Barcelona captain Messi: Lyon not the strongest nameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi says they cannot underestimate Olympique Lyon.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” said Messi.”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
- Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations in New York start on June 4
Guyana’s 50th Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced final plans for its one week “Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC” from June 4-12, in the Tri-State area.This will be the largest celebration outside of Guyana.The celebration kicks off on Saturday, June 4, at 13:00h with an interfaith service at the York College Performing Arts Theatre, at 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens. This will be preceded by an inter-county cricket match at 09:30h, at the Idiewild Park Springfield Blvd & 149th Ave, Rosedale, Queens.A symposium on Guyana’s independence journey is planned for Sunday, June 5, at 09:00h at the York College Large Lecture Theatre, at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd, Queens, while on Monday, June 6, there will be an exhibition of Guyanese art from 10:00h at Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad St, Newark, NJ.The following day, June 7, will see a live radio broadcast from the famous Sybil’s Restaurant at 13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, Queens, at 19:00h.On Wednesday, June 8 – which is Guyanese Volunteer Day – Guyanese medical doctors, nurses and lawyers will provide free medical and legal services at various locations in Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.Locations are listed on the Committee’s website, www.celebrateguyana50thinnyc.com.On Thursday, June 9, there will be the official flag raising ceremony at Newark City Hall Square, at 920 Broad St, Newark, NJ. This will be done by the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka.Friday, June 10 is “Invest Guyana” Business and Investment conference at 09:00h, at the Harvard Club of New York, located at 35 W 44th St, New York, NY.Speakers include Guyana’s Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally and Agriculture Minister Noel Holder.On Saturday, June 10, there will be the President Cup Soccer Tournament at the South Shore High School Park, located at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenues) at 10:00h.The Black Tie, Red Carpet official Jubilee state dinner will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 20:00h, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and Towers, located at 811 7th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, NY. Keynote Speaker is Guyana’s Head of State David Granger.The grand finale of Guyana Jubilee Celebration NYC, the Independence Parade, is on Sunday, June 12, in Brooklyn. The parade will start at 11:30h, at the intersection of Church and Utica Avenues and will proceed West to Ralph Ave, turn South into Ralph Ave and ends at Ralph and Flatlands Avenues – a 3.3 miles route.A grand after parade, unity concert will take place at 16:00h on Sunday, June 12, at South Shore High School Park, at 6565 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn NY (at the corners of Ralph and Flatlands Avenue).The New York Jubilee Committee is asking all Guyanese to showcase the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s flag) during Guyana Jubilee NYC from June 4 – 12. For more information of the New York celebration, visit their website or call 929-263-2556 or 212-947-5115.
- Martha Sendolo Belleh Elated as She Turns 70
The 70th birth anniversary of former Health and Social Welfare Minister Martha Kau Sendolo Belleh was a memorable celebration graced by family, close friends, professional colleagues and schoolmates gathered at the enchanting Kendejah Resort near the Atlantic Ocean on the Robertsfield Highway. Her name became a household word in the 80’s when the then head of State, M/Sgt Samuel K. Doe left her in charge of his Cabinet for four days while he attended the funeral of the mother of the late Ivorian President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny.“I thank God because not too many persons have been able to reach this age. But looking back at the past, I remain grateful to God for bringing me from Ganta, Nimba County to Monrovia where I earned my high school certificate from the College of West Africa,” Mrs. Belleh recalled. Her 70th anniversary, she said, was organized by her two children, Saye and Kau (names of male and female first born according to the Mano tradition from which Martha hails). “They organized the ceremony to make me happy just like any other parent who has ascended beyond three scores and ten. This is why I was posturing during the peak of the occasion,” she said. Those who attended the festivity had something to remember as they were entertained by a live band that rendered lively music including traditional Nimba favorites requested by Mrs. Belleh as her guests enjoyed the sumptuous food and drinks.There were many speakers on that occasion. The invocation was delivered by United Methodist Bishop Innis. Kenneth Y. Best, publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, and husband of Martha’s CWA and Cuttington classmate, Mae Gene Traub Best, recalled his first interview with the new Minister of Health shortly after she was appointed by President Doe to succeed Dr. Kate Bryant, who resigned for health reasons and later departed for the United States.Mr. Best recalled that Martha was the first nurse probably in the whole of West Africa to be appointed as Minister of Health and Social Welfare, a position in which she served faithfully until 1990 when the civil war broke out. It was on April 25, 1990 that Martha left the country for the United States, on the same flight with Best. What prompted her departure, Mr. Best said, was not only the fact that the regime was killing many people, most especially her people in and from Nimba County, the Gios and Manos; but most especially some 200 children who having lost their parents, were being taken from Nimba to be placed at the Children’s Village in Monrovia. But en route to Monrovia, the two truckloads of children disappeared and were never seen again. They were believed to have been buried alive on some beach, Mr. Best said, most probably near the military barracks in Schiefflin.“That,” Mr. Best said, “was too much for Martha; she felt she could no longer serve such a regime.”Other speakers included former Chief Justice Henry Reed Cooper, Martha’s CWA schoolmate, Dr. Wilfred Boayue, MD, who was Deputy Health Minister at the time and was instrumental in getting Martha appointed Health Minister. He said the Doe government had told him they wanted a woman to serve in that position. He and his colleagues had mentioned several names, but when Martha’s came up Doe asked, “Why didn’t you mention that name first?” She was immediately accepted.Several other of Martha’s CWA schoolmates graced the occasion. They included Mrs. Arabella Keller Greaves, Ms. Ruth Doe and two of Martha’s CWA classmates, Mrs. Juanita Neal, former Deputy Minister of Finance and wife of dentist Taylor Neal, and Mrs. Mae Gene Best. EducationalAs the first Mano woman to complete college education, Martha was also the first Ganta, Nimba County woman to serve at the cabinet level as Minister of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) under the government of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC). As a former chairperson of the West African Health Community and Foundation fellow of the West African College of Nursing, she filled in temporarily as president of Liberia when M/Sgt Doe had to travel to other African countries, particularly in 1987. She was Public Health Officer assigned in Nimba County prior to her appointment as minister of health following the 1980 coup. She finished junior high education from the Ganta United Methodist Girls Hostel and subsequently enrolled at CWA in Monrovia from where she entered the Cuttington College (now university.)At Cuttington she studied Nursing, obtaining the B.Sc. She then traveled to the United States where she attained her Master’s in the field. Following her return home, she taught at the Cuttington/Phebe Nursing School, where she rose to chairperson.Madam is the author of a book entitled “The Years of My Life” which is personal memoir of her life in Nimba County, Monrovia, USA, including the various positions she held throughout her career as a professional nurse.Mr. Best earlier commended her for writing the book documenting her life experiences. He called on other Liberians to follow her example and share their own experiences and leave their personal records for posterity. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)