On May 16, 2014, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) launched a $500 million dollars fundraising campaign. HKS claimed the funds will “allow HKS to provide a new level of leadership and innovation while bringing meaningful and positive change to the world.” HKS invited its super star, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to showcase its global leadership model. While President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has done many important things for Liberia and Africa for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, her two-term record on democratic leadership disqualifies her as an envoy of Kennedy’s values of public service and democracy on the world stage. It is important for HKS not only to train “exceptional public leaders”, HKS must also model on the global stage its values by associating only with leaders committed to strengthening democracy-no matter who they are and even if such a move hurts fundraising efforts.John F. Kennedy is known worldwide for strengthening democratic institutions, empowering ordinary folks through the Peace Corps and public service, evidenced by President Kennedy’s favorite quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on the other hand, has demonstrated an extraordinary contempt for democracy by usurping the authority of citizens to vote for local government officials.The Liberian constitution gives the president vast powers, including the power to appoint all cabinet members and their deputies, heads of all government agencies and public corporations and governors of all political sub-divisions in the entire country.In 2009, President Sirleaf struck a devastating blow at the very core of the republican form of democracy by seeking new powers to exclude citizens from electing local government officials who control many basic aspects of their lives. President Sirleaf argued and won the authority to appoint all mayors and city councilors, adding to her already vast powers. This act by HKS super star and outstanding fundraiser has rendered the republic impotent by usurping the powers of citizens to vote. It is incomprehensible and unjustifiable for an elected official who sought the vote of Liberian citizens to effectively disenfranchise voters immediately after they voted to make her Africa’s first female president.This undemocratic act in a republic, not a monarchy, jeopardizes security, justice and access to equal opportunities. For example, in obtaining the power to appoint government officials in nearly all aspects of government, President Sirleaf has worked to establish undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of the elite few, including her sons, friends and family members.Considering the many top government officials recruited from HKS, including the dismissed Airport Manager and other relatives and friends of the president represented in high-salaried positions within the Sirleaf Administration, one can conclude that the administration has done more to enrich members of the elite, her sons and family members than it has done to improve the quality of life for ordinary Liberians.The administration set its own standards for who can work in government (including educational requirements that would be unavailable to ordinary Liberians) as well as corresponding salaries and benefits that far exceed those paid to public servants across America. For an impoverished post-conflict country with an annual budget of $583 million, Liberian representatives earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare that to salaries earned in Massachusetts, where the annual budget is $36 billion dollars, lawmakers earn $62,000 yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn $100 yearly. In both cases, lawmakers receive no cars, gas slips, no armed body guards, or other tangible benefits. Liberian citizens live on less than one dollar a day but the elite officials’ excessive and costly travels include first class airline tickets. The Sirleaf administration’s standards are unrealistic, given the revenues generated by Liberia. The high salaries and benefits, in practice, only benefit the Liberian elite and these policies are helping to create an elite ruling class and permanently sowing the seeds of discord and more political instability.According to Photius.com, Liberia has 85% unemployment. Most citizens lack access to electricity, running water and basic services. In fact, Liberia, a country of 43,000 sq. miles has only one registry of motor vehicle located in the capital city Monrovia, where the 4.5 million citizens must travel up to 300 miles go to get driver’s licenses and register their vehicles. Imagine how Americans would feel if President Obama appointed all governors, including Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, all mayors and directors of public transit such as Massport. Imagine living in a country so centralized that every citizen must travel to one office to get a driver’s license and vehicle registration. In Liberia, citizens must also travel to the centralized post office to mail letters and every citizen must rent mail boxes because the Liberian Postal Service does not deliver to homes. President Sirleaf wields more powers in Liberia than the queen of England who rules over a monarchy, not a republic and who lacks the powers to appoint all mayors, including the mayor of London.According to the May 16, 2014 Harvard Crimson article, President Johnson Sirleaf was very clear about her primary role. “My first role is to inspire women,” she said. “You must accept the fact that there will be vulnerability in response to (disaffected citizens’) needs… and that’s part of what leadership is all about.” After benefiting from the ballot cast by Liberian citizens, the president immediately began to undermine the voting powers of