Cllr. Rosemarie Banks-James Crowned Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church “Mother of the Year 2014/2015”

first_imgIt seems like yesterday; but 27 unbroken years have passed and, again, history, as it is always the case, has repeated itself. Cllr. Rosemarie Banks-James has stepped in the same shoes her mother — Mother Mary Jane Brisbane-Banks — stepped in those many years ago. And guess where? In the same church: Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church on Camp Johnson Road.Cllr. James, the sister of Associate Supreme Court Justice Phillip A. Z. Banks, III, was crowned Eliza Turner’s Mother of the Year on May 11, 2014, in observance of that Church’s annual Mothers’ Day program, held under the auspices of the Women Missionary Society (WMS).The Daily Observer’s Women Desk had an exclusive interview with Cllr. James, a well-seasoned and an astute lawyer:Daily Observer (DO): Mother Rosemarie Banks-James, congratulations and thanks for allowing the Daily Observer to interview you.Mother/Cllr. James: You are welcome and thanks for the compliments.DO: You were recently crowned Mother of the Year; tell us your feeling.Mother James: I was so happy. It was like history repeating itself. I said to the church on that day, I am very, very happy because my mother was made Mother of the Year in this same church.DO: How many years ago?Cllr. James: About 27, 28 years ago and now I am being made Mother of the Year. At that time, we were all happy because we were all around.DO: These days, churches just make people Mother of the Year, Father of the Year, Brother of the Year and so forth, because of what the person has, was that the same in your case?Mother James: No. I have worked in that church from baby. We grew up in that church. We attended Sunday School, we climbed the ladder gradually in the church and held different positions in different organizations in the church. So I have worked hard. Yeah, they love me because I know how to help the church make money and I do give cheerfully.DO: Mother James, growing up as a young woman in the church and looking at today’s young women in Liberia, what piece of advice can you give them?Cllr. James: I tell them like I tell my children. As soon as they tell me that they have a problem, I always tell them go to church… (laughs)DO: You think the solution is in the church?Mother James: It gives peace of mind and sometimes when you hear the sermon, you forget about your problems. It helps you to find solution to your problems. You are sitting there and worrying about your problems when you can take them to the Lord in prayer. That’s what we were taught. From small, we were taught to pray and about the church. A lot of the young women are not going to church, but I thank God that we can encourage few of them to go to church. They say, ‘I can’t find a good husband…’ I tell them you are not going to find a good husband on the streets. Go to church and you are going to find whatever you are looking for—peace of mind.DO: This question might be biased among your girls, which one of them you wish that that person continues the history by becoming the next Mother of the Year?Mother James: (Laughs) Let me tell you among my five children, my oldest girl, Fatuma, she’s a lover of church…DO: So you want her to continue the history?Mother James: Yes, she loves church; she sings in the choir in the church in the States. She has three boys and a girl, who along with she and her husband, go to church every Sunday. She doesn’t miss a Sunday. She is more than me.DO: Mother James, as a seasoned lawyer in the court, you should take a tough face there, do you take you motherly instinct there, too?Mother James: All the time…(laughs)DO: And does it play on your judgment?Mother James: A lot, because when I try to explain to people, I relate it to everyday life out there—as a woman, as a mother, sometimes when I see the young people misbehaving, I tell them the things I didn’t take from my children, I am not going to take them from you. You have to act this way. I go to the court and I say to the lawyers, and as a teacher in my profession, I tell some of the lawyers, hey I didn’t train you this way, they get back to themselves because they feel that they have missed the law in front of their professor.DO: By making you Mother of the Year, what does the church expect from you?Mother James: Let me tell you what I did this year for my church. I made them take two projects: They needed a projector, I donated that to the church. But we have been trying to finish the front part of the church. That part is the Pastor’s office. We have been dragging this work for a very long time. So, I told the Missionary that we have to do something about it. So if we raise some money, we can start by saying we will do the window or door and this will help the church. To get this done, I invited a lot of friends and relatives to come and help me raise some money for this project. The Missionaries are so happy from that day, they are still thanking me.DO: There have been many Mothers of the Year in the Church, your tenure is now, what legacy you wish to leave when you turn the crown over to another mother?Mother James: You know the song one of my adopted daughters—Grace Martins Yonway—who sang before I spoke says: If I can help somebody as I pass this way or as I go along, then my living won’t be vain. You don’t need to praise me now. I have told people when I left from here during the war and found myself along with my family in the States, I got a teaching job. I was in America with my children and didn’t need to help anybody but I took so many young people there and put them in the college. Most of them have graduated and are back, some of them are still there in the States. So, I feel good about it. If I can help somebody as I pass this way, my living won’t be vain, that is my legacy.DO: Looking at Liberia, what can you tell young people today in Liberia?Mother James: Be focused, learn, get an education. Never think work is too hard because we work until we get old. Young people these days don’t want to work. They always say government should create jobs for them but the jobs that government creates they are not interested in them. So, they need the education to get the jobs that they want. This is what the young people need to do. Don’t jump from the bottom to the top because when you fall, there would be nothing to hold you. So, let the young people get an education first before asking for jobs.About Mother Rosemarie Banks-JamesShe is the seventh child of Philip A. Z. Banks, I, and Mary Jane Brisbane. She is a strong advocate for the rights of women and children. She has held several positions not only in Eliza Turner but at the Liberia Annual Conference level of the 14th Episcopal District. Mother James served as a Steward, YPD Director of the WMS, Chairman, Finance Committee, Trustee of the Liberian Annual Conference and Legal Counsel for the 14th Episcopal District AME Church among others. She holds a BA degree in Political Science and History, LL.B and LL.M degrees in Law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, UL and McGill University respectively. She is a former Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, former Professor of Law/Legal Studies and Criminal Justice, Morris Brown College and American Intercontinental University, USA. Mother James has for over 30 years advocated for the rights of women and children and is a founding member of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Women Initiative and Women Development Association of Liberia and is presently the founder/President of Women Care International, an organization she established while in the US. She is on the Editorial Board of Liberia Law Experts and has contributed to the compilation, editing and publishing of Volumes 1-4 of 1LCLR and Volumes 1-41 of LLR. Mother James is married to Cllr. Emmanuel B. James and they have five children and eight grandchildren. She also has several adopted children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US Troops Near End of Ebola Work in Liberia

