Oral Tracey: Windies lack pride, professionalism

first_imgFellow Gleaner columnist and radio talk show host Orville Higgins has been strident and consistent in articulating the theory that the loss of the passion for Test cricket across the Caribbean is the main reason for the demise of the once powerful and all-conquering team. Higgins opines that both the players and the people across the region no longer love the game of cricket the way they did back in the glory days, thus the players don’t do enough hard work to improve the level of their performances, and so the team itself continues to struggle to be competitive and consistent. This lack of passion, it is argued, has trickled down to the fans who are not given enough incentive to go out and watch cricket the way they used to, with the net effect being the steady and disastrous decline of West Indies cricket. While agreeing that the passion is gone, my question is: Where is the personal pride and professionalism of the players? One does not have to be passionate to have personal pride and professionalism, and as these players continue to be part of a team that slumps to spineless and record-setting defeat after record-setting defeat, where is the Caribbean pride and the hurt that would typically embarrass a West Indian to the point where that inner quest for respect and adulation would kick him into the pursuance of the necessary actions needed to lift one out of this shameful quagmire? WIMPY AND UNPROFESSIONAL Passion or no passion, the current crop of players are shameless. If it is that they really do lack passion, they are then wimpy and unprofessional. Look at their latest surrender in the first Test mauling by Australia. There were several moments during the game when players looked disconnected and distant as if they wished they were somewhere else. The timidity with which they rolled over in less than three days suggests that they had very little regard for personal or team excellence. There was one poignant incident when captain Jason Holder was batting in the first innings, with the Windies on the ropes at five down for just over 100 runs and still in arrears of over 400 runs. Holder, as the leader at the crease and with only the bowlers to come, was hit high on the pad. The umpire gave him out lbw. Holder had a little glance at non-striker Darren Bravo and then walked off. The television replays showed that the ball was heading high over the stumps by about six inches, yet the captain chose not to use his available review. That is the kind of ‘competitive softness’ that permeates the mentality of the current crop of players. Long gone are the ruthless competitors, who placed premium value on personal performances. That has nothing to do with passion. None of those champions of the golden era would ‘give themselves out’ in the heat of battle if there was the option back then of the Decision Review System. If it were just a matter of a loss of passion, then it would be much more understandable why the players and the results continue to be as disastrous as they are. But the way the players and the team continue to fold, especially in Test cricket, the embarrassing and gutless performances point to the crucial absence of personal and collective pride and shows that they have no respect for the people of the region that they represent. That is why many West Indians, me included, have absolutely no sympathy or respect for this shameless and gutless bunch. Passion or no passion, MAN MUST HAVE PRIDE.last_img read more

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Sandals RP, Couples sizzle in BH football

first_imgOCHO RIOS:Couples Tower Isle and Sandals Royal Plantation (RP) both scored big wins in the Sandals Resorts International-sponsored St Ann/St Mary Business House (BH) Football Competition on Tuesday at Drax Hall.Defending champions Couples Tower Isle blanked Beaches Ocho Rios 7-0, thanks to a hat-trick from in-form striker Mauracio Gordon and danger man Gregory Tate, who slammed in two goals.The match, however, was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, as Beaches had two glorious chances in the first four minutes of play, but failed to convert.However, after Gordon fired in the first goal, the floodgates opened, knocking the life out of the hotel men, for whom midfielder Raheem McIntosh looked a solid player, with speed and deft passing.In the feature match, Sandals Royal Plantation turned in a classy display in their opening match of the competition, defeating Jewels Dunn’s River 6-2.Sandals Royal Plantation’s captain, Sheldon Ashpole, was one of the star players in the game. His team also put on a clinical display of short passing and could be among the surprise packages in this year’s competition.Action continues today with two important matches. At 4 p.m., Jewels Runaway Bay clash with Police, while in the feature at 6 p.m., Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will be looking for their first win against a classy NERHA aggregation.Jewels will be led by skipper Dwayne Gopaulsingh, who has been one of the quality midfielders in the competition so far, while Sandals Ochi will be looking to top scorer Roy Ricketts, to open their winning account.Tomorrow, Sandals Royal Plantation and Beaches Ocho Rios will meet at 4 p.m. in a clash of the Sandals hotel family, while Margaritaville MoBay and NERHA are set for battle at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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With better conditioning, Gonzales out to ‘make country proud’ this time

