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Until We See Again, Daddy

first_imgIt was depressing to watch young Aminatah throw herself over the casket bearing her father’s body.“Daddy, don’t go and leave me. I want to go with you,” she screamed bitterly.Once the Imam of Caldwell, the late Alahaji had a compulsive habit of smoking cigarettes. After spending half of his life consuming nicotine, tuberculosis had riddled the body of Aminatah’s father.“The pope spent three months bed ridden and we did all we could to save his life. We took him to every hospital in Liberia and were told he had TB, but there was nothing we could do,” stated Topah, his third eldest son.On the day of his burial, a tradition in the Muslim community saw crowds of men whisking away the casket of the late imam who once stood at a towering 6’2 and was remembered as having a friendly spirit.In the midst of his body being taken for burial, Aminatah threw herself out of the hands of her mother who held her back, screaming at her father’s corpse.“Don’t go daddy, please. You can’t leave me like this,” she pleaded.After almost throwing his casket down several times, the body of Alahaji was finally buried and the life of Aminatah and the Kamara family went on.One year after his death, Aminatah began to show signs of depression and mental instability, something her family says never happened before.“Aminatah woke up one night and took her young baby out of my bed and carried him away. I was asleep and didn’t know. It wasn’t until in the morning I heard gossip about a child being found wrapped in old clothes in the middle of the street, where they found him luckily still alive,” added ma Kadia, Aminatah’s mother.According to the distressed mother, who says she was the one who took care of her dying husband, Aminatah’s condition afterwards seemed to worsen over night.“After she tried killing her baby, she continued endlessly to try to harm him until I had to put her out of our house. Months after she left, I saw her one day pregnant to my surprise.” Ma Kadia added.Now grinding her teeth and talking to herself, which ma Kadia says Aminatah never did before, she believes Aminatah was never able to get over the death of her father.“In between the year of her fathers death, Aminatah put us through hell. We were always running one place after another, from hospital to the police station because of her,” ma Kadia lamented.“Then she met a man that was very abusive towards her. She gave birth to a girl child which she told me was for another man she was seeing before her fathers death. The new man she had was dangerous,” ma Kadia shared.“The man beat her and put her out one night with her baby. Days later we had to rush the baby to Island clinic where the baby passed away. Through it all, Aminatah was at home with me,” ma Kadia added.Meanwhile, Topah, who says he did most of the counseling to help Aminatah change and come back to herself, still remembers what she once told him of her disturbing wishes for her life.“She told me that she wanted to die to join our father. I don’t really know what happened to her in that space of a year, but by the end of it, she became seriously ill, and her wish came true” he added,“For three months just like our late father, she reduced and turned into a skeleton, lost all her hair and stopped eating. At a certain point, she began toileting on herself and then one morning, to my surprise, Aminatah was gone,” he tearfully stated.Remembering Aminatah, the girl who loved her father whole-heartedly and was considered his “lil girl” up until his death is hard for the Kamara family. They say Aminatah was the “star” that shone brightly in the eyes of the family and feel that her first child had caused her mental problems. They also believe that Aminatah gave up on life in her heart, the heart they say was broken.Now three years old, little Mohammed has no memory of his mother whom he never hears anyone talk about. Whenever he asks about his late mother, he’s always quieted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alaska Highway open after overnight crash

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP responded to a crash early Sunday near the Mile 54 turn off.According to posts on social media, the crash involved two vehicles and caused the highway to be closed for six hours.  A detour was setup around the crash using frontage roads in the area near Charlie Lake.The RCMP have not released any further details about the collision at this time.- Advertisement –last_img

Tottenham v West Ham team news: Son returns while Sakho starts

first_img The teams are in for Sunday’s London derby 1 The teams are in for Sunday’s London derby clash between Tottenham and West Ham at White Hart Lane. It’s Mauricio Pochettino’s fifth-placed Spurs against Slaven Bilic’s sixth-placed Hammers and both sides are looking to return to winning ways after drawing last time out – Spurs v Arsenal and West Ham v Everton. Andros Townsend is back in the Tottenham squad after a fallout with the backroom staff, taking his place on the bench. Eric Lamela is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, so South Korean star Heung-min Son takes his place in the starting line-up. Diafra Sakho is fit again for the claret and blue side and he replaces star man Dimitri Payet, who is out with an ankle injury. Check out the full team line-ups for Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United below!Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen,Rose; Dier, Alli; Son, Dembele Eriksen; Kane. Subs: Mason, Vorm, Trippier, Townsend, Onomah, Carroll, Davies.West Ham: Adrian; Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Moses, Lanzini, Sakho; Carroll. Subs: Song, Zarate, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio, Spiegel, Oxford.last_img read more

