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Is Poverty Truly Liberia’s Greatest Enemy?

Is Poverty Truly Liberia’s Greatest Enemy?

first_imgFormer Central Bank Governor and political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) Dr. J. Mills Jones recently postulated that “Liberia’s greatest enemy is poverty.” Poverty is everyone’s enemy because it is degrading and humiliating. But this statement is contradictory for a country so immensely endowed with natural resources, rich soil for agriculture, vegetation with various species of plants, attractive landscapes and beaches, among others. How then can a country with all these resources be conquered by its enemy, poverty?Let us take the statement into perspective to establish whether or not poverty is truly Liberia’s worst enemy. Development Communication emphasizes the need for communicators to establish the root cause(s) of an issue to pave the way to a conclusion. Poverty did not come to Liberia in a vacuum, but we strongly believe there are root causes to this problem that should be considered enemies to Liberia, instead of poverty. Poverty, then, is really a product of certain choices, conditions and other vices that decrease the quality of life, especially by economic means.One of those vices, as far as our assessment can show, is dishonesty. While serving as Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Jones established a loan project giving out millions of Liberian dollars and thousands of US dollars. Have those who benefited from this loan scheme been honest enough to pay back their loans so that others, too, may benefit? It is common banter for Liberians to accuse public sector workers of diverting ‘the people’s money’ into their private accounts; case(s) in point, the recent scandals at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. However, there is also the wrong perception among some Liberians that a loan given by a government institution does not have to be repaid. This, too, is a recipe for poverty.In President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s inaugural address in 2006, she declared corruption as “Public Enemy Number 1.” This enthusiastic statement was greeted with tremendous, hopeful applause not only in central Monrovia where she made the declaration, but all over the country and even abroad. Citizens’ excitement about the statement clearly depicted how corruption is seriously inflicting poverty on the country and that there was a need for a strong and decisive leader to tackle it with sincerity.It is also noteworthy to consider our appetite for foreign aid as part of the causes of poverty. Let’s see what American statesman Benjamin Franklin said about charity:“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”The government’s dependence on foreign aid and disregarding necessary investments in agriculture, tourism, and other forsaken economic activities, is also responsible for poverty.Considering these entrenched vices existing in the Liberian society and politics, this paper strongly believes that poverty is not necessarily Liberia’s greatest enemy; but rather dishonesty, corruption, insincerity, indolence, and indiscipline. In other words, we Liberians are our own worst enemy.This brings to mind a recent trip President Sirleaf took to East Africa, from where she returned, in awe of the level of development in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda. What had impressed her, far beyond infrastructural and the level of sophistication in these societies, was the apparent cooperation of the citizens with their respective governments toward their development achievements.Rwanda, where the President expressed shock with the pace of its improvements in its infrastructure and social development, has a system in place and is strict with the rules. Despite the existence of laws, citizens of that East African country have adapted self-discipline to the extent that they do not make their streets and environment filthy by uncontrollably dropping trash willy-nilly. There is no room for pissing on street corners, building on drainages, and blocking waterways, just to state a few.“But aaaaayyyyyy, Liberia!” she remarked in the presence of journalists upon her return to Liberia. She was severely criticized for the expression, just as she was when she admitted in her last 2017 State of the Nation address that she failed in the fight against corruption. But should she be the only one criticized for the failure? Of course she is not the only person.So, we ask the question again: Is poverty truly Liberia’s greatest enemy? For this question, however inexhaustive, the answer is ‘no’. Perhaps, we should rephrase the question: Who or what is Liberia’s greatest enemy? We’ve already answered this question, haven’t we? The good news is that our greatest enemy can be turned into our greatest friend!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brumskine Cries Foul, Wants Election Rerun

