Watching Her Life Flash Before Her: “I Want Her to be Like Me”

first_imgTwo single parents living with one another share a lot of things in common, including the fact that they are lesbians. What many in their communities, churches, social life and work places don’t know about the two women is that they are living together as a couple.For the past five years they have been secretly living as ‘husband and wife’ in a small rented room outside Monrovia, which barely can accommodate two people, let alone an entire family.Mommi, who’s the dominant, masculine one, keeps her hair cut low and feels her lifestyle and preference for women has over the years been a test of time.”I love women and have suffered because of it. Liberians don’t accept this type of fetish and desire that I have for my wife. So we have to try to hide it the best way we can,” she shrugged.What confuses many of their tenants living in the 8-bedroom house that they all share is the fact that these two women do everything together, including taking baths.”Sister, when you love the same sex, you have to counsel them, the people around you, to help them understand why you are the way you are. They need to understand why my wife and I are doing some of the things that we do, together,” Mommi maintained.”They understand why I teach my wife that she should never trust or like a man because men have hurt both of us. And because of this, she trusts me and those around us respect our feelings” she revealed.Because of that trust, Martina, Mommi’s partner, says she finds herself satisfied with her life, which she says has never been this good.”She has put it in my head, her daughters head that we should hate men, that they are no good to us because of many reasons. You pick your own that has happened to you before, either way, all women have suffered behind a man. Our daughter is two years old and we want her not to depend on a man either. Period,” she declared.Meanwhile, I watched a pretty child with carmel skin kick on a football, which seemed to be her favorite toy. When I called the child over to me, she bounced over with aggression and ran past me to pick up a mini sized toy car to play with.”If you see our daughter, she’s already behaving like a boy child. We’re training her to love women, because she will never be hurt by one,” she said confidently.“Watching her grow reminds me of how I was brought up and I want her to be like me in everyway possible,” she added.Martina, who has been unable to have children to date, says as a teen, a man she lived in the house with abused her.”I don’t blame my feeling for women on being raped. But, this man always abused me and there was no one that I could run to and tell. So I grew up with this feeling that my life with a man ever again would be ruined, so I’ve decided to forget about men. I was 18 when I learned how to be with a woman,” she revealed.According to Mommi, who says she gave birth only to please her wife says she tried to find a normal life, but lives and does everything as a man would.”I wear men’s clothes and I am what you call a stud. And when it comes to the men who see me portraying them, they feel offended at times and humiliate or mock me. But I’m okay with it; I try to block out the rude remarks and evil stares whenever I’m in public places with them,” she added.Meanwhile, the child who has never felt pain, abuse or reason to hate men or dislike them, watches her parents with love. For her, she trusts that every decision her parents make will be for her best interest.“What I have planned for my daughter is already working, she gets excited whenever other women come around her, and frightened when she sees men. That’s the reaction we want from her,” said Mommi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transit for seniors may shift

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Montebello City Council members this week will consider approving a pilot program that would allow a private company to take over Dial-A-Ride services for seniors and the disabled. MidValley Yellow Cab has proposed operating the Dial-A-Ride service, which is now run by the city’s transportation department. Under Yellow Cab’s proposal, which the council will look at at its meeting Wednesday, the company says it can save the city money while increasing service hours. But exactly how much MidValley would charge riders, along with its proposed service hours, won’t be discussed until after the council approves opening negotiations with the company, said Laura Cornejo, strategic planning manager for Montebello’s transportation department. In fiscal year 2006-07, the city spent $384,760 on its Dial-A-Ride service, which provides in-city transportation to seniors and the disabled using five Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant vans. About 14,700 riders used the service during that period, Cornejo said. The Dial-A-Ride program is available to all Montebello seniors 62 and older and to qualified disabled residents any age and their attendants. It runs from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Passengers pay $1.10 per ride. Once details of MidValley’s proposals are worked out, and if the council approves the plan, the company could begin providing services in June, Cornejo said. After three months, city officials will evaluate the service to see whether Montebello will continue with MidValley. “Customer service is key,” said Cornejo. “It’s one of our most popular services, so we will definitely want MidValley to provide the same or superior customer service.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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

