The Unanswered Cries

first_imgAs Sonie squatted to fan the fire, she saw coming down a footpath at the outskirts of the village a group of men in raffia skirts, naked from the waist up, each of them carrying a machete. It was early morning, a few hours before sunrise, and the full moon had turned the world the color of silver.Sonie had just turned fourteen and her mother and most of the villagers would often say that it would not be long before she was taken to the Sande bush, where girls of her age, or sometimes younger, had something done to their private parts, which afterwards made them ripe and ready for marriage.Then one day a group of three men and a woman, who had come from the city, came to the village. They said that they worked for an aid organization owned by some white people, whose purpose, among other things, was to show that their customs, including the Sande bush, were bad and that the villagers were dwelling in superstition.Although the aid workers were banned from spreading their beliefs in the village, the aid workers would on some days gather in the market. There they would distribute tracts and stage dramas. The villagers could hardly ignore the aid workers.  Soon some of villages began to think that perhaps there was something wrong with their customs. Not long after, some of the young women, including Sonie herself, began to refuse to go to the Sande bush.Now, fanning the fire as she did each morning to heat water for her father, Sonie wondered with a shudder who the men in raffia skirts were coming to.The edges of their machetes glistened in the moonlight, as the men entered the village.Sonie went into the house, fetch a bucket to pour her father’s bath water, but only to return, drop the bucket, scream at the top of her voice, as she stood trembling in front with the men with the machetes.   “Where is your father?” asked a man who stood in front of the group, powerfully-built, with broad shoulders and thick hair and moustaches. The man was the village’s blacksmith. Choked with fear, Sonie did not answer. “I said where is your father?” the blacksmith repeated, tightening his grip on his machete.  “He’s inside the house,” Sonie said, her voice trembling.  “Go and call him at once,” the blacksmith said.  Sonie turned and ran into the house and soon came out with her father, followed by her mother Kebbeh, short and plump woman of thirty. Mr. Kollie was tall and thin. A few days before, they had had a meeting with the village chief and elders. The meeting had not gone very well. Sonie’s parents had not taken kindly to the way in which they had been spoken to by the chief and elders, who made demands which were nearly impossible. Yet Kollie and his wife had sat quietly through the whole meeting with a calm composure that belied his anger. His silent anger was directed at these people who were trying to extort things from him by means of the Sande society, to which they had attached so many laws as to make the Ten Commandments pale in comparison. He knew that many of these rules had been invented for selfish ends; that initiation into either the Poro or Sande Societies was now no longer a matter of traditional kinship but of greed and vanity.   “We can no longer ignore what is happening among us,” the village chief had said at the end of the meeting, hammering his wooden staff heavily on to the floor. “Our young people no longer show any respect to our customs and would sooner desecrate an ancestral shrine than they can begin to suck at the breasts of their mothers.”With that, Kollie and his wife had been dismissed from the meeting.Getting the money for the initiation ceremony of their daughter had been particularly tasking and Sonie’s parents had begged others to buy from them a few acres of land. But after what Kollie and his wife had gone through to meet the ceremony obligations, they were not pleased at seeing these men with machetes so early in the morning. “Have we broken a law that you should come to our house so early in the morning with machetes?” Kebbeh said.“Nobody said you have broken a law,” the blacksmith said, smiling broadly.“Well then come and take away our daughter,” Sonie’s father said, and ground his teeth.Feeling betrayed Sonie looked up at her father, terrified. “No, father!”“Go with them, Sonie,” her mother said. “It is our custom and there is nothing we can do about it.”“I care nothing for customs,” Sonie said with defiance and ran into the house.For a few moments the men from the Sande bush made no response, as though the young girl’s refusal had caught them by surprise. But suddenly gnashing his teeth and waving his machete, the blacksmith, followed by three others, ran into the house. Seconds later the girl could be heard crying at the top of her voice amid a clatter of pots and cooking utensils. Then her voice was muffled. A moment later the blacksmith, carrying the girl across his shoulder, came out of the house with the others. The girl’s parents, who had merely stepped aside as the four men charged into the house, stood by helplessly.  Waving their machetes and gnashing their teeth, the men turned and began to run out of the village.   They did not stop running until they were well on the outskirts of the village. Despite their ages — and most of them were in their fifties or sixties — they ran with the agility of a monkey.Hanging across the shoulder of the blacksmith was all Sonie could do to let herself be carried away. Her head and stomach hurt, her legs were full of cramps, and being jostled roughly by the running blacksmith had all but left her in a swoon.    The place in which the initiation ceremony would take place was part of a number of thatched huts surrounded by a high bamboo wall, across a river. If strangers to the forest happened to stumble upon these thatched huts or were so foolhardy as to think they could discover them, they would at once become invisible; so that there was no telling them from the forest.  Soon the blacksmith and the others reached the river. Now it was believed that a mysterious old man came often to ferry people across the river, and so the blacksmith and the others sat on the grass, waiting.    “Do you think he will come?” the blacksmith said after a while, turning to look up the river.    “He always come,” another replied. “We need only wait a little longer.”   The blacksmith turned to look at the girl lying on the grass beside him. “If we hadn’t used force she would never have come with us. It is a shame that many of our young people no longer show respect to our custom.”   “We should have driven those aid workers from the village as quickly as possible,” said a third man.”But we let them stay long enough to influence our children with whatever it is that pleases white people. And what do they know about our customs, these white people who come to this country with their aid work?”   “They know nothing about our customs,” said a fourth man. “But we are to blame because their money is sweet in our mouths.”  There followed a moment of silence. With a sad face each man looked in the distance, as though in that distance their customs and way of life were disappearing forever and they could do nothing other than watch with a sense of total helplessness.   Soon the old man with the canoe appeared. One after the other the men from the Sande bush were taken across the river, from which they made their way into dense undergrowth until they came to the heart of the forest. The blacksmith still carried the girl, who had since fallen unconsciousness, across his shoulder.  At length, they reached the bamboo huts and immediately a group of women with mask and painted faces, speaking in a strange language and looking as if they were possessed, crowded around. Sonie was led into one of the huts and laid on an earthen floor. Then a woman came in with some crude instruments, followed by four other women. She looked to be the head of the others, heavily-built and wore on her face a mask that would have terrified the dead. Carrying a knife in her hand, she bent over the girl lying on the floor.     As if by reflex, Sonie woke up and screamed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNDP Gives LRA Major Tech Boost

