Bravo backs Sammy

first_imgDELHI, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spoken out in support of West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy, who faces possible disciplinary action for publicly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after the regional team won the T20 World Cup in India on Sunday.Bravo says he and the rest of the champion West Indies T20 side are in full support of Sammy, who hit out at the WICB for its lack of support to the players.”The most unprofessional board”In an exclusive Skype interview from India with Trinidad and Tobago’s CNC3 television yesterday, Bravo described the WICB as “the most unprofessional board” in the world.”The players feel hurt, and the time has come where we cannot take it anymore, and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have the interest of West Indies cricket at heart,” Bravo said.Sammy faces possible disciplinary action after a statement from the WICB described his comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation.”I was not surprised by Sammy’s speech. I think we had enough as players. A lot of people don’t understand what we go through as players dealing with our board,” said Bravo.”It is the most unprofessional board in the world, and I think Sammy spoke from his heart.”last_img read more

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‘I Want to Remain an Iron Lady’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that she wants to remain the “Iron Lady”.Although people may call her by other names such as “Ma Ellen” or “Uncompromising Woman”, the President said, it is the “Iron Lady” title that she cherishes most because it truly represents her.President Sirleaf began to be known as an Iron Lady in the 1960s, 70s and 80s due to her uncompromising stance against governments as she advocated for the rights of the masses, especially women and the underprivileged.The Liberian leader has since received a barrage of criticism since her ascendancy to the presidency, with indications that the ‘Iron Lady’ title has now lost its true meaning. Those critics are saying that the President no longer does what she is noted for doing. However, those in her defense say it is because of her advanced age. She is 75.Speaking at Harvard University in the United States over the weekend, President Sirleaf indicated that although Iron signifies strength and courage, it is not always a strength that is exemplified by force. “Sometimes the greatest strength is what I have to go through: tolerance in the midst of complexities; tolerance in the midst of dissent; being able to take the hard knocks as a leader and not pursue retribution, but to remain focused on the course that you want to achieve; and despite all the attempts and all the diversions, that you can chart that course and you can remain focused toward the goal”, President Sirleaf explained.According to a dispatch from Cambridge, President Sirleaf was addressing students of Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program. The President, herself a distinguished alumna Mason Fellow (MC/MPA 1971), was sharing with current students her experiences as a Fellow.Associate Director of MPA Programs and Director of the Edward S. Mason Program, Suzanne Shende, had earlier welcomed the guests and introduced President Sirleaf, citing her many accolades, distinctions and accomplishments, as well as her challenges and struggles.She told the students that, when they feel challenged, discouraged or even imperiled because of life and death issues, they should “remember the example of a woman who’s been called Mama Ellen, the Iron Lady, an Uncompromising Woman, and whom “we also welcome and call a Mason Fellow.”In response the President said “She [Director Shende] characterized me in three ways: Mama Ellen, Iron Lady, and an Uncompromising Woman. If somebody were to ask me today, ‘Which of those three do you think you truly represent?’, I think at the end of the day I would say I would want to remain an Iron Lady.”The President requested an interactive session with the fellows so that she could listen to their wise advice and rich experiences she could take back that could make her a better leader. She welcomed their questions and their criticisms.This was whole-heartedly welcomed by the students, who began asking probing questions such as how much she relies on the advice of others versus her own counsel; what is it that the people are missing from what leaders are doing, given that there are always complaints that they are doing nothing; what was her key take-away from the Mason Program and how has that helped her as President; how she chooses the people she trusts and how she handles betrayal; her views on the results of the elections in India where the ruling party was soundly defeated; and more.To the question about what she learned from the Mason Fellowship Program, President Sirleaf responded: “To set a goal and stick with it, and use everything you have toward achieving that goal. That’s why I ran three times; it was only the third time that I won. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you must set that goal and stick with it. I think that’s what I learned: staying power.”At the end of the program, the Fellows presented President Sirleaf with a framed print from Harvard, which they had all signed. Two Liberians are among Harvard’s current Mason Fellows: Mrs. Elva Richardson, former Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs; and Mrs. Decontee King-Sackie, newly appointed Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs/Operation of the Liberia Revenue Authority. They formed part of the President’s delegation at the various events.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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Fuller Foundation Hosts NHA Delegates

