Book Review: “From Foya to the Capitol: His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai Sr., Vice…

first_imgReviewed by Prof. Augustine Konneh, PhD Director General Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute Ministry of Foreign AffairsIn his book, From Foya to the Capitol: His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai Sr., Vice President of the Republic of Liberia” (published by Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers Inc. Cherry Hill, New Jersey),  Dr. Sakui Malakpa  chronicles the life and leadership of  V. P. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.  Malakpa begins by tracing Boakai’s early life, from his humble beginnings as the beloved child of his mother Ma Lusu Kumba Kpetu to his barrier-breaking enrollment at the then elite College of West Africa (CWA), a remarkable achievement when one considers that Boakai is the product of a lower class family in Liberia’s highly rural Lofa County.The author proceeds to discuss Boakai’s matriculation at the University of Liberia, from which institution Boakai earned a degree in Business Administration. The rest of the biography presents a detailed account of Malakpa’s professional sojourn: his entry to public service and main stream politics, and his connections to subsequent dispensations during deferent regimes and political eras, including the Military regime of the 1980s his career in public service. This career includes his stints at terminal levels of administration—as Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) and the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC)—and his tenure as the 30th Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.The author, Dr. Sakui Malakpa, is a Professor at the Department of Early Childhood, Physical and Special Education, at Toledo University, USA. As Coordinator of the Vision Program, Dr. Malakpa teaches all Vision courses, in addition to other courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Malakpa has published extensively in the areas of special education and international studies.  One of his captivating must-reads is  “Problems in the Admission and Retention of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education,” published by the Journal of College Admission, (n156 p.12-19, Sum. 1997).His academic pedigree is outstanding, and his writings are far reaching. He has earned for himself a first-rate reputation among scholars, one that has elevated his considerations for positions of trust in the academic world, as is illustrated by the fact that he heads The Liberian Studies Association, a non-profit, scholarly organization created to provide a means for effective cooperation among persons interested in furthering scholarly research.His autobiography of V.P. Boakai authenticates the notion that the lives of public figures should be inspirational to current and future generations. We may not know exactly what changes Bokai’s career will motivate but Malakpa’s account suggests that the life of V.P. Boakai is exemplary of good, practical virtues and displays the truest form of integrity. Therefore, those who red this book should be enriched by the experience.Readers will also be deeply impressed by the praise given to V.P. Boakai in her foreword to this book. Indeed, Her Excellency—acclaimed   Head of State and Government of the Republic of Liberia,  Former head of ECOWAS, and Africa’s first female President—heralds that V.P. Bokai has demonstrated remarkable qualities of leadership, effective communication skills, deep respect for colleagues and for the people of Liberia, and selfless determination to accomplish goals and objectives regardless of who claims credit for these achievements.True, the launching of this book on the eve of Elections activities in Liberia could be seen a political seduction. However, a much more important consideration is whether or not the content of the book aligns with the author’s quest  to encourage the kind of selfless, humble leadership style that culminates in the social, political and economic improvement of Liberia and improves the quality of Liberia’s collective consciousness. Without a doubt, the book passes this test with flying colors.  In fact, the publication of this book on the eve of the Elections can be regarded as mere coincidence since the kind of virtues and talents recounted in this or any other book should play well for anybody who is associated with it—not only, as in this case, the V.P.The book has the soft power to inform and inspire a wide range of struggling young people by increasing their faith in their abilities to achieve their dreams even in the midst of limited opportunities and challenging times. In this regard, the book deserves comparisons with Nelson Mandela’s No Easy Walk to Freedom and The Struggle Is my Life and with Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.By drawing on experiences from private and public life,  the book records real-time accounts typical of day-to-day living in Liberia. In this manner, the book may be spotlighting a hinge on the door of glorious Liberian possibilities, a door that others are encouraged to walk through. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt’s large drawdown on net foreign assets worrying – GCCI President

