Joseph Korto Gbowee was born on June 10, 1938 in Sanoyea, Bong County, which was the Central Province, one of the three interior political subdivisions of Liberia before the beginning of the Tubman Unification era in 1964. It was in June 1964 that the three Interior Provinces were transformed into the Four New Counties: Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh. That is when Liberia’s Interior people, gained full political recognition and were able to elect their own two Senators and Representatives for each county. This town, Sanoyea, has gained national prominence for producing many famous citizens of Liberia, including Mrs. Priscilla Payne, widow of the first Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rt. Rev. Roland J. Payne; Honorable Peter K. Bema, Deputy Minister of Finance, Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Unity Party, along with Presidential Candidate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in the 1997 Liberian presidential elections; the late Nora Giddings Howard, mother of Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister and later Senator James Y. Gbarbea, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, Executive Director of Liberia’s leading literacy organization, ALFALIT, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and, of course, Madam Leyma Gbowee, one of the first two Liberian Nobel Peace Laureates, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Sanoyea is one of the citadels of Lutheran establishments in Liberia, hosting the first Lutheran educational institution outside of the coastal seat of Lutheran missions in Millsburg and Harrisburg up the right and left banks of the St Paul River.Sanoyea is therefore where Joseph Gbowee embraced the Martin Luther doctrine of ‘justification by faith’ as a Christian for sins to be forgiven. Gbowee’s commitment and dedication to this faith was unwavering. He became an acolyte in the Church in Sanoyea, going on to serve the Church’s Totota Parish and later in St. Peters’ Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, which may be considered the church’s leading parish.His service to the St. Peters’ Parish was marked with devotion and distinction, ranking him as Father of the Year twice and further elevating him to the status of ‘Grandfather of the year.’ Joseph Gbowee’s outstanding contribution to the St, Peter’s Lutheran Church Parish was his commitment to the effective performance of the choir by ensuring that all its electronic instruments function properly at all times. For this reason he always sat and sang with the Choir. To sum it all up, Joseph Gbowee was born and baptized as a Lutheran, he married in the Lutheran Church, all his children are confirmed Lutherans, and he served the Lutheran church at all levels of the laity, leading to head the Council of Elders in his Congregation. This devotion to Church duties strengthened him as head of his family.Father Gbowee and Rachael Kolleh in 1973 took the matrimonial oath before God to become partners till death parts them. This union was strong and remained intact until his death. This holy matrimony was blessed with six children, most of whom were girls. Joseph Gbowee loved his girls, always motivating them to become somebody in life. It is, therefore, no surprise that his daughter, Leymah Gbowee, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.He proudly escorted the Nobel Laureate to receive this most distinguished International Peace Prize in Norway in 2011.We, Lutherans, are proud of this achievement and consider it as the apex of Grandfather Gbowee’s accomplishments. A high level functioning family maintained by Grandfather Gbowee was indeed based on a sound educational foundation. Joseph Gbowee started his education sojourn at the Sanoyea Lutheran Elementary School and continued at the Totota Lutheran Junior High School. He completed his senior high school education at the Booker Washington Institute, specializing in electronics, in which he pursued advanced studies abroad. This educational qualification determined his career path.JOSEPH GBOWEE started his career controlling and maintaining electronic equipment at the Executive Mansion, the office of the president of the Republic of Liberia, within the Executive Action Bureau (EAB). He distinguished himself as a dedicated, trusted and patriotic civil servant in that Bureau. His record of performance was outstanding, providing the opportunity for promotion to a higher office in the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served assiduously until retirement.This public service background, qualification and experience prompted him to establish a private security agency: The Angel Security Agency, which he managed until his demise.As we say in Liberia, Father Gbowee was a “hard working man”. Socially, Father Gbowee was a man of the people. He was known only by the name “Neighbor” in his community. The name Gbowee is hardly recognized in his neighborhood. His favorite sport was football, which he played well in high school.Father Gbowee had 11 dogs, but hated the one called Tiger