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

Fish production in HP increases by over 9 pc

first_imgShimla, May 8 (PTI) Production of fish in Himachal Pradesh has increased by 9.2 per cent during 2015-16 as compared to the previous fiscal.The production this year was recorded at 11,798.72 metric tonne.Trout production has reached 417.23 metric tonne which was 61.03 metric tonnes higher than the previous year, a Fisheries Department spokesperson said here.Among large reservoirs, Govindsagar maintained highest level of fish production per hectare in the country, he said.With involvement of private sector, 581.73 lakh carp seeds and 17.50 lakh trout seeds were produced and revenue of Rs 465.59 lakh was generated to the Fisheries Department, the spokesperson said.Three carp hatcheries, five-hectare nursery ponds and 29 hectares of large fish ponds are being set up, he said, adding, two fish feed mills at the states fish farms in Deoli and Sultanpur are also being constructed under the private sector.Creation of post-harvest infrastructural facilities like ice plats, mobile fish vans, insulated boxes are being provided to reservoir fishermen, fish cooperative societies under the National Mission for Protein Supplements (NMPS) programme and “cold chain” has been set up at the reservoirs, the spokesperson said.A new scheme of cage fish culture was introduced on a pilot basis in Govindsagar and Pong reservoirs with the introduction of Pangassiussutchi, a fish species, he said.Construction of mahseer farm in Mandi and trout farm in Kullu are nearing completion and will be made functional this year, the spokesperson said.S N Ogle, an expert hired for undertaking breeding of Golden Mahseer expressed confidence that the first breeding of this precious species of sport fish will come up in the state by the year end, he said. PTI PCL NSD KND NSDadvertisementlast_img read more