Recently, we discussed the imperative of thought leadership for Africa’s development; the need for a drastic change in mindsets; and the assumption of virtue at the individual, domestic and continental levels. A powerful African adage comes to mind in relation to this subject: “the fish gets rotten from the head.” Truth be told, if Liberia were a fish, the decay would have reached the tail by now – what with nearly two centuries of deceit, corruption and division. But, by the grace of God, we are still here – a salvageable mess. The question now is “what must be done?” After all, thought is meaningless if not followed up with action. The answer: we as individuals and as a people, must follow Hamlet’s advice to his mother; “Assume a virtue, if you have not one.” That’s right. We must fake it ‘til we make it. “‘We’” you ask? “The problem is the Government, not the people! ‘The voice of the people is the voice of God!’” For those subscribing to that notion, we refer you to the Books of Samuel, which recount the Israelites’ rejection of theocracy in favor of a monarchy. They wanted to be like other nations, serving a king instead of the God who had set them free. God did not approve of the people’s will, but he granted it; and they lived to regret it. Deeply.The story sounds familiar. We no longer wanted a ‘Congor’ leader, so we shouted “Country woman born soldier!” and ushered in Samuel K. Doe as president. When we were fed up with his tyranny, we told Charles Taylor he could “kill our ma and kill our pa”, but we would vote for him. In both cases, we got exactly what we asked for, and lived to regret it. Deeply.Yes, “We the People” are just as rotten as our leaders. Not only are we unable to spot a good leader if one were staring right at us, but we have serious vices of our own. We use sex, flattery, bribery, manipulation and blackmail to gain favors; we relish marital infidelity; we refuse to work, but depend heavily on our employed connections to support us; when employed, we consider ourselves to be on a perpetual paid vacation…on an on. We are, as a people, indisposed to personal responsibility and unaware that leadership belongs to us all. Not just Ma Ellen or Pa Joe. When God created Adam and Eve, he gave them ‘dominion’. That’s an inescapable leadership mandate resting equally on both their shoulders. But, in Liberia, we shy away from leadership, and instead make excuses: lack of funding, poor capacity, the rain, and (our favorite) “no money wa in my foon.”We also live in fear of retribution. How many public and private sector employers make excuses for poor institutional performance, just to avoid getting ‘big foot’? How many are afraid to legally and reasonably fire staff because of political backlash? How many feel sorry for underachievers and keep them on board, not wanting to “take food from someone’s mouth”?We Liberians (we Africans) are hell bent on national, institutional and personal sabotage, because we refuse to be held accountable, and are afraid to hold others to account. The tales are endless that depict this vicious cycle. Wherever those scenarios exist, no one has the right to complain about challenges, because we create and sustain them. After all, even the most competent and hardworking team cannot function optimally under the leadership of a coward who does not set standards, follow and enforce them. Managers cannot lead well if their superiors undermine reform efforts just to avoid political risks. Breaking the cycle starts with courage. Is your superior, subordinate or peer underperforming or playing foul? Peacefully confront them today and offer to support them in correcting the issue. If they don’t, report it or begin the severance process (if authorized). Then run to your religious leader for prayer. Breaking the cycle of poor leadership also starts with pretense – assuming a virtue. If your fingers are itching to steal, pretend for a day to be honest, and act it out. Pretend you have a spotless character and act it out. Your new found integrity will serve as grounds to hold someone else accountable – with humility and courage – knowing that you are changing the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Guyana celebrates Amerindian Heritage Month, Executive member of the PPP Dr Frank Anthony believes that Government should be steadfast in promoting the various Amerindian languages.PPP Member of Parliament, Dr Frank AnthonyAccording to Dr Anthony, many of the words accepted in today’s society have been derived from native languages of the Amerindians, and thus more effort should be invested into promoting them.Many of the languages are deemed endangered, threatened, or vulnerable; and this has been confirmed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).UNESCO’s reason for the classification of these languages comes from the steady decline in the amount of persons speaking indigenous languages, and cases wherein teaching these languages is not undertaken.“This year, I wished that more emphasis could be placed on promoting the different Amerindian languages. In Guyana, the value of these Amerindian languages has mostly gone unappreciated… Currently, UNESCO has flagged these languages as critically endangered, threatened or vulnerable. This is because there has been a steady decline in the number of persons speaking the languages, and in many cases there isn’t any serious attempt to teach the languages to the current generation” Dr Anthony related.In addition, Dr Anthony is of the view that Government should make all attempts to invest resources which will be used in a long-term basis in conserving these different indigenous Languages.“The Government of Guyana must have a clearly articulated policy, and must set aside the resources to ensure that the policies and programmes are implemented correctly in the various communities. For some time now, I have been advocating for the creation of an Amerindian Language Institute staffed with linguists who can conduct research, develop teaching material, and use it to teach the languages to the various communities,” Dr Anthony revealed.Dr Anthony also pointed out that the Government, together with the Amerindian leaders and other associations, should make promoting the Indigenous languages a matter of urgent national conversation.“Our Amerindian leaders, academia, civil society and Government must have an urgent national conversation on what can and should be done for the promotion of these languages. As we celebrate the Amerindian Heritage Month, one of the best ways to do so is to take concrete steps to promote the linguistic heritage of our Amerindian communities,” he advised.
