17,000 Fishermen Seek ANC’s Support

first_imgAn estimated 17,000 traditional Liberian fishermen from Cape Palmas, SinoeCounty to Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County are seeking support from the Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader Alex Cummings in exchange for their support for his bid for the presidency in the 2017 elections.Mr. Wle Wle Kofa, chairman of the Traditional Fishermen’s Association of Liberia (TFAL), told the Daily Observer after meeting in New Kru Town with Mr. Cummings last Friday that it was a fruitful meeting, the first of its kind for the association.“Despite the many presidential aspirants in the country, Mr. Cummings, who is a ‘just come,’ thought it wise to respond to our invitation to meet and to listen to our request,” Mr. Kofa said.The thousands of Liberian fishermen have decided that Mr. Cummings’ willingness to respond to their invitation in less than two weeks, showed his remarkable sense of concern for a sector that has been neglected by the Liberian government, Kofa said.“Attending the meeting with Mr. Cummings at the Trinity United Methodist Church were three representatives each from seven of the eight counties where Liberian fishermen are concentrated,” he stated. He named the counties as Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, River Cess, Margibi, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland, and Monsterrado.“The delegates were women who represented their husbands at the meeting,” Kofa said, “and they told (Cummings) that they heard about his support to other communities and therefore would be glad if he could see about providing their children with education opportunities.”He said Mr. Cummings sympathized with their request and assured them that he would look into it.Speaking on behalf of the wives of the traditional fishermen’s association was Ms. Jebbeh F. Johnson, who said she supported an earlier statement by chairman Kofa that Liberian fishermen receive the least support from the Liberian government.In previous elections, politicians visited their communities and sought their votes; but after being elected, they no longer returned to fulfill their promises, she said.Reading a statement from the ANC, its chairman Mr. Oracious Gould re-echoed Mr. Cummings’ and the ANC’s avowed support to neglected sectors such as the Traditional Fishermen Association, and promised to look into their request.Meanwhile in an interview, Mrs. Betty Nyanti, head of the women whose husbands are Colonel West, New Kru Town fishermen, said they had decided not to vote in the forthcoming elections because “voting makes no difference in our lives.”“After voting in three elections, we are still poor and we are unable to send our children to school. Our husbands still do their fishing with smaller boats, and their catches don’t improve our lives.“We are tired of voting and except we are convinced that voting can change our lives, we have decided, I mean all the women under me have decided, not to vote in the 2017 elections,” she said. But with Cummings involvement, however, there is the likelihood that a change of mind could take place.The mother of eight children, she said, “Through hard work my husband and I have been able to educate our children. But two older boys followed their father to be fishermen, using the traditional smaller canoe for their work.”“The dangers at sea and their husbands’ safety on the job have been haunting these women,” admitted chairman Kofa, who said it is disheartened that the death of a fisherman at sea does not claim government’s attention as a death in a car accident.There was a report of a man identified as P. T. P. Dweh, an older man who disappeared at sea. His partner was found alive near West Point but could not explain what happened to Dweh, whose family is yet to get closure on what happened to their grandfather.Among the families that spoke to the Daily Observer were those of fishermen Gabriel Sagba and Jr. Kun both fathers of two children, and another with five children. They complained of inadequate financial support to enable them to acquire large canoes that could improve their living conditions. They also complained about the lack of safety measures from government, which makes their job more challenging. They added that they reside in zinc shacks that need to be replaced, and inadequate latrines.Chairman Kofa said with the increasing neglect of the government of Liberia to their plight, and until Mr. Alex Cummings visited them, “We are convinced that there a good number of Liberians out there who are willing to help, and since we had previously decided to consider the sea as our president we now have someone who cares about us.Kofa told ANC’s Cummings that due to inadequate support, a girl born to a fisherman, on the average, gets pregnant at age 12 and 14, which begins a vicious cycle that keeps the family in abject poverty.“That girl child is deprived of education because most of the parents cannot afford the high cost of education and therefore the future of such a child is anybody’s guess,” Kofa said. He said the organization has decided to vote for one candidate in each of their counties of residence. He said the Alternative National Congress’s interest to sit and listen to their concerns gives hope to the more than 17,000 fishermen and their families as having a political party that they can depend on in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ganja trafficker jailed

