My Father, Mentor, Friend and Gentle Hero

first_imgIndividuals at different times in their lives choose to celebrate a year, a month or a day… this is primarily because that period has a significant meaning to that person. 2003 may not be the only period in the history of Liberia, but 2003 was the period that would determine Liberia’s fate in the comity of nations. If 2003 had not been done properly many of the milestones we celebrate as a nation and people would not have happened.In my life 2003 is special period that would begin with his curiosity about what we intended to accomplish – would later morph into a father-daughter relationship. I praise God that I got to know Chair B or my pa (as I would affectionately call him) in 2 categories (a politician and a father).As a politician I would put him in a class with the late Mandela; Nelson Mandela is celebrated globally for his generosity of spirit-the ability to forgive even after great wrong has been done.Chair B’s generosity of spirit was what Liberia needed in 2003-In his online tribute to Chairman Bryant Chief Cyril Allen called him “Even Tempered”, I believe without a doubt that God knew this was what Liberia needed to come  out of the abyss of war.As a politician he would validate the work of ordinary women-never playing the class or social status card. Even when we accused him and/or disagreed on policies and the handling of affairs he never tried to divide us. He would listen patiently, seek clarity and calmly explain his prospective. Today, Liberian women can brag globally about their role in the peace proves because he give us the visibility; we can brag globally about having a rape law, because of his belief in a woman’s right to life, justice and empowerment.At the personal level I got to know a keen listener, a God-fearing man and a father who believed in, and cared about, my life, my work and my children (asking specific questions about their welfare, especially after my sister’s death) and always wanted time with them. I would get to know a man who had no space in his heart for grudges.After his release from prison, I remember sitting with him talking about his detention and subsequent release-he sat quietly with a smile on his face allowing me to talk and then finally said; “Leymah my joy is that God vindicated me and I have no bitterness. Leymah sometimes you need to learn to ‘let go”…Little did I know that the ultimate test of your lesson on letting go would be at this moment, the time of your death.Tonight, I have come full circle in my friendship and interaction with you. I thank you for loving me like your own child, I thank you for the times you honestly advised me about life; I thank you for your patience with my childish questions and ranting. I thank you for opening your heart and home to my children and I.Our last conversation was April 12, you called to check on me and made me promise as usual to take of myself, the children and stop talking big big things in the people’s business. I promise to take care of myself and the children; I will do my best not to talk big, big things in the people’s business.Rest in Peace Pappy, Rest in Peace Chair B. Rest in Peace, the biggest Barca fan I knew; rest in Peace my gentle hero. You did your work, you finished your course… it is not the length of your days that I count, but the quality of your earthly journey.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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28 youths to explore Guyana through apprenticeship programme

first_img…engage in conservation of natural resourcesThe Natural Resources Ministry on Monday welcomed its third batch of youth apprentices who will spend the next four weeks exploring Guyana’s pristine waters, mineral resources and wildlife while learning how they are sustainably managed.Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman and other officials flanked by the 2019 youth apprenticesThe programme has seen a growing number of participating youths within the age range of 15-19. Participants were selected from all ten administrative regions after submitting essays and other supporting information for the topics that were specified.During the launching ceremony at the Herdmanston Lodge, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman said that this initiative is geared towards involving youths in important aspects of environmental preservation.“Through this programme, we aimed to achieve two primary objectives – to urgently involve youths in the protection and preservation of our natural resources. We believed then and still do now that if we do not actively engage young people in a meaningful way in this sector, we stand to lose the gains we have made because there will be no one with the desire, passion and commitment to take up the cause,” the Minister explained.Personnel Manager of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Sonya Reece explained that over 70 applications were submitted from persons across the country, hinting at the number of young persons that are interested in what Guyana has to offer.“It have been an excellent journey. The Youth in Natural Resources Apprenticeship programme first started in 2017, an approximately four weeks programme attracting youths from all ten administrative regions in Guyana…application forms were available on the Ministry’s website, all regional offices, mines offices of the GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Commission), forest stations of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Linden Technical Institute, University of Guyana, Institute of Applied Science and Technology, [Indigenous] Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Natural Resources,” Reece informed.Last year, the youths were able to visit the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, Turtle Mountain, mining sites and other interior locations. Some previous apprentices said the experience was fulfilling and will be one of their greatest memories.Fatima Karim, who was part of the first batch expressed, “It’s about looking at the bauxite site and seeing more than meets the eye, reaching with an inner understanding into the earth to produce something beautiful…I can’t say if it has changed me. Moreso, it unlocked something inside of me.”On the other hand, Emmanuel Trotman, who hails from the mining town of Linden, relayed, “I spent all of my life in Linden, not really having much opportunity or reason to go beyond the boundaries. On this programme, I got the opportunity to see so many places, faces and people of every race in just a small space of time.”Private companies and public agencies such as MACORP, ExxonMobil, Guyana School of Agriculture, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Bosai Bauxite and Iwokrama Rainforest Conservation have partnered with the Ministry to provide sponsorship.last_img read more

