Voice of a GhostBy: Eric G. Gbanlon (0886220513)As I cried and rolled in ashes,They stood and started to boast;With my blood at the brim of their glasses,They laughed and began to toast.Allowing my organs to rot in separate places,Was that which hurt me the most;Like paint, my blood besmeared the bushesLike rocks, my bones filled the coast.The work is done, it’s time for wagesIn equal measures, we eat what we roast;They ate me; they are human-phages,They are now being hunted by my ghost. Liberia’s New Civil WarBy Kenneth Y. Best, Jr.(A Poem, Inspired by the Daily Observer Editorial: ‘Caring For Our Ebola Orphans’)This is the new civil war, fought by an unseen, chemical enemyRaging across West Africa and stretching towards the places we think of when dreaming of peace and securityNo one knows how long we will fight and what it will take to winMany don’t know the names of the thousands who have met their dreadful endAnd just like our previous, not so distant civil war,This too will take advantage of all its orphaned children –The real survivors: their small, strong bodies and brave souls, independent but vulnerableWhich army will they join? What kinds of weapons will they hold?What will be their legacy? What will they be told when they are left alone, or when strangers come to hold them?Will families come to their rescue? Or will they be left to the care of those strangers, who seek to comfort their souls?Or will predators snatch them away into danger, to abuse and control?And what of their siblings, cousins and friends who succumb to the fate of their parents – who will bury them?If they do survive and are yet unable to tell, who will be their voices?Who will be the buckets that dip into those wells? And what shall come up?Who will give them chances, and what shall be their choices?Mama’s market won’t sell; she just buried her oldest child andAll her neighbors have shunned her, so the younger must go hungry awhileNurses will not take them in; hospitals are too full, or vacant –Overflowing with infected patients or emptied from being overrunIn the on-going crises of uncontainable contaminationA terrified, angry, suspicious population defending their habitations will riotWhile the invisible enemy triggers mistrust along community lines,like villages surrounded by wild firesSo now, mama can’t even go to the next town to buy food, let alone sellSurvival all over again is the only pastime, and time will tell if the past will repeat itselfIn the meantime,NO hugsNO kissesNot even a secret handshake,Or barely a long look of sincere affection for comfort’s sakeGot to watch who’s behind or beside you; can’t see who’s next to fallImagine the pain of a parent whose child has been deniedOr the horror of a child whose parent has just diedHow quick the transition from a hospital door to death’s dark corridorsAn invisible enemy has broken down nations, ravaged communities, and decimated familiesAnd they are saying that a cure is hard to come by…because over here, we’re too poorWe haven’t even begun to hear the children crying, or to see the coming rage in their eyes, or the after effects of their growing up and asking us, “Why”?The new civil war has hit closer to home and caused more damage in shorter time than any previous calamity ever known in West AfricaAnd its name is Ebola: so dangerous, so silentWe have not known this scale of war before; maybe the NativeAmericans of June 1763, or the Tuskegee Airmen of the Jim Crow era – but no, not us…not weNo overthrow was required – in fact, it infiltrated our government,Broke down economies and evaporated the poor; even global markets are affectedPreparedness and awareness were the initial casualties, then came mass suffering as people just expiredThe desperate cries for help, the bodies in the streets, African doctors killed in action against this enemyWhile foreign doctors live to escape – somehow, we’re disconnected from a better fateAnd the media coverage of this epidemic, so demeaning, as if some of us don’t know what’s really going on – we see through the silver screen, but dimlyAnd as if we brought this on ourselves…But then again, who’s to say that we didn’t? Can God’s anger be questioned?Can we hold back the scourge? Can we still learn our lessons?Eric Duncan would have testified, but he didn’t live to tell of his own survival;It will be those of his household who tell it for him, and not to his revivalSo: to aspiring nurses protecting yourselves and healing your families, God bless youI pray that in some way, God will make it so I can help youTo all the Ebola Orphans, I hope to one day give you better namesThan the stigmas this war has placed upon you for your shameI wish to bring you hugs, put you on airplanes,Not to quarantine but to give you the love that you’re used to, or haven’t yet receivedAnd sweeter dreams than the nightmares you are living,Higher truths than the lies you are forced to believeYou are our future, our heritage – not another national emergencyThe Lord said He would make thy plagues wonderful,Because of the sins of your forefathers – and so He has, indeedBut children, my heart is with you urgently in this heavy fight for your lifeBecause you are all loved andBECAUSE ALL OF US ARE RESBONSIBLEEach one of us is accountable for the least of our people, as taught by ChristAnd through all this, His eyes watch diligently from aboveAs we struggle day by day with the silent killer, Ebola, in this NewLiberian