The Old Must Die but the Young May Go: Eulogizing Mamadee Diakite

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts I was interrupted by news of the death of Mamadee Diakite, an illustrious young man of the Fourth Estate, and a law practitioner, who had proven himself among his colleagues. I did not know Mamadee and never met him but only usually pondered his talk show catch mantra, “Liberia is getting better”. My choice to write a eulogy for a young man I have not met is due simply to the wave of lamentations that continues to unfold among young people in this country in recent time, especially of the Fourth Estate. From Lawrence Randall and Numennie Williams to Baysah Kollie and now Mamadee Diakite and the list could go on. Of course, I dare question the Master Jesus for He is the Omniscient.You see, Mamadee’s death reminds me of a eulogy delivered at the Providence Baptist Church in the 80s. A colleague had completed his prestigious Maritime Studies and scheduled to return home when this very same grotesque hand of death laid heavily on him. The angst and agony which beheld our lot was unbearable as we wept openly and freely. In Rev. Reeves’ sermon, he lamented but consoled us that the three scores and ten (70 years to live) that the Lord prescribed were a given. He bluntly asserted, “When people get old and approaching 60 or 70, they are supposed to be getting ready to die because the old and senile must die and go to rest after labor.” Howbeit, while the old are eligible and qualified to die, the ineligible and unqualified young may also die. In his sermon, themed, “The Old Must Die but the Young May Go,” Rev. Reeves asserted that we must remember that death, the messenger and indefatigable conveyor, is always lurked to break our hearts and test our faith by taking away the ones we love and depend on the most. He comes after the “breadwinners” and hardly the “bread consumers” as if to make us succumb to serve the Lord more or to suspect Him. He therefore takes us when we are not “ready” just to break our loved ones’ hearts. Do you agree Mamadee would have loved to be alive to see this Liberia finally become better? Don’t you feel how Mamadee was looking up to the time for his children to grow up as productive citizens? Do you know he was anxious to see the end of the current Capitol Hill fracas, which he had followed so closely, and to see the inauguration of the next President of the Republic of Liberia in 2017? But you see, God is the final arbiter and the finisher of our course. In reminisce of his service to our country, his voice during his short time here on earth, “Liberia is getting better,” will forever resonate and will be mimicry. Most of all, his tenacity to conceive a news medium, if implemented, will be his legacy. This legacy MUST be a portal for young people who aspire to productive community living.Fellow citizens, as we weep, we cannot question the compassionate Savior; God forbid, but we can only ask Him to keep Mamadee safe till we meet again, for we know that on that Great Getting Up Morning, when the trumpet sounds and all shall be gathered, Mamadee will be given the opportunity he did not have, to finally see that “Liberia has gotten better.” Mamadee’s sun has finally set so let us lament, but we must be consoled by the words of Isaac Watt, a 15th Century songwriter who wrote, “O God our help in ages past; our hope for years to come; our shelter from the stormy blast and our defense is sure.” In the 5th stanza, Watt adroitly eulogizes death and soars into a more melancholy mood, “Time, like an ever rolling stream, soon bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day”He then gives us hope and consoles us the bereaved by asking God to be our guide, “O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.”Yes, let God be your guide, Fourth Estate and family, let God indeed be our guide while our life shall last.Mamadee will be missed among his peers of the Fourth Estate and hundreds who craved to see the man behind the voice that heralded their day.Well… Good Night Mamadee. May the compassionate Savior escort you safely into the bosom of Abraham. Good night and sleep well. Amen.I am simply thinking thoughts.About the authorThe Rivercess man, Mwalimu-Mku Moses Blonkanjay Jackson is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. Blonkanjay diligently served the Government of Liberia for four years School Grant Coordinator and Assistant Minister for Teacher Education respectively and returned to private life. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Selewon Int’l Helps Communities in Nimba

