18Jan/20

Prison riots

first_imgThe situation within Guyana’s prison system appears to be getting from bad to worse despite the assurances given by top security and ministerial officials that more will be done to make the country safer and more secure by improving the quality of law enforcement and beefing up the conditions and security of various penitentiaries across the country.On Monday, Guyanese were informed that three more men managed to escape from the Lusignan Prison by scaling a fence there. Officials again assured the public that the men would be caught and the prison officers had everything under control.Later that same day, prisoners began a riot in protest over the reportedly “inhumane” conditions that they are forced to endure at the Lusignan Prison. This newspaper, like other sections of the media, was told that the rioters also cited the type and quality of food being offered to the prisoners. Chaos broke out, and the prison officers went into “riot mode” using pellets, tear gas, and other methods to calm the prisoners and restore order.Both Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and the acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels visited the scene of the unrest. It was also reported that the Commissioner of Police, Leslie James is working along with the Prison Service to resolve some of the problems there.Over the next few days, the executive will no doubt attempt to give a plausible explanation for what took place at Lusignan. Guyanese can expect the same type of tone and rhetoric from officials within the prison system akin to what was said after the Camp Street Prison fire and unrest, which left 17 dead and over 20 injured.It is most unfortunate that there have been little or no real improvements in the Prison Service despite the assurances given from all sides that more would be done. It is even more unfortunate that the Lusignan unrest occurred on the same day when there was a security breach and the escape of prisoners. What is also appalling is the fact that a Commission of Inquiry was established by the executive following the 2017 events, but half of the recommendations contained in the final report remain unimplemented, according to well-placed sources.Also the smuggling of contraband, narcotics and other illegal items into the prisons has not declined, but has taken on a shameful if not shocking story line of its own with prison officers themselves being discovered with the booty or facilitating the trafficking of these items.If Minister Ramjattan is interested in his tenure and the reputation of the Government, he should also consider transferring top prison officials and perhaps even asking for the resignation of the current head of the establishment to allow for the appointment of newer and more independent leadership.A robust civil society effort must be led which will see stakeholders from all sides of the divide conducting more routine searches and raids of the prison facilities. Government must also look at the integrity of the officers serving within the prison system and the relationships that exist between wardens and hardened criminals. Both parties must be read the riot act, and special emphasis must be placed on shaking up the establishment in order to make way for Government, Police and intelligence informants to enter the system and work as undercover agents or double agents in order to understand how the smuggling of contraband takes place.If any other disaster breaks out, Minister Ramjattan may find it necessary to tender his own resignation. Integrity would demand it, because it would appear that he is unable to grasp the importance of his portfolio and the fact that he will be judged by the number of policy initiatives that would have been successfully piloted and implemented within the Prison Service which in turn lead to measurable benefits and reform.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) should retable the spate of reforms, which was presented by PPP/C parliamentarian Clement Rohee when he served as Home Affairs Minister, only to be rejected by this very same Administration utilising its one-seat majority while in opposition.last_img read more

18Jan/20

Open letter to GRA Commissioner General

first_imgDear Editor,We have renewed our applications for Mortgage Interest Relief for 2015 until such time that the GRA thinks we should renew again, paid the necessary fees to the commercial banks and did everything that would be required to get our refunds from MIR.Calls to the GRA MIR office are always met with the usual unprofessional and rude answer, “We don’t know when this would be ready.”So, since they don’t know, it is only fair to ask you, the big boss responsible for the Guyana Revenue Authority, when would we, the poor people of Guyana, expect our MIR to be processed for July-December2015?Mr President, this delayed MIR to the Guyanese people that is outstanding for the period July-December 2015, would your office be kind enough to expedite this process?Regards,Michael Singhlast_img read more