first_imgA 20-year-old man was on Monday jailed for four years for trafficking in narcotics.Kurt Steel admitted to being in possession of 452 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on May 4, 2018 at Broad Street, Georgetown.Steel, who was unrepresented, was caught by Police on patrol riding a bicycle with the drugs hidden in a black plastic bag in his hand.When stopped and searched, he was found to be in possession of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.As such, he was taken to the Ruimveldt Police Station, where the drugs were weighed and amounted to the amount mentioned in the charge.City Magistrate Judy Latchman jailed Steel for four years, and fined him $30,000.Additionally, Gordon Nedd was jailed for three years on a separate charge of possession of 27 grams of cannabis.He admitted to being in possession of 27 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking at Cummings Street, Alberttown earlier this year.He was found with the narcotics hidden in his crotch when a motorcar in which he was traversing was stopped and searched.In begging for leniency, he told the court on Monday that the drugs belong to his boss, but he was forced to hide it when he saw that the vehicle was being stopped by Police.last_img read more

Derby County sign former Fulham and Southampton star

first_imgFormer Southampton and Fulham midfielder Chris Baird has joined Derby County on a two-year deal.The 33-year-old is out of contract at West Brom and available on a free transfer and new manager Paul Clement wasted no time in landing the Northern Ireland international.Baird, who made 19 Premier League appearances for West Brom last season following his arrival in July, becomes Derby’s fifth summer signing.The holding midfielder, who can also play in defence, has penned a two-year deal with the option of a further year, the club have confirmed.Clement told the club’s official website: “This is another extremely positive signing for us and we’re very pleased with the business that we have conducted in the transfer market so far this summer.” 1 Chris Baird (right) in action last_img read more

Pico Rivera boosts city manager’s salary

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSalcido said Fuentes is not qualified for the job because of his lack of education and experience in city administration. He also said the city manager’s political entanglements have interfered with his job. “The mayor and Chuck sit together in his office for hours,” Salcido said. “We used to work, we used to have an organization.” Fuentes has worked in politics for many years, aiding in campaigns for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and later for Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta. Fuentes said he is qualified as city manager, and that efforts to see him removed are politically motivated. “(Salcido) is a miserable malcontent,” Fuentes said. “He’s constantly trying to stir up animosity amongst the staff and amongst the council. That’s just his style.” PICO RIVERA – City Manager Chuck Fuentes got a $25,000 salary bump Tuesday night via a 3-2 vote by the City Council. The hike means Fuentes, who doesn’t have a college degree, will receive $175,000 annually. “I’ll earn my stripes, which I’m already doing,” Fuentes said. “I believe that this city is definitely moving in the right direction and every month we’re making more and more accomplishments.” Fuentes, 55, has faced criticism by some council members who said his allegiance rests with a 3-2 voting majority made up of Mayor Ron Beilke, Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Councilman Bob Archuleta. “He is an agent of the mayor,” Councilman Gregory Salcido said. “That manifests itself daily. If Ron Beilke didn’t exist, he would never have been interviewed for this position.” According to Beilke, cities with similar populations pay their city managers an average of $187,000 each year, meaning Fuentes’ salary is still below the norm. The previous city manager, Dennis Courtermarche, was fired nearly two years ago after his requests for a salary increase would have placed his pay at more than $200,000 annually. Fuentes said he was promised a raise by Beilke, Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta when he took the position in March, six months after being fired from the same job. “I wasn’t demanding a raise at the earliest opportunity,” Fuentes said. “I had indicated that I wanted to be compensated at the level of a city this size.” Fuentes’ tenure as city manager has been tumultuous. He was fired from the position in September of last year and rehired in March. “They were sworn in on a Tuesday, and on Thursday they put Chuck back in as city manager,” Salcido said. “There was no interview process, they didn’t go through a search.” Beilke said the decision to bring back his ally was one the people of Pico Rivera supported by electing Gallegos-Smith and Archuleta in March. “It’s just sour grapes,” Beilke said. “At the end of the day, I think that the best argument is that the voters put in three new people. They wanted this.” The issue of giving the city manager a raise was talked about in closed sessions before two City Council meetings. Salcido and Armenta said they had hoped to delay any salary increase until Fuentes’ job performance could be better investigated. Salcido moved to delay the vote on Tuesday. He said that residents had not been properly informed of the change in pay. The City Council agenda had stated that an adjustment would be made to the city manager’s contract, but did not indicate what kind of change would be made. “Those are the appropriate legal definitions that have to be placed, and nothing further,” Fuentes said. “Everybody knows what that means. It means if I’m doing a good job, I’m gonna get a bump.” Salcido said he hopes to work with Fuentes effectively in the future. “I get upset with myself if I get unnecessarily confrontational at the dais,” Salcido said. “I’ve always tried to work with him.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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


