What Can Liberia Learn from Germany’s World Cup Victory?

first_imgGermany, like Brazil, is Liberia’s good friend, too. Indeed Deutschland is one of our country‘s oldest friends.  For it was the Hanseatic States, mostly Germanic, that became in the 1850s and 60s, the second group, after Great Britain, to recognize Liberia’s sovereignty.Germany later became our leading trading partner, buying and exporting Liberian agricultural produce to Europe and elsewhere.  By the 1940s there was a German Legation in Monrovia, situated on Capitol Hill, where the University of Liberia’s main campus is located.  At that point, too, most of the medical doctors in the country were German.  Unfortunately, Hitler, the Nazi German Chancellor, in the late 1930s started World War II, leading Liberia, following the United States, to declare war on Germany in 1945.  The Germans had to leave Liberia, plunging the nation into great financial and medical difficulty.But following the end of the war, the two countries regained their friendship under President W.V.S. Tubman and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.And remember that soon, the smart, industrious, hardworking and highly disciplined Germans bounced back, before the end of the 1950s, as one of the world’s leading industrial powers.  Of course, they did it with American aid.  The Americans, magnanimous (high-minded, generous) in victory, initiated the Marshall Plan, making available to Europe and Japan, devastated in war, billions of US dollars to rebuild their cities and industries. The disciplined, hardworking, patriotic and smart Germans put the Marshall Plan money TO GOOD USE, and soon Germany was competing with the very United States in industrial might.  Ever heard of the Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen and Audi vehicles?  These German-made cars soon started outselling American automobiles.  Ever heard of Siemens, the German industrial giant? They started competing with American industries in everything, including steel products and medical equipment.Let us quickly contrast all of this with Nimba County, and all the other Liberian counties which, for the first time in history, are receiving DIRECT FINANCIAL REWARDS from mining and other concessions operating on their land. Nimba receives from ArcelorMittal US$1.5 million annually, Grand Bassa, US$1 million and Bong US$500,000 in Social Development Funds (SDF).  The SDF money was made possible by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government which made it a provision in each concession agreement. And what are these counties  doing with this money?  In the case of Nimba and so many other counties receiving their share of the SDF, the money is being squandered by these counties’ very legislators and other officials.  Remember how just last week one Nimba legislator—the name is Samuel Kogar—threatened that Nimba County would secede (break away) from Liberia if President Sirleaf touched ONE CENT OF THE SDF to fix the damages inflicted by violent Nimba  youth upon ArcelorMittal’s facilities?What have these Nimba people done with their SDF?  There is currently a big quarrel among Nimba politicians over these funds, with the legislators up in arms against the Superintendent, who is determined to use the money for the good of the people, and NOT leave it in the hands of the greedy politicians.We confess it’s a long shot to compare the Marshall Plan money and what it did for Germany, etc., and the SDF and what it is doing for Nimba County, etc.  But Jesus tells us in the story of the Ten Talents that he or she who makes good use of little will be given much more.On Sunday night, Germany emerged as the victor in the World Cup.  Why did they win and how?  We have already given the answer.  We learned in international politics that Germany, like every other country, has something known as national character—those traits (qualities) by which a country is best known.  In the case of Germany, it is DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK, SMARTNESS, THOROUGHNESS, AND PATRIOTISM.In the case of Liberia, what is our national character?  Is it discipline?  Hard work?   Thoroughness? Patriotism? Selflessness? Honesty? Commitment? A strong work ethic? What are the critical characteristics by which Liberians are known?For starts, this is what we learn from Germany’s winning of the World Cup.Had the Nimba youth been disciplined, smart and patriotic, they would never have done what they did to ArcelorMittal.  Had Mr. Kogar and those who think like him been disciplined, smart and patriotic, they would not have backed their youth in their violence.Will we Liberians learn anything from Germany’s victory?  We are a people hitherto known to be quicker at copying from others bad, rather than good things.  May God grant that this time, every Liberian will reflect soberly on the reasons for Germany’s victory and start emulating their great example.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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‘God Does Not Ask Our Opinion’