Civil War Scars of a tired nationBy: Lekpele NyamalonWhat more can a country take?Stories of children that can’t live in peaceTreating each other like strangers from afarThe sons returning and the ones they metFighting for a space left by Mama1980-panic splashed upon the face of Africa’s oldest childBringing down the walls a century highBuilding another 100ft higherShaking to shreds young old mamaPromising her a lie to leave her aloneWhat a tired country she has becomeStanding alone on a continent she blossomedLeft alone by countries she led to IndependenceA troubled house is always lonelySuch a land she stands to beHer place in history forgotten by men of timeLeft to maggots and bugs to chewAnd spit into history’s shredderHer prints erased from the archives of Africa’s glossaryAnd left to wander- gathering crumbsCouldn’t her sons keep her diaryOf how generous a home she hadGiving a shelter for Africa’s neglected,Spewing hope into a lifeless continentDoomed by colonialism and whisked by fear?She went in shock and comatoseFor 14years her eyes couldn’t blink nor winkOnly ears of thunder and terrorWith a sigh of relief to live againHer candle is lit in a thunderstormThe scars of a tired nation are eating up againThe face of EBOLA shatters the dreamTo put together a wretched, lonely lifeCould this scar flip into a star?And shine forever? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) TimeBy: Lekpele Nyamalon Oh time and time onlyWho can trust you?I dare not do, or I’ll be lonelyNo one dares, only you.When the sun smilesYou’ll just show up- the journey beginsSoaring above slowly as you riseWhile we hurry to meet your flapping wingsThou art the holder of fateOnly thy arms holdeth the hoursAnd thy breadth and mind knoweth the dateWhen we miss you, our time here is only a tour
The gates locked to keep the media outBy: Andrew CarmichaelA fight at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Berbice on Monday has left one man dead and another facing a murder charge. The dead man has been identified as 28-year-old Stephon Francis of Kitty, Georgetown.Based on information received, the fight reportedly took place shortly before midnight on Sunday after the suspect and other inmates attempted to take away some items belonging to the now dead man.Francis reportedly celebrated his birthday on Sunday and his mother travelled to Berbice to take snacks and other eatables. However, it was while protecting his belongings that he fell and hit his head.He was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stevens confirmed that there was a fight during which Francis fell and hit his head.“We at Regional regret this incident very much and we will work close with the police and other staff to find out why an incident of this nature did occur and to ensure that this is a one-time thing and does not happen again,” the Director said.He noted that Francis was a substance abuse patient and not a patient who has mental health issues.“It is unfortunate that these cases are sent to us on a regular basis. Forty per cent of our patients are substance abuse patients and another high percentage of them are persons coming through the court system and have remand dates but we have to take care of them because the Court Order states that they must be sent to the National Psychiatric Hospital. All together it poses a challenge to our healthcare service. In most cases, we find that these persons who come through the court system and the substance abusers have a tendency of becoming violent,” Stephens added. However, he could not say whether Francis was a violent patient.The Health Service Director noted that many of the patients that come through the court system would form themselves into gangs thus resulting in many fights.“I think this aided in what happened last evening. We do regret what happened and we are awaiting on the police to give us a thorough report.”Meanwhile, Administrator of the National Psychiatric Hospital Luann Sulker instructed the guards on duty to ask the media to leave the compound after which the gates were locked.Addressing the matter, the Health Services Director admitted that the National Psychiatric Hospital is a public facility and the media should not have been locked out.“I want to apologise to the members of the media. All our services are public services and we are opened to the media at any time. I personally have an open-door policy when it comes to the media and I will ensure that my staff and even the guard company is reminded of that.”Meanwhile, the suspect was taken into custody as Police continue to investigate. The suspect is also said to be a substance abuse patient and was taken to the institution about a week ago.Information coming out of the National Psychiatric Hospital indicate that it was not the first time that Francis or the suspect were involved in fights at the institution. Several reports were lodged at the New Amsterdam Police Station pertaining to fights involving the now dead man and the suspect.Chalet Four at the National Psychiatric Hospital where the incident occurredDead: Stephon Francis
