnett with the Carol Gee Memorial Award for placing first in the High-Percentage Dressage catagory.                                      Picture: Amber Davy The Surerus Ball Diamonds held the FSJ Mixed Slow Pitch Year End Tournament & Banquet throughout the weekend.                                                                       Picture: Amber Davy This weekend’s 63rd Annual North Peace Fall Fair hosted many activities and competitions such as as the Log Sawing Contest.                                                                Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – One of the most popular events at the Fall Fair was the Tractor Pull.         Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

Leicester’s Huth set for lengthy lay-off after ankle op

first_img“Robert reported back for pre-season and got into some discomfort with his ankle. He’s had an operation and thankfully it was successful,” said boss Craig Shakespeare.“It’s unfortunate for Robert but we thought it might be worse. We’re expecting him to be out for around six to eight weeks.”Huth has not travelled to Hong Kong where the Midlands club will face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Wednesday.The 32-year-old, who’s made 93 appearances for the King Power Stadium outfit since joining from Stoke City in February 2015, has stayed at home to begin his rehab.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester City defender Robert Huth (R) tackles Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez during an English Premier League at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 26, 2017 © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 18 – Leicester City defender Robert Huth is set to miss the start of the Premier League season after having ankle surgery.The German centre-back — an integral part of the Foxes’ Premier League title-winning team of 2015/16 — is expected to be sidelined for up to two months to repair the injury he suffered in pre-season training, according to Leicester’s club website.last_img read more

Hernandez leaves Chelsea’s top-four bid in tatters

first_img0Shares0000Javier Hernandez dragged West Ham towards safety and all but ended Chelsea’s top-four hopes with a late equaliser © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Antonio Conte slammed his misfiring Chelsea stars as their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a potentially fatal blow in a 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday.Conte’s side went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half strike at Stamford Bridge. But Chelsea missed a host of chances to increase their advantage and were made to pay when Javier Hernandez came off the bench to snatch the leveller with 17 minutes left.With fifth-placed Chelsea lagging 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only six games remaining, this frustrating result should end their challenge to qualify for the Champions League.Chelsea were booed off at full-time and, asked if they could still make the top four, Conte said: “I don’t know. We will try to do our best. I don’t know what we can change.”Turning his anger on Chelsea’s wasteful finishing, Conte said: “We must be frustrated. We are in this position because we have wasted good chances to get three points.“We are not clinical. It’s a pity because we dominated the game.“We are talking about a draw and that is incredible. I think with this game we can see our season. We create a lot of chances but we cannot take them.“When this happens regularly and you stay in this position, it means you have problems. Other teams in the league are more clinical. This is the truth. We have to improve.”West Ham, now six points clear of the relegation zone, were ecstatic to escape with a point despite a largely limp display.But it was a disappointing conclusion to a miserable week for Chelsea, who were mourning the death of their former star Ray Wilkins.Wilkins died at the age of 61 after suffering a cardiac arrest.The former England midfielder, who played for Chelsea for six years in the 1970s and had several spells as the club’s assistant coach, was remembered by fans who laid flowers outside the stadium.Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing “there’s only one Ray Wilkins” and held aloft a huge flag with his image before holding a minute’s applause.Respects paid, Chelsea had to focus on finding a way to end a damaging run of only three league wins in 2018.Eden Hazard’s indifferent form has epitomised Chelsea’s struggles and the Belgian playmaker had gone seven games without a goal.– Temporary reprieve –Chelsea were in control but when Alvaro Morata found the back of the net from Hazard’s pass, the Spain striker’s effort was ruled out for offside.Hazard was looking more like his old self and he combined with Cesc Fabregas to prise open the West Ham defence, but Morata’s deft back-flick rolled wide.Back in the groove, Hazard provided the impetus for another flowing Chelsea move that saw Willian’s shot pushed over by West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart.It was only a temporary reprieve for West Ham as Conte’s men took a 36th-minute lead from the resulting short corner.Victor Moses scooped a cross towards Morata and he headed down to Azpilicueta, who controlled before poking a soft shot past Hart for his first goal since October.Willian was inches away from doubling Chelsea’s lead early in the second half after Hazard’s clever back-heel gave the Brazilian space to shoot just wide.Morata has endured a difficult first year with Chelsea and his fortunes weren’t improving as he headed over from a corner before having another effort disallowed for offside.All those near-misses came back to haunt Chelsea in the 73rd minute.Mark Noble pumped a long ball into the Chelsea area and Blues captain Gary Cahill responded with a mistimed header that dropped for Marko Arnautovic.A quick pass from Arnautovic found Hernandez and the striker, on for just three minutes, drilled a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois.Marcos Alonso almost spared Chelsea’s blushes with a thunderous strike, but Hart finished as West Ham’s hero with superb saves to keep out that effort and one from an Olivier Giroud header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barcelona boss tight lipped over Neymar to Man United rumours

first_img1 Barcelona manager Luis Enrique refused to discuss speculation linking Brazilian star Neymar to Manchester United as the Catalan club began their La Liga title defence with a 1-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao.Recent reports have claimed the Red Devils are pursuing a deal for the 23-year-old superstar and are willing to wait and complete the deal next summer if it can’t be finalised before the September 1 deadline.The global superstar is thought to be attracted by United’s history and the Premier League and is reportedly open to making the switch.Louis van Gaal was quiet on the reports when asked following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle, and Barca boss Enrique was similarly tight lipped.“It doesn’t interest me to talk about rumours, nor these types of situations,”  he said at his post-match press conference:“I only want to focus on what’s happened to my team.”Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty but Luis Suarez’s 54th-minute volley gave the Spanish and European champions all three points just six days after their opponents had defeated them 5-1 on aggregate in the Super Cup final. Barcelona star Neymar with Lionel Messi last_img read more

