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“Ku Belleh Finai”

first_img(In Kpelle: ‘Let us tighten our belts’)From all indications, the new “Salary Harmonization Scheme” is generating great unease amongst public sector employees and for good reasons, too. The Scheme is being introduced at a time when the nation’s economy is in free fall amid rising prices of everyday commodities. Compounding the situation is the hike in tuition fees in public and private schools, which is keeping many students away from school. According to reports received by this newspaper, these measures are recommended by the International Monetary Fund(IMF) as part of measures intended to stabilize the nation’s economy.This newspaper recalls the widespread public concern raised when hundreds of CDC supporters were employed at various public sector institutions. There was, apparently, little or no thought given to the implications such mass public sector employment implied, without the necessary budgetary allocations to underwrite their employment. Further, most of those hired were incompetent and ill prepared to handle the tasks assigned to their respective job portfolios. In some institutions employees had to scramble to work earlier than usual for fear of arriving late or even ten minutes or less to official time only to meet someone/people sitting comfortably at their desks. Faced with the economic reality of such ill-advised decisions, the GOL has resorted, it appears, to slashing salaries in order to shore up its ability to address the problem created by such unplanned mass employment.The Ministry of Finance has publicly declared that the harmonization scheme does not affect a certain category of public sector employees which includes teachers, security officers and those in the military, as well as doctors, nurses and allied medical staff. At least this is what the public is being told. On the other hand, the facts on the ground show something completely different. The adverse effects of this newly introduced measure is already being felt. Enrollment has dropped significantly in public schools this semester, primarily because public schools are now charging fees exceeding three thousand Liberian dollars (LD$3,000). And the effects are being felt more intensely in rural areas.According to reports from the Lofa County villages of Telimen and Gbanway, public school campuses are virtually empty all day, as most students lack the money to pay the required fees. Worse still, according to a local teacher, their meager salaries of thirteen-thousand Liberian dollars (LD$13,000) are being slashed by half. According to the teacher (name withheld), when they complained, they were told by Finance officials that the money will be paid back but will be in US dollars, to be placed in accounts opened in their names, respectively. But the concern is, according to the teacher, they had never been paid in US dollars before and so why now? Moreover, according to the teacher, as adults they are quite capable of opening their own accounts and they do not need government officials to do so on their behalf.This newspaper is further informed that the story is the same in other counties. At least one Representative from Nimba (name withheld) has confirmed receiving such reports from his District. In the capital city, Monrovia, the situation is not much different as most public schools are reported to be witnessing a drop-in enrollment. In some cases, parents no longer able to afford private school fees are, in their numbers, turning to public schools where they can more easily afford the lower fees. And this is tending to crowd out students whose parents cannot afford the fees.In view of these developments, the Daily Observer finds itself constrained to warn the GOL of the inherent risks associated with the imposition of IMF recommended austerity/policy measures, which often do not consider the human factor when such polices are being conceived. In a number of countries around the world, such policies have triggered riots, other disturbances and disruptions of public order. Some governments have been sacked and their leaderships deposed, not by soldiers, but by ordinary people.As historical evidence provides, calling on the people to tighten their belts and accept tough austerity measures when they are faced daily with ostentatious displays of power and wealth by public officials is laden with untold problems, which government would do best to avoid by exploring other ways to avert what could otherwise be a potentially destabilizing situation with dangerous and unknown implications.Such measures, amongst others, include the need to reduce waste by curbing public sector corruption, extra-budgetary spending and cutting down on excessive foreign travels with large delegations. This newspaper recalls that the UN had once before advised the past government to refrain from making public policies on the fly, something which was causing distortions and adversely impacting the implementation of sound public policy measures.Could this have been the case in the decision taken to place hundreds of CDC supporters on the payroll? Was the reported mass hiring of CDC supporters intended to placate their supporters, for example?This matter is now “water under the bridge” so to speak. There are strong indications that mass hiring of CDC supporters was indeed carried out and what we have now to contend with are the effects of such policy action. The GOL, in apparent desperation to fix the economy, has called in the IMF to help and the IMF has responded with recommendations of a host of policy measures which, in its wisdom, will eventually place the Liberian economy on an even keel.History and experience suggest that there will be resistance and, not surprisingly, the source of such resistance may come from right within GOL circles itself. The Daily Observer recalls OPEX, GEMAP and, with bitter memories, the Firestone Receivership. The nation is in deep trouble with the risk of social unrest looming high as the IMF measures begin to bite.Based on such experience, in such instances or situations, this government may either find itself faced with the tough decision to call off the recommended IMF austerity measures, or it may find itself staring right down the exit hallway.  This is the time to tighten belts; as our people say in Kpelle, “Ku belleh finai”.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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DDTV: IT’S MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR AS KEVIN TAKES THE PLUNGE (LITERALLY!) WITH LAURA