first_imgThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has expressed grave worry on the decline of net foreign assets from the Bank of Guyana, which is critically linked to safeguarding the country’s macroeconomic stability in the economy.President of the GCCI Deodat IndarPresident of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Deodat Indar used the opportunity during the entity’s Annual General Meeting on Monday at Duke Lodge to emphasise the significant decline in Guyana’s foreign reserves.“What is particularly worrying for us in recent times is the development in the external sector. There is a large drawdown on the net foreign assets from the Bank of Guyana of $104.1 million. The sustenance of net foreign assets to the central bank is critical to the external viability and the preservation of macroeconomic stability,” said Indar.According to him, statistics from the last six years have been analysed by the GCCI and the conclusion points to the fact that there has been a deficit overall balance.This was determined since the accumulated reserves at the Bank of Guyana during these years saw a drastic decline due to the drawdowns, thus affecting growth.“We have seen that our reserves has dropped. The GCCI has been observing the situation and have been carefully analysing those numbers. Whilst Guyana has experience, positive growth in recent years, a careful look at the external sector have some facts to tell,” the GCCI President explained.He further added that “the balance of payment over the last six years recorded deficit overall balance and that is worrying. Due to the large drawdowns from the Bank of Guyana in the recent years, from 2013 to present, it is clear that the surplus which resulted in the accumulation of foreign exchange has been reducing.”Currency shortageThe GCCI President believes that this reduction on the reserves has impacted the occasional foreign currency shortage and increasing exchange rate. The “behaviour” of the central banking institution further confirms that there are negative effects of removing such large quantities of assets. Last year would have recorded a net purchase of US$178.2 million.“It is with this persistent drawdown of net foreign assets, which is the heart of the occasional foreign currency shortage that has been experienced and a consistently increasing exchange rate. The behaviour of the Bank of Guyana confirms the negative effects of these net foreign asset drawdowns as they recorded net purchased of US$178.2 million from the financial system during the year 2018.”The GCCI, he added, is, therefore, calling for policies to be crafted, which will generate commercial activity and improve business performance. The added that GCCI believes that such actions will guarantee a “critical foreign exchange” for the country.“It is our fervent hope that suitable policies will be crafted in the near future which will stimulate commercial activity, improve business performance and the economic climate. These will ensure that critical foreign exchange rate for Guyana is earned and well-aided in the mitigation of the widening balance of the payment of the deficit,” Indar stated.Some four months ago, the chamber said that it was worried about the macroeconomic dynamics of the fiscal sector. It noted that Budget 2019 indicated the Government’s intention to finance about 80 per cent of the sizable fiscal deficit ($32.84 billion of the $41.49 billion) by borrowing from the domestic economy.The chamber said compounding this was the concern that there was a projected increase in taxation by 9.9 per cent, in an economy which was projected to expand by 4.6 per cent.But even more worrying for the Chamber is the slow rate of implementation of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and the long gestation period of capital expenditure.last_img read more