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Future bright, officials report

first_img“Target is off the charts,” she said. “It’s one of their highest stores. Penney’s, Sears and Meryvn’s are doing better than one year ago in Whittwood.” Construction at the renovated shopping center is now nearly completed. Once the Johnny Carino’s restaurant opens, a city agreement that will pay the shopping center’s owners 40 percent of new sales tax revenue will kick in, Helvey said. A five-story, 106,500-square-foot medical office building on Putnam Street near Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital also is planned, as is a new 217,715-square-foot, state-of-the-art surgery wing, Helvey said. Also in the works is a 96-unit condominium complex at the site of the former Whittier Dodge dealership, 16050 Whittier Blvd. That, along with another 10-unit condominium complex, should begin to transform the eastern part of Whittier Boulevard, Helvey said. Meanwhile, Helvey said he has met with staffers for county supervisors Don Knabe and Gloria Molina about making improvements to Whittier Boulevard in the western part of the city. WHITTIER – The future looks bright for this city, with several new and potential developments on the horizon, Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey said Thursday in an upbeat State-of-the-City speech. “Thing are happening,” said Helvey, who, along with Mayor Cathy Warner, spoke at the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event at the Ruth B. Shannon Center. “The community is supporting economic development.” Helvey listed a number of new developments that are expected to occur in Whittier within the next several months – from new stores in the Whittwood Town Center to new condominiums along Whittier Boulevard to expansion going on at and near Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Warner discussed development progress at the Whittwood. Progress also is being made on a plan for the Uptown area that could pave the way for new development, he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pardew blasts ‘naive’ Newcastle for letting victory slip against Crystal Palace

first_imgAlan Pardew blasted his “naive” Newcastle side for letting a 3-2 lead over Crystal Palace slip away in the dying embers at St James’ Park.In a topsy-turvy encounter, the Magpies went 3-2 ahead on 88 minutes through Mike Williamson only for returning Eagles star Wilfried Zaha to mark his second debut with an equaliser deep into injury-time, and give Neil Warnock a point in his first match as boss since succeeding Tony Pulis. The south London side more than merited a share of the spoils, which Pardew acknowledged, but he was still frustrated by his side failing to see the game out.“Rolando [Aarons] comes on and sparks us into the lead and we’ve got to see that out,” the Toon Army boss said.“I felt we got carried away a little bit trying to chase a fourth goal. We had players high up the pitch when we conceded that free-kick and we wouldn’t have conceded it if we just kept our shape.“So it’s little naive things that you need to learn at this football club.“There was just too many moments for Crystal Palace. I said to the guys, ‘although we got ourselves in a position to win it, did we really deserve to win it?’“For an away team I thought they were quick on the break, they had a real threat and they defended well. You have to take your hat off to them for the way they approached the game.”Newcastle academy product Aarons’ introduction on 67 minutes helped turn the tide back in the host’s favour, as he made it 2-2 with a header and then set up Williamson’s strike and Pardew claimed the teenager’s performance was a huge positive.“He couldn’t have done more in the cameo. We needed a lift. We looked at the bench and I had options, but I went for him first because he keeps pushing me in training and in the game in Gillingham. So fair play to him.”Asked if the winger changed the game, Pardew replied: “For sure, there’s no doubt about that. Suddenly we started opening them up, so that’s the real bonus to come out of today’s game.”last_img read more

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FRESH GORSE FIRES CAUSING HAVOC FOR MOTORISTS

first_imgSmoke billows from bogland at Corveen in Gaoth Dobhair close to roadsMotorists have been warned to take extra care after the spread of smoke from two more major gorse fires which have broken out this afternoon.The fires have taken hold in both Gaoth Dobhair and Falcarragh.Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair are battling the blazes which are being fanned by winds across bogland. One of the fires at the townland of Corveen in Gaoth Dobhair is sending out a lot of smoke.Drivers are being asked to slow down as they approach the area as their visibility may be impaired.“We are asking people to take extra care in the area. A lot of the situation depends on the weather. If the wind picks up then so too does the fire and then the smoke.“It can change from minute to minute and we have to deal with the situation as it happens,” said a fire service spokesman. More than 40 gorse fires have been recorded in recent days as the unseasonal dry spell continues to make ground conditions perfect for the spread of such fires.The fire service has appealed to people to be extra vigilant and not to discard cigarettes or burn rubbish. FRESH GORSE FIRES CAUSING HAVOC FOR MOTORISTS was last modified: April 4th, 2013 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:FalcarraghFIRE SERVICEGaoth Dobhairgorse firesMOTORISTSlast_img read more