2017 mid-year reportGovernment on Friday revealed a marginal increase in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first half of 2017, with significant contributions coming from the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors.A mid-year report, which was presented to Cabinet on Wednesday, was officiallyFinance Minister Winston Jordanreleased to the public on Friday, showed some major contributions from various sectors. According to the report, economic growth in the first half of 2017 rose to some 2.2 per cent, compared to 2.0 per cent in the first half of 2016.The marginal increase, the report said, was driven mainly by the expansion of the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sector with the manufacturing, construction, and services sectors also making noteworthy contributions.Growth in the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sectors was led by the expansion in the rice and fishing industries, attributable to favourable international prices, strong demand and entry into new markets.Non-sugar growth declined from 3.1 per cent in the first half of 2016, to 2.4 per cent in the first half of 2017.The mid-year report showed that overall, the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sectors grew by some 6.4 per cent, in the first half of 2017, underpinned by a strong recovery in the rice industry and improved performance in the fishingMinister of State Joseph Harmonindustry.The rice production in the first half of 2017, recorded 349,867 tonnes, an increase of 31.6 per cent over production in the first half of 2016. This noteworthy performance, the report highlighted, was attributed to a rise in acreage sown in all regions, especially in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) where acreage sown rose by 30 per cent. In addition to Government, farmers as well as millers have also been actively engaged in seeking new markets. Pursuit of new markets has resulted in exports to Mexico of over $1 billion. Exports to Cuba of 15,000 tonnes during the second half, are expected to contribute to the expansion of the industry – the first such shipment in over 40 years.Coming out also from the Minister’s report was the poor performance of the Public Service Investment Project (PSIP) during the early months of 2017.Helping accounting officersMeanwhile, Minister of State Joseph Harmon speaking at a weekly post-Cabinet meeting on Friday said one contributing factor to this shortfall was the unfamiliarity of Permanent Secretaries about the procurement system.“Additionally, what they had to do was come to grips with the fact that VAT was now being charged on Government services and therefore when the initial contracts were awarded, it included that and that amounted to some delay,” Harmon told the media.What seemed to have contributed to the slowing up of spending too, Harmon said, was agencies having to go through a procurement system that was carrying out several checks to ensure mistakes were not made. Some recommendations considered to assist in the spending process of these agencies are the employment of project management officers to assist Permanent Secretaries with the basic paperwork. It was also put to the Cabinet that there be better streamlining between the time of the issuance of the contract to the point of mobilisation of the contractor. He said Government is seeking to “narrow that gap”, so that things could move at a faster pace.In its conclusion, the Finance Ministry said in spite of the challenges encountered in the first half of the year, the economy was able to record a higher growth rate than the same period last year. It said prudent management by Government has enabled positive growth rates to be recorded every year since the administration took office. The outlook is for continued positive growth rate, albeit at a lower level than previously envisaged.It said the revised growth target for 2017 is some 3.1 per cent, which is more or less the same as that achieved in 2016.This, it said, is due largely to the projected under-performance of sugar. The report said the non-financial Public Sector deficit is expected to be in line with the budget as the anticipated over-achievement of the revenue target should compensate for the additional expenditure in areas of crime and security and public infrastructure.The other macroeconomic variables, such as inflation and the exchange rate will be kept in check.
England boss Roy Hodgson 1 England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted their 0-0 draw with Republic of Ireland was a disappointment but was happy to see his side claim a clean sheet in Dublin.The Three Lions put in a drab display as they face their neighbours in a friendly, their first clash since a 1995 match, which was marred by crowd trouble.But despite a poor performance, Hodgson was happy to see a defence which included Ryan Bertrand at left-back come away without conceding a goal.He said: “I thought we got better in the second half, but it was below what we were hoping to achieve.“It’s never easy in Ireland, we don’t have a great record here but at least we go away with a clean sheet.”
