Tribute to the Late Commissioner of West Point Township: 1982-2017

first_imgThe late Sampson Jeh Nyan – Advertisement – By Samuel G. Dweh Gone too soon!Ay, Sampson!Friday, April 28, 2017 will always be indelible in my heart and in my memory for a situation I never wished for.Jeh Nyan (being your native Wedabo name), the fallen Commissioner of the Township of West Point.The youngest male commissioner of the ‘Key’ (a characteristic name for West Point) since the creation of the community in the 1960s!Highly educated product of the Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County! Your educational records—BSc in Economics at the University of Liberia and Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Accounting at the University of Liberia (2016-2017)—has nullified some persons’ claim that Wedabo people can’t perform with academic distinction.And your top posts at EcoBank (Liberia), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demystified people’s opinion that educated Wedabo people do not go above ‘Office Assistant’ position in organizations established by other people.Your appointment as the Commissioner of the Township of West Point by President Ellen Sirleaf in 2015 (replacing Madam Miatta Flowers) is a testament that Wedabo people in the ruling party are not restricted to “document dispatching” for the party.Sampson, I was told death passed through ‘Cold’ (Pneumonia) you contracted in China where you were on a three-month study of the Great Wall of China. Is that true? Is it natural cold or diabolical cold?I know our community too well on the diabolical cold—the type of chill from one of the witches or wizards that were plenty in our good community—and still are. Why is it that God—the Giver and Respecter of life—spared and showed mercy to these kinds of persons by saving them from hunger, cholera or armed persons’ weapons that sniffed out the lives of thousands during the civil war?God will tell me or any of your other living friends one day—not in the distant future—what kind of ‘cold’ death crept through to reach you.My childhood friend Sampson! I imagine our growing up together in the Township of West Point in the late 80s—playing marble or football in the ‘gika’-controlled sand. Our playground was on ‘Battle Field’ (West Point’s only sports pitch then) opposite the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School. Or in front of Bible Way Church, which elementary school I graduated from.During the marble or football contests we sometimes fought—which is common with kids. But, minutes later, we would soon forget the altercation and begin ‘stiming’ or ‘rolling,’ and start defending each other against another person picking a fight with you or me.My kinsman (Wedabo ethnic group) Sampson! I remember us always speaking our dialect (Wedabo) to each other whenever we met in our office in the West Point Township Hall. Speaking the dialect connected us to our ancestral home (Wedabo Chiefdom)—far away from Monrovia and Montserrado County. Many of your office staff members or your visitors listening to us ‘ringing’ Wedabo would often marvel at our ‘ancestral-home-going’ through the vernacular.Sampson, couldn’t you overpower death for at least a year so that you and I complete our common project—transformation of minds of West Point’s youth against social vices? What we planned was to turn the young people’s mind from terrifying survival methods (robberies) to honourable methods (using their God-given talents).This is the project we discussed at the launch of my Liberian educational problems-and-solutions fictional book, titled Grade Sin, in West Point on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The photo I used for this tribute is you making Welcome Remarks at the launch of Grade Sin. The photo is to remind you about your interest in any of my intellectual projects aimed at drawing the attention of outsiders who often proclaim, “Nothing good can come from West Point.”Sampson, majority of these currently-bad youth used to love you and often expressed their willingness to change. This love was shown in their release to you the mobile phone of the book launch program’s Master of Ceremony (Ms. Ade Kekula) that was snatched on the launching day. You went to their hideout in the community to get the phone.Sampson, another project you and I talked about is to carry out educational projects in our part of Grand Kru County, which is the most educationally disadvantaged place for the Government of Liberia’s education programs to the entire Grand Kru County. You suggested we should start first with free writing and reading materials to the Wedabo settlement.But, you’re gone!Please be with me on my search for your physical replacement for these two projects: West Point’s Attitudinal Change and Wedabo Education Revival.Sampson, I was told you would be buried on the 13th day of May (Saturday). I will be there to bid you safe journey to the great beyond.Farewell, my brother. May He who giveth and taketh accept you in His abode.Sampson, will we meet again?About the author: Samuel G. Dweh, author (of fiction and non-fiction), is an indigene of ‘educationally backward’ Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County; a product of ‘demonized’ West Point Township in Montserrado County; and a member of Liberia’s two national writers’ groups—Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW). He can be reached via: +231 886 618 906/ +231 776 583 266 E-mail: samuelosophy@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Could Kevin Durant’s impending free agency reshape the NBA?

