Profile of a True Son of the Soil Dr. Syrulwa Somah

first_imgThe outstanding contribution of Dr. Syrulwa Somah to make Liberians to return to the culture and value of our tradition, so as to give us an identity through literary works, is a reminder that Liberia has had 4000 years of civilization.Liberia has a terrible reputation of underrating its own cultural identity over borrowed ones. This is evidence by the lack of a national cultural festival among her tribes. The Poro and Sande Schools served this nation as university of discipline and character excellence before the arrival of western education.“Even with these difficult challenges, I still believe that Liberia has the potential to become a place where culture is valued,” he said.According to Dr. Somah, a Liberian historian who had a lengthy interview with the Daily Observer last Friday, “Unless Liberians embrace our history, environment, culture and folklore; our country will continue to be underdeveloped.“But by embracing our history and culture, Liberians can build a solid foundation for the next generation,” said Dr. Somah, “who will be able to look into the past with understanding and boast with greater pride that we kept their ancestors identity.” Contribution to literature Dr. Somah has authored numerous books, including “The Historical Resettlement of Liberia and its Environment Impact; Nyanyan Gohn-Manan: History, Migration & Government of the Bassa and Colonization and State of African Spirituality.He co-authored “djojbachauchuwa” a collection of Liberia literary anthology, the first of kind.“If we the educated refuse to write down accurate and concise history of our ancestors, then who will?” he askedDr. Somah, a graduate of the Poro Society said other countries around the world have a written history preserving their ancestors’ culture and tradition.“Because of this, I have dedicated my life to write about the culture and tradition of Liberia, to stir the minds of it citizens toward the importance of upholding their identity,” he explained.Dr. Somah is currently working on a literary odyssey highlighting the Bassa people’s culture, tradition and belief, called ‘Duankadyu:  The Legend of the Bassa (son born noon).” The book is due in May, this year and about 50,000 copies will be released.“Duankadyu:  The Legend of the Bassa’s origin stretched back to the creation of the universe, and its evolution spins several millennia,” he narrated.The book ‘Duankadyu’ when it is published might be the greatest legendary book that explains about a particular tribe’s ancestors.“The book has a fascination message of creation and the separation of humans from the arranger of the world, Geleplo, the creator of oneself,” said Dr. Somah. “It will become apparent to the reader that this legend is much than a story of people, places and events, with its sacred legend of the faith of the Bassa people and their relationship with the creator God, or Geleplo.”“No matter what our education level and social standing in the society, we stand to lose our intrinsic cultural value and identity as humans without respect to our cultural norms,” Dr. Somah, quoted Rev. Joseph M.N. Gbadyu, former Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, a cultural historian.Dr. Somah as a StatesmanWhen Dr. Somah is not writing about Liberia History he is working as a statesman.As Executive Director of the nonprofit Liberian History, Education & Development (LIHEDE) Dr. Somah supervised the developnment of Liberian Studies curriculum with an environmental track for degree consideration at the bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels in Liberian institutions of higher learning.In late 2004 on behalf of the organztion, he signed a memorandum of understanding with two Liberian universities, A.M.E. Zion University (AMEZU) and African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) in Monrovia, to commence the first degree program in Liberian Studies. At the beginning of the 2006 academic year, AMEU became the first higher learning institution in Liberia to embrace that program; later in 2008 Cuttington University added an African Studies Division to its program.For more than two years Dr. Somah has championed the need to revise Liberian history through LIHEDE which gained national momentum. In 2004, he organized a letter writing campaign to alert world leaders, including former US President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and others about the high rate of malaria related deaths in Liberia.Because of his tireless efforts of Dr. Somah, in 2006 the first Liberian malaria control and prevention international health conference was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Liberian universities and other groups in Monrovia.Later that year, after the confrence an amazing thing happened from the efforts of Dr. Somah, an invitation from the US Embassy in Liberia came for him to witness the historic announcement by President Bush, via satellite, that Liberia could benefit from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) funds.As a focus nation, Liberia became directly eligible to receive over US$70 million in aid for malaria control and prevention.Education, Teaching and AwardsDr. Syrulwa Somah attended the Poro ‘University’ in Liberia where he learned discipline and character excellence.He also has two graduate degrees from Central Michigan University and the University Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. fromUnion Institute and Universities in Cincinnati, Ohio.Dr. Somah is currently the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Programs and Economic Development at the W.V.S. Tubman University (TU) in Maryland County –Liberia. Before joining TU, he taught at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, as Graduate Program Coordinator. He had also taught at the Bangalore University in India, and a visiting Faculty at the Kwame University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.He has earned himself numerous awards. In 2008 he received the Liberia Image Award, a life time award for state-of-the-art research devoted to post-reconstruction of Liberia. A year later in 2009 he was received the Africa Environmental Watch Humanitarian Award. But in 2007, he won double awards from NCA and The State University in the US as ‘Teacher of the Year’ and ‘Faculty Innovator Award.’Also in 2010 he won the Fulbright Award for malaria control innovation in India.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar

first_imgThe number of people who are presenting as homeless in Donegal has almost doubled between January and February 2019. Twenty one households were accessing emergency accommodation from Donegal County Council last month, which is a 75% rise from the 12 households registered in January.The latest report from the Department of Housing has revealed that the number of homeless people in Ireland has exceeded 10,000 for the first time. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the figures as “hugely disappointing” as it emerged that 6,480 adults and 3,784 children were accessing emergency accommodation in February 2019. Sixty one adults and eleven families were recorded as homeless in the entire North West region of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo in February.In response to the report, Minister Murphy said: “The increase in homelessness in February is hugely disappointing. Our plans to fix the supply of both social and private housing are working and this is borne out by the most recent build figures. The latest RTB report also shows rent falling at the end of 2018. And yet still we see more people entering emergency accommodation.”“I am in constant contact with local authorities and am working with them to help move families out of emergency accommodation and into sustainable housing solutions,” he said.Donegal County Councillor Liam Doherty has said that the number of people experiencing homelessness is “unacceptable” and shows that government policy is failing to tackle the problem. He added: “This is simply deplorable and it is totally unacceptable that in the Ireland of 2019 we have entire families entering homelessness and living in emergency accommodation.“These figures also prove that homelessness is not simply an urban phenomenon but that rural counties such as Donegal too are struggling to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis gripping this state.“In the eight years since Fine Gael took office there has been an increase of 490% in the number of homeless children across the state, up from 641 in 2011.”Cllr Doherty said that the Minister’s ‘disappointment’ with the figures is an understatement.He added: “It should be remembered that Sinn Féin put down a motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy earlier this year, and he is only in his position because Fianna Fáil failed to support it. “As a Councillor, I pledge to continue to engage with officials at local authority level to find ways of improving emergency accommodation services for people in our county experiencing homelessness, and I will continue to work closely with families and those facing homelessness to ensure that they can access the supports they so badly need.”Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar was last modified: April 1st, 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

After hitting ‘wall,’ Sharks’ lineup may have more traditional look

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said he might go back to dressing 12 forwards and six defensemen for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings even if Tomas Hertl is unavailable to play.DeBoer labeled Hertl, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, as doubtful to play against the Kings. The team will know more Friday morning with the game, the Sharks’ last at home this month, at 1 p.m.The Sharks looked lethargic in their 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday …last_img read more

South Africa’s tap water ‘world-class’

first_img8 May 2012 South Africa’s drinking water is among the best in the world, and the country remains one of few in which water can still be consumed from the tap, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in Cape Town on Monday. Releasing the 2012 Blue Drop report during the Water Institute of Southern Africa Conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Molewa said 98 of the country’s municipalities were awarded Blue Status this year, up from 66 last year. The average national Blue Status score jumped from 72.9% last year to 87.6% this year. The scores have increased year-by-year since the first Blue Drop report was released in 2009, when municipalities notched up a national average of 51.4%. In all, 153 of South Africa’s 287 municipalities and 931 water systems were audited for this year’s report.Not just a quality audit Molewa stressed that just because a municipality was not awarded Blue Drop status, it did not mean that their water remained unfit for human consumption. This is because Blue Drop certification goes beyond the quality of drinking water to include aspects such as risk management, operations and asset management of water services. The programme is not a voluntary programme but an incentive-based regulatory initiative which requires water services institutions to provide information in line with the legislative requirements of Section 62 of the Water Services Act.Top performing municipalities In this year’s Blue Drop report, Ekurhuleni came out as the top municipality with a score of 98.95%, followed by the City of Johannesburg with 98.92% and Mogale City with 98.79%. Ethekweni (Durban), Tlokwe in North West province and the City of Cape Town were the next highest scoring municipalities respectively. Molewa commended the Victor Kanye Local Municipality (formerly Delmas) in Mpumalanga province, which increased its score from 18.26% last year to 80.07% this year. She also congratulated the Thembisile Local Municipality, also in Mpumalanga, which increased its score from 27.77% to 78.30%.15 municipalities warned However, Molewa said she was concerned about the worst scoring municipality – Koukamma (5.6%) – and iKwezi (7.9%), both in the Eastern Cape, which are among 15 municipalities that have received warnings over the quality of their water. People living in these municipalities “have been informed not to drink the tap water without improving the quality first by either boiling or using other methods of purification,” Molewa said, adding that her department was working closely with these municipalities to bring their water quality up to standard. Molewa said that, despite the 15 warnings, her department now knew where the problems were and would be attending to them.Water board, private sector involvement ‘key’ Helgard Muller, acting deputy director-general of policy and regulation in the department, said the involvement of water boards and the private sector were key to improving the management of South Africa’s water services. While other countries which had water audits only looked at the quality of water, the department also considered risk management and asset management in the Blue Drop report. Of the 98 municipalities that achieved Blue Drop certification, 38 were serviced by water boards and about 20 by the private sector. The top performing province was Gauteng with a score of 98.1%, followed by the Western Cape (94.2%) and KwaZulu-Natal (92.9%). The remaining six provinces all notched up scores below the national average of 87.6%, with Mpumalanga the worst performing province at 60.9%, followed by the Northern Cape (68.2%). Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over.  Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Erasing the past