first_imgAn American-based non-governmental organization, the Selewon International Inc., has donated various items and an unspecified amount of cash to several local communities around the Kpein Township in Nimba County,The organization has been involved in numerous development initiatives around the Kpein Township, including the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and food during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD); the construction of hand pumps; provision of benches to community schools; and the construction of latrines, as well as a town hall.Selewon has also provided financial compensation for teachers that are assigned in Kpein and its surrounding towns.“This week,” said the Liberia Coordinator, Robin Wonmei, “we are donating 500 flashlights and batteries, 146 bags of macaroni for soup, first aid kits and the boxes of gloves to the community health workers.”Mr. Wonmei elaborated further that Selewon International has embarked on the construction of a library costing about US$10,000 in Kpein. The library project when completed will have a capacity of over 100 seats.The Selewon International was originally established as Kpein Organization in the United States of America, but was later named, “Selewon International, Inc.,” as a broad-based organization that incorporates anyone who is willing to share its dream and carry out the vision of impacting and developing lives in Kpein and other parts of Nimba. The organization is governed and funded by Kpein citizens living in the USA, under the leadership of Vernoe S. Wonmei.Meanwhile, Selewon has called on Kpein citizens in other parts of the world to encourage and acknowledge the objective of the organization. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

District of Taylor offering free dog licences during month of January

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Throughout the month of January, the District of Taylor is offering free dog licences to dog owners.Open to residents of Taylor, you are being encouraged to take advantage of this offer to ensure your dog is properly licenced.According to the District, when you get your dog licenced, it shows that you are a responsible caregiver and licencing acts as a form of insurance, enabling animal control officers to reunite owners in the event that they are lost.- Advertisement -The District reminds dog owners that you can be subject to fines if your dog does not have an updated, properly displayed tag as licences need to be renewed on an annual basis.Dog licences are free of charge for residents of Taylor from now until January 31, 2020.For more information, you can visit the District of Taylor’s website or call 250-789-3392.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester: Bacuna moment of magic downs Foxes in FA Cup

first_img1 Tim Sherwood received a boost for his task ahead as Aston Villa manager as he watched from the stands to see his new side beat Leicester City 2-1 to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals.The former Tottenham boss was installed as successor to axed boss Paul Lambert this week, and this was a tie which proved he has a job on his hands to rescue the Villans from the clutches of Premier League relegation.It was a poor game which lacked any sense of attacking verve from either team until the late stages, and it took a moment of magic from Villa’s Leandro Bacuna to inject any sort of class into the proceedings.The Dutchman cut inside from the left to curl a wonderful strike beyond Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net to give Villa what was a deserved 68th minute lead.The hosts seemed to have wrapped up the win with a second goal in quick succession, but Andreas Weimann’s finish at the back-post was ruled out for offside.Villa looked to have settled it after all when a Schwarzer blunder saw a tame Scott Sinclair effort trickle in on the stroke of the full-time whistle, and while Leicester pulled one back seconds later through a superb header from record signing Andrej Kramaric, it was too little too late to mount a late comeback.The game was mostly played in midfield as the sides struggled for control throughout and frequently exchanged possession, though the odd attack did result in some crucial saves from both goalkeepers.Shay Given’s magnificent fingertip stop from Matty James’ well-hit strike was the highlight of a drab first-half, while Schwarzer rushed out of goal to block a volley from an unmarked Christian Benteke.Foxes centre-back Marcin Wasilewski also went close from a corner, flicking on a header which just grazed the outside of the post, and Benteke had a goal rightly disallowed for offside in the first-half.With cameras picking up Sherwood leaving his seat some time before the half-time whistle, there were suggestions he was preparing a rousing team talk for his new side.And, whether true or not, the Villans certainly looked improved after the break, with an immediate attack resulting in Fabian Delph seeing his header loop up onto the roof of the net.Such was the lack of quality from both sides that spectators were perhaps sat in disbelief when Bacuna finally opened the scoring with a fine goal out of nothing, and the 23-year-old’s effort suddenly sparked the game to life.Villa, sensing they could add to their tally, ploughed forward and soon nabbed their second with help from Schwarzer, who got a hand to Sinclair’s low drive but couldn’t keep in under control, with the ball bouncing off the Australian and into the net.Leicester star Kramaric, who arrived at the club for £9million last month, mustered a moment of joy for travelling fans with a brilliant header in stoppage-time, rising high in the box to steer a magnificent effort past Given, but Schwarzer’s error proved pivotal as the Villans go marching on. Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna celebrates his goal against Leicester last_img read more

