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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

It’s time for youths to take leadership in PNCR – Bond

first_imgAttorney James Bond believes now is the time for youths to take a more dominant role in the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and it is for this reason he will be contesting the Vice Chairmanship, during the party’s 19th Biennial Delegates Congress, which opened today at Congress place, Sophia, Georgetown.Bond, armed with his “Vision 2020”, told Guyana Times that youths must begin the process of preparation to take over the political reigns in the very near future, thus the impetus for his candidacy.“I believe that the Vice Chair position (in the PNCR) is the ideal position for a young person to start saying, you know what, we are ready to assume some form of leadership role within the party… So I believe that in the party hierarchy, I believe there is a place for a young person,” Bond said.The young Attorney is confident of a victory, arguing that he enjoys the support of the youths within the PNC who, he noted, encouraged him to contest. Bond remarked that “even before accepting, it was young persons who said, you know what James go-ahead and accept. we will support you.”Bond added that while nationally, youths remain the most dominant demographic, there is still not enough representation in the body politic and as such, he is urging youths to get involved in the process now, with the focus being on the country’s next General and Regional Elections set for 2020.“I think now is the ideal time for young people in all political parties to begin to position themselves… not only the PNC. Most of the persons in Government right now and in Opposition… at some point they would say they have had enough of public politics. So I believe in all the political parties, that young people should start contesting, making their presence felt,” the young politician declared.The others contesting the Vice Chairpersons positions are Volda Lawrence, Dr George Norton, Beni Rayman, Clement Corlette, Aubrey Norton, Dawn Hastings, Christopher Jones and Winston Felix who have all been nominated. Corlette and Felix have told the party of their intention to contest for the post.Ronald Bulkan, Larry London and Annette Ferguson have been nominated for the post of Treasurer; however, London has declined his nomination.Harmon pulls out of raceMeanwhile, State Minister Joseph Harmon, who was also nominated for the position has indicated a disinterest in running for the position of PNCR Vice Chairman.In a statement from the Office of the Minister of State on Thursday, he explained that his current portfolio is too demanding for him to juggle the tasks that comes with the position of PNCR Vice Chairman.Nonetheless, he said he remains “humbled” by those who nominated him to contest the position.The Returning Officer is former Assistant Police Commissioner and Attorney Michael Somersall.Already, President David Granger has been returned as party leader unopposed and Basil Williams as Chairman unopposed.Bond had in 2011 contested the PNCR’s Presidential Candidacy but managed to only muster 13 votes. The candidacy was won by current President of Guyana, David Granger.The congress which runs from August 26-28, is expected to see some 500 persons in attendance, with representatives from each of the 10 administrative regions of Guyana.As leader of the party, Granger will make his maiden address to the congress since being elected President last year.last_img read more

AVC falls to Fresno in state championship

first_imgThe Marauders never led in the game, and trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half. But AVC pulled to within three, 67-64, on a layup by Mike Creel with eight minutes left. AVC was still only five points down with 4:08 to play. But Fresno went on a 12-1 run to build its lead to 90-74 with a minute left. AVC shot 39 percent from the floor for the game, including 31 percent in the second half. Fresno shot 48 percent for the game. Marauders forward Marcellus Robertson, who was named to the All-Tournament team, scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds – giving him 40 rebounds in the three state tournament games. Guard Ade Dagunduro, who was also named to the All-Tournament team, had 15 points and seven rebounds, and guard Jacobe Shannon had 18 points. Guard George DeLeon led Fresno with 16 points. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COC’s Ortiz makes All-Tournament team: College of the Canyons sophomore guard Leslie Ortiz was named to the state All-Tournament team. Ortiz had 25 points and 14 assists in two state tournament games for the Cougars, who advanced to the semifinals. The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team fell short in its bid to win its first state title, as the Marauders lost to Fresno, 90-77, Sunday in the championship game in Fresno. AVC, the No. 3 seed from Southern California, finishes with a 31-7 record. The 31 victories tie the school record. Fresno (32-8), the No. 1 seed from Northern California, won its second state championship in three years. center_img BASEBALL Stanford 14, USC 9: The Cardinal (11-8) scored 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally for the victory over No. 20 USC (15-9). The Trojans still won two of the three games in the weekend series. Third baseman Hector Estrella went 2 for 4 with four RBIs for USC. Sophomore starter Tommy Milone (Saugus High) went six innings and allowed four runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Mississippi 4, UCLA 1: Brett Bukvich allowed one run and five hits in 72/3 innings to lead the No. 16 Rebels (13-5) to the victory over the No. 23 Bruins (8-9). Alden Carrithers had two hits for the Bruins, who lost two of the three games to the Rebels. UC Santa Barbara 2, CSUN 1: Pitchers Mike Ford and Justin Segal combined on a four-hitter to lead the Gauchos (7-8) past the Matadors (11-13). Jorge Andrade Jr. had two hits and an RBI for the Matadors, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Pepperdine rained out: The scheduled series finale between No. 10 Pepperdine and No. 16 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., was rained out. The game will not be re-scheduled. The teams split the first two meetings of the series. SOFTBALL UCLA 9, Notre Dame 3: Megan Lagenfeld drove in three runs and Lisa Dodd drove in two to lead the Bruins (21-6) to the victory over the Irish (8-8) in the Long Beach State Invitational. UCLA went 5-0 in the tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mayor revives drive for affordable housing

