Is It True that Even Some Government Workers Don’t Want Development?

first_imgGiven the experiences of many in our country, the answer to that question is strongly in the affirmation, meaning, yes.Remember how the President had to fire the top management at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation little over two years ago?  Why? The main water supply in White Plains, Montserrado County, was left without electricity and the city was without water for weeks.  Yet, some LWSC staff members were selling their own water from trucks roaming the streets of Monrovia!  How corrupt and unpatriotic can one be!Depriving their own people of water that these officials were paid to supply, not with their own equipment and resources, but those bought by government with hard earned taxpayers’ money.The President was thankfully DECISIVE in moving against these heartless and unscrupulous recreants and replacing them with honest, committed and well-meaning people.But what caused us to make this woeful recollection? A not-too-different situation is pertaining at another critical parastatal–the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).  Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo recently issued a stern warning to LEC workers, who cause unnecessary delays in connecting customers. The Minister said he was tired of hearing complaint after complaint from customers yearning for electrical connections but experiencing delay after delay that they cannot understand.Well, here is the problem. We have first-hand experience with LEC people who demanded money under the table before they could proceed with connections. Without that, there would be delay after delay, backed by one excuse after another and totally NO action until . . . We have heard similar stories from many Ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, where staff members would look endlessly for documents they cannot find until . . .Such people are patently anti-development. There are people who have complained that they are unable to pay their taxes without “scratching” some staff member’s back, or responding to their hungry cry because they complain “Empty bag can’t stand.”Are such GOL employees committed to their jobs, to their Ministries or Agencies and to the development of their country? The answer, obviously, is a resounding NO!Then how do we build a country?Minister Sendolo has a lot more to do to get LEC employees to be faithful to their jobs.  Like all other Ministers and Agency Heads, at least those who are wholly committed to public service, he has to take decisive action and set examples. But more than that, he, and all other Ministers like him, need to develop a system of whistle blowers and seriously encourage them to be uncompromising in their vigilance.Minister Sendolo must also know that there are many private businesspeople, including Lebanese and Indians, who are peddling electric power around.  Unconfirmed sources have long suspected that the “delay in connections” which the Minister is lamenting, may be due to kickbacks which certain government functionaries receive from these electricity peddlers.This situation makes one weep for Liberia–a country full of people who do not love their country but want to find every means possible to milk her for personal gain and deny, retard and frustrate and undermine any development effort their own government is trying to undertake.The time has come for government to start spying on her own employees if ever Liberia is to move forward.But can government find honest brokers– honest spies–or will she end up in a vicious circle of corruption?We think, however, that it is worth the try–empowering people to check on their mates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FFP boosting housing in Region 5

first_imgSeveral West Berbice residents will soon benefit from low-cost housing, compliments of Food for the Poor (Guyana) Incorporated (FFP).With over nine hundred applications on the list within Region Five, FFP has already embarked on a housing project in the Union/Trafalgar area on the West Coast of Berbice. This project will see approximately sixty families receiving two-bedroom houses outfitted with toilet and bath, as well as a water tank.The development in the Union/Trafalgar area would be the second of its kind to be embarked upon by FFP on the West Coast of Berbice. A similar venture, the New Hope Housing Project, was executed in 2016 aback of Onderneeming, which now houses forty-three families.Food for the Poor Housing UnitsThe land was acquired from the Hopetown Multipurpose Co-op Society, and funding for the project was provided by an American businessman to mark the forty-third anniversary of his marriage. Each homeowner was granted time to pay for the land on which their home is constructed, and an agreement was made for the title to be handed over once full payment was received.A new FFP housing venture will soon occupy a parcel of state land at Union – Number Thirty South, which originally fell under the purview of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA). However, the plot was handed over to the Community Development Council (CDC), which in turn decided to make the land available for much-needed housing development in the area.According to Field Officer Colin Reynolds, works are currently in progress to survey the land and to design the housing scheme. Reynolds said the next phase, which is likely to begin in another four or five weeks, will see construction of the homes.The project should be completed in approximately five months, following which the utility companies, Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), will supply electricity and water to the homes.One of the policies of FFP states that a family must have access to land before the organisation can assist. Also, the houses are required to be of a standard size and design. Since the organisation has over nine hundred applications on record, it would conduct assessments to identify the families whose needs are most urgent.last_img read more