first_imgThough only given three weeks to prepare for the Indonesia card, Gonzales (1-2) thinks that he’s better equipped to contend this time out and beat Liu (2-2) in his first fight in the flyweight division.“We only had three weeks to prepare for this, but I’m preparing for a fight long before. Though there’s a bit of shock, I think I already got the hang of being a professional fighter,” he said.Gonzales is also unfazed of the caliber of his opponent, noting that Liu may be a Mongolian wrestling champion but “we’re eating the same thing, so I think I have a chance against him.”Hoping to make some noise in the flyweight division, Gonzales only has one goal in his mind when he enters the cage on Saturday.“This time, I will make my country proud,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hitman MMA’s Ramon Gonzales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA — Conditioning has always been the bane of Ramon Gonzales’ career.The 5-foot-5 Bicolano acknowledges where he lacked in his last two battles, both of which ended in defeats, where he could barely make it past the second round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I was always out of air in those last two fights,” he shared.But Gonzales believes that he has already turned the corner, doubling down on his strength and conditioningwith Hitman MMA coaches Gerome Bote and Burn Soriano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Almost everyday, we train. Sometimes we do it two times a day. So we really prepared for that,” he said.Gonzales’ preparation will be put to the test as he is squares off against Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu of Mongolia at ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Raring to end skid, Doliguez vows ‘different’ fighter will show up vs Brazilian foe End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

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Neil Etheridge, Cardiff City earn Premier League promotion

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cardiff City placed second in the second-division with 90 points as it, together with 2018 EPL Champion Wolverhampton Wanderers, gained a promotion to the top-flight English football league.This is just the latest of a string of accomplishments for Etheridge, who was the starting goalkeeper for the Philippine Azkals when they earned a spot to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, a first for the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEtheridge was previously in the lineup of Fulham from 2008 to 2014, but struggled to get playing time in his tenure there. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img Longtime foes Tyler, Garcia shrug off spat in TNT win over Ginebra MOST READ LATEST STORIES Neil Etheridge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNeil Etheridge is back in the Premier League.The 28-year-old goalkeeper preserved the clean sheet for Cardiff City as it settled for a scoreless draw over Reading early Monday morning (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Federer tries to extend a US Open streak Zverev wants to end

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Federer tries to remain unbeaten in the first two rounds at Flushing Meadows, and Zverev finally tries to make the third round for the first time when both are in action Thursday.Former champions Novak Djokovic and Maric Cilic also have second-round matches on the men’s side, and 2016 champ Angelique Kerber is among the women in action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Federer, 17-0 in second-round matches, faces Frenchman Benoit Paire. The No. 2 Federer has won all six meetings, though Paire had two match points in their last matchup in June in Germany before the five-time U.S. Open champion won 9-7 in a third-set tiebreaker.Zverev, the No. 4 seed, is in the U.S. Open for the fourth time. He faces another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — The first two rounds of the U.S. Open have always been a breeze for Roger Federer.Alexander Zverev is still trying to master them.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Immaturity’ led to Phoenix’s first loss, admits Alaslast_img read more

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Liberia: Boosting Food Security in the Midst of Ebola

