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Liberians, Beware Selfish Politicians; Put Liberia First!

first_imgPrior to and after the National Elections Commission (NEC) declared the political campaign open on July 31, Liberians have continually witnessed many political maneuverings. Among them are defections from party to party, hate messages, tearing down of posters, arguments about the Code of Conduct, political endorsements and quests for running mates from counties, especially voter-rich ones. Defections are not based on any explicable political ideology, but mostly on losing in primaries or failing to be selected as a running mate. The Code of Conduct was hastily passed into law in 2014, signed by the President and declared ‘constitutional’ by the Supreme Court on March 3, 2017, and interpreted last July, bringing more controversy than consent.The foregoing should caution voters to be cautious of politicians. Voters are strongly advised not to follow politicians’ deceptive rhetoric, but consciously make decisions based on three things: who the candidate is; what is his or her background; and his or her track record in terms of his relationship with his or her people.Second, does the politician have a platform? What does it say? Does it speak to all the relevant issues affecting the region which the politician seeks to represent? If a presidential candidate, what does his platform say about the burning national issues—the economy and its foreign dominance; how can we move from dependency on iron ore and rubber?; how can we develop or improve Liberian entrepreneurial capacity?; how do we enhance the Liberian control of business in the counties, such as we see in Nimba and Grand Gedeh?; how can they be encouraged to expand their businesses into supermarkets, modern hotels, as well as modern farms, especially rice, coffee, cocoa and vegetable farms and meat production, including poultry and eggs, cattle, goats, sheep and pigs? In other words, what is the candidate’s agriculture policy?What do these platforms say about other national policies—the economy, education, health and medicine, culture, tourism, libraries, adult literacy? What is the candidate’s commitment to making Liberia 100 percent literate?What else do the platforms say? Are they dreamy or realistic? One of the testing points the people should be asking is, How does the candidate intend to carry out his/her plans, given the dire economic constraints that Unity Party-led government is leaving power, with the national economy in the hole? Third, what are the various platforms saying about corruption? What is each candidate’s track record on this malaise that has plagued the country for generations?International partners and some Liberians have recently been cautioning citizens against hate messages and violence. Bartholomew Colley, Acting Chairman of the Independent National Human Rights Commission, has recently warned against hate messages. In issuing this warning, Atty. Colley urged Liberians to reflect on their past and avoid actions that would stimulate violence. Remember, he said, the anarchy the country went through years back. In like manner, a group under the banner “Center for Promotion of Intellectual Development,” issued a statement last week urging Liberians, especially the youth, to conduct themselves peacefully during the election and put Liberia first as a common denominator. This leads us to work for Liberia’s stability and prosperity. What happened to us when we fled from here during our civil conflict?Refugees in Ghana will narrate stories about soldiers and police going to the Buduburam Camp and firing at the refugees, killing scores of people. Liberians in the Ivory Coast have told how they were regularly chased out of the streets by Ivorian police for Refugee ID cards. Liberian refugees in Guinea, despite tribal and marital relationships that exist between our two peoples, still remember how they were insulted by Guineans, refused accommodation and in some instances jailed just for being strangers. Liberians can never forget the hunger they encountered in those lands in which they sought refuge. Though Liberians in the United States have greater opportunities for work and better living, the threat of deportation still hangs over them each year as the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) expires. No Liberian, with the exception of convicted criminals, can be denied of free speech, food and accommodation.  Liberia is the only place that no one can ask any citizen for an ID card. It is a country in which every Liberian is free to move and reside in any part thereof. Liberia is the only heritage that all Liberians are entitled to. Do we now see why it is so important that we preserve our peace and live as a united people, putting our country first above self?Many people are highly moved by the loyalty they think they owe to some political candidates. For example, grass rooters that comprise the huge membership of the Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise Coalition for Democratic Change) have persistently demonstrated loyalty to George Weah and the party, and voted any legislative candidate that ran on CDC’s ticket. Even though most of the elected candidates badly disappointed the electorate, they (CDC members) have remained persistent in identifying with their party, which means true loyalty.Now, let past experience teach us Liberians to put our country first in our decision-making and elect people who love their country and are prepared to work honestly and sacrificially for her progress and advancement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local Officials Trained in Procurement Compliance and Corruption Prevention

