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‘Tribal Politics A Refuge for Failed Politicians’

first_imgThe standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has warned Liberians against politicians preaching tribal politics in the ensuing presidential and legislative elections.He said tribal politics is a refuge (sanctuary) for politicians who do not have anything to offer the people, and called on Liberians to be wary of such politicians because they preach that some Liberians are more Liberians than others.“We have denounced tribalism as the last refuge of politicians who do not have anything to offer the Liberian people,” Dr. Jones said. “Such failed politicians play the tribal card and they know nothing about nationalism.”Dr. Jones, who was recently confirmed as the political leader of MOVEE in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County, said while Liberians are concerned about moving the country forward, it behooves every citizen to open their eyes and provide their support to those who have shown a track record to care for their interests, and have used their responsibilities to empower them in their communities.Dr. Jones made the statement in relation to his involvement as Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia in empowering Liberians in the leeward counties with access to finances that has reportedly helped many, who would have otherwise not have a chance to that assistance.Dr. Jones said as Liberia looks forward to a better leadership, “There should be no place in the political arena for misfits whose every action is self-serving.”Described as ‘Poverty Doctor’ for his persistent advocate against poverty, Dr. Jones said Liberians are fed up at recycled politicians and political parties whose past demonstrate leadership incompetence.The former CBL Governor said Liberians cannot afford any political marriage of convenience, “which are carried out simply to gain power and to give the long-suffering masses a dose of incompetence and empty promises that heralded their past activities.”If elected president of Liberia in the forthcoming elections, Jones vowed to introduce a “caring heart leadership” that would make a difference in the lives of Liberians. He said patriotism should affect a leader to “put country above self; and not in words, but in deeds.” He insisted that poverty is not the destiny of Liberians, and promised to give voice to “the voiceless, the marginalized, the disaffected and the suffering poor.”The ‘Poverty Doctor’ reflected on his leadership at the CBL and how he stood up for market women, petty traders, carpenters, farmers, labor unions, among others, and initiated mechanisms that addressed their concerns.He said MOVEE as a political party for the poor and the downtrodden has offered hope from its inception, and promised to seek the interest of Liberians to lift them from poverty to a level where they can realize and appreciate their human dignity.“MOVEE’s unwavering conviction is that Liberians must have first preference in the country. This includes providing them jobs to make them owners of their land,” Dr. Jones said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition to table motion today, expects debate

first_imgPirate massacreSome three weeks after Guyanese fishermen came under attack on the high seas in Surinamese waters, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will be seeking at today’s sitting of the National Assembly to adjourn its scheduled agenda to deal with what it says is a matter of “definite urgent public importance.”In a statement to the press on Thursday, the Party said it submitted the motion in the name of parliamentarians, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Harry Gill.Additionally, the Opposition has also submitted to the Clerk of the National Assembly, a Private Member’s Motion calling for the re-establishment of the Labour Ministry, with the expectation that this motion too is debated at today’s sitting.With regards to the ‘Motion of Adjournment on a Matter of Definite Urgent Public Importance’, the parliamentary Opposition outlined that four boats with 20 fishermen, most of whom were Guyanese, were attacked in a most horrific and violent manner on Friday, April 27, 2018 by pirates off the coast of the Republic of Suriname leaving 12 missing, 5 survivors and three bodies found thus far; and less than a week later another boat with Guyanese fishermen was also attacked byOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and MP Anil Nandlall interacting with families of the victims and concerned fishermen in Surinamepirates in the Republic of Suriname leading to one dead and four missing.It further detailed that the families of the fishermen in Guyana met Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who subsequently travelled to Suriname to meet with families and survivors of these piracy attacks, and, the Guyanese Community, in Suriname.The motion added that those families and the survivors have explained in great detail the horrors they have endured at the hands of criminals and expressed great fears that these atrocities will be repeated unless the perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice.The Opposition said in the motion that these attacks were not merely robberies, murders and acts of piracy but the very cruel and inhumane manner by which they were executed; these should be treated as acts of terrorism requiring the application of the full force of the law to bring the perpetrators to justice by both Governments.It added too that the families and communities of the victims, and, fishermen in general, have been deeply traumatised and severely aggrieved by the lack of empathy, information, and action by Government officials in the last two weeks.On this note, the PPP/C Opposition is calling the Guyana Government to informs the National Assembly of the actions which have been taken in respect of this horrendous human tragedy, thus far.They also want to know what actions the State intends to take, in relation to, “…the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these horrific acts and the intellectual authors, thereof; the measures put in place or to be put in place designed to create a safe environment for fishermen to continue to ply their trade at sea; and what form of financial assistance, if any, is being or will be offered to the families of the victims, as well as, the owners of the fishing vessels, engines, seine and equipment which have been damaged, destroyed or lost.The Opposition also wants to know, “…what form of enhanced collaboration, if any, is being pursued with the Government of the Republic of Suriname to patrol and monitor the waters, inclusive by air, and including, the installation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or similar technological apparatus on licensed fishing vessels… (and) what mechanisms, if any, have been put in place to ensure that when reports are made to the law enforcement authorities in Suriname and Guyana, they are  treated seriously, confidentially and with dispatch.”The coalition Government is also being called upon to State in the National Assembly, what enhanced role is being played by the Guyana Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, to represent, facilitate and render assistance to these traumatised families and victims, in particular assisting with access to the Surinamese authorities with regards to law enforcement, health care, immigration and release of the bodies for burial, and further issues which affect the interest and welfare of all Guyanese either residing or working in the Republic of Suriname.The motion further detailed that “…be it further resolved that if the Government of Guyana has not yet acted upon the issues articulated above that this National Assembly urges them to do so with every convenient speed… (and) be it further resolved that this National Assembly urges the Government of Guyana to utilise the provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Piracy Act to bring the perpetrators to justice.”At a press conference on Wednesday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan updated the local media on his visit to the neighbouring nation during which he addressed most of the issues the Opposition are enquiring about.last_img read more

