The House of Representatives last Thursday once again proved that they strongly believe the people elected them not to seek the people’s interest but that of themselves—the House members. But who is to blame but the PEOPLE themselves, the ELECTORATE, who put in power these people, so many of whom are a greedy, selfish, in-compassionate, inhumane and uncaring bunch of people? These are desperate times in Liberia, when the Liberian government itself faces serious economic and financial difficulties, triggering the budget shortfall and the drastic decline of the Liberian dollar.If the people’s government can’t make ends meet, what about the ordinary people? They are feeling not the pinch but the bite and the blight (affliction, scar) of their government’s pain. Liberians are today experiencing the worst financial crisis in recent times. They have never suffered so much economic hardship since the restoration of democratic governance. It is so bad that the government says it has difficulty finding money to pay even the media, on which government depends to relate to the people.All the essential costs have escalated—food; transport; fuel; water; and education because all educational institutions say they, too, are seriously affected by the current economic downturn. But worse yet, just think of our poor people in the interior, who can hardly afford one good meal a day because the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is severe food insecurity in Liberia, due to the failure of our agriculture over the past several years. Even the nation’s leading breadbaskets, Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties, are facing food insecurity. Liberians, despite their fertile land and abundant rainfall EVERYWHERE, are STARVING. And remember the tens of thousands of our youth, from age six up, not in school, but selling candy, towels and rat poison on the streets as breadwinners for their impoverished families.This is the time Members of the House of Representatives have chosen to pass a law giving what our Legislative Correspondent Keith Morris has called “a fabulous” pension package for the leaders in ALL branches of government, who are already among the best paid people in the country! The bill seeks to award the President, Vice President, the Legislators themselves and members of the Supreme “50% of their salaries and 25% of their benefits monthly for life upon their retirement—and much more! And when such officials die, these benefits will extend to their spouses and children, for life!The House could not have chosen a worse time to pass this heartless, unconscionable, unscrupulous bill, which clearly portrays its members as totally insensitive to the suffering of the Liberian people. All these lawmakers ALWAYS think about is THEMSELVES.Worse yet, just think about WHO some of these House members are. You have the likes of Edwin Snowe, who presented the bill to the House. Has the public forgotten who Edwin Snowe really is? Does the public remember Representative Edward Forh of District No. 16 in Montserrado County who was caught in the Social Development Fund scandal? It was he whom Montserrado Superintendent Grace Kpaan recorded on tape suggesting that she share between himself, herself and then Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson US$400,000 from Montserrado’s Social Development Funds. “You eat, I eat and the MIA Minister eat,” he told Supt. Kpaan, in a blatant attempt to cheat Montserrado people of money intended for county development.There is also Rep. Thomas Fallah of District No. 5, who diverted SDF money to his personal use.The House got angry with Superintendent Kpaan for exposing their members in their corruption, and did not rest until the President unceremoniously removed her from office.Is it surprising, then, that these are the likes of the House members who passed that bill endowing themselves so lavishly and saying to hell with the Liberian impoverished masses?We urge the Senate to reject that bill; but if this body, which also has been known to have often acted selfishly in the past, passes it, too, we call on the President to veto the pension bill. The Liberian economy simply cannot afford it. It would be a slap in the face of Liberia’s suffering masses.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.
Mumbai, Sep 9 (PTI) In his over a decade long career Kabir Khan has tried his hands in various genres, ranging from spy-action thrillers to human dramas, and the director says he makes sure to be experimental with his choices as he does not want to be in a “comfortable space”.The filmmaker says he does not want to play safe as a story-teller.”For me the point is not to earn money and be safe. To remain safe and make safe films and be successful that can be a boring way of living life. I believe in taking risks some films work, some don’t.”If I think this is what I am good at, then the journey is over for me. I hope till the end of my career I will be trying to discover myself and see what excites me and what are the different things I can do. I never want to reach a comfortable space,” Kabir told PTI in an interview.After delivering back-to-back blockbusters “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, Kabir’s last two films “Phantom” and “Tubelight” did not do well but that does not stop him from taking risks. “When you are successful you should try different stuff and something that is worthwhile. I feel fortunate that my films are liked by audience.” In his career Kabir has collaborated with popular actors like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham. He believes the advantage of working with stars is that they can give a film wider reach.advertisement”When you work with stars the story tends to go wider. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ would have done well with a small actor but with Salman Khan on board it will just reach out to more people.. get bigger release.” The director’s next film “83”, featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, is based on India’s first World Cup win in cricket. “Two years ago I did not imagine I would make a sports film. We all evolve as individuals. I will be pulled towards different ideas and stories at any given point of a time,” he says.Kabir says he got attracted to the story of the 1983 historic win as he felt it was a classic underdog story.”It is more of a human story. We start shooting early next year. All the actors will get trained as they will be representing iconic players.”Apart from Ranveer we have not made any announcements regarding the casting. But we are in talks. There will be actors according to the requirement of the story like, Caribbean and English artistes.”There have also been rumours of Kabir teaming up with Akshay Kumar for a film. Neither confirming nor denying about the meeting, Kabir says, it is natural for directors to talk to lot of actors but right now he is only focusing on “83”.The director was talking on the sidelines of a launch of S Hussain Zaidi’s book “Eleventh Hour”. PTI KKP JUR SHDSHD
A man in the country illegally has been charged in the death of a missing University of Iowa college student .Agent Richard Rahn of the Iowa Department of Criminal investigation says the suspect, 24-year-old Christian Rivera is being held in the Poweshiek County Jail:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TIBBETTSDEAD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….first degree. :1220-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was last seen July 18, jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn in central Iowa.Agent Rahn says when authorities interviewed Rivera, he admitted to having an encounter with her as she was running:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TIBBETTSDEAD4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….then placed Mollie. :25That interview Monday led to the discovery of her body:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TIBBETTSDEAD5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………to her location. ;04A body authorities believe to be Tibbetts was found hidden under corn stalks in a farm field Tuesday morning about eight miles southeast of Brooklyn.Rahn says a tip from the public led investigators to suspect Rivera:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TIBBETTSDEAD3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….seen Mollie running. :29Agent Rahn says Rivera has lived in the area for some time:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TIBBETTSDEAD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….seven years. :11An autopsy on the body will take place Wednesday at the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny.