Twice the Pain, It was bad enough watching her sister slowly die. But nothing…

first_imgMiriam Kamara had always wanted a family of her own. After meeting her boyfriend and finally finding the love that she fantasized about; Miriam was ready to have their first child together.Unfortunately, her elder sister Satta, who supported her financially, was diagnosed with stomach cancer.“My sister suffered before and after she was diagnosed. There was no medicine to take away her pain,” Miriam stated.Satta ran a cook shop that Miriam was able to use to feed her family and also buy things for her expected child.“The cook shop pretty much fed our entire household, and also helped in sending all of my sisters to school,” Miriam added.After falling sick, Satta and her family were told by every hospital they visited that she had only three months to live.Sattah eventually died in July of 2013 amongst all of her relatives who dearly loved her, just as the doctor had predicted.“My sisters death hurt my entire family, and even divided a lot of us,”According to Miriam, her sister’s husband decided to take another wife months after the late Sattah’s death. Instead of finding a new location to take Bendu, his newly-wed, he moved her into the house Sattah and himself had built together.“That hurt our family a lot, and because of that, we decided not to speak to her at all. And almost everyday we had arguments and fights. Malice,” Miriam said.Furthermore, Miriam and her boyfriend had decided that they both would keep distance from Bendu, who had a family of her own living in the house.According to Bendu, the Kamara family despised her not because she married their late sister’s husband, but because they felt Bendu was the cause of Sattah’s death.“They say I played witch to have my husband to myself, and poisoned Sattah. Cancer is a white man’s sickness, it had nothing to do with African sign,” she defended.Meanwhile, Miriam was well into her six-month pregnancy when Sattah passed, and struggled to take care of herself while no one else seemed to care.“It was hard going for check-ups at the local clinic and identifying certain things about my health that only Sattah understood. She had 10 children before she passed away and knew a lot about pregnancy,” Miriam sadly added.As for Miriam’s boyfriend Malachi, he was unemployed and hardly stayed at home. Being a native of Sierra Leone, he spent all of his time trying to blend in with the Liberian culture and people.“I love my girlfriend, but this is my first time really being in love and living with a woman. There are things I don’t know and still need to learn,” he admitted.Miriam had reached into her last month of pregnancy and began staying indoors all day. She had no one to turn to for advice in what to do when her delivery time were to come. At that time, no one in the house was speaking to one another.According to her cousin who asked not to be named, Miriam made the decision of not talking to anyone in her yard.“She kept away from all of us and that’s bad, especially when you’re pregnant. We didn’t even know if she was in labor or not,” her cousin added.In October of 2014, at around 11pm, Miriam felt an unexpected pain in her groin area. Instead of waking Malachi who was asleep in the same room, Miriam managed to wrap the new lappa the late Sattah had given to her, in panic.“I was so confused from the pain, and thought I would die. I wasn’t thinking straight at the time, but could hear Sattah’s voice in my head telling me to go to the mid-wife she had taken me to before she died,” Miriam recalled.According to Miriam, after managing to get dressed and grabbing a few extra things, she silently but with a struggle, managed to leave the house.“I can’t recall how I managed to make it to the other side of the community, but I remember bending over the whole time as I walked. As I got closer to the streets, I couldn’t see any cars or anything because by then curfew had already set in,” she remembered.Miriam says she fought to decide her next move while sitting on the edge of the sidewalk, and that’s when she realized she was in labor.“I could feel a large bone or something between my legs, and at the same time I wasn’t able to walk again. So I decided to crawl across the street because the mid wife’s house was on the other side of the street. Not too far away,” she narrated.What happened next is very graphic and upsetting.According to Miriam, she did breathing exercises that she was told to do if she were to ever enter labor. And as she crawled slowly from off the sidewalk unto the street, she could feel her baby coming out of her vagina.“I cried very loudly but no one came to my rescue, and then I saw it. Bright lights coming from down the street. I thought it was an ambulance that someone had called for me, so I gradually crawled back to get closer to the sidewalk. I didn’t know that I had pushed the baby all the way out until the car lights came closer,”With a loud crushing sound, the head and parts of the newborn baby’s body was mashed completely flat by the moving vehicle. The car never made an attempt to stop to ask the crying mother her problem, but instead took speed.“ I screamed and screamed when I realized that a baby – my baby – was lying in front of me covered in blood. A man came out of his house to see my problem, and that’s when he took the lappa from in my plastic bag and started spreading it over the baby’s parts,”Meanwhile, Miriam’s family is stunned and sad at her situation and has been gradually consoling her, for she has refused to eat for days.While weeks have passed since the accident, the family has begun to speak out and make aware those in their community of the dangers of not communicating.“What happened to Miriam happened because we all cut off speech, we should have been there for her. The sight of the blood and things in the street that morning frightened everyone, and we’re sad she had to experience that,” added Malachi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demonstrate Ethical Values at Work

