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first_imgThe project director of TrustAfrica-Liberia, a pan African foundation with headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, has extended assistance to the Revival Temple Assembly of God Mission High School in Wood Camp and the Royal Christian Foundation Institute (RCFI) in the 72nd Neezoe community.Attorney-at-Law Kanio Bai Gbala presented five bundles of zinc to both schools that were recently affected by torrential rains and heavy windstorms which damaged three schools in Electoral District#3 in Montserrado County.The donation was in response to an appeal for help from the principal of RCFI, Siaka Wilson, after a storm had damaged the right wing of the school near his office. Wilson said an earlier appeal to some of the stakeholders and other prominent residents did not materialize. He further explained how the damaged section had delayed their instructional period by two weeks, but expressed gratitude to Atty. Gbala for his timely intervention, through which the damaged portion of the school has been repaired. “The project director for TrustAfrica-Liberia, one Kanio Gbala, came to our rescue. He gave us two bundles of zinc. The national principals association came with some funding,” Wilson told reporters over the weekend. He called on other well-meaning Liberians to emulate the good example of Atty. Gbala by at least visiting the campus to identify with the administration of the school during its predicament. While RCFI has repaired the damage and strengthened the roof against a recurrence, Revival Temple AGM is appealing for more assistance to complete the renovation works. Six classrooms were affected. Vice president for instruction Edwin Kalama said the incident has led to the merger of two classes in one room.Kalama said the situation is hampering the delivery of sound academic instruction to the students and noted the contribution of Kanio.“We have been communicating with other philanthropic institutions. We wrote them for assistance, but only Atty. Kanio Gbala came to our rescue. We were really surprised by his donation on the morning of the incident because we didn’t write or call him,” Kalama told reporters recently.For Atty. Gbala, the gesture is his “little way” of contributing to the country’s education sector. He then urged the authorities of the Ministry of Education to raise some support for schools that are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm in District #3. Atty. Gbala, a resident of District #3 is the founder and chief executive officer of the Friends of District #3, a philanthropic, educational and developmental group working to build unity in the district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgNow that he’s back on the stand-up circuit, Dave Chappelle has a lot to say. The comic, who walked out on a $50 million deal to continue his TV show and briefly took a respite in South Africa, shattered the Laugh Factory’s endurance record by taking to the comedy club’s stage for six hours and seven minutes on Sunday. “He was absolutely amazing, for six hours making people laugh,” the club’s owner, Jamie Masada, said Tuesday. Masada said the previous record of three hours and 50 minutes was accomplished earlier this month by Dane Cook. But until then the mark had stood at two hours and 41 minutes since Richard Pryor set it in 1980. Chappelle walked out on the third season of his hit Comedy Central show last May, leaving fans and industry observers to question his motives and even his sanity. He has said since that he didn’t feel he could be himself on the show. “The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that’s familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?” he told Esquire magazine. He has since returned to the stand-up circuit and released the documentary “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” – Associated Press Gladys Knight to get the ELLA Gladys Knight will receive the 16th annual ELLA Award from the Society of Singers. The honor, named after its first recipient, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, salutes entertainers for their musical successes and dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes. “It is a truly awesome feeling to be receiving this honor. Ella was the sweetest and most beautiful person as a talent and as a human being,” Knight said Tuesday. Knight will receive the award Sept. 10. Past winners include Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion. “Gladys Knight has one of the greatest and most distinctive voices of our time,” said Jerry F. Sharell, the Society of Singers’ president and chief executive officer. (The Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization offers services to meet the emergency financial needs of professional singers worldwide.) Knight, 62, has won seven Grammys in her career, with hits including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” – Associated Press 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

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