first_imgMr. Siryon (sitting second right) and Mr. Bombo (sitting first right) and Fuller officials.As part of the slum upgrade program of the Liberian government, delegates from the Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA) comprising of the managing director, Duannah Siryon and the technical assistant, Kollie Bombo, recently paid a 2-day working visit to the Fuller office in Nigeria.The reason for the visit was to discuss a collaborative partnership between the Liberian government and the Millard Fuller Foundation. Attending the meeting were the management team of MFF Housing, and the Shelter Afrique Resident Regional Representative & Regional Business Manager – Anglophone West Africa, Zachary Kenyatta Munene.Sam Odia, the CEO of Millard Fuller Foundation made a presentation of the MFF housing model, its aims, objectives, vision, and projects. During his presentation, Odia said: “If the houses you are building are not affordable to 50 percent of the population in that area, then you are not building affordable houses.“In Nigeria, we have a deficit of 17 million houses; this is a challenge in itself as 40 percent of the population earns less than US$40 per month. At the Millard Fuller Foundation, we are not just builders and developers; we are advocates of affordable housing. Our projects, over the years, have also provided a source of livelihood to many as we have created thousands of jobs since our inception. All our materials are locally sourced; we do not import anything and we are hopeful that jobs will be created for Liberians through our methods.”In his presentation, Mr. Siryon said that though the Liberia NHA was created in 1962, it had built less than 2,000 houses. “President George Weah has been made to understand that housing is fast becoming a national security issue, which is why he introduced the Rural Affordable Housing Project with the aim of taking affordable housing to the rural areas. If people don’t have somewhere to stay, they become vulnerable to crime.“Our strategic goal, therefore, is to make sure we build 30,000 affordable homes yearly, 60-70 percent of which will be located in the rural areas to encourage the movement of people to the rural communities, as Monrovia is already choked up with about 113 slum communities.”He further said that though the unemployment rate in Liberia is 80 percent, while the youth population is 62 percent, the Millard Fuller Foundation will make a difference if it will put the climatic conditions into consideration by taking advantage of durable local materials and components that can build a decent house.”After the meeting, the delegates went on a tour of the various Fuller Housing projects to get a first-hand assessment. Visibly impressed, Siryon commended the Millard Fuller Foundation for providing affordable homes to Nigerians and hoped that same will be replicated in Liberia.The Liberia NHA was created in 1962 and is tasked with the mission of providing decent, adequate and affordable housing to low-income families, and to ensure the provision of community facilities, utilities and access to social services and economic opportunities.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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INCHR Commissioner Calls on Businesses, Gov’t Institutions to Support Human Rights Initiatives

first_imgParticipants of the conference posed at the end. -Stakeholders end 2-day human rights confab in BuchananThe deputy commissioner for Oversight and Planning at the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) Wilfred N. Gray-Johnson has called on businesses and government institutions to support human rights activities, to prevent human rights abuses.Mr. Johnson made the remarks over the weekend at a 2-day high-level forum held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, for relevant government institutions, businesses and partners. Commissioner Johnson indicated that some business owners have been involved in human rights abuses, referencing the incident involving an employee and a manager of GN Bank.Commissioner Johnson said the role of the Ministry of Justice shows some level of commitment from the national government in handling abuses across the country. The conference was sponsored by the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR).He said there is a need for a nationwide survey, to determine the level of human rights violations in the country, including trans-national corporations, businesses, and other institutions, which will set the baseline for monitoring all human rights violations in Liberia.“We still have a lot to do as a country. But with the political will, Liberia can achieve more. Liberia is a signatory to both international and regional instruments. The government has domesticated some of international documents, and INCHR will continue to push the government to ensure that human rights are protected,” Commissioner Johnson said.He emphasized the need to eliminate violence against women and children, which remains a priority of the human rights commission in Liberia.Meo Beyan, Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), said plans were currently underway for the formation of a steering committee that supersedes and focuses on human rights issues.“Stakeholders have come to discuss respecting human rights. We want to see the prevention of human rights violations in the business environment. We want businesses to be able to promote human rights. This initiative brings people from the concession areas, business sector, civil society organizations (CSOs), and government institutions,” Mr. Beyan said.He said there is a growing quest by the government for the protection of human rights in Liberia. This 2-day forum also depicts how the government and its partners are committed to preventing human rights abuses.“We intend to protect everyone, those in the private and government sectors. We gathered here to see how the citizens of Liberia’s rights can be protected at every level. We want to ensure that while doing business there is total respect for human rights,” he said.“We are delighted because there are laws that deal with some of the problems, like assault. We are also looking at a better working environment, and there is a law governing that already, including the decent work law,” Beyan said.According to him, the issue of health and safety at workplaces remains a serious concern of the Ministry of Justice, adding that, “There are missing processes that the MOJ, INCHR, and partners are working to put together.”“We want to establish a special committee that will deal with business and human rights. We will at the end of this conference organize this committee and ensure that it’s properly working. We will also ensure that they have a term of reference. This committee is cut across CSOs, businesses and human rights institutions,” he said.Daniel Melvin Nyanway, a representative of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), lauded the Ministry of Justice for the initiation of the conference to support the prevention of human rights abuses.“It’s important for the government to take the lead in the prevention of human rights abuses. OHCHR has seen the need to support the government in handling human rights issues in the country, because human rights are very cardinal,” Mr. Nyanway said.According to him, it is time for Liberia to initiate a proper mechanism to prevent human rights abuses, because delay would put Liberia in a difficult position to address the situation.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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ANC National Convention Goes to Nimba

