Gbagba: Anti-Corruption Song Takes Children’s Reader to Another Level

first_imgHip-Co King Takun J is headlining a new track hitting the airwaves this week that is pushing the envelope and tapping the consciousness of Liberian youth with the anti-corruption message. The song “Gbagba Is Corruption” is based on the children’s book Gbagba written by Robtel Neajai Pailey, illustrated by Chase Walker, and published by One Moore Book (OMB). The track forms part of a grant Pailey secured from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to pilot Gbagba in schools across Liberia with an initial donation of 1,500 books. Takun J was commissioned under the grant to write and record the song.  Grant implementer One Moore Book (OMB), which publishes culturally sensitive children’s books for countries with low literacy rates, plans to disseminate copies of Gbagba to 10 rural schools this year, as well as monitor the implementation of a teacher’s guide developed in consultation with Liberia’s Ministry of Education.“Gbagba Is Corruption” joins the canon of anti-corruption songs popularised by politically conscious musicians such as Takun J, who blends Liberian colloquialisms with Hip-hop beats. He was an obvious ally in bringing the children’s book Gbagba to a wider audience. Now played on radio stations in Liberia, with a strong online presence across the globe, “Gbagba Is Corruption” is also available for free download at the OMB website,, which focuses on governance and transparency issues in West Africa, has funded the Gbagba pilot because it “believes the fight against corruption needs to start with teaching children the values of accountability and integrity, which opens the space for an honest discussion of how corruption adversely affects them in their homes, schools, local communities, and within the national landscape on a broader scale.”Gbagba, meaning ‘trickery’ in the Bassa language, was published to critical acclaim in 2013 as part of OMB’s Liberia Signature Series. It was subsequently launched in Monrovia, Liberia in February 2013 at the University of Liberia; Washington, DC (USA) in November 2013 at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS); and London, England in December 2013 at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).A Liberian writer and researcher, Pailey said: “I wrote Gbagba because I wanted to start a ‘revolution from below’ by giving children the verbal tools to question the confusing ethical codes of the adults around them.” Since its publication, the anti-corruption children’s primer has been adopted by the Liberian Ministry of Education as a supplemental reader for 3rd to 5th graders.Gbagba has been featured in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune, The Washington Informer Newspaper, Voice of America, Pacifica Radio’s ‘Africa Now!’, Vox Africa’s ‘Shoot the Messenger’, Transparency International’s UK blog, and the Royal African Society’s blog.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2019 North Peace Minor Baseball season registration now open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 North Peace Minor Baseball season is now open for registration.Age categories open for registration include:Rally Cap  5-7 years oldRookies 8 & 9 years oldMosquito 10 & 11 years oldPee Wee 12 & 13 years oldBantam 14 & 15 years oldMidget 16-18 years oldForrest Liddicoat, of the NPMB, says spots fill up fast, so you better register soon.- Advertisement -“The groups that fill up the fastest are T-Ball age, 5 to 7-year-olds, that one fills up. I’m half full already in one day, so I’m guessing, by the end of next week, I’ll probably be full in that age group.”Liddicoat also says that some division numbers will be reduced due to a lack of volunteers.“This year we’re lacking volunteers, so we’re probably going to reduce the size of each division and the amount of teams involved.”Advertisement The registration deadline is April 15, 2019, or when divisions become full.To register, you can fill out the registration form on the North Peace Minor Baseball website.last_img read more

Ministry looking for volunteers for wildlife count

first_imgPeace River residents are being encouraged by the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations to participate in the 4th Annual Public Winter Wildlife Count.The Ministry is hoping to persuade hunters, First Nations, agricultural producers, naturalists and families to participate in a one day event to help keep up-to-date and accurate wildlife records for the Peace River area.- Advertisement -The count first began several years ago after the Ministry received complaints from local farmers and ranchers about wildlife communities causing agricultural crop damage, says Conrad Thiessen, a wildlife biologist with the Ministry. Thiessen says the Ministry wanted to change hunting regulations for certain wildlife populations, but first had to collect information on specific species population densities.[asset|aid=3387|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c17a8265ff15c3fa25059b2ac70d8976-Thiessen wildlife count 1_1_Pub.mp3] The wildlife count will take place on Jan. 15. The count is only being conducted over one day to help avoid double counting.Participants are asked to count mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, elk, coyotes, wolves, foxes and sharp-tailed grouse. The Ministry is also asking people to write down if any animals appear sick so that those numbers can be recorded.Advertisement Thiessen says there are approximately 400 blocks making up the survey area and each group of people is given one block to survey throughout the day.He says the survey is a great way for residents to get involved in wildlife management and spend time with their families.The Ministry will also be awarding prizes to some residents that come out and participate.Anyone interested in getting involved with the wildlife count can contact the Ministry at 250-787-3411 and ask for Nick, Lori or Conrad.Advertisementlast_img read more