citizens in a country where bullets, not ballot determined the leaders in the past two decades. Irving Christo said: “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions; it guarantees equality of opportunities.” By concentrating undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of her children, family and friends, systematically widening the gap between filthy rich Liberians and dirt poor citizens, by closing all avenues of opportunities for Liberians without access to American colleges and universities and deliberately eroding democratic institutions through unjustifiable disenfranchisement, President Sirleaf earned for herself a seat at Harvard’s fundraising table. However, I am surprised that the HKS has betrayed the values of President Kennedy by turning a blind eye to President Sirleaf’s actions designed to weaken democracy and snatch ballot powers from citizens who have struggled for two decades to transition from bullets for ballots.Torli H. Krua is founder of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). UHRI promotes democracy and citizens’ initiatives in Africa and refugee rights in the United States of America. Krua, a resident of Brockton, MA is a native of Liberia and pastor of Dorchester-based Ziah Mission Church. Please send comments to: [email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An epic fundraising campaign ’One Day to make a Difference” will see Vintage tractors parade through Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Ballyshannon this weekend.A marathon vintage tractor run spanning four counties and over 250 km in aid of Cancer Care West will take place this weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of December.The convoy of vintage tractors will undertake the drive from Letterkenny Cancer Care West Support Centre on Saturday morning through counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, and Galway before arriving home in Ballinderreen, Co Galway at 1 pm on Sunday. The classic fleet, made up of two relay crews, will make six, one hour stops along the route to fundraise.The fundraiser which has been undertaken by Maura Burke Memorial Fund, in partnership with Ballinderreen GAA Club in aid of Cancer Care West who provide support services for patients and their families across the West and North West.Anyone who wishes to support the fundraiser and view the tractors can do so at McElhinney’s in Ballybofey at 9am; Donegal Service Station, Donegal town at 11am, Centra Ballyshannon at 1pm, Mullins Foodstores, Sligo at 1.30pm; McHugh’s Service Station, Ballindine at 4 pm, and Corrib Oil Tuam at 9am on Sunday.The crews will rest overnight before embarking on the final leg of their journey from Corrib Oil, Tuam at 10am on Sunday to Ballinderreen at 1pm. The homecoming on Sunday is timed to coincide with the finale of a series of fundraising events that form part of a local record-breaking 24- hour campaign ‘One Day to Make a Difference’ undertaken by Ballinderreen GAA Club members.These include a challenge game between Senior county hurling teams Galway and Clare that kicks off at 1pm on Saturday.The Maura Burke Memorial fund was established in 2007 in memory of Kilcolgan woman Maura Burke who was a prominent and much-loved member of the Ballindereen GAA Club and the community. Maura sadly passed away in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. Her family and friends continue to keep her memory alive through supporting Cancer Care West, the West of Ireland cancer charity that provides a range of supports to anyone affected by cancer. To date the fund has raised over €250K.Commenting on the joint fundraising initiative Richard Flaherty CEO of Cancer Care West said “We are delighted to be associated with this fundraising initiative. The Maura Burke Memorial fund has been very strong supporters of our charity through the years. One of our rooms at our Lodge Inis Aoibhinn is named in memory of Maura.“All our services are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their families, and this is only made possible through the support we get from families like the Burke family and local communities such as Ballinderreen. Last year we provided support to over 3,400 people affected by cancer in our community.” Padraig Burke of the Maura Burke fund said Cancer Care West provides immeasurable support to anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.“We are delighted and proud to support Cancer Care West in the great work they do for patients and their families. They walk what is already a difficult road with people and make life that bit easier. We hope that this fundraiser will shine a light on all the wonderful work they do in this region.”Marathon vintage tractor run from Donegal to Galway for Cancer Care West was last modified: December 5th, 2019 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:Cancer Care North-WEsttractor run
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NLEX bounced back from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup by taking down fancied Meralco on Sunday night, and coach Yeng Guiao wants to pinch himself if this is really happening.Kevin Alas scored 21 points and hit some crucial baskets down the stretch as the Road Warriors became the first team to deal the Bolts a loss, 100-94, at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Guiao said their fifth victory in six games is like “passing a tough test against a quality team.”“It’s still a reality check for us,” Guiao said. “It’s still kind of surreal seeing ourselves atop the standings after beating a good team like Meralco with the reigning Best Import.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe NLEX victory left idle leader Star as the only undefeated team at 3-0.And Guiao was quick to point out that he was more appreciative at one very glaring intangible that they achieved in bringing down the Bolts, which fell to 4-1, and Allen Durham. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Korea deals PH 2nd loss “I think the maturity of this team is developing,” Guiao said.Earlier, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia gave his new look crew a passing grade in their first game together, though the Elasto Painters hardly looked championship material against Kia Picanto.J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds and Chris Tiu came off the bench to shoot 13 in 31 minutes as they led the Painters to a 94-86 decision of winless KIA that snapped a two-game skid.With three new players in the roster, counting Bullock and Norwood and Raymond Almazan playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, the Painters couldn’t put the Picanto away with authority.But Garcia praised Bullock, Ed Daquioag and Mark Borboran for coming up with decent games despite being with the team for just over a week after an overhaul that saw management deali away resident star shooter Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT “They played well today and gave us quality minutes,” Garcia said of Daquioag and Borboran. “I don’t think we will have a problem achieving chemistry [in the long run].”Rain or Shine improved to 2-2 and dealt the Picanto a sixth straight loss.KIA has now lost its last seven games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup and is 0-9 against the Painters since joining the league in 2014 together with fellow expansion club Blackwater.Former University of Santo Tomas star Daquioag, acquired from Meralco in exchange for fellow rookie and Gilas Cadet Mike Tolomia, finished with eight points after hitting all his three attempts from the field. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games
Fulham move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are preparing to move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.The 29-year-old centre-back helped his country to the brink of glory during the summer but his club side Besiktas are prepared to cash in on him.Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has made strengthening his defence a priority this January and will be given funds to spend in order to do so.Everton and West Ham retain a long-term interest in Vida, who is under contract until 2022. French club Monaco are also keen, reports the Mirror. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chris Spielman is headed to Fox Sports. The former ESPN college football analyst will have a college football and NFL role at Fox. Spielman, 50, had been at ESPN since 2001. [email protected] is excited to welcome @chris_spielman as an @NFLonFOX and @CFBONFOX analyst: https://t.co/EED0gUHVz5— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) May 17, 2016From the release:Former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman returns to FOX Sports as an NFL and college football analyst, it was announced today by FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer John Entz. Spielman, who began his broadcasting career with FOX Sports Net in 1999, serves as a game analyst during the upcoming NFL season and contributes to the network’s extensive college football coverage.“I’m excited about being part of FOX’s NFL and college football coverage for years to come.” Spielman said.“Chris is a tremendous broadcaster with a wealth of NFL and college football knowledge,” Entz said. “His outstanding career both on and off the field brings a huge amount of credibility to FOX Sports. We feel really fortunate to have him with us.”Spielman played at Ohio State in the mid-1980s and was a two-time All-American. He played in the NFL from 1988-99. [Fox Sports]
He says this is being integrated with other socioeconomic and critical data that will help with research, to enable more predictive and preventative policing. Within the next three years, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel will be using more technological solutions in their daily operations in a bid to reduce incidents of crime and their likely occurrence. Within the next three years, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel will be using more technological solutions in their daily operations in a bid to reduce incidents of crime and their likely occurrence.Some of the technology-based software tools being developed, which should become fully operational by 2021, include: Jampol Stats; JCF Docs application; the QR Code; and Station Records Management System.These are designed to support the National Security Ministry’s focus on situational prevention under the comprehensive five-pillar crime prevention and reduction strategy.The Ministry’s Senior Director, Modernization Initiatives and Strategic Projects, Arvel Grant, tells JIS News that Jampol Stats will overlay the JCF’s historical statistics on a geographic information system (GIS) map of Jamaica.A GIS is designed to capture, store, analyse, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.He says this is being integrated with other socioeconomic and critical data that will help with research, to enable more predictive and preventative policing.“It will also be a performance management system, so that they can zoom in on the crime and other relevant details, not just in a police division, but (at the) street and community levels and do comparisons over the years. That is one of the main (aspects) of the e-policing system,” he outlinesMr. Grant says the JCF Docs application is a database of all the documents police officers may need in the field. These include a book of rules, the Laws of Jamaica, and the Use of Force guidelines.