In An Ebola-free Liberia, CHANGING OUR ATTITUDE, BEHAVIOR AND PRIORITIES IS A MUST

first_imgAnother educator over the weekend stepped forward to frame perhaps the most pivotal question, (subject, issue) under consideration by almost every Liberian here and abroad: “Why are we now confronted by a deadly virus that is determined to destroy the very fabric (structure, foundation) of our society?”Ambassador Dr. Mary Brownell, chair-person emeritus of the Universal Peace Federation, (Liberia chapter), undertook to answer her own question, based the on the maxim (proverb, saying) that everything happens for a reason.’She was speaking against the projection of a ‘post-Ebola Liberia,’ when nationals can no longer take life, government and progress for granted as the always have; instead, they must now roll up their sleeves to make things the way they want them to be—or should.“We probably need to take a critical look at ourselves both individually and collectively; we need to rethink our behavior, our attitude, and our national priorities: where have we gone wrong and how this epidemic could be an eye-opener for all—no matter the social level, the educator made it plain to those in attendance.“Have we placed emphasis on our health care system?” Dr. Brownell asked rhetorically. If so, how is it possible for this deadly disease to wreak (inflict, cause) such havoc on our existence, killing doctors, health care workers, and citizens?” she continued.“Is the system equipped to fight and control anything that develops because it has produced enough doctors and nurses? Do our practitioners have the necessary equipment in their laboratories?  Why do we not have health care centers in all of our counties, to meet the demands of citizens?”Shifting to education, Dr. Brownell wondered whether the society had used its natural resources responsibly, to provide instructional materials, build schools and vocational institutes, and train teachers.Reminding the audience that education was a ‘must’ when sustained growth and development of a society was concerned. Mother Brownell regretted that most of the society had not been educated when Ebola struck. Getting information across to the public about Ebola might not have been so problematic; needless to say, many precious lives also might have been spared,” she explained.       Fast and Prayer no AnswerOn another note, Dr. Brownell expressed the assurance that given their hope this contagion, (infection, virus) like others, will pass away sooner, rather than later. “We are neither discouraged nor doubtful, and can never give up hope. We are now thinking about peace and development, after the Ebola crisis.”But Rev. James Sellee, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church took a slightly different view that was not intended to negate the faith dimension of God’s intervention in the affairs of men.“An opportunity for change is what this crisis has produced. Fasting and praying is not exactly the answer.  A post-Ebola effort could be hampered by an unwillingness on the part of this people, “…to be responsible. We need to show ourselves responsive by putting in the money required for improvement,” Dr. Sellee explained.“We forget about important things to our nation and people, thinking only of ourselves, when we come into wealth and power. We must think hard to change. We can change, and we must,” he admonished. “Peace, then, would emerge as a product of our minds and of our attitudes, in cooperation with our God—the author of all things,” Rev. Sellee concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