first_img“When God is about to do something great, a miracle, he does not ask whether we are ready; He makes a move without asking for our intervention.”  These were the words of Rev. Sando E. Townsend, moderator of the Presbytery of Liberia, delivering the funeral discourse over remains of the late ruling elder Daniel Webster Urey V on Saturday.  He explained that something had happened that changed the status quo and there is a need to return to the former glory.The death of a loved one or family member, he said, is an obstruction in the status quo which is a difficult to accept, bringing about pain, distress and, most of all, separation.“For you and me to be able to appreciate the Almighty God, there has to be hard and troubling days, tough times and difficult situations. There has to be a little rain in our sunshine if we are to give God the glory. If there were no difficult days, we would not appreciate God,” he noted.“Had David not faced the giant Goliath,” said Rev. Townsend, “David would not have known the power and goodness of God.  Had Moses and the people of Israel not faced the Red Sea, they would not have appreciated all that God did to bring them out of slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land.”According to him, death or any other serious challenge in life is a compelling reality which we are forced to face because it is part of the circle of life. In the case of death, he explained, “when the breath leaves the body, the spirit returns to the supreme Being.”But the moderator, who is also pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia, reassured the bereaved family and Careysburg’s crowded First Presbyterian Church by quoting St. Paul: “All things work together for the good of them that love God.”Rev.Townsend described the late ruling elder D. Webster Urey, V as a man who loved his country, his church, his family and people in general.Many tributes were paid to the late Mr. Urey by individuals and institutions, including the mayor of the City of Careysburg, Madam Anna Phillips, the Ministry of National Security, Lonestar Cell MTN, the Presbyterian Todee Mission’s Ophelia Johnson and the Presbyterian Churches of Monrovia and Careysburg.Also paying tributes were the family, including, the Boyce Family of Bensonville, from which the mother D. Webster V and his siblings hailed; and children, represented by their eldest sister, Ms. Emma Sofia Urey.Emma, named after her grandmother, Mrs. Emma Boyce Urey, tearfully underscored her father’s contributions to the family both in Liberia and the United States.Their father, who was a graduate of Cuttington (now Cuttington University), said he insisted upon them all remaining in school to ensure themselves a sound education.  He also urged them throughout their lives to be respectful children both at home and outside.  “We will miss our father in every way,” she said.In is tribute, Mr. Benoni Urey, younger brother of D. Webster V, acknowledged a steadfast relationship with his brother over the years, from the time he (Ben) got to know himself.Benoni explained that his brother was everything to him, including brother, father, strength, political advisor.  Ben believes that his brother blesses him even now, wherever he is.“It is difficult to say goodbye to someone you love; it is difficult to say bye to someone you think would never die.”Ben recalled how when his brother D. Webster was imprisoned at the Post Stocade following the coup in 1980, he (Benoni) had to find a Chemistry teaching job at Zion Academy on Benson Street because he heard that many members of the People’sRedemption Council (PRC), who staged the coup, attended there.  It was through this way that he was able to befriend one of the PRC people and have his brother freed.In paying tribute, the First Presbyterian Church of Careysburg described ruling elder D. Webster, V as the bridge used to bring three groups of people, including the poor and the rich.The Daily Observer was informed that the Ureys came to Liberia in 1856 from Kentucky in the United States.  They were led by several women, including their leader, Ms. Phoebe Urey.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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Govt defends decision as PPP predicts recipe for disaster