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a large consignment of technology (ICT) equipment and accessories from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia.The equipment includes 50 desktop computers, 25 laptops, 50 UPS, 20 switches and 6 heavy-duty printers,  among others.The ICT support is in response to a request made by the LRA to UNDP earlier this year, to assist the entity in setting up its data center. The donation of the ICT equipment is the first phase of the data center project, the cost of which is estimated at over US$200,000.Presenting the equipment  over the weekend, UNDP’s Deputy Country Director for Operations, Rokya ye-Dieng, its Economic Advisor Janice James, National Economic Advisor Stanley Kamara, as well as the Team Leader for UNDP Sustainable Economic Transformation, Pillar DorslaFarcarthy, stressed that the partnership with the LRA is in fulfilment of UNDP’s mandate to promote human development.The UNDP Senior Managers urged the LRA to use the supplies to help promote independence in the collection of government revenues from all sources.The UNDP ICT’s Unit, headed by its ICT-LAN Manager,  Kaman Weah, is working closely with the LRA to ensure that the data center is set up and the equipment is used for the intended purpose. He said his technical team, which is composed of ICT professionals, will provide the requisite skills and capacities needed for the project.Responding on behalf of the LRA, its Deputy Commissioner General for Administration,  Oliver Rogers, lauded UNDP, which he described as a “Reliable Partner” in government’s implementation of its reform agenda under the Agenda for Transformation (AFT).Mr. Rogers indicated that the Liberia Revenue Authority was established to enhance revenue collection; revenue administration; institute tax policies that support economic growth; support the national budget; and deepen and widen the tax net.The Liberia Revenue Authority started full operations on July 12, 2014 but the Act establishing the entity was passed in September of 2013 and published in February of this year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City news: Wilfried Bony keen to prove he deserves to stay at Etihad Stadium

first_img Wilfried Bony 1 Wilfried Bony believes he could still have a future at Manchester City.The Ivory Coast forward struggled to make an impact after joining City in January 2015 and spent last season on loan at Stoke.It was expected the 28-year-old would move on again this summer but he wants to prove his worth to manager Pep Guardiola.Bony moved to City in a £25million deal after scoring 25 goals in 54 Premier League games for Swansea and believes he can get back to that form.Bony told Sky Sports News HQ: “I love the club, I love the fans. I want to try to show that Wilfried Bony is still the same player.“I’ve been through a difficult time – (but from) leading the goalscoring two years ago, it’s still me, nothing has changed, just a difficult time. I just want to show them I can do more than that, so I just need to get myself ready.”Bony, who was speaking at the launch of a record label to raise money for children’s charities, scored just two goals in 11 appearances for Stoke last season.last_img read more

INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: BUNCRANA INTO CU FINAL, DUNREE HIT QPS FOR FIVE

first_imgBuncrana Credit Union Cup Semi Final – inishowenfl.ieMoville Celtic 4-3 Rasheney FC  This was a topsy turvy encounter in which Rasheney led two nil at the break but a brace apiece from experienced strikers Joe Doherty and Nigel Mc Monagle saved Moville blushes.Moville started well with McMonagle firing across goal and wide before Raymond Campbell’s header was saved by Johnathan Noone and Tony Boyce headed a Darryl Doherty cross wide.Somewaht against the run of play Rasheney opened the scoring when John Mclaughlin collected a poor clearance and drilled a low shot past Sean McGuinness from sixteen yards.Aaron Friel then had a long range effort saved by McGuinness before at the other end Boyce’s first time shot was brilliantly saved by Noone.Rasheney responded and doubled their lead when McLaughlin’s free was parried by McGuinness and Ryan Doherty was on hand to slot home.They almost added a third when McLaughlin’s free was cleared off the line by Graeme Doherty to Ryan Doherty whose twenty yards effort crashed off the bar.Before the break Movilel went close when Boyce fed McMonagle but his angled effort went past the far post. Moville came flying out of the blocks on the restart with Joe Doherty heading down for Dermot Harkin but his effort from twenty two yards was well held by Noone.They got a goal back on 49 minutes when Joe Doherty fed Tony Boyce who beat the offside trap to advance and square for McMonagle to slide home. Rasheney responded and almost restored their two goal cushion when McLaughlin and Friel combined for the former to cross for Damien Friel whose near post header flew inches wide.The home side replied and on the hour levelled when Darryl Doherty’s cross found Joe Doherty to sidefoot home from six yards. At the other end Rasheney had another chance but substitute John Grant’s effort failed to trouble McGuinness when he was well placed.Moville took the lead on 72 minutes when McMonagle thumped a loose ball from twenty yards past Noone before minutes later Joe Doherty converted a penalty awarded after Boyce was upended.But Rasheney kept going and Mclaughlin saw a fierce angled shot well saved by McGuinness.They reduced the deficit to the minimum on 88 minutes after Mclaughlin’s low cross was converted by his brother David from close range.But try as they could they could not force extra time.Dunree hit point for FIVE Dunree United 5-1 QPS  Having drawn here two weeks ago which saw the point lift the league title Dunree stormed into the final with this deserved victory.The home side staretd well and when Neil Moran crossed the ball fell to Ryan Bradley whose effort deflected away off a defender.They then took the lead on 18 minutes when Liam Baldrick converted a penalty awarded for handball.They doubled their lead on 36 minutes after Sean Doherty fed Conor McBride who beat his man and unleashed a powerful twenty yards effort past Conor McColgan.The point started the second half well with Dean Barron having an early shot turned round the post by Paul McGettigan.Dunree hit back and McBride’s corner was headed onto the bar by Daniel McLaughlin on 52 minutes.The visitors got a goal back then on 64 minutes when Stephen McCarron’s cross was headed home by Oisin McCool.But all thoughts of a comeback were dispelled six minutes later when Baldrick broke on the right and crossed for McLaughlin to slide the ball home.Barron then had another snapshot well turned round by McGettigan but on 75 minutes Daniel McLaughlin robbed a defender and raced clear to slot home.They completed the scoring on 86 minutes when substitute Bernard Doherty fired a superb twenty five yards effort to the top corner. INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: BUNCRANA INTO CU FINAL, DUNREE HIT QPS FOR FIVE was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DUNREE HIT QPS FOR FIVEINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: BUNCRANA INTO CU FINALlast_img read more