TOWN DIVIDED BY PITCH BATTLE IN HIGH COURT

first_imgA Judge will decide next week if a Ballybofey football team is to find a new home to make way for an ALDI supermarket.The battle over the football ground has been heard in the High CourtBallybofey Utd have played at Finn View Park, Chestnut Road since 1971. But the real owners of the grounds, Butt Hall Trust, want to sell the land to the supermarket giant, which intends to construct a new store on the site.Planning permission for the new development has been granted by Donegal County Council.The trust claims it asked the club to vacate the site in April but says it has failed to do so and claims the club is now trespassing.In the High Court, the trust, whose mission is to provide entertainment and education to the people of the town, is seeking an injunction forcing the club to vacate the lands.Mr Justice Paul Gilligan is expected to give his decision next week.TOWN DIVIDED BY PITCH BATTLE IN HIGH COURT was last modified: November 9th, 2013 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:ALDIBallybofey UnitedButt Hall TrustHIGH COURTlast_img read more

Liverpool defender joins Serie A side in permanent deal

first_imgRagnar Klavan has left Liverpool to join Cagliari on a permanent transfer.The Estonia international joined the Reds in 2016 from FC Augsburg and went on to make 53 appearances. Klavan scored a late winner against Burnley last season However, the arrival of world record signing Virgil van Dijk in January from Southampton pushed the 32-year-old even further out of Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the new season.The deal, thought to be around £2million, has been completed before Cagliari play their first game of the season against Empoli this weekend.Klavan scored twice for the Reds during his short stay, scoring a crucial winner against Burnley earlier this year.He featured eight times in the Champions League for Klopp’s side as well last season, helping them reach the Final against Real Madrid.center_img 1last_img read more

UPDATE: WINDS EASE BUT MORE DONEGAL HOMES HAVE POWER CUT

first_imgTHE latest storm has officially subsided, however dozens of homes in Co Donegal are without power this evening.ESB Networks says 63 customers in Castlefinn have lost their supply, but should be reconnected by 9.30pm.Elsewhere 91 homes in Lifford – mainly on the Letterkenny Road in the town – have also had power disrupted. These properties should have services restored before 8pm. Eighteen homes in Malin Head had their ESB supply cut off at 4pm. Supplies should be restored by 7.30pm.Following the serious storm overnight, with wind speeds up to 150KM/hr, causing huge damage to the electricity Network across the country, over 70,000 homes and businesses had been left without power this morning in the country.In preparation for the fall out of the storm ESB Networks management and engineers had planned the response effort through the night. Network Crews worked since day break to make the network safe and restore supply.ESB Networks Centralised Operation Control Centre, with over 2000 smart switching devices around the country was used to it’s maximum advantage also to assist ground crews in isolating faulted network, making safe dangerous situations and restoring supply to all customers. The results of this effort is that by 5PM, ESB Networks had restored supply to over 60,000 customers, with 10,000 now remaining without electricity. This progress masks the huge amount of work that will be required to fix all the remaining faults on the network – over 1400 faults exist. It will take significant time to reach all these smaller faults and for that reason we are estimating at this stage that up to 4900 customers will be without power over night.It is expected that up to 1850 customers will be without supply in the South west, in the mid west we will have 2500 homes and businesses out in Tralee Newcastlewest and Clare. In the South East we expect there expecting 280 customers out over night in Arklow and Enniscorthy. We expect approximately 180 out in the North East North Dublin/Mullingar Drogheda/Dundalk. Across the country Small Pockets of outages will possibly be out over night, but through working through the evening ESB Networks to minimise that number to 4900 or below.ESB Networks says it apologises to Customers who have been out today and especially to those customers for whom we will not be able to get power back to night. This has been one of the worst storms in years.Said a spokesman: “We have over 1000 staff working in the field fixing faults and making the network safe. Crews will work late into the evening and will resume first thing tomorrow morning to complete the restoration.” UPDATE: WINDS EASE BUT MORE DONEGAL HOMES HAVE POWER CUT was last modified: December 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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:castlefinESBLiffordMalin Headstorm updatelast_img read more

NBA Finals: Warriors still undecided on DeMarcus Cousins’ Game 1 status

first_imgTORONTO — Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals is one day away, and Steve Kerr is still tip-toeing around a definite answer regarding DeMarcus Cousins’ status.Cousins tore his left quad early in Game 2 of the first round against the Clippers and hasn’t played since. Cousins has, however, scrimmaged several times since the Warriors last played on May 20 in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.Kerr said the team hasn’t yet decided whether Cousins will be active for Game 1 or not.“DeMarcus has done an …last_img read more