first_imgAlexander Cummings, ANC political leader. Partisans of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) say they have selected Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, as venue for the party’s national convention, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, under the theme, “The Alternative Liberia Deserves.”Accordingly, delegates are being drawn from every part of the country to attend this year’s “highly-anticipated” National Convention, during which partisans are expected to discuss a number of critical and pressing landmark national issues, while some of the “influential party heavy weights” will also fill positions during the convention.In a statement, the ANC said ahead of the national convention, the First partisan, Alexander B. Cummings, has concluded a week-long tour in the Southeastern and Nimba Counties, where he appreciated a cross-section of citizens who are mainly supporters of the Party.Cummings also encouraged citizens to support his party during future elections beginning with the 2020 senatorial, and the 2023 presidential elections.While touring the counties, Mr. Cummings spoke of the need to fix the country’s economic woes, which he said has, to some extent, left the country at the bottom, in abject poverty where citizens are living on empty stomachs.He informed citizens that it is time to change Liberia, and make it an inclusive state for everyone to access quality and affordable healthcare services, education, jobs and a share in the national cake.Mr. Cummings said job creation should be based on competence, not on tribal connection, “because everyone needs to have equal access to the country’s resources.”He said it is unfortunate to have a government that does not care about the citizens’ welfare, evidenced by its lack of accountability and transparency in running the affairs of the state.Mr. Cummings said the opposition collaborating parties will keep holding the government’s feet to the fire to ensure the right things are done to better the lives of ordinary people, who cannot afford to educate their children, have access to quality healthcare and provide daily bread for their families.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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Blocked drains cause flooding in Essequibo Coast

first_imgResidents of Charity Housing Scheme on the Essequibo Coast are contending that blockage in the main drainage canals are causing a buildup of water in the community.Contacted previously, Councillor Ryan Vanslygtman of the Charity/Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) said the NDC is aware of the situation. On Thursday he led a team of Councillors to visit the area and meet with affected residents.He explained that the blockage is caused by persons blocking the main drainage system of the Housing Scheme by building concrete bridges over the canal. He noted that these residents claimed that they were given permission to constructThe blockage is causing water to accumulate on, and cause damage to, the roadwaythese bridges by the overseer, Samuel Sooklall.According to Vanslygtman, efforts to contact the overseer to get answers have proved futile. “He is doing things without the permission of the NDC, and is corrupting the system,” the Councillor lamented.He has posited that the lawlessness in the Charity area must stop, and that the NDC must be able to have full control over all decisions made, in the best interest of the people in the communities under its oversight.When Guyana Times visited the community on Thursday, residents expressed concern over the situation and the impact it can have on their health, especiallyOne of the flooded roads in Charity Housing Schemethe health of the many children living in the unsanitary conditions in the area.Water could be seen in many yards and some places on the roadways, causing rapid deterioration of the road as a spinoff.Residents of the Charity Housing Scheme are calling on the NDC to quickly rectify the drainage system before a breakout of some deadly disease occurs.last_img read more

