‘Do Away With Jackpot Mentality’

first_imgVice President Joseph BoakaiVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai yesterday urged the 367 students who graduated from the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) to remain focused while pursuing their respective goals in life, rather than resorting to acts that are inimical to society.Ambassador Boakai told the graduates that in order to effectively contribute to the rebuilding of Liberia, and make the country a land where their children and children’s children can blossom and not just “survive” in, they must drive away lazy mindedness, hatred and envy, lack of patriotism and hate of country as well as disunity.He said it is not uncommon to see that, in the drive to succeed, some of the youths resort to “Black Money” business, while others when given the opportunity to serve, place their personal interests above their institution or above national interests and shortchange their institutions or the nation at every available opportunity.“Based on these principles,” the Vice President observed that several banking institutions in the country have complained that a number of their young recruits have occasionally been caught in fraudulent acts, only to satisfy their immediate desires.Some of their desires, he said include the purchase of flashy vehicles; to travel abroad; while others abandon members of their family and resort to unceasing prayers and fasting in the hope that a miracle or what they call a “breakthrough” will eventually land their way.He said many of the youths, among them some recent college graduates also have the belief that by going to church and making generous offering (or sowing seeds), they will become wealthy or attain instant success without lifting a finger to work.“Don’t get me wrong; it is indeed a good thing to pray and to do so diligently. But prayer alone is insufficient if we do not properly utilize the gifts that God has given each of us,” VP Boakai charged the graduates.He gave the admonition at the 15th Commencement Convocation of the AMEU held at the sanctuary of Winner’s Chapel International, in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.He added: “As humans, we can only utilize our country’s natural endowments through honest work. As it is said in the Bible, “Faith without works is dead.” VP Boakai admonished the graduates further that in order to succeed in life, they must do away with the “Jackpot mentality,” which leads one to believe that by a single stroke of luck, they would strike gold. He then called on the graduates to arm themselves with the might of knowledge and authority conferred by their individual degrees.“I urge you to match your expectations with reality, because I would imagine that most of you have the desire to enter the job market, which is so highly constricted,” the Vice President reiterated to the graduates to a round of applause.Yesterday’s ceremony was attended by several high profile individuals including Dr. Michael P. Slawon, Director-general, National Commission on Higher Education as well as the entire AMEU faculty and staff, headed by Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, president of the university, among others. As of 2009, the school had 3,432 students enrolled, with 1,516 of those being males and 1,916 females. The total enrollment placed the school as the second largest student population in the country, second only to the University of Liberia. It was established in 1995 by members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and chartered by the Liberian Legislature in 1996. It was organized by Bishop Cornal Garnett Henning Sr., during his administration as presiding prelate. Bryant Theological Seminary was the first component school of the university.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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GECOM creating “fed up” environment amongst citizens