Highway 97 closed south of Dawson Creek at E Arras Road

first_imgUPDATE – As of 3:03 p.m., Highway 97 at E Arras Road has reopened to traffic. The next update is expected to be released at 4:00 p.m. According to DriveBC, as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, the road is closed to traffic in both directions on Highway 97. Dawson Creek, B.C. – DriveBC is reporting of a traffic incident 16 kilometres south of Dawson Creek at E Arras Road. DriveBC is advising drivers to use caution when travelling on the roads as some areas are experiencing heavy amounts of snowfall.Advertisement For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit – Advertisement -Drivers are being advised to avoid the area as crews assess and clear the scene.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Bookies write off Liverpool’s Premier League title chances

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to the weekend’s big races, reveals what impact Tiger Wood’s withdrawal has had on the odds for America to beat Europe in next month’s Ryder Cup, and says he expects England to wrap up a Test series victory against India.He also discusses the fight for the Premier League title and claims Liverpool, at 12/1, look to have been written off as they bid to go one better than last season and finish top of the pile.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more


first_imgMulti Donegal Cross-Country champion Teresa Doherty posted her first ever Ulster country title in Lurgan Saturday.She was an impressive winner of the title from would you believe her cousin Breege Connolly who runs for N. Belfast.North won the team title from Valley who had Catriona Devine ,Catherine Dooher and Donna Evans score on their team finishing as stated second Its been a few years since a Donegal athlete won the title namely Catriona Mc Granaghan back in 2006 at Coleraine.Teresa joins a line up of Finn Valley athletes who have won the title namely Camilla Harron in 85 and 86 .Belinda M c Ardle 91 and 92 ,Kay Byrne 93,94 and 95 ,Jill Bruce 96 ,Rosaleen Campbell 99 and 2000,Noleen Porter 2001 and 2002 and Catriona Mc Granaghan 2003,2004,2005 and 2006 . For the record the first team title at this level for Finn Valley was back in 1974 scoring Mary Ann Mc Gowan ,Doreen Gallagher ,Mairead Mc Loone and Susan Houston . Gerard Gallagher was the sole Valley athlete in the mens race finishing top 10 .FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE TERESA DOHERTY WINS HER FIRST EVER ULSTER CROSS-COUNTRY TITLE was last modified: February 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsFinn Valley ACNoticesSportlast_img read more

Manchester United confirm two-year contract for Fellaini

first_img 2 Marouane Fellaini has signed a new #MUFC contract which runs until June 2020, with the option to extend for a further year. Full details:— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 29, 2018“I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.“I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.“My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.” Fellaini has made 156 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 20 times, and has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League during his time at the club.The deal also includes the option of extending Fellaini’s stay at Old Trafford for another year.Mourinho said: “I am very happy Marouane is staying with us.“I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.” Manchester United have confirmed Marouane Fellaini has signed a new deal with the club.After months of speculation suggesting he would leave the Red Devils, the club have confirmed he has put pen-to-paper on a new deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2020. 2center_img Fellaini has signed a two-year deal at the club, with an option of a third News broke earlier this week that the midfielder would be staying with United, and it was confirmed by the club on Friday.Fellaini has been linked with an array of clubs, including Arsenal and AC Milan, but Jose Mourinho has always made it clear he wanted the 30-year-old to stay.Fellaini is currently in Russia with the Belgium squad at the World Cup and played in Thursday night’s 1-0 over England.He told United’s official website: “I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. Jose Mourinho speaks to Fellaini last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: St Eunan’s Letterkenny 4-10 St Malachy’s Belfast 0-5The Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup is certain to make its way to Donegal next month after last night’s second semi-final at Garvaghey in which St Eunan’s Letterkenny emphatically scored an emphatic 17 points victory over St Malachy’s to set up a final meeting with Coláistí Inis Eoghain on St Patrick’s Day.Indeed the result looked a formality at the break with St Eunan’s having played superbly against the elements to lead by 2-8 to 0-5.St Malachy’s dug in during the second half and restricted the Donegal side to just 2-2. But they never looked like breaking down the Letterkenny defence for the goals needed to progress.David Tyrell burst through for the first goal and Dara McDaid added a second in the opening half, while McDaid and Sean Hume split the posts for 3 points each. St Malachy’s had 2 points each for Odhran Eastwood and Seamus McGarry, but their defence on several occasions coughed up possession rather easily and were quickly made to pay for it.In the second half, McDaid found the net once more, as did Rory Carr. However by that point the game was over as a contest and a tasty derby final had been set up.St Eunan’s : Dara McDaid 2-4, David Tyrell 1-1, Sean Hume 0-3, Niall O’Donnell 0-2.St Malachy’s : Odhran Eastwood 0-2, Seamus McGarry 0-2, Ben Rice 0-1 DDTV: ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE ‘RAIN’ SUPREME was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVInishowenMacLarnon CupSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

