ECOWAS’ Rep. Calls for Equipped Health Facilities at Borders

first_imgThe Special Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, has called for the sponsoring of a proposal that would be geared towards the construction of fully equipped health posts at Liberia’s border communities.According him, these posts would create a sense of belonging to residents of bordering towns and villages.Ambassador Ajisomo also called on the Mano River Union’s (MRU) membership to cooperate and collaborate with the rest of ECOWAS’ member states.He said ECOWAS would work with its members to provide assistance to its host communities. Ambassador Ajisomo made the statement when he paid a courtesy call on Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly at his Capitol Hill office.During the meeting, the envoy assured the Minister of ECOWAS’ readiness to work closely with the Ministry towards advancing integration projects in Liberia and in the sub-region. In response, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly recounted the role of ECOWAS, especially in the days of the civil war when countries deployed troops in Liberia. Minister Dukuly welcomed the plan by ECOWAS, saying it would strengthen relationships at the borders and strengthen trade, sustainable development and security. He said it was time to begin building a peaceful infrastructure that included trans-border trade and open markets between MRU countries. The MIA boss told the ECOWAS envoy that discussions are underway that were initiated by the Liberian government to introduce what he called the “MRU Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Trust fund.” The Minister said the MRU Peace building and Reconciliation Trust fund would be supported by all members of the Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lopez celebrates double Queen’s Club triumph

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesSo in the end, it was all about the triumph of experience over youth, as the thirty somethings prevailed at the business end of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s.A week that contained so much breathless excitement about newcomers to the stage ended with the canny warhorses holding court and seizing the prizes.Feliciano Lopez achieved a superb singles and doubles triumph, which even he thought beyond him at 37. But he breezed through a punishing schedule – not helped by Tuesday’s total washout and a curtailed programme on Wednesday – to claim two trophies in an afternoon.First he overcame Frenchman Gilles Simon – only three years his junior – after an absorbing three setter, taking the decider 7-2 on a tie-break after being pegged back in a second set tie-breaker.He had won the first set 6-2, but Simon was not about to go quietly, having himself enjoyed a thrilling week in which the exuberance and supposed superior stamina of younger players was finally shown to be a misleading fallacy.Embed from Getty ImagesThen the Spaniard got on with the job of ensuring Andy Murray’s joyous comeback following radical hip surgery ended in silverware for the Scot – the pair prevailing 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 10-5 against Rajeev Ram of the USA and Brit Joe Salisbury.Poor Salisbury. On any other occasion he would have had the centre court crowd cheering his every point. Here, they just wanted to see Murray succeed, and to witness proof that the hero of Wimbledons past is truly pain-free and capable of being competitive once more.Already there is talk of a possible return to the frontline of singles action in the US Open in August – the venue where Murray claimed the first of his three career Grand Slams, in 2012.It has been the theme of modern tennis – the career longevity of the very best players, and in particular the dominant group of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. Age does not wither them.But both Lopez and Simon proved that even those below the upper echelons of the game have much to teach the pretenders.Nowhere was that more in evidence than in Saturday’s semi-finals day.The week had been dominated by the brilliance of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has burst onto the scene to rise into the top 20 rankings after reaching three ATP finals.In despatching Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios in one afternoon, he underlined his incredible talent and temperament, especially when it came to facing break-points and dealing with moddy, distracting opponents like the Aussie Kyrgios.But Lopez found a way of unsettling him. The Spaniard’s superior know-how, especially on grass, enabled him to mix it up and offer problems and pressures the young Canadian had not faced before.Slowly but surely, his game unravelled and the accuracy and concentration which had underpinned a valiant campaign deserted him. He will come good in the long run. That much seems certain. But for now, there are still some very clever operators he has to learn from.For Lopez, it was a second Queen’s title following his win against Marin Cilic two summers ago.And what of Simon? He was more than a footnote. He saw off another of the younger guns in his semi-final, the 23-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev, in another long match – prolonged because both players were welded to the baseline and engaged in one exhausting rally after another. One of them lasted 49 shots in a contest which went on for more than two and a half hours.But that was nothing compared to the previous round for Simon, when he took part in the longest singles match recorded at Queen’s against compatriot Nicolas Mahut. Their three setter went on for three hours and 21 minutes.Mahut, like Lopez, is 37. This current breed of elite tennis player clearly doesn’t run out of energy – or skills – when entering the supposed twilight of a career. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr: Jordan Bell “has earned himself some playing time”

first_imgOAKLAND – The ball appeared out of reach. But that was not going to stop Jordan Bell from trying.After all, Bell spent the beginning of his second NBA season struggling to receive playing time. So why not give the Warriors coaching staff something to make them feel happy?So after forcing a turnover on Portland’s Nik Stauskas, Bell saw the ball bounce toward the baseline. So Bell dove toward the ball before it could go out-of-bounds. The tactic worked.“I didn’t feel like I had a chance to …last_img read more

