Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis

first_imgPresident Joseph G. Herring, officers and Members of this distinguished organization, President Emmanuel Smith and members of the national board, distinguished guests present, fellow Liberians, ladies and gentlemen- friends:It is both an honor to join you today on this historic occasion marking the inauguration of a new leadership, poised to steer the ship of destiny of UNIBOA – AH MUN BEDO in Maryland. It is also a pleasure to stand in solidarity with this great organization which represents an historic culture that transcends many county lines, forming a belt that surround  four counties – Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Margibi, and Montserrado – in a regional union of ethnic kinship which can otherwise be referred to as the THE BASSA NATION.The Liberian nation is defined by many ethnic groups but I can say tonight with facts and conviction that the Bassa nation stands tall among the ethnic groups of Liberia when it comes to her contribution to the history, culture, and political landscape of Liberia.  Indeed, Bassa has produced many great Liberians – from politicians, to cultural artists, diplomats, doctors, engineers, educators, and of course – the long list of eminent lawyers.I must commend you for the wise selection of the theme “Working together to win it together” The fact that we are gathered here together- the fact that many have subscribed in membership to this great organization- the fact that we share a common patrimony,  signifies at least the desire to work together. But how do we win it together? To win it, my friends, it takes a leader with a vision – a transformational leader who is endowed with the passion to initiate meaningful action to achieve advancement for his or her people.  This leads me to the topic of my message to you today: Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis.Most reference books would define a leader as a guide – an individual selected and trusted to steer a group to achieve their desired ends – one responsible for the survival and safety of a group – Like a parent to family. The Bible often likens a leader to a shepherd who guides his sheep to feed in green pastures, quenching their thirst by the rivers and streams.  Allow me in a few minutes to illustrate the virtues of a good leader in the sense of a designated driver, selected and trusted by his peers to lead them with a sober mind to their desired destination – having responsibility to a large extent for their safety. A good designated driver, who takes his role of leadership seriously, would get the group together and remind them of goals while selecting the most competent amongst them to assist him in the front seat. He would first secure a roadmap by means of an ordinary map, GPS, map-quest or even a scribbled outline. As a good leader he would then ensure that the vehicle is basically equipped, having sufficient gasoline, spare tires and jack. He would even go further to check out the traffic, weather reports, and possible alternate routes. With this kind of leadership, the group is bound to find itself smoothly on a superhighway, riding on cruise control to the land of their destiny. In other words, a leader who is conscientious and committed to succeed comes prepared with a plan – never neglecting the basic needs and aspirations of his people.But on the other hand, there exist a different breed of leaders. Those who are the ones whose interests are not focused upon “working together to win it together.” Their self-conceited modus operandi is rather focused upon working to win it for themselves. Those are the shepherds who instead of leading their sheep to green pastures and flowing streams, would recklessly take them to the wilderness to die of hunger and thirst, simply because of their own quest for fortune and fame. Those are the leaders who would dare to take the drivers’ seat unprepared, and without a roadmap or plan.  In the last 34 years, the progress of our nation Liberia has suffered tremendous stagnation characterized by a series of devastating experiences because of leaders without a plan. Yes, indeed, we have had our share of bad drivers without a roadmap. It started with the one who seized the wheel even though he did not know how to drive. Predictably, he ran us off the road after 10 years of adventure, causing panic and confusion. We then took our chances from one miscellaneous driver to another for seven years – taking us from one dead end to the other. We though we solved the problem when we gave the wheel to the chief agitator, who took the wheel and ran us over the cliff – taking the lives of so many of our love ones.  And finally, after finding our way out of that wreckage, another driver, who professed to have so many credentials, has led us into a valley of the shadow of death, facing a hopeless situation of disease and distress simply because of the lack of a plan or appreciation for preparedness. Yes, that is the story of our nation. What we need to forge ahead as a nation, and finally achieve our destiny as people, is a committed leader, imbued with a vision of progress, and a mission for transformation. What we need is a leader with the ability to inspire his or her people to rise up on their feet from a hopeless state of complacency to achieve their God-given potential.With a plan for progress sanctioned by the will of the people we can transform that vision into a mission, and then we can declare with true conviction, that we are ready and willing to WORK TOGETHER TO WIN IT TOGETHER. Let me admonish you, my fellow Bassolians, that in this struggle “to win it together”, we cannot gave up on our nation. Let us keep Liberia close to our hearts. It is true that the unfolding events of recent decades have been challenging to our sense of endurance.Decade after decade, we have found ourselves dressed up in the morning in cloaks of hope, only to go to bed in shredded garments of distress and frustration. If I was asked to write the story about my experience as a child, and millions of others like me, who grew up in Liberia during this turbulent era, the title will certainly not be “THIS CHILD WOULD BE GREAT – It will be properly labeled “shattered dreams, wounded hearts  and broken souls.”  Sad but true – That is the legacy that those before us has left for us to grapple with. But something deep within me tell me those shatter dreams can be transformed into bright hope for tomorrow if we come together and believe that we are in this together. The famous poet,  John Dunn put it right when he said:No man is an island,Entire of itself,Every man is a piece of the continent,A part of the main.Any man’s death diminishes me,Because I am involved in mankind,And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;It tolls for thee.The turbulent storm of destruction has had its way with us. The rude awakening of this disastrous epidemic has brought us to our knees, but no, we cannot give up. From one era of distress to another, our nation has endured.  Yes, we were shaken by the forces of instability at the hands of one tyrant to the other. The relics of infrastructural destruction, coupled with devastating socio-economic woes are scars that we will bear for years. And yet, we have still endured.  Even in this moment of untold human suffering brought by a deadly epidemic, I can say with faith, that with God above, we will still endure.  We will endure because sooner or later, the scars will heal, the broken walls will be mended together again, and the wounded hearts torn apart by tragedy and pain will be healed again. It may seem long, but when the night of healing is complete, we will see the dawn of prosperity. Our star will shine bright in the horizon – AND Liberia shall rise again.With the winds of adversity behind us, besides us, and stirring ahead of us, we must build courage to forge ahead. With this kind of resolve, I’m certain that we can enter into a new era of progress. So, out of adversity, let us reap advancement, out of frustration, let us muster the will of determination, out of this moment of pain, together, we can make gains. Together, only together, we can turn this dark night of tragedy into a bright morning of triumph.Yes, Ah Mun Bedo, Liberia shall rise again because we can work together to win it together.I THANK YOU Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Last day of advanced voting today for Saturday’s Municipal Election

