Remembering His Mother

first_imgI stood at the flower shop on Benson Street with a smile on my face. “I need a nice bunch of flowers for my mother; and besides the fact that she loves flowers, today is her birthday.”“You lucky man,” the flower seller, a woman in her thirties, said also with a smile. “This bunch of flowers your mother will love.”I said, “You started this business not too long ago?”“Yes,” she said, “about two years ago.”“How well is it going for you?”“Pretty much,” she replied, “I did not realize that people here love flowers.”“How easy is it to be in such a business?”She kept the smile in place and swept her head back, rolled her eyes, turned to look at me and said, “As I said I’ve been in this business for the last two years and my patrons have been people who love to remember their loved ones, including parents.”“You get customers from all over the country?”“Not all over,” she said, sitting down behind the counter, “There are people here who love flowers and want them on various occasions.”“Quite right,” I said. “I need flowers for an occasion like this, when it is that of my mother’s.”She smiled.I could not hide my appreciation for the woman’s remarkable interest in her flowers.“My family loves flowers,” I told her, “and my mother’s birthday is today. You have a service to send the flowers to wherever you are asked?”“Yes,” she said, and her sweet smile raced across my face.“I want you to send the flowers to my mother.”“Where does your mother live?”“Tubmanburg,” I said, “the address is easy to find.”Still keeping her smile in place, she said, “I know Tubmanburg, a small town. I have a business contact there and we can deliver your purchase to her.”“It’s about eight fifteen,” I glanced at my wristwatch.She said, “Yes, the flowers can be delivered at 2 p.m. today. She will be contacted on her cellphone once the flowers are in Tubmanburg.”“That’s wonderful,” I said.While the discussion went on, I noticed a young boy with a blue shirt and in black trousers standing further away from me, watching me. I became curious when I saw that he had tears in his eyes. I could not figure out what was happening to him and was inclined to find out.So when I concluded the arrangement for the flowers to be sent to my mother, I walked to the boy and inquired from him the reason for the tears.“Today is my mother’s birthday,” he said, “and the woman,” he pointed his right hand to the woman in the flower Shop, “said the flowers cost L$1,000. And I’m just seven.“She would not accept my twenty dollars.” I looked directly in his face, with personal sympathy and told him, “Ok, friend, no need to shed tears I can help you with this.”I took him to the flower shop.“Give this boy the flowers he needs for his mother,” I told the woman, “and I’m going to pay for it.”She said, “Yeah, he’s been here the last couple of minutes but I told him the money he has could not purchase any bunch of flowers.“But since you said so, ok I will let him have what he wants.”The boy looked at me with a grin and lowered his head lifting his right hand to wipe away tears that had formed there.A few minutes later, the woman handed the little boy a bunch of neatly organized flowers.As soon as the boy received them, he began to run to the opposite direction without even saying a word to me. I regarded him with some further curiosity and smiled, remembering when I was his age.Several seconds later, I felt someone pulling at my clothes, and when I turned around, it was the same boy.“’Thank you, mister,” he said with a smile, “for the flowers.” I nodded in anticipation, saying, “No problem, son, have a nice day.”He smiled and ran off. I could not understand the little boy’s interest in flowers, but that the day was his mother’s birthday got me thinking about my mother. I could also not figure out the boy’s need for flowers for his mother. To my knowledge, it was not common for kids to show an exceptional interest in their parent’s birthdays. It was a thought I could not get out of my mind. But in these days of the Ebola virus disease that resulted in many deaths, I could agree that even a child could show gratitude towards his mother. Times were changing, I thought. Meanwhile, I felt a sense of admiration for the little boy and I wished I had known him a little better to know the kind of mother he had. In any case, he was gone and that was it.The Monrovia weather was getting hotter, now that we were in the dry season. In the wake of the declining Ebola infections, people’s confidence was creeping back into their lives. The sun was early and hitting gradually hard and many people were surprised at its early appearance.Thirty minutes later, I made my way towards Slipway, just across from the Gabriel Tucker Bridge. The hot weather was losing its power due to the Mesurado River’s proximity to my location. The river flowed silently into the Atlantic Ocean. The sudden change of weather gave me some courage that nature had its own way of bringing reassurance that all was not lost despite man’s efforts to ruin the environment. I began to think about nature’s provision for our existence and wondered how wonderful things happen to bring changes to the environment for our own good.I was in such deep thought when I was suddenly attracted to the location where a small figure sat before an old cemetery that I thought had been abandoned many years ago.What also got me interested was the blue shirt, for it was clear that it was the little boy I had encountered nearly thirty minutes ago. The boy knelt before what seemed me to be a recently constructed grave in an old cemetery. The boy sat beside a fresh bunch of flowers inserted in front of that particular grave.“What is he doing there?” I asked myself. My curiosity got the best of me and therefore I chose to find out what he was doing alone beside the grave. I descended the steps leading to the cemetery and strolled towards him.Closer, scattered graves came into view and I realized that the most recent graves could be any of the people who might have died, not necessarily from the Ebola virus disease, but from other natural causes that were interred there. But for a seven-year-old boy to be here alone was a mystery that gained my attention, particularly so since I had encountered him earlier.The echoes of my footsteps drew the boy’s attention. He turned around slowly, and realizing who it was, said, “This is where my mother lives,” as he pointed to the grave he sat in front of, “and she is very grateful for the wonderful flowers.”Suddenly, a lump gathered in my throat, as I was overwhelmed by emotions. I could not get over the demonstration of gratitude and love that this little boy had shown by example to celebrate his dead mother’s birthday.Without saying a word, I began to walk away from him, and my destination was of course to the flower shop. I arrived at the shop a few minutes later and met with the beautiful lady who had assisted me earlier.“Have you sent the flowers?”“Not yet,” she said, “they are about to leave the office.”“I will take them with me,” I said, “so that I can personally deliver them to my mother.”She wanted to know why the sudden change of mind, but I was not prepared to go into the details. I felt some guilt about it somehow, especially when I compared it with the little boy’s life lesson that I had just received. The little man taught me a great deal about a child’s love for his mother, even if she was no longer alive. Some questions began to come to my mind, including how many of those whose parents are living really appreciate them?There are some friends that I know who care little about their parents. The little boy’s instructive lesson left a huge mark on me, and I have not been the same since.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese businessman found dead in T&T