25 Mandela Washington Fellows Return with Vigor

first_imgIf not just a euphoric mood for opportunity to travel to the United States, then the 25 fellows of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship will have much to impact Liberia as they have returned with great vigor and promise to share their experiences and fully exhibit what they learned at the six-week fellowship. The 25 Liberians, who left the country in June this year to participate in the fellowship with other Africans from across Africa, returned earlier this month with new skills in various areas of study including Business Entrepreneurship, Civil and Public Sector Management, Human Rights and other disciplines.Speaking on behalf of the group at a reception program organized by US Ambassador Christine Elders on August 23 in Monrovia, Patience Coleman-Beyan said, “We have returned with great vigor and experience, because during our stay for the six weeks in the United States, we saw people leaving their jobs during weekends to come and help us just by volunteering and we were inspired a lot.” In reference to the experience, Coleman-Beyan called on fellows to continue networking and liaise with one another in implementing any program a fellow wants to undertake, noting, “We are a team now; we should not let each other to go alone, but we should use the skills we learnt.” Coleman-Beyan, who works at the Civil Service Agency (CSA) as Director for Civil Service Reform Directorate said the training gives her the courage to take a new dimension by working with those in the public sector to reach the communities so the ordinary people will feel the impact of their work.She said she and her colleagues have decided to organize palava hut meetings to inform citizens on how government works, stressing that one challenge in the society is that people are not able to engage government and therefore do not know its functions.She added that ethical and moral challenges facing the country today are based on the roles of leaders.According to her, there are challenges in the United States just as there are in Africa, but when leaders are accountable to their citizens and setting good examples by their lives, Liberians will be able to deal with ethical issues.In an exclusive interview, one of the fellows, Daniel Riche said his experience in the United States showed him the importance of voluntarism as a way to promote community development.“Voluntarism is one thing that makes America great. People will volunteer their services to clean their cities on a weekend, and this helps the city authority to have the kind of city they want,” said Richie, who studied Civil Leadership during the MWF. “But in Liberia, we always want something in exchange before we volunteer our services.”Using his Civil Leadership training, he said he will be reaching his peers and others in his community to share his experience and embark on community projects through voluntarism.Expressing her excitement, US Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elders, said the partnership between the Liberian Government and the Mandela Washington Fellowship is quite encouraging, and she was delighted to have the 25 fellows in the United States to share their experience and acquire another experience.She disclosed that some of the fellows could not return because they are there on internships and securing other project-related opportunities before returning home.She stressed that networking is essential to the program, and that fellows should always be reminded about getting together to network and share experience so as to meet the central objective of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.She said beneficiaries of the program were double during the 2016 fellowship, expressing the hope that it continues in successive fellowships to allow more Liberians to participate.The program began in 2010 under the name, “Young African Leaders Initiative” (YALI) during the first Administration of US President Barack H. Obama.At the 2014 edition, during a town hall meeting with participants, President Obama renamed the program, the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.”During that occasion, the charismatic President inspired the fellows to use the training to network and bring the change they want to see on their continent. He told them not to politically challenge their leaders, but share ideas and innovatively design programs that will help to develop their communities and families as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenya to host 2017 CECAFA Challenge Cup

first_img0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media in a past event PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – After a two- year absence, the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) is back with Kenya handed the 2017 hosting rights.At an executive committee meeting held in Khartoum, Sudan the members expressed solidarity with Kenya over the failure to host the fifth African Nations Championships (CHAN) in January 2018. The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, which brings together all the national teams of the 13 member countries will be held in November and December 2017.Uganda are the current champions having won a record 14th title in Addis Ababa in December 2015 after beating Rwanda 1-0 in the final.The meeting also endorsed Burundi and Rwanda to host the CECAFA Under-17 and second Women’s championships respectively in November and December.Ethiopia is the last nation to host the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mayor: LAUSD reform aids economy