first_imgFor residents of the Peace River Regional District and Area C, you can vote today at the Peace River Regional District Office in Fort St. John.The first day of advance voting, a week ago today, resulted in turnout increases in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, and that surprised many observers, given there’s no mayoralty race this year in either community.Here in Fort St. John there was a slight increase over the last election, in 2011, from 211 to 217, while in Dawson Creek, there was a more significant jump, from 167 to 308.- Advertisement -Locally, City Hall has also confirmed four special voting opportunities for tomorrow and another one on Election Day.Once again we note, the polling tomorrow will begin at the Peace Villa Care Centre at 8407 112th avenue, from 10am to noon.Other locations will be, at Abbeyfield House at 8112 96th avenue from 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Peace Lutheran Apartments at 9812 108th avenue, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and finally, at Heritage Manor, which is located at 9819 107th avenue, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Advertisement On Saturday there will be special voting at the Fort St. John Hospital from 1.30 to 3pm.Voters in the city have a choice of twelve candidates to fill the six City Council vacancies and five candidates, running for three trustee positions, on the District 60 school board.For more information about where to vote in other communities in Northeast B.C., click here.Join Energeticcity.ca Saturday night for live results from all over Northeast B.C.  Results will start to be posted at 8 p.m. Saturday.  You can also find results on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/energeticcity or on Twitter www.twitter.com/energeticcityAdvertisementlast_img read more