first_imgAlso sharing the spotlight was libero Kath Arado who negated UST heavy hitter Cherry Rondina, making 32 receptions and 28 digs.The Lady Warriors thus notched their second win in eight games, tying the Tigresses, who are now in danger of missing the Final Four. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ One team PH: battle cry of Vargas’ board Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ateneo also got back at FEU after losing to the Lady Tamaraws in the first round. Both Ateneo and FEU are at 5-3.Jho Maraguinot scored 14 points while Kat Tolentino added 11 points for the Lady Eagles, who also snapped the Lady Tamaraws’ four-win run and muddle up the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was the startling 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 triumph by the Lady Warriors over the Tigresses that created the bigger uproar.It was the first victory of UE over UST in 24 years, and one that UST coach Kungfu Reyes said during the game would go down in infamy for the school. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Maddie Madayag typifies the Lady Eagles’ dominance over Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and the Lady Tams. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAteneo redeemed itself from the heartache of a previous loss but it was University of the East that stole the spotlight as it redeemed itself from the ignominy of the past few seasons Wednesday night.The Lady Eagles bounced back after losing to the defending champion and rival La Salle Lady Spikers by trouncing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “If we lose here, it’s going to be the most forgettable season for us,” Reyes told the Tigresses early in the fourth when they trailed 12-5. “If you can’t win it for yourselves, at least win it for the school.”That appeared to strike a chord for the Tigresses, who clawed back and even reached set-point, 24-22, on Carla Sandoval’s hit. But in a stunning turn of events that mirrored what happened in the first and third sets, UE came through with clutch hits to steal the match.It was the second straight win for the Lady Warriors, who also defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons to end the first round. UE won one game each the past two seasons.Now they are looking at turning things around after a poor start this year that led to coach Francis Vicente finally calling it quits.Interim coach Rod Roque drew 21 points from Mary Ann Mendres, while Shaya Adorador added 15. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez had 10 each.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

NRL Community Volunteer of the Year Awards: Touch Football Nominee

first_imgTouch Football Australia has been provided for the first time the opportunity to nominate an individual for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year, to be presented at the NRL Community and Player Education Awards in Sydney on Friday, 2 October 2015, as part of the 2015 NRL Grand Final Week celebrations. Each State and Territory were asked to nominate an individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award; who will in turn be the Touch Football nominee for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year.Each nominee has provided exceptional service to the sport and made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.  The nominees all demonstrate the Touch Football Australia values of Leadership, Integrity, Professionalism, Diversity and Excellence.The TFA Board of Management were charged with voting on and awarding for the inaugural time, a standout Touch Football nominee. “Our Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country, “Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire, said. “On behalf of the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, I would like to congratulate Cecilia Eichler, the 2015 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year for 2015.“Cecilia is a fantastic example of the efforts being made in locations across the country, and the lengths that our volunteers go for the success of our sport.  On behalf of the TFA Board of Management, TFA Staff and the whole Touch Football community, particularly of Portland, Victoria, congratulations to Cecilia.”“In the inaugural year of this award, we had an incredible group of nominees from all corners of the country; all with their own story and all highly deserving of this accolade.”“Their (nominees) stories are just small examples of the wonderful work undertaken every day by the extraordinary people we have assisting the delivery of our sport.”The nominees for the TFA Volunteer of the Year Award were:»         Cary Thompson – National»         Ken Golden – National»         Danny Goodwin – ACT»         Tim Kitchingham – NSW»         Tim Pearson – NT»         Graeme Clancy – QLD»         Damian Carlson – SA»         Cecilia Eichler – VIC»         Karen Lombardo – WA.“Our sport is blessed with amazing people, making significant contributions across all levels, “We are very excited for this opportunity and the chance to formally thank and reward an individual who is truly committed to our sport, as well as share the stories of so many more”Cecilia will be attending the awards ceremony with TFA representatives and is among a group of five nominees for the NRL Community National Volunteer of the Year award, proudly supported by Holden. The NRL Community and Player Education Awards will be streamed online via nrl.com/communityawards from 7.00pm with results to be published online at the conclusion of the awards presentation.Related Filestfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cary_thompson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_cecilia_eichler-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_damien_carlson-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_danny_goodwin-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_graeme_clancy-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_karen_lombardo-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_ken_golden-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_kitchingham-pdftfa_volunteer_of_year_nominee_-_tim_pearson-pdfRelated LinksNRL Community National Volunteerlast_img read more

