A US$64 health center built by the BAO-Chinese Iron Ore Exploration Company, (BAO-CHICO) was turned over to Gomgbeya Chiefdom last Tuesday in Gbarpolu County.The facility, located in Gokala, capital of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, contains offices, a maternal healthcare center, Out Patient Department and a dispensary.BAO-Chico Country Representative John Zhang, known in the community as John Jallah, recalled the difficulties at the beginning of the company’s exploration process in the chiefdom, and stated that with the support of traditional leaders and other stakeholders, the company achieved its objective.He paid special tribute to the elders and zoes and particularly to the memory of the late paramount chief of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, Jallah Lone, for supporting the company’s presence in the chiefdom.Zhang disclosed that the late paramount chief received BAO-Chico in Gomgbeya with open arms and stood by the company until it gained ground in the chiefdom.He used the occasion to commend President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for encouraging Liberia to form a partnership with China (PRC) that is geared toward mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries.On behalf of the government, Mr. Paul Kinba, Assistant Gbarpolu County Superintendent for Development, described the health center as a dream come true at a time when the people desperately need it.He urged BAO-Chico to fence the facility and bring in Chinese doctors to work hand in hand with the Liberian government to ensure that the healthcare needs of the people are met.The construction of the center came as a result of an agreement reached between Gomgbeya Citizens Committee and BAO-Chico to use a portion of its Social Development Fund to build a healthcare center for the chiefdom.For his part Gbarpolu County Senator, Pro Tempore Armah Jallah, who spoke through a proxy, described BAO-Chico as a partner in his county’s reconstruction.He said BAO-Chico’s funding of the health center has demonstrated the company’s willingness to give back to the community in which it operates.He lauded the company for its continued support to the development of Gomgbeya Chiefdom through the construction of roads, bridges and the provision of social services to the people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Last weekend, protesters gathered in downtown L.A. for an anti-war demonstration to mirror the larger concurrent event in Washington. Including perennial protester Martin Sheen and the requisite protest beat of pounding drums, the throng’s signs cried the modern anti-war equivalents of “Make love, not war”: “War is not the answer”; “No blood for oil” and, at this protest, “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “Eat Republicans/not animals.” No reports of signs decrying homicidal al-Qaida maniac Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s campaign for civil war in Iraq or active campaign of terror. No reports of protests against al-Zarqawi sawing off Nick Berg’s head. Also no reports of signs bearing pics of bloodied kids’ shirts being pulled out of Saddam’s mass graves in sites dotting the Iraqi landscape. But I digress. As protests get more outlandish and try to be bigger newsmakers – and become clearinghouses for any leftist cause – what exactly is the message they’re trying to send and how truly representative of the mainstream is that message? If a middle-of-the-road voter tells a pollster that they’re uncomfortable with the war, does that exactly ally them with Cindy Sheehan’s extremist ilk? And do those with the power to effect change even care about the elaborate costumes and vitriolic messages put forth in the protests? No electable administration – Republican or Democratic – will shape its foreign policy by these protests. Or are modern-day protests with the look and feel of showy productions – complete with a sprinkling of Hollywood elite – more about attempting to humiliate those in power than attempting to be a lasting influence driven by common sense rather than emotion? Every good production needs a stellar cast, and L.A.’s demonstration included a Grim Reaper, masked political characters and an inflatable Bush doll. The protest script included words that may not be true but make for high drama: “We are killing (Iraqis), enslaving them,” one L.A. protester told the AP. (A bevy of now-free bloggers writing from within Iraq would disagree.) Producers included the ANSWER coalition, which expresses support for human-rights-violating regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and North Korea. And do protesters even know what they’re talking about? New York-based documentary filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney has made myriad shorts at anti-war protests armed with a microphone and a cameraman, getting to know the demonstrators. What he captures is alternatingly hilarious and frightening, from theories of intergalactic Bush administration conspiracies to rank anti-Semitism displayed in the guise of peace. Maloney calmly interviews at times hysterical protesters. When one makes her standard blood-for-oil argument, he asks if all we wanted was oil, how come we didn’t just take it all in the first Gulf War? She is stumped. In another short, Maloney plays a quiz game with protesters, reading a quote citing Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction and giving protesters a multiple-choice list from which to pick the source. Most jump on the Bush choice, and few pick who actually said the quote: Bill Clinton. In the 2004 documentary “Celsius 41.11,” an opening clip shows a protester hollering into a camera that if a dictator provides schools and health care, “I like that dictator!” The film cuts to footage of Saddam’s goons chopping off a person’s fingers. When you move from the noble MLK-era civil rights protester into modern-day nutty extremist protester mode, can you expect anyone serious to take you seriously? Some of my left-leaning friends have visited these anti-war demonstrations and returned just shaking their heads, having seen the protests devolve from impassioned activists to forums of insane hatred and rabid anti-Americanism. Hence my favorite protest participants are the Protest Warriors, a group of mostly young men and women who dare to introduce the opposing viewpoint on crisp signs here and there at anti-war and anti-Israel (often one and the same) demonstrations. When they calmly step into the scene, they’re usually ordered to leave by those who profess to value free speech; they’re usually met with screaming or violence from “peace” protesters. The group’s very first sign read: “Except for ending slavery, fascism, Nazism and communism … War has never solved anything!” Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!