‘Right Policies, Political Will Can Transform Liberia’

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has declared that the path to Liberia’s economic transformation will depend on the right policies and the political will to act by the government.Speaking at the second anniversary of the National Toiletries Incorporated in Bernard Farm, outside Monrovia on Friday, he said destiny did not bring Liberians “together as a nation simply to be hewers of wood and to keep our necks to the grinding stone.”He reechoed a statement he made during the dedication of the new Central Bank of Liberia building, saying that out of the ashes of despair, “we can build a new nation, using that edifice as a symbol of what is possible.”“Today I say again, come and see.” He was referring in part to Mr. Fomba Trawally, whose inspirational story of himself from a wheel barrow pusher to owner of the Liberian National Toiletries Incorporated as a chapter in the emergence of the new Liberian economy.“I have always said that poverty is not our destiny. To those who have any doubt about this, I say see what this poor young man from Lofa, Fomba Trawally, has done,” Dr. Jones said.As a nation, Liberia can do the same, he repeated. “Trawally’s story is a story of hope and my message to Liberia is to be hopeful. Out of the valley of poverty, we can lift ourselves to the mountain of prosperity,” Dr. Jones declared.“Indeed, something good can come out of Liberia and therefore we must create the environment that will bring forth more Fomba Trawallys,” Dr. Jones urged.Not only can it be done, it must be done and with faith in the Liberian people, it will be done, Dr. Jones said. “It will make Liberia a better place. This is about laying the cornerstone for the new Liberia that we must build; it is about unleashing the potential of our country,” he stated.An empowered and vigorous Liberian private sector will be Liberians’ declaration of independence, “and in addition to the flag and the national anthem we will then be on the road to freedom from the claws of poverty,” Dr. Jones stated.He made it clear that economic empowerment of Liberians will not just happen and argued that change at the margins, while certainly can be called progress, “will not be the impetus for transformative change.”Dr. Jones emphasized that showcase meetings and talking about the private sector do not amount to a plan and making things up as the nation goes along is not a strategy.“Simply calling the private sector the engine of growth will not make it so and a culture of national dependency can hardly be a rallying call for transformative economic empowerment,” he said.Liberians, he said must come to a national consensus that building a Liberian middle class, based on a vibrant private sector, with Liberians playing a meaningful role, is a national priority.“Then we need a holistic plan of action to be implemented by people who believe that the economic empowerment of Liberians is an idea whose time is long overdue; people who will not speak out of both sides of their mouths, pretending to be for change while using subterfuge to fight the agents of change,” Dr. Jones stated.Liberia, he said, has lost the 20th century, and well meaning Liberians cannot sit back for “us to lose this century. So it is time to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done.”Turning to the country’s microeconomic stability, Dr. Jones said good policies don’t come from the sky, “they come from people—their thinking, their competence, their commitment, and how they relate with their fellow citizens. Leadership must believe in something good; must believe in the people; must have a caring heart; must have the courage to act on the basis of conviction for the greater good.”Dr. Jones argued that economic empowerment of Liberian entrepreneurs is key to macroeconomic stability and therefore policy makers must believe this to be the case.He explained that access to finance at affordable rates coupled with other supportive measures for Liberian entrepreneurs, including nurturing a more friendly business environment, will be an important aspect for planning a more balanced approach for macroeconomic stability.Dr. Jones explained that there are times when proactive economic policies are needed. “In some places they call it ‘affirmative action.’ The Liberian economy, to get on a path of greater relevance for the Liberian people, needs carefully crafted affirmative action, meaning we need more economic policies that reflect the context of the Liberian experience.”Dr. Jones said the Central Bank of Liberia has demonstrated visionary thinking with encouraging results. “As of end of July 2015, 198 borrowers had benefitted, including 26 loans to gain home ownership from the National Housing Authority.“Deposit with Afriland Bank has facilitated lending to 47 farmers in 10 counties, some being prominent personalities.”On the Liberia Business Association initiative, Dr. Jones said banks involved have made 152 loans to businesses in 14 counties. “One of the Liberian entrepreneurs benefitting from the initiative is the owner of the National Toiletries Incorporated, providing jobs to 62 Liberians.“Compare the impact of the U$5m deposit with the billion-dollar investments in the extractive industry. As in other countries, even highly developed economies, the major source of employment is small and medium-scale businesses.”He concluded that with vision and commitment, “we can use the resources that we have, even if not much, to transform lives; that we do not have to wait for others to do what we can do for ourselves.Mr. Trawally, president of the National Toiletries Incorporated recounted his journey where he was once pushing wheelbarrow and has now transformed into the owner of a company that manufactures an assortment of toilet tissues and paper towels that are presently being sold throughout the country.He appealed to the Ministry of Commerce for another five years tax credit to enable the company stand on its feet and commended the ministry for its assistance since the company was established in 2011.Present at the occasion were several officials, including Mr. Richard Tolbert, former chairman of the National Investment Commission, Rep. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Paynesville Mayor Cyvette Gibson, a representative from the US Embassy, Mr. John Davis, president of LBDI, representatives from the Ministry of Commerce and LIBA, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Biking bandit gets 25 years to life