first_imgLiberia’s Agricultural Sector is in an appallingly worrying state due to the lack of vision, mismanagement, careless investment priority and deficient capacity. Over 3.5 million Liberians or 8 in every 10 persons lack adequate food for a healthy and active life. Liberia is one of the least food-secured countries in the world, with a ranking of 182 out of 187 according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Our agricultural growth is stalled because we depend too heavily on subsidized imports to feed our people. For instance, over 70% of our food including 93% of our rice is imported. We cannot grow sufficient food to feed ourselves because those who manage the sector lack the require vision to transform it; while others seem too scared to take decisive action because of job security and preoccupation with politics. As a result, bold, daring and courageous policy initiatives needed to transform the sector are caught up in politics and self-interest.In addition, farmers are not encouraged to either contribute to improving the sector or reorganizing it to guarantee that productivity increases. Instead, the overwhelming majority of farmers are left to fend for themselves. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), between 82 to 92 percent of Liberian farmers live in extreme poverty without any possibility of upward social mobility in the next 50 years if things continue as they are. Likewise, ensuring transformative success in Liberian agriculture would require that farmers be given an opportunity to actively engage policymakers or challenge policies that are disadvantageous to them or to the country becoming self-sufficient in food production.When these factors are paired with the effects of Ebola, many Liberians are driven unnecessarily into hunger and unbearable poverty as a result. Additionally, combined these factors with bad roads, dismal transportation system, higher food prices, decline in farming activities and restrictions in cross-border agriculture trade along with limitations in inter-country food supply routes; then, one can envision the severity of the distress, which plagues Liberia’s productive agricultural sector and causes it to be stalled. Ebola has made growing, trading, purchasing and obtaining food extremely difficult for millions of Liberians. It has caused poor crop yields on the one hand. On the other hand, it has caused tremendous dependency on donors to supply the country with food. Moreover, the situation has been exacerbated and made more complex by the extreme poverty that exists in the country.Existing Socioeconomic vulnerabilities require a new vision. An analysis by the WFP concludes that over three and one half million Liberians are currently having difficulty getting food because of Ebola and socioeconomic vulnerabilities. And, the situation could get worse if bold new food policies aren’t immediately introduced to effectively deal with the situation. This author’s visit to the heartland observed the planting season without regular agricultural activities taking place or being performed in a meaningful way to yield results. Indisputably, in 2015, there will be substantial shortage and higher prices for food due to disruptions in the agricultural sector that has been compounded by Ebola.The Ebola crisis can certainly be used to ‘grow’ Liberia’s productive agricultural sector in order to enhance productivity and assemble the skill sets needed to guarantee recovery and reform the sector in a more holistic manner. Recent visits by this author to five counties, two of which were the country’s breadbasket, reveal some shocking indicators that do not help in supporting and promoting food security. During these visits, the author observed severe disruption in the sector with vital farming activities severely reduced. For instance, families that comprise the majority of small-scale farmers were staying away from their farms due to Ebola. Similarly, cross-border agriculture trade and inter-country food supply routes with Guinea, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast were disrupted. Likewise, transportation was a major stumbling block in transferring food to market. Equally, the roads that connected farms to markets were cordoned off; while, crucial passageways that link major commercial centers of trade to the people, were appalling and atrocious. The author also discovered entire sections of the border in Bong, Nimba, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, and Maryland severely barricaded, limiting or completely being brought to a standstill cruelly suffocating critical social and economic links.The impact of Ebola on critical sectors of the economy, like agriculture and food security can be remedied by homegrown strategic policy alternatives. Agriculture, for all of its man-made shortcomings in Liberia, can inevitably provide that comparative advantage for sustainable development in terms of food security, nutrition and health. Therefore, Liberia has this unique opportunity to better harmonize and target food security as a prudent area for obtaining real sustainable economic growth. However, policies should be promulgated along with the appropriate vision to better manage our resources in order to better lay-out an engaging roadmap with direct implication for social expansion.Restructuring the agricultural sector in the midst of Ebola could boost food security in Liberia. The Ebola crisis presents a strategic opportunity for Liberia to obtain greater food security. The development and modernization of our agricultural sector can be the catalyst and platform from which a successful roadmap can be laid, and huge accomplishment in food security achieved within 3-5 years. In order to accomplish this goal, however, the following should be considered:First, we can improve our agriculture productivity growth by employing a more skillful and visionary management team at the Ministry of Agriculture.Second, we can boost food security by decreasing our dependence on imported foods; especially, rice.Third, we need to implement innovative policy initiatives to develop a pluralistic, decentralized, demand-driven and market-oriented system nation-wide and sector-wide.Fourth, our government must painfully go out of its comfort zone to encourage the participation of farmers’ cooperatives and smallholder farmers in critical decision making process to make the sector prosper in a more beneficial manner. Fifth, we should employ a calculated strategy to expand the purchasing power of vulnerable groups and local communities through employment, training, capacity-building and empowerment zones.And, finally, the government needs to significantly invest in the sector with a bold new initiative that allocates at least 15-20 percent of our annual national budget to the sector.In addition, Liberia’s agricultural growth needs to be fuelled by expanding cultivated areas in every county to enhance better capacity to augment productivity. In addition, bold new investment priorities, farm-to-market road networks should be prioritized, along with building transportation hubs and transport services to better facilitate the efficient movement of foods across the country. Furthermore, bold new policy initiatives should guarantee low interest loans and credit facilities for small-scale farmers to purchase fertilizers and seeds, as well as, build irrigation and water management systems. These are some of the superficial barriers, which consistently deny Liberian farmers access to credit in order to increase productive capacity.These are the solutions and answers, which this author finds are practical in addressing food insecurity in Liberia in the midst of Ebola. Boosting food security in Liberia at this time is critically important. Our agricultural sector needs vision, leadership and bold new decision to move the sector forward in a holistic manner, not recycled politicians and cronies who continue to run Liberia’s agriculture sector amok. Social, economic and political disruptions cannot continue to plague our country as they have done in the past. Our leaders must now seize this opportunity to make Liberia better by improving living standards, providing basic services, and definitely insuring food security through adequate food production for a healthy and active life for all Liberians. Liberia’s economy is predominantly agrarian, yet our policymakers do not seem to truly comprehend the magnitude of its impact on our society. Liberians can do better. Liberians must do better. The failure to boost food security is too grave to comprehend. If our leaders do not rise to the occasion; then, the majority of Liberians will continue to remain hopelessly disadvantaged, adversely deprived and linger in abject poverty for generations.For eight years, our annual budget was over half a ‘Billion’ United States Dollars. Yet, investment in our agriculture sector has been under ten percent of the annual budget. As a consequence, there have been minimal improvements in the sector rebuffing true transformation from take place. Also, investing, monitoring and evaluation of the sector were extremely weak during this past eight years. This is because our government does not prioritized food security as an important component of growth; therefore, our high economic growth rate over the past eight years did not yield tangible results for average Liberians, except for those well-connected at the top. Living standards especially for farmers have substantially dwindled to almost nothing. So, how can farmers grow more food when they are severely challenged?Francis W. Nyepon: Author, Policy Analyst, Environmentalist & Entrepreneurfnyepon@aol.com <> ducorwaste@aol.comShare 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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Play-play Elections Commission, Play-play Elections, Play-play New Government: Obscurity and Cacophony of the 2017…

