We should not promote Creolese within our education system

first_imgDear Editor,I want to thank Alim Hosein for the letter, “We need to teach English and other languages, but this does not preclude respect for Creolese” (SN, 22nd March 2018) in response to my letter, “What is the merit of learning Creolese at university level?” (SN, 20th March 2018).Alim Hosein listed six points that I will debate:Point One: Creolese is our language, and everyone speaks it.Creolese is not our national language, nor is it our mother tongue, as the vast majority of our ancestors came from different parts of the world.Point Two: Other countries have not abandoned their mother tongues to learn “foreign languages” (English).On the contrary, many countries of the world have evolving languages and cultures. There are now more English speakers in the world. As I noted in point one, our national language is NOT Creolese.Point Three: What is wrong of building national pride?It is good to build national pride, but too much pride is arrogance.Point Four: Why should the various dialects of Creolese be a hindrance to promoting Creolese?I am sure that there is an opportunity cost in promoting Creolese; in that money, time and people (resources) can be better utilised elsewhere.Point Five: The rest of the world is interested in learning Creolese.Really? How many Creolese converts have there been in the last twenty years, in comparison to people learning English Language?Point Six: Mr Ori’s thinking is the old, Imperialistic thinking.Not true. We have been a colony of England, which has shaped us. No amount of rebranding will change that.To promote Creolese because our education system (English in particular) is failing Guyanese, and promoting Creolese (in general) is a waste of time and effort.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

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30 Political Parties to Contest in 2017

first_imgThe certification of Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) has raised the number of political parties expected to contest the 2017 elections to 30, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, National Elections Commission (NEC) Chair disclosed.LPDP was yesterday cleared by NEC to function in Liberia after meeting the requirements as outlined by the electoral laws of the country.The party predominantly comprises lawmakers, particularly members of the House of Representatives as evidenced by the presence of some of the lawmakers.The LPDP has been seen as an “institution that takes with it a majority of the members of the ruling Unity Party evidenced by the presence of many UP legislative caucus members who were reportedly involved with its formation.At the ceremony yesterday, Cllr. Korkoya expressed delight in the existence of the party, adding that its qualification to operate promotes democracy and freedom of association.He urged leaders of political parties to remain active and engage in positive undertakings with the aim of maintaining peace and stability.LPDP chairman, Cllr. Henry Gogba, said the party is confident, ‘’because we have come to offer Liberians new hope and the best deal ever for the governance of the country.“We have noticed that Liberians are anxiously looking forward to a period in their lives when increased gross national product can be visibly seen in their lives, especially rural district dwellers.”He said the party was registered to articulate the anxiety of Liberians in order to ensure that government creates a balance between urban and rural dwellers.Cllr. Gogba said the LPDP has also noticed how deeply Liberians have come to appreciate fundamental freedoms especially freedom of speech and freedom of the press, adding that these freedoms will be accompanied with economic freedom as well.Cllr. Gogba explained that his party has noticed the love for democracy in Liberia and therefore, has come to make it more meaningful to the extent that practically there would be a government for the people, of the people and by the people.“In this light, we shall push forward to achieve decentralization of powers and some autonomy to the 73 electoral districts. This party has emerged with detailed understanding of the workings of the three branches of government and is fully equipped with the understanding of grass-roots or constituents’ problems,” LPDP chairman asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Religious Leaders Pressed to Speak Out against Wrongs

