Ryan Anderson – A fresh voice on same-sex marriage

first_imgWashington Post 15 April 2015Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule.There is an interview with conservative talk radio, a debate with a liberal professor at the University of Colorado’s law school and, after that, a lecture to Catholic students eager to hear Anderson’s view that the Constitution does not require that marriage be “redefined” to include same-sex couples.The Supreme Court will soon be deciding just that question. And Anderson, a 33-year-old scholar at the Heritage Foundation, has emerged as a leading voice for those who resent being labeled hopelessly old-fashioned — or, worse, bigoted — for believing that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.“Gays and lesbians undoubtedly have been discriminated against,” Anderson says. “But marriage is not part of that discrimination.”[A surprising poll on same-sex marriage]Anderson says he has no illusions that his arguments will turn the tide, at least for now, but that he feels it is important to “reassure” those who agree with him and try to make others think.He has become a circuit rider with an iPad, filled with philosophy and (disputed) social science. Anderson says he is happy if Americans at least consider his message: that government’s interest in regulating marriage is to protect the offspring that come only from the male-female union, not to validate the desires of adults.http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/a-fresh-face-emerges-as-a-leader-in-the-movement-against-same-sex-marriage/2015/04/15/d78cf256-dece-11e4-be40-566e2653afe5_story.htmllast_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Greyhounds

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School 7th grade basketball team won against Brookville on Thursday night by a score of 38 to 29.Batesville held a slim four point lead going into halftime, and after Brookville cut the lead to 2 points in the 3rd quarter, built on the lead in the second half and played great defense during the game overall. The Bulldogs were led by RJ Powell with 10 points, Calvin Sherwood and Pros Moorman each scoring 6 points, Mason Barker, Jaden Peetz and Austin Cornn each scored 4 points and Ethan Brewer and Trey Peters each had 2 points. With the victory, the 7th grade improves to 6-8 on the year.Batesville’s next game will be on Monday when they take on the Greensburg Pirates at Greensburg starting at 5:30.Score By Quarter:Batesville: 1st- 8, 2nd-9, 3rd-12, 4th-9, Total-38Brookville: 1st- 2, 2nd-11, 3rd-10, 4th-6, Total-29Individual Shooting:  Mason Barker: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-4; Pros Moorman: 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; Calvin Sherwood: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 3, Total Points-6; RJ Powell: 2FG-4, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 2, Total Points-10; Ethan Brewer: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 1, Total Points-2; Damon Grieshop: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Trey Peters: 2FG-1, 3FG-0,  FT-0 for 0, Total Points-2; Matthew Meyer: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Jaden Peetz: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 5, Total Points-4; Nathan Villani: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Austin Cornn: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 2, Total Points-4; Alex Siefert: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; and Bristol Davies: DNP (Illness).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.Brookville 8th Grade Boys defeats Batesville 54-45.Score by Quarters:  1st Batesville 8, Brookville 9; 2nd Batesville 21, Brookville 31; 3rd Batesville 29, Brookville 44; Final Batesville 45, Brookville 54.Individual Stats:  Seth Gausman 6 pts, 7 ast, 6 TO’s 5 rbs; Clayton Grunkemeyer 3pts; Shane Meer 5pts; Colt Meyer 12 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts; Drew Kiefer 1 pt; John Thompson 1pt, 5 rbs, 3 TO’s; Bill Lynam 1 pt, 2 rbs, 1 TO, 1 ast; Cory Ralston 3 pts, 2 rbs, 2 TO’s; Alex Smith 2 pts, 1 rb; Dempsy Bohman 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast; and Jake Cruse 4 pts, 1 rb.Coach’s Comments:  “We came out tough and ready to play, but it wasn’t enough for a very skilled and physically tough Brookville team. We were down as much as 16 midway through the 4th quarter and fought our way back to get as close as 7. It was good to see everyone get in the game and score, even though we didn’t come away with the win. Despite our 8-6 record I feel the boys are continuing to improve individually and as a team.”  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