first_imgThe United States military is almost finished building Ebola treatment units in Liberia, raising questions about how long the soldiers will stay in the country once their work is complete.Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander of the military’s Ebola task force, told The Wall Street Journal the U.S. will make a decision by the middle of next month on whether or not to keep the troops in the region, or perhaps send them to Sierra Leone or Guinea, or ship them back to the U.S.”If the progress in Liberia continues the direction it is going in and we don’t get told to do something outside Liberia, I expect we would start to redeploy some forces,” Volesky said. “If they tell us to do something else, we will do that.”U.S. forces sent to Liberia as part of the Ebola task force, have helped build 14 Ebola treatment units including one that was finished last Monday, reports the Journal.The Ebola outbreak has slowed considerably in recent weeks, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).Volesky told the Journal the military has scaled back the number of deployed soldiers and troops on the ground have constructed smaller treatment units than first planned because of the plummeting case numbers.None of the U.S. troops, Volesky said, have been in contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus. Their temperatures are also checked twice a day as a safeguard.The WHO reports that there have been 18,603 reported cases of the disease, of which 6,915 people have died. Liberia has the highest death toll with 3,290, followed by Sierra Leone (2,085) and Guinea (1,525).Time magazine recently named the Ebola fighters, a group that consists of healthcare workers helping to stop the spread of the deadly virus and treating patients infected with it, as its Time Persons of the Year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Robin van Persie not bitter following move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce

first_img Robin van Persie Robin van Persie insists he has no ill-feeling over his departure from Manchester United after completing his move to Fenerbahce on Tuesday.The striker, 31, ended a three-year stay at Old Trafford to join the Turkish side for an undisclosed fee.Van Persie was unveiled at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul and admitted he got used to the idea of leaving United.”From my side, there are no hard feelings with how it went. It’s part of football, it’s part of life,” Van Persie said.“I had a good moment with the players the day before I came to Istanbul so that was special.“Then you see that everyone really appreciated my time there, that was important for me.”Van Persie reiterated his thanks to United and former club Arsenal on Twitter.“After 11 great years in the Premier League, I have taken on a new challenge at Fenerbahce…Thank you to all the fans, who have supported me through the years… Thank you Arsenal and thank you Manchester United. Wish you all the best.”Van Persie was a £24million signing for United from Arsenal in 2012 and enjoyed an impressive first season at Old Trafford, scoring 26 Premier League goals to help the club clinch the title.But his influence faded and injury problems restricted the Netherlands international to just 27 appearances last term and van Persie concedes he knew he was destined to leave the club.”I could see it coming, if I’m really honest,” he said of his Old Trafford exit.”I could get used to the idea for quite a bit. It was not a situation where it was just happening from day to day so I could get used to the situation – that is football.”Van Persie will link up at Fenerbahce with his former United team-mate Nani, who moved to Istanbul earlier this summer. 1last_img read more


first_imgTHE company which is closing Oatfields Sweets is boasting again – how sales of traditional sweets are rocketing.As Zed Candy pulls the plug on its Letterkenny operation in two weeks time killing off a local tradition forever, it has shared the secret of its success.There’s a massive demand for old-fashioned sweets. Unfortunately all of the Oatfield-branded products will be produced in Kettering, England from next month.Speaking to, wealthy Zed co-owner and MD Donal Kavanagh said that he expected the move to generate “significant” cost savings.Jobs are expected to be created in the UK as a result of increased production, he added.The English factory will raise its production from 85 tonnes of candy per week to 105 tonnes per week, Kavanagh told the site. Kavanagh insisted the move was part of Zed’s ongoing expansion efforts. Tilly’s has seen sales increase by 25% over the last 18 months, while the group’s international business has increased revenue by 20% in the same period, he revealed.“There is a resurgent demand for quality, old-fashioned confectionery,” he commented. “We are growing and driving our business.”  HOW TO MAKE LOADS OF MONEY: OPEN A TRADITIONAL SWEET FACTORY was last modified: May 11th, 2012 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:HOW TO MAKE LOADS OF MONEY: OPEN A TRADITIONAL SWEET FACTORYlast_img read more

Plan for 14-5 link faces review

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Southern California’s construction boom also has keep contractors busy and prompted fewer of them to bid competitively on major highway projects. Recently, on average, there have not even been two bids on every project over $5 million, officials said. The connector would make commutes easier for residents of the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys by easing congestion and providing continuity of the car-pool lanes on both freeways. “A car-pool interconnection system is paramount,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “This is going to do a lot to reward ride sharing from a north-county perspective.” After being considered by the MTA’s Planning and Programming Committee today, the plan will next go before the full MTA board for a vote Dec. 15 before being submitted to state transportation officials. The connector project is in the design stage. Transportation officials are trying to expedite it for a tentative completion date of mid-2009. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – MTA officials want to keep pre-construction work on schedule despite a new estimated cost of $126.6 million, including a $45.6 million increase, for a car-pool lane connection between the Antelope Valley Freeway and Interstate 5. A plan to program $618 million in state and federal funds to keep the Highway 14-Interstate 5 connector and other highway projects moving ahead will be considered today during a committee meeting of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “That’s my main mission,” MTA board member Frank Roberts said of the connector project. “That’s critical for Santa Clarita.” The connector is among seven major highway projects planned for this decade on which MTA officials say costs have collectively increased by more than $1.15 billion from original estimates. They said rising costs of construction materials and real estate are among the reasons. last_img read more