“Overall, (it will) empower the police officers so they have access to that critical organisational information at any time and on any internet-connected device. The idea behind this is to give them access to information, and allow them to increase their knowledge and make better decisions in the field,” he informs.Mr. Grant says QR Code, which has been rebranded smart phone policing, will, among other things, allow officers to retrieve information while they are in the field. This, he points out, will facilitate better situational awareness and overall information to guide their activities.“With this application, when they are out in the field, whether they are on patrol or investigating, they can collect data, (including) GIS-related data, mapping where exactly the incident took place; that is a portal into Jampol Stats. So the data that is collected, pictures that are taken, any type of data that can be collected from the smart phone will then be fed directly into the Jampol Stats platform to give a better overall analysis,” the Senior Director adds.Mr. Grant says the Station Records Management System is geared towards organizing police data in electronic format.He notes that there are several processes within the operations of a typical police station and the wider JCF, which are currently paper-based for various reasons.“The station records management is computerising all of that… putting into electronic format all the data that is related to management. These include (officers) assigned to patrol, information gathered while on patrol, and attendance and duty registers,” he expounds.Mr. Grant advises that training will be provided for members in the effective use of features, such as the Station Record Management System. He adds that others, like the JCF Docs and QR Codes, “will depend on where they (officers) are tasked within the police force.”The Senior Director says the Ministry recognises the complexity of criminality in the 21st century and is, therefore, taking a technologically-driven approach to arrest the issue while revolutionising policing in Jamaica.He further points out that significant research and benchmarking was undertaken to analyse how the JCF operates and the type of technology-based tools being used locally and internationally.Mr. Grant tells JIS News that the applications, which are being developed by a number of the JCF’s members, will be rolled out incrementally.“These projects are high priority and the persons working on them… have been very committed and are all on board in terms of getting these tools to a space that they are out there in the field and are readily being utilised right throughout the JCF,” he states.Mr. Grant further notes that the solutions are expected to assist in linking criminals to the crimes they have committed, and anticipates that this will be particularly effective where criminals have been migrating from one police division to another.“Paper based records are (challenging in performing) a timely and effective analysis. Therefore putting the information into a computer-based system will allow us to track that type of criminality, even where it migrates,” he points out.The Senior Director adds that: “the overall goal is the reduction of all crimes; and the way that these technology-based software and tools will achieve that is to focus on the deployment of the policing resources to where crimes are occurring and, importantly, to where they are likely to occur. That type of analysis will allow us to establish the trend over time and be more preventative.”Some technological solutions already being used by the Ministry include the ‘Stay Alert’ application, ‘JamaicaEye’ initiative, and ‘WhatsApp’.The Stay Alert crime-fighting mechanism has a panic mode which, when activated, notifies the police that the user is in an emergency situation and requires assistance. It also facilitates the reporting of incidents.The app, which was launched in February 2015, is free of cost and has over 130,000, downloads.The JCF started using WhatsApp to tackle the sexual exploitation of children via social media. The number is 876-564-6840.JamaicaEye will network all closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras owned by the Ministry as well as accommodate feeds from private operators. Story Highlights JamaicaEye will network all closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras owned by the Ministry as well as accommodate feeds from private operators.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar, who was involved in extensive discussions with the IMF to finalise a bailout package for the cash-strapped country, quit the Cabinet on Thursday after Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire to shift him to the energy ministry. Umar, who recently returned from a trip to the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next International Monetary Fund bailout were finalised, said he has obtained the prime minister’s consent “to not take any cabinet position”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”As part of a cabinet reshuffle, prime minister desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” Umar said. “However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position.” Prime Minister Khan-led government and Finance Minister Umar in particular have faced mounting criticism by opposition parties, members of the business community and citizens over the handling of the economic crisis. On Monday, the Pakistani media reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the Finance Ministry. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle. “There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” he tweeted. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year. Finance Minister Umar said earlier this month that a mission of the IMF would visit Islamabad soon after the spring meetings of the World Bank Group, which includes the IMF, and an agreement should be signed by the end of this month.