first_imgUNIVERSAL CITY – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, campaigning to take over the LAUSD, told business leaders on Friday that overhauling the school district is vital for the city’s economic health. Speaking at the inaugural San Fernando Valley Economic Summit, the mayor stressed that his call for restructuring the Los Angeles Unified School District is important for continued economic development because employers will have a better-educated work force. “There are things we can do to improve these schools and I’m on a mission to do it,” Villaraigosa said near the end of his 30-minute speech. “Shame on us if we don’t roll up our sleeves and do everything we can. “Los Angeles is the city of power, Los Angeles is the city of hope. That’s why this is such a great place.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe approximately 500 people attending the summit at the Universal Sheraton responded with a standing ovation. To illustrate the problems facing the LAUSD the mayor cited a recent Harvard University study that showed that the district has a 50 percent dropout rate, though that rate has been disputed by the district and other outside sources. “If we’re losing a quarter of our kids, it’s huge. If we’re losing 50 percent, it’s a crisis,” the mayor said. Los Angeles school board member David Tokofsky said the district has the best data tracking system in the state. “I think that’s the first time I’ve heard City Hall use the lower figure. In the last week (Superintendent) Roy Romer said that these (24 percent) are the state figures and the district’s system verifies that,” Tokofsky said. “Somebody ought to convene a debate between the two to get to the truth.” In his speech Villaraigosa also acknowledged that the Valley’s economy is critical to Los Angeles’ prosperity. “As goes the Valley, so goes the city. It’s true that the Valley is as vibrant as it’s ever been. It’s truly a regional economy.” To help keep on track the mayor urged support in November of a $37.3 billion revenue bond package that includes billions for schools, transportation and affordable housing. Some of that money could end up flowing through the Valley’s economy. The summit, presented by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and California State University, Northridge, offered some support for the a link between school reform and a sound economy. A telephone survey by the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at CSUN and Davis Research of 127 medium-size businesses found that the most pressing issue they face is finding skilled workers. About 33 percent said this was their chief concern, up from 25 percent a year ago. Other concerns, in order, were workers’ compensation costs, traffic congestion, the high cost of doing business, high home prices, intense offshore competition and local taxes. More Valley companies plan additional hiring this year (53.2 percent) than in last year’s poll (37 percent). And 85.8 percent said they have no plans to leave the Valley in the next two years. Daniel Blake, director of the research center and a CSUN economics professor, said the Valley will continue to outperform the county and state economies. “We’re in good shape. We’ve got a good strong economy with sustainable growth.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want 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

Perdue to serve as Ag Secretary

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leading into his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump announced that Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, was the selection for the last remaining cabinet position — Secretary of Agriculture.Many in agriculture applauded the choice.“The nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture is welcome news to the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Gov. Perdue will provide the strong voice that agriculture needs in the new administration. He is an outstanding nominee,” said Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation. “I have known Gov. Perdue for years. I’ve seen firsthand his commitment to the business of agriculture as we worked together on issues facing farmers and ranchers in our home state of Georgia. He understands the challenges facing rural America because that’s where he was born and raised. He is a businessman who recognizes the impact immigration reform, trade agreements and regulation have on a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next.”last_img read more

Ohioan wins Ag Leader’s $25,000 giveaway

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lora Howell from Danville won $25,000 worth of precision equipment for her farming operation from Ag Leader Technology.With the help of Evan Watson with Precision Agri Services, Inc., Howell created a video to share her story and participate in the national contest. The video of her farm to got her into the top three and Ag Leader selected the winner and announced the results in early August.“In case you don’t know us and our story, my dad passed away a few years back and when most people told my mom to downsize, she said, ‘I can do this,’” said Linsey Howell, Lora’s daughter. “Today, my mom and 14-year-old brother Justin, are successfully farming 500 acres and running livestock all while showing sheep competitively across the country!”She was the only Ohio contestant that made the top three and Ohio voters supported her until the July 20 deadline. Lora is a fourth generation farmer who manages the Farm Service Agency office out of Millersburg while maintaining 500 acre operation of corn, soybean, wheat, hay along with raising cattle, sheep, and goats.last_img read more

U.K. House Generates More Energy Than It Uses

first_imgInsulation and Airtightness Are Key in Reducing Energy Use.CLAPHAM, UNITED KINGDOM — Owner-builder Will Anderson claims that the house he completed in 2006 produces more energy than it uses. Equipped with a 4.3-kW photovoltaic array, Anderson’s all-electric home is heated by a ground-source heat pump. The heat pump also supplies a portion of the home’s hot water, with the remainder supplied by a solar thermal system.The walls of Anderson’s house are framed with 12-inch I-joists used as studs. The cavity walls are filled with cellulose insulation. All windows are triple-glazed. The tight house is equipped with a heat-recovery ventilation system.Last year, Anderson’s PV array produced 4,470 kWh, while his “carbon-negative” house used only 4,352 kWh — considerably less than the typical British household, which uses 26,000 kWh per year on average. Anderson told a reporter from The Guardian, “There is a lot of fretting in the building industry about how to achieve a zero spec, but it’s all to do with demand. People get obsessed by the supply side. And the supply side, with all the technology is more visual, so fair enough. But the key thing is to get the demand down. Insulation and airtightness are key.”For more information, visit http://www.treehouseclapham.org.uk.last_img read more

