Dear Editor,I wish to encourage the Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to pay a visit and inspect the road that passes Kuru Kururu to Laluni.This road was done just before the 2015 elections but is now impassable. I dare say it is much worse now than it was before. Can someone please make a visit and do an inspection?The new road that was done did not go all the way to Laluni but it did covered a significant amount of area. Not it is all holes and craters.Sincerely,Ignatius Raphael
Sean Gibson believes he can look at you and design you a brand new outfit in less than ten minutes. That’s some real solid confidence for a 22 year-old fashion entrepreneur with only one 12-piece collection in his portfolio. But, given how quickly those first designs sold out — within 3 weeks via Facebook and Whatsapp — there is no doubt that he’s on to something. According to his friend and business partner Jazlyn Mason, Gibson’s designs are daring to say the least. “He’ll two different prints and make them work as though they were made for each other. So it’s that combination of risky and classy elegance,” she says, that defined his debut collection. This weekend, Gibson is showcasing his second and latest collection under the theme, ‘Miss Monrovia’, The show is expected to display high quality designs made of premium African prints such as Woodin and Vlisco.The show, which is set for Friday, June 5, at the Fuzion bar on 14th Street, Sinkor, is expected to begin at 7:30 pm. According to Sean Gibson, the fashion show is to promote his designs, reaching a wider audience in Liberia and beyond.He added that the new breed of Liberian women, aware of their body type and sexuality, have embarked on a quest for designs that reflect not only their physical beauty. “My designs are for independent women who are often in the driver’s seat because they tend to hold African designs in high esteem.”These new designs, he said, will range from formal to casual.Gibson says he began designing as a hobby for his female friends while attending high school in Ghana and pretty much discovered his talent then and there. “By just looking at people’s body types,” he said, “I can imagine the kinds of fashion that will fit them. And then I sketch it on paper and what turns up is often a new design.”He disclosed that making quality styles that stand for comfort, especially on women, is one of his top priorities. As Liberia’s fashion industry makes strieds, especially with new, audacious talents sprouting all around, Gibson remains hopeful of more support. “Actually, we are improving when it comes to business. But we’re hoping to achieve more after this fashion show,” he said with a smile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bendu Buttoe, a resident of Valley-Ta in District Four, says she has been involved in rice and cassava farming since coming up with her family and now live on farming Residents in Margibi County say they are looking for candidates who will address their concerns about education, agriculture, health and bad roads.Sixty-two (62) candidates comprising 10 women and 42 men are vying for the county’s five electoral district seats. Margibi is the country’s fifth most inhabited county with a population of 199,689.On Oct. 10, the 63 aspirants will be asking Margibi’s 154,328 registered voters to elect them to a position that pays US$12,000 a month, plus vehicles, gasoline, housing and other amenities.Political pundits believe that voter turnout will be high in Margibi because of Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, who is the running mate of Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.“Aspirants are coming now because of our votes, not to help address some of the challenges facing citizens, especially the issue of education,’’ said Lorpu Sayon, a farmer who lives in District 3. “I have four children that will not be in school this year because of the increment of fees in private schools.’’Lorpu Sayon, a farmer, who lives in District 3. “ I have four children that will not be in school this year, because of the increment of fees in private schoolsSayon said the Hill Town community where she lives needs a public school. She indicated that there is only one public school in the area, the W. Moore Public School, but it also has increased its fees, adding, “The school is so far from us that some of the children can’t afford to go there every day.”The community’s only private school charges L$2,000 to L$2,500 per year per child in kindergarten, which many parents cannot afford.Daniel F. Massaquoi, a former teacher and resident of Gbalimu Town in District 4, said education is the main concern for him. The district’s only public school runs from elementary to junior high. Students who finish junior high school either drop out or go to Kakata to complete high school.Massaquoi said he is not too keen on voting for incumbents because they continue to disappoint voters. They care more about their personal interests than citizens’ concerns, he said.“We want to see the time when lawmakers will work in the interest of the people by addressing their problems and not focusing on empowering themselves,’’ he said. “It’s unfortunate that you will be voting for someone who does not care or seek your interest.’’Patrick Dickey, a farmer and resident of Jannita Town in District 5 said he wants new local and national leaders to support small farmers, a move that will increase food production and security.