first_imgEuropean Union Delegation Ambassador to Liberia, Tiina Intelmann, has emphasized that Liberians must demonstrate integrity, honesty and commitment at their workplaces in order to succeed in the country’s development drive.In remarks at the end of a training course in Monrovia for personnel of the Bong, Lofa, Margibi and Nimba Service Centers, Ambassador Intelmann underscored the importance of the work of these providers in bringing essential civic services to people residing in rural areas under Liberia’s ongoing decentralization process.She told the trained service center providers that for the decentralization process to succeed, service providers are expected to utilize and transfer the knowledge acquired into actions that benefit the people for whom the service is intended.The EU envoy also said if the service center providers are to do a better job and be efficient, the government must provide the operational funds that will enable workers to become functional.The EU is contributing €4.5 million to support the National Decentralization Program augmenting government’s input.Intelmann has meanwhile welcomed the intervention by the head of the Traditional Council of Elders and Chiefs on making Liberia a “Christian State,” otherwise known as the Constitution Review Committee’s Proposition 24.Since last year the argument on declaring Liberia a Christian state in the Constitution has remained a serious and threatening argument in the public.Members of the Muslim community have threatened that if the Constitution Review Committee’s Proposition 24 goes to referendum, they will not take part, which could seriously undermine the peace and stability of the country.They stated further that if Liberia is declared a Christian state, all portions of land occupied by Muslims will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the Liberian government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is Tuyisenge headed for the exit at Gor?

first_imgSharesGor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge kneels down to celebrate after converting a penalty during the Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – Congolese club AS Vita are the first to openly express their desire to sign red-hot Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge, but it now emerges that there are several other suitors circling around the Rwandese forward.Tuyisenge’s contract is in its sunset days at the club and three years after he joined them, an opportunity to leave might be opening up for them. “When I am anywhere, I always give my 100pc and focus on the team. In January, I was to go to France and the club came and even offered Gor money but the club told me to remain for a while because ther didn’t have a striker at that time and I remained,” Tuyisenge told Capital Sport.He added; “Yes, my contract is almost ending but till the last day, I will always give 100pc to the team. If they see that I am doing some good work in the team then they are free to add me a contract. But if an opportunity opens up for me to go, I will. For now, I am only thinking of Gor.”Gor Mahia players Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge and Karim Nizigiyimana celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluVita have been trailing Tuyisenge for a while and with their lead striker Jean Marc Makusu reportedly heading to North Africa, the Rwandese who arrived in Gor at the start of the 2016 season tops their priority list.Meanwhile, head coach Hassan Oktay says he is already preparing himself psychologically for Tuyisenge’s exit and believes he can get an able replacement though it will not be easy.“It is not only Vita that are interested. There are very many clubs who have approached him even from Cyprus. But I like Jack because he is very disciplined and despite all that he has not lost his focus,” Oktay stated.He added; “If a good offer comes for him I know he will leave because it is good for him also. We are working to get another striker.”Gor have been relient on Tuyisenge who has always finished among the top three scorers in all the three seasons he has turned out for the record Kenyan champions, helping them to win the league title twice in a row.The record Kenyan champions struggled to replace Meddie Kagere when he left for Simba SC and a Tuyisenge departure will definitely be hardly felt.Shares(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea fans urged to ‘show Cech some respect’ by former team-mate