first_imgOne of facilitators presents on a topic shortly after the opening session.The Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), in collaboration with Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), on Monday, March 18 began a week-long training of local government officials in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the training is part of the government’s strategies to strengthen transparency and accountability in the local government through procurement compliance and corruption prevention. It brought together local government officials from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Kru counties.Zwedru City Mayor, Mrs. Cecelia Jolo, earlier welcomed the trainers and participants to the county, adding that the city remains open to all visitors, regardless of whether it was their first time to come there for a workshop.The chief trainer and head of the team, Himmie E. Langford of the PPCC, said the training aims to enhance participants’ abilities in the basics of the PPCC procedures at the local level.He told the trainees that the training will enable them to know some of the non-compliance and compliance processes in the local leaderships.In his opening remark, the manager of programs, education and prevention, James K. Kingsley, told the participants that the training will enlighten the local leaders on some corrupt practices.He said the LACC covers the entire country and has the responsibility to monitor every aspect of the government, whether central or local government. He outlined four divisions in which the LACC functions, including enforcement, education, prevention and prosecution.The issue of the protection of whistle blowers was also highlighted to the extent that many of the participants believed that the process was slow, something the participants believe was also a long process.Some of the topics to be discussed will include Concept of Framework Agreement and Advance Contracting, Corruption and Budget Process, Bid Evaluation, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Still no sign of snow in Fort St. John

first_imgIf that holds true it will put an already distinct difference, in even more contrast, with what occurred last year. In addition to no measurable amount of snow this month, there has no precipitation of any kind in the last 11 days, leaving the month-to date total at 28.5 millimetres. By comparison, in the first 20 days of last October the local airport weather station had recorded 40.4 centimetres of snow, and the monthly precipitation total was up to 109.3 millimetres. By the 27th of the month – which would take us through the end of this week – the snowfall total was up to 75.5 centimetres and the precipitation total had jumped to 135.1 millimetres. By the end of the month those totals were up again to 87.3 centimetres and 146.5 millimetres, and both those totals were more than five times the October averages.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Schalke boss Di Matteo lining up raid on former club Chelsea

first_imgChelsea’s unsettled midfielder Andre Schurrle is being closely watched by German side Schalke.The World Cup winner has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge after a particularly disappointing performance in the narrow 2-1 Capital One Cup win against Shrewsbury back in October.The Blues were almost embarrassed by the minnows and Mourinho was publicly critical of Schurrle and some of his teammates.Dortmund have already been linked with a move for the former Bayer Leverkusen man as a long-term replacement for the sought-after Marco Reus, who is likely to move on in one of the upcoming transfer windows.Schalke – who could lose a star of their own in Julian Draxler in the near future – are now set to join the race.The Bundesliga club are managed by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and he is keen to land Schurrle on a temporary loan or permanent deal. 1 Andre Schurrle last_img read more

Blow for Arsenal! Borussia Dortmund star going nowhere, claims agent

first_imgArsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund, according to the player’s agent.The 26-year-old had previously been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga this summer, with Arsenal and Juventus touted as possible destinations.Dortmund have struggled to hit their usual heights this season and were in the relegation places over the Christmas period.However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have since risen to 10th in the Bundesliga and now Mkhitaryan’s agent – Mino Raiola – says his client will stay at the Westfalenstadion“Mkhitaryan is fine in Dortmund,” Raiola told Bild.“It’s not a coincidence that he’s signed a long contract, and I don’t think he wants to leave. He wants to achieve important goals with Borussia Dortmund.” Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Borussia Dortmund 1last_img read more