DD HAIRDRESSING: THE ‘G’ 12 WEEK SMOOTHING TREATMENT with PATRICK GILDEA’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

first_imgJasmine and her ‘G’ treatment.This week we had a visit from the beautiful Jasmine O’Kane, for a 12 week smoothing treatment.Since putting her photos up on our Facebook and Instagram we have been inundated with queries; so Patrick asked Sharon one of our Smoothing Treatment specialists to answer all your questions.As keratin is a natural protein found in hair and nails, the ‘G’ Smoothing Treatment works as an intense conditioning treatment improving the strength of your hair and making it much easier to manage. As the hair becomes strengthened and conditioned it retains bounce and the need for intensive styling is vastly reduced. Sharon says the benefits and results are amazing and although it is not permanent, the rate at which your hair loses moisture is lessened and is easier to tame. Hair is not left straightened, it reduces frizz, increases shine and improves manageability of unruly hair – who wouldn’t want that?What is The ‘G’ 12 Week Smoothing Treatment?Sharon says the ‘G’ Smoothing Treatment is also referred to as a 12 week blow-dry! It is a keratin- enriched treatment designed to tame frizzy or unruly hair by creating a more polished and relaxed finish. A protein formula is sealed into the hair cuticle and after just on treatment you will have a smooth sleek salon blow-dry finish for up to 12 weeks. After the treatment the condition of your hair will be beautiful and you will just love the amazing shine. Who should get it?Anyone who wants a smoother more polished finish to coarse, frizzy, strong unruly hair. If you want to manage your hair more easily at home this might be a perfect option for you. If you are unsure if The G Smoothing Treatment will suit your needs simply book a complimentary consultation with us and we can advise you.What do we do?Sharon says the whole smoothing treatment process can take up to three hours. Following your consultation your hair will be shampooed with a clarifying shampoo to remove all impurities. The keratin smoothing treatment will then be applied and left to develop for up to 50 minutes depending on hair type. The treatment will then be rinsed and hair blow-dried section by section. Following the blow-dry your hair will be straightened using a specialised method. Between 24 and 48 hours after your treatment you will receive a complimentary blow-dry in the salon.If you have any other “G” Smoothing queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us either on Facebook www.facebook.com/patrickgildeahairdressingEmail: info@patrickgildea.ieOr by booking in for a complimentary consultation – you can book online here DD HAIRDRESSING: THE ‘G’ 12 WEEK SMOOTHING TREATMENT with PATRICK GILDEA’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: April 28th, 2016 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:Patrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more

Young Donegal hip hop crews step up to victory

first_imgEighteen dancers from Letterkenny put their best foot forward at their first national hip hop competition last weekend.The young crews from SM Dance & Fitness competed at Spectrum’s Hip Hop Dancer of the Year competition at the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co. Meath on Sunday November 6th.Two hip hop groups from the dance school: Rendition Crew (11 members) and Infinity (7 members) competed with more than 62 other crews (700 dancers) and came home with amazing results. This was their first national competition and they proved to be a huge credit to themselves, their parents and their dance school. Infinity placed first in their 12+U category and Rendition Crew placed 2nd in their 14+U category.To add to the excitement of the day, they also had some solo wins with Cara McGroarty placing first in her 10+U category and also winning Overall Dancer of the Year 2016. Amy Callaghan took home first place in her solo category 12+U. Other wins include Neisha Lunn, 2nd 10+U, Rosie Cairns, 3rd 12+U, Laoise Morgan, 5th 14+U and Amy Shovlin, 6th 12+U. SM Dance & Fitness wished a big well done to all the dancers who took part and expressed their thanks to the parents and instructors who travelled also.Overall Dancer of the Year 2016 – Cara McGroartyYoung Donegal hip hop crews step up to victory was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardsdancingHIP HOPSM Dance & Fitnesslast_img read more

