The Great Contradiction: Liberian Business People Facing a Reluctant Government

first_imgThis newspaper following the tradition of its key mentor, Albert Porte, has repeatedly expressed the hope that the Liberian Government would at last rise up to the sacred challenge of empowering Liberians in business. Why sacred? Because this is the only way to end poverty in Liberia. The Daily Observer has over many years and with great fervency urged that so long as our economy remains dominated by foreigners, so long, will Liberians remain in abject poverty. Yet, when we consider the critical and compelling symbiosis between the people’s economic empowerment and peace, we have no choice but to continue pleading with, urging, prevailing upon, even begging the Liberian Government to see the need to change the macroeconomic paradigm in the country by ensuring that Liberians share a greater stake in the national economy.And why does this newspaper continue to hope that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government will listen to this plea? Why continuously follow the tradition of Albert Porte? Because, he always considered himself “an eternal optimist”. That is why his nephew Kenneth Y. Best titled his biography of Mr. Porte as “A Lifetime Trying to Save Liberia”. According to Mr. Best, Albert Porte, from the young age of 23 in 1929, started challenging corruption and other serious malpractices in the Liberian government. It was Mr. Porte and his brother-in-law, George S. Best, whose Crozierville Observer persistently published excerpts of the report of the International Commission on the Fernando Po Crisis in 1930. The Crozierville Observer also followed and reported on the political reactions, especially of the people of Montserrado County. They held a series of anti-government meetings and demonstrations. The final one was held on September 30, 1930, the day President C.D.B King delivered his final Annual message to the Joint Session of the Legislature. When he announced that his government should adopt all the recommendations of the International Commission, he was jeered by the demonstrators. On Tuesday December 2, Vice President Allen Yancy resigned his position. The following day, December 3, 1930, President King’s Aide de Camp submitted the President’s letter of resignation. With the Speaker of the House, J.N. Lewis in Sinoe and unable to get to Monrovia quickly, the Legislature swore in Secretary of State Edwin J. Barclay as the 18th President of Liberia.Despite the great persecution he was to suffer through the Tubman, Tolbert and Doe years, Albert Porte continued his indomitable crusade for better governance in Liberia. Always calling himself the “eternal optimist”, he never gave up.So are we the Daily Observer in our crusade to plead with the GoL to take concrete measures to empower Liberians in business. The Observer Publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, in his commencement address at Cuttington University on December 12, 2012, urged the GoL to take a giant step to see to it that all foreign owned businesses in Liberia with investments of US$50,000 and above shall have a Liberian partner. Mr. Best knew that there would be a tall order for the government whose leader, President Sirleaf, once told him that there were certain foreign businesses here that were “untouchable”. More beside, there are people close to the administration that are decidedly on the side of foreign business, determined to maintain the status quo of foreign economic domination, which status they know fully well would perpetuate poverty in Liberia.These are people who seem determined that lasting peace will continue to elude Liberia, and that the country will perpetually live in a fragile peace.Yet we remain optimistic that somehow President Sirleaf in the two years she has left will muster the courage and determination to do what is needed to change the economic paradigm in Liberia. Liberians must be encouraged through training and financial stimuli to play a greater role in the economy.Our farmers should also be encouraged to grow more food especially vegetables, fruits, tubers, coffee, cocoa and rice, toward moving Liberia to food self-sufficiency. This will at last lift them out of subsistence farming and empower them to provide better education for their children, build modern homes, be able to afford modern healthcare and lift their standard of living.This leadership by government would end once and for all the great contradiction that the people continue to face in their government’s reluctance to come on their side and help empower them in business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huge increase in allegations of abuse toward the elderly

first_imgThere has been a 40% surge in allegations of physical and psychological abuse towards the elderly over the past two years, it has been revealed. According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, the HSE received 711 complaints of physical abuse in 2016 – but this rose to 1,010 last year.Allegations of psychological abuse rose by 41% in this time frame, with 1,261 last year. The HSE said it has a no-tolerance approach towards all abuse, but Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said the stats are a big worry.He said: “The information which has been received through the Freedom of Information revealed shocking figures.“While one might say they are allegations, the fact that the HSE is saying that quite a large amount of them have reasonable grounds is certainly shocking and certainly is an issue that would cause a lot of concern to a lot of people.”Huge increase in allegations of abuse toward the elderly was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