Afflalo earns Pac-10 honors

first_img“I like to be defined as a player who, when put in any situation, I can flourish,” Afflalo said. “I liked to be called upon for any of my abilities, whether it’s scoring or passing, and even though my rebound numbers are down, for them to know I can rebound. I guess that’s what this award shows appreciation for.” Afflalo joins Marques Johnson (1977), David Greenwood (1978, ’79), Kenny Fields (1983) and Ed O’Bannon (1995) as Bruins to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. “It means a lot to me to be one of the select few in UCLA history to be honored with this award,” Afflalo said during a conference call.” Also, Bruins point guard Darren Collison and the Trojans’ Nick Young were named to the first team. Collison averaged 12.4 points and six assists per game. Young shot 53.5 percent from the field and led USC (21-10, 11-7) in scoring at 17.5 points per game. UCLA forwards Josh Shipp and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and USC guards Gabe Pruitt and Lodrick Stewart were honorable mention selections. Trojans center Taj Gibson was named to the all-freshman team. Washington State’s Tony Bennett was named Coach of the Year and Arizona’s Chase Budinger was named the Freshman of the Year. Howland said reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya, who missed Saturday’s loss at Washington, had his left knee examined and is expected to play Thursday in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Deep down inside, I’m excited. I put in a lot of work, and it’s great recognition,” Afflalo said during a conference call. “On the flip side, I’m still very concerned about our team’s state right now, and where we’re going as a team. All the individual awards are great, but if it doesn’t translate into team success, it really doesn’t mean anything. With that said, it could mean so much more if we continue to win.” Afflalo, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, was an all Pac-10 selection last season. LOS ANGELES – Arron Afflalo joined elite UCLA company Monday when he became the fifth Bruin to be named the Pacific-10 Conference’s Player of the Year, which is voted upon by the league’s coaches. Not only does Afflalo lead UCLA in scoring at 17.2 points per game, including 17.3 per game in Pac-10 play, but he is widely considered the best perimeter defender in the conference. He led the fourth-ranked Bruins (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) to a second straight conference title. center_img “I’m just really happy for and proud of Arron,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He’s had an unbelievable year, and to me, the No. 1 thing that the player of the year does is make his team win. The thing that makes Arron special is he plays both ends of the floor with equal commitment, and he’s a great, great competitor. And winning comes first.” Afflalo scored in double figures the past 29 games, led UCLA in scoring 17 times this season and is the Pac-10’s active leading scorer with 1,447points. Four times Afflalo scored more than 25 points, and arguably his most impressive performance came in a 62-46 win at California on Jan. 26. Afflalo scored 25 points, and also held Bears guard Ayinde Ubaka scoreless. last_img read more

Duff doesn’t take weight criticism lightly

first_imgTeen starlet Hilary Duff claims she’s never had a problem with her weight, but feels pressure to be thin. The 19-year-old actress and singer told People Magazine that she’s either perceived as too fat or too thin in the media, which she says can be “judgmental and mean.” “And if you don’t like the way you look, or feel insecure when people say things about you — in magazines or just in everyday life — they can be hurtful. … But you’ll never make them happy,” she told the magazine. Duff, who has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide, has a new album out this week called “Dignity.” Several of the songs are about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, but she denies that she slammed his new newest flame, Nicole Richie, in her tune “Gypsy Woman.” And anyway, she told People she doesn’t like to discuss relationships. “It’s not my job to talk about my relationship,” she said. ” … But the more you try to keep it quiet, the more people want to know about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Damage count begins in Killybegs after worst flooding in decades

