‘Reverse Dependency Syndrome’

first_imgAn entrepreneur of the United States of America, Mr. Juan Casimiro, has emphasized the need for Liberians to reverse from dependency to champion their own cause to become sustainable through business.Making the assertion in an interview following a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop organized for young Liberian entrepreneurs by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Mr. Casimiro indicated that Liberia, like other countries around the world, depends on others for survival— something he said people need to seriously put behind them to engage in business ventures that will make them successful entrepreneurs, instead of depending on others.“What I see in Liberia, like other countries, is that people depend too much on others. They see these NGOs and the government and decide to depend on them.  You have to reverse that mindset, become self- enterprising, become self sustainable,” he stressed.Highlighting the nature of the four-day workshop, Mr. Casimiro said it is meant to provide knowledge for young entrepreneurs to be successful in life and be able to manage money the best way and to become independent entrepreneurs.He said they had a training exercise for the same group last October, and the Training of Trainer component came to prepare these Liberians to train others in their communities in return.The program, according to the workshop facilitator, in line with U.S. Government under the leadership of President Barak Obama was initiated for African youths; about 850 Liberians have applied to be a part it.Of the 850 Mr. Casimiro said only about 15 to 20 will be selected from Liberia to form a part.Concerning the Casimiro Global Foundation he operates as an entrepreneur, Mr. Casimiro said he came with the dream following the death of his father fourteen years ago when he realized that he could not just sit to mourn but to undertake a venture in honor of his deceased father.The foundation, he said is concerned with three programs; namely, Global Youth Chain of Commerce, Global Youth internship Program and SEED (Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Development) Fund.He said while some have the entrepreneurial knowledge and plan to make a business grow, they lack funds to invest in business.  Therefore, he said the SEED aspect of the foundation was included to provide funds for prepared entrepreneurs who will want to start a business but lack the capital.Mr. Casimiro assured that some of the Liberian entrepreneurs that underwent the training may receive funding from his foundation, but they will have to submit their business plans through electronic mail and he and the board of the foundation will assess and properly evaluate the plans before providing fund for some of them.To keep the trained entrepreneurs in touch, the facilitator said there will be a periodic video conference with them and will constantly be exchanging emails so they remain acquainted with what they need to know to train others in their respective communities.The twenty participants are mainly young Liberians who have gained knowledge at various accredited universities in the country.Commenting on the significance of the workshop, two of the twenty participants, Suah Wanyan and Chebio W. Dickson II, expressed delight over being a part of the training. They noted that it left them more determined to becoming entrepreneurs, instead of relying on government or other institutions to provide jobs for them.Suah Wanyan who is already operating a sanitation company said strategies learnt from the training will help her not only to train others, but will provide her the opportunity to explore avenues on how to sustain and account for her business.For his part, Chebio W. Dickson said the workshop has given him leadership direction in addition to his Business Management gained at the university. He said he will make sure he uses his knowledge to succeed in business.Meanwhile, having gained their business knowledge through the U.S. embassy, the participants returned the gesture by offering a token of appreciation to the embassy and its facilitator.As is customary, on occasions, they gowned Mr. Casimiro and presented to one of U.S. Embassy staff, an artifact symbolizing friendship. It was intended for Ambassador Deborah Malac who was unable to attend the closing ceremony.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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One-Stop (online) Government

first_imgThe expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the provision of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called electronic government or eGovernment. One aspect of eGovernment involves the use of a single medium or a one-stop shop to deliver services and information to customers of public administration. We refer to this single platform as a “ONE-STOP (ONLINE) GOVERNMENT” which is the focus of today’s article.The “one-stop (online) government” is a modern approach in public administration reform that integrates of public services from a “customer of public services” – point of view. Under the one-stop paradigm, all of a customer’s business can be completed in a single contact using an electronic portal or ePortal. One-stop customers do not have to hunt around, call back, or repeatedly explain their situation in order to gain services or information.There several benefits that customers of public administration can enjoy via a one-stop (online) service platform. This includes but is not limited to convenience, accessibility, personalization and availability of services 24/7/365 a year, using any internet connected device. This characterizes the modern paradigm shift in our way of living. The beauty of a One-stop (online) Government is that decisions that would take days/weeks/months to make are made in a few seconds through automated processes and the click of a mouse.In order to work seamless and effectively a one-stop (online) government” platform requires that all Ministries, Agencies, Commissions (MACs) of the Liberian government are interconnected through ICTs and that Liberians are able to access public services through a single point (ePortal) even if these services are actually provided by different MACs. One-stop (online) government requires the reengineering of the public sector’s processes. It calls for a holistic framework that supports integrated modelling of electronic public services and synchronization with the technical development.The holistic framework mentioned above provides an important guideline to address different aspects impacting a one-stop (online) government system. Moreover, the legal aspects framing one-stop (online) government development and the social impacts of such developments for different “customer groups” must be understood.In Liberia our online one-stop shop portal is in the early stages of development. It provides information and access to limited set of Government services. The goal is to be more transactional with customers of public administration. However; the level of integration necessary to provide advanced transaction capabilities is still a work in progressEGovernment systems have become prevalent around the world and are now an accepted standard of good government. And they are and have been successful because governments’ eServices run in parallel with existing traditional public service channels in order to bridge the digital divide and avoid excluding large sections of the population from access to government services. In other words, a one-stop (online) government platform supplement, but do not substitute for other government service delivery channels.There are several gains that can be garnered from one-stop (online) governments. These gains usually come from streamlining government bureaucracy and increasing citizen satisfaction. In addition, online one-stop shop allows greater transparency of public services, greater accountability of public servants and politicians, reduced corruption, lower costs for business, greater attraction of foreign invest.EGovernment also improves interagency IT initiatives for the improvement of customer service, to consolidate redundant systems, decrease paperwork, increase productivity and save money. It brings an order of magnitude in improvement in the Government of Liberia’s value to the citizen, especially by its ability to provide decisions effectively and promptly in minutes or hours and not in weeks or months as is done in the traditional settings.I have said a lot of good things about a one-stop (online) government. It would be disingenuous of me not to indicate some of its challenges. While interest in one-stop-government continues to grow, little knowledge exists regarding crucial success factors and barriers. Filling this gap is particularly difficult, especially in developing countries. The need for a robust telecommunications infrastructure, human capacity, the absence of an eGovernment champion at senior level (usually the head of the nation), the unwillingness of government to make available the amount needed to enhance eGovernment continue to hinder the existence of things such as an one-stop (online) government.I must say that I am proud of the developments in Liberia’s ICT sector. To reach a point where we are discussing and bringing government online is in fact an indication that a lot has been done to reach this far. By a lot, I mean the following: The development of a national ICT policy, a liberalized ICT market, a national policy maker, regulator and operator, several private operator, connection to a submarine optical fiber cable, a Universal Access program that will soon to start, a Chief Information Officer regime that is underway, an Project/Programs Management office for eGovernment programs, a national initiative to place computer labs in public schools, and now, an online one-stop shop for access to Governments services and information.These are just a few of the developments in the ICT sector. It would take more than a newspaper article to be able to list all. But I am convinced that the few listed have proved my point. And, if you ask me, I’d tell you that within a decade, we have leapfrogged in to a level of modernity that we could not have achieved in such a short time, a few years ago. I stand corrected of course!Until next week, Carpe diem!!!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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Mighty Gor make history by progressing to CAF CC Group Stages