first_imgEx-Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has urged Blues fans to give club hero Petr Cech “a warm welcome” as he prepares to face his former team-mates in his first competitive Arsenal appearance.The Czech glovesman stunned the Stamford Bridge faithful by completing a £10million move to their Premier League rivals this summer, having been replaced as Chelsea’s number one by Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois.Cech will line up against the club he served for a trophy-laden 11 years on Sunday as his new side Arsenal take on the Blues in the Community Sheild at Wembley Stadium.And Schwarzer hopes there won’t be any animosity from the Chelsea supporters towards their former favourite.“I had the privilege to work with Petr for 18 months and got a bit of an insight into how and why he’s been at the top level of the game for such a long period of time,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s a fantastic person and an unbelievable professional and I hope all the Chelsea fans do give him a really warm welcome on Sunday – he was a fantastic servant for Chelsea.”Asked whether Cech’s move to the Emirates Stadium will be key for Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes this season, Schwarzer claimed:  “I think he’ll be a huge player for Arsenal this season and could really make a huge difference for them.“They aren’t far off [being genuine title contenders] now – the goalkpeeping position was one that everyone spoke about for so many years for the club.“Now they’ve got a player who is proven – he spent ten years at the top at Chelsea , has won everything there possibly is to win and is so experienced.“But he’s still young for a goalkeeper really, particularly when compared to myself,” added the 42-year-old Australian.“He’s still a young man in the prime of his career and he’s got a lot of years at the top in front of him. I think he’ll possibly be the diffidence between Arsenal winning something and not winning something this season.”last_img read more

Man United’s struggles, substitute impacts and a national first – it’s our Boxing Day stats from the Premier League

first_img 10 10 4. Watford have already won more points (29) this season than in either of their two previous Premier League campaigns. 10 10 7. Only Arsenal have amassed more away points than Crystal Palace’s tally of 36 in 2015. 10 9. Only four teams in Premier League history have endured longer winless runs than Aston Villa’s current sequence (17). 10 3. No player has scored more Premier League goals than Tottenham striker Harry Kane in 2015 (27). Are people still really calling for a winter break in English football?The festive period is now in full swing after a rip-roaring Boxing Day fixture list that amassed 23 goals and plenty of talking points.Arsenal proved they are still very much Arsenal after surrendering the chance to top the table by being mauled at Southampton, while Louis van Gaal is very much on thin ice after his Manchester United side suffered a third successive league defeat.Leicester, amazingly, suffered their first away league loss of the season as Liverpool became the first team to stop the Foxes scoring, while Manchester City and Tottenham cemented their top four spots.The fixtures produced some pretty startling statistics too – so here are ten to cast your gaze over.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our selection… 10 8. Christian Benteke has contributed to more goals (4 – 3 goals, 1 assist) than any other player as a substitute this season. 6. Wayne Rooney was named on the bench for the first time in a Premier League or Champions League match since January 28 2014. 10 2. Leicester’s defeat at Liverpool was the first time they have failed to score in the Premier League this season. 5. Romelu Lukaku failed to score for Everton for the first time since October 27 – ending a run of finding the net in eight successive matches. 10 10 10. Southampton defender Cuco Martina became the first player from Curacao to score in the Premier League – 93 different nationalities have now scored in the top flight. 1. Manchester United have now lost four consecutive competitive matches in all competitions in the same season for the first time since November 1961.last_img read more