Brumskine Cries Foul, Wants Election Rerun

first_imgCllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former Liberty Party standard bearer The Opposition Liberty Party (LP) is demanding that the just ended election be rerun claiming that massive fraud and irregularities are to blame for preliminary results indicating that the LP performed poorly.With 95.6 percent of the polling stations already counted, the LP standard bearer, Charles Walker Brumskine, has obtained a total vote count of 144, 353, representing 9.8 percent.This result puts the LP flag bearer far behind a potential runoff between George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and governing Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.As of today, the CDC has obtained  572,374 votes totaling 39.0 percent, followed by the UP with 427, 544 votes representing 29.1 percent, far outdistancing the LP’s 9.8 percent.Brumskine said that the elections were faced with “serious gross irregularities and fraud that undercut the integrity of the process as well as denying voters their constitutional rights to vote.”He added: “The preliminary results released by authorities of the National Elections Commissions (NEC) are not valid, because we at the LP have evidence to prove our case.”Brumskine said that their evidences range from the stuffing of ballot boxes with marked ballot papers for another party than the LP in Nimba County by a NEC presiding officer; the  late opening of polls at some centers; and the omission of names and photographs from the voters’ roll.“So many Liberians were deprived of their constitutional right to vote. We will, therefore, be requesting a re-run of the elections. The October 10 elections did not pass the minimum standards required for free, fair and transparent elections and Liberia deserves a valid, transparent election,” Brumskine alleged.Henry Flomo, NEC communications director, has meanwhile refuted the LP’s claimed that the October 10 election was marred by fraud.“Although the NEC has not received any complaint from the LP, but as far I am concerned, the just ended election was free, fair and transparent,” he said.Meanwhile, international and local observers admitted that there were some challenges and irregularities during the process.Samantha Smoot, National Democratic Institute (NDI) Mission Director, said the mission observed that the transfer of materials from voting precincts to magistrate offices was not done according to procedures or in a secure manner in some locations.Madam Smoot added: “In some places, materials were taken and stored at magistrate warehouses overnight, and then intake processes were begun at the tallying centers on the morning of October 11.”In other cases, she said “materials were transferred to the magistrate offices in the morning. The chain of custody for material between voting precincts and magistrate offices was often not monitored by observers and party agents.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Home of political activist robbed

Home of political activist robbed

first_imgProminent activist Don Singh is now traumatised after robbers invaded his Lot 133 Church Street home last Monday.The area that is believed to be where the suspects gained entry into the house The incident is believed to have occurred sometime after 01:30h. In an interview with this publication, the activist explained that on the day in question, he secured his premises and retired to bed.However, upon waking up, at about 08:00h the following morning, he observed that his home was ransacked.Singh said after inspecting the property, it was discovered that the louvre panes of one of the windows on the second flat of the building were removed. From all indications, the bandits might have gained entry into the house from that window.Furthermore, Singh noted that the perpetrators escaped with a laptop, his wallet which had about $50,000 cash and his daughter’s purse which also had cash and other personal items including her identification card.He, nevertheless, did not report the matter to the police since he claimed that he has lost trust in the Guyana Police Force.He recalled a similar incident back in August 2015 when bandits broke into his home and carted off several items.The police are yet to arrest anyone for questioning in connection with that incident.last_img read more

Nominees selected for top judicial posts

Nominees selected for top judicial posts

first_img…need Opposition Leader’s blessingBy Jarryl BryanAfter months of acting in their respective positions, the current acting Chancellor and Chief Justice may soon find themselves being passed over for appointment to the posts, as President David Granger himself has confirmed that a replacement nominee has been found.Granger made this disclosure on Friday during his first press conference in two years. Describing the substantive appointments as a matter of concern to him, he related that, as President, he revisited a formula for filling the positions that former President Donald Ramotar had rejected. That formula, according to Granger, wasOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoto advertise both locally and in the Caribbean.“The nominations were made, and contact has been made with the person who has been nominated. That person has accepted. We are now looking at the modalities… the termination of the work he is doing now in the country of residence. I am aware of the concerns of the Caribbean Court of Justice. I am working to have this matter resolved as soon as possible,” he disclosed.Granger revealed that the person chosen for either of the top judicial posts is currently in Guyana. According to the Constitution, however, the President must hold consultations with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. But according to Granger, he is prepared to meet with Jagdeo.CCJJust recently, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, zeroed in on the trend of persons being appointed to top positions in Guyana’s judiciary, but being forced to act for years while their confirmation remains in limbo.In a recent address to the Guyana Bar Association, he condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard demitted office, agreement has not beenPresident David Grangerreached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy, where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the Judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure,” he continued.Referring to Article 122 A(1), which states that “All courts and all persons presiding over the courts shall exercise their functions independently of the control and direction of any person or authority; and shall be free and independent from political, executive and other form of discretion and control.” Byron bluntly statedActing Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonnette Cummings-Edwards and Acting Chief Justice, Roxanne Georgethat the delay is a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Article 127 (2) of the Constitution states that, “If the office of Chancellor is vacant … then until a person has been appointed to, and has assumed the functions of, such office…the functions shall be performed by such other of the judges as shall be appointed by the President after meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.”Commenting on this, Byron noted that the language of the Act suggests that the appointment was to be a short term one before a substantive appointment. He noted that even from a subjective analysis, the Constitution never intended for the years it has taken to fill the substantive positions to have elapsed.Byron noted that the delay in complying with Section 127(1) of the Constitution has long (breached) a level of justifiability, and the most appropriate authority for resolving this situation is the court system.”Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards was appointed by President Granger in May of this year as acting Chancellor of the Judiciary. Prior to that position, she acted as the Chief Justice from December 2015. She was never confirmed to the substantive position.Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after acting as Chancellor since 2005. The current Acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxanne George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards.last_img read more

