‘No Apology for Empowering Liberians’

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia’s (CBL) Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has made it plain to his critics that he holds no apologies for helping Liberians through the CBL loan scheme which, he said, is meant to buttress the fight of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf‘s Administration against poverty in the country.“What we are trying to do is to provide resources that will enable our people to work and help themselves. We at the CBL see nothing wrong with that if our people’s lives must be improved. If we must take a chance on anyone or anybody we must take a chance on ourselves. We must take chances on our very selves if somebody else is going to take a chance on us. I will not apologize for helping our people”—and by extension, our nation, he tacitly made the psychological connection. The CBL Executive Governor made these comments in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County where he dedicated the newly constructed Unity Savings Credit Union building. He had performed a similar ceremony in Fish Town, River Gee County and in Barclayville, Grand Kru County. Although Governor did not say to whom he was referring, analysts say that the 53rd Legislature—whose members had tried to make something negative out the widely applauded way he runs the Central Bank—could not be overlooked as targets for his praises. The lawmakers had turned Dr. Jones into a folk-hero by suggesting that his financial method was shrouded in political aggrandizement. They even went as far as orchestrating (arranging, scheming) a recent amendment to the CBL Act, mandating that CBL governors with an interest in elective positions resigned from the Bank three consecutive years before plunging into politics. But Governor said that “if we are going to build an economy based on more equitable distribution of income, then Liberians need to be empowered.” He said building a middle class (middle income economy) is crucial for the foundation of securing Liberia’s democracy, adding that “we must empower Liberians financially.” “Helping Liberians should be discussed? It is not an option, but a responsibility. It is imperative and we do it in order to move forward. This is why the CBL is trying to do by offering a helping hand to our people. We are not giving handouts. We are not on the street distributing money to people. We work with Village Saving Loan Associations and Credit Unions in order to achieve this goal,” the CBL boss clarified. The CBL Executive Governor believes that “if we have to develop Liberia, we must work by creating an environment that would encourage people to work. This financial institution building that we are dedicating here today should be seen as a symbol to move forward,” Jones declared. The Governor insisted that Liberians should “look to the future and think bigger because it is the only way we can improve—by thinking big. You cannot get far by thinking small. Those who reach the sky were willing to think big and work hard. Progress comes through hard work and if we have to build our nation we have to build it ourselves. People can only help us, but at the end Liberians must build Liberia.” “We must understand the challenges we face. If people in villages and towns do not have something to give commercial banks in Monrovia as guarantee, what should we do? Should we fold our arms and continue to complain? It will not be enough. If we must fight poverty we should go where there is poverty. It is no secret that poverty is with the low-income earners, especially those in the towns and villages.”                              Repayment of CBL LoanMills Jones reported that borrowers are repaying the CBL loan. “People are repaying their loans. We are encouraging them. We are making progress because things don’t change overnight. We cannot keep doing the same old things and expect different results,” he stressed.Governor Jones informed the public that development is not a budget, meaning that development is about hard work and producing in order to get higher income. “By producing,” he said “you help the government significantly to get more income, through which government can in turn improve the living condition of its people.”He maintained that the CBL remains a friend of the private sector, where jobs will come from in helping the government meet its goal to fight and reduce poverty in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NIS inspector robbed in minibus

first_imgRudolph Primo of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, an Inspector of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), was reportedly robbed by passengers while commuting to Georgetown in a Route 42 minibus at about 00:22h on Friday.The 47-year-old Primo had reportedly boarded the minibus at the Diamond Public Road to commute to Georgetown, but while in the vicinity of Eccles, East Bank Demerara, two passengers requested to be let off at Agricola. Primo, who was sitting in a seat in front of them, had to exit the bus in order for them to get off. The two men then held him up, one choking him and another pointing a gun in his face with a demand that he hand over his valuables.The perpetrators then proceeded to relieve the victim of his Blu mobile phone valued $20,000 and $50,000 in cash before making good their escape on foot east into Agricola.The matter has been reported, and the Police are said to be investigating the incident.last_img read more