first_imgBy Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (MsEd, EdM) – Civil Society Advocate/Education ExpertThinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts I reflected the trend of events in the current 2017 Presidential and Representative elections, and the obscurity and cacophony wrought in the perspectives and minds of both laymen and pundits in various circles. So far in spite of the accolades for managing a “peaceful process,” there is a diluting litany of accusations, claims and counter-claims leaving the layman to wonder if we have a play-play elections commission, play-play elections process, or will produce a play-play new government. Either one or all could be true considering the issues of the recent process and how the November 7 process could unfold leading to an unanticipated inauguration on January 16, 2018.Construct of play-play thingsFellow citizens, most Liberians who grew up in Liberia in the 60s and 70s would remember a construct called “play-play things.” As children, when we completed our chores like toting water or sweeping the yard and Mama allowed us to go play with our friends, we would go do “play-play things.” By “play-play things” we would mimic or pretend like we were doing things in real life situations. For example, one of us would pretend to be a play-play doctor and the other children as patients; one person pretended to be the play-play teacher and the rest of us the play-play students as we mimicked the situations.For the sake of the layman, to mimic is to imitate or impersonate as somebody doing something that is real but you are actually fake and the event is not real but simply a show for fun; a ‘play-play thing’.One of the play-play things I hated was the play-play ma and play-play pa event; I hated this event because my friend Jimmy, of the same age group never allowed me to play the part of being the play-play pa but always selected me as the play-play son. Jimmy liked being the play-play pa so that he could hug and hold the hands of the girls who were the play-play mamas. Without notice, he would announce that it was time to go to bed and we would all cuddle in some corner, either an unfinished house or an isolated place, on play-play beds. Jimmy would say, “Children yor close yor eyes and sleep” and he would start behaving like he was snoring, making some kind of silly noise with his flat nose.Now, my role was to crow like a rooster to announce the break of day, but each time I crowed, Jimmy would shout back, “That is first chicken crowing, it is still dark outside.” In my jealousy I myself would announce, “Last chicken” and crow again. Jimmy would reply, “The moon is still shining so it is fooling the rooster oh, let us sleep,” as he hugged little beautiful Mardea closer, who was playing play-play mama. If I continued to harass Jimmy with the frequent crowing, he would threaten, “If you don’t stop, we will not play with you.” I would shut my mouth until Jimmy said, “Junior, crow now,” and I would reluctantly crow for the whole play-play family to wake up. Actually, we all were not sexually active, including Jimmy. Mind you, nothing happened as all of this was fake and simply pretense, mimic and playing ‘play-play’ family, husband, wife and children.One day Jimmy and I had a fist fight over who should be the play-play pa. By some luck during the fight, as Jimmy locked my head under his arms and consistently pushed his knee in my chest almost suffocating me, I jerked my head and it mistakenly hit his nose and it started to bleed. The whole group went into confusion, “Junior take blood from Jimmy nose, Junior beat Jimmy.” I was scared to death as I later stood before my and Jimmy’s parents to explain to them that Jimmy and I were fighting over who should be play-play pa and I mistakenly ‘took blood’ from his nose. Although the bloody nose portion of the story was an issue, the “play-play” ma and pa portion is what really gave me and Jimmy the whipping. When Jimmy was still alive before the war, each time we met, Jimmy would cry out “Play-play pa” and I would respond, “Play-play ma” and we would hug and just laugh out loud as passersby looked on confused.Alas, may my play-play pa Jimmy’s soul rest in peace.Play-play Elections CommissionNEC is functioning metaphorically as a serious fake play-play agency, based on the trend of events in the way it is conducting these elections. This has left the layman wonder it is a real commission or play-play.In addition to ANC Cummings accusing the NEC for mediocrity, and LP Brumskine’s lawsuit threat, chairman Korkoya stands accused of being in possession of an American passport; NEC takes decisions that are overruled by logic and nuances; poll workers’ gross lack of capacity to manage crowds at precincts; ballot boxes are delivered under poor security in canoes, while election observers sit in shops on elections Tuesday and get drunk with alcohol as confusion brews over truncated voters lists; voters are turned away although they hold legitimate registration cards in their hands. In spite of a so-called robust Civic Voters Education campaign which cost thousands of dollars, thousands of invalid votes are produced as half-illiterate poll workers including inept girlfriends and deputy wives are recruited under obscured and dubious circumstances as supervisors.Play-play ElectionsAccording to the allegations, the whole elections process managed by the play-play NEC itself appears to be play-play. Play-play supporters wore