first_imgSurprising developers and housing advocates alike, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday that he wants to resurrect a controversial proposal that would require developers to include affordable housing in new residential projects. Speaking to the Los Angeles Business Council’s Mayoral Housing Summit, Villaraigosa said the city must consider mandatory affordable-housing programs, such as inclusionary zoning, to sustain the middle class and keep jobs in Los Angeles. “People can’t afford to live in the city of Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “This is an opportunity for us to figure out a problem that has reached crisis proportions, and I’m prepared to lead that effort.” But the mayor is taking on one of the most politically sensitive issues in Los Angeles – one that combines density and higher construction costs in a way that galvanizes both homeowners and builders. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Inclusionary zoning laws typically require a developer to set aside 10 percent to 20 percent of units as affordable. Or a developer could pay a per-unit fee so affordable housing can be built elsewhere. Proposal defeated In 2004-2005, developers and neighborhood councils banded together to kill an inclusionary zoning proposal by Councilmen Ed Reyes and Eric Garcetti. Villaraigosa himself spoke in support when the inclusionary zoning law was proposed, but backed away during his campaign for mayor, saying he didn’t necessarily endorse the proposal on the table. This time, Villaraigosa said, he intends to draft developers, housing advocates and neighborhood council members to help craft an inclusionary zoning law that most people can support. He wants to appease developers by allowing them to build denser, with fewer parking spaces and fewer bureaucratic delays. “There are 110 jurisdictions in California, alone, that have (inclusionary zoning ordinances). This shouldn’t be that controversial,” the mayor said. But some of the most outspoken critics of the original inclusionary zoning ordinance are skeptical that the mayor can ease concerns. “I don’t think the climate has changed. People will still reject it,” said Charlotte Laws, a member of the Greater Valley Glen Council. She said community members and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are already revolting against the proposed density bonus law, which is a voluntary measure that would let developers build taller or denser if they include affordable units. “To bring up inclusionary zoning at a time when that’s happening is not a good move.” Others questioned why the mayor would choose to introduce a law that could raise the cost of development now, in the midst of a mortgage meltdown and tighter lending standards. “The economic picture has changed and it’s not for the better,” said Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Association, a business group. She said the business and development community could possibly support inclusionary zoning – with the right incentives so builders don’t bear the full cost of providing affordable housing. “That’s density and we know what happens when you say the D-word in certain areas of the city,” she said. “Are the mayor and council willing to push that issue?” Different mood But Reyes, who has been the leading advocate for inclusionary zoning, said Angelenos have felt the burden of high housing costs and are open to change. For example, last year developers built more than 14,000 units. Of those, 12,000 were affordable to families earning more than $135,000 a year. “I believe the middle class has felt such a blow in the rise of gas prices, in the stratospheric level of housing costs, in the quadrupling of college costs. A lot has changed,” Reyes said. Plus, he added, with a new planning director and the promise of more resident involvement, communities might be willing to accept more density in certain locations, such as near transit stops. Deputy Mayor Helmi Hisserich said the Mayor’s Office has had six “listening tour” meetings with developers, housing advocates and community activists to talk about an affordable-housing strategy and inclusionary zoning. She said once they understand the lack of affordable housing, they are willing to talk about solutions. “People understand it now because the middle class is abandoning Los Angeles,” Hisserich said. “A lot of it is about educating neighborhood councils and stakeholders about the issues and then having a real conversation about planning and about where we’re going to put density.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Ham flop linked with summer return to Germany

first_img1 Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg are all interested in West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit.The 26-year-old, who joined the Hammers on a free last summer from Borussia Monchengladbach, failed to set the world alight during his first season at the London Stadium.The Norway international only managed 16 Premier League appearances and he has been linked with a return to Germany.Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg – according to Kicker – are all interested in Nordtveit and would be open to signing him this summer.The German trio are aware of the former Arsenal man’s situation and they are ready to offer him a route out if he asks to leave.Nordtveit still has four years to run on his current contract at West Ham after signing a five-year deal when he joined last summer. Havard Nordtveit endured a miserable debut season with West Ham last_img read more