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DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL SECURES FURTHER €1.98M IN ROADS FUNDING

first_imgDonegal County Council has received further roads funding allocations totalling €1.98m under the Community Involvement Scheme and the Restoration Improvement Programme.County House in LiffordThe council received €1.25million as a grant towards assisting communities to repair and improve roads under the Community Involvement Scheme with an additional sum of €732,550 for the Restoration Improvement Programme.The announcement of the allocation of €732,550 brings the Council’s total funding allocation in 2014 under the Restoration Improvement Grant to €10,199,550. This will enable the Council to prioritise further roads in poor condition for remedial works in 2014.The Community Involvement Scheme, which was successfully piloted in 2013, promotes a joint approach between Donegal County Council and local communities and is aimed at improving the quality of local roads and giving locals the chance to repair roads that they feel need to be addressed.Donegal County Council was this week allocated a further €1.25m for another 42 projects in 2014.A full list of road works planned for the county in 2014 is available on www.donegalcoco.ie.   DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL SECURES FURTHER €1.98M IN ROADS FUNDING was last modified: May 23rd, 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:Donegal County CouncilfundingROADSlast_img read more

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DONEGAL INVESTMENT GROUP ANNOUNCE €500,000 DROP IN REVENUE

first_imgDonegal Investment Group has reported revenues which were down €500,000 in the first six months of the year as a rise in turnover in its speciality dairy division offset by the cessation of ware potato trading.The Dublin-listed group, which rebranded from Donegal Creameries in 2013, said revenues fell from €39,161 to €39,065 in the six months to the end of June.Donegal Investment Group operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments. It has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil. Donegal said adjusted operating profit fell by €2.1 million from €2.9 million in 2013 to €900,000 last yearRevenues fall at former Donegal CreameriesDonegal Creameries has been granted permission to change its name to Donegal Investment Group plc.The Irish Times reports the company announced a profit after tax before exceptional items of €2 million, an increase of €900,000 over the first half of 2014.Operating profit rose by €300,000 to €700,000 due to growth in the speciality dairy division.“The board is satisfied with the first half performance. The revenue of the group remained flat for the first six months of 2015 with operating profit increasing from €0.3 million to €0.7 million, reflecting in the main continued growth in our speciality dairy business. The board remains optimistic that our produce division should see continued recovery in bottom line performance and that our speciality dairy will, in the near term, continue to deliver double digit growth under its new Nomadic brand,” said chairman Geoffrey Vance.Revenues from the group’s produce division declined €1.2 million to €12.3 million with a segmental loss of €500,000 before the impact of foreign exchange gains. The group attributed the drop to a reduction in demand for certified seed potatoes. The group’s Donegal Potatoes subsidiary also ceased to trade ware potatoes during 2014 which resulted in a €900,000 reduction in comparative revenue year-on-year. “The key determinant of performance in the second half, and for the year overall, will be the contribution from the produce division. The board is currently optimistic that the performance of the produce division will return to levels of profits more consistent with the business historically, as a result of expected improvements in market dynamics,” said Mr Vance.DONEGAL INVESTMENT GROUP ANNOUNCE €500,000 DROP IN REVENUE was last modified: September 1st, 2015 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:Donegal CreameriesDonegal INvestment Grouplast_img read more

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Stink bugs in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As our soybean begins to develop flowers and pods, we need to be aware of stink bugs that will begin feeding.  Although more common in the southern US, we have been noticing more stink bugs in soybean the past few years, even some fields where economic damage was seen.There are several species, including the green, the brown, the red-shouldered and the brown marmorated stink bug.  These insects have piercing/sucking mouthparts similar to aphids, and will pierce through the pod to feed on the developing seed. Damaged seed are often flat, shriveled, wrinkled or completely aborted.  Over the next few months, we will begin to see stink bugs move into soybean, and now is a good time to begin scouting.To sample for stink bugs, take 5 sets of 10 sweeps.  An average of 4 stink bugs per set of 10 indicates an economic population.  We are interested in gathering information on stink bug species distribution across the state and will begin our surveys this week. Please let us know of any fields that might have a high number of stink bugs.last_img read more