Juventus and Inter Milan renew interest in Manchester City’s Samir Nasri

first_img1 Samir Nasri Juventus and Inter Milan remain keen on a move for Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, according to reports in Italy.The Frenchman has failed to nail down a regular spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season following the summer arrivals of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.Both Juventus and Inter Milan enquired about Nasri in the summer but their proposals were swiftly rejected by City.However, according to Calciomercato, the Italian duo are still keen on the Frenchman and are readying bids.The player himself is reportedly undecided on his future and may prefer to remain at the Etihad for now.But if he continues to be a bit-part player then Juve and Inter are ready to try and tempt him away with the offer of regular first-team football.last_img

Avian flu appears to jump from human to human

first_imgReacting to the death on Monday of an Indonesian man, the World Health Organization said Tuesday that the case appeared to be the first example of the avian flu jumping from human to human to human. But the health agency quickly cautioned that this did not necessarily mean that the virus had mutated into a strain that could start a pandemic by jumping rapidly between people as ordinary flu does. It is a “definite possibility” that the virus jumped more than once inside a family cluster, said Maria Cheng, a spokeswoman for the WHO in Geneva. Although a second jump sounds alarming, “It doesn’t look like the trend has changed,” she said. “Each case was in very close contact with the previous one.” In the past there have been at least three cases of suspected human-to-human transmission of the A(H5N1) strain of bird flu; all were between family members who spent hours in close contact and would have breathed in large amounts of virus-contaminated droplets. The virus is known to attach itself to receptors deep in the lungs, not in the nose and throat as seasonal flu does. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe man who died was 32 and became sick on May 15. He is believed to have caught the flu while caring for his 10-year-old son, who died of the disease on May 13. The boy attended a family pork roast in the village of Kubu Sembilang in northern Sumatra on April 29. The hostess, a 37-year-old woman, had become sick on April 27 and was coughing heavily, and several family members slept in her small room, the health agency said. She died on May 4 and was buried without any tissue samples being taken; she is presumed to have spread the flu only because of her symptoms.last_img read more

MICHAEL IS DELIGHTED HIS PREDICTION FOR SNOW IS ALL DOWNHILL!

first_imgIt’s all downhill for Michael!When the white Christmas he forecast didn’t transpire, Ireland’s most famous amateur weatherman thought things were going downhill.But this morning postman Michael Gallagher proved a point as he took to the snow-covered hills of Donegal on his skis.And the forecast from Michael is that winter still has a sting in its tail. Michael, who predicts the weather through the behaviour of plants and animals, was up early to take advantage of a heavy snowfall in the North-West.The amateur weatherman took to the hills between Glenfin and Glenswilly using skis he was given by some Norwegian friends.“We have lots of snow up here and it was great to get the skis out and go for a wee spin,” he said.And Michael said that while the current storms may keep heavy snowfalls away, he still thinks there is plenty more of the white stuff to come. “I certainly think we will have a sting in the tail. We could have a very cold spring.“The current storms means that we probably won’t get heavy snowfalls for the moment.“But I think that come the middle and end of February, it could turn very cold and we could have some more snow,” he said. MICHAEL IS DELIGHTED HIS PREDICTION FOR SNOW IS ALL DOWNHILL! was last modified: February 1st, 2014 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) Tags:glenfinglenswillyMichael Gallaghersnowlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Busy Retailer needs experienced Bookkeeper

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A busy Donegal Retailer are looking to recruit a ‘Bookkeeper’ to join their professional, experienced and hardworking team. Management at the retailer require an experienced ‘Bookkeeper’ to join their workforce.Job Requirements: Successful candidate must have pervious experience of SAGE 50 or equivalent.A knowledge of payroll would be an advantage.Successful candidates must be reliable, punctual and hardworking.If you’re interested in this position and feel you match the criteria then please send your CV with ref: MMK to this e-mail address: sandmacl@indigo.ieOr alternatively via post to Stewart and MacLochlainn Chartered Accountants, Portland House, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Job Vacancy: Busy Retailer needs experienced Bookkeeper was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

DD Gardening: You reap what you sow!

