There is a certain Paynesville resident who every morning makes it his duty to pick up students and drop them at their schools in Monrovia. He usually asks their names, whereupon, he detects the ethnic group from which each hails.He also asks, “Do you speak the language? To the child named Juah,” he asks, “Do you speak Kru?” To the name Korvah comes the question: “Do you speak Lorma?” Sia, “Do you speak Kissi?” Fanta, “Do you speak Mandingo?” Wede, “Do you speak Grebo?” Yormie, “Do you speak Gio?”It is most unfortunate that for 98 per cent of these children, the answer each morning is “No!” or, “I don’t know that thing, oh.”What a national tragedy—Liberians are not teaching our children their languages.However, for most of the Mandingo students this Paynesville resident picks up, the answer is YES! The Paynesville resident then asks each with the answer No to make him a promise: “When you go home today, please ask your ma, pa, aunty or grandmother to teach you your language. It is very important for one to speak his or her own language.”At this point in this Editorial, we say a joyful Thank God for four people: Senator Varney Sherman, his maternal grandfather, grandmother and grandaunt!These are the people who raised Varney Sherman from infancy through high school. His maternal grandfather, a traditionalist, spoke Vai fluently and cared for his relatives, including his sisters, who were Varney’s grand aunts. But none of them spoke English. So since they were responsible to raise this child—his mother, shortly after his birth, traveled to Monrovia to complete her education—the grand aunts spoke nothing but Vai to Varney. So from early childhood he grew up speaking Vai—before he learned English. Varney was very bright and studious. In our recent interview with him, he told our team of reporters, “I did not only learn to speak Vai. I studied it.”Is there any wonder that because he was bright and studious he excelled academically, becoming valedictorian at St. John’s Episcopal High School and graduating from Cuttington, excelling in Science and Mathematics?His St. John’s teachers, especially Ms. Banarby, the school’s legendary American Science instructor, wanted him to become a medical doctor because he excelled in Chemistry, Biology and Math. What they probably did not know was that Law was in Varney’s genes. Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers were lawyers. Both were also elected Grand Cape Mount Senators. The paternal grandfather founded the Wakolo Law Firm in Robertsport in 1928. Varney’s father inherited that firm and several of Varney’s brothers became lawyers. A younger brother also graduated from Harvard Law School.Today, Varney Sherman is one of Liberia’s most successful corporate lawyers and many believe he is Liberia’s richest lawyer. His firm ranks, along with the nation’s oldest—the Henries Law Firm (1944)—as the second firm in its own building. Others are Pierre and Tweh Law Firm and The International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants.All of these successes—and legacies—would naturally lead Varney into politics. His 2005 presidential bid was unsuccessful; but that could not possibly have been the political end for this talented, wealthy, ambitious young man. So, like his grandfathers, he decided to enter Cape Mount’s 2014 Senatorial race. And that is when his linguistic legacy laid in. Varney is modest, never boastful. So only a few knew of his Vai linguistic prowess (ability, competence, dexterity). So when he appeared before his proud Cape Mount people, the vast majority of whom—whether Dey, Gola, Mende or Mandingo—speak Vai—he addressed them in the classical Vai he learned from his grannies. When the votes were counted, he had won by a wide margin.We have taken pains today to explain how one man’s example convincingly demonstrates the importance of learning to speak one’s indigenous language. Liberian parents, PLEASE TEACH OUR CHILDREN OUR LANGUAGES! Look how far it has brought Varney Sherman!Ministry of Education, please start teaching our languages in our primary and secondary schools throughout the country—NOW! All Liberian universities should also require every student to be able to speak at least one Liberian language before graduation.Remember, language is the bearer of culture. Lose it, you lose your culture. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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1 Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Brazilian teen ace Gabriel Barbosa from Santos. Known as ‘Gabigol’ and dubbed ‘the new Neymar’, the 19-year-old is understood to be the subject of a £25m bid from Chelsea and negotiations between the two clubs are apparently at an advanced stage. According to Globo Esparto, Juventus are also plotting a swoop for Gabigol but Chelsea have trumped the Italian club’s £15m bid. Chelsea scouts have kept a close eye on the striker’s progress in recent months and have now told new manager Antonio Conte to make his move. Gabigol has been at Santos for three years and has already made 151 appearances, scoring 55 goals, for the Brazilian giants. Gabriel Barbosa in action for Santos
