Looking Beyond 2030, Hananiah Zoe Joins PYJ’s Party

first_imgSen. Johnson shook hand with Rev. Zoe as other senior partisans watch at their backsA major post-2017 elections’ political marriage was witnessed on Wednesday, August 15, between Reverend Hananiah Zoe of the defunct Liberia Educational and Development Party (LEDP) and Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR).Rev. Zoe made his intent known by affixing his signature to an executive membership card of the MDR at a brief press conference, convened at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town.“I am more than pleased to willfully, willingly and, with all fingers, ready to submit my leadership and total allegiance to become a member of this institution, and to also pledge my total loyalty to the political leader, [Senator Johnson] of this great institution,” Rev. Zoe said, while affixing his signature to the executive membership card given him by the party’s chairman, Moses Ziah.Rev. Zoe said his decision sprang from a cultural and nationalistic perspective, wherein the love of unity for the forward march of the country should be put ahead of individual benefit.“I have established political parties before and up to this date, still have the machinery to redo or resurrect the same, but I come here with the understanding and complete acceptance of the fact that MDR is one of the most credible political parties, not only in Liberia, but in West Africa, and in Africa as a whole,” he said amid  thunderous applause from the audience.Rev. Zoe described Senator Johnson as an “international role model,” who he admires so much.“When you look at the steps the political leader, a visionary of this institution, has taken, you will readily agree that Senator Johnson is an international role model. So why should I not team up and put aside all of our differences?” he asked rhetorically.He expressed his gratitude to MDR partisans for allowing him to sign a membership card in open declaration of his desire to work for unity and to seek after the presidency to which Senator Johnson has been tied to since his entry into politics.“Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction is not just a mere political party, but a great symbol of national survival,” Zoe said.Reverend Zoe added, “Movement moves nations and the world in general, while democracy and reconstruction liberate a people and rebuild not only their lost or broken infrastructure but also their shattered hopes and aspirations.”He pointed out that it is his hope that after Weah’s presumed 12-year rule, the MDR will be the new revolutionary political institution that will usher Liberia into a renewed democratic civilization.Rev. Zoe attempted contesting the 2005 and 2017 presidential elections but did not succeed, after he fell short of meeting requirements from the National Elections Commission’s (NEC).He is the senior pastor at the Jubilee Church and a businessman said to be in partnership with a number of top business owners in Africa and the Diaspora.In declaring his presidential ambition in 2005, Zoe said: “My vision is to make the great Liberian dream possible for all Liberians.” However, he failed to get his political party registered during presidential elections in 2005 and 2017.Zoe joined the then ruling Unity Party (UP) but saw his dream go down the drain.Senator Prince Johnson, who arrived after Zoe’s declaration, described Zoe as an asset not only to Nimba County but the country as a whole. As such, his political party looks forward to a great collaboration that will help usher in a new dispensation after Weah’s tenure.“It is good that Zoe has come to join us. As a constructive opposition political party, we are always prepared to do the best we can in the interest of our country,” Senator Johnson said.Prince Y. Johnson, who is known as the political “godfather” of Nimba, said he is pleased with the political partnership he is currently enjoying with President Weah’s CDC. “We are an opposition party but a very constructive one. We are interested in seeing Weah succeed, even though we wished in 2017 that MDR took the presidency through the ballot box,” he said.He said the MDR prays and hopes that Weah, being the second non “Americo-Liberian” president, succeeds. “Although we are an opposition political party, we are in strong partnership with the CDC-led government depending on its good performance for the next 12 years,” he said.He added that it is his prayer that state power should no longer slip in the hands of “typical countrymen who have no allegiance to any foreign country.”Earlier, the chairman of MDR, Moses Ziah, welcomed Rev. Zoe’s decision to join the party for the reconstruction of the country’s broken fabric.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Integrity Commission fully constituted, appointed