Controlling family says no to Murdoch

first_imgThe question racing through Wall Street and the newspaper industry was whether the Bancroft family, which controls the company through a special class of shares, will now turn to other media companies or outsiders to generate a bidding war. Speculation has surfaced that another newspaper publisher such as The Washington Post Co. or an Internet company could emerge as a bidder as well. Bancroft family member William Cox III told the New Yorker magazine in 2003 that the family would be more open to a proposal from The Washington Post. The Bancrofts have been unwilling to sell in the past and reportedly rebuffed an overture from the Sulzberger family, which controls The New York Times Co., in 2002. But at $60 a share, a premium of more than 65 percent over Dow Jones’ recent stock price, many Wall Street analysts felt Murdoch’s offer was too compelling to pass up – and could lead to others making their own bids. “We’re gratified to see someone see the same value we’ve seen for some time in the assets,” said John Linehan, a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price, the largest outside shareholder in Dow Jones apart from the Bancrofts, with about 11 percent of the company. “It’s a reasonable offer that merits consideration.” NEW YORK – Investors are betting that Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, is now firmly in play, even after the controlling Bancroft family turned thumbs down to a $5 billion bid from Rupert Murdoch. That was the message from trading in Dow Jones shares Wednesday. The stock, which surged almost 55 percent a day earlier after Murdoch announced his unsolicited bid, fell only 20 cents to end the day at $56 – within shouting distance of the $60-per-share offer from Murdoch’s News Corp. Dow Jones said late Wednesday that the company’s board would take no action on Murdoch’s proposal. The company said a director representing the Bancroft family informed the board that members would vote shares constituting 52 percent of outstanding voting power against the bid, as had been widely expected. Dow Jones shares fell 33 cents in after-hours trading. Of the many names usually mentioned as potentially interested in acquiring Dow Jones, most were silent Wednesday about what their intentions might be. A spokesman for General Electric Co. says the company isn’t interested, and Gannett Co., the largest newspaper company in the country and publisher of USA Today – the only newspaper with higher circulation than The Wall Street Journal – declined to comment, as did The Washington Post. Judith Czelusniak, a spokeswoman for Bloomberg LP, a major supplier of financial news, said that company would not be interested, but she declined to elaborate. An assistant to billionaire Warren Buffett said he wasn’t doing any interviews ahead of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting Saturday. However, Buffett, who owns the Buffalo News, warned in his latest annual shareholder letter that “fundamentals are definitely eroding in the newspaper industry,” raising doubts about whether he would step up. While any number of companies would love to own Dow Jones, it’s not clear how many besides Murdoch would be able to afford the $5 billion price tag as easily, or to justify the strategic fit. Murdoch is attracted to Dow Jones for the prestige and power that would come with owning The Wall Street Journal, one of the largest papers in the country and the most influential in the U.S. business world. Dow Jones also holds a special appeal to Murdoch since his News Corp. conglomerate is about to launch a business news cable channel. The company already owns Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network, MySpace and the Twentieth Century Fox movie studio. The new business channel would benefit greatly from the expertise and strong brand name of the Journal and Dow Jones’ other holdings, including Dow Jones Newswires, Barron’s and its part-ownership of SmartMoney magazine. Dow Jones currently has a content-sharing deal that goes through 2012 with GE’s CNBC, which would rival the new business channel. Newspapers all through the country are struggling with competition for readers and advertisers with other media, such as cable, satellite TV and the Internet, and as a result their stocks have suffered. That doesn’t mean that no one at all wants to buy newspapers any more. The businesses still remain profitable, and late last year private-equity investors bought the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper from McClatchy Co., albeit for far less than McClatchy had paid for it. Last month, Tribune Co. agreed to be taken private in a $8.2 billion deal led by real-estate investor Sam Zell. 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