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Moruca man beaten to death during argument

first_imgA miner was on Saturday evening beaten to death by another man during an argument at Kumaka Water Front, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The dead man has been identified as Oswald Henry of Moruca, NWD.Based on information received, the now dead man and the suspect were at a shop consuming alcohol when an argument erupted. During the argument, the suspect armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt Henry several blows to the head.As a result, Henry reportedly fell to the ground in an unconscious state. He was picked up and rushed to the Kumaka District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was taken to the hospital’s mortuary to await a post-mortem.The 20-year-old suspect was arrested, and was now assisting Police with their investigation.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Swansea move “wasn’t a difficult decision,” reveals new signing Andre Ayew

first_img Andre Ayew 1 New Swansea City signing Andre Ayew has revealed Swans boss Garry Monk proved a defining factor in what ultimately “wasn’t a difficult decision” to join the Premier League club.The Ghanaian forward, who was released by Marseille at the end of the season, agreed a four-year deal with the Welsh side on Wednesday, subject to international clearance.The 25-year-old, who struck twice for his nation at the 2014 World Cup, believes Monk’s understanding of his playing style proved crucial in a move materialising.“It wasn’t a difficult decision, especially when I spoke to the coach Garry Monk and the chairman. I really felt like the club wanted me there,” Ayew told Drivetime.“He [Monk] was calm and honest. He told me what he was wanting of me and what he was looking for me to do. I had the feeling that he really knew me and knew my style of play.“My dream was to go to the Premier League and I now have the opportunity to do this, so I want to thank all the Swansea staff who have got me there.”Ayew is a versatile forward who can play anywhere across the attacking line, and the Ghanaian is particularly looking forward to striking up an understanding with Bafetimbi Gomis.Ayew added: “The main person to target and to put the balls in for is Bafa Gomis.“My job of coming to Swansea is to try and bring my skills and assists. But I will try and bring in some goals too.”last_img read more

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‘Creationism’ course to end

first_img El Tejon Superintendent John Wight had defended the class, saying the subject was proper for a philosophy class meant to introduce students to both viewpoints. The course relied almost exclusively on videos that presented religious theories as scientific ones, including titles such as “Chemicals to Living Cells: Fantasy or Science?” and “Astronomy and the Bible,” according to the suit. Even the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which supports intelligent design research, had advised the school to settle the case. “It was misconceived,” said John West, a senior fellow at the institute. “It was almost all about Biblical creationism, not intelligent design, and it also seemed lopsided.” Demonstrators rallied outside a board meeting Friday in opposition of the class. The weekly newspaper, the Mountain Enterprise, devoted five pages to letters from readers in one issue. Teacher Sharon Lemburg, the wife of an Assembly of God minister, defended the course she designed in a letter to the editor. “I believe this is the class that the Lord wanted me to teach,” she wrote. The original class syllabus said it would examine “evolution as a theory and will discuss the scientific, biological, and Biblical aspects that suggest why Darwin’s philosophy is not rock solid.” Board members were divided when they learned of the course in December and discovered that the only two supporters of evolution listed as guest lecturers would not be speaking. One of them, Kenneth Hurst, a parent opposed to the class, became the lead plaintiff in the suit to end it. The other, Nobel prize winner Francis Crick, died in 2004. After the course plan was altered to meet demands of the board, members voted 3-2 in a special Jan. 1 session that approved the class as part of the entire winter session curriculum. The board didn’t have the option of eliminating the class from other electives and remedial classes offered in the four-week span. The class started Jan. 3 with 15 students. Under the deal, it must end by Jan. 27. While the settlement will not set a legal precedent, such as the 140-page federal judge’s decision stemming from the Pennsylvania suit, it might make other districts think twice about offering similar classes. “It might give them pause to think they might be sued and hauled into court,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – A Kern County school district agreed to stop teaching a religion-based alternative to evolution as part of a court settlement filed Tuesday. El Tejon Unified School District agreed in the settlement to halt the course at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec next week and said it would never again offer a “course that promotes or endorses creationism, creation science, or intelligent design.” Parents sued the district last week for violating the constitutional separation of church and state by offering “Philosophy of Design,” a course taught by a minister’s wife that advanced the theory that life is so complex it must have been created by some kind of higher intelligence. “This sends a strong signal to school districts across the country that they cannot promote creationism or intelligent design as an alternative to evolution whether they do so in a science class or a humanities class,” said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which filed the suit on behalf of 11 parents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A federal judge in Fresno, who had been scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on whether to halt the class midway through the monthlong winter term, must approve the settlement. All five of the cash-strapped district’s board of trustees voted to settle the potentially expensive suit, said Pete Carton, the district’s attorney. “If you have five board members, you’ll have 10 opinions, but it could be that economics was a common denominator,” Carton said. The high school in the Tehachapi Mountains about 75 miles north of Los Angeles draws 500 students from a dozen small communities. Americans United for Separation of Church and State had successfully blocked Dover, Pa., schools last month from teaching intelligent design in science courses. last_img read more

