Gbarnga City, Bong County was a scene of shouting, pandemonium and crying when a 29-year-old man set himself ablaze at about 4 p.m. at the Phebe Parking.Twenty-nine-year-old Papa Canmue, who reportedly said he was facing too much hardship, set himself ablaze on Sunday May 18.According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, Canmue had bought a liter of gasoline, measured in a small mayonnaise jar, which the commercial bike riders in that area refer to as Musa, with the amount of L$100.The eye witnesses told our Bong County Correspondent that they thought that Canmue intended using the gasoline in a motor cycle. But to their uttermost surprise, he poured it on himself and struck a match, which caught fire, setting him ablaze.According to the bystanders, when they saw what had happened, they tried to extinguish the blazing fire, but the 29-year-old man began to run as they ran after him.“He ran until the fire overcame him and he dropped rolling in the grass. By the time we reached him, the fire has already overcome the young and nothing else we could do,” one of the eyewitnesses explained.Investigations conducted by this reporter established that Papa Canmue committed suicide for what he (Papa Canmue) termed as living in the bondage of economic hardship.The information maintained that Papa and his family have since separated because of him not being able to provide for the home as the head.“This young man and his family have always been in quarrel for the past three years on grounds that he could not feed his family,” a close neighbor told the Observer.The investigations also indicated that Papa’s children are out of school as the result of him not being able to pay their school fees.It has been said that the latest action by Papa was his second attempt at committing suicide. They said in April of this year, he had climbed in a coconut tree in an effort to fall from the tree and finish his life as a means of liberating himself from the repression of economic hardship, but he was rescued through the frantic effort of community members, who persuaded him to come down.It is been speculated in many quarters of Gbarnga that that man was mentally unbalanced, while some are arguing that he was suffering from psychological problem. Political pundits in Bong County are of the believe that the action by Papa Canmue to immolate himself is a clear indication that the country’s economy is not meliorating for the poverty-stricken citizens evidenced by the hike in the prices of the basic commodities on the Liberian market. It can be recalled in March of this year a 33-year-old woman in Wainsue few miles away from Gbarnga committed suicide because of what she termed as over loaded with extreme hardship.One of the bystanders said, “Whether Papa Canmue was unbalanced or not, let the Government of Liberia build vocational institutions across the country as another way of providing economic security for young people who do not have the opportunity to acquire tertiary education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jay Leno will return as the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castaic Lake, California.This year’s Love Ride will benefit the USO that provides critical support and morale boosting programs and services to troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured, and their families, and the families of the fallen. The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years. The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale.Love Ride 29 is being supported by 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern California and many of them will feature pre-Love Ride promotions and group rides to Castaic Lake on October 21. Harley-Davidson of Glendale will feature The Strawberry Alarm Clock in concert at 7:15 a.m. followed by a press conference with Leno and other celebrities, including Robert Patrick, the Cast of Sons of Anarchy, Antonio Sabato Jr., Willie G. Davidson, Karen Davidson, Perry King, George Barris, Mickey Jones, Keith Emerson, and Lorenzo Lamas who will sing this year’s National Anthem.George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Canned Heat will headline the Castaic Lake concert starting at 11:45 a.m. Other Castaic Lake festivities include a trade show, Peter Fonda ride-in bike show, USO displays, and a food truck fair.The minimum donation to participate is $50 and includes a free opportunity ticket to win 6 prizes that include a 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.All motorcycle brands and automobiles are welcome. To sign up in advance or receive more information, go to www.LoveRide.org, or visit Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.
BALURGHAT: Communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims can be seen during Kali Puja in South Dinajpur’s Haripukur.Haripukur stands at zero point on the Indian side of India-Bangladesh border around 25 km from Balurghat. A local inhabitant Manik Sarkar said the Puja started by the locals just after the Independence. Around 30 families belonging to both the communities have been residing there in peace. Maa Kali is worshipped without the idol as locals believe this custom has been continued since the Puja started. Muslims particularly women and girls in the neighbourhood take part in the rituals and offer puja to Maa Kali during the two-day festival. Standing before the Puja pandal, a local, Robiul Islam emotionally said: “Haripukur was included in the Indian Territory in 1947 but due to geographical bindings, it stands outside the border fencing, nearly 150 meter away from the zero point. Around 30 families, mostly Muslims reside here. We have to abide by the rules and regulations strictly as per International norms and it restricts our free movement and free interaction with each other. We cannot enjoy freedom like others.” A BSF official said it is due to security reason, Haripukur inhabitants cannot move elsewhere between 5.30 pm to 6.30 am. Locals are all unemployed and have financial crunch but are determined to overcome economical constraints and make the Puja a success. All of them contribute to bear the Puja expenses as much as they can because they don’t see it a festival of a particular community but as a festival of harmony and togetherness. This year too, the two communities have come forward to conduct the festival in a grand manner. A local Bimal Sarkar said the members of the Muslim community have a crucial role to play in the Puja every year. “They used to design and set up the pandal, collect money, run errands and most importantly serve conventional bhog (food offered to Maa Kali). The Puja is mainly organised by them and we just play the supporting role.” Like Kali Puja, the members of Hindu community also play a similar role in popular Muslim festivals like Eid and Muharram. “We believe in organising festivals together without any religious discrimination as the Hindus in Haripukur constitute a minority. We actively take part in the puja as the Hindus in our festivals like Eid and Muharram. The BSF and BGB jawans also participate in Diwali celebrations along with the Bangladeshi people. There is no politics and we are not bothered about religion. Togetherness is our strength and thus we are united,” said Istaq Ali, a local.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Saumitra Khan Wednesday joined the BJP, giving a fillip to the saffron party’s campaign in West Bengal in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Khan, who joined the party at a press conference following a meeting with its president Amit Shah, represents Bishnupur in the Lok Sabha and was earlier a member of the state assembly as well.
Want to stay attentive in your old age? Start doing meditation. Regular and intensive sessions over the course of a lifetime may help you to stay focussed and attentive even in advanced years, according to a new study. “This study is the first to offer evidence that intensive and continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention and response inhibition,” said lead author of the study Anthony Zanesco, now at the University of Miami. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research evaluates the benefits that people gained after three months of full – time meditation training and whether these benefits are maintained seven years later.A previously conductede study assessed the cognitive abilities of a group of people who regularly meditated before and after they went on a three-month-long retreat.After the first group’s initial retreat was over, the second group received similar intensive training.As part of this study, follow-up assessments were conducted six months, 18 months and seven years after completion of the retreats. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDuring the last appraisal, participants were asked to estimate how much time over the course of seven years they had spent meditating outside of formal retreat settings, such as through daily or non-intensive practice. The participants who had remained in the study all reported some form of continued meditation practice – 85 per cent attended at least one meditation retreat and they practiced amounts on average that was comparable to an hour a day for seven years.The participants again completed assessments designed to measure their reaction time and ability to pay attention to a task.