On December 5 last week the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Medical Team, jointly with Chinese Expert Group on Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Plantation and East International Group, donated anti-Ebola materials to SKD Community, including nearby police stations and the Red Light Market.The materials included sanitizer powder and buckets; motorcycles, rice, cooking-oil, amongst others, estimated to have cost at least US$40,000. The donation was witnessed by his Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue, Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia.Mr. Wang Yungui, Head of the Chinese PLA Medical Team, lauded the people of SKD Community for their kindness and support to the Chinese ETU, promising to work together with the locals in order to win the battle against Ebola.Representatives from SKD community extended their gratitude to the long-term and selfless support shown Liberia by the Chinese government. Commending the rapid speed and high quality of the Chinese ETU construction, they said, that Asian nation’s treatment units have made them feel safer amid the Ebola epidemic. They promised that they would cooperate closely with their Chinese counterparts, ensuring that all the work goes ahead as planned.The SKD Community residents extended their thanks by a visit to the Chinese-built ETU, including its training center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The keynote interview with award-winning Liberian novelist Saah Millimono, conducted by Hawa Jande Golakai, another young Liberian novelist, produced some startling, never-before disclosures about Millimono, leaving the audience sighing with inspiration as his debut novel, Boy, Interrupted, launched last Friday in Monrovia.Golakai, who also helped edit the manuscript for Boy, Interrupted, was also listed in 2014 as as one of Africa’s top 39 authors under the age of 40, is also a medical scientist. Her own debut novel, The Lazarus Effect, has won several awards on the African Continent.“I feel great to be in conversation with Saah about this piece of literary work that has helped to expand Liberian history,” Golakai said.She added that one of the amazing things about Saah is that he improves on criticism and dedicates himself to his work.”If you want to write,” Saah told the audience, many of whom were high school students and aspiring writers, “you have to be patient.” He speaks with a high-pitched voice distortion due to an apparent hearing impairment. “Don’t rush. Sometimes I sit for two hours to write, and I come up with maybe only three sentences… then I have to wait for a still, small voice in my mind to tell me what I should write.”“I have never had a family and since boyhood have had to live in different places and with relatives, until finally I started living on my own.”Saah attended the St. Kizito Catholic School, and then St. Michael’s, from where he graduated. From petty trading he tried to earn a living until he landed his first job at the Daily Observer newspaper as a literary columnist.The video of the full interveiw will be published online shortly. The Liberian Association of Writers (LAW), provided advisory support for the launch event. Its president, Mr. Llord Aidoo, described Boy, Interrupted as “an architecture of history translated into literature.”Kate Haines, an associate editor of Kwani Trust, publisher of Boy, Interrupted and sponsor of the launch event, sent a message, read by Liberian writer, James Dwalu: “Because of the distinct quality of the voice in which Saah wrote Boy Interrupted, the novel has received lots of acclaim from readers in and out of Nairobi.”The whole of Kwani Trust team has been impressed by Saah Millimono’s truthfulness and commitment to his writing… a story that takes us from the narrator’s difficult childhood years in Monrovia to a meeting with Kou, the beautiful girl who will change his life forever. Together they will witness their country’s descent into war and near cataclysmic destruction. Their love is tested by separation, loss, heartbreak, and emerges triumphant against all odds.”Bai Best, who has been an advisor to Millimono, said that “his style of writing stirs the reader’s mind and generates a thirst to know more.”Although Millimono is often misunderstood because of certain impairments he happens to have, the achievements he has made thus far demonstrate some important lessons for all of us to learn,” Best told the audience.He said further that Saah’s talent has taken him to lots of places that are not necessarily physical, but which no doubt enable him to add value to the human experience. Hookies Badio, who spoke on behalf of several students attending the launch said, that from the explanations about this novel, it is excellent piece of literature that should be made available for school consumption. Also in attendance were dignitaries from the Ministry of Education, the American Embassy, Stella Maris Polytechnic University, as well as officials of the Liberia Collective Societies and the Liberia Copyright Office.An excerpt of Boy, Interrupted is published in todays’ edition of LIB Life, the Daily Observer’s arts section. Another excerpt will be read “in character” at Soul Sessions, a monthly open mic event held at Tides the Bar, on Friday, May 1. Copies of the novel will be on sale at the Soul Sessions event at $10 per copy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
John Terry is welcome to return to Chelsea in a coaching capacity once he hangs up his boots, according to manager Maurizio Sarri.Terry, the Stamford Bridge club’s most successful captain ever, left Chelsea after 22 years last summer and joined Aston Villa in the Championship. He departed Villa Park after they lost in the play-off final and missed out on promotion to the Premier League, and the 37-year-old remains on the lookout for a new club.Earlier this week Terry rejected the chance to join Spartak Moscow after consulting with his family, and it has been widely reported he has other options on the table to continue playing.However, it has also been reported that Chelsea want to bring Terry back to west London in a coaching role. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here (if he returned).“It’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season I think it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I’m very, very happy.” Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest SORRY gameday cracker 2 revealed REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Terry made over 700 appearances for Chelsea during a trophy-laden career How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most read in Premier League 2 There have been suggestions Terry could return to Aston Villa despite leaving the club at the end of last season Sarri, the Chelsea manager, was pressed about the former England captain returning to Stamford Bridge in his press conference ahead of the club’s Premier League fixture against Cardiff.“The last time I spoke with him he told me that he wants to play for another season,” Sarri said.“I don’t know now the situation. I’m talking about one week ago. Chelsea is his home, of course.“I don’t know. He told me another thing. He told me he wants to play. I don’t know. I have to speak to him.