first_imgIt’s such a great time of year. The garden is bulging with colour, interest and produce! Hopefully you’re enjoying lots of cut flowers from the garden and your produce is pumping out from the veg plot.This week we’ve been reaping the reward of some good work dating back to February with the first harvest of our Onion crop. Advertisement These onions had been started off in trays back in mid-Feb followed by planting towards the end of March. By having them growing in trays beforehand the onions benefited from a good start, instead of being set into cold soil they were able to grow away in a nice protected Polytunnel for a month.The soil was well conditioned with a bag of Composted Farmyard Manure and some Viano Organic Plant Food applied before planting – Onions do very well where they have access to plenty of goodness in the soil, especially the first month at planting.We followed up with a top dressing of more Viano organic plant food in Mid-May.Onions are perhaps not the most profitable thing you can grow in your garden, sure you can buy 6 onions in a bag from a supermarket for 69c, but the taste of your own is wonderful – especially when they’re freshly pulled like this. Advertisement After harvesting we’ll cover this bed with plastic for a few weeks to encourage weed germination and death, then this bed will be power harrowed and sown out in an over wintering green manure crop.Elsewhere in the garden the Sunflowers and Sweet Peas are the star of the Cut Flower garden, the sweet peas providing a twice-weekly pic of highly scented blooms for the house and the Sunflowers looking great in tall vases.The bees also adore the Borage and Teasel flowers in the garden, with each clump of planting having countless bees around them during dry spells.When the weather fluctuates like this week with the odd spell of rain it’s important you stay on top of the weeds, this fluctuation encourages weed seed germination to get out and run a hoe around the flower garden just to nip these young weeds off as they pop up.It’s not been 10 weeks since our MoBactor application to the lawn to control the moss, and now it’s time to follow this up with an application of MoBactor Recovery to thicken and strengthen the grass – we’ll be doing this ourselves this week so I’ll have some updates on how this progresses over the coming weeks.DD Gardening: You reap what you sow! was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Gareth AustinShare 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

Records broken at arts fest

first_imgDonkey rides around town were a hit during the arts festival. Crafters were supported by the localgovernment to showcase their work at the Village Green arts and craft market. Festival goers bought tickets in their numbers, breaking a number of records in the event’s 35-year history. (Images: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneOrganisers of the 35th National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, say a record number of tickets were sold during the 10-day event from 2 to 11 July.The festival, labelled 10 days of Amazing, saw over 400 theatre, dance and music productions, photography and art exhibitions, crafts, poetry readings and book launches culminating in a feast for art lovers.After the first weekend, ticket sales were up 7.7% from the same period last year.“At the same stage last year we had sold a total of 84 897 tickets. The comparative figure for this year is 91 487,” said festival chief executive officer Tony Lankester in a statement released after the first weekend of performances.  According to the organisers, both the fringe and the main programmes showed increased ticket sales, with figures for the main festival going up by 11.7%, while the fringe performances enjoyed a 5.4% growth.“The overall picture can still fluctuate wildly over the next week, so it is too early to celebrate or to make predictions about where we are likely to end. We are happy, though, that we have had a solid start to the event,” Lankester continued.In another first, on Saturday 4 July, the third day of the festival, tickets to the value of R413 000 (US$49 000) were sold, making it the biggest selling day in the festival’s 35-year history.Fortunately for the organisers, the upward trend continued throughout the festival.On 8 July, with just three days to go, more tickets had been sold than during the 2008 festival, with ticket sales after that serving as a surplus for the event.The ticket sales were however not the festival’s only success.Rural boost through art Xoliswa Tom, MEC for sport, recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape, was pleased with the progress of the festival, especially the positive influence it had on the province’s rural communities in the province.“141 projects from all seven districts (of the province) benefited through the sale of their crafts at the Village Green. As at 8 July, crafts to the value of R48 288.50 ($5 800) had been sold,” said Tom.In a bid to support the local crafters, government paid for their transportation, accommodation, and meals.The government also covered the cost of the crafters’ sites at the festival’s market fair, The Village Green, ensuring that all the proceeds from sales made at the market, went directly to the artists.Hospitality owners of bed and breakfast guesthouses in the townships surrounding Grahamstown also benefited from a new programme aimed at encouraging festival goers to opt for township style accommodation.The Kwam-Emakana Homestays project, comprising 82 homes, housed a number of performing groups, government officials, tourist groups and private individuals.According to the Eastern Cape government, on average, around 153 people were booked in at the Kwam-Emakana Homestays from 27 June to 12 July.The project generated R659 800 ($56 000) during the festival. This amount includes accommodation, meals, transport, booking office agents’ fees and community liaisons who ensured guests were taken care off during their stay.Preparing for 2010 According to organisers, traditional music is set to feature more prominently in 2010.This year, the Indigenous Orchestra, an ensemble of various traditional instruments played by various ethnic groups, enthralled audiences.The performers were taken to the rural village of Ngqoko in Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape, where they spent eight days rehearsing for the show.Locals and tourists were treated to donkey cart rides, a new addition to the annual festival.According to Tom, the donkey rides will feature more prominently next year and will resemble the popular rickshaw carts as seen in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.In another change, the festival will be extended by 10 to 15 days to accommodate the expected influx of tourists attending the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the host cities of the World Cup, is an hour away from Grahamstown.The local government, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, will have a public viewing area in Grahamstown, where festival attendees will have the opportunity to keep abreast with all the soccer action.An extensive jazz programme has also been added to next year’s festival line-up. The existing jazz shows will be extended with more artists and various collaborations.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesG’town arts take to the streets Spotlight on words at arts festHair duo wows crowds at art fest  Useful linksGovernment of Eastern CapeNational Arts Festivallast_img read more