first_img…after PNC paralysed its performance for several yearsAfter years of being inactive, the Integrity Commission was given new life on Thursday when its members were sworn in.The oath of office was administered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who handed over the Instrument of Appointments to three of four members.The new members of the Commission are Chairman Kumar Doraisami, Rabindranauth Persaud and Rosemary Benjamin-Nobel. The fourth member, Thandi McAllister, was unable to attend and would be sworn in at a later date.Minister of State Joseph Harmon along with the new members of the Integrity Commission and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan Speaking with reporters following the simple ceremony at the Ministry of the Presidency, the newly appointed Chairman of the Integrity Commission said the focus of the newly reconstituted body would be enforcement.“We will be looking at enforcement of the (Integrity) Act because I don’t think it was fully enforced before, I can’t say because I wasn’t around then. But I do know that with the combination of people we have in the Commission, we will be able to put the Act into force,” Doraisami, a former Magistrate noted.Meanwhile, in congratulating the newly appointed Commissioners, Minister Harmon informed them that their task will be especially challenging.“I wish to remind the new Commissioners that their assignment will be especially challenging as you seek to accomplish the aims and requirements of the Act and the expectations of our citizens to demand the integrity of person in public office,” he stated.The Integrity Commission is responsible for accountability of persons holding public office. The body has been without a Chairman for some time and was reportedly functioning with a skeletal staff since the 2006 resignation of the Commission’s Chairman, Bishop Randolph George.As such, President David Granger a few weeks ago obtained the approval of the four nominees from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo following consultations.From the beginning of the Integrity Commission’s mission, the People’s National Congress has stymied its effectiveness when it refused to accept Bishop George as Chairman. The party refused to submit information on assets and other personal financial transactions. The Alliance For Change followed their lead after it was formed. In the meantime, the People’s Progressive Party and other smaller parties made submissions.In fact, the PPP/Civic Opposition had tabled a motion that would have provided for all Members of Parliament (MPs) to make public declarations of taxable income and all assets over the last 10 years to the Integrity Commission, which would then be released to the public.However, the coalition Government used its one-seat majority to vote against the motion, saying it was not in favour of the public declaration, and would prefer to make such disclosures to the Integrity Commission instead. It had said that such a move would violate the privacy of members.To this end, Government passed the motion after amending it to support the enforcement of the legal requirement for all MPs to file their Income Tax returns and make declarations only to the Integrity Commission.last_img read more

Donegal girl takes first prize at Oireachtas Festival

first_imgClíodhna Ní Ghallachóir, from Gortahork, a student at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, won the first prize in the 15-18 Public Speaking competition at the recent Oireachtas Festival in Kilarney, Co.Kerry.The annual Oireachtas Festival is a mecca for lovers and performers of the traditional arts and this year’s competitions again received a huge number of entrants aged from 6 years to 68. The range of competitions included storytelling, sean-nós dancing and singing, and the famous Lúibíní competition in which two people perform a rhyming story through song.The highlights of this years festival included the newly composed piece by Peadar Ó Riada, entitled I gCuimhne Laochra (Remembering Heroes), that was commissioned by An tOireachtas as part of their 1916 commemortations.A central theme in this years festival was the future of Irish language drama. This years programme featured an exciting and innovative line up of radio plays as well as a forum on the future of Irish language Drama. “The creation and performance of Irish Language Drama is a very important aspect of Irish culture” says Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of An tOireachtas. “In this Centenary year when we think of the effect that play writes such as Lady Gregory, Yeats and O Casey had on this country, it is vital that we keep this dramatic torch burning brightly, as a way of exploring, expressing and entertaining ourselves.”Donegal girl takes first prize at Oireachtas Festival was last modified: November 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast: Getting to know Warriors new vet Jonas Jerebko

first_imgIt’s only been a month, and Warriors newcomer Jonas Jerebko has quickly felt welcomeHe provided a game-winning putback over Utah, who waived him last summer to save money. Jerebko has already hit up the links with Stephen Curry, and plans to golf some more with Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. And the Warriors invited him to attend the team’s recent “Learning Without Limits” event that entailed touring the USS Hornet with over 75 6th grade students with KIPP Bridge Academy.After that event, …last_img

Steph and Ayesha Curry’s kids raised on Warriors magic in Oakland

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThere may be a handful of kids who can brag about their parents playing basketball professionally, but only Riley Curry can brag about a town renaming its children’s amusement park for her after her dad led the Golden State Warriors to their first championship since 1975.Children’s Fairyland was renamed RileyLand before the start of the Warriors NBA Championship parade in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 19, 2015. (Anda …last_img

Football Fridays is back!