first_imgWell known Letterkenny DJ Kevin McDaid finally took the plunge and married his DJ girlfriend Laura McCole yesterday.But guests at the lavish reception at the Mt Errigal Hotel got more than they bargained for when they got to see Kevin’s official stag party video.Kevin and Laura walk down the aisle as husband and wife!!The whose who of Letterkenny lads accompanied Kevin to Berlin for his stag – which even included a bungee jump by Kevin dressed in a pink suit from a skyscraper!Thankfully Kevin’s mum Kathleen had watched (and censored!) the video days before it was revealed to shocked guests! As usual Rahan man Dessie Dorrian got the blame for all the dodgy moments even though he was only responsible for 99% of them.On the day bride Laura looked absolutely stunning and a terrific day was had by all.Word has it that Laura will accompany Kevin for another bungee jump from St Eunan’s Cathedral later this evening.See you all there!   DDTV: IT’S MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR AS KEVIN TAKES THE PLUNGE (LITERALLY!) WITH LAURA was last modified: June 15th, 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:BerlinDJdonegalKevin McDaidLaura McColeletterkennymarriedlast_img read more

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Roberts breaks silence in Simi

first_img When Roberts was asked how he compared his service on the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, he said appeals court judges spend a lot of time worrying about what the Supreme Court means. “On the Supreme Court, we don’t worry so much about it,” he said. He expressed special thanks to the archivists at the Reagan Library for preparing thousands of pages of documents related to his work in the Reagan administration for the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the documents was a 1986 resignation letter he wrote to Reagan that said, “As a lawyer it was a source of great satisfaction to serve a president who appreciated the framers’ vision of a limited federal government of laws, not men.” Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “One of the pressing needs that remains in the ongoing battle for freedom around the world since the Berlin Wall was torn down is to establish the independent legal institutions that can give effect to the rule of law in emerging democracies,” he said. Roberts, 51, who served as associate council to President Reagan, was guest speaker for the library’s annual Reagan Lecture which traditionally focuses on Reagan’s contributions. Roberts assumed the office of chief justice last September after his nomination by President George W. Bush. Roberts said he had resolved not to accept any speaking engagements during his first year on the court, but changed his mind after Nancy Reagan invited him to the Reagan Library. Roberts is the nation’s youngest chief justice in two centuries and is known for his charm and wit, which he demonstrated throughout a speech that kept the audience laughing Wednesday night. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and the ability to communicate with people of all ages, which is unique,” said Rana Kawar, a third-year law student at Pepperdine University who attended the lecture with fellow classmates and the Pepperdine’s law school dean Kenneth Starr. SIMI VALLEY – In his first major address since being sworn in as chief justice of the United States, John Roberts told a sold-out audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday that lessons he learned from the former president were still helping him today. “Ronald Reagan changed the history of our country for the better and forever,” Roberts told the crowd of 870 people, including Nancy Reagan and President Reagan’s Secretary of State George Schultz. Roberts stressed Reagan’s belief that laws apply to the government as well as the common man. “The rule of law is a cathedral we have to build brick by brick,” he said, referring to the need to help people all over the world share the kind of freedom Americans get through a fair judicial system. last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO STICK TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We are in week 3 of 2015.By now, the New Year’s resolutions are in full swing.Gyms will be buzzing with people who are fully committed to making this year the year they absolutely achieve their goals. It is also around the 3rd week of the year that the shine starts to come off of the good intentions that some people had for their goals.You will naturally have a bit of a fall off around this time and it increases every week until only the most dedicated are left.So why is it that only 8% of people who make resolutions are able to stick to them?We have to look at the way people are setting out goals for themselves. When you are setting out and making your goals, you can’t just concentrate on what you want.If you only concentrate on what you want, you might never actually get started.Your goal could seem too big.You could find reasons as to why you wouldn’t be able to achieve them and if you managed to achieve them, you might not be able to keep them, so it’s probably best not to even start.Sound familiar? So what can we do?What is it that we have to change in order to keep on track with our goals?We have to change the way we plan out our goals.We have to stop always looking at what we want and start setting out steps to help us actually get what we want. It is easy to say ‘I want to lose 10lbs’, but if all you do is say I want, and you never change anything in order to get there, nothing will change. 