CAUV bills awaiting committee action

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Legislation proposing changes to Ohio’s current agricultural use valuation (CAUV) program has remained on hold in the General Assembly since last fall. Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) and Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) introduced the companion bills on November 18, 2015. The Senate referred its bill, SB 246, to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on December 9, 2015 and House Bill 398 was referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on January 20, 2016. Neither committee has acted on its bill.Taking up Ohio Farm Bureau’s recommendations, the bill sponsors target two aspects of the CAUV program — the formula used to determine CAUV values and the valuation of land used for conservation practices or programs. To create more accurate valuations, the legislation proposes several changes to the CAUV formula:• States additional factors to include in the rules that prescribe CAUV calculation methods. Currently, the rules must consider the productivity of the soil under normal management practices, the average price patterns of the crops and products produced to determine the income potential to be capitalized and the market value of the land for agricultural use. The proposed legislation adds two new factors: typical cropping and land use patterns and typical production costs.• Clarifies that when determining the capitalization rate used in the CAUV formula, the tax commissioner cannot use a method that includes the buildup of equity or appreciation.• Requires the tax commissioner to add a tax additur to the overall capitalization rate, and that the sum of the capitalization rate and tax additur “shall represent as nearly as possible the rate of return a prudent investor would expect from an average or typical farm in this state considering only agricultural factors.”• Requires the commissioner to annually determine the overall capitalization rate, tax additur, agricultural land capitalization rate and the individual components used in computing those amounts and to publish the amounts with the annual publication of the per-acre agricultural use values for each soil type.To remove disincentives for landowners who engage in conservation practices yet pay CAUV taxes at the same rate as if the land was in production, the proposed legislation:• Requires that the land in conservation practices or devoted to a land retirement or conservation program as of the first day of a tax year be valued at the lowest valued of all soil types listed in the tax commissioner’s annual publication of per-acre agricultural use values for each soil type in the state.• Provides for recalculation of the CAUV rate if the land ceases to be used for conservation within three years of its original certification for the reduced rate, and requires the auditor to levy a charge for the difference on the landowner who ceased the conservation practice or participation in the conservation program.To access the bills and follow their status in the Ohio legislature, visit HB 398 here  and SB 246 here.last_img read more

NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Richard Solis had 17 points to lead FEU while John Paul Bugaoan added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Season MVP Bryan Bagunas finished with 18 points to lead NU while getting additional firepower from Rookie of the Year James Natividad, who put up 16 points.“We had a small problem in the first set because of the adjustments our opponents made,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino. “It’s a good thing once the second set started we were able to recover and carried that momentum in the third and fourth sets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I hope this continues in the second game.”Madzlan Gampong and Kim Malabunga also finished in double digits for the Bulldogs with 10 points apiece. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion National University moved on the cusp of the title after turning back Far Eastern University in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball finals Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bulldogs need just one more win to repeat as champions and take their fourth title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Trouble connecting? Plug into identity.

first_imgIn just 68 words, Seth Godin recently summed up a fundamental truth of human behavior that all nonprofit fundraisers should take to heart. (Read it here: “People like us do stuff like this.”) Rather than focusing on need or showing a donor what their gift can accomplish, those looking to move proverbial mountains should spend more time understanding and appealing to shared identity. When individuals perceive themselves as part of a community (or “tribe”, as Seth would say), they’re more likely to act in a way that supports conformity and loyalty to this group. If you can show or suggest that a group would act in a certain way as part of their shared identity, the individuals who identify with this group are much more likely to act in the same way. This means that if you’re a graduate of Virginia Tech, you’re more likely to give to a cause if other Hokies are also supporting the cause. If you’re a Mets fan, you’ll sign up for the blood drive in Queens — because that’s what Mets fans do. If you live in the Lone Star State, you won’t mess with Texas.There are many types of shared identity, such as those created through:Location — a neighborhood, a nationalityCommon experiences — graduating classes, survivorsShared passions — birdwatchers, mountain bikersBy plugging into these social norms of community pride and self-identity, fundraisers and changemakers can inspire people to change behaviors, take action, and give.How are you appealing to your audience’s identity and sense of community to rally support for your cause?last_img read more