House is now protected

first_imgA well-known Sunland-Tujunga home that resembles an Irish castle gained Historic-Cultural Monument designation from the City Council on Friday. Without discussion, the council voted unanimously to grant the distinction to the Blarney Castle, making it more difficult to alter or destroy the building. “I want to preserve this house the way it was for the people of Sunland-Tujunga as well as myself,” said Sarah Olson, who owns the castle and sought the designation. “I really believe that this is such a unique structure that it would just break my heart that it could be torn down or an apartment building put in here.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Olson’s effort came after a conflict last summer over attempts to raze the nearby Weatherwolde Castle to make way for new houses. That structure was preserved following a neighborhood struggle. While there is no immediate threat to Olson’s castle, she said she sought the designation as a preventive measure. The area’s castle-style residences are legacies of the Depression Era, when Tujunga’s abundant natural stone was the cheapest available building material, said Lloyd Hitt, president of the Little Landers Historical Society. “The actual dream of ‘your home is your castle’ became a reality with some people,” he said. The Blarney Castle was built in 1919, supposedly modeled after the Irish landmark, Hitt said. While little is known of the original builder, Hitt said the home was purchased in 1921 by Virginia Smith, the first female doctor in Tujunga and the proprietor of a nearby hospital. The castle had various owners in the ensuing decades, and Olson, who works for Warner Bros., bought it a year and a half ago. City planners surveyed the Blarney Castle and called it an “excellent example of Craftsman-style architecture” in one report. Despite the castle’s fortress-like composition of stone, wrought iron, dark wood, stained glass and arched doorways, Olson said it is not an imposing place to live. “It’s actually very warm. I’ve made it very comfy,” she said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 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