Congolese Money-Bags TP Mazembe eye Vipers’ Moses Waiswa

first_img Tags: moses waiswatopTP Mazembevipers sc Moses Waiswa in action for Vipers recently (file photo)KITENDE – Five time African Champions TP Mazembe are believed to be interested in Vipers SC star-player Moses Waiswa.Waiswa who was voted the best player in Uganda last year has been on the rise in the last few years, helping Vipers win the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League and also sealing a starting berth in the National team, the Cranes.Waiswa who had a brief stint at Voxjo United in Sweden has spent the better part of his career at Kitende and it would only feel right that he moves now, when his career looks to be on the take-off stage.A move to TP Mazembe will see him join counter-part Joseph Ochaya who signed for the Congolese side a couple of months ago.After the departure of Milton Karisa, Vipers are expected to be keen on Waiswa staying otherwise, a huge sum of money will have to exchange hands if a move is to go through.Comments last_img read more

World Cup’s transport legacy

first_imgJohannesburg’s Rea Vaya has been runningfor a year.(Image: City of Johannesburg) South Africa will benefit from the WorldCup’s transport legacy, says President Zuma.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Logan MaistrySpokespersonDepartment of Transport+27 083 6444 050RELATED ARTICLES• Gautrain rolls out this week• Transport on track for World Cup• Cape Town’s new bus system• All aboard the Tshwane express• No stopping SA’s Rea VayaBongani NkosiAlthough the 2010 Fifa World Cup may almost be forgotten by some, its legacy will ensure that most urban South Africans have easy access to efficient public transport by 2020.This was the message from President Jacob Zuma during a recent parliamentary session on the success of the tournament.“The World Cup legacy will ensure that by 2020 more than 85% of any city’s population will live within a kilometre or closer to an Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network feeder or corridor,” Zuma said on 18 August.South Africa’s public transport infrastructure was beefed up for the football spectacle, which was won by Spain. Improvements included new bus and rail options, as well as the upgrade of national roads.“Public transport formed the backbone of our transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and one of the greatest successes of the tournament,” said Zuma.The government spent about R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) on transport infrastructure, telecommunications and stadiums for the Fifa tournament.Speedy bus serviceIn Johannesburg and Cape Town a Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) system was set up to provide a link between various part of the cities.Johannesburg’s BRT system is called Rea Vaya, which is local slang for “we are going”, and has been running for a year now.The service between Soweto and Johannesburg’s central suburbs has been operating at full steam, while routes and more buses to other parts of the city will be introduced in late 2010.Cape Town’s rapid bus system is currently running between the city’s civic centre and the airport. Another route linking Cape Town Stadium and the city centre, initially just for the duration of the World Cup, will resume in September, according to the city’s BRT consultant Martin Slabbert.A third route connecting the city centre and the West Coast will be introduced in February 2011.Cape Town’s system is a long-term project that will eventually link the city and most surrounding towns.“It’s an enormous project. We are talking about four phases that will be introduced between now and the next 15 years,” said Slabbert.Construction of a BRT system has also begun in Pretoria, said the City of Tshwane spokesperson Dikeledi Phiri.High-speed trainThe 160km/h Gautrain was introduced just before the World Cup to provide a shuttle service between Sandton in Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport. Other lines, including one from Johannesburg to Pretoria, will start operating in the near future.“Our integrated transport infrastructure and networks will improve the lives of South Africans for many years to come,” Zuma said.Attracting investmentAfter successfully introducing user-friendly transport for the World Cup, South Africa has shown it’s capable of reaching world-class standards. “We have earned the reputation of a country that can deliver on its undertakings,” Zuma said.The infrastructure set up will also help South Africa attract more economic investment, the president added.“With regards to the economic impact, South Africa has demonstrated that it has the infrastructure and the capability to warrant serious investment consideration.“The World Cup now opens the country to further investment, growth in trade and economic opportunities,” Zuma said, adding that the country must now build on what has been established.“We view the tournament not as an end in itself, but as a catalyst for development, whose benefits will be felt long after that final whistle.”last_img read more