Amazing warehouse clearance sale at Watsonhire this Saturday

first_imgDonegal’s biggest Hire & Sales company, Watsonhire, is having a warehouse clearance sale this Saturday, 15th October 2016 from 8.00am until 5.00pm.They will be clearing all their gardening stock including lawnmowers, strimmers, hedgecutters, leaf blowers, chainsaws, powerwashers and many more items.The “warehouse sale” concept is a new strategy that Watson’s will be adopting in the near future. “We are offered stock on a daily basis from our trading partners in the UK and Europe. This is all top brand equipment that they have overstocked and need to shift quickly.”“We are now in a position to avail of these deals and pass on massive savings to our customers”.“With the upturn in construction activity, we will also be having warehouse sales of new & used construction tools & equipment on a regular basis”. “There will be a ‘no frills’ style sales event in our warehouse on a regular basis, where our customers will be able to buy goods at wholesale prices”.” We intend having these events at weekends or at night to give everyone a chance to grab a bargain”.Watson’s are Donegal’s biggest plant & tool hire company and also stock the largest range of tools, equipment & hardware in Ireland. They have recently invested in excess of €500,000 in new hire equipment offering their customers the best equipment at competitive prices.For further details and more great offers, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/watsonhire/Amazing warehouse clearance sale at Watsonhire this Saturday was last modified: October 13th, 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:donegalWatsonhirelast_img read more

TD THOMAS PRINGLE’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION IN FULL

first_imgDONEGAL independent Deputy Thomas Pringle has given an address to the nation, representing the technical group of TDs in Dail Eireann.And he used the opportunity – broadcast live to the nation just before 6pm – to hit back at Taoiseach Enda Kenny over his broadcast last night.Deputy Pringle said the country is on its knees and the coalition government’s policies would do nothing to help. Here is his address in FULL:Good evening, I am Thomas Pringle, TD Donegal South West representing the Independent Technical Group made up of Independent TD’s and TD’s from the United Left Alliance.We are a diverse group with many varied ideas but we all have the ability to work together and agree on important decisions on a way forward for the country.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his address last night said ‘you are not responsible’ for the mess we are in… Yet his government insist on making us all pay for the mess. The budget that is now upon us today and tomorrow will make us pay even more – For The Mess We did not create. Increasing Carbon taxes when thousands of families and elderly people are in fuel poverty. Increasing VAT when retail sales have declined for 44 months in a row. We live in a country that is on its’ knees and inequality is growing year on year and each austerity budget will increase that inequality. The government expect us to suffer at least another three years of these budgets.The government constantly say that the opposition does not offer solutions. We in the technical group were the first to put mortgage debt on the agenda of the 31st Dail. I along with others submitted proposals to the Minister for Finance that they did not even look at or consider. Is this what the Taoiseach means?It is said that recessions give an opportunity to change the way things are done. I believe that this opportunity is being lost. It’s more of same…in a different branded package – Pre-election promises not only broken but shattered and this government seems unable to take on board any new ideas or use critical thinking when we are in crisis.If we only asked higher paid and wealthy people to pay the European average tax rate we could reduce the need for much of the public spending cuts. Opinions like this and those of VAT etc that effect the collective rather than a small select cohort of individuals are constantly shot down as the government seems to prefer to squeeze  middle and lower income groups into a state of paralysis.Reminding us of the 90th anniversary of the signing of the treaty was bad PR spin – I’d say the leaders of 1921 were turning in their graves at that reference and it’s ironic that within a week of the anniversary this Taoiseach will more than likely give that independence away once and for all, as those in Europe look to their own people, our Government doesn’t seem to be focused on ours and when the proposals for integration come from Germany & France the Irish people need to demand a referendum to ensure that there is at least a democratic mandate for the programme. Telling the people of Ireland last night all the things we already know, lacked substance and what I describe as “Much Ado about Nothing”Telling the tax payer and the unemployed that challenges are ahead seemed pointless in the extreme – the people know this as they are living it and are facing into “challenges” everyday and instead of listening to the opposition and their ideas the Government seem to be more focused on the Bundesbank than the people of Ireland.Why perpetuate the pain of the people? It was the Opening Act of a Tragic Trilogy, with the sequels today and tomorrow.The Address was a pointless and condescending Prologue and Introduction to the Budget and it seemed that the Taoiseach wanted to have “State of the Nation Address” Box Ticked on his list of things to do; it was “Much Ado About Nothing”….yet today and tomorrow every person in this country will have a lot less to make do with. I thank you for your time.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTD THOMAS PRINGLE’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION IN FULL was last modified: December 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:address to the nationDeputy Thomas Pringlelast_img read more