first_imgSinger Daniel O’Donnell has revealed that wife Majella has become a knitting fanatic since learning she is to be a grandmother.The Donegal entertainer and his wife recently revealed how Majella’s daughter Siobhan and her fiancé Gavin are expecting their first child.Now Daniel, 53, has revealed how Majella has settled into the role of grand mother-to-be with ease! “We’ve had some wonderful news. Siobhan and her fiancé Gavin are going to make us grandparents in July.“We are so excited and can hardly wait for the baby’s arrival. Majella is already knitting and crocheting blankets and toys of all sorts,” he said.Majella is in good company on the knitting front as Daniel’s late mum Julia was a renowned knitter who even made gloves for Queen Elizabeth and the Pope.The celebrity couple are back in their home in Tenerife after taking part in the Gertrude Byrne Irish Cruise of the Caribbean. But Daniel said he may need to watch what he is eating after over-indulging.“It really is a fun week and it’s so nice to be able to relax and meet people throughout the ship. Usually the meetings are at the midnight buffet, that we would be better staying away from! They are not good for the waistline,” he said.    BECOMING A GRANDMOTHER IS ‘KNITTING WELL’ WITH MAJELLA! was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:DanieldonegalknittingMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgCastlefin Community News: Whist: 18/3/2015Ladies. 1st Anna May Gallagher, Glenswilley 175 2nd Annie Callaghan, Killygordon 165 3rd Mary Mc Menamin, Ballybofey 164. Gents. 1s Angus Stewart, Lifford 173 2nd David O Donnell, Letterkenny 167 3rd Mary Connolly, Ballybofey 1661st Half:TIEPatsy Mc Daid, St Johnston and John Lynch, Clady 822nd Half: Francie Curran, Castlefinn 93Snowball:Snowball next week is 140 euro for 179 or more.Everyone Welcome to st marys hall castlefinn @ 8.30pm Wednesdays.Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application Course New legislation is being introduced to Ireland that will require all users of pesticide (Farmers/ Agri Contractors/ Landscapers/ Green keepers etc) to be registered as a Professional User with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. For an individual to register he/she must undergo a training programme. The Pesticide course that FRS offers is a FETAC accredited course and is recognised by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine as sufficient to register with them as a professional user.This course is being run in the CPI through FRS in conjunction with Mark McConnell, Agri Consultant. If you are interested or would like more information contact Mark on 074 9130772 or 087 2288091Parent and Toddler GroupThe Parent and toddler group this Tuesday at 10.30am. New members are always welcome. Slim R UsSlim R Us fitness classes are on at the CPI on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Contact Tilly on 086 2490095 for more information on how to joinCastlefinn Running:Castefinn running at the CPI Centre on Monday and Wednesday @6.30pm. all levels of fitness catered for. Males and females over 16 years welcome.50+ ClubAre you interested in a 50+ group in Castlefinn? If you would like to help setup or become a part of 50+ group in Castlefinn please Contact Breige on 086-3022105COMMUNITY NEWS: SLIMMING CLASSES CONTINUE EVERY MONDAY AT CASTLEFIN CPI CENTRE was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:castlefinCommunityCPIFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Minor injuries in seventh Orange Line collision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A white sedan whose driver apparently ran a red light struck an eastbound Orange Line bus Tuesday, causing only minor injuries in the busway’s seventh collision since opening in late October, an MTA official said. The sedan’s driver had minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital after the 5:45 p.m. collision on the busway at Kester Avenue and Oxnard Street, said Marc Littman, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Littman said MTA would investigate the accident and determine if additional safety features were needed at Kester and Oxnard. “To put it in perspective, we traveled almost 200,000 miles and have carried more than a half million people. Six of the accidents have been minor and one was more serious,” he said. “Once again, people ran a red light, and the bus was creeping along the intersection at 10 mph,” Littman said, referring to the slower speed limit imposed for Orange Line buses in intersections following the most serious crash in early November. Los Angeles Police did not immediately have any information about the crash.last_img read more


first_imgThe gang after last year’s three peaks in three days.Last year a team from Ramelton took on the challenge , of 3 peaks in 3 days and raised over €5000 for the Irish Cancer society and the Ramelton town band .This year they’re back again and have upped there challenge to 6 peaks in 3 days!The challenge will take place on the 17 th, 18th and 19th of April, when they will tackle Nephin and Croagh Patrick in Mayo, Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelbeg in Down, and Muckish and Errigal in Co .Donegal. This year the  aim is to raise funds for the children’s ward in Letterkenny hospital and the Ramelton town band .They are holding a tea party this Friday the 27 th in the Ramelton Town Hall from 10am till 2 pm with donations on the day.Please call in for a wee cuppa and a yummy treat.They would also like to invite the public to join them on there final climb up Errigal on Sunday the 19th April where they hope to assemble at 10.30am and start there climb by 11am. Your support will help urge them on to reach the top.WHEN SIX PEAKS IN THREE DAYS MIGHT JUST GO…..! was last modified: March 24th, 2015 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)last_img read more

‘CCTV’ gang strike again as supermarket burgled

first_imgGardai believe the CCTV gang have struck again.It follows a raid on the Super Valu store in Dungloe overnight.The gang broke into the premises through the roof and then removed the CCTV system. It is believed the same gang are behind recent break-ins to Eurospar in Laghey, Kernan’s Centra in Newmills and Bradley’s newsagency/post office in Killygordon.In two of these robberies, access was also gained through the roof and the CCTV system removed.A van belonging to Super Valu was also stolen but it has been located on the outskirts of the town later.The scene of last night’s raid is currently preserved for a technical examination. It is not known yet what was stolen from the supermarket.‘CCTV’ gang strike again as supermarket burgled was last modified: October 1st, 2017 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:break-indungloeraidrobberySuper Valulast_img read more