Vote is next stop for ‘subway to the sea’

first_imgWASHINGTON – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vision of a “subway to the sea” is expected to roll one step closer to reality today with the passage of legislation allowing the extension of the Metro Red Line from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The bill by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, repeals a law he wrote 20 years ago that prohibits the use of federal funds for tunneling under Wilshire Boulevard. Widely expected to pass, the legislation’s approval would be a triumph for Villaraigosa, who has called the estimated $5 billion subway critical to unclogging Los Angeles freeways. The Mayor’s Office on Tuesday hailed Waxman’s efforts. Construction is projected to last 15 years and cost about $300 million per mile. Villaraigosa hopes to extend the line 13 miles in three phases. Analysts project that when adjusted for inflation, the final cost will be about $4.8 billion. Joel Bellman, spokesman for county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, said the use of federal funds “makes it possible to even begin to entertain the potential for continuing that project.” The subway measure is just one of several Southland legislative efforts that are expected to see major action on Capitol Hill this week. On Tuesday, the House voted unanimously to create a commission to study creation of a National Museum of the American Latino Community. The museum was the brainchild of Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles. The bill, which still requires Senate approval, would establish a panel to study whether and how to create a museum dedicated to Latino culture and history in America. Meanwhile, Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, made a major push Tuesday toward eliminating two obscure Social Security provisions that cripple retirement benefits for California teachers and other public employees. Margaret Cagle, a math teacher at Lawrence Middle School in Chatsworth, called the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions a hindrance to recruiting teachers from the private sector in California. A former architect who worked in the private sector for 15 years before becoming a teacher, Cagle was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday and said she is one of thousands who will never see the money she paid into Social Security when she retires because of the laws reducing benefits. “In California, we’re losing one-third of our teachers to retirement,” she said. “We need to be recruiting teachers from private industry, but there are not a lot of people who are going to be able to afford to make that transition.” Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Wilshire Boulevard is the densest corridor and the most heavily traveled bus route in Los Angeles, making it the most logical choice for mass-transit investments,” said Janelle Erickson, a spokeswoman for the mayor. If the House votes to repeal the subway ban, it then would move to the Senate, where California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein both have vowed to push it as well. “Severe gridlock is a reality faced by millions of residents in Los Angeles every day,” Feinstein said Tuesday. “This is why public transportation is so important.” Waxman’s initial prohibition on using federal funds for a subway was prompted by safety concerns sparked by a 1985 methane explosion during the expansion of the Red Line in Fairfax. A 2005 report by a panel of experts, however, found that technological advancements now make tunneling safe, and Waxman agreed to reverse his position. last_img read more

AFC Leopards back, prey on Ulinzi Stars

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars defender Rodgers Omondi tries to block AFC Leopards’ Vincent Oburu. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – AFC Leopards have put their CAF Confederations Cup exit behind their backs and are focusing on hunting down Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match slated for Sunday at the Thika Municipal Stadium.Ingwe returned back home on Friday morning from Madagascar where they drew 0-0 with hosts FOSA Juniors who progressed to the first round of the continental competition thanks to the away goal they notched in the1-1 first leg played in Kenya. However, Team Manager Gilbert Selebwa said the result will not affect the team’s performance when they face a resilient military side Ulinzi Stars. Ingwe will be looking to pick their first win of the season after drawing 1-1 their opener away to Posta Rangers.“The boys gave their best despite the extreme weather conditions in Madagascar. We played under very hot weather which drained us a bit but we also wasted chances which we need to work on,” Selebwa noted.AFC Leopards Head Coach Robert Matano has won the Kenyan Premier League title with Sofapaka and Tusker before. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe KPL match will see AFC Leopards head coach, Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano face his former employer, having managed the team from 2014-17. He knows the team better though under new management now and he has vowed to disarm the Soldiers.After playing three games, two more than Ingwe, Ulinzi are placed seventh in the standings, having won one, drew one and lost one. Head coach Dunstan Nyaundo is confident of upsetting Matano.AFC Leopards will still miss the services of Ghanaian striker Prince Arkoh who is fruled out with injury while Ulinzi Stars have a full house available for selection.Ulinzi Stars has an edge over AFC Leopards when it comes to head-to-head record that sees the Soldiers hold two wins against Ingwe’s one with three draws in the last six matches they met across all competition.-Gor back to reclaim lead-Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr congratulates his players after their KPL SUper Cup win over AFC Leopards in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDefending champions Gor Mahia, fresh from booking a CAF Champions League first round ticket, will be looking to reclaim their log lead and extend their unbeaten run when they travel away to Kariobangi Sharks in a tricky fixture set to be hosted in Machakos on Sunday.Despite having a match at hand, Gor are second on the table with seven points, one behind leaders Mathare United who will also be in action on Sunday, hosting Sofapaka.K’Ogalo, who won their opening two KPL matches against Nakumatt FC (4-0) and Zoo FC (2-4), are expected to welcome back striker Jacques Tuyisenge who missed the return leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round due to injury.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi closes down on Kariobangi Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKariobangi Sharks, who occupy sixth spot with five points, having won one and drew two matches, are boosted by the return of first choice goalkeeper, John Oyemba and midfielder Christopher Kimathi who have recovered from injuries..Gor has a superior head-to-head record against Kariobangi Sharks who made their KPL debut last season where K’ogalo beat them 3-1 in the first and second leg.KPL FIXTURES FEB 24 14:00 Nakumatt – SoNy Sugar15:00 Bandari – Wazito FC15:00 Kakamega Homeboyz – Vihiga United15:00 Posta Rangers – Chemelil Sugar16:15 Tusker FC – Nzoia Sugar FCFebruary 2514:00 Mathare United – Sofapaka15:00 AFC Leopards -Ulinzi Stars15:00 Zoo FC – Thika United16:15 Kariobangi Sharks – Gor Mahia0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pulis insists Berahino WILL play again for West Brom