Guyana still awaiting assessment from UN

first_imgAfter committing back in September to produce an assessment on the way forward in relation to the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, Guyana is still awaiting the pronouncement from United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.FLASHBACK: President David Granger and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during their 2015 engagement with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonThe outgoing Secretary General had assured Head of State David Granger on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly held in New York over three months ago that he would make an assessment of the situation between the neighbouring South American nations by the end of November, ahead of his retirement the following month.The assessment is expected to outline the next step to be taken in the border controversy, which will then be referred to the International Court of Justice for a final and definitive ruling, thus bringing an end to the issue that has affected Guyana’s development over the past 50 years.However, during a special edition of the local televised programme – The Public Interest – which was recorded in Barbados on Thursday and aired locally Friday evening, President Granger posited that the assessment will probably be given sometime this month, since Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to demit office on December 31.“I would only say let us wait and see… I don’t want to get ahead of the game. Foreign Affairs Minister (Carl Greenidge) was with Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon up to (last) week and we are awaiting the assessment. We were expecting it in November but it will probably come in December,” the Head of State noted.Moreover, the President remarked that during Minister Greenidge’s recent visit, he also met with incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a process designed to secure the promised recommendation.For decades, Venezuela has laid claim to nearly two-thirds of Guyana’s landmass – the Essequibo.In fact, the border controversy which was not on Venezuela’s front burner for several years after being first officially mooted in 1962, was reignited by the Spanish-speaking country, when US oil giant ExxonMobil began exploratory works in the Stabroek Block offshore the Essequibo.With Guyana on the verge of becoming a lucrative oil-producing nation, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro issued a decree in May last year purporting to claim the majority of Guyana’s waters off of the Essequibo shore.The decree was seen as a flagrant violation of international law and was inconsistent with the principle that all states should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other states.In an effort to defend its sovereignty, Guyana made it clear to the Venezuelan Government that the Essequibo and its offshore waters belong to Guyana, and strengthened its push for judicial settlement of the issue, as the Good Officer process had yielded little result.The border dispute between the two countries was set by an international tribunal in 1899, in an award the parties, including Venezuela, had agreed would be the final settlement. Since the belligerence from Venezuela, moves have been made by the international community, including the UN Secretary General, to push for a peaceful resolution of the issue.The Guyanese Leader and President Maduro had met with the outgoing UN Secretary General for the first time in September last year to discuss the controversy. The meeting was dubbed fruitful as both Heads of Government pledged to mend the bilateral relationship while attempts are being made to resolve the border controversy.last_img read more