“We need farming equipment that will help us to increase production,’’ he said. “Also the issue of roads to enable farmers to transport their produce to markets remains a serious challenge for farmers.’’According to him, making promises to voters, which are often unfulfilled, is becoming a normal thing in Liberia.Politicians don’t want to speak to the issues that affect citizens; since the campaign, only two of the nine candidates running for the District’s 5 seats have engaged voters, he said.Joseph Mulbah, a former employee of the Firestone and now a farmer, said aspirants and current lawmakers do not address agriculture, but would be important for them to see it as a way of addressing poverty in LiberiaJoseph Mulbah, a former Firestone employee who is now a farmer, said aspirants and current lawmakers do not address agriculture.Officials, he said, need to engage farmers to identify their challenges and provide them the support that will help to increase food production. Without government support, farmers cannot do large farming activities or huge production, he said.“We want government to identify places in the county or the various counties where all farmers will plant and can have someone playing the supervisory role and providing equipment that will reduce physical work,” Mulbah added.Bendu Buttoe, a resident of Valley-Ta in District #4, said 80 percent of the people in the area are cassava farmers. Gari or farina is a major produce in the area. Madam Buttoe indicated that she farms rice and cassava since she moved to the area with her family. “I only do the farming business for living and taking care of the children,” she stated.Farmers usually sell a 5 pound bucket of gari for L$120, but during the rainy season it sells for L$100. According to her, many of the candidates are yet to discuss any investment in the agriculture sector, which she noted is not really high on the platform of candidates.The lack of adequate drinking water is another issue facing residents in Valley–Ta. Residents use nearby creeks for drinking water and to bathe, cook and wash their clothes, Buttoe said. The town’s only hand pump is not functioning.Residents asked the only public school in town, Valley-Ta Public School, for permission to use their hand pump to get safe drinking water.“This is the only hand-pump that is helping us to get safe drinking water,” she said. “People have gotten ill on many occasions from drinking the water from the creek, and have to spend money that could be used for other things, on their health. We have informed our aspirants about these situations every time they come, but they continue to promise us that they will address these problems only when elected.’’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Cal Poly Pomona women return to action Saturday, hosting Cal State San Bernardino. The men will play Division III Occidental Friday. UCR MEN’S GOLF The UC Riverside men’s golf team is 12th of 18 teams after the first day of the Braveheart Classic at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont Monday. UCLA leads the event with a 308, four strokes better than Jacksonville University. UCR’s best showing was a 79 by Loma Linda product Nick Wilkins that was good for 22nd individually. Former Arroyo Valley standout Scott Clayton shot an 80. The Cal Poly Pomona tennis teams had a tough time against visiting Azusa Pacific, dropping both matches to the NAIA power. Azusa won the men’s match 9-0 and coasted in the women’s match 8-1. In the women’s match the Broncos lone victory came at No. 3 doubles where Ellyn Caprara and Erica Lin picked up an 8-3 win. CAL STATE BASEBALL Cal State Stanislaus climbed out of a 5-0 hole in the first inning, rallying for five runs in the ninth Sunday to win their first CCAA conference game of 2007, 10-8, over Cal State San Bernardino. With the win, the Warriors improved to 4-9 on the season and 1-7 in the CCAA while the Coyotes are now 12-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. UCR BASEBALL The UC Riverside Highlanders lost a pair of games by one run Sunday at the University of San Diego Tournament, falling to Loyola Marymount, 3-2, and to Memphis, 1-0. UCR finished 2-2 at the tournament, having defeated the host Toreros on Saturday, 7-6, and beating UTEP, 6-4. BIG WEST BASKETBALL The 32nd annual Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday and continues through Saturday at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Long Beach State enters as the No. 1 seed and looks to capture its first tournament title since 1996. Cal Poly claimed the No. 2 seed in its quest to win the first tournament championship in school history. By virtue of being the top two seeds, the 49ers and Mustangs earned coveted byes into Friday’s semifinals and need only win two games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Five of the six singles matches were decided in two sets, the exception being No. 5 Kara Fisher who lost in three. The highlight on the men’sside was the showing of No. 5 Eric Carlstrom who won the first set 6-3 before dropping the next two.
Christian Eriksen has been hailed better than Beckham Christian Eriksen scored a stunning free-kick to help guide Tottenham through to the Capital One Cup final, but how good was it really?The Dane’s goal prompted many to compare him to Man United and England legend David Beckham, who spent pretty much his entire career nonchalently curling the ball in from all sorts of angles.But is Eriksen really in the same league as Goldenballs? Take a look at his effort and arguably Becks’ most famous free-kick below and let us know who comes out on top… 1