President Sirleaf and the Muslim Myth

first_imgLast Monday we published a story in the Daily Observer about an article bearing the allegations that Saudi Arabia had a master plan to Islamize West Africa, including Liberia. The article made many erroneous claims that had to be corrected by us, even as we printed excerpts from it.It was, as we said, written by three Islamic women scholars, one from Syria, another from Iran and a third from Saudi Arabia.In their article, the three women claimed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf married into a Muslim family, and that the man she married, James A. (Doc) Sirleaf, was Muslim.  We corrected that and other  blatant mistakes in our Monday story. Our intention in today’s History and Us is to throw a little more light on this family.  Details of the family are sketchy, especially since so many family members, including Mr. Sirleaf Senior’s two sons, one of whom wedded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, are gone.  But we were able to find a few people who were willing and able to help us put together some information on this distinguished family.We begin briefly with the mother of James A. (Doc) Sirleaf, former husband of President Ellen Sirleaf, and his younger brother Dr. Varsay Sirleaf.Their mother, Mrs. Caroline (Caddy) Cooper was the daughter of Mr. James Wesley (Doc) Cooper II, who served as Secretary of War in the administration of President Charles D.B. King.  Secretary Cooper’s father was James Wesley (Doc) Cooper I. Caroline married Mr. Fumbah  Sirleaf, a Mandingo, and that union was blessed with two sons, James A. (Doc) Sirleaf and his younger brother, Varsay. The nickname Doc was given to all who were called James Wesley Cooper.  Accordingly, James Wesley Cooper III, who married one of Judge Edward  J. Summerville’s daughters, Williette Summerville, was also called “Docky” Cooper.   Docky and his wife were blessed with a daughter, Erna, who was wedded to Mr. Edwin Phillips.James Wesley (Doc) Cooper II’s first son was Lahai Cooper, once a great baritone in the First United Methodist Church Choir, and the other, Arthur Cooper.Charles Henry Cooper, younger brother of James Wesley (Doc) Cooper II, was the father of James Wesley Cooper III.  His brothers were S.D. Cooper, Charles Ernest Cooper and Dr. Henry Nehemiah Cooper, one of Liberia’s celebrated surgeons, who founded the Cooper Clinic at 12th Street, Monrovia, now known as the Cooper S.D.A. Clinic.   Their sister is Mrs. Maryann Cooper Melton, who married Mr. Johnnie Melton, son of Mr. Jacob Samuel Melton, Secretary of the Interior under President Tubman.The two Sirleaf young men, Doc and Varsay, grew up in the church of their mother, the  United Methodist Church, where their mother’s father and uncles were staunch members.  That is why President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was born a Presbyterian, later became and remains till this day a  Methodist.  But as President, she frequently visits other churches.Doc Sirleaf became an agriculturist and military expert, and taught both Agriculture and ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Corps) at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County. Varsay became a medical doctor and once served as chief medical officer at the LAMCO Hospital in Yekepa, Nimba County.  He later established the Snapper Hill Clinic at the homestead of his grandfather, Secretary of War James Wesley Cooper II.  There, Varsay ran a successful medical practice.When James (Doc) Sirleaf died in 2000 in the United States, he was cremated, and his memorial service was held at a United Methodist Church in Maryland, USA.  His ashes were later flown to Liberia and another memorial service was held in the First United Methodist Church, the church of his youth.  Both he and his brother are resting in peace at the Sirleaf farm at Jo Vahn, just past the Todee Junction on the Kakata Highway.Dr. Varsay Sirleaf later joined the Episcopal Church of Liberia, and his funeral service in 2007 was held at the Trinity Cathedral, seat of the Episcopal Diocesan bishop, in Monrovia.  Varsay’s sister-in-law, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was among many who attended.This is our brief attempt to set the record straight about the Sirleafs and their religion;     especially the two brothers, one of whom, James (Doc) Sirleaf, married the woman who would later become Africa’s first elected woman President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2020-01-18

