Transforming Rural Settlements into Engines of Socio-economic Growth

first_imgA German humanitarian has urged Liberians and their support partners to join in the transformation of rural communities/settlements into vibrant socio-economic belts for development, growth and progress.Mr. Rudolf Janke made the statement recently in the transformed village of Konjorloe/Konjorlahun while discussing with women, chiefs and elders on the importance of micro-credit for their socio-economic improvement in Foya Statutory District, Lofa County.For the past four years, Mr. Janke and his support partners in Germany and Liberians in the United States of America have assisted the citizens and residents of Konjorloe and other villages in the areas of sanitation and infrastructure development.As a result of such accomplishments, other sustained plans are now being worked out to include other villages that have demonstrated some initiative in maintaining the critically needed sanitation facilities.Mr. Janke and partners through the Village People’s Empowerment (VIPE) has rendered assistance to rural dwellers through the reconstruction of Konjorloe, a village that was completely destroyed during the 15 years civil conflict in Liberia.Mr. Janke, women, men and a team of professional Liberians of VIPE have worked hard and restored critical sanitation facilities such as modern bathrooms and latrines.The German national reminded the interest free soft loans beneficiaries that paying the loans on time were critical to the extension of similar assistance to other needy communities in the Foya Statutory District.According to him, livelihood components in the form of goats, sheep and others could not be sustained due to the destructive nature of the domestic animals to crops such as rice, cassava and variety of foodstuffs.He said that VIPE is also providing some assistance to the school feeding program and some of the teachers are being paid by local non-governmental organizations.The VIPE team and Mr. Janke also developed strategies that have enabled the citizens and residents of Konjorloe to build better houses through soft loans under a revolving scheme for the past four years of operations.Other critical projects undertaken and completed include rehabilitation of the school, a new mid-wives’ residence and recruiting business instructor Florence Korsor to train the rural women in better business practices.Despite the multiple challenges in working with the rural dwellers so they can understand the repayment of the interest of the free soft loans, significant progress has been made in the lives of the citizens and residents of Konjorloe.In separate interviews the residents of Konjorloe village expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Janke and the team from the VIPE for the assistance over the years.Beneficiary Tawah Kumba Borwah, 45, told the Daily Observer that the interest free soft loan initiative has transformed her life and her family of five children.“I really want the soft loan initiative to be extended to other villages in the area,” Madam Borwah stressed.Madam Lusu Momo, 48, said that the soft loans have given their house hold splendid socio-economic benefits such as the paying of school fees and other social benefits.“Me and my family of six children have greatly benefited as we now live in a better house and have good sanitation facilities,” explained Madam Momo.In related developments, plans are being developed to educate more trainers of the micro-credit component of the VIPE’s socio-economic empowerment of rural Liberians in that part of the country.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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LETTER TO BOBBIN

first_imgDear Bobbin,You have left us, but the memories remain as if yesterday were today.How does one tell the story? How did the journey that ended on July 23 begin?As part of the many families on Crown Hill between the area of Dennis football field and Mends-Cole house, we grew up imbued with traditional extended family values. After childhood years, we all moved on, in different directions, in search of education. You pursued the highest and finest level of a professional, a doctor of psychiatry, educated in Besancon at the University de Franche-Comte, absorbing with perfection French values in education, philosophy, literature and oratory skills.The lost election of 1997 led us separately to Abidjan where with Elva Richardson, and supported by Pauline and Appolinaire who is here, we became self-appointed officers of the Kormah Development Corporation. You slowly wound down your practice and other activities to devote time and attention to working with me in setting up and running the corporation.Going beyond consultancy services, you used exceptional talent to convince regional neighbors and friends to host a meeting in Ouagadougou in July 2002 in an unsuccessful attempt to bring Liberian political leaders together for peace. We have memories of the countless number of brothers and sisters in Francophone West Africa who then became our hosts and our hope, the countless number of brothers and sisters in the United States who become our sustenance and our look to the future.The return home in 2003 heralded a new beginning, an opportunity to join compatriots of shared values, to start the processes of returning our country to normalcy. The opportunity to do so came in 2006 after the victorious election in 2005. From then until now, through the good and difficult days, and despite the distractions, we have kept the promise and the commitment to put country first. This required going beyond the call to duty, foregoing vacation period, working around the clock, something many of our compatriots can never understand.During this time, the relationship with regional and continental leaders grew strong with your intervention and advocacy. It was common for you to say Madam President, I have discussed this matter with Marcel or with Brian or with Mohammed and your brother will call you. I know that you are happy for the many, particularly your brother Marcel,who have honored your service and your memory by joining us during this period of saying Good Bye to you.Your indefatigable service and relationship at home with local officials, with the Diplomatic Corp and with stakeholders have made you the one Minister liked and respected by everyone. Your work ethic, your service, your integrity stood out to all, most especially to me over the past eighteen years. For all your human and people skills, for your high sense of worth, no task or job was too big or too small, no one was too big or too small for you to find and form companionship. There was no one in whom I had more explicit trust and confidence. There was no one more loyal than you. There was simply no one like you.It hurts today to realize that you had major health problems which you ignored as you labored to help the Administration achieve its agenda. You suffered in silence as you kept the promise and walked the talk for all of us.We can never match what you represented–intelligence surpassed only by humility; friendship surpassed only by loyalty; integrity, surpassed only by strong moral values; service surpassed only by selfless dedication.Our mothers, who were strong Christian friends, taught us as children those values from which we can never depart. This became our strength. This became our bond.Your unexpected departure came too early, leaving a deep hurt and a void that cannot be filled. My minister, my brother, my friend, go to your well-earned eternal peace and rest. Your memories we will have forever.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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‘Lack of National ID Card Undermines Security’