Shaban Lubega: PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 16

first_img Tags: premier leaguepremier league team of the week Harry Kane scored twice on Saturday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Liverpool are proving unstoppable at the moment. On Saturday, they beat AFC Bournemouth 3-0 away from home. Goals from Alex Oxlade Chamberlin, Naby Keita and Momo Salah proved too much for the Terries. Liverpool now has 46 points from 16 games.For the defending champions-Man City, they lost once again as they fell 2-1 at home to city rivals Man United. Marcus Rashford put the visitors ahead from the spot before Anthony Martial doubled their advantage. Nicholas Otamendi struck late in the game but his goal could only turn out to be a consolation. The defeat leaves City on 32 points, 14 behind leaders Liverpool.Second place is surprisingly still occupied by Leicester who defeated Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday. Jammie Vardy struck twice in the victory while Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans scored the other goals for the Foxes, Villa’s consolation was scored by Jack Grealish. The result means Leicester have 38 points for the season, 8 behind leaders Liverpool.This past weekend also saw Tottenham return to winning ways as they demolished hapless Burnley 5-0. Dele Ali’s brace and a goal each from Son Heung Min, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Maura were enough to see Spurs earn a comfortable victory. The result sees Spurs climb into 7th spot with 23 points accumulated so far.Chelsea on the other hand, succumbed to a 5th loss of the season as they were defeated 3-1 by West Ham United. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice after Richarlison had opened the scoring. Mateo Kovacic temporarily reduced the deficit to 2-1 but Chelsea could not recover. Despite the defeat, the Blues remain 4th with 29 points.Elsewhere, Watford and Crystal Palace drew 0-0, Newcastle overcame Southampton 2-1, Sheffield United were 2-1 winners at Norwich while Brighton and Wolves shared spoils in a 2-2 draw.Arsenal’s game away to West Ham will be played at the London Stadium on Monday night.Here are the XI players who stood out according to Shaban Lubega.GK: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)Guita made five top saves to ensure Newcastle United defeated Southampton and it is only fair to say he won his side the three points.RB: Aaron Wan-Bisaka (Man United)Wan-Bissaka was superb as he made five tackles in the derby victory over Manchester City on Saturday.LB:  Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)Stevens opened the scoring on Sunday as Sheffield took care of Norwich 2-1 away from home.CB: Federico Fernandez (Newcastle United)Scored the winner in Newcastle United’s 2-1 victory at home to Southampton on Sunday.CB: Johny Evans (Leicester City)Was magnificent at the back and scored one of the four goals as Leicester powered past Aston Villa.MF: Naby Keita (Liverpool)Keita has been professional in his time at Anfield and when he was given the chance to start on Saturday, scored in the 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.MF: James Maddison (Leicester City)Set up both Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evens as Leicester maintained second spot by dispatching Aston Villa 4-1.MF: Son Heung Min (Tottenham)What a goal! That was the reaction after Son struck one of Spurs’ five goals in the 5-0 drabbing of Burnley on Saturday. Arguably the goal of the weekend and one that will surely be a contender for goal of the season.FW: Diogo Jota (Wolves)Scored twice as Wolves forced a 2-2 draw at Brighton on Sunday.FW: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Scored a brace in Everton’s 3-1 win over Chelsea, handing caretaking coach-Duncan Ferguson a perfect start.FW: Harry Kane (Tottenham)Returned to scoring ways with a brace against Burnley on Saturday.Comments last_img read more

Cutting turbulence injuries in half: the real-time connection

first_imgIn recent years, companies have zeroed in on the problem, trying—if not to tame it—at least better forecast C.A.T. so pilots can avoid bumpy areas. The latest advance and most promising is a deal among The Weather Company (an IBM Business) and Gogo Business Aviation. The arrangement will speed the delivery of real-time, turbulence-avoidance information to airline dispatch operations and pilots alike.The companies are able to do this, according to The Weather Company’s President Mark Gildersleeve by, “collecting massive amounts of data very quickly, and then using that insight to provide guidance to all flights that will be traveling through impacted airspace.”The result could spare passengers and crew alike the uncomfortable bumps. Traditionally, flight operations, pilots and aviation meteorologists have received coded verbal reports—reports containing limited information on actual, real-time flight conditions—via pilot reports, or PIREPS. Now, the Weather Company and Gogo say their Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS) can communicate critical en-route weather information far faster, affording pilots a chance at avoiding sometimes-dangerous conditions. The payoff among those who employ the WSI Total Turbulence set-up is, say the two partner companies, a full 50% reduction in turbulence-related injuries and unnecessary maintenance inspections.AirlineRatings will have more on this important story in the near future. Nothing sets passengers’ teeth on edge and induces a fear of flying quite like turbulence, be it the weather-induced variety or C.A.T—clear air turbulence. Each year the nerve-wracking phenomena cost airlines some US$100 million. Turbulence remains the number one cause of non-fatal injuries aloft.Watch this spectacular video of a thunderstorm over Guatemala and South of Mexico. It was taken from a Boeing 767-300 by Noe Castillo of Videos de Aviacion. The thunderstormn action starts at 1.5 minutes in and is amazing.last_img read more