University fees rise again

first_imgTrustees of the nation’s largest four-year college system voted Thursday to raise fees for the fifth straight year despite strenuous objections from students who said the state is abandoning its historic commitment to higher education. The California State University system increase, which is 8 percent for undergraduates and 10 percent for graduate students, is part of a previously negotiated long-term pact between CSU and the Legislature. The University of California also is part of the agreement, with the systems promising to make cuts and raise fees to provide stability and accommodate modest enrollment growth. CSU’s budget request for 2006-07 is $2.7 billion, which includes enough money to enroll 10,000 additional students. Cal State trustees, who approved the hike by voice vote – the student trustee voted no – said they don’t like raising fees but don’t have much choice given the state’s fiscal crisis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We want the degree that you’re working so hard and probably going into debt for to be worth something,” said trustee Bob Foster. “You have to preserve quality as well as access.” Before the vote, students, some near tears, asked trustees not to raise fees, saying they are stretched too thin. “We can’t afford this. We can’t take another hit,” said Carol Peters, a student at San Diego State University, one of more than 100 students who attended the meeting. Under the state’s 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, CSU, designed to serve the top one-third of high school graduates, and UC, which selects from the top 12.5 percent of high schoolers, are supposed to be tuition-free for in-state students. California residents still don’t pay tuition, but once-incidental system and campus fees have increased substantially. With the new hikes, CSU will be charging $2,724 in systemwide fees per year for undergraduates in 2006, about 90 percent more than students paid in 2001. Students also pay campus fees, which this year averaged $644 a year. Fees at UC also have risen sharply, now nearing $7,000 a year for undergraduates, including campus fees. As at CSU, fees are scheduled to go up another 8 percent for undergraduates next year. CSU officials noted that one-third of the new fee hike money will go into financial aid. They also point out that CSU costs are still well below comparable institutions. CSU has about 400,000 students at 23 campuses and student organizers said representatives from all campuses were at Thursday’s meeting, including 50 in an overflow room, to protest the fee increase. Also Thursday, trustees approved a five-year executive compensation plan that included substantial pay increases for campus leaders. System administrators say a study showed that CSU executive pay lagged the market by nearly 50 percent. Meanwhile, officials say, faculty pay is about 13 percent behind the market. The board approved raising executive salaries by 13.7 percent and faculty salaries by 3.5 percent; officials said the percentages correspond to the 50 percent and 13 percent lags. With the increases, which are retroactive to July, salaries for executives range from about $220,000 for the presidents of the Monterey Bay and Maritime Academy campuses to $287,000 for the president of CSU San Luis Obispo. Pay for the system’s chancellor will rise from $316,692 to $362,500, with $30,000 coming from private support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors, JKL lock horns in playoff opener

first_imgWarriors lost nine of their 22 regular season games (file photo)FUBA National Basketball League-Playoffs 2018 (Game one)MTN Arena LugogoFriday, 07-08-2018-JKL Dolphins Vs Pemba Warriors @09:00 PM -A1 Challenge Vs Nkumba Lady Marines @07:00 PM  Pemba Warriors will take on JKL Dolphins in game one of the best of three series when the 2018 Playoffs start at MTN Arena, Lugogo on Friday evening.Warriors had a trying regular season that saw them lose 9 of their 22 games but the fact that they won both their duels against JKL should inspire Ronnie Mutebi’s side going into Friday night’s fixture.Mutebi who oversaw Warriors lose to KIU Tiatans in the semi finals of last year’s playoff reveled his side is hungry for success.“As a team in general, i believe we are ready and the guys are fit and mentally in good shape, said Mutebi ahead of the game.“We are hungry and we want to stay hungry.“What you should expect from us is the hunger for success.About JKL, Mutebi had this to say:“We are playing a rebounding team in JKL so it is going to go down to depth of each team.”Warriors finished fourth on the log with 13 wins from 22 regular season games.Against Friday’s opponents, Warriors won both regular season games, 58-46 and 76-69.For JKL who finished fifth with 11 wins and as many losses in regular season, they will look to the armory of Brian Namake, Ivan Lumanyika, Libe Makala among others to inflict the necessary damage on Warriors.The other day’s game will see A1 Challenge and Nkumba Lady Marines lock horns in the early kickoff.A1 finished fourth in regular season with a 12-6 record while Nkumba finished one place below their opponents with 9-9 record from 18 games.This tie is known for bringing together two teams with a balance in power majorly based from their log positions. However, A1 look the stronger of the two, not for only finishing above Nkumba but also the recent meetings.A1 won both regular season games against Nkumba. They (A1) won 68-62 on June 30 before adding another 85-73 win a week later.Both teams were supposed to face off last year at this stage, but A1 got a walkover as Nkumba Lady Marines had not presented their Hepatitis B cards to the league committee, by time of tip-off.Comments Tags: FUBA NBL 2018JKL DolphinesPemba Warriorstoplast_img read more