first_imgMr. Boah is an independent presidential aspirant-Mr. Carlton Boah By Ishmael F. MenkorIndependent presidential aspirant Carlton Boah has disclosed that the absence of a national identification card undermines state security and puts the country at risk.Speaking in an interview with reporters in Ganta recently, Mr. Boah asked, “If you don’t know your citizens, how can you put security methods in place?”Mr. Boah, who was on an acquaintance visit to Nimba County, explained that in order to have a vibrant state security, the citizens should be identified with an identification card, as it was done in the 1980s.He said the security methods that are applied, including housing identification system, are inadequate, adding that a national identification system could be the effective means to identify people based on their numbers and their origin.“In my government, when the child is born today, the child will be given a national identification card, and all those who are living today will also be allowed to get their national ID, so it will be easy for you to trace anyone who is involved in illegal activites,” he said.Mr. Boah, a former publisher of the In Profile newspaper and an independent presidential candidate, said his government would share security information with other countries to combat terrorism.“We will be very vigilant with the security and share information with other countries,” he said.On land usage, he said his government will be very drastic in settling land disputes. “My government will seize any disputed land and turn it into an eminent domain or the government will take it and use it,” he added.Mr. Carlton Boah and his friends have been touring several parts of Nimba County and meeting with locals, and applauding them for warmly receiving him.Mr. Boah is the second Nimbaian to join the October presidential race. He expressed confidence in his presidential bid, adding, “There is too much power in the hand of the president; if I am elected, I will decentralize most of the authority to the locals to make their own decisions.”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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SOCU questions Nandlall

first_imgLaw books vendetta…PPP says issue reeks of political persecution, witch-huntingThe Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has said on Monday that an incident involving former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, being questioned by ranks of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) — about several Commonwealth Law Books which Attorney General Basil Williams is claiming were stolen from the State — reeks of political persecutionThis incident comes days after the Opposition parliamentarian had filed a lawsuit against Williams for libel and slander consequent upon Williams continuously declaring that Nandlall is a thief.Anil Nandlall, Bharrat Jagdeo and Priya Manickchand during the hasilty called press conference on MondayNandlall has since labelled this action involving SOCU a form of retaliation; and the public feud between these two politicians continues.In a press briefing held at Freedom House immediately after his release from SOCU on Monday, Nandlall and one of his attorneys, Priya Manickchand, together with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, addressed the media on this development. They all contended that this action is the latest in Government’s attempt to distract the nation from serious problems affecting the country, and is another of Government’s witch-hunting tactics aimed at intimidating the PPP/C.WarrantSOCU officers had obtained a warrant to take possession of the law books, but Nandlall disclosed that they are in his possession at one of his premises, and he is unable to access those premises because the person who holds the keys thereto is currently overseas, and would not return until tonight.ArrangementThe former Attorney General told the press briefing that the arrangement regarding the law books had been made known to Williams back in 2015 during the transition period from one political administration to another. He reiterated that as part of his employment contract with the PPP government, the subscription fees for the law books had been stood in an arrangement similar to that involving Government paying for electricity or other amenities for its ministers.He emphasised that he had already been subscribing to the publication of the law books prior to taking up position of Attorney General with the previous administration; and his successor had never objected to this arrangement, but had in fact lamented not having prior subscriptions which he could have had paid for by the State.Nandlall said the Attorney General began making an issue of the arrangement regarding the law books only after he became the subject of intense criticisms; which began with the lawsuit against the appointment of the Mabaruma Mayor, and continued with his actions brought against Indira Anandjeet—the Permanent Secretary appointed under his tenure — and other actions leading up to the most recent courtroom outbursts.MandateNandlall has again raised concerns regarding SOCU operating outside of its legal mandate to investigate financial crimes. Questioned, the shadow legal affairs minister said he does not rule out the option of bringing legal proceedings against the entity in this regard.CorruptionJagdeo and Manickchand have also expressed concerns about the priorities of the Government and the use of the State’s apparatus to execute its campaign of political vendetta.Jagdeo has even questioned whether this matter regarding the law books represents the mass corruption which the APNU/AFC coalition had decried prior to assuming executive office some two years ago. “This becomes the big acts of corruption when they had claimed the PPP stole over $305B,” he outlined, noting that the law books are probably now worth about US$2000; or, according to Nandlall, less than two of his cellular phones.However, Nandlall disclosed that, at this time, the books are worth approximately $1.5 million.last_img read more