A Number of Power Outages around Fort St. John

A Number of Power Outages around Fort St. John

first_imgEast of Old Fort Road, South of 82a Ave – Shoud be restored by 11pmNorth of Shayne Road, South-East-West of Alaska Highway – Should be restored by 11pmFor more details visit www.bchydro.com/outages There are a number of power outages affecting over 700 customers in the Fort St. John area.The outages started anywhere from 2:50pm this afternoon to about 3:50pm.  The outages are as followsWest of the 273 Road – Shoud be Restored by 8pm- Advertisement -West of Golf Course Road – Shoud be Restored at 6:30pmEast of the 137 Road – Shoud be Restored at 7pmWest of the 259 Road, North of Stampede Road, East of 72nd Street and South of 87a Ave – Shoud be restored by 8:30pmAdvertisementlast_img

Public tip leads to arrest

Public tip leads to arrest

first_imgLANCASTER – Operating on a tip from the public, sheriff’s deputies arrested a former business leader and four other people Thursday in a west Lancaster home, authorities said. Alan Coon, 58, who owns Alan’s Flowers & Plants in Palmdale, was found in the attic of a home in the 8100 block of West AvenueI, Palmdale sheriff’s station Detective Mark Machanic said. Coon is a suspect in auto theft and methamphetamine possession, Machanic said. Coon has made admissions in the case, the detective said. Coon was a Palmdale Chamber of Commerce director in 1998, when he and 12 other directors and members were ousted for unspecified misconduct. Sheriff’s deputies also arrested Juan Peguero, 35; Christine Sowers, 41; and Michael Reed, 36, on suspicion of harboring a fugitive. Lisa Staresinic, 41, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. Machanic obtained a search warrant for the west Lancaster home based on information provided by the public. “We want to thank all the citizens who called in,” Machanic said. “Without the public’s help, people like this can be very difficult to locate.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want 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

Bush seeks accountability in Tillman case

Bush seeks accountability in Tillman case

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush hopes someone is held responsible for the U.S. military’s mishandling of information about the death of former football star Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, the White House said Wednesday. Bush did not learn about the unusual circumstances of the Army ranger’s death until after the soldier’s memorial service on May 3, 2004, said deputy press secretary Dana Perino. Military officers at first said Tillman had died in an ambush, when in fact he was accidentally killed by fellow U.S. troops. “I think that he feels deeply sorry for the family and all that they’ve gone through,” Perino said. “And he’s pleased that the Department of Defense has taken it upon themselves to investigate it. And he hopes that people are held to account.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tillman’s death received worldwide attention because he had walked away from a huge contract with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Pentagon initially misled his family about how he died on April 22, 2004, and relatives did not learn the truth for more than a month. Bush asked for updates about Tuesday’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was held to learn whether, and when, top Defense officials and the White House knew that Tillman’s death resulted from “friendly fire.” “It’s not clear – people don’t remember – if he (Bush) heard it from media reports, or if he heard it from the Pentagon, but it was sometime after the funeral,” Perino said. In questioning what the White House knew about Tillman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., cited a memo written by a top general seven days after Tillman’s death, warning that it was “highly possible” the Army ranger was killed by friendly fire and making clear that his warning should be conveyed to the president. last_img read more