first_imgEight of Liberia’s outstanding clergymen and women, including an Imam, who spoke out against societal vices during the 70s, 80s and 90s, were memorialized over the weekend at the Monrovia City Hall. Those memorialized included United Methodist Church Bishop Stephen Trowen Nagbe, Rev. Mother Wilhelmina Dukuly of the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ; the Most Rev. George Daniel Browne, Episcopal Church of Liberia; Rev. Dr. Roland Jigi Payne, Lutheran Church of Liberia and the Most Rev. Michael Kpakala Francis, Catholic Church of Liberia.Others included Rev. Walter D. Richards, Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention; Rev. Dr. William Nah Dixon, Don Stewart Christ Pentecostal Church; and Sheik Kafumba Konneh, National Muslim Council of Liberia, described by many as an eloquent religious leader.These religious icons who put their lives on the line as the voices of the voiceless and the consciences of the nation, were eulogized last Saturday at a well-attended event organized by the National Religious Advocates Memorial Program (NRAM). In attendance was Vice president Joseph N. Boakai.The organizers said the religious advocates were chosen for the recognition because of their outstanding roles at great personal risk during the country’s 14 year civil crisis and also during the dictatorial regimes of the True Wig Party and People’s Redemption Council.The renowned women’s rights advocate Mary Brownell and the Daily Observer’s founder and publisher, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best served as guest panellists at the memorial ceremony.Mother Brownell provided a synopsis on religious advocacy in Liberia and the overall impact it has had on the Liberian society, while Mr. Best gave a comprehensive critique on religious advocacy in Liberia from the angle of the Liberian media and the political development of the nation.Both panellists questioned the roles of the current religious leaders in the country and noted that their silence is quietly promoting the suffering and condoning the killing of many Liberian people.I have observed that our religious leaders are very silent on the evils in our society and this is not good for Liberia, said Mother Brownell.Mr. Best noted that the continuous silence of religious leaders on vices that are devastating the Liberian society is worrisome and has the propensity to throw the country backward.“What is the role of our bishops, pastors, imams and other prelates? Are there any prophets among them?” Mr. Best asked rhetorically, adding “these clergymen are seen and heard, but we see no prophets.”“I have often said that most of our bishops and pastors preach to the angels in Heaven, not to us depraved and spiritually hungry humans, who need to hear the word of God,” he said.“How many of you,” Mr. Best asked, “have spoken of the widespread corruption in government, and pointed a finger at those involved? How many of you have spoken about the classic case of nepotism and corruption at the National Oil Company of Liberia, under the watch of the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf, for which the President has said she takes full responsibility?“How many of you have spoken against the widespread corruption in the Legislature, including the imposing mansions built by former House Speaker Alex Tyler, only a few years ago a poor boy from Arthington? And against the huge sums of money the Ellen Administration, since it took office, has paid to both Houses of Legislature to ensure the passage of bills and the ratification of oil blocks and other concession agreements?”Mr. Best asked the clerics, “When was the last time we heard any preaching against the pervasive injustices even in the judicial system—the courts of Liberia, which have even set free a Lebanese man who raped and trafficked Liberian women to Lebanon or against the courts that have consistently held up legitimate tax payments to government by powerful and influential business people?”“When have we ever heard of our churches and mosques raising concerns about the foreign dominance of the Liberian economy—the absence of Liberians in the lucrative business sector, leaving Liberians impoverished and powerless, peons and serfs in their own country serving other people daily,suffering constant abuse and even violence, such as the one that took place at the Mamba Point Hotel a few years ago? The Lebanese boy who brutalized a Liberian employee challenged him to ‘take me anywhere and nothing will come out of it. We have the Liberian government in our pockets! These were the roles of the people that we are honoring today.“How many of you have dealt forthrightly with the mysterious disappearance and murder of Harry Greaves, former Managing Director of NOCAL, and Counselor—Michael Allison? Events that gripped the nation last year and almost caused civil unrest?“What do the churches and mosques have to say about the continuing illiteracy among Liberians, after 169 years of national independence, or the continuing squalor in which our market women and their babies have to eke out a humiliating and painful existence? “What do you have to say about our children, from the ages of five or six, selling day and night on the streets when they should be in school or at home? Of the able-bodied young men and women who should be in school, on the farm or learning a trade, but are yet languishing on the streets selling chicklet, towels and other trivialities?He said “These gallant men and woman of God [the honorees] played well their parts in not only preaching the Word of God, but many of them engaged courageously in the prophetic ministry, a genuine, authentic ministry that is hard to find in Liberia these days.”To the list of honorees, Mr. Best said he would add four other eminent Liberians who had prophetic gifts. These include Edward Wilmot Blyden, Rev. Toimu Reeves, Rev. Canon Burgess Carr and the legendary constitutional analyst, pamphleteer and school teacher, Albert Porte, though two of these were not religious leaders.Mr. Best implored the country’s current religious leaders to advocate for Liberians amid injustices meted against the masses by the UP government. He urged them to rally around Liberians and speak vigorously on social, political and economic issues that are unfolding in the country.Mr. Best further admonished prelates to keep in mind the crucial role they must play to guide their members in making the right decisions in the 2017 Presidential and legislative elections and continually remind them to register to vote and subsequently to show up at the polls.He warned them to research the candidates and refrain from electing leaders with tainted characters who were involved in corruption or violence.I urge all of you to guide your members, your followers, to take very seriously these elections, to be true and forthright to themselves and follow only their consciences and nothing else—not bags of rice, not money, not spurious promises in choosing their leaders in this election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Boeing cuts 737 MAX output in wake of 2 deadly crashes

first_imgBoeing Co said on Friday it plans to cut its monthly 737 aircraft production by nearly 20 per cent in the wake of two deadly crashes, signaling it does not expect aviation authorities to allow the plane back in the air anytime soon.Deliveries of Boeing’s best-selling aircraft were frozen after a global grounding of the narrowbody model following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet on March 10, killing all 157 people onboard.Production will be cut to 42 airplanes per month from 52 starting mid-April, the company said in a statement, without giving an end-date.US and airline officials said they now believe the plane could be grounded for at least two months, but an even longer grounding is a serious possibility.The crash in Ethiopia and the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia last October that killed all 189 people on board have left the world’s largest planemaker in crisis. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said on Friday said the company now knows that a chain of events caused both disasters, with erroneous activation of so-called MCAS anti-stall software “a common link” between the two.Boeing said it would not reduce jobs at the new production rate and will work to minimize the financial impact.The company’s board will establish a committee to review how the company designs and develops airplanes, Muilenburg said. The group will “recommend improvements to our policies and procedures” for its 737 MAX and other airplane programs. (Reuters)last_img read more

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RCMP trying to locate stolen red side-by-side

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen 2012 Big Red Honda side by side.On June 10, 2019, the side-by-side was taken from the 10400 block of Bison Rd, Cecil Lake, BC.  The side-by-side was believed to have been stolen sometime between May 18 and June 8, 2019.The side-by-side is described as:red in colourin good conditionhas a windshield and roofhaving a box on the back- Advertisement -The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Walnut’s Person resigns

first_imgPerson joins Bishop Amat’s Mike DiFiori and Northview’s Todd Quinsey in becoming the latest area coaches to resign. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Walnut High School football coach Jerry Person resigned earlier this month, according to school principal Russell Lee-Sung. Person was 41-47 in nine seasons at the school. He guided the Mustangs to the San Antonio League title in 2002. Walnut made the CIF-Southern Section Division VII finals that same season before losing to South Hills. The Mustangs also made the semifinals in 2004. Person is also credited by Walnut fans as being the coach who stopped the flow of players to inter-district rival Diamond Bar. “There weren’t any problems or things like that,” Person said. “I did some evaluating and a lot of things played into it and I thought it was best if I resigned.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaPerson said he will remain the school’s athletic director and is looking forward to the opportunity of spending more time with his family. “I have two daughters and one of them is already going off to college,” Person said. “My oldest went off to college and I was like, `Dang, what happened?’ “It takes a lot of time to do both jobs and I made a decision.” Walnut went 3-7 this past season and finished fourth in the five-team San Antonio League. Lee-Sung said the position would be opened within the next two weeks. last_img
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DONEGAL PERSON OF YEAR ANNE-MARIE WARD DISCOVERS SHE’S REALLY ……A GALLAGHER!