first_imgThe spectacular hills of Golan and High Glen was the setting for the 2012 Castle Cycles Bogman mountain biking race that took place on Sunday past (15th July). The sun shone brightly all day as almost sixty competitors tackled the tough climbs and the challenging descents.The race started with an initial climb that would test the best of athletes amounting to almost 1,100ft of climbing and 17% gradients at times. However, at the top of the first climb, everyone was treated to some of the finest views in the country prior to a flowing singletrack descent to the Lough Nacreaght reservoir.An undulating mix of double and singletrack then presented competitors with an opportunity to stretch the legs prior to commencing the long and technical ascent to almost 1,100ft once more. Encouraged by the fantastic marshalls, all competitors made it up the final climb and were presented with some of the most enjoyable singletrack to the finishing line.Paul McCarter crossed the finishing line in first position to win the Senior Mens Category in a spectacular time of 48 minutes and 49 seconds. Clive Caldwell followed closely in second with Darragh McCarter in third only a minute or two behind.The Senior Womens category was won by Siobhan McLaughlin and Danielle Toal came in second position.Ciaran Coyle was first across the line in the ‘Bitta Craic’ category, finishing a very impressive tenth overall, despite having succumbed to a fall off the bike caused by the legendary Bogman. Alan Lyttle finished in second position with Paul Nash finishing closely behind in third.It was clear that all competitors, whether experienced athletes or novices really enjoyed the sense of achievement that came with participating and completing the event, with smiles and tales of their fortune (or misfortune) that occurred along the route.The Donegal Mountain Biking Club would like to extend our sincere thanks to all competitors, marshalls, support staff, landowners and nearby residents for their support. The Club would like to pay a special thanks to Castle Cycles of Raphoe for their ongoing support and to Sports Foods Ireland for providing competitors with pre and post cycle nutrition. The next round of the Castle Cycles MTB XC Series takes place in Malin in September.DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE was last modified: July 16th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR BOGMAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGElast_img read more

For the day that’s in it: McElhinneys offer ‘Stay Safe’ discount code

first_imgMcElhinneys of Ballybofey are due to close their doors for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia, but have introduced a storm special offer for online shoppers.The store is closing at 12.30pm today, Monday 16th October in the interest of public and staff safety.Don’t forget McElhinneys are always open online and today only they are giving all customers 10% off exclusively online. USE DISCOUNT CODE: STAYSAFE10Shop online:*exclusions apply For the day that’s in it: McElhinneys offer ‘Stay Safe’ discount code was last modified: October 16th, 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:Hurricane OpheliaMCELHINNEYSlast_img read more

Mars Methane May Be Geological, Not Biological

first_imgJust when the ESA Mars Express spacecraft was collecting data on methane emissions on Mars, leading some to speculate it might be a biomarker, Science Now reported new findings that indicate methane can form naturally in Earth’s mantle by heating water, iron oxide and calcite under pressure (see also Physics Web).     This demonstrates that “hydrocarbons could be produced without the byproducts of life,” and that “The methane recently detected on Mars … may not indicate life, because it could have been produced from simple elements.”  It also indicates there could be vast yet currently inaccessible reservoirs of natural gas in Earth’s mantle. This means also that future missions such as the Space Interferometry Mission and Terrestrial Planet Finder may not be able to assume that the detection of methane is an indicator of the presence of life on a distant planet.  Nor could Cassini scientists assume that methane at Titan was a precursor to biology.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anatomy Of The “McAfee 30-Day Trial” Twitter Joke