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West Holmes FFA Greenhand Camp 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 29th, the West Holmes FFA sent 13 members to Greenhand Camp. These members include: Pacee Miller, Becca Schuch, Cassie Warren, Alysa Pringle, Olivia Sampsel, Dakotah Ringwalt, Sarah Irwin, Kadan McDougale, Dyllan Bender, Dawson Doretich, Blaine Winkler, Syrus Tish, and Garrett Houin. The camp is located in Carroll County along Leesville Lake. At the camp, members have the chance to interact with State FFA Officers, participate in activities, and learn more about the FFA Organization. After they checked in, members were able to play games and interact with people from other schools. The State Officers put on many different workshop sessions throughout the weekend. Those sessions included topics like “Discovering Decisions,” “Open Opportunities,” “Setting Our Course,” and “Where To Next.” Members went to camp to learn more about the qualities of leadership, as well as how to take those qualities and implant them in their community. While at camp, students could participate in activities such as: motor boating, canoeing and kayaking, archery, rifles, shotgun and various sports. Greenhand camp is one of the first opportunities for 1st year FFA members to truly interact with members from other schools as well as see how beneficial the organization is.last_img read more

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Business Plan Competitions: Valuable Tool or Waste of Time?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start Related Posts Entrepreneur and professor Steve Blank authored a blog this morning that expressed his opinion that business plan competitions are useless to startup culture and should be scrapped for business model competitions. Business plan competitions are just what they sound like: students are encouraged to submit a business plan and a winner is selected by a panel of judges, often resulting in some monetary reward for the triumphant student. Blank argues that models, not plans, are much more applicable to the iterative startup atmosphere, but not everyone agrees that business plans are entirely irrelevant.Looking at the opposing viewpoints, it seems that those against business plans use an alternative approach to their argument than those in support of them. In his points against business plans, Blank takes aim at the plans themselves, dissecting them as unrepresentative of the startup ecosystem and its needs.“There is no cheaper way to get a lot of energy and excitement going than organizing a tournament. That is really what a business plan competition is.”– Albert Wenger“A business plan is the execution document that large companies write when planning product-line extensions where customer, market and product features are known,” writes Blank. “A startup is not executing a series of knowns. Most startups are facing unknown customer needs, an unknown product feature set and is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”Blank’s approach is logical. Business plans are meant for larger companies, yet these competitions still exist for startups. Why not change the competitions to reflect the nature of startups? Blank instead suggests the use of business model competitions, which would judge entrepreneurs on what they learned and how they reacted. Albert Wenger, a partner at Union Square Ventures, is on the other side of the fence from Blank. Wenger focuses his argument on the competition, stating that the excitement and enthusiasm built around startup culture from these competitions is invaluable. “There is no cheaper way to get a lot of energy and excitement going than organizing a tournament. That is really what a business plan competition is,” writes Wenger. “By offering a meaningful prize to the winner and having a big initial field it is possible to get a large number of students exposed to thinking about startups as an alternative to joining a large company (or worse yet Wall Street).”His point, like Blank’s, is valid. The ability to excite business students about startup culture is a valuable aspect to business model competitions that can’t be ignore or tossed out the door. The middle ground on these two arguments would be to keep the competitions, but replace plans with models, as Blank suggests. But are business plan competitions too ingrained in B-school tradition? Would a business model competition garner the same excitement? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Investor and Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon seems to be on Blank’s side on this issue. Earlier this month on his Twitter account, Dixon referred to business plan competitions as “a terrible idea,” stating that investors care more about the entrepreneur’s bio. He also believes that business plan competitions reinforce the “myth of the Eureka moment,” which he says keeps entrepreneurs from entering the game. However, Dixon also agrees with Wenger about the importance of exciting young entrepreneurs.“If it’s a choice between business plan contest or nothing I’d take business plan contests,” Dixon said in a comment on Wenger’s blog. “I just wish they weren’t the dominant startup-related activity for students.”Are business plan competitions antiquated business school relics that serve only to confuse young would-be entrepreneurs about founding a startup? Or is their true purpose to get students excited about entrepreneurship despite these conflicts? I find myself siding with Chris Dixon on this matter. They serve a valuable role in recruiting students to startup culture, but they shouldn’t be the only way students get excited. chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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