first_imgGuilty: Pat BuckleyA CROOKED bishop convicted of carrying out illegal marriages conducted three of the sham ceremonies here in Donegal, we can reveal.Pat Buckley, who is 61, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church more than a decade ago and now operates an independent church. He was given a suspended jail term after he admitted his involvement in sham marriages when he appeared in court in Belfast.Buckley, of Princes Gardens, Larne, was given a three and a half year jail sentence, suspended for three years after admitting 14 charges of conspiracy to defraud.He performed marriage ceremonies between illegal immigrants from Asia and Portugese women. He charged €400 plus expenses and conducted three of the marriages here in County Donegal.Sentencing him, the judge told him: “What you did was wrong. You committed a series of serious crimes which you did for a financial reward.”“Nothing can disguise the fact that you, as someone who professed to be a man of God and who should have been setting an example to others of how to behave, let yourself down, let your ministry down and betrayed the trust of all those to whom you should have been providing leadership and guidance.“The loss of your reputation is bound to have hit you hard.”An organised crime detective said the sentencing marked the culmination of an investigation that “spanned three continents and has lasted over four years”.“This investigation uncovered the systematic abuse of the EU immigration system in which criminals, some from a professional background, provided false documentation for work permits,” said PSNI detective Andrea McMullan.Speaking after his sentencing, Buckley said he felt a “strong sense of compassion for those who must live outside the EU in profound poverty and appalling circumstances”.“I am glad that the judge and the prosecution accept that I have provided solace to the outcasts and that my door is always open to the downtrodden.“I am sorry for allowing my compassion to bring me to the point of breaking the law – the laws that our society agree upon.“I did not intend to offend my fellow citizens, but I accept that I have, and again for that I want to say that I am sorry.”REVEALED: CROOKED BISHOP CONDUCTED SHAM MARRIAGES IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:BishopconvictedcrookPat Buckleylast_img read more

WATCH: Daniel hopes busloads of fans will support flood victims’ concert

first_imgDonegal star Daniel O’Donnell has given fans an exclusive preview of the benefit concert which has been quickly organised for the Inishowen flood victims. An all-star lineup will come together to perform at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny on September 3rd 2017. All proceeds from the event will go towards the people and families devastated by the flash floods in Inishowen on Tuesday 22nd August.Daniel said he hopes to see bus-loads of supporters making their way to the gig to enjoy the music and show solidarity to the communities left bereft by the natural disaster. “I’m sure like myself you were all shocked and horrified,”Daniel said.“We’re hoping there will be a great turnout to make this a successful event. I know that as well as the money raised, the very fact there’s a large number of people who are turning out and gathering together will give the people in Inishowen and further afield great hope that things are being done to make their plight heard, and just to make things a little bit more easy for them at this difficult time,” he said.Superstar Daniel gave a preview of the fantastic lineup of Irish artists giving their time this weekend: Nathan Carter, Declan Nearney, Johnny Brady, Dominic and Barry Kirwan, Jacqui Sharkey and The Conquerors are all set to take to the stage to support the victims.The doors will open at 1.30pm at the Aura Centre in Letterkenny on Sunday, September 3rd. Tickets go on Sale on Monday through local outlets and at the Aura Centre. Tickets purchased at these local outlets will cost €30.Tickets will also be available through Ticketmaster website midweek and will be subject to an added service charge.All proceeds, after costs, going to the Red Cross. All artists have offered their services free of charge.WATCH: Daniel hopes busloads of fans will support flood victims’ concert was last modified: August 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:concertdaniel o’donnelleventsInishowen floodsMUSIClast_img read more

“4 Jan” GC1T8R0 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2010

first_img“4 Jan” (GC1T8R0)The regular sized geocache “4 Jan” (GC1T8R0) hides in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.  But the geocache isn’t “for” someone named Jan.  It has a different meaning altogether.Cache owner C3P4J created “4 Jan” as his first hide. He writes in the cache description that the name of the cache is the anniversary date of his wedding. He and his fiance were married on January 4th.Geocachers discover more than a sentimental geocache.  They are treated to amazing views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.The size of this cache makes it easy to trade items, sign the log book or even drop a Travel Bug.Depending on the route that you take, the three star terrain trek may require a bit of steep climbing.  The payoffs also include an unforgettable visit to the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel (pictured above and below).The cache has been found more than 150 times since to was placed in June of 2009.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on”4 Jan” in summerShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”last_img read more