SANTA FE SPRINGS – Eggs taste better when they’re green. Just ask Sam I Am – or second-grader Armando Caldera – who hungrily dug into a plate of green eggs and ham Friday morning at Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School. “Green eggs are better because they’re green, and they’re good,” he said. “And it’s in the book, so it’s just better than the regular stuff.” Armando and hundreds of other students and their parents were treated to the special breakfast during the Santa Fe Springs school’s Read Across America day, a national celebration of reading timed to honor the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss, which was Thursday. After breakfast, more than 90 “guest readers” read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to students in their classrooms – including members of the Los Nietos School District school board and the Santa Fe Springs City Council, and state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. Dressed as the Cat in the Hat, Principal Jonathan Vasquez explained the serious message behind the silly menu. “We’re only trying to promote the love of reading,” he said. “That’s why we have people from the community come in to talk about their love of reading. And students should keep that love and passion alive.” School resource specialist Carroll McCrory, who organized the event, said the guest readers who visited classrooms were augmented by other reading activities planned for the day by teachers. “We hope it inspires students to write their own books,” McCrory said. “We want them to realize that Theodore Geisel, which is Dr. Seuss’ real name, was a regular person like them, and they can be an author by writing down their experiences and sharing it with other people.” Parent Gloria Arriaga, 33, said she rarely has time to enjoy a weekday breakfast with her daughter, Estrellita. “And it’s also important to try not to lose the tradition of Dr. Seuss,” Arriaga said. “We’re all busy, but we should always try to make time to do this with our kids.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Members of Letterkenny RFC have today recalled with fondness the time they met tragic former All-Black star Jerry Collins in 2005.The world of Rugby is in mourning today following the tragic news that Jerry Collins and his wife Alana were killed in a road traffic accident in France. Their three month-old daughter Ayla is in a critical condition in hospital.Collins was part of the New Zealand squad that visited Donegal to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ramelton native Dave Gallagher captaining New Zealand for the very first time in 1905.Gallagher was born in Ramelton in 1873, but is famously revered for becoming the first ever captain of New Zealand in 1905 during a tour of the British Isles.The All-Blacks squad visited Donegal to official unveil a plaque in Gallagher’s hometown of Ramelton in recognition of that momentous moment in New Zealand’s Rugby history. The New Zealand squad then officially opened the Dave Gallagher Park and Letterkenny RFC player Boyd Robinson fondly recalls that day.Boyd told Donegal Daily, “Jerry was a fantastic ambassador for the sport and he showed how great a character he was when he officially opened the Dave Gallagher Park here for us at Letterkenny RFC.“It was a big occasion for Donegal having these top-class athletes over here, but Jerry was just so down-to-earth and friendly.“He was so approachable to everyone and he was just an absolute gentleman of the highest order.“He was interacting with everyone of all ages and just completely immersed himself with everybody in attendance and he made it a great day for everybody.“He was a big character in that team, he was very funny and you could see how well respected he was by all his teammates. Boyd like everyone else this morning woke up to the sobering and shocking news of Jerry and his wife’s untimely death in a road traffic accident in France.“It’s absolutely dreadful news, we only met him for a short time but he made a big impression on everyone and I suppose that’s a testament to what kind of man he was.“He’s a huge loss to his family and friends and the world of Rugby has lost a great man.LETTERKENNY RFC RECALL FOND MEMORIES OF MEETING TRAGIC ALL-BLACK JERRY COLLINS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 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:All BlacksHome-page SportNew ZealandnewsRUGBY
IT’S a method of extracting gas which could be coming to the south of County Donegal if one company gets it way.But last night in the United States the Environmental Protection Agency issued a damning report on fracking in one state, saying it led to water pollution.The draft finding could have significant implications while states try to determine how to regulate the process, said USA Today. Environmentalists said the report was a significant development but it was criticised – not surprisingly – by the oil and gas industry.The practice is called hydraulic fracturing and involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas to the surface.The EPA’s found that compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals. Health officials last year advised them not to drink their water after the EPA found low levels of hydrocarbons in their wells.A FULL REPORT IS HERE ON THE USA TODAY WEBSITE: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/environment/story/2011-12-08/epa-fracking-pollution/51745004/1 BREAKING NEWS: AMERICAN AGENCY BLAMES FRACKING FOR POLLUTION was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegalfracking
An emergency meeting is to be held on Arranmore Island tonight after a decision to remove the island’s only full-time nurse.Arranmore IslandThe HSE has taken the decision to replace the current Public Health Nurse, Susan McGarvey, with a part-time registered nurse on the Donegal island.The action has led to anger among the island’s 500 strong population. Chairman of the local Co-op Jerry Early described the situation as “ludicrous.”“Like many others I am appalled that such steps are being considered. In my role as Chairman of the Coop and Island development, I would like to call a public meeting to discuss how best the people of Arranmore should respond to this ludicrous decision.“I am calling on all concerned members of the community to attend this very important meeting, and from this we shall formulate a plan,” he said.Mr Early said he contacted the island’s here TDs Dinny McGinley, Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty about the situation. “Deputy McGinley did return my call, however I am Still awaiting replies from Deputies Pringle And Doherty. I am of the opinion that if they are not willing to come to us, then we can go to them. I will also be contacting all our local councillors, and our MEP Pat the Cope inviting their input in this very important matter.”And he added “Our community has taken more than our fair share of cuts and we are not prepared to take anymore.”The meeting takes place tonight in the island community centre at 8pm. UPROAR AS HSE REMOVE ISLAND’S ONLY FULL-TIME NURSE was last modified: January 25th, 2014 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:Arranmore IslandHSEJerry EarlymeetingNURSE
There has been widespread sadness and shock at the sudden death of Brendan Ryan.The late Bendan Ryan (left) with Frank McBrearty Jnr and son Danny Ryan.A true gentleman and keen sportsman, the well-known Raphoe native passed away suddenly today aged 67.The husband of Kathleen, father of former boxer Danny Ryan and hairdresser Bernie Ryan, Brendan was one of life’s true characters. As well as a loving father and grandfather, he will be remembered as a driving force behind amateur boxing in Donegal.He helped set up Raphoe Boxing Club in 1988 as well as steering his son Danny to a hugely successful amateur and professional career.His close friend and boxing colleague Peter O’Donnell told Donegal Daily that he was just devastated by Brendan’s passing.“Nobody will speak a bad word about Brendan Ryan because he was such a decent man. The late Brendan Ryan who passed away today.“We have been down a lot of roads together and we could tell some stories.“We was a good husband and a great grandfather to his grandchildren.“I will miss him deeply as I know so many people will,” said Peter.As well as boxing Brendan was a keen Finn Harps fan and could be seen at all of Finn Harps home games.He retired from Donegal County Council two years ago. The staff of Donegal Daily would like to extend their sincere sympathy to the Ryan family at this time.DEEP SADNESS AT PASSING OF DONEGAL BOXING LEGEND BRENDAN RYAN was last modified: July 31st, 2014 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:boxingBrendan RyandonegalRaphoe ABC
Tags: crested cranesfaridah bulegaTokyo 2020 CAF Women Qualifierstop Crested Cranes assistant coach Edward Kaziba and trainer Olive Mbekeka talk to the players shortly after the last tarining session at Njeru on Monday morning. (FUFA Photo)Tokyo 2020 CAF Women Olympics Qualifier1st Leg 3rd April 2019: Ethiopia vs Uganda @National Stadium, Addis Ababa2nd Leg 6th April 2019: Uganda vs Ethiopia @StarTimes Stadium Lugogo, KampalaKAMPALA – The final Crested Cranes squad of 20 players that will travel to Ethiopia on Tuesday morning, has been named.The team was announced by head coach Faridah Bulega after the mid morning training session held at Njeru on Monday.They will travel to Ethiopia at 2am on Tuesday where they will continue their preparations for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympics qualifier against their Ethiopian counterparts.On Wednesday, the two sides will face off at the Addis Ababa National Stadium in the first leg of the qualifiers.Initially. 30 players were summoned by Bulega and her technical team and have been training at Njeru since the 22nd of March.“All my players are good in camp and have been working hard, said Bulega after naming her final 20.“I am sure the 20 I have selected will do what is expect of them in Addis Ababa.Apart from the foreign-based trio of defender Yudaya Nakayenze, strikers Sandra Nabweteme and Fazila Ikwaput, the rest of Bulega’s selections are familiar faces, with only left fullback Marion Amangat and impressive winger Fauziah Najjemba relishing an opportunity to make their international debut.Nabweteme (left) and Nakayenze (right) are part of the teamBulega has chosen to stick to the first choice custodian and reigning Airtel/FUFA Footballer of the year Ruth Aturo with Daisy Nakaziro and Juliet Adeke acting as her back-ups.Towering central defender Shadia Nankya retains her position together with Aisha Namukisa, Grace Aluka and Viola Namuddu.The team has six midfielders, six strikers, as Bulega aims at helping the Crested Cranes qualify for Olympic games for the first time.Crested Cranes final 20 named for the trip to Ethiopia team:Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves).Defenders: Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs High School Rubaga), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Viola Namuddu (Makerere-She MAK), Yudaya Nakayenze (Siminole State College, USA), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Marion Amangat (Olila High School).Midfeilders:Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Shamilah Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fauziah Najjemba (Isra Academy), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).Strikers:Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (Southwestern Oklahoma State University, USA) and Fazila Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)Comments