first_imgDelinking environment from Natural Resources MinistryGovernment is defending its decision to establish a separate department with responsibility for the environment while the parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) predicts disaster.State Minister Joseph HarmonMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, chairing this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing, disclosed that the move to remove overview of the environment sector from the Natural Resources Ministry was to lessen the responsibilities which lie on the shoulders of the subject Minister Raphael Trotman.He explained that in so doing, it will alleviate potential conflicts which often existed between the simultaneous management of the extractive industries and the environment.In this vein, President David Granger made the decision to have responsibility of the environment be handed over to a Department of the Environment under the Ministry of the Presidency, since a number of environmental areas, including the Office of Climate Change, are already there.Prompted for a comment on this development, PPP/C Chief Whip and Executive Member Gail Teixeira laughed at the apparent indecisiveness of the Government in outlining how it wants its ministries to function.Making reference to the many changes in Ministries and transfers of Ministers since the coalition’s assumption to office, Teixeira sarcastically declared that the reigning confusion was making it challenging to keep track of who was responsible for which sector of the country.On a more serious note, however, she explained that these constant changes are a demonstration of ineptitude and an undermining of the public service.“They (public servants) like to know where they are, they like to know their supervisors, they like continuity, they don’t like that one morning you wake up and you are with this minister, the next morning you wake up and you’re with another minister and then suddenly you are moving back; you then find yourself making arrangements to move to another building and then suddenly you moving back to another building. This is a recipe for disaster in a public service,” she stated.Teixeira added that the situation could also arise where important files go missing as a result of the numerous moves.Furthermore, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall pointed out that this move will result in financial chaos in the accounting system.“Because we had a national budget where the National Assembly approves line items situated under a particular ministry and now it is cut in half or quarter and transferred over…there are financial implications on how they will account for the money and without parliamentary scrutiny. That is why these abrupt changes are minimised because it leads to mismanagement,” he explained.last_img read more

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I AM SORRY

first_imgIt is with much frustrationThat I scribe this ordealA heart wrenching eventThe bane of a lost creedWhat is expected is voidI Am Sorry It is their inability to thinkThat what is grasped earlyAn act of tragic magnitudeThe grown man’s memoryWhat one gets is so dumbI Am SorryIt behooves everyday lifeThat they cannot use keysAs simply turning a lock offThe thought aches my soulWhat a low state to pass byI Am SorryIt requires more and desireThat we groom a ready lotAs fit to hold the ship reinsThe task velvets their crownWhat a superb steed to beI Am SorryShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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Motorbike, truck collide on Alaska Avenue

first_imgThe details of the crash are not known at this time, but police did confirm the driver of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police had blocked off Alaska Avenue from 10 Street to 11 Street and were redirecting traffic.More details on this accident will be posted to Mile 0 City as soon as they are known.- Advertisement –last_img

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DWP proposes rate increase for major users

first_imgThe DWP’s proposed budget focuses on upgrading its aging infrastructure, with $1.57 billion set aside for construction and maintenance of the power system and $672 million for the water system. A heat wave last summer overwhelmed the city’s power distribution system, most of which is 40 to 70 years old. Over the next five years, the DWP plans to spend up to $140 million for a power reliability program and up to $90 million for maintenance. The budget also provides $181 million to develop wind, solar and other “green power” projects to help L.A. reach its goal of providing 20 percent of its power from renewable sources. In addition, the budget anticipates hiring roughly 400 more employees to staff expanded construction and maintenance crews. The Los Angeles DWP this month will consider hiking power rates for customers who use the most electricity, officials said Tuesday as they announced a $4 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. Specifics of the proposed rate increase – including who would be affected – will be announced May 15, said Department of Water and Power General Manager Ronald Deaton. He added that he expects resistance from customers over the plan, which is designed to curtail waste. “We believe we need to change the rates to give better incentives to energy efficiency,” Deaton told the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Any change in power rates would be on top of a 2.75 percent hike in water rates approved by the mayor and City Council last year. The budget quadruples funding for energy-efficiency programs, with $79 million available for compact fluorescent light bulbs, refrigerators and other appliances that will save an estimated 300 gigawatt-hours of power a year. The utility is planning to give customers free light bulbs in the next year, then offer discounts on the super-efficient bulbs after that. DWP Board President H. David Nahai said the board aims to cut unnecessary spending wherever possible. “We will be scrutinizing every dollar to be spent and drilling down into all aspects of this budget to ensure that it makes the necessary investments toward providing reliable, high-quality energy and water services in the most efficient manner possible.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390last_img read more