SA, Namibia, Angola adopt Benguela Current pact

first_img25 August 2014South Africa, Angola and Namibia have signed and adopted the Benguela Current Convention, which will see the three countries working together on the protection and sustainable use of the Benguela Current marine ecosystem.The ecosystem stretches from Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s coast to Cabinda in the north of Angola and is one of the richest on earth, supporting industries including offshore oil and gas production, marine diamond mining, coastal tourism, commercial fishing, and marine transport and manufacturing.The agreement is a five-year strategic plan that aims to promote a coordinated regional approach to the rehabilitation, enhancement and sustainable use of the Benguela Current marine ecosystem in order to provide economic, environmental and social benefits.Speaking after the adoption of the agreement in Namibe, Angola last Thursday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the agreement would serve as a platform for the three countries to find sustainable ways of using the mutual ocean space.“The convention gives us all an opportunity to work together in addressing all these cross-cutting constraints that we face as member states of this commission,” Molewa said.“We have tremendous potential to enhance our respective economies. It is therefore befitting to say that alone one can go fast, but together we can go very far.”The agreement gains even more prominence in the South African context, as the country begins implementing Operation Phakisa, aimed at to fast-tracking the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan, starting with an initiative that seeks to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

East Timor Govt Opens Financial Transparency Portal

first_imgcurt hopkins For most people, East Timor, known officially as the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, came to public notice in 2002 when it gained official independence from Indonesian occupation after a long, violent struggle that included the use by the Indonesian military of starvation as a tool for genocide.. In the time since, the country has experienced the usual amount of election violence and corruption that a new nation sees. Now, the Timorese government has opened a FreeBalance-powered portal devoted to government financial transparency. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting FreeBalance is a Canadian company that provides software for public financial management, including online portals for government customers include the United States, Afghanistan, Uganda and Iraq. On its website, the government of Timor-Leste declared the goal of the project:“The Transparency Website will allow people to participate, in real time and interactively, in the process of the Timor-Leste national budget and to contribute to National Development.”FreeBalance explains the use a Timorese citizen could put the portal. “Citizens can investigate projects further to view budget transactions to ensure the budget is being spent as intended. This ensures honesty and transparency to improve citizen and investor confidence. The Timor-Leste Transparency Portal provides 10 years of budget information: the budget that was approved and the actual budget spent. Reports and filtered results can be exported in PDF, Word, Excel, XML and HTML formats.”Can such portals provide real transparency? Can transparency itself really make a difference in difficult situations like that in East Timor? Or do so many interests militate against it that the transparency will either not last or never be truly see-through? It’s something I don’t have an answer for. If you do, having worked in government or for an NGO on the financial side, please leave a comment below. Tags:#Government#international#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Poll: How Did Amazon Web Services Handle its Worst Ever Disruption?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img A lack of communication is one of the real concerns that comes out of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) disruption this week. To its credit, AWS did update its dashboard that gives updates about the service. That was pretty much it. The AWS blog had nothing about the incldent. It was updated today. But it had nothing to do with the outage. It was about AWS training. This is while customers, many startups included, were trying to keep things together. BigDoor CEO Keith Smith summed it up this way:Starting at 1:41 a.m. PST, Amazon’s updates read as if they were written by their attorneys and accountants who were hedging against their stated SLA rather than being written by a tech guy trying to help another tech guy.There are ramifications for the silence. First off, it puts AWS in a poor light. This incident will pass but it is going to have its effects. It fuels speculation about AWS service not being up to par for application developers. It looks like Joyent has already jumped on that issue.That’s one effect. Then there is the downstream problems that occur. Customers and partners face lots of scrutiny when they have outages. The silence from AWS only makes it harder to communicate what is happening. They don’t have anything they can say because there is limited information available to share.The effect on the market is harder to pin down. On the upside, the outage will hopefully help people realize how little we know about the level of scaling that comes with cloud computing. Let’s just hope AWS contributes to that conversation.What do you think? alex williams Related Posts last_img read more