EA Sports and UEFA combine to announce FIFA 19 eChampions League

first_img changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The eChampions League is another new FIFA 19 tournament. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? TOP WORK Eligible competitors will compete on PlayStation 4 and participate in eChampions League Global Online Knockout tournaments between March 2-3, with the top 64 players advancing to a live qualifying event on April 26-27.Eight of the world’s elite will advance from the April live event to the eChampions League Final in Madrid on May 31, the day before the UEFA Champions League Final on June 1.This weekend will be a two-day celebration of digital and traditional UEFA Champions League football as the top competitive FIFA star earns a $100,000 share of the $280,000 prize pool and a crucial 1,800 EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Points.The announcement comes not long after EA Sports announced their new ePremier League which will see supporters earn the chance to represent their own clubs in the tournament. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops “EA SPORTS FIFA captivates tens of millions around the world, and our deep integration within the many in-game experiences gives us exciting opportunities to connect the UEFA Champions League to players,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director.“We see the eChampions League and competitive FIFA as an important step in connecting with existing and new fans of the UEFA Champions League.” 3 huge blow latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Popular Premier League Stories tense Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? predicted Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? EA Sports are continuing to expand their Global Series. 3 revealed How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings EA Sports and UEFA have combined to create the first FIFA 19 eChampions League – another tournament expansion to the Global Series.The eChampions League adds to the growing list of global events and competitions on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 next summer. gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury SORRY Last year the eWorld Cup final took place in London. “Building an authentic UEFA Champions League competition was the next logical step in the continued EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series expansion for both players and spectators,” said Brent Koning, EA SPORTS FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner.“Our passionate competitors love the UEFA Champions League and the eChampions League creates a unique opportunity for the competitive FIFA superstars to represent their clubs in the pinnacle of club football.”last_img read more

MAN WHO STOLE AFTERSHAVE FROM CHEMIST FINED €150

first_imgA man who stole a €28 bottle of aftershave form a Letterkenny chemist has been ordered to make a donation of €150 to charity.Sebastian Graniacyny, of 37 The Gardens, Ballymacool was charged with theft at Magee’s Chemist on April 25th, 2013.Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused was followed by a security guard as far as the Courtyard Shopping Centre where Gardai were called. Graniacyny was approached by Gardai and he became aggressive.He admitted having the aftershave but claimed it was a sample bottle of Hugo Boss Night aftershave.Solicitor Niall Sheridan said he believed there may have been alcohol involved and that his client claimed it was a sample bottle and was not locked away.Judge Kelly ordered Graniacyny to pay €150 to the Society of St Vincent De Paul.MAN WHO STOLE AFTERSHAVE FROM CHEMIST FINED €150 was last modified: October 17th, 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:aftershaveLetterkenny District CourtMagees Chemiststolenlast_img read more

Gardaí in Donegal issue firework advice ahead of Halloween

first_imgWARNING: Graphic content and pictures contained.As the countdown continues to Halloween Gardaí in Donegal have issued a reminder about the danger posed by fireworks.Fireworks include items which burn and explode to produce noise or a visual effect for entertainment. Sparklers, bangers, fountains and rockets are all fireworks. There are laws about what types of fireworks you can have and how you can use them.It is an offence to:• Light an unlicensed firework • Throw a lit firework at a person or property, except for low-hazard fireworks• Have an unlicensed firework• Have an unlicensed firework with the intention of selling it or giving it to someone elseThose caught breaking the law could face up to five years in prison or a €10,000 fine, or both.Speaking to Donegal Daily last month, Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray, urged parents to be viligant of their children this Halloween.He said: “Fireworks make for a good spectacle if used in a safe environment, but they are very dangerous and if young children get their hands on them they can be particularly dangerous.” Picture: An Garda SiochanaUrging parents to talk to their children about the dangers fireworks pose, the Donegal Fire Service added: “Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers.“Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.”Gardaí in Donegal issue firework advice ahead of Halloween was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:fireworksGardaiHalloweenlast_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green (right heel soreness) out against Mavericks

first_imgDALLAS — One night after hurting his elbow on a hard fall against the Memphis Grizzlies, Warriors forward Draymond Green is out for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks as he deals with a sore right heel.“The elbow is fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He was just banged up, he played 35 minutes last night. He wants to be out there.”Green, 29, was not listed on the injury report Wednesday afternoon but was considered a game-time decision. After Green went through warms ups the …last_img read more