first_imgDONEGAL hauliers today announced their intention to go ahead with a blockade of Dublin.The Irish Road Haulage Association has responded with “deep disappointment” to comments made to the Oireachtas Transport Committee on the matter of green diesel / marked gas oil.The parties who presented to the Oireachtas Committee today – IFA, PAC, Irish Petroleum Retailers Association and the Revenue Commissioners – have advocated the continuation of the colouring of diesel thereby directly supporting criminality which is growing at an unprecedented level, said the organisation. In the IRHA’s presentation to the committee earlier in January it was pointed out that there is an opportunity to resolve this issue overnight via the abolition of green diesel whilst increasing Government revenues.The IRHA has argued that the myriad of negative elements associated with having green fuel available can only be remedied through the implementation of a fuel rebate scheme for essential users which already exists for the fishing industry.President of the IRHA Eoin Gavin stated ” There appears to be no other option but to proceed with our proposed protest action on the week of the 20th of February in order to draw public attention to the Government’s willingness to fuel criminality and the resultant decimation of the haulage industry in Ireland”.  OPERATION TO ‘CLOSE DUBLIN’ WILL GO AHEAD, SAY DONEGAL HAULIERS was last modified: February 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgCIARA GREEN ON TOP OF ERRIGAL – PIC BRID SWEENEYBY BRID SWEENEY: This is Ciara Green. She climbed Errigal on Tuesday on her 10th Birthday….we made a pact to bring the Donegal Top to the top and the deal is ….if and when Donegal win we want as many people to wear their Donegal jerseys on a date to be discussed to climb Errigal once again…  ON TOP OF THE WORLD SAM, ON TOP OF THE WORLD (WELL ERRIGAL AT LEAST!) was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALDonegal GAAmount errigallast_img read more

Rugby Cranes ‘pride’ team to play Zimbabwe named

first_imgUganda vs Zimbabwe Saturday at Legends GroundsRUGBY–The Uganda Rugby Cranes team to play Zimbabwe in the last game of the 2017 African Gold Cup tournament has been named.Uganda has nothing to play for at the moment with Namibia having won the tournament last weekend in their 45-7 drubbing of Kenya.Uganda and Zimbabwe who are both safe from relegation will take part in one of the final games in the group aiming to finish this year’s edition on a high.Justin Kimono, who has been out with a hamstring injury, has been passed fit and is set to take part in the game from the start.James Odong, who missed the heavy defeat at the hands of Namibia due to injury, has also returned to the starting 15.Byron Oketayot will wear Number 6 shirt as Ronald Musajja is dropped to the bench.In other changes made by John Duncan and Robert Sseguya, Philip Wokorach, who converted the third of Uganda’s three tries against Namibia, will don the number 10 jersey with Ivan Mogomu relegated to the bench due to a niggling injury.Lawrence Ssebuliba will move from 14 to 11 with Justin Kimono replacing him at the centre of the pitch, while debutant try-maker Eric Mula retains his spot on the bench.Cranes Starting 15.1. Asuman Mugerwa2. Alex Mubiru3. Brian Odongo4. Charles Uhuru5. Mathias Ochwo6. Byron Oketayot7. Brian Asaba8. Scott Oluoch9. Aaron Ofoyrwoth10. Philip Wokorach11. Lawrence Ssebuliba12. Pius Ogena13. Michael Wokorach14. Justin Kimono15. James OdongCommentslast_img read more