first_imgHow are you liking the NBA playoffs so far?What’s that? You’re waiting for the actual games to tip off Saturday? You’re missing out, World B.This postseason is like something we’ve never experienced. Like that take? Thanks. I borrowed it from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who is calling this postseason the Playoffs of Anxiety.“I’ve never seen a playoff situation like this where you have the standard, playing for a championship, and all the pressure of the playoffs,” Windhorst said during a recent …last_img read more

More Fossils Appear Abruptly

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two more finds show spectacular stasis – the lack of evolution.Echinoderms:  A core from the North Sea shows fossils of echinoderms (a phylum including sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) doing just fine at an evolutionary date of 114 million years (early Cretaceous) – far earlier than previously supposed.  European scientists said, “the evidence points to an early Mesozoic or older colonization of deep-sea habitats by the modern fauna.”  This discovery causes another rethink: deep sea marine organisms are more resistant to presumed mass extinctions in the geological timeline than previously thought.  From the abstract of their paper in PLoS ONE:Our discovery provides the first key fossil evidence that a significant part of the modern deep-sea fauna is considerably older than previously assumed. As a consequence, most major paleoceanographic events had far less impact on the diversity of deep-sea faunas than has been implied. It also suggests that deep-sea biota are more resilient to extinction events than shallow-water forms, and that the unusual deep-sea environment, indeed, provides evolutionary stability which is very rarely punctuated on macroevolutionary time scales.  (Thuy B, Gale AS, Kroh A, Kucera M, Numberger-Thuy LD, et al. (2012) Ancient Origin of the Modern Deep-Sea Fauna. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46913. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046913.)The summary on PhysOrg emphasized the problem for evolutionary theory by quoting the lead author Ben Thuy, who said, “We were amazed to see that a 114 million year old deep-sea assemblage was so strikingly similar to the modern equivalents.”  Watch the two instances of “than previously thought” in this quote:According to the authors, this evidence shows that the ancestors of modern deep-sea animals have lived in these deep waters for much longer than previously thought. That this collection of fossils appears to have survived several drastic changes in oceanic climates also suggests that deep-sea biodiversity may be more resilient than shallow-water life forms, and more resistant to extinction events than previously thought.Another Cambrian explosion problem:  Priapulids are strange worms that show almost no evolution since the Cambrian explosion.  Science Daily shows a picture of a modern, living priapulid along with an article that describes how they cause selective physical pain to evolutionists:He explained: “The fossils from the Cambrian period can cause a real headache for evolutionary biologists. Instinct tells us to expect simple organisms evolving over time to become increasingly more complex. However during the Cambrian period there was an apparent explosion of different major groups of animals, all appearing simultaneously in the fossil record. We looked at priapulid worms, which were among the first ever predators. What’s remarkable is that they had already evolved into a diverse array of forms — comparable to the morphological variety of their living cousins — when we first encounter them in the Cambrian fossil record. It’s precisely this apparent explosion of anatomical diversity that vexed Darwin and famously attracted the attention of Harvard biologist Stephen Jay Gould.”Casey Luskin commented on this discovery at Evolution News & Views.Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we frequently publicize findings that contradict Darwinian expectations.  Here is a prime example: evolutionary biologists themselves, along with their lapdog media, state clearly and without contradiction that these fossil finds were unexpected, were surprising, and cause headaches.  The second story especially shows absolutely no evolution in 530 million years! (see Casey Luskin’s comparison photographs at ENV).  Science Daily stated clearly that [evolutionary] “instinct” told them what to expect, but “different major groups of animals” appeared “simultaneously in the fossil record.”  This reality “vexed Darwin” and still causes a “real headache for evolutionary biologists” today, 153 years later, because the situation has gotten worse since Darwin barfed over it.  How much falsification do you need?  Our pages are loaded with 12 years of evidence like this.  We need to hold this evidence up in front of the Sean Carrolls and Eugenie Scotts of the Darwin Party Propaganda Machine and confront them with it, without letting them get away with sidestepping or bluffing or red herrings.  They expected x, but they got non-x and even anti-x.  It’s game over for Darwin.  Make them face up to it.last_img read more