Journalist Appeals for Help to Seek Treatment in Ghana

first_imgJournalist Henry Bestman pleads for humanitarian assistance to save his handJournalist Henry Bestman, known popularly as “Scarface or Scarlie” who formerly worked as a desk editor at HOT PEPPER Newspaper, has called on the general public to assist him with financial assistance in the amount of USD1, 300 to seek medical attention in Ghana.In a press release issued in Monrovia, Bestman directed his appeal to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Justice Minister and Attorney General Musa Dean, Assistant Minister Lafayette Gould, Mr. Charles L. Ananaba, CEO of Omega Insurance, Mr. Leonard Kransass, and other humanitarian and philanthropic organizations for help.According to the release, Mr. Bestman, a member of the Press Union of Liberia and Association of Judicial Reporters, “has been suffering from a terrible wound below his left-hand elbow since 2004 when he caught ‘Fire Gowa.’”Gowa comes in many forms, with “the fire type” being the most painful, according to interviews with Liberians who hail from the Southeast. It is thrown on people as revenge or sometimes as a punishment for those who offend another or someone who follows another person’s spouse. It is reported to be the cause of many deaths in the country, particularly in slum communities and also in Southeast counties (Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Kru).The release said the “Fire Gowa,” which initially creates pains like there was a fire in the wound, was treated but has remained in Bestman’s wound. He is also reported to suffer from diabetes.In his appeal, Bestman was quoted by the release as pleading to the general public to hurry and send any help that any contributor can afford to Mr. Philip Wesseh, Managing Director, The Inquirer Newspaper; he can be reached on 0886-516-533 and Mr. Charles Cuffey, president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).In a release signed by Mr. Cuffey, Bestman expressed gratitude to all those that have been giving him support. He mentioned Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Solicitor General Darku Mulbah, Mr. Phillip N. Wesseh and Magistrate Cecil Griffiths.Mr. Bestman is a father of three (two girls and a boy of  about 14 to 18 years of age). His condition has made it impossible for him to care for them. He has also suffered bouts of frustration as a result, which has compounded his tragedy for nearly 14 years. He has had the misfortune to become physically assaulted by many people. The children’s mother surprisingly died several months ago from what family members say was “Gowa,” that affected her foot when she worked as an immigration officer in Maryland County.She died at the JFK Medical Center and was buried by her family. However, Bestman, who is a Roman Catholic, has promised to build a vault on her grave in Buchana. But he is yet to fulfill this wish as he battles with a wound that has caused him, frustratingly, to tell friends that, “God has forgotten him.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLike most newly-married brides, Carmel Colhoun should today be enjoying all the trappings of a luxurious honeymoon.The Donegal woman should be perhaps relaxing on a sun-lounger beside a pool in the Maldives or dining in a private beach hut in Tahiti.Instead she’ll spend the second day of her newly-married life in the Lower Cusack Stand at Croke Park for today’s All-Ireland football final between her native Donegal and Mayo. That’s because the GAA-mad fan has a canny knack for predicting at least one half of All-Ireland final pairings.So when herself and fiancee David Brindle sat down last year to choose a date for their wedding, Carmel already had her mind made up that a honeymoon was out of the question.“We knew roughly when we wanted to get married but I told David that I sensed Donegal would make it to the final.“I’m a big GAA fan and unless my voice is hoarse or my hands are red from clapping after a game, I feel it has not been worth it. “I told him that we would have to postpone a honeymoon until after late September and he agreed.“I’m just so glad my hunch turned out to be true,” she said.However, up until Thursday last Carmel’s plan was in danger of backfiring spectacularly.It was only then that a friend from Co Kildare came to the couple’s rescue with much-coveted tickets for today’s game.David and Carmel first met in December 2008 and got engaged two years later to the day. They take it in turns every second week driving the 400 mile round trip between Carmel’s home in Castlefinn and David’s home in Tipperary Town.“If I had a penny for the number of times people say to me “it’s a long way to Tipperary”, I’d be a rich woman.“I tell them that if David wasn’t worth it then I wouldn’t be doing it.“All I can say is thank god for free Vodafone to Vodafone calls because we end up chatting for two hours every night,” said Carmel. Being a huge fan and the week that is in it, nothing less than at least a small tip in the direction of the Donegal GAA team would have been expected of Carmel.And she didn’t disappoint.The couple’s colour scheme for their reception at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Letterkenny was green and gold while the guest tables were named after each one of the Donegal team players including Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey.Taking pride of place in the centre of the room was the Anglo Celt Cup which Donegal won for a second year in a row to be crowned Ulster Champions.The couple’s cake also had teddy bears wearing both a Donegal jersey and a Tipperary jersey in honour of David’s homeplace.The couple will settle into married life in the coming weeks but a honeymoon has been arranged.In November they will jet to Australia with the highlight being a trip to see the Melbourne Cup.Coming from Tipperary, David was brought up on a diet of hurling and horses.“We are really looking forward to the honeymoon but there’s the small matter of the All-Ireland final first.“I can’t believe we have the tickets now because I was getting a little bit worried. They are so hard to come by,” said Carmel.All they need now is to see Donegal captain Michael Murphy raise the Sam Maguire cup above his head later this afternoon.Now that would be the perfect start to their married life.BRIDE CANCELLED HONEYMOON BECAUSE SHE KNEW DONEGAL WERE DESTINED FOR FINAL was last modified: September 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:cancelledCarmel ColhounDavid Brindleweddinglast_img read more