first_img Tony Pulis and Saido Berahino Tony Pulis insists Saido Berahino WILL play again for West Bromwich Albion.The England striker threatened in a tweet aimed at chairman Jeremy Peace – since deleted – never to turn out for the Baggies again after his deadline day move to Tottenham fell through, but Albion boss Pulis is convinced he can make peace with the forward.And he is planning to begin rebuilding bridges by taking the player and his mum out for dinner on Monday night.Pulis told the Daily Mail: “I want him to come back and to draw a line under it. It will be difficult to integrate him into the group and to get him to concentrate but that’s my job.“I don’t think he will talk to Jeremy [Peace]. The problem is that he thinks he is being used. If you look at the club, Jeremy has sold players when it has suited him. Look at Shane Long, he sold him at a time when the club was left without a recognised forward. I think Saido thinks he is just looking at finances all the time.“I have spoken to Saido on the phone a couple of times and by text. He has had a couple of days away and hopefully that will clear his mind.“On Monday I will have a good chat with him and then take him and his mum out for dinner in the evening to have a good chat.“I think his tweet was aimed at the chairman more than the players, management, staff, supporters of the club. His gripe is with Jeremy – as far as I’m concerned, he will play for West Brom again.” 1last_img read more

Newcastle make cut-price £1m move for La Liga youngster

first_img1 Newcastle have made an offer for Espanyol striker Mamadou Sylla Diallo, according to reports in Spain.The 21-year-old is tipped for a bright future and has broken into the Spanish club’s first-team this season.The forward spent last term on loan at Racing Santander and they were keen to sign him up in the summer.However, according to Sport, Newcastle have now made an offer of around £1m for Sylla.Espanyol are currently considering the bid and they have also received a loan approach from Belgian side Beveren. Steve McClaren last_img read more

Interstate 5 running again thanks to fast work by authorities

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT doesn’t take much to push Los Angeles traffic into the crisis zone: A transit strike, a presidential motorcade, an earthquake, a spectacular freeway crash. Certainly the closing of the Golden State Freeway after the deadly weekend truck pileup and inferno in the Newhall Pass had the potential to be one of the worst local traffic disasters in recent history. Interstate 5 is one of the state’s main arteries, and as many as 269,000 vehicles a day flow through the section that was closed. But after a hard weekend, the Monday morning commute just wasn’t the calamity that was expected. This was in no small part due to Caltrans’ fast work on reopening as much of the freeway as possible by Monday morning – two days earlier than initially expected. But commuters themselves have to be commended for staying off the roads Monday and making other commuting plans for this week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.These kinds of traffic disasters underscore the fragility of the region’s transportation system. Just a little bit of stress can topple smooth-flowing roads from Lancaster to Orange County. And even with the various transportation projects under way, we’re losing ground. The crisis was averted this time. But this is a good reminder that without a serious improvement to our freeway system and upgraded mass transit, we will always just be one catastrophe away from crisis.last_img read more