Players who could benefit from Chelsea’s transfer ban

first_imgWith the news that Chelsea will certainly be losing Eden Hazard, as well as possibly losing Maurizio Sarri, one would normally expect a summer of change at Stamford Bridge. Yet, the elephant in the room is undoubtedly the ‘two-window’ transfer ban, which Chelsea have now challenged in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The loss of Hazard and the (probable) lack of new recruits could point to a tough season ahead for Chelsea. Bookmakers are already lukewarm on Chelsea’s hopes for the Premier League for next season: The Blues’ Premier League odds are as high as 25/1 (Betway), which is comfortably the biggest preseason price Chelsea have had since the start of the Abramovich era. 33/1 for the Champions League (Bet365), almost three times the price of Atletico Madrid (12/1), also shows a certain reluctance by bookies to back the Blues. Pulisic struggled in 2019However, unlike, for example, Manchester United, who the bookmakers have also gone cold on, Chelsea do have some chips to play with in respect to the famously high number of players out on loan. You could build a fairly decent side from Chelsea’s loan players, and the total transfer spend on those players would make Mr Abramovich blush. Christian Pulisic is, of course, at the very top of that list, with a fee of £58 million agreed last January. The young American struggled when loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the season. He idolises Hazard and has claimed he will aim to replicate the Belgian’s impact – a big ask.Chelsea have striker problem Indeed, a trawl through the betting sites at freebets.co.uk – the best place to find no deposit bonuses – shows that bookmakers really believe that Chelsea have a striker problem. The Blues’ most highly placed striker in the top scorer markets is Oliver Giroud at 66/1 (Sky Bet). Hazard aside, no Chelsea player hit double figures in the league last season – it’s a real issue. The question, then, is if someone like Tammy Abraham has done enough to warrant a crack in the starting line-up? 26 goals for Villa last term was impressive, but the step up might be difficult. The striking problem might be sorted by the likes of Alvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi, both of whom had much-improved campaigns in the second half of last season. Neither player is likely to fill Chelsea fans with excitement should they be touted as the Blues’ main striker next season, but both players have enough talent to turn their careers around.Bakayoko blossomed at MilanIn midfield, several of Chelsea’s loan signings have blossomed. Tiemoue Bakayoko started slowly at AC Milan, but he became a rock in the centre of the Italian’s midfield from the autumn onwards. He has been vocal about his desire to prove himself at Chelsea, and he could really feel like a new signing.It is to the Championship where Chelsea fans can possibly see a vision of Chelsea’s future. Mason Mount was excellent for Derby County, as was Fikayo Tomori who was indispensable to Frank Lampard’s defence. Reece James looked like a future England right-back during his time at Wigan too. There is a feeling that Chelsea might escape the transfer ban, or at least have it postponed while the case is held up in CAS. But, if it is applied, there are enough players showing potential – and several who are keen to prove themselves again – that Chelsea might benefit from any inertia in the transfer market. Will it be enough to secure, for example, a Top 4 finish (Chelsea are currently odds against at 11/10), which should be the minimum requirement of the club? It’s hard to say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Sars warns SA of new e-mail scam

first_img12 February 2013 Taxpayers should be wary of an e-mail scam using the South African Revenue Service (Sars) logo to defraud people, an official warned on Monday.“Members of the public are randomly emailed with false spoofed e-mails made to look as if these e-mails were sent from Sars, but are in fact fraudulent e-mails aimed at enticing unsuspecting taxpayers to part with personal information, such as bank account details,” Sars spokeswoman Marika Muller said.Muller said in a statement that some of the e-mails, which were sent in January, were from returns@sars.co.za or refunds@sars.co.za, indicating that taxpayers were eligible to receive tax refunds.The subject of some of the e-mails was “Your payment from SARS” and the wording was “Dear Taxpayer, accept your refund here from the Refund Section”.Others had a link which read: “You have an important message from Sars eFiling”.“People have contacted us to check with us if these e-mails were genuine or not,” Muller said.The e-mails contained links to false forms and false websites intended for people to enter their personal information, such as bank account details.She advised taxpayers not to open e-mails from unknown sources.“Sars will not request your banking details over the phone, or via e-mail or websites.”Sapalast_img read more