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LIBA President Decries Tribal, Sectarian Division

first_imgLiberian Business Association president Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah is calling Liberians to rise up against those in the habit of using tribal and sectarian divisions to inflict inequality on Liberians.Making the call last Sunday at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Sinkor, where he and other personalities of the church were honored, Mr. Kemayah noted that at one point in time a certain group of people sectionalized the people of Liberia and the majority were marginalized in the use of the country’s wealth.There was another time in the country’s history, Mr. Kemayah said, when people were asked for their tribes before receiving any opportunity to acquire something or to have the right of passage.As a result of these situations, the LIBA president said the country has suffered not only economic and developmental retrogression, but also suffered years of civil strife that caused serious consequences on its growth and development.It is this same divide and rule syndrome that the country still experiences today, where millions of citizens are facing abject poverty with no social services extended to them.Sensing that it is the same situation pertaining in some Liberian churches, Mr. Kemayah urged religious institutions including churches and mosques, to practice values that will show cohesion instead of division.To create an inclusive society that will be pleasing to everyone, citizens must seek a person who will bring value to the society and not one who instigates divide and rule.He admonished that Liberians need to go beyond tribal or sectional sentiments to appraise people by what they contribute to the society.The LIBA president was honored along with three others, Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Stalink K. Javon and David T. Morris, for what the church described as their “valuable services rendered to society”.Senator Dagoseh, who is also a deacon of the church, said in brief remarks that he does not believe in too much talking, but taking concrete actions that will impact people.He then contributed LD$60,000 towards the school project undertaken by the church.The senior pastor of the church, Rev. Galison M. George, recounted that these men, especially Mr. Kemayah, had taken personal interest in the activities of the church.Dea. George O.C. Kaicora, Sr., in his sermon, urged all those serving on the church’s Deacon Board to consider themselves as servants responsible for three tables, which are, the Holy Communion, the pastor’s table and benevolence.Dea. Kaicora urged them not to exercise authority over the pastor of the church, but see themselves as helpers of the pastor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Artesia favored in Division III

first_imgArtesia, however, was not the only local team to qualify for the state tournament. After winning the CIF-SS Division I-A title with a 67-50 decision over Redondo, Los Alamitos earned the sixth seed in Division I. The Griffins (29-4) , who enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state, having won 21 games in a row, will host San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley (23-6) on Thursday. “I thought our draw was fair and I’m happy to have a home game,” Griffins coach Russ May said. “Obviously, any time you reach the state tournament, you have to play great teams in every round because just about everybody has won a championship. In order to win a state title, you have to win some big games and our division is tough. “Fairfax is the top seed, everybody knows about them, and Westchester is always good. Plus, I can tell you from playing them, that M.L. King is very dangerous.” LONG BEACH – By beating nationally ranked Mater Dei for the second time this season in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA final over the weekend, the Artesia High boy’s basketball team proved it was the best team in the state. On Sunday, the CIF State committee agreed as the Pioneers (29-2) were awarded the No. 1 seed in Division III when the Southern Regional playoff pairings were announced. Artesia, which won the state championship in Division III last year, begins its quest to win another titled Thursday at 7 p.m. when it hosts San Diego’s St. Augustine (13-15) in a first-round game. “We’re the I-AA champions and the best team in the state, so we knew it was going to be hard for some other Division III team to be ranked ahead of us,” said Pioneers coach Loren Grover, whose team downed Mater Dei, 77-68, Saturday night for the school’s second straight CIF-SS championship. “We’re happy to be the No. 1 seed and have a home game.” center_img Even though Compton lost in the CIF-SS Division I-AA semifinals to Mater Dei last week, the Tarbabes were also rewarded with an invitation to the Division II field. Compton (25-6) earned the second seed behind Mater Dei (29-4) and will host San Diego Serra in a first-round game Thursday. The state finals will be held at the Arco Arena in Sacramento on the weekend of March 23. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more