Sturridge heads to US for treatment

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will continue his rehabilitation from a thigh injury in the United States over Christmas. Press Association The 25-year-old has not played for the Reds since August 31 after straining a thigh while training on international duty with England. On the eve of his club comeback he pulled a calf muscle in his first full training session back with the first team and just when he appeared to have got over that he sustained another, different, thigh injury which has ruled him out until the new year. Rodgers said last month the club may have to look even deeper into the root of Sturridge’s problems, of which this is the ninth separate but similar injury has had in his career. The player has suggested the issue may be hereditary as his father, a trainee at Birmingham, and two uncles Dean and Simon – both professional footballers – also suffered the same problems. While Sturridge remains on schedule to return in the new year, fellow striker Mario Balotelli is still trying to overcome the groin injury he sustained on international duty just over a month ago. The Italy forward made his comeback as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United but has not travelled with the squad for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final at Bournemouth. Instead he has stayed behind to receive further treatment on the injury at the club’s Melwood training ground with a view to him being fit for Sunday’s visit of Arsenal. Defender Glen Johnson, who came off with a groin injury at Old Trafford, is likely to be out for about a month, meaning on-loan Javier Manquillo could be set for an extended run if manager Brendan Rodgers reverts to a flat back four having experimented with three centre-backs against United. center_img The England forward spent 10 days in Los Angeles to help with his recovery and he will now travel to the east coast to link up with the medical team at the Boston Red Sox, who share the same owners in Fenway Sports Group. Sturridge will be accompanied by Liverpool’s head of conditioning Glen Driscoll and Press Association Sport understands the club believe the Red Sox have specialists who may be able to assist in putting an end to the striker’s persistent thigh problem. last_img read more

England beat India A in Dhoni’s captaincy farewell

first_imgSAM Billings’ 93 from 85 balls helped England to a three-wicket victory over India A, in MS Dhoni’s final game as captain of an Indian team.Dhoni has stood down before the one-day series but signed off with a brutal 68 off 40 balls, as India A posted 304-5 from their 50 overs in Mumbai.Jason Roy (62) and Alex Hales (40) got England off to a fast start, before Billings took them close to the target.England face India A again tomorrow, before the ODI series begins on Sunday.India are fielding two completely different XIs for the two warm-up matches, but both are full of international caps and quality.After the early loss of Mandeep Singh (8), the hosts progressed steadily with experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan (63) putting on 111 with Ambati Rayudu.Rayudu reached his century off 97 balls, before retiring to give veteran teammates Dhoni and Yuvraj a chance at the crease.Both men took advantage, as first Yuvraj (56) and then captain Dhoni accelerated to power India A above 300, with the latter taking 23 off the final over, delivered by Chris Woakes.Seamers David Willey (2-55) and Jake Ball (2-61) were the only England wicket-takers.Despite Dhoni’s fireworks, the score never looked enough to contain a formidable England batting line-up, although soft dismissals threatened to derail an otherwise straightforward chase.Five men reached at least 40 – with Jos Buttler hitting 46 off 38 and Liam Dawson 41 off 47 – but it was Billings who played the crucial knock, hitting eight boundaries before being bowled seven shy of a deserved century by Hardik Pandya.The tourists left Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow on the sidelines, rested after a taxing 2016, with Liam Plunkett nursing a calf injury and Joe Root yet to arrive after the birth of his son.The three-match ODI series will be followed by three Twenty20 matches, starting on January 26.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Three Premier League Teams Battle for Nigerian Prodigy

first_imgThree Premier League clubs are set to battle it out with Arsenal to sign Nigeria U-15 international Lateef Omidiji Jnr.Manchester United, Manchester City and Crystal Palace are now in the running to sign the Eagles centre-forward.City have long been on the trail of Omidiji and had sent him an invitation to train and check out the club’s facilities but Feyenoord, his past club, pulled the plug on any potential deal. The Eagles are seriously interested in signing the highly-rated striker and have invited him to train in January after the break while United have reached out as well.Things have changed as he’ll be free to go anywhere at no cost as from next season.Feyenoord had wanted to commit Omidiji to a professional deal but he refused to sign it as he was not comfortable with the terms, so he had to leave the club.A proposed transfer to Ajax Amsterdam and PSV broke down because the KNVB blocked the move after Feyenoord accused their Eredivisie rivals of attempting to tap up the player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NBA: Announcement on Clippers owner Donald Sterling coming Tuesday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK — The NBA has called a Tuesday news conference to make an announcement about the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.The league says it will announce further details, though it’s not clear when those are coming.Sterling is being investigated over allegations he made racially charged comments in a recorded conversation with a woman. Portions of that conversation were released over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin.The players’ union has asked Commissioner Adam Silver to rule quickly, preferably before the Clippers play host to Golden State in a critical Game 5 of their knotted-up Western Conference first-round series on Tuesday night. Silver has said the league would move quickly on the matter.last_img read more