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Retailers experiencing slightly lower holiday sales numbers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Following the rush of holiday spending and boxing day sales, certain retailers have reported that they did well in sales throughout the seasons, but nothing near the strong numbers from 2014. For some, it’s possible an increase in online shopping that may have lowered the numbers.Marc Beerling of Mark Joseph Clothing says 2014 was a much stronger year for holiday shopping in comparison with this season — and more people utilizing online shopping might be part of that.“What I think it does for people in rural residences … is it opens up this shopping accessibility,” he said, adding that it’s popular just among big-city dwellers alone, but has gained steady traction in more remote cities due to more secure transactions and conversion of many stores to an online format.- Advertisement -However, even with online shopping in the game, Beerling’s optimism in sales heading into the New Year isn’t shaken.Neither is that of Darren Thiel, the co-owner of Backcountry. He said shoppers seem a bit more ‘conservative’ this year with their spending.“I think people are taking a closer watch on some of their discretionary spending,” he said. “Retail sales are down a bit.”Advertisement Looking ahead to the New Year, he says things aren’t likely going to pick up until the weather gets warmer and the peak of hunting season approaches. Thiel says the winter months tend to be the slowest, and they’ve braced themselves for a more conservative year.“It’s going to be a little while before it picks up again,” said Thiel.Both agree that a downturn in the oil patch has widened the gap between sales numbers this year versus last year. However, the outlook, in general, is fairly positive, and Thiel feels that this is just a side effect of the weakened economy — which hopefully has a temporary situation.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FANAD GAELS HOSTING UNDERAGE PRESENTATION NIGHT

first_imgGaeil Fhánada NotesAll of us at Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G. would like to thank all our players, members, supporters for their commitment and support in 2015 and would like to wish everyone all the very best for a bright and prosperous 2016.Our AGM will be held on Friday January 8th 2016 in Rosnakill Resource Centre. All welcome!! Gaeil Fhánada Senior presentation night will be held in Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday January 9th.Gaeil Fhánada Underage Presentation evening next Saturday evening 02nd of January in Rossnakill Resource Centre @ 5.30p.m. Light refreshments will be served.For €200 club pass details please contact Fiona for further details.Don’t forget Gaeil Fhánada Club gear available now from Michael Murphy Sports!  GAA NEWS: FANAD GAELS HOSTING UNDERAGE PRESENTATION NIGHT was last modified: December 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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:fanad gaels noteslast_img read more

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GAA News: Glenfin ladies secure massive win over St. Eunan’s