#GivingTuesday – One of the Best Fundraising Ideas in a Long Time!

first_imgThere’s no question about it, the day after the online shopping frenzy of Cyber Monday is a great time to launch nonprofit fundraising campaigns for the holiday season. Here are five great reasons Network for Good is totally behind making it one of your key charity fundraising days.Giving Is Central to the Holiday Spirit – The holidays are a time when people of many cultures and faiths within our communities are called to be generous. Gift-giving is common and it’s even common to save money for this time of year. Shopping for holiday gifts is in full swing, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring it to a peak—getting downright ugly sometimes—and fundraising for a cause can be a powerful reminder of the spirit of the season.Share a Sense of Community – From the clanging of the bells outside the grocery, to sharp-dressed Marines collecting toys, we are reminded to make charitable donations wherever we go. But the thing that’s different around the holidays is that it makes us feel like part of something larger than ourselves. Giving generously during the holidays is one of the few traditions that is common to many diverse people in our culture. By associating your charity fundraising efforts with #GivingTuesday, you are connecting with all the other charitable organizations and good-spirited donors who are also participating.Online Fundraising Sites Make Giving as Easy as Shopping – It’s the time of year when everybody is spending money, and more and more are doing it online. It just makes sense to be one of the recipients of all the money that’s flowing through the virtual pipeline.Giving Days Are Fun – Aside from the above reasons to make this particular giving day a focus of your nonprofit fundraising, giving days are fun ways to raise money. They are a quick, 24-hour period, so you have to hit it hard and promote; but then you’re done. It’s a lot less work than putting on a dinner or other production!Bonuses! – Sometimes there are special features associated with an activity that make it especially beneficial, and there are a couple that come along with #GivingTuesday. For our part, Network for Good is offering $125,000 in matching funds to its clients for #GivingTuesday campaigns this year. Making your donations go further is always enticing, isn’t it?There’s also a little boost from Uncle Sam, since December is the last month of the year, and “last call” for charity donations to get tax breaks. A lot of money is going to be donated around this time of year, so take the opportunity to get your name out there in a fun way.To learn more about how Network for Good is joining the #GivingTuesday movement, visit our N4G Gives site, or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

How to Integrate Your Email Program with Your Website

first_imgYou have a website.You’re sending out email newsletters.But how well are these two tools working together?If you haven’t thought about how to integrate your website and email marketing, your nonprofit could be missing out on valuable opportunities to grow your audience, increase donations, and ultimately further your cause.Ready to see what you’ve been missing?The first thing you need to do is add an email sign-up form to your website.Think about all the people who search for your nonprofit and come across your website. Maybe they’ve heard about your organization from a friend, or maybe they’re looking for volunteer opportunities in their area.A great website will open the door for further connection by providing additional ways to stay in touch.Give your website visitors the opportunity to hear about upcoming events, fundraisers, or announcements by adding an email sign-up form to your website.That way, even if they’re not ready to commit and sign-up to volunteer or donate right away, they still have the chance to hear more from your organization.Tip: Make your mailing list inviting by telling new subscribers what they’ll receive even before they sign up. By setting clear expectations about what you’ll send and how often, you’ll ensure that everyone knows what they’re signing up for and they can look forward to receiving your messages.Here’s how Canadian nonprofit The Local Good promotes their mailing list right on their homepage (right»).In addition to your homepage, make sure your sign-up form is visible on each page of your website. You don’t want new visitors to have to hunt it down themselves.Next, encourage your subscribers to go back to your website.Think of your email and website as a two-way street. You want to encourage website visitors to sign up for your emails, but you also want your subscribers to go beyond their inbox and spend some time back on your site.Getting traffic back to your site is dependent on your email content and design. If your nonprofit uses newsletters to share recent blog posts, this is an easy way to link back to your site and increase readership. Include a few lines to attract the readers’ attention, then encourage them to continue reading on your website.Here’s an example from Constant Contact’s Hints and Tips newsletter («left).Here, we provided the blog post headline along with an image and a few lines of text. To read the whole post they would have to go our website, where they have access to even more posts on related topics.In addition to promoting content from your website, don’t forget to include your website URL in the footer of your email. If you’re using an email template, you can use this same footer in each email you send out to give people the option to visit your website or social media channels after reading your latest email. Remember that integrating your email marketing and website will work best if each of these tools is already working well on their own. Could your emails be more effective? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before hitting send on your next email.Is your website set up to persuade visitors to donate? Make sure you’re using these 5 proven ways to increase online donations.last_img read more