18Jan/20

Problems with GuySuCo due to bad management

first_imgDear Editor, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, while speaking about the decline of the economy, stated that we have to do more manufacturing. He was at the time speaking about adding value to our raw materials and creating wealth.Mr. Jordan has indeed made a good case for not closing or downsizing the sugar industry. This industry is best placed to do a lot more in the manufacturing sector. There are already billions of dollars sunk into it, and its raw materials are renewable resources.This is the time to really transform the industry into a modern complex, producing many different products, adding value and creating wealth. This is not the time to contract, but to expand the industry and allow it to reach new heights.After all, the sugar industry experienced many crises throughout its history, and it has always risen to the challenge each time, increasing production. This time should be no different.With little investment from Government, or with private investors in joint ventures, GuySuCo can produce and add great value to many of what is now produced. A joint venture in a refinery would be a sound investment. After all, the Caribbean has a market for more than two hundred thousand tons of refined sugar. GuySuCo can easily supply the bulk of that.GuySuCo’s Skeldon Estate is already producing electricity with the use of bagasse. This could be hugely profitable, and more estates could also do likewise.It is apposite to note that Barbados has kept part of its sugar industry going mainly because of its co-generation of electricity.The industry can produce a host of other products that would have ready markets. Many of these have been spoken about before. Fuel alcohol can be produced with not much investment and without affecting the operations of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL); another distillery can be very profitable.Paper products such as cardboard, writing and printing paper, etc are only a few of the products that could also be manufactured. These items are being produced by the sugar industries in many countries, including India, Cuba, Brazil, etc.In adding value and creating other commodities, we would be enhancing our wealth generally.It should be pointed out that Cuba developed its pharmaceutical sector on the basis of the sugar industry.A lot of the problems with GuySuCo are due to bad management. The fields, which are most important in the production of sugar, are being terribly mismanaged. This is evident in the low level of yields, which leads to low production.We can recall that, in 2015, the industry showed clear signs of a turnaround. Indeed, so strong were the signals that the APNU+AFC Administration claimed it as one of its successes. That came about because the then Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Raj Singh, had paid close attention to both fields and factories. In the fields, he was even moving to bring down costs by using liquid fertilizers; and he implemented many other innovations that would save millions of dollars. The factories performed well because of their timely maintenance. That is why 2015 was so successful.With lack of cheap energy and the killing of the Amaila Falls Hydro Project by the APNU+AFC Administration, sugar offers the best opportunities for manufacturing. If Mr. Jordan is serious, if he is speaking on behalf of the regime, then he should urge that the decision to close the industry, or a large part of it, be reviewed. At this time, when workers not only in the sugar industry but also in forestry, communication and mining are losing their jobs, this could absorb that labour force while saving the jobs of the workers on the estatesSugar can still be the saviour.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

17Jan/20

Disrespect an issue in Warriors’ narrow NBA Finals escape

first_imgWhen the alternative is leaving the ball in the hands of 30-point sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who struck for 23 points, Iguodala didn’t seem so bad a choice.“I’m going to probably live with that,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It wasn’t like we were disrespecting him and not trying to guard him.“He misses that we call timeout, we go down with a chance to win the ball game unbelievably, somehow.”The Raptors led by 12 in the second quarter, surrendered the first 18 points of the third quarter to fall behind by 13 and nearly battled back to win by silencing Golden State more more than 5:30 until Iguodala’s shot.“He’s just got a lot of experience,” Kerr said. “He has done everything in his career, been in the Olympics, won three rings, one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around.ADVERTISEMENT Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “It’s kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that,” Curry said. “He has made big shots like that before.”Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet, who struck for 17 points in the loss, said Toronto was not insulting Iguodala, but he simply was the option they were most willing to have take a long-range shot in the late-game situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They found Iggy on the way back out and he got a wide-open look,” said VanVleet. “He knocked it down. So that was a really big shot for him. We would like to have contested that a little bit more.“We don’t disrespect those guys. We know Iggy’s made big shots in his whole career. We’ve seen that movie before.” Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and teammate Shaun Livingston (34) celebrate their win against the Toronto Raptors following the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry saw it as an insult that the Toronto left Andre Iguodala open for what became the decisive 3-point basket in Golden State’s victory Sunday in the NBA Finals.That made it all the sweeter when Iguodala, who was 1-of-14 from beyond the arc before his crucial shot, sank the bucket to clinch a 109-104 victory that pulled the defending champions level 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments For Raptors, a bad 6-minute stretch proved very costly NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think he sensed that we needed his production in that second half and he came alive.Warriors teammate Draymond Green said Iguodala’s shot was simply what the team knows he can do.“As big as Andre’s shot was, we have come to expect Andre to hit big shots,” Green said. “Since he’s been here I’ve seen him hit several game winners. I’ve seen him put the icing on the cake at several wins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