Instead of saying I WANT, ask yourself;WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS? 

WHAT DO I HAVE TO CHANGE IN MY LIFE TO REACH MY GOAL?It doesn’t have to be major changes either.Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC, and author of the “Baggage Check” column for the Washington Post Express says;“Since your supply of self-control is finite, make resolutions that require small acts of will, not weeks of vigilance.”‘Lose 10 pounds’ sounds specific, but it’s less likely to work than behavioural goals like
’This week I’ll try to go to the gym three times, take the stairs at work at least twice, and bring a healthy lunch every day,’ “.“You’ll feel good when you accomplish each goal, and your success will help bolster your resolve: The better you are at making small changes, the easier it will be for you to keep going.”

Small steps like these are a great way to self-motivate and these small goals can help you reach your major ones.When choosing your goals, try not to pick too many.Doing this can quite often dilute your motivation and leave you goalless come February.“Once you understand that you have only a limited amount of willpower, it’s easy to understand why multiple resolutions aren’t likely to work”, says Ian Newby-Clark, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Guelph in Canada.Most resolutions actually require many behaviour changes. Sure, some are straightforward, like remembering to take a calcium pill every day — but a successful weight-loss program, for example, calls for more than just a decision to eat less.You have to shop and cook differently, start or ramp up an exercise routine, maybe even ditch certain social or family events. “Thinking through these sub strategies boosts success rates,” says Newby-Clark.”The last tip I’ll leave you with when trying to stick to your resolutions is this;Avoid making 100% resolutions.Don’t say to yourself that you are ‘giving up everything and that’s final.’Let’s face it it’s never going to work.Instead aim for 90%, this will allow for some leeway if you get stuck or caught out or end up at a family event.One meal never ruined anyone’s goals. 
#TrainSmartTo keep up-to-date with tips and information on how to stick to your goals in 2015, check out my page through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO STICK TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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:emmet rushefitness columnresolutionslast_img read more

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Cranes, Hippos share spoils in practice match