first_img18 January 2013With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) kick-off looming, South Africans have been urged to show their support for national football team Bafana Bafana by wearing their yellow football jerseys each Friday during the tournament – starting today.Afcon starts in Johannesburg on Saturday and will play out in five cities – Cape Town, Nelspruit, Durban, Rustenburg and Johannesburg – before the final at Johannesburg’s National Stadium on 10 February.The Football Fridays campaign was launched a year before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place in South Africa. The campaign was endorsed by South African President Jacob Zuma in a speech delivered the day after the final whistle of the tournament was blown.“The Football Fridays campaign became highly successful,” said Zuma. “South Africans from all walks of life proudly wore national colours every Friday. It was a meaningful collective experience of a lifetime.”After the World Cup, Football Fridays evolved into Fly the Flag Fridays and today is known as Magnificent Fridays as it covers all sports in South Africa and not only football.Keeping the spirit aliveIn his post-2010 speech, Zuma reminded South Africa that there were more sporting triumphs to look forward to – if not on the field then certainly behind the scenes with the successful staging of a number of global sporting events.Since then, events such as the 2012 Champions League T20 tournament have brought thousands of visitors to the country.Magnificent Fridays urges people to:Wear the colours of South Africa’s flag or the shirt of their favourite team, whether it be Bafana Bafana, the Springboks or the Proteas or even Kaizer Chiefs, the Blue Bulls or the Cape Cobras, every Friday;Fly the flag at home and in the office;Buy South African goods to help create jobs and grow the economy;Once a month, give an hour (or more) of their time to helping other people.At the launch of Magnificent Fridays for Afcon in November, the Department of Sport and Recreation said the campaign planned to recapture the sense of national pride South Africa experienced during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and encourage them to rally behind Bafana Bafana.“Hosting the Afcon opening match and final in Gauteng is another massive feat for the province,” said a department spokesperson, “and through this campaign we want to ensure that people in the province become a part of the journey to crown Africa’s champion, right here in the home of champions.”MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterlast_img read more

Access to China key factor in maintaining meat export growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. red meat industry has achieved outstanding export growth in recent years, enhancing profitability for all members of the supply chain. In 2014, both beef exports ($7.13 billion) and pork exports ($6.67 billion) shattered previous records for export value. Beef exports have steadily increased in value in each of the 11 years since global markets began to reopen after the first U.S. case of BSE. For pork, export value has increased in 15 of the past 20 years.In 2015, several headwinds have made it difficult for the U.S. industry to maintain this positive trajectory. Severe congestion in the West Coast ports — the result of a prolonged labor impasse — impacted our first-quarter results. Unusually large supplies of European pork and Australian beef have poured into key Asian markets, buoyed by favorable exchange rates that make them very attractive to price-sensitive buyers. Key competitors have also achieved gains due to free trade agreements that reduced import duties on their beef and pork products.These are all important factors affecting U.S. exports, but they are issues over which we have little or no control. The same cannot be said about one of the biggest obstacles U.S. exports currently face — lack of access to China.China is one of only a handful of international markets that never reopened to U.S. beef following the 2003 BSE case. At that time, and for several years thereafter, China was not a large importer of beef. But that changed dramatically in 2012, when beef import demand in China surged due to strong economic growth and a sharp decline in domestic production. China now imports more beef every month than it did in an entire calendar year in 2011. In the first half of this year, imports totaled nearly $910 million — up 28% from a year ago.While the U.S. industry remains on the sidelines, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Argentina and Canada are all gaining a strong foothold in China. Being shut out of the Chinese market also affects the prices U.S. beef cuts command in other Asian destinations, as China has begun to exert significant influence on global beef trade. For the U.S. beef industry, the lost opportunity due to our lack of access to China is currently estimated at more than $100 per head.Considering that we export to about 100 countries, all of which have determined that U.S. beef is safe, it would be easy to view China’s import conditions as overly strict. But a growing number of major beef producing and exporting countries are meeting China’s requirements, aware of the market’s potential global impact on beef demand. In mid-2014, for example, China began testing beef imports from Australia for hormone residues, citing a hormone ban that had been in place for more than a decade, but had only been sporadically enforced. Australia responded quickly, implementing a certification program to meet China’s requirements.When Canada confirmed its most recent BSE case in February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency voluntarily suspended export certificates to China and began consultations with its counterpart agencies in China to restore access. Trade resumed in early April. A similar situation just occurred in Argentina, where trade was suspended due to a finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in dairy cattle.With regard to U.S. pork, the Chinese market is not entirely closed. The U.S. technically has access for a full range of pork and pork variety meat products (with the exception of processed products), and recently gained access for pork fat. But a significant percentage of U.S. pork production is ineligible to ship to China due to ractopamine use and other factors that conflict with China’s import requirements. This has made it very difficult to capitalize on significant growth opportunities in China that have emerged this year due to high domestic prices, and which are presently being captured by European suppliers.China produces and consumes about half the world’s pork. And while it is largely self-sufficient in production, even a small fluctuation in China’s need for imported pork can shake up the global market. The U.S. industry has benefitted from these fluctuations in the past — especially in 2011 and 2012, when exports to China were very strong. But with the enforcement of its import requirements and only a small number of U.S. plants being eligible to serve China, we saw a major slowdown in the second half of last year. So far in 2015, exports are down nearly 50% from a year ago. In the meantime, EU export volume to China is more than one-third higher year-over-year.Similar to the beef complex, China has no lack of suitors who want a piece of its imported pork market. In addition to the EU, Canada and Chile compete aggressively in China and Mexican pork is a recent entrant into the market. Ractopamine is not an issue for suppliers from the EU and Chile (where it is not approved for use), but other competitors are also undeterred by China’s demands. Canada, in fact, has created a ractopamine-free verification program that even includes segregation at the cold storage facility level. This is another instance in which exceptional opportunities for export growth carried the day.last_img read more

