WE-CARE Library Marks Liberia’s 169th Independence Day

first_imgWE-CARE Foundation, a local non-governmental educational organization, recently hosted a weeklong celebration marking Liberia’s 169th Independence Day. The activities, which started from July 11 to July 25, were held at the Foundation’s head offices on Carey Street in Monrovia. The program included the identification of the flags of each of the 15 counties; showing documentaries on Liberia and an essay contest among participating students. “Identifying our flags was an exercise where the flags of the 15 counties were displayed for participants to identify. Five of the participants won a book. The documentaries were shown on the 18, 19, and July 25, and featured Firestone and the Warlords (How Big Corporations Influence National Policies); “BlackMarks on White Paper” (The story of former Vice President Bennie D. Warner); “Liberian History from the rule of President Tubman to President Doe”; “Liberia’s Presidents”; “Liberia from 1964-1966”; and “Liberia’s First Female President” (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf). Ending the documentaries was a presentation on‘Liberians who have contributed to the Liberian state by Prof. James Emmanuel Roberts, educator and author, a WE-CARE statement said. The essay contest, the statement said, was for students from grade 7 to grade 12. The topic was, “Liberia’s 169th Independence: What Does It Mean to You?” The first winner was Ansumana M. M. Konneh of James Doe Young High School in Clara Town, who walked away with US$100. The second placer, Lassana A. Jawaraka of Salafiya Grammar School of Front Street, won US$75 while the third place student, Clinton Freeman of Matilda Newport Junior High School of Newport Street, won US$50. The prizes were presented by Mrs. Sia Barbara Kamara of Friends of Liberia. For identifying the county flags, 35 winners walked away with sets of books. WE-CARE Executive Director, T. Michael Weah, said the activities were aimed at joining in Liberia’s Independence Day celebration by educating Liberians about their history, building patriotism in Liberians while promoting literacy, a key component of democracy and WE-CARE’s focus in its educational endeavors.These Independence Day activities, Mr. Weah said, provided the public and the library members with an opportunity to participate in the library as a home to promote literacy and provide access to books and information thus fostering and supporting a reading culture for a well informed society. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sentenced to life

first_imgTricia Van Voorhis, who is three years younger than Robin, berated Marshall for his lack of guilt or remorse. “It is beyond my comprehension how you can do this in the first place. But how can you live with yourself after?” Van Voorhis said she hopes he spends “day after day and year after year” in his cell thinking about the pain he’s caused. Kim Hoynes, the oldest sister, recalled how her sister’s murder devastated her parents. Their father, who suffered from emphysema, committed suicide a decade later. Their mother, who now has many of her own health problems, grieved quietly. Wendy Castaneda, the youngest sister, spoke of how she continues to grieve for her “best friend.” “The truth is you can never make restitution for your actions because you can never bring Robin back,” she said to Marshall. All the sisters remembered how Robin had dedicated much of her life to her church and religion. Castaneda also acknowledged Marshall’s faith as he brought a Bible to court every day. “If you truly believe and embrace the truth of the Bible … then I have to believe that at least you’re sorry for what you did and would express that to my family.” Marshall had worked with Robin at the restaurant until shortly before her Oct. 30, 1984, murder. The assistant manager was fired for a number of reasons, including suspicions he was stealing from the restaurant. Robin, who was alone doing paperwork after closing, let Marshall in. She was expecting him to turn in his uniform and pick up a briefcase he left behind. When she turned away from him, he stabbed her twice in the back. He tried to open a floor safe, but the combination had been changed. Before he left, he slit her throat. When he was first arrested on Nov. 10, 1984, he had two knives and gloves with him and was wearing camouflage pants and boots. The boots, which were kept by the Torrance Police Department when Marshall was released, later became a key piece of evidence in the case. A piece of foam found at the murder scene was linked to the boots. On Friday before the judge handed down the sentence, Arnold said he was “saddened” for the way Marshall “eviscerated” Robin’s close-knit and loving family and shortened a life that was bound for great things. [email protected] (310) 543-6111 160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And not when Torrance Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold told him he was “evil,” and sent him to prison for the rest of his life without the possibility of parole. Marshall, 46, a former state Department of Forestry fire captain, did briefly glance at his family before he was led away by bailiffs. Neither Marshall, his attorney nor his family members spoke during the sentencing hearing. However, his attorney said he would appeal the conviction and sentence. A jury convicted Marshall on Oct. 5 of murder and the special circumstance of killing during an attempted robbery. On Friday, Robin’s sisters told how their lives changed with her death. They lamented the special occasions, rites of passage and everyday joys they were robbed of sharing with her. William Marshall sat in court Friday staring at a black leather Bible on the table in front of him with his hands chained to his waist. He never once looked up. Not when Robin Hoynes’ sisters described the hole he tore in their family by killing her 23 years ago. Not when the prosecutor reiterated the “heinous, horrible” murder of the 21-year-old Whittier woman at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Torrance. last_img read more