Bantam Flyers drop two on the road

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers are back in town after a road trip to the Edmonton area this past weekend.The Flyers took to the ice against the Strathcona Warriors on Saturday, and the Sturgeon Sting on Sunday.The Warriors were the ones to open the scoring on Saturday, taking a 2-0 lead before Justin Brownlee put the Flyers on the board with 5:20 left in the period, assisted by Owen Floriant and Nathan Brownlee. In the second period, the Warriors lived up to their name, scoring four straight unanswered goals in eleven minutes. The Warriors added another two goals in the third, before the Flyers were able to get another tally. Devan Minard made it 8-2 on a pass from Noah Lang and Duncan Ross with 4:15 left in the third period. Lang would bang home a goal of his own with just three second left, assisted by Ross. Ultimately, the Flyers fell 8-3.- Advertisement -On Sunday, the Flyers were a bit closer against the Sturgeon Sting. Though the Flyers trailed 1-0 after the first period, the team came alive in the second. Devan Minard tied things up less than four minutes into the second, assisted by Wyatt Millner. Noah Lang gave the Flyers the lead with a power play goal, assisted by Nathan Brownlee and John Herrington. A minute and a half later it was 3-1 Flyers after Herrington notched another power play goal, assisted by Kurtis Lee and Nathan Brownlee. Sadly, the Sting stung back in the third, scoring a trio of goals in the last ten minutes to win 4-3.The Bantam Flyers are back on home ice this weekend, when they host the Leduc Roughnecks on Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Football legend takes his talents to Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the greatest of all time © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVPARIS, France, Jul 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has opted to leave Spanish giants Real Madrid for Italian champions Juventus for the next — and possibly final — chapter of one of the greatest careers the game has seen.The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume — a World Cup for Portugal. Speculation that one of the game’s greatest players could be up for grabs began when he hinted he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu following May’s Champions League final victory.Then the transfer rumour mill went into overdrive after Italian media said Juventus had put in a bid and Spanish sports daily Marca cited reports of Ronaldo looking for a home in Turin.There was little left for Ronaldo, Real’s all-time record goalscorer with 450, to prove in Madrid.He said he had spent nine fantastic years at the Spanish giants.“But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that’s why I asked the club to accept to transfer me,” he said in a statement.Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there — Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not — winning a major international title for his country — when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport’s crowning achievement will elude both partners in football’s greatest player rivalry.– Destined for greatness –Ronaldo, picture in 2005 when he was starring for Manchester United, was destined special from an early age © AFP/File / CARL DE SOUZACristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was special from an early age.In the year of his 16th birthday, he played for Sporting Lisbon’s under-16, under-17, under-18, reserve and first teams, and two years later he so impressed Alex Ferguson in a 2003 pre-season friendly that the then-Manchester United boss snapped him up.Six years, three Premier League titles and a Champions League later and he was on his way to Real Madrid, having joined George Best and Eric Cantona among the greatest players to wear United’s prized number 7 shirt.Bought for a then-world record 94 million euros, Ronaldo more than paid back his fee, and while Barcelona continued to mostly dominate La Liga, he has become the king of European competition.He was the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, and topped the competition’s scoring charts six times. The 17 goals he scored as Real beat local rivals Atletico to the 2014 title remains a single-season record.He finally got the international monkey off his back with the 2016 Euros win after a lifetime of near misses and flattering to deceive on the world stage.In beating the heavily-favoured hosts France in the final, he broke yet another record — his three goals made him the first player to ever score in four European Championships.– Last World Cup? –Ronaldo celebrates after scoring one of his three goals against Spain to become only the fourth player to score in four World Cups © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADRonaldo also became only the fourth player to score in four World Cups when he started this year’s campaign with a hat-trick against Spain that culminated in a stunning free kick.But he only bagged one more goal before Portugal fell to Uruguay, and will be 37 by the time the next global showpiece rolls around — meaning it is unlikely he will improve on a run to the semi-finals in 2006.On the same day Messi, with whom Ronald has long competed for the title of the world’s best, was sent home empty-handed by a French side inspired by a breathtaking performance from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.The World Cup in Russia may serve as a changing of the guard at the highest echelons of the sport, with Real Madrid forced this week to deny it made bids for both Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.But whoever replaces Ronaldo may find it tough going filling his shoes.And Ronaldo will be looming at Juventus in European competitions as he continues to rack up records and build his case for being considered the greatest of all time.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe Ulster University Choir, fresh from their New York Carnegie Hall concert, are to perform at St Eunan’s Cathedral this evening.The Choir will perform “songs and psalms” in a free concert which starts at 8.30pm. Violinist Lucia Spacirova, from Donegal Camerata, is guest soloist.The Choir will include work by Paul Mealor which was featured in the America tour within the programme. Speaking about the Choir’s invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), said:”The Ulster University Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional recommendation given by Paul Mealor.“It is quite an honour just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community.”ULSTER UNIVERSITY CHOIR, ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL, 8.30pm.Admission: free with a retiring collection  CHORAL CONCERT AT ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL TONIGHT was last modified: May 12th, 2016 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:letterkennySt.Eunan’s CathedralUlster University Choirlast_img read more

Denmark and France limp into knockout stages after first goalless draw

first_img 5 5 Giroud lacked service for France 😡 “What an absolute disgrace to football this has been”Don’t miss this EPIC rant from @talkSPORTDrive after the #DENFRA match!#WorldCup| #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 26, 2018Star man The game lacked a genuine star, but the Chelsea defender deputised in midfield and carried out his duties expertly. He continues to show real promise.Moment of the match France and Denmark both qualified from Group C after the first goalless draw of the 2018 World Cup.Les Bleus will finish top despite yet another underwhelming display, while Peru’s victory over Australia took all the pressure off the Danes. Both nations played out a tepid first-half. Christian Eriksen wanted a penalty when he was sandwiched between Steve Mandanda and Lucas Hernandez, but VAR did not intervene as the excitement of the encounter peaked.Paolo Guerrero doubled Peru’s lead at the start of the second-half to well and truly suck any interest from Group C, although the order of the top two was still to be decided.Denmark appeared content with second and barely threatened France, while Didier Deschamps’ heavily-rotated side failed to make an impression as Les Bleus disappointed once more.Nabil Fekir, whose move to Liverpool collapsed, injected some intent with his 70th-minute introduction, immediately firing a ferocious left-footed strike into the side-netting before later forcing a comfortable save from Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.And that was the closest France came. Nonetheless, they top the group and could face any team from Group D, with Croatia, Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland battling it out for the top two places tonight. 5 Eriksen was tidy but not incisive center_img Eriksen penalty shout An early contender for dullest game of the tournament – it was clear that neither team needed to score as goalmouth action was rare to say the least.But it’s job done for both sides, whose last-16 opponents will be decided in tonight’s Group D conclusion.Denmark needed a point to guarantee qualification and defeat was only damaging if Australia beat Peru.So when news of Andre Carrillo’s opener against the Socceroos filtered through, the intensity of the game completely vanished. 5 Andreas Christensen 5 Hernandez came through the back of Eriksen as they raced to the ball, but the Frenchman seemingly did just enough to avoid fouling the Tottenham playmaker. It was a close one, though.How Group C looks talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Google Docs Simplifies Collaboration With Sharable Links