17Jan/20

Lionel Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stuns Argentina

first_imgMOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge “We didn’t want to start this way, obviously, but now we have to lift our heads and keep going,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who lined up in an enviable forward trio with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain.“In the first half we retreated a little and were holding on, but in the second we really opened up,” said Messi, the Argentina captain.“Whenever you lose it’s hard for us, we usually take it badly. Now we have to think about Paraguay.”Argentina can still make the knock-out stages with games against Paraguay and guests Qatar, the Asian champions, to come.Midfielder Leandro Paredes, who forced a diving save out of Ospina with one long range strike and sent a second whistling past the post, was pleased with the second half performance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures during the Copa America football tournament group match against Colombia at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP)Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES “We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.“In the second half we had our chances.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOne of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Phil Mickelson’s quest for career grand slam put on hold againcenter_img Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “We created a lot but unfortunately they scored in our best period,” he said.Controlling MessiColombia were the better side in a goalless first half but scored twice against the run of play in the second period, with both goals coming from substitutes.“I came on and helped my team. We did the best we could and we managed to turn the game around at the end of the second half. We played really well,” said Zapata, who this season helped Italians Atalanta qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who only took over Colombia after leaving his job with Iran at the end of the January-February Asian Cup, paid tribute to the side’s collective effort.“Colombia as a team was the best player on the pitch. We played with a lot of discipline, concentration, with responsibility, and players with the quality of James (Rodriguez) and (Radamel) Falcao helped us a lot in this organization,” said Queiroz.And he praised his team for “controlling Messi a bit,” noting that “we’re always talking about him and you cannot neutralize him.”Both he and Argentina counterpart Lionel Scaloni agreed that each side had their moments during the game.“In some moments we were on top, then they were superior to us — that’s how football goes, there are different stages in matches,” said Scaloni.Colombia, though, are well placed to win the group now.“We’re still a long way from where we want to go,” warned Colombia’s playmaker James Rodriguez. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

17Jan/20

POC special elections could be postponed

first_imgHeavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–There’s a strong possibility that the Philippine Olympic Committee elections tentatively set on July 5 will be postponed to a later date.With five days to go, former International Olympic Committee representative Frank Elizalde has not yet committed to chair the election committee, which facilitates the conduct of the polls.ADVERTISEMENT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing There is a stringent process to be followed with Elizalde expected to set the election guidelines with two other members of his committee.The candidates must file their certificate of candidacy, which should be approved by the election committee before they can run for an elective position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe POC executive board will sit down Monday at the GSIS head office in Pasay City to tackle the issue. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Danijela Dzakovic gets reprimand from PVL after hitting teammate 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View commentslast_img read more