first_imgPolice in Trinidad are investigating the murder of a Guyanese national who has been living there for the last 25 years.Sewkumar DalchandAccording to CNC 3, out of Trinidad, 52-year-old Sewkumar Dalchand was found murdered in his home in Macoya Road Extension, on Wednesday morning.The news outlet reported that the businessman was found with his hands and feet bound while his house was ransacked and his vehicle was missing.Relatives were reported as telling CNC 3 that they had not heard from Dalchand since Sunday and went looking for him the morning, when he was discovered dead.It was reported that Dalchand was a wholesale trader who was well known in the community and gave a lot towards the development of the area. He had moved to Trinidad 25 years ago after living a poor life in Guyana and found success in Trinidad, the news station said.According to CNC 3, local Police there said the body was in an advanced state of decomposition.The body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre where a post-mortem will be performed to determine the cause of death. Officers of the Homicide Bureau are continuing investigations.last_img read more

Northeast B.C. Coalition to host public PST meeting Tuesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition will host a public meeting Tuesday about the Provincial Sales Tax.The meeting will be held Tuesday June 21 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre starting at 7 p.m.“The Coalition is working with the Province and industry to ensure BC businesses and contractors have a level playing field with out of province contractors, specifically related to the Provincial sales tax,” stated Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.- Advertisement -Tax specialists from the B.C. Ministry of Finance will be at the meeting and do a presentation on B.C. sales tax policies, tax procedures and enforcement activities.The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition mission is to protect and enhance existing resource municipalities and rural communities of Northeastern BC.last_img read more