Choose Effectiveness over Efficiency When the Outcome Is Important

first_imgThis past week, one of my teams was working on a client issue. There was a flurry of emails sent back and forth, each one a draft of the message that might be sent to the client in an attempt to resolve the issue. Different people had different ideas about the right strategy and the right words, each of them different enough to cause many conversations.At some point, I remembered something that I know to be true: effectiveness is more important than efficiency. While there is nothing wrong with crafting a message, there is something wrong with choosing the wrong medium for the conversation. I had met the CEO a few times, and I decided to call him. It was 11:00 PM where he was, and he took my call. In just under twenty minutes, not only was the issue resolved, I would argue that our relationship was much improved.There is a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficiency is doing things faster, with greater ease, and with less effort. Effectiveness is about producing an outcome.It is efficient to send an email, the effectiveness of which can only be measured by the outcome, the action or response of the party that receives it. If you seek effectiveness, then a different medium for that message might make for a better choice (I’d argue that face-to-face is the right choice for the most important conversations, especially ones in which you are asking for something).The Pareto principle, which seems to be some law of nature, shows that around 80 percent of your results come from around 20 percent of your actions. About 80 percent of your revenue likely comes from approximately 20 percent of your clients, plus or minus.This being true, it would make sense that effectiveness be the goal in the 20 percent of activities responsible for creating 80 percent of your results. Efficiency might be a better goal for the 80 percent of things that don’t move the needle.last_img read more

BKU protests against hike in transport fee

first_imgHundreds of farmers, led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union, staged a sit-in at the Muzaffarnagar Collectorate alleging that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, has led to increase in transport fee of schools. The protest started after the District Magistrate allegedly refused to take their memorandum and reprimanded the students who came to register their demands on Thursday.Section 144After the police invoked Section 144 in the Collectorate area, farmers scribbled that the BKU had invoked its ‘Section 288’ and that government officials would not be allowed to enter the office. Local sources said that District Magistrate Selva Kumari J had to leave in a private vehicle from the back gate of the Collectorate on Thursday.The farmers stayed overnight on the Collectorate premises and cooked their food there. “The government says that we don’t educate our children. When we raise demands related to education, we are not taken seriously,” said BKU youth wing chief Gaurav Tikait.The protest continued till Friday evening when district officials came out and announced that no change in the transport fee structure would be allowed.According to official sources, following the directions of the Supreme Court, the State government had brought school vans under the legal regulatory framework, which included not only buses run by schools but also vehicles that run under arrangements between parents and private operators.Rakesh Tikait, senior BKU leader, said the new policy might be ideal but not practical. “Public schools that used to charge ₹400-₹500 a month from students commuting from villages are now asking for ₹2,500 a month. A farmer can’t afford this,” Mr. Tikait said.He said the new policy expects schools not to use vehicles that are more than 10 years old. It necessitates putting two guards on each bus and fixes the number of students that could travel in each vehicle according to the number of seats. “We all want GPS and cameras in vehicles but the government should ensure that its cost should not be passed on to parents in the rural areas. Otherwise students will drop out, particularly girls.”On Friday, Ms. Selva Kumari said even in the case of ‘private arrangement’, the increased expenses would not be passed on to parents till the government makes arrangement for the transport of students.Other issuesThe protest has also become a catalyst to raise the existing issues of farmers such as pending dues of sugarcane crops and rise in electricity prices. “The U.P. government had promised that all pending dues would be cleared till August 31, 2019, but now it seems impossible. The rise in electricity tariff in rural areas is also hurting farmer interests,” said Mr. Tikait.last_img read more


first_imgDordt College in Sioux Center has placed its band director on leave following accusations of inappropriate student contact.Dr. Bradley Miedema is an associate professor of music at the college, and his biography and picture have been removed from the school’s website.Dordt Vice President Brandon Huisman says the college recognizes the seriousness of this issue:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DORDT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………healing and hope. :09Huisman says he cannot reveal details of the allegations because it’s a personnel matter.The college sent an e-mail to students confirming the leave of absence and Dordt’s Board of Trustees will review the matter at its regular meeting next week.Dordt College is associated with the Christian Reformed Church and has around 1500 students and 85 full-time faculty.last_img read more