Stats suggest Liverpool could turn transfer attention to these class defenders

first_img 8 Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach) – Danish behemoth Vestergaard measures up at a huge 6ft 6½ inches, which means he can be just as aerially dominant as Van Dijk. Although according to the stats, he completes around one less victory in the air per game than the Dutchman. Elsewhere, the pair are evenly matched in most departments, which could make Jurgen Klopp take a good look at him as an option. Liverpool’s start to their summer transfer business hasn’t quite gone to business as they failed to land long-term Virgil van Dijk.The Reds have stood down from their interest following high-level discussions with Southampton, and must now do their dealings elsewhere as Jurgen Klopp attempts to strengthen his defence.Dutch star Van Dijk is a fairly unique player, dominant aerially but also very capable stopping opponents with his feet and playing the ball forward with ease.But who else is capable of matching someone like the Saints star? Taking a look at his statistics on WhoScored, we look at eight players who could fit the bill for Liverpool.Click the right arrow above to see who our search brought up… 8 8 8 8 Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen) – Already known as a top young talent in Germany, Tah stacks up pretty well against Van Dijk, completing 0.3 more tackles per game, and only 0.2 less interceptions. With the ball at their feet, the two men are not dissimilar either but Van Dijk, once again trumps his rival when it comes to completed long balls, with Tah making 1.7 less. 8 8 Kostas Manolas (Roma) – Greek star Manolas is another possible target for Liverpool and his numbers aren’t too dissimilar from Van Dijk’s, but the Southampton star just edges him in most categories – apart from pass success rate. He’s only a month older than the Dutchman too. Benjamin Hubner (Hoffenheim) – Julian Nagelsmann’s side were superb in the Bundesliga last season and Hubner was key at the back for them as they finished fourth. He can’t compete with Van Dijk in terms of aerial duels won per game, only coming out victorious 2.6 times per game, compared to 4.7, but he out performs the Dutchman when it comes down to both tackles and interceptions. Hubner’s 2.9 tackles won and 3.3 interceptions are certainly impressive, while he also managed two goals and three assists. He didn’t make as many long balls as Van Dijk per game, but he gets closer than others with 3.3 each match, on average. 8 Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) – On loan at Borussia Monchengladbach for the last two season, the Dane has impressed in the Bundesliga and has a brilliant 91.5% pass success rate, although he doesn’t play as many long balls as Van Dijk. Aerially, Christensen is two inches shorter than the Dutchman, but he still wins 2.7 aerial duels per game in comparison to 4.7 from Van Dijk. But, when it comes to tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks, not much separates the duo. Whether the Reds can tempt their rivals to sell is another matter. Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) – Chelsea and Manchester City target Laporte has bounced back well from a fractured ankle in March last year. The French starlet is wanted a man and it’s easy to see why, especially when you consult the statistics. His numbers stack up similarly to Van Dijk’s but Laporte does complete more long balls per game (6.1), which is impressive considering not many get close to the Dutchman’s 4.6. Robin Knoche (Wolfsburg) – Given the Bundesliga star was involved in a relegation play-off, it might not be the most thrilling of signings, but Knoche is only just a shade below Van Dijk, according to the statistics. He makes just 0.3 less tackles per game, and only 0.1 less interceptions, but his ability on the ball does seem lacking in comparison to the Dutchman, with a lower pass success rate. Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) – With 0.5 more tackles completed per game than Van Dijk, Orban is definitely a viable option for Liverpool. His passing isn’t quite as accurate as the Dutchman’s, coming in at 2.7 per cent lower, but he’s more capable of catching an opponent offside, which may appeal to Jurgen Klopp.last_img read more

GARDAI ASK FOR MORE TIME TO DISCOVER VALUE OF LETTERKENNY DRUGS HAUL

first_imgGardai today asked for more time to discover the exact quantity of drugs uncovered in a raid in Letterkenny last month.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court he was still awaiting confirmation on the overall quantity of the haul which was found at a house in Letterkenny on November 6th last.Simon Crawford, 28, appeared in connection with the discovery of the drugs, 4- Methylethcathinone (synethetic cocaine) at Gleann Tain Close. Crawford was charged with possession and intent to supply the drugs.Gardai had estimated the haul to be worth more than €200,000.It was revealed how Gardai allowed a “controlled delivery’ of the substance by courier to the address at which Crawford was arrested.The parcel, allegedly containing the drugs, had been shipped through China and Germany before arriving in Ireland.Crawford, of 11 York Avenue, Portstewart, Co Derry, did not speak during today’s hearing.The case was adjourned until January 14th for a full of evidence to be heard.GARDAI ASK FOR MORE TIME TO DISCOVER VALUE OF LETTERKENNY DRUGS HAUL was last modified: December 10th, 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:drugsletterkennySimon Crawfordlast_img read more