Gor, AFC threaten to pull out of CAF competitions

first_imgGor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, said they would hold a crisis meeting later Tuesday where they would write to continental body, CAF, stating their withdrawal from the 2018 African Champions League.“A one-way air ticket is costing Sh3.5m, accommodation, Sh3m and we will need Sh10m for one match, to and from and we cannot sustain that budget,” Rachier said after the announcement of withdrawal.“Our gate collections are not enough to cater for that expense and also pay players and technical bench, we are in dilemma. This is tantamount to killing football in the country. No Kenyan club is going to successfully stay in the 2018 KPL,” Rachier lamented.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left) in a past KPL match.Photo/FILEHis Leopards counterpart, Dan Mule, also said his team who won the 2017 GOtv Shield will follow suit and pull out from the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup.“We have no sponsors right now. We are going to withdraw from CAF assignments. We are urging other like-minded corporates to emulate SportPesa and support community clubs in Kenya. I don’t know how we will pay the 10 international players we have signed ahead of the season,” Mule told.Besides Gor and Leopards, other organisations staring at a bleak future include Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and the Boxing Association of Kenya are the federations affected by the move to terminate their biggest source of funding.SportPesa was also catering for the bulk of the pay for newly hired national football team head coach, Belgian Paul Put and Technical Director, Andreas Spiers from Germany.KRU boss Richard Omwela showing letter from SportPesa.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Kenyan Premier League (football), National Boxing League as well as the annual Super 8 grassroots football tournament are the domestic competitions that will be affected by the move.“The cancellation of this contract forces us to completely re-examine our structures and we immediately call upon the government to step into the breach and provide the necessary support as guided by the Sports Act,” KRU said in a statement.“Our 2018 calendar includes the Rugby Africa Championships for our U20s in April, Lionesses participation at the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong and as well as the Commonwealth Games, and the Women’s Africa  Cup 7s in September,” KRU added.Second division side; Nakuru AllStars FC and Kenya Harlequins (Rugby) are the other teams lost their main sponsors on Tuesday.World Boxing Council women’s Super-bantamweight champion, Fatuma Zarika, local rally driver, Leonardo Varese and a number of grassroot tournaments are others affected by the drastic move.“This tax is on revenue before we pay the other tax, SportPesa we are here to stay and we will try to be efficient and unfortunately, we have to drop sponsorships,” Karauri emphasised.Karauri who is also the Association of Gaming Operators in Kenya, called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate dialogue to resolve the standoff pledging SportPesa would make a swift return to sports if an amicable solution is found.“No one has called me to come and talk, request the President to sit down with me as the chairman of the AGOK so that we come to a solution.  I remain optimistic but our attempts at dialogue have not been fruitful.“We will appeal the case since it was grounded on equity and fairness in taxation. You can only be optimistic for so long, we cannot shoulder the burden and keep our employees and business running. We will be very limited in what we can do,” the CEO noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left), SportPesa CEO Ronald Karuri (center) and Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier during the meeting when the title sponsor reinstated the partenership.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Following the cancellation of all local sports sponsorship by betting firm SportPesa, Kenya’s representatives at the 2018 CAF assignments, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have hinted they will withdraw from the competition due to financial constraints.On Tuesday, the betting firm dropped the bombshell after losing a case last week in the country’s High Court challenging the implementation of a 35 percent Government tax on revenue that came in force on Monday.last_img read more

Sierra Leone fans attack player’s house after penalty miss

first_imgIt meant Sierra Leone failed to get through to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.Liberia qualified, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. After the game fans pelted Bangura’s home with stones.The windows and doors of his residence in the capital, Freetown, were left badly damaged. A song has even been released mocking his penalty miss.Liberia advance after dramatic penalty save”[It was] one of the worst days of my life,” Bangura told the BBC on Monday while holed-up in his bedroom. “I can’t even go outside because I didn’t expect this kind of hostility towards me.Fans also threw stones at Red Cross ambulances after the match“I did my job by stepping up as the captain to take the spot kick,” he added. “I am really disappointed. But at the same time I wish to say sorry [and] beg for their forgiveness.”Had Bangura scored, Sierra Leone would have levelled the two-legged tie 3-3 and gone through to the next stage on away goals.Red Cross staff also came under attack outside the stadium after they were accused of whisking Bangura away from fans, the BBC’s Umaru Fofana says.Four Red Cross volunteers were injured in the unrest. People also threw stones at their marked ambulances, which were later pictured with smashed windows.“I was really disappointed with the Sierra Leoneans,” the country’s sports minister, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, told the BBC.“Some disgruntled hoodlums went to [Bangura’s] house and pelted stones at it,” he said. “It is not good for the game. He is our captain [and] football is a game of chance.”Mr Nyelenkeh added: “[Hooliganism] is becoming unprecedented. I think measures should be put in place to combat it.”-By BBC Sport-0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Umaru Bangura, who also plays for FC Zürich, saw his crucial penalty saved on SundayNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Angry fans of Sierra Leone’s national football team have attacked a player’s house after he missed a decisive penalty.Captain Umaru Bangura failed to convert a stoppage-time spot kick in front of a huge crowd on Sunday.last_img read more

How Leicester and Arsenal fans reacted to De Bruyne injury – title hope?

first_imgIt appears Leicester and Arsenal have just been handed a massive boost in the race for the Premier League title.Kevin De Bruyne, Man City’s £54m summer signing, has been ruled out for 10 weeks after injuring his knee and ankle in the League semi-final win against Everton.City are second in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Leicester, with Arsenal sitting in third place on goal difference.The Belgium international has scored five Premier League goals and created nine in 19 games and fans believe De Bruyne being ruled out could be beneficial to their title chances. How Leicester and Arsenal fans reacted to news of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury 1last_img read more

Deer death leads to job suspension

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. By City News Service An employee of the City of Avalon was suspended Saturday while state game officials prepare criminal charges alleging that he used a knife to kill a deer that had gotten stuck in a soccer net. California Fish and Game Lt. Kent Smirl told The Los Angeles Times that the Catalina Island resident will be formally charged next week with cruelty to animals and illegal taking of a game animal. Although deer are currently in season, they can only be taken by arrow or bullet. Catalina Island residents have complained about emaciated, tick-ridden deer coming out of fire-ravaged, drought-stricken back country and eating their gardens. One Avalon resident said a starving deer attacked her dog. last_img read more

Agent reveals Arsenal striker wants OUT after season of limited opportunities

first_img1 Lucas Perez has made it clear to Arsenal he wishes to leave this summer after becoming frustrated over a lack of first-team opportunities, his agent has revealed.In August, the now 28-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium from Deportivo La Coruna for a fee believed to be in the region of £17million.But the forward found his chances severely limited, with Perez starting just twice in the Premier League in 2016-17.The former Dynamo Kiev frontman made nine starts in total, coming off the bench 12 times throughout the course of the season.He suffered with a thigh injury in March but even when he returned to full fitness he failed to make a single matchday squad before being named on the bench for the FA Cup final win over Chelsea.That means his last appearance came as a second-half substitute in the sixth-round win over non-league Lincoln on March 11.Perez became Arsenal’s fifth-most expensive signing when joining last summer but now his agent, Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle, has revealed he already wishes to leave.“The idea is to be able to play for another club,” Lovelle said.“We want to leave and Arsenal already know. Do you know anyone who is happy but has no opportunities?”Manager Arsene Wenger’s own future was clarified on Wednesday when it was announced he had signed a new two-year deal.The Frenchman said last month, before committing himself to the club, that if he did stay he was keen to keep Perez on board.“If I am the manager I would love to keep him but we have to sit down and see if he has a realistic chance to play,” he said.“He’s a top quality striker but I couldn’t give him the games he wants and deserves, I confess that. I feel a bit sorry for him.”A swift return to Deportivo could be on the cards, while Lovelle suggested a loan move would also be agreeable if Arsenal were happy to facilitate. The Spanish striker started just twice in the Premier League last_img read more