CALLOUS GANG ROB FAMILY HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY

first_imgA gang of callous thieves broke into a Donegal family’s home on Christmas day.The raiders broke into the home in Letterkenny while the family were out visiting friends.The gang gained access through a window and robbed a number of items including a television set during the raid at Glencar Park. After stealing the items the thugs then robbed the family’s Honda Civic car.Neighbours of the family say they are distraught after their home was broken into on Christmas day.Gardai in Letterkenny have launched a full investigation into the burglary.They have appealed to anybody who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously in the area to contact them. The Christmas day robbery is the latest in a number of burglaries across the county in recent days.Two homes were raided in Ballybofey on December 22nd with one family having Christmas presents stolen while they were away.Gardai are urging people not to leave valuables in view and also to tell neighbours and friends if they re going away for any period of time during the holiday period.CALLOUS GANG ROB FAMILY HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY was last modified: December 27th, 2013 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:burglaryChristmas DayGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Penalty proves costly as Sharks’ win streak ends

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The Sharks couldn’t overcome a barrage of penalties Thursday night as they allowed a go-ahead power play goal late in the second period of a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at SAP Center.With the score tied 2-2 and the Sharks serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice, Mike Hoffman’s slap shot from just inside the blue line beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones high to the glove side with 1:11 left in the …last_img read more

Africa ‘set for renewable energy boom’

first_img18 August 2011Investment in renewable power in Africa is set to grow from a total of US$3.6-billion in 2010 to $57-billion by 2020, accompanied by huge foreign direct investment in energy infrastructure.This is one of the findings of Frost & Sullivan’s study “Mega Trends in Africa: A bright vision for the growing continent”, which is due to be released at an African growth, innovation and leadership conference in Cape Town on 25 August.“Although Africa is endowed with fossil and renewable energy resources, which could more than adequately cover its energy needs, it remains the most poorly electrified continent in the world,” Frost & Sullivan said in a statement on Wednesday.“The proportion of people without electricity in Africa is higher than anywhere else on the planet, with as little as 5% of the population having direct access to electricity in some countries.Wind, solar, geothermal“This significant challenge does, however, have a massive potential upside. The need to provide electrification to remote communities is one of the key drivers of renewable energy development on the continent.”Frost & Sullivan analyst Ross Bruton said that investment in renewable power in Africa, which totalled a mere $3.6-billion by 2010, “is expected to grow to $57.72-billion by 2020.“The key growth sectors will be wind power, solar power, geothermal power and foreign direct investment (FDI) into energy and power infrastructure.”According to the consultancy, the development of Africa’s renewable energy sector will lead to greater diversification of the continent’s energy mix, decreased dependency on any one feedstock, and greater security of supply.New technologiesNew investments in the continent’s electricity infrastructure are also likely to incorporate new, “smart” technologies and standards, which will see information and communication technology (ICT) development taking place alongside electrification.“Smart electricity development in Africa will be driven through grid incorporation of renewable power, and technological leapfrogging through investments into greenfield transmission and distribution infrastructure projects,” Bruton said.“Smart grids are, however, only expected to play a significant role in key high-growth African economies.”Over the next 10 years, Frost & Sullivan predicts, African renewable energy initiatives will be dominated by wind power projects, such as the Ashegoda Wind Farm in Ethiopia and Tanzania’s Singida Wind Farm.Solar power will also show good growth, “although this will most likely be through South Africa’s Upington solar project and renewed interest in Desertec in North Africa.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more