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification McAfee arrested. Trial to last 30 days?Have you seen this joke? Of course you have.  In the month since police began looking for McAfee in relation to the murder of Gregory Viant Faull, variations of this joke have popped up literally everywhere, especially on Twitter. I’ve seen it so much, I am sick of it.Proper Respect, PleaseWhich is why when I saw Information Age staff writer Kane Fulton’s joke tweet (above), I almost lost it. Especially since his version, retweeted more than 240 times now, has become the most popular variation of that joke, according to Topsy.Fulton thinks it is funny that his tweet is being shared so widely, tweeting “Who said it pays to be original? Now I know how Noel Gallagher feels” in response to his joke’s popularity.  C’mon, it is so freaking easy to retweet something you like instead of pretending its yours. All you have to do is click a little button, and bam, you’re done. But instead of retweeting any of the 659 variations of this joke that exist on Twitter (according to Topsy), Fulton decided to run the joke as if it was his. No quotes, no “via” or “h/t” to anyone else. This is bad Twitter etiquette, tweeple.24 Days LaterThe first instance of the joke actually appeared 24 days ago when police first began looking for McAfee. Security expert Jim Geovedi was one of the first, if not THE first, person to tweet the now overplayed joke. Geovedi, who is famous enough to have his own Wikipedia page (and be retweeted with respect), wrote:“if the police catch John McAfee, the trial will only last 30 days unless they pay 1-year subscription.”His joke was retweeted only twice. Less than 15 minutes later after Geovedi, David Whittam tweeted his version of the still-original joke (It’s unlikely Whittam saw Geovedi’s tweet):“The founder of McAfee is wanted for murder? What a security breach. The trial will probably last 30 days.”Roughly an hour later, the seemingly “weird Twitter” account Fat Monica tweeted a truncated version of the joke:“the founder of McAfee is wanted for murder i assume the trial will last 30 days”Which he or she may have come with on his or her own.  Less than an hour after Fat Monica, the community manager for @WorldIrish Darragh Doyle asked:“Who has done the ‘The Trial will last 30 days’ joke about the John McAfee murder story already?”At that point, dozens already had.Twitter’s notoriously bad search function still shows hundreds of variations of the joke. Stick a fork in it – it’s done.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit fruzsina eordogh The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

You Are Upset Because You Care

first_imgYour client is not getting the outcome that you promised them when they made the decision to buy from you. Your team is struggling to produce those outcomes, and you are upset that things aren’t going well. You are right to be upset, and you are right to care about the outcomes you promised. You are, in fact, accountable for the results you sell, and this is how you build lifelong relationships. You are almost wrong to start trying to make change from that negative state.Breath. Compose yourself. Put yourself in the positive, optimistic, empowered and empowering state, and go work with your team to help them acquire the resources they need or make the changes necessary to succeed. You will not get greater outcomes from having this conversation from a negative emotional state.One of the main reasons that your client isn’t producing the outcomes you promised is because they are not doing what they need to do on their side. Your team is now picking up their end of the stick, and now you need your client to pick up their end of the stick. The upset feeling you have is based on your telling yourself that this is their fault, and that you are being unfairly accused of failing. You care about your client, their outcomes, and your reputation.Sit for a minute (or ten, but no more than that). Decide not to be defensive and not to do or say anything to cause your client to feel the need to defend themselves. Take responsibility for not preparing them better, and ask them how you can help them do what they need to do. If you want help with the language you need to have this conversation, look to Chapter 13 in The Lost Art of Closing.You don’t produce better results by being upset. You produce better results by transforming that negative emotional state into a more resourceful state, and then taking positive actions with a positive attitude to change things. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Kylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSG

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Mbappe, who joined from Monaco in 2017 for 180 million euros, had never speculated before on a possible transfer away from the French champions.“I feel it may be the right time to take more responsibilities,” Mbappe said after succeeding Neymar as the league’s best player. “Hopefully it will be at Paris Saint-Germain, it would be with a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere, with a new project.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter winning the World Cup in Russia, Mbappe followed up with 32 league goals this season, becoming the first French player to reach at least that tally since 1966.Mbappe has been linked with a possible move to Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane returned as coach earlier this season. Grand Slam remains on Beermen bucket list Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe arrives at the UNFP (Union of French Professional Footballers) ceremony, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe has opened the door for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Just after receiving the award for the French league’s player of the season, the 20-year-old World Cup winner said he wants more responsibility, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PSG sealed a sixth French league title in seven years but failed to defend its French Cup and French League Cup crowns this season. PSG was eliminated in the Champions League last 16 for the third straight year.Mbappe was also named the young player of the season for the third straight year.After leading Lille to a second-place finish, Christophe Galtier won the coach of the year award.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more