Soybean leaders remember friend, advocate Rob Joslin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week remembers our friend, former ASA president, spirited soybean advocate and Ohio grower, Rob Joslin, who passed away on May 25 at age 63.Rob was a lifelong farmer in Shelby County, Ohio, with his wife Ellen. He began farming fulltime after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1975. Rob had a lifelong relationship with 4-H and enjoyed learning parliamentary procedures during his early years at Starting Farmers 4-H Club. Later he enjoyed putting those experiences to work in his endeavors with the soybean associations.Rob was active at ASA for 10 years and served as president in 2010. He was a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and also served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary. He was an active member and past officer in the Ohio Soybean Association, serving as president and chairman over the years.Rob made a big impact on the soybean industry and many growers, leaders and friends shared their memories and kind words to honor him on ASA’s Facebook page this week:“This man started out being my mentor when I became an ASA director and ended up being a great friend,” Bob Worth said. “Rob was always such a wonderful inspiration and advocate for the Young Leader Program. My deepest sympathies to Ellen and the rest of his family,” said Michelle Beck Siegel. “So sad to learn of Rob’s passing. One of the leaders always willing to give advice or ask for advice. Very humble man in best sense of the word,” said Gary Joachim.“The ag community lost a great leader. Our prayers extend to the entire Joslin family,” said Jeff Wuebker. Rob was a member of the Farm Foundation NFP and was currently a Trustee at Edison State Community College. He had served as a zoning officer for Clinton Township. He was also a current member of the Ohio Corn Grower and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, a lifetime member of Shelby County OSU Alumni and Sidney Rotary Club, and member of the Sidney Moose, Elks and VFW. He enjoyed sailing and riding his ’85 Harley FX.Rob is survived by his wife Ellen, along with daughter, Gail Elizabeth Joslin of Wilmington, N.C., one brother, William “Woody” Joslin and wife Ann of Maplewood, and one sister, Mary Ellen Drees of Tavares, Fla.Rob was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where Funeral Services will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, Ohio.The family requests that memorials be made to Shelby County 4-H Foundation, St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, and American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the Joslin family at the funeral home’s website, www.cromesfh.com.ASA’s thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s wife Ellen and his entire family.last_img read more

2017 Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Wes Montgomery, Fayette County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Like many farmers, Fayette County’s Wes Montgomery wasn’t expecting much as he started the combine up and headed for the corn rows. But as he tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this Cab Cam brought to you by Fennig Equipment, things are quite a bit better than anticipated in his part of the state.last_img