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Establishment of drug treatment court for later this year

first_imgA number of drug enforcement officials, judicial officers, and other stakeholders on Monday attended a specialised training workshop aimed at preparing them to aid in the efficient operation of the country’s first drug treatment court, which is expected to come on stream in the latter part of 2019.Some of the participants at the drug treatment court trainingDrug treatment courts worldwide take a more public health approach when dealing with drug-related cases and as such, local personnel within the respective systems will be exposed to both theory and practical techniques throughout the three-day activity, which will enable them to effectively interact with drug abusers.This new addition to the court system will extensively aid in the rehabilitation process for persons who are addicted offenders. This is according to acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who was at the time presenting brief remarks at the opening ceremony.“The reasons for having such a court are multi-dimensional, the anecdotal and empirical evidence strongly indicates that it has been and is a growing number of persons who interface with the criminal justice system in Guyana who are substance abusers … these courts and ours will follow the same model, allow for collaboration of a team of persons to support the offender in rehabilitation,” she explained.The acting Chief Justice further added that the drug treatment programme would allow non-violent offenders, who pleaded guilty or have been found guilty of an offence, to voluntarily benefit from a variety of social services, as a substitute for imprisonment which, according to her, is not a positive response.“International and regional experience has demonstrated that treatment of substance abusers is a better response than imprisonment … the drug treatment court is, therefore, another in this new frontier of courts that will focus on the individual that will ensure not only justice is served, but the support that is necessary to help them become or resume being productive law-abiding persons in our society,” Justice George stated.Meanwhile, Organisation of the American States (OAS) Representative Jean Dormeus, in his brief remarks, applauded the local authorities for embarking on such a ground-breaking initiative.Dormeus posited that the international expertise provided for the training would be of great benefit to the participants.“For this week’s workshop, the Organisation of American States through [the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission ]CICAD has selected a fine blend of experts in the Region …, therefore, I trust that the practical sessions of this workshop will provide you with tips and techniques to make the drug treatment court a vibrant and successful experience in Guyana. This initiative will bring much to the Guyanese society; in this week’s workshop, I hope to see the same engagement and excitement that have been the hallmark of the whole process,” he noted.It was revealed that the establishment of the drug treatment court will commence in the last quarter of 2019, as it will be situated in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts building with the goal of promoting public safety and the well-being of society.The training exercise is made possible through a collaboration between the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA); OAS and CICAD.last_img read more

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2020-01-12

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Fifth woman added to Spector witness roster

first_imgFidler said he realizes he is heading for “a dangerous and slippery slope” legally by admitting all of the women’s testimony. But he said it is relevant to possible motive. “There is no cumulative argument,” Jackson said. “That there are four \ makes it powerful. If there are five it is more powerful.” He said the accounts of all the women are similar and feature a romantic interest on the part of Spector in a situation where he is alone with a woman, is drunk and displays a firearm. He said prosecutors recently discovered Devra Robitaille, the fifth woman, after a tip led them to an Internet account of her story. Robitaille, who worked at Warner Spector Records from 1974 to 1977, told investigators that one night Spector placed a shotgun or rifle against her forehead when she tried to leave the producer’s home after a party. “Spector, who was drunk, made some sort of joke and then said, `Just so you know, I’ll blow your (expletive) head off’ or `If you try to leave, I’ll blow your (expletive) brains out,”‘ according to the court documents. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A fifth woman was added Tuesday to the roster of witnesses who will be allowed to testify that music producer Phil Spector pulled guns on them and threatened them in the past. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler rejected defense arguments the evidence is too old to be relevant to the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson and is cumulative when added to the testimony of the four other women. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson argued that the evidence is significant in the effort to prove that Spector murdered Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003, at his Alhambra mansion. He said testimony will show a pattern of behavior by Spector suggesting he pulled the trigger. Defense attorneys say that Clarkson was despondent over her failing career and shot herself. last_img

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2020-01-11

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Sanchez drugs test miss down to us, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal have not been contacted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the missed test yet, said Wenger.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 26 – Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez missed a drugs test on the day he moved to Manchester United, and that the responsibility lies with Arsenal.Arsenal have not been contacted by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over the missed test yet, said Wenger. The Frenchman defended Sanchez and Arsenal over their co-operation with anti-doping procedures, but admitted the error lies with his club.Wenger said: “Honestly on the admin side it would still be our responsibility because on the day he had not moved so maybe it will be down to us, our responsibility, I don’t know what happened but usually we try our best to get players available.”Sanchez’s whereabouts were unknown to anti-doping authorities as he finalised his transfer to Manchester United on Monday, and Wenger insisted his absence from his test was down to special circumstances.“I’m quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here and we always try to do our best to cooperate with doping control,” he said. “I’ve pushed for football to do more for doping. This was a special day.“The most important is that the intention is right. The intention of Alexis was not to hide, neither was ours. We have nothing to hide.”Manchester United and the FA have so far declined to comment on reports that Sanchez missed a drugs test.Sanchez is set to make his debut against Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday after Jose Mourinho named the player in his squad.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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2020-01-06

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Premier League round-up: Bournemouth beat West Ham in seven-goal thriller

first_img1 Bournemouth’s hat-trick hero Callum Wilson celebrates Callum Wilson netted a fine hat-trick to lead Bournemouth to their first ever Premier League win, with the Cherries edging a seven-goal thriller against a ten-man West Ham.Eddie Howe’s side dominated the first-half at Upton Park and looked to be cruising to a historic three points when striker Wilson netted twice inside 30 minutes.But the hosts came roaring back after the break, with Mark Noble’s 48th minute penalty and Cheikhou Kouyate’s close-range finish in the 53rd minute pulling the Hammers level.Bournemouth, though, showed fight which will stand them in good stead this season, and they soon reclaimed the lead as Marc Pugh fired in before Wilson completed his hat-trick from the spot.Carl Jenkinson was the guilty man, the on-loan Arsenal defender conceding the penalty and earning a red card for a clumsy last-man challenge on Max Gradel, and while Modibo Maiga reduced the deficit again just three minutes later, battling Bournemouth managed to hold on to secure a 4-3 victory.Meanwhile, Sunderland halted their nightmare start to the season as Jermain Defoe’s second-half strike rescued a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light.Despite the Black Cats dominating the opening exchanges, it was Swansea who broke the deadlock against the run of play, Bafetimbi Gomis netting his third goal in three games on the stroke of half-time.Sunderland fans have been raging at their side after beginning the campaign with dismal back-to-back defeats, but there were signs of fight as they pressed for the equaliser and it deservedly came on the hour mark when Defoe, played in from Jeremain Lens’ perfect through ball, coolly slotted home.Both sides had chances to snatch victory on, but Sunderland were ultimately indebted to Costel Pantilimon for their first point of the season, the goalkeeper saving fierce strikes Jonjo Shelvey and Gylfi Sigurdsson before showing lightning reflexes to claw away a late Gomis header.On-fire Leicester City continued their brilliant start to the season with a 1-1 home draw with an average-looking Tottenham, which sees the Foxes climb back to the top of the Premier League table.Supporters were forced to sit through a tame encounter at the King Power Stadium. The sides created few clear-cut chances, with Spurs taking the lead in the 81st minute through youngster Dele Alli’s first Spurs goal.But the hosts mustered an immediate response as Riyad Mahrez scored his fourth goal of the season; the Frenchman curling the ball home past Huge Lloris on 82 minutes to claim a deserved point.Elsewhere, Bakary Sako scored a late winner on his Crystal Palace debut to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Selhurst Park.In another tight encounter, Palace had a goal disallowed before finally breaking the deadlock on 71 minutes through Scott Dann’s towering header from a well-worked corner.Villa were level just six minutes later courtesy of Pape Souare’s unfortunate own goal, but the tide turned late on as a mistake from the visitors proved costly. Jordan Amavi gifted possession to Dann in a dangerous position, and he duly passed to Sako who put away his shot with aplomb to secure victory.Finally, Norwich City came from behind to seal a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.Mame Biram Diouf headed in debutant Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick to put Stoke in front in the 13th minute, but Canaries defender Russell Martin shot through the legs of Stoke keeper Jack Butland to level the scores before half-time.last_img read more

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2019-12-30

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Chelsea FC news: ‘He’s wasted two years of his career!’ Harry Redknapp feels Blues star made a mistake

first_imgLoic Remy has wasted two years of his career at Chelsea, believes his former manager Harry Redknapp.The French striker joined the Blues from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014 but has barely featured due to the form Diego Costa.Having made just 15 appearances this campaign and scored only three goals, there was a chance the player would quit Stamford Bridge in January, but a move failed to materialise.And Redknapp, who managed the player at QPR, believes has wasted some of his career by joining Chelsea.“When he left QPR I thought it was a bad move,” he told Drivetime. “He’s not got in the Chelsea team, he’s been very much a bit-part player.“He’s a goalscorer and he’s a great finisher. He needs to play somewhere because at the moment he comes on for ten minutes at the end of the game and it’s no use to the boy.“He’s wasted two years of his career.”last_img read more

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2019-12-30

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OUT OF THIS WORLD! WORLD FAMOUS ASTRONAUT TWEETS ABOUT DONEGAL TOY COMPANY!