Practice, Forms, Kata, and Relationships

first_imgThe martial artist practices their form, their kata, thousands of times. They rehearse each movement, perfecting it, combining it with the next movement until it flows perfectly. When they’re not practicing their kata, they practice each of the individual movements over and over again until it becomes second nature. The martial artist also spars and practices their art under scenarios that closely match the conditions they’ll face if they’re ever called upon to use their skills to defend themselves or others.The reason for so much repetition, so much deliberate practice, is that the right response no longer requires thought; it’s build into their reflexes. The martial artist no longer needs to think about what to do because the response is built into their nervous system. This saves time and reduces the likelihood that they are injured. They don’t overreact or under-react. They respond appropriately.Business As an ArtIn business, we generally don’t spend much time practicing. We don’t practice dealing with the every day scenarios where business is won and lost, where clients hearts and minds are won—or lost. We don’t develop the language choices that demonstrate how much we care about people, opting instead for transactional approaches that save time and money at the cost of relationships.You think you need to win wallets, but you really need to win hearts and minds. At its core, business is about hearts and souls. It’s about caring, and it’s about human relationships.As a leader, you need to take your team off the field to rehearse, to practice. You need to help your team develop a set of responses that start by demonstrating that you care deeply about the people you have the pleasure to serve. You need to abandon the transactional for a more appropriate set of responses, and you need your team to rehearse those responses. In the moment of truth, when people are under stress and challenged, you want the default response to generate the right outcome.QuestionsHow much time do you spend rehearsing for the most important interactions you have with your clients?Are you more confident when you have an idea about how to achieve the right outcome from difficult interactions?As a leader, do you take your team off the field for deliberate practice and rehearsal?As an individual contributor, do you practice or rehearse for important conversations? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Nat’l team plans to develop intangibles in Japan trip

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES “Floor defense and blocking will be developed in Japan, but the most important thing is the players should know themselves and further develop their teamwork,” said Suzara. “The communication between the coach and the players, that’s the most important thing.”The 2017 SEA Games is set to start on August 19 in Kuala Lumpur.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? View comments Reyes gets advice from Daquis on being nat’l team skipper Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “We hope that everyone will learn from Japanese volleyball,” said Vicente. “That will be a big boost for us because I’ve said before we really have to develop our floor defense.”“We have the height, we have talented players, we have everything, but we need to experience top class volleyball to further understand the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe women’s national team is set to fly to Okayama City on July 17 where they will conduct the first part of the camp before going to Kobe for the second leg.Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc., Director Tats Suzara added the team’s Japan trip will emulate what the 1993 gold medal-winning team in preparation for that year’s SEA Games. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The national women’s volleyball team is currently in preparation for the 2017 Malaysian Southeast Asian Games, and part of its regimen is a two-part training camp in Japan.Head coach Francis Vicente said Friday the team’s goal in their Japanese training camp is to develop their floor defense and imbibe some of the host nation’s volleyball traits.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Dravid falls prey to debatable umpiring on the current England tour

first_imgRahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions by the  umpires on the current England tour as he was ruled out caught behind on Saturday, despite ‘Hot Spot’ not detecting an edge off his bat. For the third time in this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as he was given out twice in the preceding Test series in controversial fashion. However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact between the ball and the bat. Saturday’s decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system. England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling in the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.Broad opted for a review straight away.Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of ‘Hot Spot’ but even after several replays, the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely detected.However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out. In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India’s second innings when his bat actually had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball. Then in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India’s second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snicko-meter apparently showed that there was no contact between the ball and the bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves. Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, “The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I’m more baffled by the quality of umpiring.” “How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire’s decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite,” he added.advertisement(with PTI inputs)last_img read more