“This insight into the perceptions of discrimination by a sampling of the work force will aid us as we continue our emphasis on proactive prevention, outreach and law enforcement,” added Cari M. Dominguez, who chairs the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Among other findings: Most complaints involved gender bias (26 percent), followed by race (23 percent), age (17 percent), favoritism (12 percent) and disability (9 percent). Most allegations centered on promotion decisions (33 percent), followed by pay (29 percent), hiring (13 percent), harassment (11 percent), work conditions (3 percent) and assignments (2 percent). The poll was based on telephone interviews with 1,252 adults from March 7, 2005, to May 8, 2005. It was conducted in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the EEOC. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “These data make it pretty clear that it makes good business sense to have operable diversity efforts in organizations,” said Max Larsen, the Gallup Organization’s government division partner. He added that happy employees reduce turnover and promote the company through word-of-mouth praise. Workplace bias suits have been in the forefront in the past year. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. currently is fighting the nation’s largest employment lawsuit, which alleges that 1.6 million current and former women employees earned less than men and were bypassed for promotions. The U.S. Supreme Court also has shown interest, agreeing earlier this week to consider how much authority employers have in transferring workers who claim discrimination. Last term, justices expanded the scope of the Title IX gender equity law and loosened standards in alleging age bias. The Gallup poll determined that the actual rate of illegal discrimination is probably between 9 percent and 15 percent, since many of the complaints alleged unfairness involving favoritism, sexual orientation and education that are not generally covered by federal law. Still, the number reported reflects a need by employers to promote diversity, sponsors said, noting that employees who worked in companies rating high in that area reported the greatest overall satisfaction and loyalty. WASHINGTON – Nearly one out of every six U.S. employees say they were discriminated against at work in the past year, with women more than twice as likely as men to claim bias over hiring and pay, according to a new poll. The poll released Thursday by the Gallup Organization found that middle-age women and minorities were more likely to report being victims. Out of the part-time and full-time workers interviewed by telephone, women were more than twice as likely to claim discrimination (22 percent) as men (9 percent). Among racial groups, Asians and blacks led the pack (31 percent and 26 percent, respectively) in saying they were treated unfairly, followed by Hispanics (18 percent) and then whites (12 percent). Broken down by age, 18 percent of employees alleging discrimination were age 40-49, followed by 17 percent for those age 50-59, and 15 percent for workers age 30-39. Complaints by those age 60 and over, as well as younger workers age 18-29, were divided evenly at 11 percent.
The real Jon Gruden has disappointed this season, to say the least, but the fake Jon Gruden has been right on point.While the 55-year-old trades his best player, leads the Raiders to an underwhelming 1-5 start and inspires fans to make a website counting down the milliseconds until his 10-year contract expires, a 26-year-old public relations and content specialist at a real estate investment firm in Ohio takes advantage.Justin Greear created the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account before the …
Spirit and Opportunity both still have both spirit and opportunity. Mission scientists said yesterday that the rovers have reached new locations that provide new targets for scientific research; it’s like starting the missions all over again, they commented. Spirit has reached the Columbia Hills, where it hopes to climb and explore rock outcrops. It has also discovered some of the same nodules and layering seen on the other side of the planet, and some unusual cusps called cobra hoods. Opportunity has made tentative downhill tracks that prove it is safe to enter Endurance Crater. It sees a geological contact ahead that looks interesting. Both rovers, with only minor glitches, are fit as a fiddle and ready to move.Since this is a work in progress, it is premature to draw conclusions; it’s a time to enjoy the postcards from this vicarious adventure.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
I’m pleased to announce a new executive appointment to ReadWriteWeb, our new Chief Operating Officer Sean Ammirati. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Sean has been an occasional writer on ReadWriteWeb since March 2007 and hosted our podcast show ReadWriteTalk. Prior to becoming ReadWriteWeb’s COO, Sean was Co-Founder & CEO at venture-backed startup mSpoke. He’s also been a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s Software Industry Center. Sean will assume responsibility for sales, business development and operations. You can reach him at email@example.com. Sean is at the Supernova conference this week in San Francisco, so if you’re there too then feel free to greet him in the hallways.I’d like to thank our outgoing COO, Bernard Lunn. You will see Bernard’s name around in 2010 I’m sure, as he’s going to be working on a new startup opportunity.2009 has beena great year for ReadWriteWeb and in partnershipwith FM Publishing, we’ve gained significant revenue growth during this time.So I thank Bernard for driving this for us and we wish him all thebest in his future endeavors.2010 is going to be another big year for ReadWriteWeb, so we’re excited to have Sean on board! Tags:#Admin#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
The ruling BJP and its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura will contest the by-elections for the three-tier panchayat separately, fuelling speculation about fissures within the fledgling coalition, which in March ended the 25-year-long Left rule in the State.By-elections on 3,207 seats of gram panchayats, 161 panchayat samitis and 18 zilla parishads will take place on September 30.Large-scale resignationsThe seats fell vacant after large-scale resignations by elected public representatives since the BJP- IPFT government came to power on March 9.Chairman of the panchayat election committee of BJP and Minister for Education Ratan Lal Nath said that the party wanted “to check its strength alone.”“We have spoken with IPFT on this. BJP wants to check its strength alone,” Mr. Nath said as he revealed the list of 3,155 candidates for the polls.Mr. Nath said 2,980 candidates would contest on gram panchayats seats, 157 on panchayat samiti seats and 18 on zilla parishad seats.The candidates for the other seats would be declared later, he added.Meanwhile, both the BJP and the IPFT have started filing of nominations from Friday.IPFT general secretary Mangal Debbarma too announced that his party was contesting the bypolls alone and will field candidates against the BJP.‘No seat-sharing’“There was no discussion between BJP and IPFT on seat-sharing. Before announcing the candidates list, Mr. Nath just talked to our president N.C. Debbarma yesterday,” the IPFT general secretary said on Friday. “So, we are contesting the by-elections separately and will field candidates against each other,” he added.Ever since the coalition was formed in March last year, unease was visible among the two partners who have often taken opposing stands on various issues.The two parties had earlier announced that they will be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections separately as well. Tripura has two Lok Sabha seats.BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb clarified that the BJP’s alliance with IPFT was for the Assembly elections only.“The purpose was to form the government in Tripura. Lok Sabha election is a different issue,” Mr. Deb said.Meanwhile, Opposition Congress said it would contest on all seats of the three-tier panchayat while the CPI(M) too declared that it would try to contest on as many seats as possible.
UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Victories over China and Iraq allowed the Filipinos to stay away from world power Australia, which could go on to clash with either New Zealand or defending champion China on the way to the title match.Standhardinger skipped the team’s practice on Saturday and watched his teammates in the shootaround on Sunday leading to the 9 p.m. clash with the winless Qataris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Fil-German’s injury cropped up on the day that the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo finally joined the team in practice after sitting out the first two games because of a calf injury.Standhardinger has been a force in the middle for Gilas despite being only 6-foot-8, averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo from Fiba.comWith the next Gilas Pilipinas game in the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut not to happen until Wednesday at the earliest, Christian Standhardinger will have some time to recover from a severe stiff neck and a bruised shoulder.The Filipinos were to face Qatar at press time on Sunday night. Even with a loss, they will advance straight into the quarterfinals where they will clash with either Lebanon or Jones Cup tormentor South Korea for a place in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albertos finish 1-2 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments
Jayaram attributed his success to his parents and Jayaram attributed his success to his parents and India-born British coach Tom John. “I am everything for my parents. Ever since a kid, they inspired me. My parents are South Indian and are academically inclined but they have always supported me and allowed me to pursue badminton,” he said. “I also owe a lot to my coach Tom John. I met him first at Padukone academy in 2010 at Bangalore. I was struggling then with my ranking hovering around 70s. I liked his approach and he asked me to come to Portugal and train and I went there for three months, before he moved to India. He gets the best out of me.” Since the 2012 Olympics, a lot has changed in Indian badminton with the emergence of K Srikanth, who won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and the India Open Super Series this year, and Kashyap, who also won the Commonwealth Games gold at Glasgow. Jayaram said the stiff competition in the domestic circuit is pushing the shuttlers to work harder and it is reflected in the results. “Healthy competition is the best thing that can happen to any player and we have that now with K Srikanth, Kashyap and HS Prannoy doing so well. They push you hard and Srikanth winning a couple of Super Series showed that you can do it and you draw inspiration from it and that is how the country goes ahead, which is happening in India,” he signed off. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisement