Late last week, I was informed that I would not be able to travel to Dubai for an important meeting scheduled months ago.Like other countries across the globe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) halted travel for those with Guinean, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean passports during the height of the Ebola outbreak. It has not lifted these restrictions.The miniature red suitcase I had packed lay abandoned on my wooden floor. I caressed my dark green Liberian passport as if to reassure this inanimate marker of identity that my citizenship was not on trial here.The specter of Ebola had simply triumphed over reason.Yet, the irony of this episode hasn’t escaped me. Dubai is a hub for cross continental travel. In 2013 alone, the UAE boasted the fifth largest international migrant pool in the world—hosting 7.8 million foreign residents out of a total population of 9.2 million. Furthermore, foreign labor migrants account for 90 percent of the country’s private workforce, mostly from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.Unlike the US and UK, where anti-immigrant sentiments have reached fever pitch, the UAE seems more pliant to international travelers. So, naturally, I thought it was odd when I attempted to complete the online visa form and Liberia was not listed as an option for ‘present nationality’. Nor were Guinea and Sierra Leone.This was punishment for simply being born in Africa with a particular African passport. Even the organizers of the meeting were shocked, disbelief sprinkled in their conciliatory e-mails and phone calls. All diplomatic channels had proved futile. The verdict was irreversible. I would not be getting on that plush Emirates flight.Never mind that Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, exactly one month ago.Never mind that I have not been to my homeland in over 10 months. Nor was I asked about recent travel there.Never mind that my country and its people are slowly trying to recover from an invisible foe that killed nearly 5,000 and infected about 11,000.In the past year, I’ve seen my passport scrutinized more intently than ever before, but the UAE blanket bias felt like adding salt to a fresh wound.At first, I experienced blinding rage with a touch of indignation. The kind that gurgles in the pit of your gut, and then explodes.Then I was amused by the absurdity of it all. If I were traveling directly from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone and had a passport from a country on UAE’s list of exemptions, I would have gotten a visa on arrival with ease. No questions asked.Mild acceptance slowly seeped in, reminding me that we maintain immigration hierarchies as a form of erasure and silencing. In our obsession with citizenship tiers, west is best. North trumps South. And white is inevitably right.Never mind black/brown solidarity. Or does that even exist?I have shied away from returning home fearing the kind of immobility that sees people not as complex beings but as nameless, faceless ‘threats’ to national security. A sedentarist kind of metaphysic that keeps certain people in their place.People like me.Truth be told, the natural human compulsion for mobility is currently under threat because of irrational immigration bans such as the UAE’s.For all the rhetoric about globalization’s free flow of ideas, capital and technology, the world remains obsessed with restricting the movement of people who don’t fit into our neat boxes of what is tolerable or even desirable. The UAE saga is a microcosm of a larger debate about the need for immigration reforms worldwide.The scapegoating of migrants across the globe deflects attention from the fact that most countries have failed to improve the quality of life of their domestic citizens. Afro-fobic attacks in South Africa, Australia’s Pacific Solution, and the plight of Rohingya Muslims off the coast of Indonesia are extreme examples. Immigration is framed as a zero sum game, with finite rights and resources available to a select few.I watch migrants who look like me risk their lives on sardine-packed, rickety boats to cross the Mediterranean, and know intuitively that they wouldn’t flee if they had a choice. With each desperate attempt to cross over, what they are effectively saying is that Europe must make amends for waging unjustifiable wars and supporting authoritarian regimes in some of their countries of origin.Centuries ago, Africans were so eager to escape lives of bondage, some dove to sudden death in the Atlantic. They were the first forced migrants I can recall. Now, many of us travel across these same waters for short-, medium- and long-term trips. Not because of some deep, abiding love for life abroad, but because it gives us a measure of flexibility. It keeps us physically connected to the rest of the world.And for someone like me with chronic wanderlust, the ability to travel unencumbered is almost as necessary as oxygen itself.Although a self-professed transnational, I used to be suspicious of Liberians who changed their
Participants with a BRAC-Liberia official at the end of the trainingBy George HarrisBRAC Liberia recently concluded a two-day nutrition training for twenty (20) leaders in the health and agriculture sectors of six counties, including Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, and Cape Mount.The training was held in Kingsville, Careysburg district, Montserrado County.According to BRAC-Liberia the training focused on breastfeeding, complementary breastfeeding, malnutrition prevention, and vitamin A deficiencies.Facia Goah, nutrition focus person for Montserrado County at the Ministry of Health, appreciated BRAC for involving community organizations in the fight against malnutrition.She added that diet diversification is one of the major challenges to reducing malnutrition in the country.“Our people are used to eating one kind of food, and parents are encouraging children to eat the same food. However, encouraging people to eat varieties comes with huge collaboration,” she said.A participant, Wrojay Goah from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County told the Daily Observer that knowledge from the training had placed her in the position to help ‘baby mothers’ in her community.