17Jan/20

Observer Publisher Pays Courtesy Visit to New EU Ambassador

first_imgDaily Observer publisher and managing director Kenneth Y. Best yesterday paid a courtesy visit to newly assigned European Union Ambassador, Madam Tiina Intellmann.The invitation extended to Mr. Best by the Ambassador allowed the two to share views on the media landscape of Liberia.Mr. Best, reacting to some concerns raised by Ambassador Intelmann, informed her about the level of newspaper readership as compared to radio listeners.Accompanied by the Observer’s Diplomatic Correspondent, Joaquin Sendolo, Mr. Best told the Ambassador that Liberians and foreign residents receive news and information mostly from radio stations in the greater Monrovia area and around the country.  There are over 35 radio stations in Montserrado County alone, where the capital, Monrovia, is situated.In her Annual Message to the Legislature and the Nation yesterday afternoon, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said there were overall 80 radio stations in the country.  These include community and other radio stations in all the 15 counties.In addition to radio, he said, many Liberians also get their news from the Internet, where quite a few of the country’s online newspaper editions can be accessed. The Ambassador was curious to know how many Liberians have access to the Internet.  She seemed surprised to learn that far more people have this access than can be imagined.  Why?  Yes, Mr. Best told her, the average man on the street may have no access to a computer, but many cell phones today easily access the Internet, and tens of thousands of men, women and children can be seen anytime of the day or night with cell phones to their ears.In the late 1980s and until the war the Daily Observer alone had a daily circulation of between 15,000 to 18,000.  The newspaper suspended circulation in June 1990, when the war intensified and it became almost impossible to do any kind of sustained business.  Since its reappearance in 2005 the newspaper, like all the others, has been struggling to increase circulation, but this  has been difficult for many reasons.  Foremost among them is that even though Monrovia, the capital, is overcrowded, most of the people on the streets can neither read nor write, so they don’t buy newspapers.  Secondly, circulation up country has been seriously hampered by bad roads.  He said unlike the 1980s when transportation easily facilitated getting the papers into the interior, the road conditions have restricted not only newspaper circulation, but even the movement of food and other goods.The Ambassador asked about advertising which, she reckoned, was the main source of newspaper revenues.   This is somehow true, Mr. Best replied, though many customers take so long to pay their bills, and some do not pay at all, leaving most newspapers with huge receivables and serious difficulties purchasing supplies, such as newsprint, offset plates, chemicals and managing the high expenditure on fuel and maintenance for their generators.  There is also, of course, the challenge of paying salaries and wages. He said government is the biggest advertiser, but was also for several years the biggest debtor to Daily Observer and other newspapers.In addition to news and information obtained from radio, Mr. Best said, there are scores of provocative and highly popular talk shows, many of which test the limits of free speech and often go overboard, sometimes negatively affecting even the nation’s President.Ambassador Intelmann then asked Mr. Best how he came into journalism.  The Observer publisher said he had studied Agriculture both at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and at Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  But all through high school and college he found himself writing for and publishing newspapers and magazines. He graduated from Cuttington with a degree in English and Political Science, not knowing what he wanted to be.  But he got a job at the University of Liberia the very next day after graduation, December 3, 1963 when he was appointed Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Liberia.  For reasons Mr. Best said he could not understand, the Dean, Dr. Richard Bond, from Cornell University, never made a single correction on any draft Best presented to him.  His constant advice was, “Go type it; I will sign it.”  After two weeks Best stopped submitting drafts.  A month later Dr. Bond told Mr. Best, “I will find a fellowship for you to go to Cornell University to study Political Science and return and teach at this university.”  But young Best promptly replied, “Thank you, Dr. Bond, but I don’t think teaching is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”  He had the same answer for repeated fellowship offers from Dr. Bond, and was finally told, “Whenever you make up your mind I will find a fellowship for you to go to Cornell, study Political Science and return and teach at this university.”In March 1964 Mr. Best was called to the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs by the boss, Secretary E. Reginald Townsend, and told, “The President says I must employ you.”“Which President?” Best asked. “How many Presidents of Liberia do you know?”“Oh, you mean President Tubman?”“I thought you knew that.”“How do you figure that?”“You never asked him for a job?”Best replied “No, Sir.”Mr. Townsend became dumfounded and cast his eyes to the ceiling.  He then asked, “You haven’t talked with the President recently?”Mr. Best then narrated how on his graduation day, December 2, 1963, he had spotted the President on campus and later presented to him two copies of the Cuttington Review, Best’s last edition as editor.When the Observer publisher finished telling the story and Mr. Townsend’s response, Best asked Ambassador Intelmann, “Did I take myself into journalism?”“No,” she replied.  “It was destiny.”The Ambassador, in conclusion, said she was glad meeting a Liberian media representative and was going back to Europe to be back in February at which time she would invite the media to a luncheon to fully acquaint herself with the various institutions, their issues and the reporters covering the EU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17Jan/20

