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Fire Victims Spend Third Night Outdoors

first_imgNearly 100 victims of the fire disaster that occurred last Thursday in New Kru Town’s Karpeh Street community spent their third night outdoors as community chairman Joe Carr  makes an urgent appeal for assistance to remedy the situation. Mr. Carr told the Daily Observer during a visit yesterday to New Kru Town that unless immediate intervention is provided, “I see another tragedy unfolding.” There are roughly 100 victims who suffered the loss of their belongings in the fire and have been spending the last three nights outdoors. “Many have moved away today and they will be back in the night to sleep outside here again,” Carr said. The fire victims comprise 25 men, 25 women and 50 children, he noted. “They lost everything and cannot afford to get accommodation elsewhere,” Carr said.  While the Karpeh Street Community that he heads as chairman is making efforts to secure accommodations for the victims, “We don’t have the financial capacity to be able to get accommodation for all these people and therefore they need immediate intervention by humanitarian groups,” he pleaded. He revealed that his community had sent two letters to both the disaster departments of the Liberia National Red Cross and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In a telephone interview with Mr. Christopher Johnson of the LNRC, he admitted receiving the letter over the weekend and said a team would visit the community today, April 27 to assess the situation.During the Daily Observer’s visit, it was observed that two women, a child and a man were found sleeping outdoors. Neighbors appealed for intervention since the rainy season is almost here. “I’m worried about the women and the children,” a neighbor cried. Meanwhile, Carr said efforts are underway to ensure that temporary shelter is secured to help the situation.  Chairman Carr told the Daily Observer that Mr. Robert Teah, who contested as a representative for Montserrado District #16, has presented an amount of LD10, 000 as his contribution to assist the victims. “We appreciate your humanitarian gesture,” Carr told Mr. Teah on the phone.    “We want God to bless everything you do.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wise Counsel | The Social Warriors

first_imgHis mother told Krishan Swarup that he was eight months old at the time of the “martial law (how many locals refer to the Partition of 1947)”. Although from school and college records, he is now 72 years old. A striking persona with his carelessly wrapped turban and walrus moustache,,His mother told Krishan Swarup that he was eight months old at the time of the “martial law (how many locals refer to the Partition of 1947)”. Although from school and college records, he is now 72 years old. A striking persona with his carelessly wrapped turban and walrus moustache, he is an easy man to talk to, what with the treasure trove of anecdotes he can recount from key moments in India’s post-Independence history.He says he was just five or six years old when Master Maadu Ram, a local Arya Samaj leader, visited his father’s simple home in Gorakhpur village. Maadu Ram, Swarup says, fascinated him with his fearless advocation of rationalism against blind faith and idol worship. “I have never since stepped inside a temple, mosque, church or gurudwara,” says the man who now devotes all his time to educating others, including young school and college students, employee unions, farmers’ collectives and even local khap panchayats (caste councils) who care to hear his unorthodox views.Starting out in student politics in the early 1970s, Swarup, then a postgraduate student of history, recalls how he was rusticated from Hisar’s Jat College in 1973, when he preferred to support a statewide school teachers’ strike instead of taking a prized opportunity to work as a stipendiary teacher. “The government was offering the jobs to break the teachers’ strike and I refused,” he says. The early influences and the heady days of student politics made for that inevitable drift to the Left (he became a card holder of the CPI(M).advertisementBut it was after 2008, when he withdrew from politics (he says, “I simply did not renew my card in 2012”) that Swarup, who is now respectfully referred to as ‘Comrade Krishan Swarup Gorakhpuria’, really came into his own.Back in Gorakhpur, he spearheaded the establishment of the Comrade Prithvi Singh Yadgaar Committee (a tribute to a local Left leader), which now has bustling premises on one edge of the village. It is among several places where he engages with youth, both of the village and from settlements nearby. Discussions range from sports, afforestation, organic and zero-budget farming to advances in science and education. The centre also serves as a sports academy, which sent as many as seven boys to the volleyball nationals this year, and a coaching centre to prepare young boys and girls for competitive examinations.And while he watches over the centre in Gorakhpur, Swarup spends the remainder of his time addressing employees’ unions, farmers and students. “This is to inform people of their rights and responsibilities,” he says. For instance, he spent weeks during a recent roadways union agitation in Haryana, talking to workers unions, advising them on how best to press for their demands. And he regularly visits government and private schools to similarly engage with students, whom he sees as the workforce of the future. “I engage in agitational and educational activity,” he chuckles. He is also head of one of the most progressive Khap panchayats in Haryana, through which he continues to wage a virtual war against female foeticide and honour killings amid Haryana’s intensely patriarchal rural society.But the comrade isn’t merely a preacher. Two of his four children are in inter-caste marriages; on his insistence, his matriculate daughter-in-law went on to graduate and to teaching in a local school; and the delight on his face while visiting his grand-daughters in Chandigarh is telling.last_img read more

Liverpool v Manchester United: match preview

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn José Mourinho is well equipped to exploit Liverpool’s weaknesses with the power, organisation and counter-attacking style of his joint league leaders but that would require a different strategy to what he successfully employed at Anfield last season. Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are big misses for Manchester United but Sadio Mané’s absence will be felt by Jürgen Klopp, too. Liverpool’s performances have not been as bad as recent results indicate but they can ill-afford to fall 10 points behind their arch rivals so early in the season. Both sides have opportunity to deliver a statement of intent. Andy HunterKick-off Saturday 12.30pm Venue AnfieldLast season Liverpool 0 Man Utd 0Live Sky Premier LeagueReferee Martin AtkinsonThis season G4, Y11, R1, 3 cards per gameOdds H 9-5 A 9-5 D 5-2LiverpoolSubs from Karius, Ward, Sturridge, Klavan, Gomez, Milner, Robertson, Flanagan, Grujic, Woodburn, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Markovic, IngsDoubtful NoneInjured Lallana (thigh, Nov), Mané (hamstring, Nov), Clyne (back, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WWLDWDDiscipline Y13 R1Leading scorer Salah 4Manchester UtdSubs from Pereira, Romero, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Mata, Lingard, McTominay, Mitchell, Darmian, Blind, Shaw, SmallingDoubtful NoneInjured Carrick (calf, 28 Oct), Fellaini (knee, Nov), Ibrahimovic, Rojo (both knee, Dec), Pogba (hamstring, unknown)Suspended NoneForm WWDWWWDiscipline Y9 R0Leading scorer Lukaku 7 Match previews Manchester United Premier League Share on Facebook Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter news Reuse this content Liverpool Share via Email Share on Pinterestlast_img read more