Observer Publisher, Bai T. Moore’s Son Critical of Government

first_imgThe publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, says that forgetting Liberian cultural  hero, Bai T. Moore, and relocating the Liberian Culture Center to Marshall, manifests ingratitude on the part of the Liberian government to the  long-time cultural icon, poet and novelist. Speaking in Dimeh Town in Bomi County last Friday at a program marking the 26th anniversary of Bai T. Moore’s death, Mr. Best described Mr.  Moore as a patriot in the cultural realm who along with a few others, put Liberia on the cultural map of the world.   But the publisher wondered why the Liberian Government and the Ministry of Information are running away from Bai T. Moore.He recalled that a few years back the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs & Tourism under pension scheme gave LD$300 to Bai T. Moore’s widow, and later increased to a thousand Liberian Dollars.“Could this be what Bai T. Moore should get in this country with all the sacrifices he made to lift Liberian culture?”  Mr. Best asked.He recalled that the National Cultural Center at Kendeja had been closed, giving way to  construction of the RLJ Hotel where, unlike the Cultural Center, no Liberian can have access to except one who is financially potent. “What do Liberians go there for?  Food, yes, but what is there that can be particularly called Liberian?”Many years have elapsed since the National Cultural Center was closed and very little or no attention has been given to its revival.  It would seem as though Bai T. Moore and others who promoted culture in this country are now totally forgotten.He noted that the cultural center was a place where people used to go to be entertained and learn about Liberian Culture, but now no Liberian can boast of learning from his/her culture because they have nowhere to go and learn it.Making reference to his son Bai Best, Mr. Best said he and his wife Mae Gene, upon their return from Nairobi, Kenya, in 1980 to start the Daily Observer, made it a habit of taking their children regularly to the Cultural Center at Kendeja to expose them to their culture.  Bai was only four when he and his siblings were taken to the culture center.  It was then that he watched the celebrated Liberian acrobat, Jacob Dweh from Grand Gedeh County mingling his little body in all directions.  At one point, Jacob  started walking on his two hands on the ground with his legs in the air.“When we returned home, Bai had become so inspired by Jacob Dweh that upon entering our home at Voker Mission, Bai immediately started doing the same thing he had seen Jacob do.  To our amazement, Bai started walking on his hands with his two legs behind him in the air.  “Today at 35,” Mr. Best told his Dimeh audience, “Bai can still perform that feat.  I tell this story to emphasize how important culture is to a people.  It inspires them and fills them with creativity, empowering them to do things they would not ordinarily do.  Bottom line, we play with our culture at our own peril.  We will never know how much we are losing—we and most especially our children.”He also recalled his encounter with an Italian family during a visit to Italy in early 1970s.  He saw a couple take their infant child to visit an old Italian ship.Having asked why they would take the baby to that occasion, their answer was to instill the culture of the land in the baby at early age so that they would grow to know it and appreciate their country’s contribution to world civilization.The assertive Manager and veteran Liberian Journalist also frowned on Government for relocating the National Cultural Center in Marshall in where he said there were, “yes, beautiful beaches and a fishing village named Fanti Town. But what is in Marshall that represents the genesis of Liberian Culture?Mr. Best made reference to a four-year old child marvelously performed a cultural dance during the occasion in Dimeh.  He observed that she had not been chosen as one of the dancers of the day, but ununiformed, she started dancing because it was in her blood.  Mr. Best said the performance of the little girl clearly demonstrates that Liberian Culture originated from counties including Margibi, Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount.  “This Dowein District, including Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolou, is the center of our culture, having produced such eminent figures as Bai T. Moore and Dwualu Bukele, the inventor of the Vai Script.Mr. Best strongly  recommended and called on government to relocate the National Cultural Center to Bomi. This would not only  get people to remember Bai T. Moore, Liberia’s Cultural hero who wrote many books about Liberian Culture and always dressed to reflect his culture.  The culture is already here, as seen by the three female masked dancers that brilliantly entertained the Dimeh audience last Friday.For Sando Moore, one of Bai T. Moore’s surviving sons, he expressed that his late father did much for the country to promote Liberian Culture, but he (Bai T. Moore) is now  totally forgotten.Sando said since his father died 26 years ago, the Government of Liberia has not organized a program or built anything in his memory to symbolize and remind people about the great work he did to promote Liberian Culture.As Liberia’s leading photo Journalists and publisher of the Images Magazine, Mr. Moore contended that it is better to honor people who are honest and dedicated to work of the country than to glorify corrupt people who misuse and abuse their country for their selfish gains. The ceremony marking 26 years of Bai T. Moore’s death was attended by high profile government officials including House Speaker Alex Tyler, Bomi County Senator and Chairman of the Bomi Legislative Caucus, Lahai Gbabye Lansanah and County Representative S. Gayah Karmo.  Also in attendance was former Liberian Ambassador to China and former Bomi Legislative aspirant, Madam Neh Dukuly-Tolbert, former Bomi County Senator Richard Divine, Dewein District Commissioner Foley Siryon, who is a former Daily Observer photographer,  and Dey Governor Blama Gaye. Other eminent citizens present included Madam Musu Kiadii of the National Governors  Council of Liberia, Demeh Women Group Chairlady, Janet Rogers, Siafa Ballah, son of the late culture promoter Peter Ballah (Flomo), and Morris Johnson, a classroom teacher.Madam Neh Dukuly Tolbert thanked Sando Moore for inviting her to the occasion, and said she wholeheartedly agreed with Mr. Best that the National Cultural Center needed to be relocated in the Bomi area, where Liberian culture is already vibrant and I being practiced on a daily basis.  She pledged to lobby for the Center to be relocated in its natural habitat.Responding to concerns raised by Mr. Best and Moore, House Speaker Alex Tyler said the people of Bomi are partly responsible for the neglect of their father and son, the late Bai T. Moore.  The Bomi people have not been assertive enough, he admitted.But this will change, he declared.  “The county has  capable men and women who should keep the flame of Bai T. Moore burning.  And we will do what we have to do.Speaker Tyler said he concurred with the views of  K.Y. Best that the National Cultural Center should be relocated to Bomi, where Liberian culture is already in action.  He said he would approach the President of Liberia for prompt action.Among some of Bai T. Moore’s  publications for which he is widely known are Murder in the Cassava Patch, Ebony Dust, a collection of poems and Gola Boy in America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