South African film lauded at Canadian Oscars

first_imgRay Maota The cast of The Bang Bang Club: fromright to left, Ryan Philippe, playing GregMarinovich; Taylor Kitsch, playingKevin Carter; Neels Van Jaarsveld,playing João Silva; and, Frank Rautenbach,playing Ken Oosterbroek .(Image: The Bang Bang Club) Carter’s photo of a malnourishedSudanese child being stalked by avulture won him the Pulitzer Prizefor Feature Photography in 1994. Silva undergoing therapy after bothhis legs were amputated because ofa land mine incident in Afghanistan.(Images: The New York Times)MEDIA CONTACTS• Indigenous Film Distribution+27 11 719 4080RELATED ARTICLES• Bang Bang club lives on in film• Show your support for João Silva• Nikon to nurture young photographers• Bieber wins top press photo award The Bang Bang Club, a film about four brave photojournalists in pre-democratic South Africa, has received seven nominations at the 32nd Annual Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on 8 March 2012.The film is based on real-life events that took place in townships across South Africa during the transition period between 1990 and 1994 after the abolition of apartheid and before the arrival of democracy.This was when the four photojournalists – the late Ken Oosterbroek, the late Kevin Carter, João Silva and Greg Marinovich – risked life and limb to capture the violence that erupted in the townships at the time.The film is nominated in the following categories: Best Art Direction/Production Design for Emelia Weavind; Best Cinematography for Miroslaw Baszak; Best Direction for Steven Silver; Best Music and Original Score for Philip Miller; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Taylor Kitsch; Best Overall Sound for Lou Solakofski, Stephan Carrier and Kirk Lynds; and Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Silver.“Bang Bang Club has been a hit with audiences and critics alike,” said producer Lance Samuels, head of production company Out of Africa Entertainment.“It’s a great honour for a South African co-production, which tells the story of a tumultuous and significant time in the country’s history, to receive this level of recognition from such an esteemed industry body,”Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, the local distributor, said that the film combines action with some drama.“What’s really noteworthy about the Genie nominations is that it places the film right up there with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de Flore, which received 13 nominations and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which received 11 nominations. It’s a great achievement for a great South African film,” said Kuun.The film is also based on the 2000 book, The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, by Marinovich and Silva.Tension before democracyIn 1991 Nobel Peace laureate FW De Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid president, engineered the end of South Africa’s much-despised racial segregation policy.Now that freedom fighting organisations like the African National Congress (ANC), Inkatha Freedom Party and the Azanian Peoples Party were unbanned, and with high hopes of an election soon, party supporters in South African townships wasted no time in stamping their party’s authority in their regions, eventually resorting to fighting for their territory.The four journalists were there to document the violence through their cameras. They were known amongst their international peers as the Bang Bang Club, because they were unafraid to go where others wouldn’t.What happened to the club?On 18 April 1994, during a gunfight between the National Peacekeeping Force and ANC supporters in Tokoza, south of Johannesburg, Oosterbroek was killed while Marinovich was seriously injured.Deeply disturbed by the horrors he encountered during his career and troubled by other personal issues, Carter committed suicide in July 1994.His death came just 14 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, for his now-iconic 1993 photo of a malnourished Sudanese youngster and a vulture lurking nearby.Marinovich and Silva are still alive.Marinovich also received a Pulitzer Prize – for Spot News Photography in 1991 – for his image of pre-1994 South Africa which showed a man attacked with a machete and then burned.Silva stepped on a landmine on 23 October 2010 while on patrol with US soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was on assignment for The New York Times. Both his legs were amputated below the knee.Hardly nine months passed and Silva was back on assignment with new prosthetic limbs, although he wasn’t fully recovered.He told The New York Times at the time: “It was a matter of making the best of what I had. There will come a time when I can run, but for now I can walk.”last_img read more