Neymar has coins, bottles and even baguettes thrown at him by Marseille fans

first_imgNeymar was pelted by various types of missiles by Marseille fans during Paris Saint-Germain’s victory at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening.The 26-year-old complained of bottles, coins and even baguettes being hurled at him by yobs as he waited to take corners. Marseille fans throwing coins and glass bottles at Neymar at the Stade Vélodrome. Really ugly stuff— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) October 28, 2018Julian Draxler and Kylian Mbappe both got on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win to make it 11 straight Ligue 1 victories for Thomas Tuchel’s men.Despite the record-breaking result, the game was overshadowed somewhat by the coin-throwing incident.In his two seasons in France, the Brazil international has had objects thrown at him from the crowd whilst trying to exhibit his usual showboating style.Last season, he saw red after being targeted by the vociferous home crowd. Neymar holds up a glass bottle thrown from the crowd He said at the time: “The supporters threw a lot of things at me, even baguettes. It was too much, that’s not football.”Next up, PSG host second-placed Lille on Friday night, with a trip to Napoli in the Champions League following four days later. 2 The Brazil international required protection from stewards after objects were thrown from the stands 2last_img read more

Uganda Junior Basketball team flagged off for Zone V

first_img Tags: Uganda Junior Basketball David Katende (second left) flagged the team off (Photo by Agency)Uganda boys and girls teams have been flagged off for the FIBA Zone V Nations Cup that is slatted for 17th-22nd of this month I n Dar es Salam.Uganda, will be looking to defend both crowns (boys and girls) in a bid to automatically qualify for the Africa National U18 Championships.Bamako (Mali) will host the FIBA Africa U18 Championship from 17th to 26 August, while Maputo (Mozambique) will host the girls’ Championship from July 29 to August 5, 2018.Flagging off the teams at Uganda Olympic Committee offices at Lugogo, National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary David Katende, as usual told the team to fly the national flag as high as possible.He commended Federation of Uganda Basketball Association for the good work and transparency in their undertakings.He added that the government will continue to invest in Sports in a bid to help out the Sports men out there.“It’s a rare opportunity for a double flag off, said Katende.“This was not possible for FUBA in the past, but sending like four teams out in the same week for International engagements is not something that should be taken lightly, so allow me thank FUBA and our government in general.The team of students was selected from Schools like Kibuli, Mengo SS, St Noah, Kisasi College, Buddo and St Mary’s Kitende among others.“We appreciate these schools that have allowed these students to go out and compete, commented Grace Muguli Kwizera, FUBA Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations.“We have a strong dedication to developing the Sport from the Youth level, we are taking the team to Tanzania as the defending champions and we expect them to play at that same level.Unlike last year where Kenya was the other participant in a tourney held at Lugogo, a year has seen the event expand in numbers.Rwanda, Tanzania and South Sudan (Men team) are the other participating teams.Coaches confident of positive resultsBoys Coach, Nicolas Natuhereza:“I have with me a group of 12 boys from a tough selection as we had a pool of talented team.“I expect a tough tournament because we are playing away from home but we will do our best to win it, hopefully everything goes our way.”Girls Coach, Ali Mavita:“We have selected from over five schools to come up with this good side, we are going out there to give our best, the team is in good shape and I hope to have the best so as we qualify.”The travelling contigent:Vicky Ntale will head the delegation as Chris Mbowa travels with the side as the team Doctor.Ronald Bajjunga and Albert Aciko will assist Natuhereza and Mavita respectively, in the coaching role.Uganda also takes two Referees to Tanzania: Baker Kyambadde and Monica Nassuna.Boys:Rajab Mpiima (Captain), Fayed Baale, Arnold Kiseka, Rabuseh Matsiko, Rogers Duana, Raymond Iriama, Roxine Ahumuza, Mark Wamala, John Teko, Johnson Asianzu, Larry Kimambo and Eldrine Walujjo.Girls:Agatha Kamwada (Captain), Bronnie Kusiime, Emkily Nerima, Ramla Nakato, Shakira Nanvubya, Maureen Nankumbi, Shadia Mbwali, Aisha Namakula, Bridget Aber, Firdance Namuleme, Aziida Nabuyunga, Alice Isoto.Comments last_img read more