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HORGAN PASSES EXAM BUT NOW FACES SHAMROCK ROVERS TEST

first_imgOllie Horgan has officially received his UEFA A license after an intensive 18-month course, but he faces a tough test tomorrow afternoon, when he takes his side to Dublin to face Shamrock Rovers. Horgan received his UEFA A license along with the other graduates at a ceremony in Dublin earlier today. FAI Schools posted this picture on their timeline, with the caption, CONGRATULATIONS Ollie Horgan on securing your ‪#‎UEFA‬ ‪#‎PROLICENCE‬ | Teacher Saint Eunans College | Coach FAI Schools International Team | Manager.It’s been a tough ten days for Harps, after a great 2-2 draw with Derry City, they’ve hit a real slump in form.League champions Dundalk hit them for seven at Finn Park, while St Pat’s followed that up with a 4-0 win at Richmond Park.Then last week, non-league Crumlin United sent Harps crashing out of the FAI Cup at Finn Park. It’s been a difficult week for Harps, but Horgan had warned that there would be tough days and weeks during their return to the Premier Division.Such is life in the top-flight, there really is no easy games, and Harps face a tough task in Tallaght tomorrow.Pat Fenlon’s side have flattered to deceive this season, but on their day, their capable of beating any team in the country.Horgan is aware of how good a side the Hoops are, and will be hoping to get a response from his team, who have shipped an alarming twelve goals in three games.Barry Molloy will sit this one out, he was shown a red card against Crumlin, but Raymond Foy is fit again, and he may see some game time.The game is scheduled for a 3pm KO, All LOI fixtures were moved to Sunday due to Ireland’s international friendly against Holland at the Aviva Stadium last night. HORGAN PASSES EXAM BUT NOW FACES SHAMROCK ROVERS TEST was last modified: May 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FAIFinn Harps FCnewsOllie Horganshamrock roversSportUEFA A Licenselast_img read more

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Brendan Boyce launches bid for Olympic glory tomorrow in Rio

first_imgBrendan Boyce, will be the last Donegal Olympian to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio, when he participates in the men’s 50k walk. Milford man Boyce has enjoyed an excellent season to date, and hopes are high he can produce a performance capable of getting him on the podium.Brendan Boyce in action.His teammate, and training partner Rob Heffernan is also expected to feature amongst the medals. Boyce, made his Olympic bow in London 2012, and delivered a hugely respectful first time performance by finishing 29th overall.That was later upgraded to 26th place, after the disqualification on three Russian athletes.The race starts tomorrow at noon. (Irish time)   Brendan Boyce launches bid for Olympic glory tomorrow in Rio was last modified: August 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:50kBrendan BoycenewsOlympicsRioSportWALKlast_img read more