first_imgGorgeous Gift and Home is celebrating its first year in business at Supervalu Shopping Centre Dungloe and it’s an ideal outlet for you to get your loved one the perfect Christmas present this year. It’s been an exciting year for the store as the owners wanted to create a treasure chest for customers that are looking for that spark of originality or something a little bit different.They now stock everything from occasional furniture, lamps, bed linen, cushions, delph, glassware, jewellery, handbags and general giftware for all occasions. Some of the brands now in store are, Newgrange Living, Slaney Pottery, Willow Tree Figurines, Heart & Home Candles, Catherine Lansfield Bed Linen, Indulgence Jewellery, David Jones Handbags, Donegal Pens to name a few.Gorgeous Gift and Home wanted to improve customers shopping experience so convenience was a big factor in setting up in Supervalu Shopping Centre Dungloe.Now customers that shop at Supervalu, Aldi or Lidl, can park, pop in and browse.In their eyes the customer’s experience is not complete if they haven’t the gift beautifully giftwrapped. It doesn’t matter if it is something small, for a friend or just for themselves, having it giftwrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper is always a treat.But above all else they understand that in today’s times it’s all about value so our ‘More for Less’ will guarantee everyday low prices making sure that they’re providing value for money on our products in-store and online.They’re constantly store checking to make sure that they bring the best possible value to the customer.They’ve made life even easier for customers, through their website www.gorgeousgiftandhome.ie and their facebook page.That keeps customers up to-date with new product arrivals and in-store special offers, and for a flat postage fee of €3.95 they can send your gifts to anywhere in Ireland. So pop in and tell them what you think, and what products you would like to see in the store.Gorgeous Gift and Home, Unit 2 Supervalu Shopping Centre, Carnmore Road, Dungloe, Co Donegal. Tel: 086 069 1759 www.gorgeousgiftandhome.ieGET YOUR LOVED ONE THE PERFECT XMAS PRESENT AT GORGEOUS GIFT AND HOME was last modified: October 29th, 2014 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:BusinessFaeturesnewslast_img read more

Colorado’s South Park GeoTour

first_img RelatedColorado’s South Park GeoTour Goes LiveMay 21, 2013In “Geocaching Info”Spokane History GeoTourJanuary 8, 2016In “Community”KohlsFit GeoTourNovember 13, 2015In “Community” Explore hidden lakes surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks. (GC3PAXQ)Why South Park is a great place to visit:South Park offers world class recreation opportunities and a true wilderness experience. Activities include gold medal fishing, hiking some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States, and endless mountain bike and 4×4 trails.Best time of year to visit:Beat the heat and visit in the summer when highs are usually in the 70s. In July, there’s an annual Burro Days, music and arts festival, and the Park County Fair!Must-see attractions:Get lost in South Park City, a recreated 1880s mining town full of bits and pieces of Colorado’s pioneer heritage. Check out the Old Courthouse (GC3PCT7) across the street!Hidden gems only the locals know about:Don’t miss the Magnolia Mill (GC3PQ5Y) and its stunning views of mountain vistas and scenic waterfalls. In the winter, you can also spot ice climbers exploring the slopes above!Prizes:There are three unique trackable geocoins awarded to you for finding 30, 50, or 75 geocaches.GeoCoinsWhat geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:Discover ghost towns that still tell the stories of the miners and ranchers that once called South Park home. (GC3Q2F6)“Cannot thank SPNHA, and Ms. ED (you know who you are) for all that this series allowed us to experience. You have our sincere appreciation and admiration. THIS is what geocaching is all about, and the CSP GeoTour is truly an experience that we will never forget.”-3 Williams Kidz“THIS is why I geocache. Wow, beautiful! About half way up I wondered why I was doing this… Then I remembered there was a geocache at the top.”-Phyl & Mike“This was my first CSP cache, and I’m impressed, by the quality of the cache page, the historical site, and the work on the container – all very nice. Found the cache and took a minute or two to check out the cabin, SL TFTC!” -hiking_foolAdditional Information:You can also find the oldest geocache in Colorado while you are here (GC18)!Visit The South Park National Heritage Area website for more information.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Caches will bring you to unique locations that celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of South Park. (GC3PQ2Z) GeoTour: Colorado’s South ParkLocation: South Park, ColoradoNumber of Favorite Points: 385last_img read more