“What I have learned about exclusive breastfeeding, vitamin A deficiency, and malnutrition prevention is important information that I can apply when I get back to my community. I am surrounded by many children and ‘baby mothers,’ and I feel that I can teach them what I have learned,” Ms. Goah said.Participants were urged to break the generational cycle of malnutrition through the establishment of backyard gardening where nutritional crops are grown.Moreover, participants were also encouraged to serve as nutritional ambassadors in their communities.BRAC-Liberia believes that serving as nutritional ambassadors will help participants implement what they have learned.Responding to the appeal, the leaders volunteered to take nutritional messages to their communities and speed up the production of nutritional crops in their various rural and urban communities.According to a United States Agency for International Development report titled, Liberia Nutritional Profile of 2014, food insecurity is still a national challenge in Liberia.The report said that every household of five persons in the country is considered food insecure, something that is prevalent among rural households with informal livelihoods.While the highest rates of food insecurity, according to the Profile, are found in Bomi, Grand Kru, and Rivercess counties; however, the percentage of chronic and acute under-nutrition has decreased in the past six years.The Liberian government through the Ministry of Health’s Nutrition Division is implementing national strategies, including the National Food Security and Nutrition Strategy (NFSNS), Food and Agriculture Policy and Strategy (FAPS), the National Policy on Nutrition (NPN), to mitigate hunger and under-nutrition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sen. Steve Zargo: “The paramilitary uniform on the MCC police is wrong and it is illegal. The Municipal police of the MCC is limited and the Mayor should reconsider his focus, and instigate campaigns to clean the filthy city of Monrovia.” Rather than municipal ‘paramilitary’ policingThe Senate’s Sub-Committee chairman on Intelligence and Security Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo has urged Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) mayor Jefferson Koijee to put emphasis on the sanitation of the country’s capital city and stop focusing on the MCC police, which illegally wears paramilitary uniforms.The Senate Intelligence Chief, who is also the Chairman of Liberty Party (LP), told journalists in his Capitol Building office that either he or Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County is considering writing the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to summon Mayor Koijee over the paramilitary uniforms being used by MCC police.He made the assertion on Thursday, January 31, in his Capitol Building office.Sen. Zargo served as the chairman on Defense and Security before serving as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Security, following his preferment as a member of the Liberian Delegation to ECOWAS Parliament.“Paramilitary uniforms being used by the MCC police are wrong and they are illegal. The municipal police of the MCC are limited and the mayor should reconsider his focus and instigate campaigns to clean the filthy city of Monrovia,” Senator Zargo said.Regarding President George M. Weah’s Annual Message, which he delivered on Monday, January 28, the Lofa County senator expressed his disappointment over the president’s failure to mention the security status of the country in the wake of the obvious absence of UNMIL.“There are plans on the book that the strength of the AFL should be 8,000 and the Police 5,000, but they are far-fetched,” Sen. Zargo said.Also, to help analyze and correlate intelligence reports, Sen. Zargo said the National Security Agency (NSA) should not solely be responsible and therefore recommends that the police have a Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Investigation.In the wake of the re-introduction of the establishment of a National Security Bill by Nimba County District #5 Representative Sam Kogar, Sen. Zargo said the government should direct its resources and focus on the equipment of the army and police.“The proliferation of security apparatus in the country is not prudent,” Sen. Zargo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…after busted with 30 cases of ‘smuggled’ whiskeyThe Guyana Police Force confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Head of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), Motie Dookie, was still in custody and under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey were discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.SWAT Unit Head, Motie DookieThe discovery was made when officers stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice to conduct a routine search.The whiskey, reportedly the Johnny Walker brand, was seized and the senior Police rank was taken into custody.Dookie reportedly told the Police that there were only ten cases of whiskey, but a search later unveiled that there were actually 30 cases.The Deputy Superintendent of Police is still being questioned by CID officials and other superior officers about the discovery of the illegal alcohol.“He was not able to provide us with all the necessary documentation, but is insisting that there was no wrongdoing on his part. We have questioned the driver of the minibus too. He said the alcohol was to be used at a party”, a source confirmed.Reports surfacing Sunday claimed that the rank had escaped from lawful custody after he was detained, but when contacted, a senior police rank in ‘B’ Division denied knowledge of any escape, maintaining that the detainee was still in custody. Nevertheless, Guyana Times understands that the accused should not have been in Berbice in the first place, based on confirmation that his commanding officer never permitted him to leave Police headquarters in Georgetown.Investigations into the matter are continuing.
CANYON COUNTRY – It proved a double-barreled sting for sheriff’s deputies who arrested a Boron man, found he was selling marijuana behind a Canyon Country Ralphs market and took over his business using fake weed, authorities said. Sales were brisk and 14 were arrested – plus one more who decided to tag the grocery store walls while his teenage friends were buying the phony marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, an undercover sheriff’s deputy sold the homemade, harmless version of the herb behind the Ralphs supermarket on White Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, the report said. Customers showed up and, one by one, were taken into custody. Ten adults and four juveniles were arrested on suspicion of attempting to possess marijuana and one of the adults also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. A fifth juvenile was arrested on suspicion of vandalism for painting graffiti on the wall while he was waiting for his two friends to complete their buys, the report said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The adults were booked and were to be released with citations if they had no outstanding warrants. The youths were released with citations to their parents. Earlier in the day, deputies had arrested Kendall Berkley of Boron, the man suspected of selling the real thing behind the supermarket, according to a sheriff’s report. Berkley, 46, was booked on suspicion of marijuana sales at the Lancaster sheriff’s station. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man has suffered two broken legs and other injuries after he was struck by a car while trying to stop raiders from robbing his truck.The man was attending a wake in Burnfoot around 7.30pm when he noticed two men close to his truck.He approached them but they got into another car which was parked close to his vehicle. He tried to stop the men and managed to hang on to the door of their car as they headed towards the Bridgend Roundabout going towards Derry .However as the man held on, the driver swerved into the path of an oncoming car which struck the man hanging onto the car.Gardai have said the man is lucky to be alive.The man has ben hospitalised and is understood to have suffered two broken legs and other injuries. One of the first people on the scene was the Mayor of Buncrana, Peter McLaughlin who told Donegal Daily he could not sleep after the incident.“I didn’t see the man being dragged along by the car but I saw him afterwards.“It was horrific and he looked like he was I so much pain. I couldn’t sleep for thinking about him. I hope he is okay,” he said.He added that it was obvious the raiders were targeting cars in the area.“They were not out for a Sunday drive. They knew exactly what they were at,” he said. Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern said they are looking for the whereabouts of a silver coloured car with a partial license plate of ‘TUI.’“We are anxious to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and may know of the whereabouts of this car.“This man is lucky to be alive and this is a very serious matter. If anyone has information they can contact us on 074 9320540.”MAN DRAGGED BY STOLEN CAR HAS TWO LEGS BROKEN DURING ORDEAL was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:BurnfootGardailegs brokenthefttruck
Anchoring the Brand South Africa campaign for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is a stunning television advert featuring the vuvuzela – the trumpet that has come to symbolise South African football – and nine of Africa’s most famous locations.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 11 May 2009.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We here at ReadWriteWeb have been following the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with great interest. We’ve even written about them once or twice. Our eyes are now on Bahrain and Yemen and all the other uprisings that have been “scheduled” via date-driven hashtags.(Egypt used #jan25 to aggregate information about that uprising, for instance, and Bahrain #feb14.)So, to keep track of these rapidly changing situations, we (and be “we” I mean “Jared“) have created a widget that tracks news about the uprisings, their context and their build-up by pulling the feeds from them from Twitter Search. And we (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to share them with you. Here’s the widget. If we’re missing a #date, please let us know in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins
Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Monday said discussions with Anna Hazare were “satisfactory” and expressed hope that the activist would give up his fast soon. The indefinite strike commenced by Mr. Hazare entered day 6 on Monday.“I have had an hour-long discussion with him on a number of issues from the appointment of the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas to the plight of the farmers and the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee reports. I feel that these discussions were fruitful and that we can expect a positive development by Tuesday noon,” said Mr. Bhamre. He had rushed on Monday evening to hold talks with Mr. Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar..With public ire mounting in Ralegan Siddhi that the Centre and State were apathetic towards Mr. Hazare’s fast, the Centre urgently dispatched Mr. Bhamre, to assuage the veteran social crusader that his demands were being seriously considered.Earlier, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, representing the Fadnavis government, had a three-hour discussion with Mr. Hazare as the former attempted to persuade him to end his fast.Both Mr. Bhamre and Mr. Mahajan urged Mr. Hazare to end the strike in wake of the latter’s rapidly declining health.‘All right’While doctors said that Mr. Hazare had lost four kilos since he began his fast on January 30, the activist said he felt all right and could pull on with his strike for five more days.
Yesterday, the official website of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar was hacked by a group of hackers who called themselves ‘All Pak Cyber Skullz Members’. The website was immediately blocked by the authorities after they found that anti-India slogans have been posted on the same.NIT Srinagar became a target perhaps for the fact that it had hit headlines after a clash between Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri students last year when the latter cheered India’s defeat in the T20 World Cup match against West Indies. The servers were downed after the attack.Outcome of Pakistan losing the match against IndiaImmediately after Pakistan lost the cricket match, hackers had taken over the website and posted hate messages — ‘Go Modi go’, ‘All we ask is for freedom, you can kill us, you can’t kill us all, we shall not give up’, ‘Free Kashmir. Freedom is our goal’, and other inflammatory posts.Top sources told IANS, “After the site was hacked, the website has been blocked and its retrieval is in progress now.” Sports clashes between India and Pakistan have created tension between different groups of students in the institute in the past as well. Anti-India slogans posted”We saw that the website had been hacked when some students tried to access it to see a few articles of the syllabus. We were shocked to see that the website bore anti-India literature, anti-Indian Armed Forces propaganda and a call to leave Kashmir and give it freedom,” one of the students told Mail Today.advertisementRead: 16-year-old Lucknow girl beats obsessive-compulsive disorder to score CGPA 10 in CBSE class 10 exams Read: Enrolling for PhD gets tougher: No admission without passing NET, SETFor information on more latest news and updates, click here.