first_imgLANCASTER – An ex-convict accused of a string of robberies that started two weeks after he got out of a federal prison has been sentenced to 25 years to life in a state prison. Daryl King, 40, was accused of robbing a housing-tract security guard and employees at four businesses close to his home near Avenue K and Challenger Way in Lancaster. In two of the robberies, authorities said he pedaled up on a bicycle to Starbucks and McDonald’s drive-up windows. “He had to be close so he could ride home,” Deputy District Attorney Guy Shirley said. King, released from federal prison after serving time in drug and firearm cases, pleaded no contest Tuesday to robbing the security guard on March 19. He was sentenced after prosecutors dismissed charges in the other robberies, including the last in the string on July 17. King was sent to federal prison around 1994. Shirley said he did not know why King resided in Lancaster after his release. The security guard was robbed of his wallet in the 1700 block of Miki Way on March 19. The robber hit him in the face with a plastic toy gun, cutting the guard’s face, Shirley said. The other robberies occurred at a Shell gas station on June 6 and June 19; a McDonald’s on July 1; a Subway sandwich shop on July 10; and a Starbucks coffee shop on July 17. At McDonald’s, King grabbed money out of the drive-up cash register, and at Starbucks he took the tip jar, Shirley said. King was arrested July 27 as a result of a two-week operation conducted by sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit and the Lancaster station. The operation included 24-hour surveillance, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“He would ride up on a bike. He would usually show or point a gun and ask for money. He was generally fairly polite, you could say,” Shirley said. The businesses – a gas station was robbed twice – lost a total of about $800. Officials believe at least part of that went to support King’s drug habit. He won’t be eligible for parole until he serves 85 percent of the sentence, Shirley said. “Even if he does get paroled, he would be in his 70s,” Shirley said. “He was anxious to settle the case.” The prosecutor said King acknowledged two robbery convictions from 1991, lengthening his sentence under California’s “three strikes, you’re out” law. last_img read more