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SA mobile adspend ‘to double by 2012’

first_imgTopics will include the latest on mobile social networking, the advantages of permission-based mobile messaging and the benefits of marketing through local search. MXit is perhaps the best testament to the growth potential and interest in the South African mobile media space. It has more than tripled its user base to close on 37-million users in the last two years, and has a bigger reach than any other social network in Southern Africa, including Facebook and Twitter. Global mobile advertising “We’ve had a fantastic response since we announced the conference a few weeks back and we’re almost booked to capacity from both the brands and agency sides,” said Google Mobile head Brett St Claire. “The popularity of Mobile Media Mindblast is a testament that marketers feel that they can no longer ignore mobile’s aggressive growth and that they need to learn more about this space.” 27 May 2011 Surpassing other media “If growth rates continue like they are now, global digital ad spend will completely overtake television spend in the not too distant future,” the statement reads. “In 2010, US online advertising ($26-billion) already surpassed spend on newspapers ($22.8-billion) and radio ($15.3-billion).” Globally, spend on social networks is expected to increase with 71.6% to $5.97-billion, approximately 8.7% of the total predicted online spend in 2011. According to eMarketer’s predictions, mobile advertising is growing faster than social media advertising. Mobile social networking In South Africa, mobile messaging ads lead the way, followed by display and in-app formats. 35-million branded Please Call Me messages are sent out daily and 1.6-billion impressions served annually in South Africa. The typical global mobile browsing session involve five to eight mobile websites. According to Vodacom Mobile Media head Jason Probert, previous estimates have dramatically under-estimated the size of the mobile advertising industry as they only focused on reports submitted to the Digital Media and Marketing Association by online publishers. “The country’s low internet connectivity penetration (10%) and high broadband costs will further drive consumers to mobile.” Estimates on mobile ad spend include display, search and message-based ads. Renowned international speaker Joseph Jaffe will explore the aggressive mobile growth trends and focus on what this means for brands and marketers in the South African marketing context. Mobile growth trends SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Vodacom, Mxit and Google are to host the Mobile Media Mindblast 2011 conference at the Bay Hotel at Camps Bay in Cape Town on 3 June. Juan du Toit, head of international business development and marketing for MXit, believes that South Africa will see substantial growth in media performance on mobile platforms this year and in 2012. Global research shows that one-way media advertising like print and radio are in steep decline. Print advertising is expected to drop by 6% to $21.4-billion by the end of 2011. In countries like South Africa and BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – mobile is considered the primary screen, as opposed to in the US and Western Europe, where it is viewed as merely an extension of the web. In China, the growth rate for mobile ads is more than double that of the United States. “The way that consumers interact with brands is evolving rapidly,” Du Toit said. “Media strategists know that mobile media campaigns deepen the engagement and relevance of brands within their target markets.” MXit, which started as an instant messaging platform in 2006, has since evolved into a fully-integrated mobile social platform that offers a spread of features, tools and social portals. “In emerging markets, mobile is the primary means to the internet,” Vodacom, Mxit and Google said in their joint statement. “This, together with cheaper data rates and more affordable smart phones, is considered to be the main driving force of its phenomenal growth in South Africa. “When you take into account the entire mobile advertising ecosystem and include mobile ad networks like AdMob, operator services like Apple, mobile search and social networks like MXit, the picture is dramatically different,” Probert said in a statement this week. Spending on mobile marketing and advertising in South Africa totalled approximately R500-million in 2010, and Vodacom, Mxit and Google predict that it will double to R1-billion by 2012, based on current growth trends. Global mobile advertising spend is expected to grow over 50% annually, from $12.6-billion in 2011 to $41.8-billion by 2015. Display advertising is the biggest format making up $6.8-billion, followed by mobile search with $3-billion and in-app advertising with $2.2-billion. The remaining spend is made up of messaging, streaming music, mobile TV and mobile video. In addition, speakers will provide guidance on how brands and marketers can harness this growth and shed light on successful mobile marketing tactics to reach the target audience.last_img read more

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Ruckus breaks out inside Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over GST rollout

first_imgScuffle took place inside the Jammu and Kashmir assembly over the implementation of Goods and Services Tax bill. MLAs were seen bashing each other after Engineer Rashid clashed with the Bharatiya Janata Party members against the imposition of the GST bill, following which, Mr. Rashid was supported by the Opposition party. Following the ruckus, the Assembly was adjourned till 2:30 pm.last_img

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