Raiders can’t keep up

first_imgROWLAND HEIGHTS — If it wasn’t for Don Lugo High School’s dominant passing game, Rowland High School might have had a chance, as the visiting Conquistadores flew past the Raiders 27-10 Friday night Rowland High. Don Lugo junior receiver Russell Carr led the Conquistadores with seven receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Delivering the ball to Carr was senior quarterback Andrew Hernandez, who threw for 175 yards. The Raiders running game was shut down by the Don Lugo defense by holding running back Mark Burgos to only 55 yards on the ground and kept quarterback Philip Chase from leading his offense into the end zone. In fact, the only Raiders touchdown came on a 99 yard kickoff return by junior Rene Small late in the fourth quarter. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Raiders defense couldn’t catch up to the Don Lugo offense, while their offense couldn’t score or move the ball at all. It is Rowland’s first loss of the season, while Don Lugo picked up their first win. last_img read more

Parents invited to support communion wear fundraiser for Conall Shiels fund

first_imgLetterkenny Babies is hosting a Communion Wear Event on Friday 8th March, 7-8pm in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.All money raised from the sale of an extensive range of Communion Wear will go to High 5 for Conall. This local fundraising initiative aims to raise €55,555 ( all the fives! ) to renovate a special little boy’s home to suit his needs in time for his 5th birthday.Conall, aged 4, is a 24-hour palliative care child. For his upcoming fifth birthday, a kind-hearted community has launched a campaign to help fund bathroom facilities and a fully furnished room for the popular little fighter. Organisers behind the Letterkenny Babies Facebook page for parents are appealing to anyone with Communion clothes hanging in a wardrobe to consider donating it to this worthy cause.A Letterkenny Babies spokesperson said: “As Marie Kondo would say, clothes only ‘spark joy’ when they’re worn … If you have a communion dress or little suit hanging in the wardrobe, please let it have another day in the sun! Otherwise, it will eventually discolour and need to be dumped.“Anyone with communion clothes or accessories to donate is asked to kindly contact the Letterkenny Babies page or to drop them into Sonder, Letterkenny, which has kindly offered to act as a drop-off point for donations. “Thankfully, many people from all around Donegal have answered our call already and have donated stunning communion wear – freshly dry-cleaned and in perfect condition for the big day. It will be a ‘win win win’ situation for everyone involved if this event is a success.”Why support this First Communion event?Wardrobes will be cleared out – so original owners ( and Marie Kondo ) will be delighted and can rest assured they’ve ‘done good’!Local parents and kids will grab a bargain, knowing that their communion purchase is making a difference to a special local child.High 5 for Conall will see all funds lodged directly into their account.“We are encouraging people to come along, not because they ‘need’ to save money on communion outfits, but because they want their money to do good,” said the organisers.Although many local First Communions aren’t on until late May, some parents have bought their child’s outfit already.However, accessories including bags, gloves and headpieces and shoes will all be available to purchase separately at the event, so they may still find something they’d like to buy.As well as that, a hairdresser will be onsite to offer hair styling suggestions for the big day.There will also be a raffle to enter, with local cake-makers joining forces to offer dozens of ‘First Communion’ cupcakes to the lucky winners. “We really hope there will be a good turn out of parents and First Communion kids, ready to snap up a bargain, but ultimately, to put their money to good use to help out a special little boy.” – Letterkenny Babies.To donate to High Five for Conall you can visit the Go Fund Me or if you would like to fundraise or make a direct donation you can contact Siobhan (086 170 2787), Alma (087 695 2551) or any committee member.Parents invited to support communion wear fundraiser for Conall Shiels fund was last modified: March 1st, 2019 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:communion wearconall shielsFriends of Conallletterkenny babieslast_img read more

Sharks waive forward as Patrick Marleau gets set to return

first_imgCHICAGO — The Sharks have placed forward Jonny Brodzinski on waivers — clearing a roster spot for Patrick Marleau, who is expected to officially join the team Wednesday.Brodzinski, who signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks this summer, played in two of four games this season and did not have a point. Brodzinski dressed for Tuesday’s game in Nashville against the Predators and had one shot on goal in nine minutes of ice time in a 5-2 Sharks loss.Per CapFriendly, Brodzinski’s NHL …last_img read more