ISPCA calls for closure of Donegal fur farm and others

first_imgThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has called for the immediate closure of a fur farm in Co Donegal.A calls for an immediate ban on Fur Farming in Ireland welcoming the latest Serbia ban and Veterinary Ireland statementThe ISPCA says it is calling on Minister Michael Creed, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to introduce an immediate ban on fur farming in Ireland and for a #FURFREEIRELAND based on animal welfare, ethical and moral grounds. This includes the closure of a mink farm outside Glenties.A Red C Research poll* carried out in October 2018 showed that 8 out of 10 people in Ireland feel that farming and killing of animals for their fur should be banned.On the 21st December 2018, Veterinary Ireland, the representative body for Irish veterinary surgeons published its policy on fur farming in Ireland and called for an immediate ban.The ISPCA agrees with Veterinary Ireland’s conclusions based on scientific evidence that basic levels of welfare cannot be met for animals on fur farms, even under the European fur industry’s flawed “WelFur Scheme”. The ISPCA also welcomes the ban on fur farming in Luxembourg in 2018 and congratulates Serbia on becoming the latest country to adopt a ban (from 1st January 2019) in line with developments across Europe and globally.ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said “There is overwhelming scientific evidence outlined in the Fur Free Ireland Briefing Document that fur farming is cruel. There are three fur farms in Ireland located in Donegal, Kerry and Laois containing up to 200,000 mink, farmed in tiny, wire mesh battery cages (typically measuring 90x30x45cm) only to suffer a cruel and inhumane death by gassing.“Mink are essentially wild animals and keeping them in small cages in which they are deprived of the ability to express their normal behaviours such as swimming and foraging is not acceptable. Mink are semi-aquatic and highly evolved physiologically to hold their breath, so they are prone to hypoxia meaning they will potentially suffer during gassing”.Andrew added: “It is not acceptable that every year in Ireland, approximately 150,000 of these mink are killed solely for a non-essential fashion item. The ISPCA welcomes the recent statement from Veterinary Ireland recommending an immediate ban on the farming of mink, and other wild animals, and we urge the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay to put an end to this inhumane practice.“In a recent consultation on the government’s future animal welfare strategy, the Department of Agriculture committed to build an animal welfare strategy that would allow Ireland to be recognised for its high animal welfare standards. This cannot be achieved until fur farming is consigned to the history books”. In the past twelve months, Norway, Belgium and Luxembourg adopted legislation to end fur farming and currently Ireland is on the parliamentary agenda along with Poland, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia.The ISPCA urges the Irish government to introduce a ban without further delay.ISPCA calls for closure of Donegal fur farm and others was last modified: January 6th, 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:banclosuredonegalfarmfurGlentiesISPCAlast_img read more

New Mickey and Minnie PJ Plush

first_imgShare This!The Disney parks shops have introduced a new pair of Mickey and Minnie plush toys, called Disney Dream Friends. The characters’ eyes are closed and they’re wearing pajamas – perfect for helping a youngster drift off to dreamland.The new additions There is a promotion of two for $24.00 happening now, or the regular price is $29.99 each.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

Changing the world, one IT Boot Camp at a time

first_imgSiyabonga Vilikazi (centre) (17) fromZitikeni High School scooped the competition prize, with 16-year-old Khotofo Takgafela (right) from Diepsloot Combined Schoolcoming second, and Phumzilema Mathuthu (left), also 16, from Rabasotho High School, thirdIn partnership with the Dell Development Fund and Tata Consultancy Services, the Change the World organisation hosted its second ICT and IT Boot Camp competition for high school students on Saturday 21 June, with top students from schools around Tembisa and Diepsloot participating.“This is really to give them a chance to create something beautiful on their own and really get a taste of what it’s like to be a programmer and to get more into IT and consider it as a career option,” explained Jonathan Novotny, co-founder and programme director at the Change the World Trust.The organisation offers IT and ICT training workshops to school pupils in Tembisa Alexandra, Olivenhoutbosch , Zandspruit and Diepsloot to help the pupils improve their IT skills to successfully join the modern world of work.“I think it’s exciting for them to start with nothing and finish with a project that has some of their own characteristics and carries some of their own interests.”Pupils from Rabasotho Combined School, Diepsloot Combined School and Zithikini High School gathered at the Wings of Life Centre in Diepsloot to compete for the grand prize of an RCT Android Tablet valued at just under R2 000.“They’re all 10th and 11th graders; we don’t take any matric students into the Boot Camp because we don’t want to interfere with their preparations for the exams coming up at the end of the year,” said Natalie Emery, co-founder of the Trust.“We do however we involve most senior students who we feel have a passion and desire to learn IT in our programmes.”TOP OF THE CLASSThe competition challenged pupils to build a static three-page website using the HTML/CSS coding language they had been taught during their courses.“They’re very confident,” Emery said; “I’ve had a variety of responses; some of them feel that it’s very complicated and others feel that maybe it’s too easy.“They’ve had quite a few classes with our trainers so I’m sure they all know what’s going on. What I’ve seen from them so far makes me feel that we’re doing the right things.”The Change the World courses cover basic computer operation, programmes such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and more advanced subjects such as HTML/CSS coding and programming.Siyabonga Vilikazi (17) fromZitikeni High School scooped the competition prize, with 16-year-old Khotofo Takgafela fromDiepsloot Combined Schoolcoming second, and Phumzilema Mathuthu, also 16, from Rabasotho High School, third.A confident Vilikazi said, “I’ve always been interested in computers and how they work and I wanted to learn more about IT, so when I was told at school that we were going to be trained in the use of computers and IT I was very excited.“Winning this competition has encouraged me to pursue a career in IT.“If it wasn’t for Change the World and this boot camp I wouldn’t have known that I’m capable of making my own website. It has opened my eyes.”Marlin Madondo, head of donor relations and marketing for Change the World, said the organisation’s students have taken to programming and “some of them say they are really considering careers in the IT industry”.The learners were given the task of creating a static three-page website using laptops and the HTML/CSS coding knowledge they had acquired from the workshops that the organisation had been running at their schools during previous monthsTHE CHANGE THE WORLD INTERN PROGRAMME“If you look at the world the way it is, technology is the way forward. So what we’re trying to do is spark an interest in IT amongst young students and hopefully impart these skills … and give them that initial footing they can use to go on and pursue these careers,” Madondo said.In light of this, Change the World encourages some students to join the organisation as trainers. Once the students complete the courses they are encouraged to “give back” by enrolling in intern programmes where they are deployed to training centres. The best-performing interns can opt to join the organisation as full-time trainers.“We can’t just preach employment without trying to create some ourselves,” explained Madondo; “We hope to expand more and as we do so it will allow us to take on more of the talented youngsters that come through our programmes.“Right now we’re operating in two provinces; the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, but we’re looking to spread into Limpopo, the Western Cape, the North West and Mpumalanga and maybe, to a certain extent, reach out beyond our borders to places like Malawi, Mozambique or Zimbabwe.“But for us, as long as we see the value in what we’re doing our growth will be organic.”PLAY YOUR PARTTo get involved or learn more about Change the World visit the organisation’s website, email marlin@changetheworld.org.za, or call 27 (0)71 5333 656 or +27 (0)11 455 2282.last_img read more