first_imgThe people of Killybegs are beginning to count the costs after a night of flash flooding in the heart of the town.Businesses were flooded on the Bridge Street and Shore Road after torrential rain caused the local river to burst its banks.A high tide and non-stop rain caused water to rush onto the roads and into premises at nightfall. Emergency services rushed to the area as sandbags were distributed to business owners. Advertisement Water levels reached heights not seen in decades on Bridge Street, as flooding reached as high as windowsills of offices, hairdressers, opticians and other businesses. Independent TD Thomas Pringle’s constituency office was one of the worst affected premises.Killybegs Flooding, 4th October 2017. Image via @ThomasPringleTDKillybegs Flooding, 4th October 2017. Image via @ThomasPringleTDFintra National School was also hit by flooding but it is believed to be reopened as normal today.“It was quite scary, but it’s nowhere near the damage of Inishowen, thank God,” Cllr Niamh Kennedy told Donegal Daily.The flood waters receded back into the river after 1am , but as morning comes the premises owners will begin assessing the damage. Advertisement “I was talking to one premises owner who is now waiting on the insurance vetters to come out. It’s something we learned from Inishowen – when it happens, the first thing you should do it contact the insurance company so the damage can be assessed.”“It is mainly businesses and gardens that are damaged, not houses as such. There is one house owned by an elderly lady which we were concerned about. We’ll be checking in on her today,” Cllr Kennedy said.It was a stroke of luck that the damage at Fintra National School was not worse, Cllr Kennedy said.“It was by pure coincidence that a teacher happened to be working there late and noticed the heavy rain. They saw that the gym was beginning to flood and they quickly got the dehumidifiers in last night.”Emergency response teams from Donegal County Council, the Fire Service and the Coast Guard were all present last night to bring sandbags and offer assistance. “The council were great, they came in their droves and anything that was needed was provided. I think we are much better prepared than we were weeks ago,” Cllr Kennedy said.It is hoped that the impact of yesterday won’t have too much lasting damage on the premises, but the surge of water was of unprecedented levels not seen in decades.“It’s a long time since the capacity of the river couldn’t take the volume of water. Some locals said it is maybe 30 or 40 years since they remember Bridge Street in such a bad shape.“The rain never stopped all day, it was bound to have some effect. As the river tide was rising the flow of water had to go somewhere, so it burst out of the banks and over the road. “The surface damage is one thing, but when you start taking electrics into it there could be more damage than we know,” Cllr Kennedy said.Cllr Kennedy, who was on the Shore Road last night, said locals were fearful that the tide would reach its height again at 6am this morning. Thankfully, the rain eased after 1am and gave the waters time to recede back.Damage count begins in Killybegs after worst flooding in decades was last modified: October 7th, 2017 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:killybegs floodinglast_img read more

Branson predicts boom in supersonic flight

first_imgVirgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has vowed to resurrect commercial supersonic flight in 2023, the 20th year since the grounding of Concode, after backing a new technology venture that promises to slash the cost of fares.Boom Technology, the brainchild of former Amazon executive Blake Scholl, reckons it will be able to have the first commercial flights of its 45-55-seat supersonic transport (SST) in operation just seven years after the project was launched in March this year.Underlining the urgency of the venture, Boom yesterday “rolled out” a one-third scale model of the new plane, dubbed the XR1 or “Baby Boom”, at its hangar in Denver, Colorado – a mere eight months after the project was first announced in March, 2016.XR1 is scheduled to begin flight testing in a year from now to prove the design before the construction of a full-scale prototype.Scholl says the venture is keeping costs down by using existing engine technology and new lightweight composites developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 over the past decade.It will also operate within existing regulations, which ban supersonic flight over land.He says operators will be able to charge the equivalent of current business class fares – about $US5000 return, or a quarter of what Concorde was charging before its demise – with the potential for “enormous” margins at Mach 2.2 or 10 per cent faster than Concorde, taking just three and a half hours for the 5500-kilometre trip between London and New York.Branson is connected to the project through his space flight company, Virgin Galactic, and its manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company,  which is providing engineering and construction services, as well as participating in the flight test program.The Boom Technology team includes engineers from Boeing and NASA, among others.The Virgin Group has taken options on the first 10 airframes to be built.“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson says.While Branson says the initial focus of commercial services will be over the north Atlantic between Europe and America, the new SST will also be able to halve the travel time between America and Japan or America and Australia.Even with the necessary fuel stop en route, the travel time between Los Angeles and Sydney, for example, would be under eight hours, instead of the current subsonic 13-14 hours.“Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds,” says Scholl, who is backed by a number of Silicon Valley venture capitalists.“Concorde’s designers didn’t have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do.”“Ultimately I want people to be able to get anywhere in the world in five hours for $100. This is supersonic passenger air travel, no bullshit, and it’s actually affordable.”last_img read more