N. Ireland under joint rule

first_img“I believe we are starting on a road to bring us back to peace and prosperity,” he added. For all the oratory, the precise moment when former sworn enemies agreed to work together passed in an almost humdrum exchange of formalities. “I affirm the terms of the pledge of office as set out in Section 4 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998,” Paisley said as he was sworn in as first minister, referring to the legislation that established the power-sharing authority. McGuinness echoed the pledge a few seconds later to become Paisley’s deputy. Yet, as they shook hands in a crowd of dignitaries and supporters, there was no sign of them shaking hands with each other. The events on Tuesday at the Stormont Parliament building – once an emblem of Protestant hegemony in Northern Ireland – ended direct rule from London, which was reinstated in October 2002, after the Belfast authority was suspended in a dispute over allegations of espionage by the Irish Republican Army. The proceedings were dominated by two parties – the republicans of Sinn Fein, seeking a united Ireland, and the Democratic Unionist Party, which wants continued union with Britain – that were once seen as bitter adversaries. Paisley and McGuinness reiterated their commitment to their divergent visions of Ireland’s future. BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Paying tribute on Tuesday to the thousands of victims in one of Europe’s bloodiest sectarian conflicts, the leaders of Northern Ireland drew a formal line under decades of hostility and strife, re-establishing a power-sharing local authority of once implacable foes. Watched by dignitaries from Britain, Ireland, the United States and elsewhere, the Rev. Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionists, the dominant party among Northern Ireland’s Protestants, and Martin McGuinness, of the republican and mainly Catholic Sinn Fein party, were sworn in as leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the Northern Ireland executive government. “Today, we will witness not hype but history,” McGuinness said. Paisley, once the most strident voice of Protestant opposition to peace efforts, told reporters, “While this is a sad day for all the innocent victims of all the Troubles, yet it is a special day because we are making a new beginning.” The agreement to share power, struck in late March, followed years of negotiations in which the IRA, affiliated with Sinn Fein, abandoned its armed struggle and said it would embrace politics. Paisley dropped his refusal to share power with his republican foes. Peter Hain, Britain’s Northern Ireland minister, said the deal to restore local government “is going to stick” because “these are the two most polarized forces in Northern Ireland’s politics; they have done the deal.” In 30 years of violence known as the Troubles, more than 3,700 people died in sectarian fighting and conflict with the British Army in Northern Ireland that sometimes spilled into England in bomb attacks. Since cease-fires in the 1990s, successive British governments have struggled to cement the peace, enshrined in the 1998 Good Friday agreement. “It’s a day that no one thought ever to see, Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party in government with Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein,” said Sydney Elliott, a professor of politics at Queen’s University here. “They have a big program of work ahead. A lot of things were neglected over the years of the conflict. There is a lot of pent-up energy here in society to make things work.” Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern, attended the ceremony, each pursuing political goals. Blair is expected to announce this week that he will step down in June or early July and is seeking to build a legacy of achievement. “Look back, and we see centuries marked by conflict, hardship, even hatred among the people of these islands,” he said in a speech beside Paisley, McGuinness and Ahern. “Look forward, and we see the chance to shake off those heavy chains of history.” Ahern hailed Blair as the driving force behind the Northern Ireland peace effort and declared: “We cannot undo our sad and turbulent past. And none of us can forget the many victims of the Troubles. But we can, and are, shaping our future in a new and better way.” Ahern is seeking a third term in Irish elections on May 24; Sinn Fein is challenging his party. The combination of Paisley as first minister with McGuinness as his deputy offered a once-unthinkable constellation of personalities. Paisley long accused McGuinness of being an IRA “terrorist” and acquired the nickname “Dr. No” for his rejection of the Good Friday agreement and cooperation with his adversaries. The deal between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party followed elections in March that enabled both to say they had a mandate to strike a deal. In chance conversations on the streets of Belfast, Protestants seemed to have more misgivings than did Catholics. Joan McCoubrey, 70, a Catholic retiree who lost a brother in 1971 early in the conflict, said, “I don’t want my grandchildren to go through what I went through.” Isabelle Fagan, 81, said, “We have all suffered, and I think it will work out.” Deborah Harbinson, 48, a Protestant homemaker, had doubts. “There are still a lot of problems left to be tackled,” she said. “There’s still hidden violence and division and few job opportunities.” The United States played an important role at various stages in the Northern Ireland negotiations. President Clinton made three visits to Northern Ireland, and President Bush came here in 2003. In 2005, however, Bush and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., snubbed Gerry Adams, leader of the IRA’s political arm, when he visited Washington to register distaste at the killing of Robert McCartney, a Northern Ireland Catholic, by a group including IRA members. “Northern Ireland has shown the world that peace is possible, even in the face of tragic history,” Kennedy said in a statement after he attended the ceremony as part of an American delegation.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

Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.“Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”ADVERTISEMENT Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he “never imagined” he’d get the opportunity.The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days.It would be Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. View commentslast_img read more

US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end United States’ Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.Players filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the federation Friday, alleging ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men’s national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “A comparison of the WNT and MNT pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face,” the lawsuit says.It concludes that a top-tier women’s player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men’s player.A pay disparity was very apparent at the World Cup: In 2014, the federation gave the men’s roster a performance bonus of nearly $5.4 million after the U.S. went out in the round of 16 in Brazil. The women’s team received a bonus of $1.72 million after winning the 2015 World Cup in Canada.The last time the U.S. men made the World Cup field (for Brazil) male players selected to the roster received a $55,000 bonus, while the women received $15,000 each for making the 2015 World Cup, according to court documents. Additionally, the men shared a $2 million bonus for qualifying, while the women shared $300,000. The USSF has long maintained that any disparity is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements.   Compensation for the women includes a guaranteed salary and also salaries paid by the USSF for their time with clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League. The men get paid based on roster selection for appearances for friendlies and tournaments.While star players on the women’s team, like forward Alex Morgan, can make as much as their male counterparts because of endorsement deals, the disparity becomes greater for players with lesser profiles.Terms of the collective bargaining agreements have not been made public.A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The new lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo. The players received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC last month.Kathryn H. Ruemmler, a lawyer representing the federation, wrote in a May 2016 letter to the EEOC that over the previous four years, women’s national team players averaged almost $280,000, a figure $90,000 more than men’s national team players. She pointed out that women receive benefits the men don’t, including severance pay, medical insurance, maternity leave, child care and a relocation allowance. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Rampaging Beermen MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association is not party to the lawsuit but said in a statement it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”The USSF did not have an immediate comment.The men’s and women’s U.S. national teams have separate collective bargaining agreements, and their pay is structured differently. That means there is no dollar-to-dollar salary comparison.The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.ADVERTISEMENT Ruemmler also said men’s games generated about $144 million from 2008-15, while women’s matches generated $53 million, and television ratings for men’s games from 2013-15 averaged twice the figure for women’s matches.But those figures were for years prior to the women’s 2015 World Cup victory and also did not include the men’s failure to reach the 2018 World Cup. The women’s team brought in $6.6 million in profit in 2015, compared to less than $2 million for the men’s team.Following the EEOC action, the women took the fight for equality into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement covering 2017-21.Players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.The lawsuit filed Friday seeks “an adjustment of the wage rates and benefits” for the women.“At the heart of this whole issue we believe that it’s the right thing. We believe that there has been discrimination against us,” Rapinoe said. “And while we have fought very hard and for a long time, whether that be through our CBA or through our players association, putting ourselves in the best possible position that we can to get the best deal that we can, we still feel that we don’t have what we’re trying to achieve, which is equality in the workplace.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The women’s team has often championed equal rights issues and sought more equitable pay during collective bargaining two years ago.“I think a lot of people look to us and our team and the collective voice that we have and what we’ve stood for, for inspiration and for power, and as an ally in this broader fight for equality and human rights, really,” said winger Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain and veteran of 149 international appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.Players seek damages that include back pay. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Swedish FA plans Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue as he wins 11th Golden Ball

first_imgA statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be erected outside the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the Swedish FA (SvFF) announced on Monday as the giant striker won the Golden Ball award for the country’s best male player for the 10th year in a row.The 36-year-old Manchester United forward, who retired from international football after Euro 2016, played 114 games and scored 62 goals for Sweden, including a spectacular four-goal salvo against England in the first game at the arena in 2012.Ibra has now won the Golden Ball a record 11 times – since its inception in 1946 no other player has won the award more than twice – and his contribution to the game will be honoured with a 2.7 metre statue outside the Friends stadium.”It feels unreal. Many are thinking ‘Why him?’ and so on, but after all the hard work over 15 years in the national team and 20 years in my club career, it feels like it’s being appreciated,” Ibrahimovic said as he accepted his award.”You usually get this after you die, but I still feel alive. When I die, this (statue) will live on forever.”The Diamond Ball for the best female player went to 33-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who won the award for the second year running thanks to her key role in Sweden’s silver medal-winning team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.last_img read more