first_imgFEATURES: One of the world’s most famous astronauts has tweeted about a Donegal Toy company that seen one of its products being sent into space!Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield has sent a message of public support for Donegal based start-up, Lottie Dolls. The Stargazer Lottie doll is in the International Space Station with British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, in an effort to promote STEM and get children interested in astronomy and science, the doll was inspired by a six-year-old Canadian girl called Abigail Baker.  Chris Hadfield, who visited Donegal in 2014 – tweeted his approval after the inspiration for the Lottie Stargazer doll little Abigail was awarded a prestigious space-age award.ARKLU are a Donegal start-up company owned by Ian Harkin, and his worldwide brand continues to go from strength-to-strength, with his Lottie products at the forefront of that success.Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted a message of encouragement to Abigail and Lottie dolls to his 1.57 million followers. Hadfield’s tweet read, “Yay Abigail! She started by launching a rocket, won the ‘Little Scientist Projects at the New York Toy Fair:’OUT OF THIS WORLD! WORLD FAMOUS ASTRONAUT TWEETS ABOUT DONEGAL TOY COMPANY! was last modified: April 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ARKLUChris HadfieldFeaturesLottienewsTweetlast_img read more

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2019-12-28

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgNo Jackpot winner in the Lotto this week with the Jackpot now standing at a massive €13,750.00. This weeks winners were Pat & Joe Griffith, D McNamee, Mary Gallagher, E Sweeney. Numbers where 2,3,7,18,20. Next Draw in Bay Bush Bar, Ballintra on 29th April 3013.Both our Seniors and Reserves had home victories in Div 3 League over N Padraig Lifford at the weekend. Well done to Eamon, Tony and all the lads. Next games away to Glencolmcille on sat evening 5.15 and 7.00pm.Our Minors were defeated by Aodh Rua on fri evening in the league. Training continues for Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 14s, Under 16s and Minor as usual. Please contact the managers of the teams if you have any queries.We had 9 representatives at the foundation coaching last saturday hosted by Aodh Rua in Ballyshannon and we would like to thank the tutors and Hosts for their hospitality. Child protection is on this friday night in Ballyshannon and everyone should confirm their attendance with Matt.We would urge club members who would like to help in any way to contact Padraig Molloy or Pat Sweeney. There are lots of things to be done at all times from groundwork, stewarding, coaching etc. This is a very busy season over the next 3-4 months and anyone who can contribute would be appreciated.Club membership can be paid to Pauric Molloy or Pat Sweeney.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 23rd, 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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2019-12-27

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Donegal GAA club makes history in electing its first-ever female Chairperson

first_imgON A week when gender quotas in sporting organisations has been a hot potato, the Naomh Colmcille GAA club has elected its first ever female chairperson.At its Annual General Meeting last night in Pairc Colmcille, Darina Friel was elected as the Chairperson of the Newtowncunningham-based club.A former club treasurer, her husband, Kieran, has served as the club’s chairperson in the past. The Minister of State for Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, said he hoped to introduce rules in the new year whereby sporting bodies would face cuts to their State funding unless they had at least 30 per cent of their Board filled by women.Naomh Colmcille also elected a female, namely Shauna McAleese, to the secretary’s position.Pat McAuley will be the treasurer with Sean Gallagher to serve as the club PRO.But the big talking point was the history-making appointment of Friel as the new Chairperson and a groundbreaking move for the club.  Donegal GAA club makes history in electing its first-ever female Chairperson was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Darina FrielNaomh ColmcilleNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more

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2019-12-27

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REVEALED: DONEGAL GARDAI GIVEN EXTRA PATROL CARS

first_imgGARDAI in Co Donegal have been allocated eight new patrol cars, Donegal Daily has learned.The vehicles will be delivered over the next few weeks as funding for the upgrades is released.The news means that extra Traffic Corps patrols can take place across the county and run-down vehicles replaced. Reports that a drugs raid had to be postponed due to the lack of police cars have been dismissed as “complete rubbish.”A Garda spokesman said: “This is simply not true. No such incident took place.”However sources in the organisation have confirmed that several vehicles are no longer fit for purpose.The front passenger door of one patrol car being used in Finn Valley can no longer open and Gardai have been seen exiting the vehicle via the driver’s door. “Some of the vehicles we have are a joke,” one Garda told us today.“But we would never stop an operation because of that; we’d use the resources available to do it.“We could always do with more vehicles but the good news is new vehicles are being provided in the next couple of months.” REVEALED: DONEGAL GARDAI GIVEN EXTRA PATROL CARS was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:REVEALED: DONEGAL GARDAI GIVEN EXTRA PATROL CARSlast_img read more

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2019-12-25

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