first_imgAs Microsoft moves into the cloud with Web-based versions of its Office suite of applications, Google has been beefing up Google Docs to stay one step ahead. The Big G has just made it much easier to share documents online through the service’s online document editor, Google Docs. Previously, users who wished to share documents with others had to send a formal invitation through email, but now sharing can be as easy as sharing a link. These changes come on the heels of enhanced collaboration features which were recently added to Docs to give it more of a Google Wave feel. Each document created Google Docs can now be given a privacy rating on a tiered system. Documents users want to keep to themselves should be kept “Private,” while others they wish to share can either be set to “Anyone with the link” or “Public on the web.” Google describes the former of these as equivalent to having an unlisted number – where anyone with the correct URL to a document can view it, but it won’t be searchable on Google. The latter option makes the document fully public, and puts the URL in the “phonebook,” which means anyone could stumble onto the document through a Google search. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Visibility options are now clearly displayed next to each document on the Google Docs homepage, and users can make bulk changes to many documents at once in their settings. Additionally, users can create a customized URL for their docs to make sharing faster and easier to understand than a jumbled stream of letters and numbers.These new sharing features, coupled with the addition of Wave-like real-time collaboration and chat continue to push Google Docs to the forefront of online document editing solutions. Microsoft may be slowly catching up by offering Web-based versions of Word, Excel and other Office products, but Google’s simplicity, ease of use and Web-native functionality maintain its position as the better choice at the moment. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Boston Tops Energy Efficiency Scorecard

first_imgAmong the country’s 34 largest cities, Boston, Massachusetts, is doing the most to promote energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).Cities were judged on how well they advanced energy efficiency in five areas: transportation policies, local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, and energy, water utilities and public benefits program.“Energy efficiency may be the cheapest, most abundant, and most underutilized resource forlocal economic and community development,” the Washington-based non-profit said. This first edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard was designed to help local officials improve energy efficiency in their communities by learning about successful approaches elsewhere.Boston scored a total of 76.75 points of a possible 100. ACEEE said its community programs and utility partnerships, including the Renew Boston initiative, were particularly noteworthy. One of the city’s efforts is the E+ Green Building Demonstration Program.Not far behind were the other top-tier cities of Portland, Oregon (70 points), New York City and San Francisco (both with 69.75 points), Seattle, Washington (62.25), and Austin, Texas (62).Jacksonville, Florida, and Detroit, Michigan, scored the least number of points with 17.25 and 19 respectively.The ACEEE said even the best-performing cities had plenty of room for improvement. “Energy efficiency is an abundant resource in every city,” it said. “And for all cities there is significant room for expanding and improving their efficiency activities.”last_img read more

Governor to take oath in J&K on Thursday

first_imgSatyapal Malik, the newly-appointed Governor of J&K, will be administered the oath of office on Thursday, ending the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post, officials said on Wednesday. Mr. Malik,72, has experience of working with almost all political hues of the country, and will be the first career politician to assume the position after Karan Singh, who held the office from 1965 to 1967. He arrived in Srinagar in a chartered plane on Wednesday. Outgoing Governor N.N. Vohra has called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a courtesy visit.last_img