New Commitments Announced at ICFP 2013 Will Bolster Contraceptive Access and Choice in Countries With High Unmet Need

first_imgPosted on November 14, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, as donors, health program leaders, researchers, policy makers and advocates from around the world are meeting at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa to discuss evidence, programming and policy priorities for achieving the goal of “full access, full choice” for family planning.  Some of the biggest news from the conference has been in the area of commitments to the FP2020 agenda, which was launched at last year’s London Summit on Family Planning. FP2020 released the first progress report on the initiative, highlighting developments such as commitments, accountability, innovation, collaboration and the agenda for evaluating progress that have emerged since the initiative.  What is more, the report release coincided with new commitments from five countries with some of the world’s highest levels of unmet need for family planning . From FP2020: “Over a year ago in London, the global community declared women’s health and well-being an urgent priority. Today, we are seeing words translate into action,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Co-Chair of the FP2020 Reference Group. “What’s most encouraging is that the countries taking the greatest steps toward improving access to modern contraceptives, including through increased domestic resources for family planning, are the countries where family planning choices have been the most limited.” National Plans, Donor Resources, Civil Society Partnerships Underpin Progress The new national family planning pledges announced at ICFP 2013 focus on policy, financial and service delivery commitments that are critical to increasing access for more women and girls. These include: • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government will use domestic resources for the first time to purchase contraceptives. •In Guinea, funds will be used to recruit thousands of health workers who can deliver family planning in rural areas, as has proven successful in other countries like Ethiopia. •Myanmar will implement a monitoring system to strengthen quality of care and ensure women have a full range of contraceptive options. •Beginning in 2014, the government of Mauritania will commit to allocating health commodity security funds for family planning and, along with its partners, commit to mobilizing additional resources for the implementation of its national family planning action plan. •By 2015, Benin will ensure that modern methods of contraceptives are available without cost and that reproductive health training is provided for adolescents and youth. Countries currently make up one-third of the more than 70 commitment-makers to FP2020. Progress is being led by national governments, in collaboration with civil society organizations, service providers, advocates, industry leaders and experts. One-quarter of FP2020 commitment-making countries have launched detailed, costed national family planning plans. One-third of commitment-making countries have increased their national budget allocations for family planning services or supplies.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: A Call for Comments

first_imgPosted on July 1, 2014November 4, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This year, WHO’s Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Working Group, including experts from the MHTF, have been working together to help set consensus and strategies for addressing maternal and neonatal health in the post-2015 agenda.Today, their draft paper, Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality, is available. This paper expounds on the consensus building for the post-2015 agenda that happened in Bangkok in April. In the paper, the authors summarize the global burden of maternal mortality and the urgency to make EPMM a priority within a human rights framework.The paper summarizes the successes and weaknesses of the Millennium Development Goals and how as a global community we should approach the post-2015 agenda as countries strive to address direct and indirect causes of maternal mortality and morbidities. In addition, a strategic approach to EPMM is necessary given global and national disparities in maternal mortality with 99% of maternal mortality occurring in the developing world and wide national disparities within both developed and developing countries, as well.In order to address these inequities, there are specific targets for global and country equity in maternal mortality ratio (MMR) reduction.  The goal is to reduce the global average MMR to 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030. In order to foster equity at a country level, countries with MMRs less than 420 in 2010 must reduce their MMR by 2/3 while countries with a baseline MMR greater than 420 in 2010 must achieve an MMR below twice the global average, or 140, by 2030.In order to strengthen global consensus on goals and strategies for EPMM, the authors would like your comments on this draft paper before it is finalized. Please submit your comments and feedback on Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality, by July 31st, 2014 to epmm@who.int.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more