t-shirts, join every parade to “lock down Monrovia” but voted for one candidate. One candidate, Edwin Snowe, was sitting as representative in one district and vied for a seat in another district as if we are just playing. Some lawmakers who pledged support to Joe Boakai could not deliver their counties, because instead of going out to campaign for the Pappy, they took time off with their concubines using the resources positioned with them; exactly 20 people, some of whom are still renting rooms in other people’s homes want to be president for this thriving nation including prelates, soccer stars, lawyers, bankers; even disc jockeys, illicit drug dealers, and comedians, mayonnaise and butter people were also audaciously vying for seats in parliament; lawmakers who were said to be drug addicts and some who are nuisance to society were re-elected to return to business as usual.The office of ombudsman is wide open and fully funded but its role remains ambiguous since all complaints are currently taken to the NEC and the Supreme Court. It is alleged that Internal Affairs Minister Togba was fired by President Sirleaf for refusing to join the CDC party while the former superintendent of Bong joined CDC and canvassing religiously to get re-appointed; it still remains a misery why UP people up to press time maintain President Sirleaf is not supporting her own UP but crossed carpet with Aunty Janet to the same CDC that beat her son, Montserrado Senatorial aspirant Robert Sirleaf so badly that he “bled like Ebola.” It is alleged that some people left a party because they did not want to work with ‘faggy people’ (homosexuals), while others ran to the homosexual party for jobs. These allegations may not all be true but all this simply unfolds as if the elections is just ‘play-play.’Obscurity about the play-play processDear readers, you would agree that the current trend in these elections is obscure, dim or hard to understand. For the sake of the layman, when something is obscure, it is unclear, vague, and doubtful; it is intelligible, incoherent, and makes no sense.Some candidates were rejected based on a particular law while some were cleared based on the same law; Minister Ngafuan resigned two years before the elections according to law while Karnwea and Sulunteh resigned at least one month before their bid and got cleared by the NEC because “they did not have intentions” hence ameliorating the fear about Mill Jones’ eligibility. Abu Kamara was rejected because he did not resign; he resigned and got rejected by the NEC while Norris Tweh, Kadiker Dahn, Michael Slawon of the University of Liberia and the NCHE were granted “leave of absence” to go do politics and return to their jobs if they did not win; what an obscurity.Cacophony about the play-play transitionCacophony is an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring sounds. Recently, the crux of President Sirleaf’s entire message is that there should be peace and people should vote under non-violent situations. The reason, as we are all aware, is for us to have a peaceful transition without cacophony or noise.You see fellow Liberians this nation has heard enough noise or cacophony. In addition to the noise from the barrel of the guns during the 14 year civil war, and the noise from the wailing and grieving caused the Ebola epidemic, there has been persistent noise from the so-called “noisy minority.”As if the cacophony from the noisy minority has not been adequate to orientate us, the cacophony of the chronic abject poverty among our citizens, the uncontrollable high US dollar rate, high unemployment rates, and arson attacks on journalists are all threats to the craved peaceful transition.The ChargeAs we approach November 7, 2017 and anticipate January 16, 2018 there needs to be a sober reflection and re-positioning of the cards. In order to avoid the obscurity and cacophony which have bridled the first rounds of elections, and re-branded Jerome Korkoya’s NEC allegedly incapable of delivering the good so far, there needs to be an NEC with demonstrable efficacy henceforth.Currently what appears to be on hand is a “play-play NEC” with inadequate capacity, no clout and spine to take decisions; an NEC accused of mediocrity and ineptitude with clear signs of its inability to manage credible elections; on hand is a play-play elections with all of its rules broken with all and sundry climbing and jumping on board bandwagons of confusion. Suffice it to say all of these negative attributes, accusations, gross show of inefficacy continue, and nothing happens and the results were endorsed whether by the court or the electorates, thank God.But do you know what we would inherit on January 16, 2018? We would inherit a doggone play-play government for six more years with business as usual managing a noisy minority. God forbid.I am simply thinking thoughtsAbout the authorThe Rivercess man, Mwalimu-Mku Blonkanjay Jackson was trained at Harvard, St. Joe’s, Yale and UPENN as an educator, mathematician and physicist. The Mwalimu-Mku, previously served the Government of Liberia for four years as GPE/World Bank Project Consultant, and as Assistant Minister for Teacher Education: Mwalimu-Mku returned to private practice in 2015 as consultant, civil society advocate and researcher. The Rivercess man can be contacted at +231 886 681 315/+231 770 206 645.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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Jagdeo to meet Granger today