9 months agoLazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacosta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacostaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta this week.Il Messaggero says Lazio have agreed personal terms with the Italy fullback, who is eager to return home this month.And the outline of a transfer has also been settled, with Lazio and Chelsea agreeing to a six month loan with the option of a permanent deal in June.However, Chelsea’s €15m price is regarded as too rich by Lazio.And Lazio sports chief Igli Tare will spend this week attempting to talk down the valuation. last_img read more

Significant Digits For Friday March 25 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. Regular host Walt Hickey is still on vacation, and NCAA basketball is still happening. As a result, I’m still here with another all-March Madness SigDig. Enjoy! 0.015 rating pointsThere are close matchups, and then there are close matchups. Tonight’s Notre Dame-Wisconsin tilt belongs in that second category, with the teams separated by just 0.015 points in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. It’s basically as close to a coin flip as you can get — our prediction model lists the game as exactly 50-50 for both teams. [Kenpom.com]19 percentage pointsIn a Sweet 16 field largely devoid of Cinderella candidates, 10th-seeded Syracuse will have to do. According to the FiveThirtyEight model, they started the tourney with a 1 percent chance of making the Final Four; now that probability is 19 percentage points higher, the biggest gain of any team left standing. [FiveThirtyEight]1995 seasonThe University of Virginia will be looking to make its first Elite 8 appearance since the 1995 tournament when it takes on Iowa State Friday evening. By most measures — including winning percentage, the AP poll and the Simple Rating System — this year’s Cavaliers are better than the 1995 version, but they’ll have to win to prove it — the bracket doesn’t lie. [Sports-Reference.com]3,950 winsNorth Carolina and Indiana are two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball, having combined for 3,950 victories in 5,728 games since 1901, and they’ll face each other in Friday’s late game. With a 73 percent chance of winning, UNC has the edge to take win No. 3,951, according to our model. [Sports-Reference.com]118 winsThe University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has been completely unstoppable with Breanna Stewart leading the way these past few seasons. They’ve won 118 of their last 119 games — all by double-digits, and all but 18 by 20 or more points. UConn looks to extend their run against Mississippi State Saturday morning. [FiveThirtyEight]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And if you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you feel like it. read more

GST bill FO expiry hold key to Sensex next week

first_imgThe positive mood seen in the markets this week after a gap of three weeks of continued selling will be replaced by hopes of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill being passed during the winter session of the Parliament, and expiry of contracts in Futures & Options (F&O) segment next week.Overall, the benchmark indices rebounded over 1% in the week tracking a rally in global markets after US Federal Reserve hinted at raising interest rates in December but would remain cautious on further monetary tightening.The S&P BSE Sensex gained 257.96 points or 1.01% to close at 25,868 points in the week ending 20 November, while the 50-share Nifty rose 94.30 points or 1.21% to end the week at 7,856 points.”Nifty rebounded sharply this week to regain control above 7,800 taking cues from gains in global markets. Thursday’s move has led to a breakout from a downward sloping trendline on the short-term charts. Only a move above 7,890 would confirm a breakout from a base which could push the rally higher towards 8,000 in the near term. In the process, Nifty managed to regain control above its 100-WMA,” said IIFL in a note.The gains were also driven by reforms announced by the Modi government including the stake sale in Coal India and reviving struck road projects. “After a debacle in Bihar state elections, BJP government attempted to catch up lost time as a spate of policy changes were announced this week,” said IIFL.”As a result, key indices after being on a constant downtrend, rose from the ashes and rallied by 1%,” it said.Markets were also supported by the salary hike recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission for government employees. Overall, it proposed a 23.55% increase in salaries, raising hopes of a boost to domestic consumption.However, the markets saw some pressure from a sell-off in global markets following the terrorist attacks in France last week.But going into next week, investors will closely watch the developments ahead of the winter session of the Parliament, which starts on 26 November.The BJP-led government’s defeat in the Bihar assembly elections has raised concerns over its ability to get key economic legislations passed during the winter session.The markets will remain closed on 25 November on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti and the global events are likely to dictate the direction in the absence of any major domestic economic data release next week.The F&O expiry for the month of November will also influence market direction next week.last_img read more