because he is too caring and behaves like a human.Unfortunately this family man, this strong religious leader, this fine neighbor left us here, got ill on August 13 and died shortly thereafter on August 25, 2014 at #37 Military Hospital in Accra Ghana.Goodbye, Elder Gbowee, till we meet again.MAY YOUR SOUL and ALL SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED REST IN PEACE AND LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE ON THEMShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Andros Townsend has said that he fully expects to stay at Tottenham.QPR have been interested in bringing the winger back to Loftus Road since he impressed while on loan there two seasons ago.However, Harry Redknapp does not believe Townsend will be made available before this month’s transfer deadline and the Rangers boss is currently looking at other targets.And Townsend, who faces a battle to hold down a first-team place at Spurs, has been given no indication that he is surplus to requirements.“The club want me here and I want to be here, so that’s all I can say at the minute,” The Sun quote him as saying.“I’m a Spurs boy. I’ve been at the club since the age of eight so as long as I’m in the team, as I have been over the last few weeks, I’m not looking to go anywhere.“The last six or seven windows have been the same, with my name linked with other clubs.“But unless the club come and tell me they want me to leave then I won’t be going anywhere. I’m fighting for my shirt.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the end of 2015, markets continue to trade in a very narrow range. Unfortunately, the holiday rally many hoped for didn’t happen.SoybeansWhile the weather hasn’t been perfect in South America, rains have been timely. If this continues $8 futures could result, though $9 may be tested if conditions turn dry. Realistically, the market could respond quickly to any potential weather scare. I tell my clients to be ready with sell orders at prices they want to achieve, because any small rally could be short-lived.CornThe current over-abundance of corn makes a rebound to $4 unlikely anytime soon without a significant weather issue. Many farmers have large amounts of 2015 corn unpriced (and some 2014). The $4 futures level seems to be the trigger/goal price for many but corn hasn’t been over $3.90 since July except for the 7 days in the first week of October.Market actionThe week before Christmas I became concerned with the bean market. I feared that the devaluation of the Argentine Peso and relaxed export taxes may push large amounts of South American beans into the market, suppressing prices. So, I wanted to protect my remaining 2015 unpriced beans.When I put this trade on, March soybean futures were at $8.90. I bought one July $8.80 put. I sold one July $8.20 put. I sold one July $9.20 call.This cost me 1 cent per bushel after commissions. This trade expires on June 24. It gives me 60 cents of downside protection and 30 cent upside potential from where the market was when I placed the trade. What does this mean?• If July futures are higher than $9.20 on June 24, then I’m going to be required to sell some beans at a max price of $9.20.• If beans are between $8.80 and $9.20 then nothing happens and the beans are no longer protected.• If beans are below $8.80 but above $8.20 then I have protection that guarantees me $8.80.• If beans are below $8.20 then I will get 60 cents of premium, but my beans will not have a price and I will be subject to the market. Focus on 2016 now Instead of laterMany farmers with unpriced 2015 grain have been asking me what they should do. Most are surprised when I tell them to focus on their 2016 crop right now. Why? Because new crop prices are currently at a 25-cent premium compared to current prices. The 2016 crop should trade at profitable levels before 2015 prices ever make it back to those type of levels. Farmers shouldn’t just focus on the nearby crop, they need to think about selling their grain for profitable levels no matter which year provides it.Look, I expect (or hope) for at least a minor rally at some point this spring or summer due to an unforeseen reason. But to be clear, it’s hard to say today what prices will do. Optimists may remember holding 2011 grain into 2012, when the drought increased prices over the summer. Pessimists will remember holding 2012 corn into the summer of 2013, when there was a significant drop in prices.While I expect minor short-term rallies for the 2015 corn, opportunities to get price premiums at this point are limited. I’m more worried about the significant risk in the 2016 Dec futures market. If growing conditions are average this coming year, and U.S. farmers raise 90 million acres, $3 futures prices by fall are realistic. I recommend being ready to take advantage of premiums in the market for 2016. By having pricing goals (combined with a market carry and basis strategy for additional premiums) farmers can better maximize farm operation profit.I hope you have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. 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