first_imgDear Editor,The negative misguided statements that consistently emerge from key players in the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have created a fed up environment amongst citizens. It is time President Granger’s quartet recognise that they have become a local and international laughing stock and they must desist from trying to fool this nation.They have been interchangeably using the terms Official List of Voters (OLV) and Official List of Electors (OLE) in statements of convenience in advancing the interest of the APNU/AFC cabal. The proven purpose is an effort to kerfuffle and deceive unfamiliar persons with their baseless and spurious attempts at delaying the readiness of GECOM for elections. The term OLV is the Official List used for Local Government Elections, while the OLE represents the List for the Regional and National Elections.It is clear that GECOM has a database that the organisation uses as the repository of registered persons or the Register of Registrants. It is from this ‘Register of Registrants’ that the 2015 Official List of Electors was extracted after the APNU/AFC moved the No-Confidence Motion against the People’s Progressive Party/Civic. President Donald Ramotar thereafter prorogued Parliament and with a very short period of continuous registration, followed by only a few days of Claims and Objections; GECOM produced the Official List of Electors, which was used to conduct the Regional and National Elections within the ninety-day period.The APNU/AFC coalition parties at the time, advanced in the National Assembly and used the same Continuous Registration and Claims and Objection accepted formula to extend the life of the list from three months to six months. Further, they hurriedly held Local Government Elections in 2016 in an effort to test their strength. APNU and AFC individually used the same Register of Registrants along with a short period of Continuous Registration and simultaneously did the Claims and Objection in order to prepare the Official list of Voters.It is of significant note that in the process of holding two Local Government Elections, the Government, through its Ministry of Communities, introduced eleven new Local Authority Areas (LAAs), with changes in several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils’ boundaries. In these instances, the same cycles of the periodical Continuous Registration and the Claims and Objection were repeated and it cannot be made clearer that these are the acceptable methods for GECOM to keep the OLV and the OLE in a state of readiness for any election. With the passing of the No-Confidence Motion, GECOM Chief Executive Officer, Keith Lowenfield and GECOM Public Relations Officer said that GECOM is ready for Elections.It is also useful to observe that at the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) case to which GECOM was a party, the entity failed to make a timely submission for obvious reasons. They simply do not have any rational candour in the face of the facts. However, they later said that GECOM could not hold Elections within the three-month period specified in Article 106 of the Constitution because the matter was the subject of court cases. Secondly, because President David Granger did not name a date for elections and that GECOM did not have the necessary funding.It is even clear that through the constitutionally approved method of the No-Confidence Motion, the Opposition legitimately booted the APNU/AFC coalition Government on December 21, 2018. In keeping with the Constitution, we should have had National and Regional Elections before March 21, 2019. Ms Excellence Dazzell, the Attorney contracted by GECOM, recently provided her legal opinion on the issues which give greater clarity and exposes the lack of prudence and alacrity of Granger’s quartet at GECOM to hold elections.In her advice dated May 13, 2019, to Commissioners and the Chief Election Officer of GECOM at a statutory meeting, she made reference of the illegality of the need for house-to-house registration to create a new list of electors. Instead, she said the current list, which expired at the end of April, should be updated. Further, the opinion refers to The Election Laws (Amendment) Act 15 of 2000, section 7 (1) which states that “where there is an interval of more than six months after the qualifying date…which the official list of electors…is prepared under section 5 (1) and the day appointed for the next election after that date, the Commissioner shall cause the Official List of Electors to be revised, in accordance with the procedure established by the Commission by regulations”.In the 1985 Regional and National Elections, Catholic Bishop Benedict Singh, Anglican Bishop Rudolph George, along with representatives of the Bar Association, categorically described the massive Fraud perpetrated against the nation by the PNC agents, while the Human Rights Association issued a joint statement in which they condemned the Elections as dishonest.The groups made reference to “the familiar and sordid catalogue of widespread disenfranchisement, multiple voting, ejection of polling agents, threats, intimidations, violence, and collusion by police and army personnel,” The reactions of GECOM’s Commissioner have trended similarly but these dark and nasty days must never be returned to Guyana.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Ghana into semi-finals with Atsu at double

first_imgAtsu set the Black Stars on their way to a comfortable quarter-final victory when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute in Equatorial Guinea’s capital, before Kwesi Appiah increased their advantage a minute before the interval.And Atsu, the winger on loan at Everton from their English Premier League rivals Chelsea, then saw his cross-cum-shot find the net on 61 minutes to take Ghana through to a last-four showdown with the hosts on Thursday.While Avram Grant’s side keep alive their hopes of a first continental crown since 1982, Guinea’s Cup of Nations adventure ends without them winning a game at the finals.They also ended the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Naby Yattara was sent off just before the final whistle.The Syli Nationale only made it into the knockout stage at Mali’s expense via a drawing of lots after drawing all three of their group games, and Michel Dussuyer’s side never looked like causing an upset here.Ghana took the lead from their first attack, working the ball into the area from the left before Andre Ayew’s backheel allowed Atsu to apply an easy finish.The onus was now on Guinea to try and find a way back into the match, but they created next to nothing, with stand-in captain Ibrahima Traore unable to influence proceedings from the right flank as he had in the group stage.With half-time approaching, Yattara in the Guinea goal saved from Asamoah Gyan, but Ghana made it 2-0 shortly after with the help of some dreadful defending.Appiah, who was preferred to Jordan Ayew in attack, pounced on a poor clearance by Baissama Sankoh and slotted home under Yattara.There was a clear gulf in class between the teams and Ghana put any doubts as to the final outcome to bed when Atsu struck again just after the hour mark.Collecting possession wide on the right, he shuffled the ball onto his left foot before whipping what looked to be a cross towards the far post only to see it drop under the bar and into the net.Guinea’s misery was compounded right at the death when goalkeeper Yattara was shown a straight red card for bringing down Gyan on the edge of the penalty box as the Ghana skipper hurtled towards goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, February 1 – Christian Atsu scored twice as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0 in Malabo on Sunday to ease into their fifth successive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.last_img read more