Should the U.S. Government Trust the Cloud?

first_imgjohn paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud computing#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It wasn’t long after the last week’s Amazon Web Services outage was resolved that the cloud hosting services provider had some big news. A new zone, called AWS GovCloud, was launched for the explicit purpose of giving U.S. government agencies and contractors a secure, cloud-based environment for sensitive data and applications. While this month’s AWS outage wasn’t nearly as long or severe as the one we saw in April, such disturbances are a potential cause for concern. If you think having Reddit or Tumblr go down for an hour can cause a panic, imagine having mission-critical systems at the Pentagon grind to a halt. How Can Cloud Computing Help Government?The biggest advantage cloud computing offers governments is the areas efficiency and affordability. In his 25-point proposal (PDF) to reform federal IT, outgoing U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra identified cost savings as one of the main justifications for adopting the “cloud first” approach to federal IT he advocates. In the report, Kundra cites the 50% cost reduction seen over five years by the General Services Administration when they switched to Google Apps for email. That was a savings of about $15 million, which is just a fraction what would stand to be gained if other federal agencies followed Kundra’s recommendation of migrating three “must move” services to the cloud. By migrating more data and services into the cloud, the U.S. government could stand to save as much as $3 billion. In addition to financial savings, employing cloud-based IT solutions generally makes it easier and quicker to deploy solutions and scale in the face of rapid growth in demand on resources. Downtime and Security Issues Cause ConcernWhile some government agencies have jumped on board with the cloud migration idea, some are more hesistant, a fact explored in a recent story in the New York Times. According to the Times:Surveys of chief information officers of federal agencies, conducted by various research companies, show an elevated degree of concern about security when asked about cloud computing. But the agencies must comply with Mr. Kundra’s “Cloud First” policy, which encourages the use of cloud services for new projects and requires them to move at least three existing projects to the cloud by next summer.Of course, solutions like AWS GovCloud are designed with the strict and specific security needs of government agencies in mind. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has outlined the federal government’s standards when it comes to information security risk management, and those guidelines are met by GovCloud. As far as concerns about downtime, government agencies would be well advised to borrow a page from Netflix’s playbook. Even during the worst of this April’s AWS outage, the movie streaming service stayed up and running, thanks to an approach to engineering that aims to avoid the side effects of exactly that type of outage. Related Posts last_img read more

20190904 ML Brief

first_img Posted on 4th September 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital Marketing20190904 ML Brief The post 20190904 ML Brief appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 20190904 ML Brief 20190904 ML BriefYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img