first_imgThe newly selected Donegal Person of the Year, Anne-Marie Ward, has discovered she is really a Gallagher and has been embraced by the clan!So much so that the remarkable endurance swimmer is to carry out her first official function at the Gallagher Evening which takes place tonight in the Station House Hotel, Pearse Rd., Letterkenny, Co. Donegal at 7.00 p.m. sharp. This event will celebrate another great occasion, the 1st Gallagher Global Gathering and successful Guinness World Record attempt in September 2007. This was a marathon in its own right. It will also be a celebration of the great global Gallagher heritage in general.“My granny was a Gallagher”, says Anne-Marie, “and I’m very proud of the Gallagher heritage in which I share. I’m very happy to celebrate that with the Gallagher Clan during the Friday night event and also to acknowledge their efforts both in the past and into the future.“In particular I would like to acknowledge their success in achieving their Guinness World Record. I’m sure that great effort was put in to achieve that award. It didn’t just happen on the day. As in the case of my own achievements, it required the efforts of a strong team putting in the preparation over a long period to bring things about”.Her joint recipient of Donegal Person of the Year 2011, Hugh Green, also has a claim to Gallagher heritage – through his mother! As Hugh is ill at present his sister, Maryanne Kitchener, 85, made the long journey to Dublin to represent the family at the awards ceremony in Dublin on Saturday evening last, the 3rd March 2012.Adrian Gallagher of the Gallagher Clan met her in the Regency Hotel, the venue for the awards, where she told him of her and Hugh’s mother being one of the Gallaghers who were the original owners of Gallagher’s Hotel on the Main St., Letterkenny.Along with Anne-Marie Ward there will also be in attendance tonight, the county and town mayors and of course the Gallagher’s own Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP.Videos, photographs etc .of 2007’s week long events, including the section of the ABC News TV programme that concerns the Guinness World Record attempt in Letterkenny, will be shown. This programme was shown coast to coast (to a potential audience of 200 million!!) a few months after our successful attempt. Did you, your family or friends appear prominently? Come and see.There will also be live music and dancing and people will be able to mingle and chat with a cup of tea and biscuits.During the evening a review will take place of what has been happening since 2007 and holding a very short AGM of the Gallagher Clan to set it up for the following year. If anyone would like to get involved at any level they are more than welcome to let the Gallagher Clan organisation know at anytime. As with all the other events that were held since the first in 2006 It is hopes that those who attend will have a great night of fun, frolics and friendship, though it will also be a night to remember those who attended events in 2007 and who are no longer with us.Of course that this will be an evening for all Gallaghers and their friends and not just for those who attended 2007. There will be plenty of fun and items of interest to all. So let you all come out and enjoy a great nights craic (and we don’t mean the powder version!!). That will set the trend for the next 20 months or so leading into September 2013.To add to it all, those who attend will be entered into a draw for an original copy of the Guinness World Record certificate that was presented in 2007.DONEGAL PERSON OF YEAR ANNE-MARIE WARD DISCOVERS SHE’S REALLY ……A GALLAGHER! was last modified: March 8th, 2012 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:Anne Marie WardGallagher EveningHugh GreenPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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Travel Alert: Inishowen road closed due to works

first_imgThe Regional Road (R244) Carndonagh to Gleneely Road from Carrickafoden Crossroads to Cashel is closed during the daytime for the next two weeks.Donegal County Council has announced the temporary closure for essential works.The road is closed from 7am to 7pm from Monday 22nd July to Friday 2nd August 2019. An alternative route has been designated for drivers from Carndonagh – Culdaff – Gleneely. (R238 – R244)Donegal County Council has apologised for any inconvenience caused.Travel Alert: Inishowen road closed due to works was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Hughes hails Everton boss

first_imgMark Hughes has paid tribute to Everton manager David Moyes, who this week celebrates 10 years in charge at Goodison Park.Moyes is regarded as one of the top managers in the country and Hughes says the Scot can be proud of his achievements.“David’s done a remarkable job. Managing a big club like that comes with big expectations and he’s managed that very well,” said the QPR boss.“He possibly hasn’t got the resources that other clubs have but he still manages what he has very, very well.“It’s difficult to be at a club that long – and being at the same club a long time can bring it’s own problems, because people will have heard the same voice over and over again.“It takes a skilled manager to keep making players aware of what’s required of them and he’s done that really well.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors report: Will Warriors-Celtics be an NBA Finals preview?

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *BOSTON — Will the Warriors return to this city in nearly five months?Perhaps. After all, the Warriors (34-14)-Boston Celtics (30-18) matchup on Saturday will be nationally televised for a simple reason. The Warriors and Celtics have enough star power, depth and coaching to suggest both teams will meet each other in the NBA Finals.“The game takes on a little more …last_img read more

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