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Van Gaal refuses to comment on Welbeck’s Man United future

first_img Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck Louis van Gaal refused to comment on Danny Welbeck’s future as speculation mounts the England striker is set to leave Manchester United.It has been widely Welbeck, who made his debut for the Red Devils in 2008 after coming through the ranks, has been told he can depart Old Trafford.The 23-year-old started the majority of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, but he is unlikely to jump ahead of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the pecking order, and is therefore free to go.In a heated press conference at the club’s training ground, Van Gaal refused to confirm or deny the story, but the new United manager admitted he was angry that details of a private conversation he held with Welbeck had been leaked.Van Gaal said: “The media were not in the room and I do not speak about that because that’s private.“I know what I said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him.“I assume that Danny Welbeck is not saying anything about our conversation and also in that conversation was [assistant manager] Ryan Giggs and he didn’t say [anything] either and that is the way it should be.” 1last_img read more

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Colin Murray and Friends – Friday, February 20

first_imgOn today’s show, Perry Groves and Bob Mills were alongside the host in the studio for all the usual Friday fun.last_img

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Pastor: Missing wife feared husband

first_imgAlthough Ann Racz’s body has never been found, prosecutors say she was killed by her husband on April 22, 1991, four days after she’d moved out of the couple’s Fortuna Drive home. Witnesses said Ann Racz stopped by the house, then left to pick up fast food for the couple’s children and was never heard from again. Authorities dispute John Racz’s statements that he later met with his wife and offered her money to get by. Racz’s attorney, Darryl Mounger, has told jurors that his client paid for his wife to travel in the two years before she filed for divorce. After filing the paperwork, Mounger said, she could simply have disappeared on her own. Dorrie Dean, a teacher who had the youngest of the Raczes’ three children in her second-grade class in 1991, testified Friday that Ann Racz told her on April 18, 1991, that she and the children were moving and not to expect her daughter at school the next day, which was a Friday. Dean also recalled that Ann Racz told her she feared her husband and was unsure her daughter would be back at school on April 22. SAN FERNANDO – Ann Racz’s former pastor testified Friday that the Valencia homemaker feared her husband would kill her if she left him. Despite her fears, Ann Racz did file for divorce, the Rev. Glen Thorp said in the murder trial of John Racz, 61, who is accused of killing his wife 16 years ago. Thorp counseled the couple, including a session held the day before Ann Racz disappeared. Ann Racz worked part time at the church, and Thorp recalled that she told that John, a former sheriff’s deputy, had guns at home, and she feared he would kill her. “Basically he had said that if you ever leave me, I’m going to find you wherever you go, and that I’ll stop you no matter what it takes,” Thorp said. “She told me that it would depend on how safe she felt,” Dean said. Thorp testified that during their counseling session on April 21, John Racz had said he needed money from Ann to pay a contractor working at their house, and his wife said she would bring it by the next day. The pastor thought John Racz would be at work when Ann Racz planned to stop by. Thorp described John Racz as very controlling and said he’d advised the couple not to be alone together. “That was the biggest warning I kept repeating over and over again,” Thorp said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MAN BEHIND DONEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ‘JAILED’ OVER FIRE REGULATION BREACH

first_imgA BUSINESSMAN behind a series of Donegal property developments was briefly jailed today for breaches of fire regulations – before being fined and given a suspended prison sentence.Tom McFeely was placed in custody pending sentencing for breaches of regulations in a Dublin apartment complex.The director of Coalport Ltd later received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a maximum €3,000 fine. His former partner Laurence O’Mahony received a one-month suspended sentence and €1,000 fine.Dublin District Court heard of fire safety breaches at the Priory Hall apartment complex, including a lack of automated opening vents in common areas, a lack of ventilation in the basement car parks and exposed gas pipes.Counsel for Dublin City Council said evidence from the fire officer showed that defects had not been remedied despite six separate undertakings by Mr McFeely since December 2009.Defence counsel said his clients did not have enough time or money to complete the works.He said the High Court had ordered similar works at another apartment complex in Clondalkin, which cost €97,000 and for which Mr McFeely received a conviction.The Irish Nationwide Building Society had a profit-sharing agreement in the Priory Hall development but had failed to provide funding for the works, he said.Imposing sentence on the defendants as legal owners of the complex, Judge James P McDonnell said evidence showed that it was not built in accordance with planning permission, which he said ‘seems to indicate an attitude which is a begetter of the problems they now face’.McFeely, a former IRA hunger striker from Co Derry, had extensive property interests in Co Donegal over the years.He refused to speak as he left court today.MAN BEHIND DONEGAL DEVELOPMENTS ‘JAILED’ OVER FIRE REGULATION BREACH was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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This Man City team to inflict more humiliation on Crystal Palace? Strong XI