first_imgAction between the Cranes and Hippos on Tuesday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)Practice MatchUganda Cranes 0-0 Uganda HipposFUFA Technical Center, Njeru Tuesday, 17-09-2019The Uganda Cranes team preparing for the CHAN 2020 second round qualifiers against Burundi were on Tuesday held to a goalless draw by the U20 side at Njeru.The Hippos who are also gearing up for the CECAFA U20 2020 proved a hard nut to crack in a highly competitive encounter.Striker Frank Ssebufu and Abdul Karim Watambala got close to breaking the deadlock for the Hippos in the first half but were denied by goalkeeper Yasin Mugabi.Defender Benon Tahomera missed with a header at the start of the second half as the Uganda Cranes upped their offence.Either technical wings called for changes in a bid to test out the players at their disposal in varying formations of play.Nonetheless, there was no breakthrough for either sides but this will be a confidence booster especially for the junior side.Uganda Cranes will be away to Burundi in the first leg that will be played this Saturday in Bujumbura.The Hippos will be hosting 10 other countries for the CECAFA U-20 Championship that will be staged at the Pece Stadium in Gulu and FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.Uganda is in group A alongside Eritrea, Djibouti and Sudan. This group will be based in Gulu.Teams usedUganda Cranes (CHAN team) XIYasin Mugabi (G.K), Paul Willa, Arafat Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, John Revita, Saidi Kyeyune, Yusuf Ssozi, Allan Kayiwa, Shafiq Kagimu, Vianney Ssekajjugo, Fahad BayoThe Cranes XI that started against the Hippos on Tuesday.SubsCharles Lukwago (GK), James Alitho (GK), Mustafa Mujuzi, Mustafa Kizza, Paul Mbowa, Benson Tahomera, Paul Mucureezi, Ssozi Nicholas, Muzamir Mutyaba, Bright Anukani, Mike Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Owori David, Sserunkuma Daniel, Joel MadondoUganda Hippos XIMutwalibi Mugolofa (GK), Justine Opiro, Robert Kitabalwa, Gavin Kizito, Derrick Kigunddu, Joseph Kafumbe, Frank Ssebuufu, Najib Iga, Sadat Anaku, Karim Watambala, Ashraf ZizingaThe Hippos XI that started against the Cranes on Tuesday.Second half teamDenis Otim (GK), Kevin Ssekimbegga, Aziz Kayondo, Kenneth Semakula, Musa Ramadan, Steven Sserwadda, Joseph Kafumbe, Sadam Masereka, Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi, Davis SsekajjaComments Tags: CECAFA U20CHAN 2020Uganda CranesUganda Hipposlast_img read more

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Lifford gets first of multimillion euro flooding funding with more promised

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has announced a programme of works worth almost €6million to protect Lifford from floods.The scheme is the first in a number of flood relief measures for Donegal as part of the CFram (Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management) programme being launched today by the Office of Public Works (OPW).Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, said today’s CFram announcement is the culmination of detailed work going back to 2012 when 300 communities around the country were initially identified as being most likely to be impacted by flooding. “This €5.94million investment in much-needed flood relief infrastructure in Lifford is just one step in the Government’s long term plan to protect communities in at-risk areas.“And this Government is committed to completing more relief works for other parts of the county.“For years the country’s finances were in too dire a state to make significant investment in infrastructure like this but thanks to the initiatives and prudent planning pursued by this Government we have turned a corner and we can now making the much-needed funding available.“I witnessed on a number of occasions in the last few years the life-changing impact that floods have on families, businesses and communities, including the unprecedented devastation wreaked across Inishowen last August.” Mr McHugh said years of painstaking engineering research and analysis has gone into this stage of the CFram plan in order to progress this initial programme of works.But he added that he wanted to assure other communities that the work does not end there.“I am extremely conscious that there are a number of smaller scale relief programmes that we need to progress in Donegal and I will have further discussions with the Office of Public Works on those plans.“As part of today’s announcement the Government is increasing funding for the Minor Works Scheme to €5million to ensure local flood problems can be tackled and the Government is seeking more submissions from Donegal County Council on proposed smaller scale relief works.“The €5.94million Lifford scheme will now immediately move to the design, planning and construction phases with the intention that the project be fast-tracked. “These schemes will provide valuable jobs for local construction workers, civil engineers, sub-contractors, plant hire businesses, quarries and other suppliers to the construction industry. This will keep workers from Donegal in Donegal and it will be an important boost to the local economy.”Outlines of the proposed flood relief works for Lifford are being published online at floodinfo.ie.Minister McHugh added: “Lifford is just one of a number of flood relief schemes in Donegal which are being examined by experts in the Office of Public Works.“While the major relief programme for Burnfoot is not included in this section of the nationwide CFram plan, I understand that experts in the Office of Public Works are continuing to analyse the best options on a scheme to minimise flood risk there and they have been on site with Donegal County Council in recent weeks. “I expect that an announcement on a programme of works for Burnfoot will be made separately in the next four weeks.”Three other smaller scale flood relief projects for Donegal have also been included in the CFram programme.Some €870,000 will be spent on a scheme in Downings, €550,000 will be spent in Glenties and €3,000 in Kerrykeel.BackgroundCFram Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme began in Ireland in 2011. It is central to the long-term strategy for the reduction and management of flood risk in Ireland.The programme began with the identification of 300 communities in 2012 that were, at that time, considered most likely to be impacted by future flooding. It studied 80% of properties at risk from our primary cause of flooding in communities that house almost two thirds of the country’s population.Nationwide fifty new flood relief schemes are included in this tranche of €257million funding.Some €14 million is also being made available to 19 local authorities to lead on delivery of 31 of these schemes, each estimated to cost less than €1 million.Nine major flood relief schemes are under construction and another 24 are at design/development stage.The CFram programme is being carried out in parallel with similar programmes across the European Union.The OPW is the lead agency for flood risk management and works in close partnership with Donegal County Council to deliver the objectives of the CFram Programme.The Programme is also being undertaken with close cross-border coordination.Lifford gets first of multimillion euro flooding funding with more promised was last modified: May 4th, 2018 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:floodfundingJoe McHughLiffordlast_img read more