VALENCIA – College of the Canyons officials plan to offer a host of new fall courses with the increased funding coming from this year’s state budget. Under the $131 billion state budget signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday, community colleges would get $40 million in new money to pay for equipment for career and technical education. College of the Canyons plans to use its share of those funds, and other increases in the state budget, to offer a range of new programs, including culinary arts and automotive technology. “It’s exciting to see the college expand its opportunities and offerings,” said Audrey Green, dean of program development and community extension for College of the Canyons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The proposed new class offerings, if approved, would be the college’s biggest expansion of new instructional programs in recent years, Green said. The college offered culinary arts in the spring, but to provide a degree or a certificate in culinary arts the school needs to get approval from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The college is also working on getting approval from the chancellor’s office for its other proposed new courses. They include construction management, land surveying, recreation management, speech language pathology, environmental studies and gerontology. Some courses would transfer to four-year institutions and some would prepare students to directly enter the work force. “The reality is that most jobs now require post-secondary education training of some sort,” Green said. One job that requires more specialized training nowadays is auto mechanics, and the college hopes to create a program in that field in conjunction with the William S. Hart Union High School District. “There is not only a local shortage of automotive technicians, but there is a national shortage of automotive technicians and it is a very high-paying position,” Green said. One program the college hopes to create this year is called the Emeritus College, a program meant to keep older adults intellectually stimulated by offering non-credit courses in literature, music, creative writing and other areas. The newly adopted state budget lowers community college fees from $26 a unit to $20. The budget provides a total of $8.7 billion for community colleges. “This is a record investment in community colleges,” said Sabrina Lockhart, a spokeswoman for the governor. “(Schwarzenegger) wants to ensure that our students are able to smoothly transition to higher skill levels in the career sector, and the community colleges play an integral role in that.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOrujian had head trauma and Martin had a broken left arm and head injuries, according to the CHP. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Two people suffered moderate injuries Monday when a car veered off Angeles Forest Highway and plunged about 300 feet down a hillside. The crash occurred near Aliso Canyon Road at 6:37 a.m., authorities said. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to free the victims from the wreckage of the 2006 Lexus. Andrereh S. Orujian, 27, was southbound on Angeles Forest Highway south of Aliso Canyon Road when he veered too far to the left and his vehicle struck the side of the mountain, according to the California Highway Patrol. The force of the impact sent the car over the side of the embankment. The 27-year-old driver and his passenger, Jasmine Martin, 26, of Palmdale were taken by helicopter to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Tottenham are looking for their first win of the 2019/20 Champions League group stage when they host Bayern Munich on Tuesday.Spurs threw away their two goal lead against Olympiakos to draw 2-2 in the first match in Athens.A win is much needed for Mauricio Pochettino just days after he saw his side scrape a 2-1 win against Southampton after playing nearly 60 minutes with 10 men. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Christian Eriksen has been in and out of the Tottenham side due to the speculation over his future but there is no getting away from the fact that Spurs are a better side with him playing.Pochettino will need to play his best team to beat Bayern Munich at home.Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks will need to be on top of their game to break up the play in midfield from the likes of Serge Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho. Buildlineup.com How Tottenham could line-up against Bayern Munich on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 4 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more The Tottenham defenders will have their work cut out with Bayern’s explosive attack led by Robert Lewandowski. The pace is provided by Kingsley Coman, Philippe Coutinho and Serge Gnabry and they also have Ivan Perisic to come off the bench if he is needed.Thiago and Joshua Kimmich have formed a strong partnership in the middle and will look to stop Christian Eriksen from getting on the ball.Their defence is settled with David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Niklas Sule and Benjamin Pavard all likely to start in front of Manuel Neuer. 