Cartoon: January 28, 2015

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17Jan/20

EU Support to W. Africa Reaches €1.1 Billion

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa up to the year 2020. The Regional Indicative Programme under the 11th European Development Fund amounts to a total of €1.15 billion, an EU release has said.Commissioner Mimica commented: “Regional integration in West Africa is already bearing impressive fruits and today’s signing is the ambitious starting point for preparing new, concrete projects that will benefit the region and its countries. Having almost doubled our support from the last programming period, we will work with a wide range of partners to tackle the challenges that remain in West Africa, such as peace and security, economic integration and trade, as well as sustainable development.”The West Africa Regional Indicative Programme was co-signed by President Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and President Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumaré of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).The Programme focuses on three areas of cooperation:Peace, security and regional Stability including support to ECOWAS in its regional peace and security mandate and funding for peace and security initiatives, including migration.It also focuses on regional economic integration and trade, to strengthen trade, the private sector and regional integration and support infrastructure.Sustainable Development of natural resources and biodiversity which cover support to resilience, food security and nutrition as well as environmental protection, biodiversity and climate change are the other areas of cooperation.The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for EU aid for development cooperation with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP). It is funded with contributions from the EU Member States. Regional Indicative Programmes represent an important step in the programming of EU aid under the EDF, complementing the National Indicative Programmes concluded with national governments of ACP states. Preparations are done in close cooperation with the regional organisations so as to ensure that the programmes support their priorities where the EU has a value added.16 Countries benefit from the EU-West Africa Regional Indicative programme. They include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana and Guinea. The others are Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.The 10th EDF Regional Indicative Programme (2008-2013) for West Africa had a budget of €595 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17Jan/20

‘Double Joy’

first_imgAs part of celebration activities marking the country’s 168th Independence Day, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Sinkor Old Road branch donated several items to at least eight mothers who had just given birth on the auspicious occasion of Liberia’s 168th independence anniversary.Pastor Majek Folorunsho, who made the donations to the baby mothers at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center in Sinkor on July 26, informed the beneficiaries that items presented to them was the church’s way of identifying with mothers who have just delivered babies at the hospital, especially during the July 26 festive season.He did not disclose value of the donated items, but said it was God that made the project realize a vision to identify with the mothers, noting that the best celebration for this day is to identify with the needy, sick and those that are afflicted.“Children are blessings from God, but being born on the birthday of their country is a double joy for the family and we are happy to share that joy also with their parents,” Pastor Folorunsho said. He said Liberians should see their country’s independence anniversary as a day to reflect upon individual life success, and the level of contribution one can make to redeem Liberia by making the country better at all times. The Items that were donated to the babies’ mothers included sanitary materials, detergents and a single set of baby-tub to the kids that were delivered first.In many cases, he said, only few people can have that immediate support to care for their newly born baby; that is why it was necessary for the church to intervene. Pastor Folorunsho called on the public to exhibit charity to their fellow Liberians that are in need, because their failure to do so would be interpreted as disregard to their plight.Pastor Folorunsho noted that his church would continue praying for peace in Liberia, asking the Heavenly Father for more blessings and prosperity. Asatu Diallo, the mother of the baby who received the tub expressed gratitude to the church leadership for the gift items, adding that the kind gesture from the church was an indication that God work in mysterious ways.Asatu said the assistance from the church was timely for the mothers and it will go a long way for some of them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more