first_img– over rejected GECOM listLeader of the Opposition, former President and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo has committed to meeting with Head of State, David Granger today over the brouhaha on the nominees for Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with a second list rejected last week.Jagdeo noted that despite his disagreement with the President’s decision, the offer to meet must be taken at face value as an attempt at a collaborative approach to solving the imbroglio.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident of Guyana, David GrangerThe Opposition Leader, at a press conference last week, was quick to also reject recent speculation published in the public domain purportedly sourced to him as positions adopted in light of the President’s refusal of his nominees.According to Jagdeo, “I do not conduct negotiations or discussion of a critical nature in the media…Nor will I telegraph my position.”The former President prefaced his remarks to the media by openly rejecting the interpretation of Constitution with regard to GECOM offered by President Granger.According to Jagdeo, “I totally disagree with the President’s interpretation.”Granger, in his rejection of the list, said all of the persons did not meet the criteria as set out in the Constitution.Those on the second list rejected by the Head of State are retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; Attorney and former Magistrate, Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar and businessman Gerald Gouveia.Granger, in his rejection letter to Jagdeo, said: “I have examined the Curriculum Vitae of the six persons in light of the criteria defined in my letter to you dated 2017-03-14 … I have found the list to be unacceptable within the meaning of the Constitution and of those criteria.”The Opposition Leader had met with media operatives earlier in the day and said, “If he (President Granger) moves outside of the list, he will have a fight.”Retired Judges Desiree Bernard, Claudette Singh, and Attorneys Ralph Ramkarran, SC, Timothy Jonas and Ronald Burch-Smith turned down his requests to be nominated.Meanwhile, Jagdeo did use the occasion to speculate on what the possible outcome of today’s meeting.Jagdeo said the President could request a brand new list; a request with which he will have to comply.He suggested too that the President could also decide to appoint a GECOM Chairman unilaterally and reminded that this course of action would be staunchly resisted.The PPP General Secretary indicated the Party’s “big concerns, particularly given signals from the government that they may move to unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and unlawfully, appoint a Chairman of GECOM”.He said should the President go down this route, he would be faced with “litigation and there are other actions that I will not speak about at this point in time”.According to the former President, the PPP/Civic will be exercising extra-parliamentary and parliamentary actions.Jagdeo suggested too that President Granger could very well suggest a completely different course of action in resolving the imbroglio – a suggestion that would have to be taken under advisement.Meanwhile, on the matter of the pending court case filed by a private citizen with a view to secure an interpretation of the constitutional provision for the appointment of the GECOM Chair; the former President said he would not be awaiting the determination of that case.Jagdeo noted there was no assurance that the matter would be determined in finality at its next hearing and, in fact, it could very well be appealed all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice.He suggested that the matter was of such nature that it would be imprudent for him to await its conclusion.GECOM has been without a chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down after 15 years at the helm.last_img read more