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A record of three wins from nine games in all competitions is something the manager will no doubt want to fix.Their opponents, Bayern Munich, had a far easier start to the Champions League group stages with a 3-0 win over Red Star but could have been more as they had 34 shots on goal. How Bayern Munich may line-up against Tottenham The German side have enjoyed a good start to the season and top the Bundesliga with striker Robert Lewandowski already scoring 12 goals in nine games.Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns going into the Champions League clash with Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso still out.How Tottenham could line-up against Bayern Munich on Tuesday latest targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Christian Eriksen is set to start against Bayern Munich Harry Kane scored in the draw with Olympiakos stalemate Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 4 Lucas Moura will again find himself unlucky to miss out on a place in the starting line-up but Heung-Min Son has been the preferred choice of partner for Harry Kane this season.He started in the first match Champions League match against Olympiakos and scored but Son then started in the next two Premier League games. rookie error 4 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty 4 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Jason Cundy defends Mauricio Pochettino and slams Spurs fans who want him goneDanny Rose and Ben Davies have been rotated on the left but Pochettino may start Davies for this match as he is the more solid defender.Bayern are particularly dangerous down the flanks with Ivan Perisic and Kingsley Coman.Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will have their hands full in dealing with Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho, who are both in fine form this season.Hugo Lloris has been criticised for the goal he conceded against Southampton where he tried to turn Danny Ings but he also made several top saves in that match. 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Waghorn then failed to tuck away a free header as the Rangers contingent in the crowd grew restless.But their fears were eased three minutes before half-time. Halliday – cleared to play after appealing the red card he received against Hibs – clipped the ball over the top of the Dumbarton defence for Miller just as he sped past his sleeping marker Taggart.The former Scotland hitman stumbled as he went past keeper Mark Brown but was still able to scramble the ball home.But the league leaders were given another let-off four minutes into the second half when Foderingham was again caught out coming for a Mark Docherty cross, with Jon Routledge failing to make the most of his header.However, Gers eventually clicked into gear and only the woodwork denied them a second when Tavernier slammed a header onto the crossbar from Waghorn’s cross, with Miller somehow failing to put away the rebound.But the 36-year-old made no mistake on the hour mark as he planted a fine header from Tavernier’s cross past Brown.And it was the same combo at work four minutes later as Miller wrapped up his treble. He collected a pass from the right-back 12 yards out before turning to slot it into the bottom corner.Waghorn was cautioned soon for diving but the Englishman shrugged off that disappointment to fire home the fourth after 71 minutes after yet another Tavernier assist, this time from the by-line.Halliday’s 82nd-minute free-kick left Brown no chance when it took a wild deflection off the defensive wall before landing in the net.There was nothing fortuitous about Tavernier’s strike three minutes from the end as his 25-yarder flew into the top corner. Kenny Miller’s first Rangers hat-trick in five years helped Mark Warburton’s team to their biggest win of the season as Dumbarton were hammered 6-0.The veteran striker had not claimed a match ball while wearing light blue since a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock in November 2010.But he rolled back the years at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium as he extended his tally for the campaign to 10.Martyn Waghorn, Andy Halliday and James Tavernier rounded off a convincing win. Gers arrived at Dumbarton Rock packing a confident swagger after re-establishing themselves as the promotion frontrunners with last week’s 4-2 win over title rivals Hibernian.Waburton went with the same side which took care of Alan Stubbs’ side, although there was no place for Harry Forrester with the new signing from Doncaster left out while he awaits international clearance.But after the high of triumphing in front of last week’s sell-out Ibrox crowd, Rangers struggled at first to adapt to the more sedate surroundings at the Sons’ tiny one-stand home.Dumbarton should have made the most of their guests’ indifferent start when Gers keeper Wes Foderingham flapped at Scott Taggart’s free-kick from deep but Donald McCallum made a mess of his header.