Panasonic’s Eluga A is a phone for budget shoppers

first_imgJust weeks after launching its flagship Android phone, Panasonic India on Wednesday launched the Eluga A. The device, which has a 5-inch screen with 854×480 pixels resolution, is priced at Rs 9,490. It will be available from August 15.The Eluga A uses Android 4.3 (JellyBean) and runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor. It is a quad-core processor with a speed of 1.2GHz. The device has 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, support for up to 32GB microSD cards, 2000mAh battery and support for two SIM cards.According to Panasonic, the smartphone sports “fit home” user interface with features such as “Kwik Lock”, where the user can double tap the home screen to lock it. The company says that the “fit home” interface makes using the Eluga A with single hand easy.”Through Eluga, Panasonic will bring advanced technology to the Indian smartphone users. The Eluga A has advanced technology for audio enhancements, voice clarity, faster charging, longer battery life and local language features, in tune with the needs of the Indian consumer,” said Manish Sharma, managing director of Panasonic India.In the market, the Eluga A will compete against the likes of Asus Zenfone 5 and Motorola Moto E. While the Zenfone 5 has a similar price, it offers consumers better hardware, including a 720P screen and 2GB RAM. The Moto E, meanwhile, has similar hardware except the screen size and camera functionality. But it costs almost Rs 2,000 less than the Eluga A and offers consumers unmodified and latest version of Android.advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi’s goal tally under threat from Harry Kane as 2017 nears closure

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane would like to end 2017 as the top calendar year goalscorer in European football as he is just one goal away from Lionel Messi, who tops the charts.Kane’s seventh hat-trick of the year meant that he now has 53 goals across all competitions for club and country — one less than Messi, who has 54 in 2017.The Englishman is now tied on 53 goals with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.What works in his favour is that unlike all of his rivals, Kane has a game left to play this year – a home game against Southampton on December 26.Riding on Kane’s brilliance, Spurs beat Burnely 3-0 away on Saturday and his manager Mauricio Pochettino was all praise for the talisman. Kane’s goals at Turf Moor also took his Premier League calendar year tally to 36, equalling Alan Shearer’s record from 1995.”He is amazing, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game. But it is fantastic for him,” said Pochettino.”It’s difficult to find words to describe Harry Kane. Even during my time at Spurs I’m surprised by him. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. I’m worried when you don’t create chances though,” he said.Pochettino said Kane’s tally was just reward for the effort he has put into his game.”During my three and a half years with Tottenham, he always surprises me — not only with goals but his contribution, with his attitude, professional ethic, how he works across the pitch, he is a massive example for everyone.advertisement”I am so happy for him, he needs one more to set the record over Alan and I think that is a massive individual achievement for him,” he said.Asked whether Kane could go on to beat Shearer’s career record of 260 Premier League goals, Pochettino noted the consistency the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker showed throughout his career but said Kane had the quality to produce something similar.”We hope for Tottenham and for him and I wish that every season (year) he will score 50 or more,” he said.”I think he can still improve, he is 24 and the player arrives at their best 27, 28, 29 and it depends how professional you are.”Harry Kane, if he keeps that mentality, keeps working hard every day, can play until he wants to. But for me, he can still improve in his game.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

first_imgPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has resisted an offer from Tottenham.Rabiot has told Tottenham he won’t be coming – regardless of their offer.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder isn’t interested in moving to London, Le 10 Sport reports.The 23-year-old is out of contract at PSG this summer but with Barcelona and Manchester City reported to be interested he won’t consider Spurs.Liverpool are also monitoring the situation but are well catered for in midfield. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more