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Greensmart and auction mart get NDI funding

first_imgTwo projects got the green-light from the Northern Development Initiative Trust this week.The NDI announced on Tuesday that Greensmart Manufacturing LTD. has been approved for funding under the ‘Capital Investment and Training Rebate’ program. That means Greensmart will be provided with funding for improving manufacturing capacity and purchasing updated equipment. It will also train the more than 50 new employees that will be hired as a result of NDI’s contribution.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, NDI will be granting a loan for the re-construction of the Northeast Regional Auction Mart. The Dawson Creek Exhibition Association plans to rebuild the iconic facility after it was destroyed by fire in 2004.The NDI is providing a $507,800 loan through the ‘Economic Diversification Infrastructure’ program toward the $1,022,800 project.Advertisement Northern Development Chair Evan Saugstad says ranchers in Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd and rural areas will be able to use this facility once it’s complete.last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! Tottenham plotting sensational summer move for World Cup winner

first_imgTottenham have joined Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Mario Gotze, according to reports in Germany.The playmaker was previously linked with a switch to Liverpool earlier this summer after enduring a tough campaign at Bayern Munich.New Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep hold of the 24-year-old but it is understood he already has his heart set on a move.Dortmund are keen on re-signing their former star man and Gotze has apparently held talks with representatives from his old club.But, according to Bild, Spurs are prepared to trump any bid Dortmund make this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino eyeing the World Cup winner as his marquee summer signing. 1 Mario Gotze in action for Germany at Euro 2016 last_img

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