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St. Paul wins Del Rey League opener

first_imgBut St. Monica, which received a home run and three RBIs from Brandon Tobin, refused to go quietly. The Mariners (3-3) rallied by scoring once in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the seventh. They made it 8-6 following an RBI double by David Najera and an RBI single by Anthony Yoshinaga. St. Monica then put runners on second and third with two outs following a fielding error. But Santoyo closed the door by striking out Brandt to end the game. “\ was able to take a step back and regain his form and do what he needed to do,” Morales said. “That ability to do those things is what we are searching for.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! St. Paul looked solid early. Carrillo went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Sortillon was 2 for 3 with two RBIs as the Swordsmen scored four runs in the second inning and three in the third for a 7-0 lead. Mike Guy was also solid, going 2 for 4. St. Paul made it 2-0 on a squeeze bunt by Robert Castaneda and an RBI single by Sortillon. Andrew Chico then followed an infield hit by Marcus Aldecoa with a two-run triple for a 4-0 advantage. The lead then blossomed to 7-0 in the third following an RBI groundout by Ryan Ball, another squeeze bunt by Castaneda and an RBI single by Sortillon. “We were able to play St. Paul baseball early, and that was nice to see,” Morales said. “We put a lot of pressure on them defensively. We caused them to work, and it really worked well for us. “When we can do that, that’s the type of baseball we need to play.” The Swordsmen (1-5), getting solid performances from Chris Carrillo and Mitch Sortillon, jumped out to a seven-run lead before holding off the Mariners when Bobby Santoyo struck out Derek Brandt with the tying runs in scoring position in the seventh inning. “We’re looking for the winning experience right now,” St. Paul coach Casey Morales said. “At least we finally got one. It wasn’t pretty. It was early, but we didn’t finish it the way we wanted to. But we got it done, and hopefully we can build on that.” center_img SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s been said the toughest run to score in baseball is the first one. That may also be true for wins. At least, that’s the way it seemed Monday for St. Paul High School, which scored its first win of the season with an 8-6 victory over visiting St. Monica in the Del Rey League opener for both teams. last_img read more

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Ex-FBI agent claims racial discrimination

first_imgShe was cleared when her boss was identified as the security leak, and she returned to work in November 2002. By then, she said, her reputation was ruined, her career derailed. She filed a discrimination suit against the agency, but it was tossed out of court and is now being appealed. Chiang believes she came under suspicion because she is Chinese American. “That’s the only explanation I can derive …,” Chiang said. In a signed statement included in court documents, one of her supervisors said Chiang probably would not have failed the polygraph had it been administered by an examiner experienced in conducting National Security Division exams. He expressed the belief “that Chiang was discriminated against because of her ethnicity.” But Mueller said it was the polygraph test, not ethnicity, that led to her suspension. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former FBI agent cleared of suspicion of spying for the Chinese said in remarks published today that she came under scrutiny because of racial discrimination. Rita Chiang, 53, retired last year, ending a 21-year-career during which she matched wits with Chinese agents in the world of counterintelligence. The Taiwan-born Chiang was hired by the FBI in 1984 after becoming a U.S. citizen. On Jan. 14, 2002, Chiang was stripped of her badge and gun and escorted out of the West Los Angeles FBI office. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller suspected she was a mole for Chinese intelligence and, after she failed a polygraph test, ordered her suspended with pay while she was investigated. last_img read more

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DEAL OF THE WEEK – BUILDERS BREAKFAST FOR A MOUTH-WATERING €4 AT KELLY’S DINER

first_imgKelly’s Diner are giving away a belly-busting ‘Builders Breakfast’ for just €4 this week!Kelly’s Diner is revered all across Donegal for offering top-class meal deals to its loyal customer base.And now it’s doing the same at Breakfast time. Have you got a “high vis” vest or jacket??If so then this week at Kellys Diner you can have your favourite breakfast for only €4 from 8am to 12noon!The top selling breakfast at the famous Diner is open to anyone in the building or construction trade so long as they have “High Vis” gear!This offer once again is exclusive to Kellys Diner. The home of the best value menu and deals in the North West.DEAL OF THE WEEK – BUILDERS BREAKFAST FOR A MOUTH-WATERING €4 AT KELLY’S DINER was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Builders BreakfastBusinessFeaturesFry-upKelly’s Dinernewslast_img read more

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Everton join Chelsea and Manchester United in race to sign Lazio star

first_img Keita Balde Diao Everton are the latest club to express an interest in Lazio star Keita Balde Diao.The 22-year-old had a brilliant season in Italy this year and he finished the campaign with 16 goals to his name.A number of clubs are now trying to sign the forward, including Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester United.However, according to TMW, Everton have also checked in on Diao’s availability ahead of the transfer window.The Toffees could have plenty of money to spend this summer if the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku leave the club.As such, Everton are looking at attacking targets and they have seemingly added Diao to their shortlist. 1last_img

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