first_imgHard luck to Stephen Carr and the Donegal minors who were beat by Galway in the All Ireland Semi-final on Sunday the 21 st in Croke Park.Senior Ladies Football Senior ladies had a great victory in the league V St Eunans on Sunday the 21 st . They were in control for the full hour and ran out winners on a score of St Eunans 1.03 – Glenfin 5.22.Glenfin Team and scorers: Faith Harkin – Rachel Ward – Sinead McGinty – Diane McGlynn – Mary Martin – Katy Herron – Jessica Martin – Karen Guthrie 03 – Grainne Houston 1.02 – Aine Ward – Colene Mc Grath 04 – Laura McKenna 01 – Roisin Moy 01 – Yvonne McMonagle 3.08 – Karen Ward 1.01. Subs Used: Maggie Farley 02 – Catherine Browne – Ciara Ward – Kathy Ward.Their next fixture is the senior championship semi-final against Four Masters next Sunday the 28 th at 11.00 am in Donegal town. LottoLotto winning numbers for 16/08/2016 are 8-5- 1-7- 2-3- 6-4. Martin McGlynn, Sean McGlynn and Laura McKenna matched 3 numbers and won €20.00 each. Jackpot for the 23/08/08/2016 is €4050.00Minor Board:Under age training: U8 and U10 training will take a break now for a few weeks.U13U13 boys play Cloughaneely at home on Friday evening at 7pmU16U16 boys had a great victory over Red-Hughs in the Division 3 Semi-final in Glenfin on Wednesday evening. They now play Naomh Colmcille in the final on Monday the 22 nd at 6.15pm in Convoy U16 Girls next fixture TBCU18  Minor Girls play Fanad Gaels in the County Quarter final next Tuesday the 23rd in Glenfin. Throw in at 7.00pm.Senior Men FootballOur seniors and reserves played Milford on Saturday the 20 th at home in the league. The reserve game ended Glenfin 1.08 – Milford 1.11. This game looked like it was over after 3 minutes of the second half when Milford were 1.10 to 02 up. But great credit to Glenfin they never gave up out scoring Milford in the last 25 minutes by 1.06 to 02 but it just wasn’t enough. Glenfin Team and scorers: Ryan Dorrian – Mark Temple = Shaun McGlynn – Finnian McGlinchey – Sean Foy – Peader Campbell – Shane McGinty – Hugh Foy – Andrew Walshe – Tony Carlin – Matthew McGinley 1.01 – Liam Moy – Dylan McGlynn – Ross McDermott 06 – Shane Moy. Subs Used: Paul McGlynn – PJ Scanlon 01 – Liam Breen.The senior game ended with 3 points the margin also in favour of Milford, It was a fairly even first half with Glenfin getting the better start and were 3 points up after 10 minutes. Milford then got off the mark and the margin was just 1 point after 20 minutes in favour of Glenfin. Milford finished the first half the stronger and went in at half time 1 point up on a score of 06 to 07. Milford started where they left off and were 4 up after 17 minutes before Glenfin got their first goal on the 20 minute mark to put just 1 point between the sides.Milford recovered well from the goal and scored 1.02 to put 6 between the sides before Glenfin finished off the scoring with a goal to leave the final score Glenfin 2.09 Milford 1.15.Glenfin team and scorers: Liam O Meara – Martin O Donell – Gary Herron – Kyle Doherty – Dean Herron – Frank McGlynn – Stephen McGlynn – Paddy McGrath – Stephen Ward 1.01 – Daniel McGlynn – Paddy O Connor 02 – Jason Morrow – Kevin McGlynn – Gerard Ward 04 – Ciaran Foy 1.02. Subs Used: Jason Marley – David Carr – Aodhfin McGlynnBoth teams are away to McCools in the second championship match of the group next Saturday the 27th.Times TBC.Good luck to all teams in their upcoming fixtures.Club Gear is now available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539 or Francie F Marley on 0872414714.Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 0872052481GAA News: Glenfin ladies secure massive win over St. Eunan’s was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:glenfin gaaNotesSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Everton to make Pickford’s summer even better with new offer

first_img GOSSIP 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Pickford has been linked with Chelsea in the event of Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid, but Everton have no intention of selling.According to The Times, the Premier League club will rip up his present contract, which has four years left to run, and offer him better terms that reflect his standing.Pickford joined the club from Sunderland a year ago in a £30 million transfer in 2017 and has been enjoying an extended break after his World Cup exploits which saw England reach the semi-final.Everton face Valencia in their final pre-season friendly next Saturday and it is being reported  the club are on the verge of signing Lucas Digne, the Barcelona left back, today. Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club RANKED Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LIVING THE DREAM ‘perfect fit” heading off Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND three-way race Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder on his way Transfer news fear REAL DEAL Pickford was the star of the show during England’s win on penalties against Colombia England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set to be offered a new contract by Everton, who want to reward the 24-year-old after an impressive first season, which included a starring role at the World Cup. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing last_img read more

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