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Health Minister invited to Donegal to clarify on future of community hospitals

first_imgMinister for Health Simon Harris is to be invited to Donegal to meet local councillors and answer for the still-uncertain future of three community hospitals.Concerns are growing as the Government has not given a commitment to retain long-stay beds and dementia care beds at Ramelton, St. Joseph’s and Lifford Community Hospital. This is despite over 100 parliamentary questions made by local deputies on the issue.Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar MD Patrick McGowan has this week called on the Government to formally rescind a previous decision to downgrade all three Hospitals. The move, which was included in the Health Capital Plan for Services first published by Minister Kathleen Lynch in 2016, revealed plans to move the long stay accommodation capacity and services to a planned new Letterkenny Community Hospital.“What we are asking for is an agreed plan to future proof long-stay beds, restore bed and staff numbers and restore services to all three hospitals,” said Cllr McGowan.He added: “The National Development Plan doesn’t affirm the reversal of the policy taken in 2016. The record on the Dáil still states that the 2016 plan for nursing homes in Ireland still stands.”The council agreed to write to the Minister for Health and the HSE to reverse the plan and give assurance for the future of the three hospitals. In an amendment raised by Cllr Ian McGarvey, the councillors agreed to personally invite Minister Harris to the County Chamber. Health Minister invited to Donegal to clarify on future of community hospitals was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cllr patrick McGowanCOMMUNITY HOSPITALSDonegal County Councilhealthlast_img read more

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Purdy: Willie McCovey’s legend is secure in Bay Area

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Editor’s note: Before his retirement in 2017, Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy reflected on Giants legend Willie McCovey.How incredibly sad to hear that Willie McCovey is no longer with us. His death Wednesday at age 80 was not unexpected. It was still crushing news, for all who loved and admired him. And that was a big club.Yet I do feel good about one thing. McCovey died knowing he will never be forgotten in the …last_img read more

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Giants players see opportunity to add talent, contend

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–Before taking off for spring workouts in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Giants opened up Oracle Park so the public could meet members of a roster that is traditionally complete by this time of year.The franchise’s fans spent Saturday’s FanFest asking if the 2019 roster will include new names in the near future. So too did many of the Giants’ key players.“With some opportunities out there to add a couple of …last_img read more

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What do Warriors expect from Kevin Durant in Game 5?

first_imgTORONTO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr uttered four words that could affect the outcome of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. The subject matter: Kevin Durant.“He’s going to play,” Kerr said.Kerr announced that decision about 90 minutes before tipoff. Unofficially, the Warriors determined Durant would play shortly after morning shootaround. Without needing to field questions about Durant’s availability as they have for the past month, the Warriors now have a new …last_img read more

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