Cincinnati urban farm in the running for a national grant

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Waterfields LLC in Cincinnati is a finalist in a national grant program for local farms that is giving away $75,000 to farms for infrastructure upgrades.Waterfields grows and sells the fresh, high quality microgreens, edible flowers, and specialty lettuces to local restaurants and distributors. They grow their produce in underutilized buildings in inner city communities using vertical farming and hydroponic farming technology. They also use traditional cultivation methods in greenhouse and in the field.  In addition, Waterfields works to create jobs and wealth by purposefully hiring and training local residents from areas of poverty where they operate.Because the grant includes a popular vote component, they needing to spread the word during the last week of January to get them into first place by Jan. 31. They are facing stiff competition from over 100 farms in other parts of the United States.California-based national produce distributor PRO ACT has opened voting for its farm grant program “Cultivating Change.” A total of $75,000 in funding will be awarded to local farms with the most votes through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced on Feb. 5 2018.Supporters can vote for the most deserving projects by going to Cultivatingchange.org and reviewing local farm applications.last_img read more

PKL: U Mumba announces ticket sale for home leg

first_imgMumbai, Aug 3 (PTI) Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise U Mumba today announced the start of ticket sale for their home leg of the season five of the tournament.The home matches of U Mumba will be played at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) at Worli here from August 25 to 31.The VVIP tickets are priced at Rs 7,000, while the VIP tickets are priced at Ra 5,500, a media release said here.In the general stand, tickets for section 2 are available at Rs 1,000 and section 3 at Rs 800, it added.All matches will start at 8 PM and gates for spectators will open at 6 PM, said the release. PTI NRB RSYlast_img

Mbappe revels in debut PSG goal

first_imgKylian Mbappé ‘It was a beautiful goal for my first’ – Mbappe revels in debut PSG strike Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 06:23 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Metz PSG Ligue 1 08092017 Gettyimages Kylian Mbappé PSG Metz v PSG Metz Ligue 1 His side ran riot at Metz as the 18-year-old announced himself at his new club with a goal Kylian Mbappe was delighted to kick off his Paris Saint-Germain career with a goal in Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Metz in Ligue 1.The Monaco loanee, whose move is set to be made permanent for next season, netted on debut to put PSG 2-1 ahead after Benoit Assou-Ekotto had been sent off for a strong challenge on the teenager.5/1 for PSG and Celtic to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Edinson Cavani scored twice, while Neymar and Lucas Moura were also on target for Unai Emery’s men, affording Mbappe – who fired home after his attempted pass to Neymar fell back to his feet from Ivan Balliu’s failed clearance – an enjoyable maiden outing for the title favourites.”It was a beautiful goal for my first,” the 18-year-old told Canal + . “I wanted to make a pass to Ney, [but] the defender intercepted and I was quicker to react than my opponent and shot with power. “I always said I wanted to play with great players. I’m evolving with the best in the championship and perhaps in Europe. I learn from their movements and professionalism to do my best on the field. “All I wanted was to be on the field, the coach made that decision. I enjoyed it. I am happy, I am happy with what I did.”Mbappe quoteMetz had been causing their star-studded visitors problems before Assou-Ekotto’s controversial second-half dismissal, with Emmanuel Riviere having cancelled out Cavani’s opener.Job well done, guys! #FCMPSG #ALLEZPARIS pic.twitter.com/AMnjCnbQf2 — PSG English (@PSG_English) September 8, 2017 Questioned on whether the former Tottenham defender deserved to see red after apparently winning the ball, Mbappe – who rolled around somewhat theatrically afterwards – added: “When you are in action it is hard to judge.”I did not see him coming, he tackled me and it could have been more dangerous.”Red? I do not know, but it was dangerous. I do not blame him, it was probably in the spirit of the game.”Next up for PSG is a trip to Celtic as they begin their Champions League campaign, which is where the pressure is really on Emery to deliver.last_img read more

Video: Notre Dame’s BB Team Gets Welcomed Home In South Bend To Roaring Applause From Fans

first_imgFans applaud Notre Dame basketball after return from near-upset of Kentucky.Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team played one of the best games we’ve seen from a squad in the NCAA Tournament Saturday night. The Fighting Irish’s valiant effort ultimately wasn’t enough, though, as they fell to undefeated Kentucky, 68-66. Still, Mike Brey’s team has plenty to be proud about this season; an ACC Tournament championship and an Elite Eight run highlight an awesome year. Following the loss to the Wildcats, Notre Dame’s fans welcomed their team home with roaring applause. Much-deserved welcome home for one of the best @FightingIrish teams you’ll ever see. Thanks, @NDmbb. pic.twitter.com/ET6mvODLlJ— Josh Flynt (@jflyntnd518) March 29, 2015That’s a great scene. Notre Dame’s run to the Elite Eight was the sixth in program history and the first since 1979.last_img read more