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Bana, Cameroon

Bana is a sub-prefecture and commune in the West Province of Cameroon, some 8 km east of Bafang and 2 km south-west of Babouantou. Bana is accessed by road P15 which comes from Bamena in the east which passes through the heart of the commune and continues west to join the N5 road in the north-east of Bafang; the word Bana means "birth place". The inhabitants are called Née however they call themselves bana in French. Née signifies insistence, pursuit which may reflect the qualities of the founder of the town; the language spoken in the commune is Fe'fe' which the locals call Bana. The commune is located at a high altitude of 1,418 metres and has a cool climate; the land is of volcanic origin with basaltic bedrock and gneiss. The soil is fertile; the wooded landscape is the result of a long interaction between the land. The rivers which cross the territory of the commune are: Schi madeu Schi Tie´ko Schi Luma Schi hua doh Schi Sabe between Bana and Batcha Maga´Schi Pa´schi Schi gale Schi apa ntoo Schi ko Tcheu´ The commune four districts: Bana Badoumkassa Bakassa Batcha Batcha is a village located on one of the old Bafang-Bangangté roads in the east of Bana.

Local people and some Mbororo nomadic herders live here attracted by the large pastures on the steep slopes of the mountain range that runs from Bana to Batcha and beyond. The community features a large natural area sheltered by hills and mountains and by Mount Banatcha near Bana which rises to 2097 m. Batcha in bamiléké means "land" or "visit". Bandoumkassa is a village at an altitude of about 1500 metres; the temperature here can be as low as 11° C at certain times of the year. The people live from agriculture and small business. Here, there are both opulent villas and brick huts; this district has been led for the past thirty years by His Majesty Victor Kamaha II, a senior officer in the Cameroon police. Bakassa is a village in the south of Bana; this is one of the largest villages by both area in the Bana arrondissement. This mountain village lies between other riverbank villages: Bana, Badoumkassa, Bapoutcheu Ngaleu, etc, it can be reached by road via all these villages. Agriculture is the main activity including coffee.

This village has a cool climate because of the altitude. This is one of the oldest chiefdom in the district headed, by His Majesty F. Ngako, he is the doyen of age and longevity of his reign for the arrondissement of Bana and the department of Haut-Nkam. Traditional Bronze reliefs at the entrance to the Bakassa chefferie Bana was once a customary kingdom founded in 1379 by Fon Tchokogwe, a first-degree chefferie led by Fon Sikam Happi V, his successor in 2003 was Konchipe Happi IV. The first chefferies in this part of bamiléké country were founded in the 17th century on the heights of the Ndumla plateau; the founders of these chefferies followed in the path of Neolithic people who settled the area as evidenced by the results of the archaeological mission by F. Paris in 1974 with the discovery of stone tools on the same heights; the chefferie is in the No. Ndum district: Ndum means "over" or "above" while Ndak means "Low", The lowlands are traditionally reserved for the elite. From 1916 to 1920 Bana was the capital of the Western Division under French administration.

The main economic activities are agricultural with the production of coffee and other vegetables. Departments of Cameroon Bana on Google Maps

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Don Meredith (politician)

Donald Meredith is a Canadian Pentecostal minister, former politician, executive director of the GTA Faith Alliance which focuses on the issue of youth violence violence involving gangs and guns. The GTA Faith Alliance has organized peace rallies in the Malvern and Rexdale communities of Toronto following incidents of violence as well as organizing town hall meetings on related community issues. Meredith was the Conservative candidate in the March 2008 federal by-election in Toronto Centre, he received 12.5% of the vote, placed fourth behind Liberal victor Bob Rae. Meredith was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 2010 as a Conservative, he was expelled from the Conservative caucus on June 17, 2015, following allegations that he had conducted a two-year affair with a teenager that began when the girl was 16 and found guilty of ethics violations by the Senate ethics office in March 2017. The Senate Ethics Committee recommend in May 2017, he announced his resignation on May 9. Born and raised in Jamaica, Meredith immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in the early 1980s.

He attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute but never graduated. Meredith was ordained a minister in 2006, is a graduate of Rhema Studies of Theology Association, a non-degree granting association, he is the volunteer senior pastor at the Pentecostal Praise Centre in Maple, Ontario close to Richmond Hill, Ontario where he now lives. Meredith is a member of the Chief's Advisory Council for the Toronto Police Services, he is the former Co-Chair of the Black Community Police Consultative Committee, an advisory group of community members who advise the police on various issues. Meredith participated in the "Black Family Summit," held in August 2006, he described the event as "a great way to meet young women". In December 2007, he was nominated by the Conservative Party of Canada as its candidate in the downtown Toronto riding of Toronto Centre federal by-election held on March 17, 2008. Meredith won the Conservative nomination by acclamation several weeks after the party controversially removed Mark Warner as its standard-bearer.

Meredith placed fourth in the by-election which saw him receiving 12.5% of the vote, down from the 18.2% received by the Conservative candidate in the 2006 federal election and down from the 18.3% that the Conservative candidate would receive in the federal election held seven months after the by-election. Meredith is a social conservative who has spoken out against pre-marital sex and stated that "when we have marriages, we don't have these social problems." Meredith has stated that he would like to see the age of sexual consent raised to 18 from 14, at odds with the then-Conservative government's stated intention to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16. Nonetheless, Meredith had supported New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Bill Siksay's private member's bill to add gender identity to the list of distinguishable group traits protected from hate speech by the Criminal Code and to allow judges to take into account whether crimes were motivated by hatred of transgender or transsexual people when determining the offender's sentence.

In opposition, Stephen Harper had opposed Siksay's predecessor, former NDP MP Svend Robinson's successful private member's bill that added sexual orientation to the law in 2004. Meredith was appointed to the Canadian Senate on December 18, 2010 on the advice of Prime Minister Harper, joined the Conservative caucus. In September 2012, Meredith was criticized for attending a cultural event at Carleton University organized by the Iranian embassy at a time when the Canadian government was urging a boycott of Iran. In contravention of his government's position on Iran, Meredith travelled to Iran in 2012 in attempts to forge business deals with the government. In 2014, despite not being authorized by the Senate, he attended the National Prayer Breakfast for notable preachers and politicians in the United States. Meredith expensed the first class trip for himself and his wife along with the hotel cost to the Senate and was forced to repay the expense. Meredith was being investigated by the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer after being accused of harassment and bullying by former members of his staff.

An independent report was submitted to the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer in July 2015. Meredith was expelled from the Conservative caucus on June 17, 2015, following allegations that he had conducted a two-year affair with a teenager that began when the girl was 16. In October 2015, the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer suspended its investigation pending the result of the concurrent police investigation that took over the file. Ending up the teenager, Ms. M, declined to press criminal charges to protect her identity. After the police investigation was dropped the Senate ethics office investigation resumed in February 2016 and found him guilty of ethics violations in March 2017 after he conceded he had sexual intercourse with the woman after she turned 18; the woman said that Meredith "continually encouraged her to be in a relationship with him" and that he masturbated on-camera during video chats while he was in his GTA Faith Alliance office. Meredith called the encouragement a gross lie and did not recall masturbating, but said that if he did "it was an interaction".

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