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations from A to Z

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations from A to Z

first_imgRiyad Mahrez-captained Algeria were crowned African champions a second time after a tournament in which many rival coaches picked them out from early on as the best of the 24 title challengers.BBenin stunned Morocco in the round of 16, winning 4-1 on penalties after playing most of extra time with 10 men following the red-carding of Khaled Adenon.CDefending champions Cameroon were eliminated by Nigeria in a second round match that was among the most exciting in the tournament and the loss cost coach Clarence Seedorf his job.DThe Democratic Republic of Congo achieved the biggest win of the tournament by thrashing Zimbabwe 4-0 in Group A with Cedric Bakambu bagging a brace.EMohamed Salah-inspired Egypt were shock last-16 casualties, conceding five minutes from time to lose 1-0 against South Africa, and coach Javier Aguirre was sacked almost immediately.FThe new 24-team format — up from 16 in the previous tournament — did deliver excitement with the best four third-place qualifiers decided only after the last two group matches.GA run of six consecutive top-four finishes by Ghana came to an end as they lost a last-16 penalty shootout against Tunisia after Caleb Ekuban had his kick saved.HNear 40 celsius (104 fahrenheit) heat when some mid-afternoon matches kicked off was blamed for the often cagey, snail-pace football.INigerian Odion Ighalo completed a double by finishing as the leading scorer at the finals with five goals having topped the qualifying scoring chart with seven.JPlaying in June and July for the first time instead of January and February meant hundreds of African stars avoided having to choose between their country and European club.KBack at the Cup of Nations after 15 years, Kenya had the satisfaction of defeating east African neighbours Tanzania in a thriller, but were outclassed by Algeria and Senegal.LStarting for the first time in the tournament, South African Thembinkosi Lorch scored the goal that shattered Egyptian dreams of a record-extending eighth title.MPre-tournament outsiders Madagascar shocked Nigeria to top Group B, then won a penalty shootout against DR Congo before a jaded side fell to Tunisia in the quarter-finals.NNigeria finished third for the seventh time to satisfy coach Gernot Rohr, but not some supporters who criticised the selections and tactics of the German.OThere were four own goals in the 52 matches with Tunisians Rami Bedoui and Dylan Bronn, Namibian Itamunua Keimuine and Nigerian William Troost-Ekong the unfortunate quartet.PRegular-time penalties proved a problem for Senegal with Liverpool star Sadio Mane fluffing two before voluntarily relinquishing the role to Henri Saivet, who missed his lone spot-kick.QThe overall quality of the football at the showpiece of African football was often pedestrian with far fewer memorable matches than forgettable ones.RA run of winning every other Cup of Nations from 2012 ended for French coach Herve Renard when Benin stunned Morocco, whose squad had seemed among the strongest.SSadio Mane-inspired Senegal reached a second final and once again experienced the bitterness of defeat having lost a penalty shootout against Cameroon 17 years ago.TTunisia finished fourth despite winning only one of seven matches, a 3-0 last-eight drubbing of Madagascar. They drew their first four games and lost the last two.UUganda did best of the east African qualifiers, finishing second behind Egypt in Group A before stretching Senegal, then they lost coach Sebastien Desabre to Egyptian club Pyramids.VVAR (Video Assistant Referee) made its Cup of Nations debut from the last-eight stage and was used mainly to judge handballs with the chief complaint being slow decision making.WThe scorching weather, with 30-plus celsius (86 fahrenheit) temperatures even for night matches, was among the reasons given by the organisers for the many low attendances.XMany of the 24 teams in Egypt lacked players with the x factor as coaches emphasised teamwork and organisation over individual brilliance.YThe most costly yellow card of the tournament was shown to star Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the semi-final win over Tunisia as it barred him from the final.ZZimbabwe captain and forward Knowledge Musona was guilty of the miss of the tournament, failing to score from in front of an open goal during a Group A draw with Uganda.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Algeria celebrated a first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1990CAIRO, Egypt, Jul 20 – An A to Z of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which concluded in Cairo Friday with Algeria defeating Senegal 1-0 in a final decided by a Baghdad Bounedjah goal after only two minutes:Alast_img read more

Watson’s Menswear to re-open today and there’s 20% off!

Watson’s Menswear to re-open today and there’s 20% off!

first_imgWatson’s Menswear will temporarily open at a new location on Letterkenny’s Main Street today.To accommodate all the new stock the well-known clothing retailer has bought in, owner Leonard and his team will set up shop from today at 5 Lower Main Street, next door to the Ulster Bank.The front part of their old home at 7 Main Street is also planned to reopen at the weekend. And the even better news is that to celebrate being back in business, Watson’s are knocking 20% off stock.Welcome back Leonard and the boys – the Main Street wasn’t the same without you.Get along today for all the best in menswear and why not stock up early for Christmas!All the top brands are still at Watson’s Menswear at Main Street, Letterkenny.Watson’s Menswear to re-open today and there’s 20% off! was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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:donegalletterkennyreopeningWatson’s Menswearlast_img read more

DUNLEWEY CELTIC 5K

DUNLEWEY CELTIC 5K

first_imgDunlewey Celtic are organising a 5k Fun Run/Walk in Dunlewey on Friday 17th August next at 7p.m.  Registration takes place in the Dunlewey Community Centre from 5.30p.m. entry fee is €7 or €5 for U18s. Spot prizes and refreshments after the race in the Community Centre. For further information contact Martin 086 8861258, Liam 087 2514684 or Brian 086 8218084.DUNLEWEY CELTIC 5K was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:DUNLEWEY CELTIC 5Klast_img read more