Poetry October 16, 2014

first_imgThe Ebola RideBy Patrice JuahOn the Ebola ride,paranoia is the driver.It takes you on a highleaving your senses hanging in the wild.Fear is its deputy,and panic, the conductor.You never know which way the bus will go,but you are told that as long as you stay put, constantly wash your hands,and limit human contact; you’re in a “safe” place, at least for a while.You do your best, to secure your seat,making sure your loved ones are safely on board,but as the death news come in, you’re reminded that this isn’t a normal ride.You get a sudden kick, a silent voice asking why you’re still here;perhaps on a mission, or for a purpose, you think.Then suddenly humility takes over, the only calm you’ll feel in a while,as you give thanks for still being alive.And this is all happening on the Ebola ride.Still on the road, Pickups rush by with men dressed like aliens,either carrying or going to pick up fallen victims.And somewhere at a Containment Unit, a baby cries in horror,as his mother takes her last breath.As you peek through the window,crowded streets create the illusion of a normal life,but as alive as everything appears from the outside, fear is killing us slowly on the inside.Sometimes we wonder who’ll get off next.But that’s the Ebola ride: no traffic lights, no horns,no road signs, just us against an unseen enemy.The night brings relative calm, but we rarely sleep,as the nightmare of what’s to come the day ahead, haunts our dreams.If you’re a diehard patriot, you remain on the ride for the love of country.If you’re poor, the ride is your only choice.If your survivor is your priority, you’re left with more choices then one:to flee for dear life, with hope of returning when normal days are back?Well, in the midst of this chaos, no one can tell.And on the other side, the ocean wind sets the flames in the Crematorium ablaze,as our hearts leap, for the souls of the ones we loved so dearly.No last goodbyes, only memories, anguish, pain and grief.The road is too narrow, the ride long and bumpy.When will we arrive? No one really knows.We’re stuck on this ride, with tiny doses of hope.And though help arrives, we’re still in doubt,as they too are clueless about when the ride will end.So world, we’re here,on this hand washing, temperature taking,friends avoiding, hugs and handshakes prohibiting,nonstop Ebola ride. LIBERIA: OH, WHAT A SAD STORY!By Eric G. GbanlonCell #: 0886220513Oh, what a sad story!The angels of death are having tarry;The God of life no longer feels sorry;Sons and daughters are now so scary;As father and mothers are now being buried.Oh, what a sad story!Squirrels and Raccoons try to change the story;But monkeys and Bamboos say it’s time to merry;The pain and frustration, we are forced to carry;Because dishonesty and wickedness, we chose to marry;Oh, what a sad story!Till we remember day-one of our story;Correct our mistakes and make a right storyTill we give God the rest of our story;We will always have a sad story. Octopus at Ducor (In remembrance of Operation Octopus, October 15, 1992)By: Lekpele NyamalonMen were running amokSmoke rising to the skiesStirring it apart, tires blazing, children and women marching like an ant’s chariotThe walls were crashingHere comes the Octopus!Walking with tentacles from the breast of Mount BarclayTravelling beneath the rails of Bong Mines BridgeSeeping through the pores of bardnesvilleTearing apart the path of tomorrow’s worldWhere are ye mighty planners?Hiding behind the mask of bygones be bygones?History can’t shield you boysThy names are carved in stoneHistory shall read aloudHere comes the octopus!Woe! Ye planners of carnage!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img EBOLA, YOU ‘RE DEFEATED!By: Edward N. BoakaiEbola, o you deadly Virus!Why plague us this way?By your wrath, you spare no one;Be you rich, poor, young or old.Ebola, O you dreadful virus!How ruthless you are? You claim an entire family;Leaving children orphans at random.Ebola, O you incompassionate virus!Why devastated our nation?Leaving husbands as widowers,And wives as helpless widows.Ebola, O you destructive virus!Why destroy the norms of our culture and tradition?Discriminating us against each other.And diffusing our custom and way of life.But in the Mighty name of Jesus,Ebola, O you tormenting virus;You are defeated heretofore,And hereby casted into the mighty lake of fire!last_img read more

Clippers posse up, beat Sonics

first_imgThe shorthanded Clippers again played without Elton Brand and Corey Maggette. But they blew out the Seattle SuperSonics anyway. Buoyed by 25 points with 10 rebounds from Chris Kaman, the Clippers won a second consecutive game with a 98-72 victory in front of 18,099 Saturday night at Staples Center. The Clippers led by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter and by 17 in the first half. Drama surrounding the game was hardly apparent, but there was some Clipper drama as coach Mike Dunleavy had a meeting earlier in the day with Corey Maggette to explain the possibility of swapping him for Indiana’s Ron Artest. Indiana rejected that trade. Another factor that hindered the trade is that Maggette is expected to be out six weeks with a separated ligament in his left foot. Indiana’s medical staff did not give the Pacers the go-ahead to make the deal. Where all of this puts Dunleavy and the Clippers is a place where Maggette knows the team wanted to trade him. The Clippers swingman, however, says he understands the nature of the business. The Clippers didn’t need Maggette on Saturday. But the Sonics were shorthanded, too, without Ray Allen, who served the second game of a three-game suspension for fighting with former Clipper and current Orlando Magic guard Keyon Dooling. Brand also was out with a bruised right hip, but he was in uniform and is considered day to day. The Clippers led by 17 points in the second quarter after a 16-0 run and entered the fourth quarter with a 76-58 lead. Kaman shot 10 of 12 from the field to tie a career high and season high with 25 points. Sam Cassell joined Kaman with a strong game with 24 points and six assists. Rashard Lewis scored 22 points to lead Seattle, which lost its fifth of six games. The Sonics also were without starting center Reggie Evans, who was sick, and Kaman took advantage of that. “When they went with a small lineup, we tried to punish them,” Kaman said. “And we did a decent job. We turned the ball over a couple times on the double-teams, and I was frustrated a little bit. But overall, it was good.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Clippers lost nine of 12 games, after starting the season 14-5 and before winning the past two games. While Dunleavy says he still is optimistic about this season, that attitude didn’t prevent him and general manger Elgin Baylor from meeting with the controversial Artest in an effort to trade Maggette for him. “We’re totally confident about where we are and what our direction is,” Dunleavy said. “As it comes down to it, we have responsibilities to explore every opportunity that’s out there. Along the way, we haven’t hidden the fact we’ve had an interest. And that’s true. We have had an interest in Artest. He’s a unique talent, and so you talk to people, you talk about different things, potential deals that can work and cannot work.” As the Clippers try to recover from missing the injured Maggette, Dunleavy also confirmed that the Clippers have contacted veteran free agent Latrell Sprewell to gauge his interest in signing with them. Artest, who was suspended 72 games last season for his role in a brawl in Detroit, has been on the Pacers’ inactive list since Dec. 12, two days after demanding to be traded. He is a former All-Star who some consider among the elite players in the league, while Maggette has never been an All-Star but has been solid as the Clippers’ second leading scorer. last_img read more

Australian Open: Halep outlasts Kerber in thriller to reach final

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL null World number one Simona Halep quelled a tenacious Angelique Kerber fightback and saved two match points to reach her first Australian Open final with a 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 victory in a compelling scrap on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.A wildly unpredictable match veered one way, then the other, before Romanian Halep ended Kerber’s resistance on her fourth match point in a spellbinding deciding set that pushed both players to the limit of their endurance. Former champion Kerber, who won only five points in losing the opening five games, was jelly-legged at times but fought off two match points in the 10th game of the third set before seeing two of her own go begging two games later.Halep’s insatiable desire for a maiden grand slam title proved the key ingredient in the end as an exhausted Kerber struck a backhand over the baseline. She will now face Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the first Australian Open final between two players still chasing one of the four majors since 1980. To add spice to the showdown between the top two seeds, the number one ranking is also on the line. “I had confidence in myself. I said to myself ‘I will fight for every point and have a big rest after the tournament’,” Halep, who also saved match points in a three-hour marathon against Lauren Davis in round three, said on court. “I tried to be calm but today I was like a roller-coaster, up and down. If you don’t give up, you can win the match in the end. I’m really proud of myself actually.”She will need to dredge the depths of her energy reserves against Wozniacki if she is to join the grand slam winners’ circle after losing two heart-breaking French Open finals. “If it’s going to come, it’s going to come,” added the 26 year-old. Halep predicted a marathon against former world number one Kerber but when she charged to a 5-0 lead in 14 minutes it looked as though she might have caught the German on an off-day. January 25, 2018 Published on Australian Open: Halep outlasts Kerber in thriller to reach final Australian Open: Wozniacki beats Mertens to reach finals COMMENT CATCHING FIREHowever, Kerber roused herself to win 12 of the next 13 points and although Halep closed the set, the touch-paper had been lit. It felt like Halep was turning the screw when she ran a red-faced Kerber into the ground to seize a 3-1 lead in the second set, but the match was about really catch fire.Kerber broke back in the next and saved two break points at 3-4 before breaking Halep in the next game when the Romanian struck a wayward backhand into the tramlines. A netted forehand by Halep set up a decider that will go down as one of the most memorable witnessed at Melbourne Park. At various times, both players were left propping themselves up with their rackets, lungs heaving, as the rallies grew ever more excrutiating.Kerber won a 22-point exchange featuring drop shots, moon balls and impossible gets to break at the start of the third but Halep hit back immediately and eventually worked her way into a 5-3 lead. She was literally on her knees when she struck a sensational backhand to win a 26-point exchange to break back. Halep had two match points at 5-4 but watched a Kerber winner fly by before missing a backhand.Halep began to feel the strain, looking daggers at her coach Darren Cahill as Kerber broke to lead 6-5 and then led 40-15, only for Houdini-like Halep to extricate herself. It was exhausting to watch as the battle raged on but Halep found some extra aggression, crashing two forehand winners for an 8-7 lead before holding her nerve to finish it. × RELATED tennis SHARE Kerber crushes Keys to reach Australian Open semis COMMENTSlast_img read more

Facebook Google Twitter sign Christchurch Call to cull terrorist content

first_img1:40 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Google, Twitter and Facebook all signed the Christchurch Call. Getty Images Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. The tech giants also agreed to a nine-point plan that outlined ways they’re going to work more collaboratively than they have in the past to combat this problem.The move highlights how tech companies plan to take action after failing to stop the live video of the New Zealand attack from spreading on social media sites. The video was viewed many times around the world before it was removed. More than a month after the attack, videos of the attack were still found to be circulating online, illustrating just how hard it is for tech companies to control the spread of viral tragedies. Eight tech companies signed the Christchurch Call, including Microsoft, Amazon and YouTube, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement that said while the US supports the goals of the Christchurch Call, it’s “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.””We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the statement reads.Supporters of the call said in a joint statement that signing the pledge will strengthen partnerships between governments, society and tech companies.”Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” supporters said in the statement. Tech giants also said they would be taking actions individually to combat terrorist content. That includes updating their rules against terrorist content, giving users ways to report terrorist and violent extremist content, investing in technology, checking who is livestreaming and publishing reports that include the amount of terrorist and violent content that’s detected and removed. The companies could vet who is streaming a live video by including ratings for people who use the tool and looking at an account’s activity. On Tuesday, Facebook said it would ban users from livestreaming for a period of time if they’ve broken certain rules on the social network, including its policy against terrorist content. The company has pushed back against other ideas though, such as delaying the broadcast of a live video. The companies that support the pledge also outlined steps that will help them work better together. Those actions include sharing data and tools to improve technology aimed at combating terrorist content and educating users about how to report the offensive content and why they shouldn’t spread it online. The companies also plan to support research into combatting hate and bigotry and creating a system for responding quickly to an emerging or active event. Originally published May 15, 9:40 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds White House statement.Update, 12:27 p.m. PT: Adds more background. center_img Tags YouTube sets rules for terrorism gray-zone videos Internet Services Tech Industry Facebook Google Twitterlast_img read more

Man killed in Rajshahi gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight between two gangs in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi early Monday, reports UNB. Police identified the deceased as Fazlul Haque alias Fazlu, 48, son of Wahab Munshi. He was an accused in 10 drug cases, claimed police. A press released signed by senior assistant superintendent of police Abdur Razzak Khan, read that, being tipped off over a gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Rautha village around 1:45am over establishing supremacy, a team of police rushed to the spot. Police opened 10 rounds of bullet to bring the situation under control.The drug traders also attacked police, leaving four policemen, including officer-in-charge of Charghat police station, injured, it said.Later, police recovered Fazlul’s bullet hit body from the spot and seized a foreign pistol, a magazine, one-round of bullet and 55 bottles Indian Phensidyl.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Spring beckons

first_imgFor the month of January, the Rustic Grills at 1911 offers  exotic fare of grilled specialties peppered with finest of ingredients that capture your senses in an elegant and historic of 1911, this New Year. The offer is on from 15 January till 13 February.  The winter collection at The Spice Route offers a sumptuous, warm and delectable for winters, the healthy and all time famous collection menu by Chef  Veena Arora offers electic mix of recipes from the South-East Asian kitchen of The Spice Route. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the month of February, San Gimignano, La Baguette and 1991 brings you the Valentine special from . This valentine’s day surprise your loved one with sinful desserts at La Baguette or set a romantic culinary journey with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ created with intricately structured canopies exclusively at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns. March brings you the Aromas of Bengal at Daniell’s Tavern from March 10 – 25. Satiate your love for Bengali cuisine as the Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings you palate, inspires gourmet from Kolkata, the culinary capital of Bengal. From Daab Chingri to Shukto and Illish Maach Bhape, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. Also quench your thirst for smashing cocktails paired with cognac and spruced up with chocholate at 1911 bar and Patial Peg.last_img read more