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Term-limit changes sought in proposal

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In an effort to lock in the power of the state’s two top legislators for six more years, heavy-hitting political groups filed a ballot initiative Thursday that would expand term limits. Filed with the Attorney General’s Office, the measure would reduce the number of years that legislators could serve from 14 to 12. However, lawmakers could serve all 12 years in one legislative house – rather than six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate, as the current term limits allow. “We need to reform the current system so that California has a stable Legislature that is focused on solving the state’s growing challenges rather than the next election,” said Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce. A total of 34 lawmakers facing term limits in 2008 could have their terms extended under this initiative. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The most prominent are Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, who could serve another four-year term, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who could get six more years in the Assembly. Until Thursday, many believed legislators would approve their own term-limits measure as part of an overall political-reform package that includes giving an independent commission the power to draw political boundaries. Legislators will now be able to keep their distance from the term-limits reform as their proxies – the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Teachers Association – do the heavy lifting. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101last_img read more

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GradPASS program available to Fort St. John High school graduates

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Transit and partnering communities are offering the GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province.High school graduates from Over 70 communities across British Columbia are participating in the program including Dawson Creek to give high school graduates the opportunity to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.GradPASS cards will be distributed to graduates in late May and to use their GradPASS, they only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.- Advertisement -“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates – and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, and to the more than 70 local governments in B.C. and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”First introduced in Vancouver in 1988, GradPASS created to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students. BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”Advertisement Visit bctransit.com   for information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community.last_img read more

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First Influenza A case reported in L.A. County

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe flu season generally runs from December through March, according to the county’s Public Health Department. Influenza is the leading cause of pneumonia and accounts for 110,000 to 200,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 to 40,000 deaths in the United States annually, according to the county. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A child in the eastern San Fernando Valley was diagnosed with Influenza A, the first case reported in Los Angeles County this flu season, county health officials said today. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s public health director, said the report should serve as a reminder for residents to get a flu shot. “Be prepared this year and protect yourself and your family,” Fielding said. “There is still time to get a flu vaccination. Vaccination is especially important for all persons at highest risk of serious complications of the flu, including infants and children 6 months through 5 years of age.” Fielding said there is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. last_img read more

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SCOUTS ABOUT THAT? CLONMANY HAS FIRST HISTORIC MEETING

first_imgThe recently formed 17th Donegal (Clonmany) Scout group held their first Investiture evening when all new members become officially members of Scouting Ireland.They only formed in recent months but have progressed so well, that they now boast over 25 adult volunteers and over almost 65 youth members in their ranks.The Investiture was held in St. Mary’s Hall to cater for the large numbers, including Errigal Scout County Commissioner, Dessie Taylor and representatives from other Scouting Groups from Errigal Scout County. Donegaldaily.com is delighted to carry some pictures of the group and wish them well in the future. SCOUTS ABOUT THAT? CLONMANY HAS FIRST HISTORIC MEETING was last modified: March 25th, 2012 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:Clonmany Scoutslast_img read more

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‘I feel guilty saying it, but it’s time for Wenger to go’ – Gunners legend

first_imgArsenal legend Frank McLintock says it is time for Arsene Wenger to go.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, McLintock said he has nothing but admiration for the job the Frenchman has done over the past 20 years but that a change of manager must happen for the good of the club.The Gunners have gone 13 years without winning the Premier League under Wenger and finished fifth this season to miss out on Champions League qualification.“I do generally feel as though it is time for a change but I feel guilty saying it because he has been so good,” said McLintock, who spent nine years at Arsenal and captained the north London club.Wenger, who has yet to announce whether he will stay on, insists Arsenal only need a couple of additions to bounce back and challenge for the title next season.But McLintock disagrees: “I look at that team and they are nowhere near winning the Premier League.“They are really miles behind and if they get into the Europa League they might find it difficult to get top players again.”last_img read more

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Tottenham could get cash and a player in return for star midfielder

first_img Dembele’s situation at Spurs has alerted Inter Tottenham have agreed to let the Belgium international go and have set his price tag at £26m.Clubs from China are interested in Dembele, but as of yet none of them have stepped forward with a formal offer.Inter are another side tracking the 30-year-old, however his asking price is simply too high for them.The Italian club are under pressure to meet Financial Fair Play regulations and cannot afford to cough up the £26m needed to land Dembele. Inter Milan are hoping Tottenham will accept a player as part of a deal for Mousa Dembele as they cannot afford the midfielder’s £26m asking price.Dembele is ready to leave Spurs this summer as he is now into the final 12 months of his current contract. As a result, according to Tuttosport, Inter are hoping Tottenham will accept a player as part of a deal for Dembele.The San Siro club are willing to pay around £10m for the midfielder – and then use a player from their squad to make up the difference.Former West Ham loanee Joao Mario is the favourite to be used as makeweight, but Inter have asked Spurs if any other players take their fancy.Inter completed the signing of Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who is reportedly trying to convince Dembele to join him in Italy. 2 Dembele is considered one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League 2last_img read more

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