Cancer.vive riders bring awareness, hope

first_imgThe provinces of Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga will be covered on the 1 995km journey undertaken by the riders. (Image: Cancer.vive)What better way to get first-hand experience of beating cancer than from a cancer survivor? The fifth annual Cancer.vive Awareness Ride brings you this experience.Over 65 cancer survivors aim to get people in the provinces of Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga talking about cancer as they embark on a 1 995km ride, stopping in towns along the route to educate residents about how to detect cancer at an early stage, and how to get appropriate treatment.The journey undertaken will proceed as pictured.(Image: Cancer.vive)The Cancer.vive Awareness Ride is a project of People Living with Cancer. The latter was established in 2002 by Carl Liebenberg and Linda Greeff, both of whom are cancer survivors, to provide a national support structure for people living with cancer, cancer survivors and their families.Janie du Plessis, chief executive of People Living with Cancer, explained the thinking behind the organisation, saying to SA Goodnews: “Being diagnosed with cancer has an enormous impact on your life. We aim to make people diagnosed feel that they are not alone, and let them know that many cancers have a very high survival rate if caught early enough.“We also don’t leave them without support, but connect them to Cancer Buddies, a project that assists patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment.”Spar and Revlon are the main sponsors of the ride, with Triumph, Caltex, Imperial Ford and Mazda, Meadow Feeds and Netcare 911 also contributing to the cause.“Spar is proud to once again be involved as sponsors of this vital cause,” said Helen Barrett, Spar group advertising and promotions manager. “We feel it is of critical importance that more people are made aware of cancer and how to detect the early warning signs.”Adele du Plessis, Revlon communications manager, said the cosmetics company was honoured to be involved in raising awareness around this cause and the ways and means of beating it. “The sincere dedication of the Cancer.vive team perfectly reflects the core principles of our company,” said Du Plessis.SURVIVOR DRIVEN PROJECTThe Cancer.vive Awareness Ride is a survivor-driven project that uses performing arts, music, poetry, dance and storytelling to celebrate victory over the disease.According to the organisation’s website, statistics show more people die of cancer than of Aids-related illness, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and therefore the focus of the rally is to care, support and create awareness.The ride aims to leave the communities the group has visited with a better understanding of the various “shy” cancers, as they are known, such as breast, prostate, testicle, cervix, ovary, rectal and colon, as well as to establish support structures. After the Cancer.Vive visit, people will be better informed about how to identify the cancer warning signs and care for cancer patients in their midst.Over the past four years, the rally has entertained, engaged and educated more than 180 000 people through travels over a distance of 10 000km. It has visited eight provinces and shared the message in seven languages.last_img read more

Hurricanes and harvest weather in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University ExtensionIt was quite the wet week across the state of Ohio! Scattered thunderstorms throughout the week brought isolated 1- to 2-inch rainfall amounts. The big story began on Friday night, as a stalled out front provided a path for the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon to move through the region, bringing steady to moderate rain and gusty winds from Friday night through Monday morning.While rainfall was certainly heaviest across the southern counties of Ohio this weekend, almost the entire state picked up appreciable amounts of rain. The map shows estimated precipitation totals between Friday morning and Monday morning (September 7-10), showing many areas exceeding 2 inches of rain for the 72-hour event. Preliminary isolated totals of 7.44 inches and 6.35 inches occurred in northwest Montgomery County and northern Scioto County, respectively. Combined with rainfall from earlier in week, these rainfall totals represent 3 to 6 times the normal rainfall for a typical week in early September. With farmers throughout the state eager to continue or begin harvest, the big question is, how soon will we dry out?The immediate forecast looks favorable. In the wake of this past weekend’s rainfall, high temperatures are expected to moderate from the low to mid 70s into the low to mid 80s by week’s end. Dew point temperatures in the 50s and low 60s means dry air will prevail, with partly to mostly sunny skies throughout the week. These weather conditions should help fields dry out throughout the state.The 8 to 14 day projection (September 17-23) provided by the Climate Prediction Center, which includes Farm Science Review week near London, Ohio, suggests both near-normal temperatures and precipitation across Ohio. Normal high (low) temperatures throughout the state during mid-September range from the low 70s (upper 40s) across the north to upper 70s (mid to upper 50s) across southern Ohio, with anywhere from 0.5-inch to 1-inch of weekly rainfall.However, there is some uncertainty in the forecast given the eventual path of another tropical cyclone currently moving toward the southeast U.S. coast. At the time of this article, Hurricane Florence has reached Category 4 (sustained winds of 130 miles per hour) and is expected to come ashore near Wilmington, NC late Sept. 13. While the storm will weaken after moving inland, wind damage and a tremendous amount of rain are expected across the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic regions. Whether Florence will have a large impact on weather conditions in Ohio beyond this weekend is still uncertain, but the situation should be monitored over the next several days. If Florence does make it far enough inland to affect Ohio, the areas to watch right now are the southern and eastern counties. With the ground already saturated from this past weekend’s rainfall, additional heavy rain could quickly deteriorate field conditions once more and stall harvest activities further during the third week of September.Here is the link to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.last_img read more