first_img 11 11 21. David Silva (attacking midfield) 11 33. Gabriel Jesus (forward) 11 Have a look at the match stats for Man City v Crystal Palace hereWhile nothing has gone right for Crystal Palace this season, everything seems to be going to plan for Man City.Pep Guardiola’s side have won nine of their last 10 Premier League matches against the Eagles, including each of their last four.And striker Sergio Aguero will fancy his chances of breaking Eric Brook’s record for goals scored for the club. Brook struck 177 times in all competitions between 1928 and 1940 and Aguero is now three goals short of surpassing him.Elsewhere, Vincent Kompany is likely to be in contention for a place in the squad, though Ilkay Gundogan is out with injury, so is this who will start at the Etihad?You can stream Man City v Crystal Palace at 15:00 on Saturday 22 September here. 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 19. Leroy Sane (forward) 11 25. Fernandinho (central midfield) 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre-back) 11 31. Ederson (goalkeeper) 2. Kyle Walker (right wing-back) – scroll through to see a possible Manchester City XI to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League 17. Kevin De Bruyne (attacking midfield) 5. John Stones (centre-back) 11 11 11 11 22. Benjamin Mendy (left wing back) last_img read more

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‘It was a one-off’ – Salah won’t replicate 44-goal season, says ex-Liverpool ace

first_imgMohamed Salah’s incredible haul of 44 goals last season was ‘a one-off’, according to ex-Liverpool player Jason McAteer.The Egyptian took last season by storm, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and setting a Premier League record of the most goals scored in a 38-game season with 32 strikes. Salah took home the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in Liverpool’s last Premier League match against Bournemouth “He’s gone to a 4-2-3-1 formation to get another attacker in and it was always going to be difficult to adapt to that in a more central role.“So, this season it’s not been that swashbuckling dynamic displays that we’ve seen from Mo but statistically, you can’t knock him. He’s still in fantastic form and he’s the Premier League’s top scorer. Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot last season REVEALED shining latest 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED Salah has not been firing as freely this campaign, even if the Reds are in a much better position than they were a year ago.The 26-year-old has 13 goals in all competitions this campaign but Liverpool have looked a much more solid defensive outfit and are genuine contenders to win the Premier League.The Egyptian has scored four goals in his last two appearances for the Reds, however, including a hat-trick against Bournemouth last weekend.Nonetheless, McAteer is not convinced Salah will kick on.McAteer, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform Your-Promotional-Code.co.uk, said: “Jurgen Klopp has realised that other managers are going to try and combat the way Liverpool’s front three play. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Latest Liverpool FC News gameday cracker 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “I’d like to see him emulate last season, but I think it was a one-off. I don’t think he can get a 44-goal season again but if he can get 30 goals a season for the next few years, what a player we’ve got there.”Last season’s exploits even saw Salah compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but McAteer, who represented Liverpool between 1995-99, claims it is unfair to compare Salah to the five-time Ballon d’Or winners.“He set such high expectations for himself. People look at him now in the same light as Messi and Ronaldo, which is a bit unfair because longevity has really put those two on a pedestal.”last_img read more

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Rangers boss praises Miller’s approach after late cup double

first_img“The second is a great ball in from Emerson and he finishes it with aplomb so it is no coincidence. It is the way he works on the training field, the way he eats. It is all credit to him and the senior players.”Gers laboured through the opening 75 minutes of the game and only sparked into life after Moult struck. But Warburton felt his side merited victory all the same.“I’m delighted we’re through,” said the Englishman, who felt his side should have had a first-half penalty when Michael O’Halloran was tripped by Stevie Hammell. “I thought we deserved to win the game of football but you find yourself 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go so that is the harsh reality of it. Rangers manager Mark Warburton hailed Kenny Miller’s off-the-field approach after the 37-year-old scored two late goals to come to his side’s rescue against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.Louis Moult’s opener looked set to send the Ibrox club out of the competition at the fourth round stage, only for Miller to find the net in the 85th and 89th minute.Warburton gushed with praise for the veteran striker, highlighting his professional approach. He said: “We see it week in, week out. It was two quality finishes, a great ball in from Waggy and then the composure and the poise from Kenny. “The positives were we passed the ball well. But we never penetrated, we never tested their keeper and we didn’t have enough bravery in the final third.“All credit to Motherwell – they were very hard working, very well organised and well marshalled. Our goals came late because that is when their players tire. Again two late goals is credit to our team, to their fitness and their desire.”last_img read more

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