Gradina will play its home matches in Srebrenik

first_imgFootball players of Gradina, will play their home matches at the stadium in Srebrenik.In the first part of the season stadium in Srebrenik was not good enough for playing the matches of the Premier League, so Gradina played in Gradačac and in Orašje.However, during the break, the stadium has been rehabilitated and BiH Football Federation, will allow ”Gradina” to play matches in Srebrenik in the spring season.last_img

Westborough situation is complicated, but no one is solving the puzzle

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (24) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -6 Vote up Vote down Paveyourownstreets · 392 weeks ago We paid “special” taxes in the development that I live in so that we could have streets, drainage, etc. However, the city didn’t put in proper drainage and our streets flood when we have a lot of rain. If the city decides to pay the $1 million to redo Westborough’s streets because it wasn’t done right in the first place, then it’s only fair to come back to our area and redo our drainage system (or put one in since there wasn’t one to begin with!) right? I hope the property owners realize that the $1 million wouldn’t be the “city” paying for the streets, it will be every property owner in town. The city will divide it over all of us. I already paid for the streets in my own neighborhood. Why should I have to pay for the streets in your neighborhood too? Our taxes are high enough as it is. The taxes (both property and car taxes) here are getting out of control and starting to make it impossible for people to live here. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 392 weeks ago I have no problem with a 50/50 split as would be required on other projects in the city. We need South H street rebuilt and have for alot longer time than Westborough citizens who have had paved streets all along. WE HAVENT. We should not do any new paving until all existing roads have been done. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down cityresponsibility · 392 weeks ago It is the responsibility of the city to have a plan in place for roads, planning, zoning, future repairs etc. If fire trucks, cops, utility vehicles, etc use the roads then they are just as responsible meaning everyone has access to the roads. If the city didn’t charge specials or have it worked out in the begininng, then again, it is the cities responsibility. Why charge the homeowners in one neighborhood and not another. If the city will not repair the neighborhood, why should they be responsible for any road in town? Either don’t repair any roads or repair all the roads. Pretty simple solution or its called BIGOTRY! Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down chip · 392 weeks ago Chip and reseal it. Move on and see how the oil money works. There are worse things in wellington. Try the ms parking lot. We need more facilities if we want to grow this town. Least they would have smooth streets and pay nothing as far as specials. Report Reply 1 reply · active 392 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down WHSFAN · 392 weeks ago Why can’t the city mill and asphalt it themselves? They do have this equipment sitting around. I have seen them using it on other street projects to save money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chip · 392 weeks ago The problem is one does not want to pay anything and the other does not have the money to pay for it all. It is like when you buy a car or remodel your home. You must drive what you can afford and you must stay within your budget when you remodel. I am not saying they do not need repaired at all. Maybe what the city could do is patch it this year the best they can. Put back half the money this year and then budget the other half for next year. Then it can be fixed right without the city digging into the emergency funds and the residents having to pay. Just a thought. A patch job could work for a year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Anon · 392 weeks ago First, the repairs would benefit everyone that drives these streets…it’s not just the Westborough homeowners…if Westborough were a gated community then ok but it’s not…every Wellington resident can, and most probably do, drive the streets of Westborough. As far as this Westborough resident is concerned, there is NO middle ground…this is a city responsibility, 100% of it…I’m not willing to pay a dime over and above the exorbitant property taxes I already pay. Report Reply 1 reply · active 392 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Phil · 392 weeks ago My wife and I bought a home in Wellington over a year ago. It is a second home for us to be able to be close to grandkids. Wellington has the worst streets I have ever seen in my 65 years of life. It is a disgrace to the city for visitors and/or future residents to see the street system in such bad shape. It is a crime to expect residents to share the expense of correcting road problems when citizens already pay taxes that are high…..electricity/sewer/trash rates that are extremely high. It is no wonder the city seems to be in decline. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Alternative Revenue? · 392 weeks ago The city actually has 3 different Local Sales Taxes sunsetting within the next two years: December 2013 – 0.25% city sales tax sunsets, April 2014 – 0.50% county sales tax sunsets, July 1, 2015 – 0.50% city sales tax sunsets The state sales tax rate is set to reduce this year on July 1st as well. Has there been any consideration made by the council on renewing any of these expiring sales taxes, and directed the revenue towards a Capital Improvement Fund specifically for Street Maintenance Projects? Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Alternative Revenue · 392 weeks ago I certainly feel it’s worthy of discussion, and could be a way to fund some of these projects withing “increasing” local taxes. I use quotes around increasing because while technically you aren’t increasing the sales tax, you aren’t reducing them either. This method also allows individuals outside the city limits to help fund such projects with their purchases within town. I don’t know what the local sales tax revenues are, so I can’t say how much a .25% increase would add to the revenues, but it’s a start. Asking homeowners to privately fund a public project is certainly not the proper way for a city government to function, and will also have an adverse effect on home prices in the area. Report Reply 0 replies · active 392 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The solution?…The city has an annual budget of $28 million. The budget is tight. However, there is the potential of additional revenue as Wal-Mart Superstore is placed onto the city tax roll because the Neighborhood Revitalization tax incentives have expired (see story here). Who knows what is going to happen with oil. The city has already received a chunk of change from oil mineral rights.And although the economy is unstable at the moment, things have the potential of turning around.One of the allegations I keep hearing, and I have no proof of this, is the city is making this proposal because Westborough property owners can pay the special assessments unlike anybody anywhere else in town. I think if that is true, and I’m not saying it is, it would be unfair and unethical.None of us know the financial status of Westborough property owners. Just because someone might look like they have money, doesn’t necessarily mean they have money. Besides, the government is made up of us. It shouldn’t discriminate based on economies of scale, but serve the greater good of everyone.So what is the solution?I suggest a third-party mediator come in and negotiate, much like those who settle union strikes. The Westborough Estate owners should have themselves a powwow away from the city and Sumner Newscow and elect a representative. The Wellington City Council could appoint a representative. I suggest a meeting with one representative from both sides, include Collins and sit down with a mediator or arbitrator who could render a decision.One thing is for sure. Nothing is getting done now. There are way too many egos on both sides of the ledger.Surely there is a middle ground here someplace.It would be a crying shame that one of south-central Kansas premiere sub-divisions, created by Joe Byler in the 1950s and continues to grow to this day, will forever be cursed with these inadequate roads.Westborough is one of Wellington’s crowning jewels, and is an example of the kind of class this community can imbue.Let’s get this issue solved. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While many chuckled over the “Rumble at Rotary” story this week, there is still one sad fact to this soap opera. The roads at Westborough Estates in west Wellington still stink!And with an approaching Valentine’s Day deadline in which the city is proposing to split the cost of the neighborhood street project 50-50, no sweetheart deal appears to be getting struck.The impasse is clear. Westborough property owners don’t want to pay anything for a project that wasn’t built right in the first place. The Wellington City Council doesn’t feel it can commit completely to a $1 million project that will benefit a specific group of people.A Sumner Newscow poll published this week showed that 61 percent of the readers sided with the Westborough property owners, and only 24 percent agreed with the current proposal of splitting the costs between the two parties (see poll here).Sumner Newscow has received several phone calls and e-mails outside the website comment section and the main concern from these people were, if the city is going to charge for street repair at Westborough, what will stop it from charging others for street repair elsewhere?It’s an interesting ethical question. Should the city charge special assessments taxes on streets that are already intact?Special assessments are usually placed on homeowners of new developments wanting to “add” onto city services. Those are legitimate taxes because new property owners are asking for city services that previously weren’t available.This, on the other hand, is different. There are Westborough streets intact, or gravel roads disguised as chip-and-seal oil streets.The specials aren’t about providing additional services, but funding an expensive reconstruction project.The city isn’t just repairing streets – but completely gutting the “curved” roads, building a foundation, providing proper drainage, dealing with the hassle of removing and reimplementing sprinkler systems, and implementing an alternative homeowner transportation system during a rather lengthy amount of time.I can most certainly see the city’s position. The Vandenburgh project in east Wellington will cost $2.19 million. But the city is only going to pony up $553,000 thanks to the sage financial direction of Wellington City Manager Gus Collins, who aptly turned this into a KDOT project.The $1.9 million roundabout intersection at A Street cost the city $170,000 because it was a KDOT project.Unfortunately, the state of Kansas nor the federal government will help with the Westborough Estate project unless Wellington City Economic Director Cody Sims can sniff out a grant someplace.Thus, the way it stands now, the Westborough repaving project will cost to the municipality more than Vandenburgh and A Street Roundabout combined! And that does not come into question the myriad of other street projects in need of attention around Wellington.last_img read more