Ohio State redshirt junior defender Wyatt Ege eyes a shot on goal during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternRight after winning the Big Ten regular season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten) will play its final regular season game when it hosts Michigan State (11-16-5, 7-11-4 Big Ten) this weekend.Ohio State has once again dropped in the USCHO polls, this time falling from No. 6 to No. 7. Michigan State, meanwhile, remains unranked in the USCHO polls, but has been consistently ranked last in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes went from a seven-game winning streak to hitting a bump in the season recently, having lost three straight games followed by a tie. The tie in the record books was an overtime win against Michigan in the Big Ten standings, giving Ohio State enough points to clinch the conference regular season title.Michigan State has also had a rough patch recently, having won only one of its past five games.Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque believes Ohio State is taking its recent Big Ten regular season win and turning that into positive momentum going into the weekend.“You play some great teams, you play good games and it doesn’t always go your way,” Larocque said. “To win something like [the Big Ten regular season title] the way we did, it is definitely good and should help morale and help us push through.”While the Buckeyes lead the Spartans in offense, defense and win percentage, Michigan State has a higher power play percentage, ranking No. 8 nationally with a 23.89 percent success rate.Head coach Steve Rohlik said Ohio State will need to avoid the penalty box in order to counter the Spartans’ major strength.“We’re going to have to be at our best,” Rohlik said. “We certainly have to be more disciplined than we were this weekend as far as penalties go. The best way to kill their power plays is to stay out of the box.”Michigan State is led by junior forward Taro Hirose, who currently leads the nation with 35 assists and 50 points overall this season. While Hirose is a major contributor, Rohlik believes the entire Michigan State offense is what the Buckeyes should really worry about. “We can’t just try to stop him,” Rohlik said. “That whole line: People forget how good they are. They work extremely hard.” Senior forward Mason Jobst agrees with Rohlik’s sentiment.“They have some very high-end, skilled guys,” Jobst said. “That top line is as good as any other line in the entire country so when it comes to shutting those guys down it’s very important; they’re very good.”No. 7 Ohio State takes on Michigan State for its final regular season games of the season this weekend at the Schottenstein Center. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.
The local Stream Watch organization also puts together “trash-ercize” events for the community to come out and clean up areas of the beaches. Stream Watch volunteers work every summer to try and make a difference for the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula by keeping the beaches clean. To find out ways you can get involved visit the City of Kenai website by clicking here. “Please cleanup after yourself people! Also it’s a PERSONAL USE FISHERY!!” “I have seen more abuse and disrespect for the resource and environment during dipnetting season than than both sport and commercial combined in their entire history. A lot of bad behavior by some spoiled it for others. Sad.” “The beach was absolutely pristine on Monday, hopefully it stays that way!” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hundreds of pounds of litter amass the local beaches, especially during the month of July. We’re used to seeing people take to social media for various reasons, but this time a local outcry campaign is being used to encourage people to keep the local bleaches clean, something we can all get behind. Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have taken to Facebook with the same request they cry each year at the start of the infamous personal use dipnet season “keep our beaches clean”. For the 11th year in a row, the KCHS ski team picked up trash twice times a week last year while the Kenai personal-use dipnet fishery was open. The Kenai River dipnet fishery opened Wednesday, and will run until July 31. Each year the City of Kenai grapples with how to keep the beaches clean from fish waste and trash left behind by dipnetters and beach users each season.