Azkals resume Asian Cup bid

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With Tajikistan hosting Nepal in Dushanbe in the other Group F encounter, the Azkals are hard-pressed to gain maximum points against the Yemenis, who held the Filipinos to a 2-2 draw in Bacolod last Sept. 5.Strife-torn Yemen, two points behind the Philippines, plays its home matches in Doha due to security concerns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“If we tie, we still have two chances to qualify,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Great push for Philippine boxing Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Philippines tries to inch closer to an AFC Asian Cup berth when it clashes with Yemen on Tuesday in Qatar.Currently on top of Group F with seven points, the Azkals are gunning for their third victory in the qualifying round that will give them the inside track in the race for the two Asian Cup spots at stake in the group.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

ExxonMobil, Chevron Join NOCAL, Other Corporate Donors in Ebola Fight

first_imgJust Tuesday we commended the National Oil Company (NOCAL), which we described as “the new kid on the block in Liberia’s corporate environment,” for leading this highly lucrative sector in the fight against Ebola.  We urged NOCAL to ensure that the petroleum giants, which indeed consider NOCAL their local parent body, to join in the fight to expel this deadly virus from Liberia’s shores.Yesterday, Daily Observer Business Correspondent George Kennedy told the nation that petroleum giant ExxonMobil had come forward to match NOCAL by contributing US$150,000 to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS).  The money is intended to enhance LNRCS’   outreach, already in 12 of the   nation’s 15 counties in the anti-Ebola crusade.This is not the company’s first intervention in the fight against Ebola.  The company’s official for governmental affairs, Nathaniel Jallah, announced during Monday’s presentation that not long after Ebola broke out in Liberia, ExxonMobil contributed US$75,000 to Plan International to support its public health efforts.  So this brings to US$225,000 ExxonMobil’s contribution to the fight against the epidemic.  The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that CHEVRON, another major world player in the  petroleum industry, also present in Liberia, has purchased US$200,000 worth of materials, including much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), for medical and health workers, who are in what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called “the frontline” of the fight against the Ebola virus.We have learnt that Chevron   had requested NOCAL to donate US$27,000 for the shipment of these supplies to Liberia.  We doubt whether  Chevron really needs that assistance, since it is a very well off multinational corporation.  Still, Liberians are grateful for theirs and all other  contribution.The banking sector, which is also part of the corporate world, has taken a keen interest in the anti-Ebola crusade.  To begin with, we understand that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has been giving the government fullest cooperation in the anti-Ebola combat.  The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that that it was CBL that arranged the “bridge financing” of US$5 million to GOL for its initial input toward the anti-Ebola campaign.  Deputy Finance Minister James F. Kollie recently announced that CBL had made its own contribution of US$100,000 to the fight. Last week three other local banks joined in.  Ecobank  donated an ambulance. And on Monday, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) handed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the keys to a US$19,000 truck as logistical support in the fight.We must recall that UBA’s Group chairman, Tony Elumelu, earlier contributed US$100,000 to the government.      Substantial donations continue to pour in even from the non-corporate world.  Last Thursday the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia (NMCL) gave to the National Task Force two ambulances.  Former NMCL leader Musa Bility also indicated that they were feeding at least 30 homes that had been quarantined.As President Sirleaf has said on numerous occasions, all of us, citizens and residents alike, must, as a united front, confront this calamity that has befallen our country.  We should all do what little we can, including obeying strictly the hygiene and other rules.   We, however, understand that the many cultural and religious practices are still resistant to these rules; and that several communities continue to wash Ebola bodies.  This is having a catastrophic effect on these communities, as more and more people are catching the virus and dying.The leaders of those communities must prevail on their people to give up these customs for now in the interest of saving lives.  Otherwise we are feeding the plot which has allegedly been planted in West Africa by certain powerful nations—the plot to halt Africa’s increasing population growth.  These people fear—fear on whose behalf, we do not know—that by a certain date, Africa’s population will surpass India’s and China’s.Ebola has reminded us of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.  He said we, in this particular case we Africans, “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness in this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”   We, in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the whole of Africa, must all confront this implanted plague with faith, resolve and everything else it takes to remove it far from our shores.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more