first_imgFrancis Kahata scored the all important goal that sailed Gor through, just a minute after Harun Shakava had scored an own goal. Despite Thabo Mnyamane’s goal that took SuperSport 2-1 after 68 minutes, Gor managed to hold on for the historic feat that assures them of at least Sh27mn in grants.K’Ogalo missed two first team players in Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Wendo, but head coach Dylan Kerr still fielded a strong side. Meddie Kagere spearheaded the attack with support from Bernard Ondiek and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.Philemon Otieno who had played at right back over the last two games was drafted back into midfield to take charge of Wendo’s absence while Joachim Oluoch started off at right back.Boniface Oluoch training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKeeper Boniface Oluoch was kept busy between the sticks by the hosts in the opening 45 minutes as the hosts piled pressure in a bid to get that single goal that would put them squarely back into contention.In the 15th minute, the hosts had a chance when Sipho Mbule dragged a shot from distance but it flew over the bar. Seven minutes later, Mbule attempted to turn provider releasing Luke Le Roux, but the latter’s cross was well collected by Oluoch.In the 28th minute, Oluoch was forced into a save again, this time making an easy catch to pick out Thabo Mnyamane’s freekick.SuperSport had forced Gor to play on the back-foot but the Kenyan champions had a chance two minutes to the break when Ondiek broke through but his effort went inches wide.In the second half, the hosts started off with punch in attack. Dylan Stoffels had two chances, first with a shot that was well saved by keeper Oluoch and the second, he took a heavy first touch off a Jamie Weber cross allowing the defense to clear.The pressure finally bore fruit in the 59th minute when Shakava cleared a cross into his own net, but the joy was short-lived as from a quick restart, Kahata put the ball beyond the keeper from a George Odhiambo cross.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Mogan Gould during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAt this point, SuperSport needed at least two more goals to assure themselves a place in the group stages and they kept the pressure. In the 68 th minute, they made it 2-1 when Mnyamane found space to shoot, beating Oluoch.The second goal added adrenaline to Matsatsantsa and Oluoch was forced to make two great saves off Darren Smith one on one.On the opposite end, Reyaad Pieterse also made a great save to deny Gor Mahia. The Kenyans managed to hold on to the score and despite Kerr marking his third loss since joining Gor, he had done just enough to make history with K’Ogalo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A Gor Mahia die hard fan singing the K’Ogalo anthem with passion. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18- Record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have made history by becoming the first Kenyan team to progress to the group stages of continental football in the new era of CAF club games.Despite losing 2-1 to SuperSport United in the return leg of the play-off round in Pretoria on Wednesday night, the Kenyan champions advanced on the away goals rule after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY PUB ‘THE BREWERY’ UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

first_imgThe Brewery Bar in Letterkenny.EXCLUSIVE: It has been confirmed this evening that well known bar and restaurant “The Brewery” on Letterkenny’s Market Square is now under new ownership, effective immediately.The sale is understood to have occurred off market.It’s understood that some strong local business personalities are involved in the new ownership structure and the bar is expecting large numbers over the course of the weekend, as punters attempt to establish the identity of the new owners. It is understood that the new owners will be on the premises this evening. LETTERKENNY PUB ‘THE BREWERY’ UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP was last modified: November 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennysoldThe Brewerylast_img read more

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ATHLETICS NEWS: COLÁÍSTE AÍLÍGH 5K ROAD RACE RETURNS ON THE 21ST OF APRIL

first_imgAction from last year’s race.ATHLETICS NEWS: The annual Coláíste Aílígh 5K road race is back and will be held on Tuesday the 21st of April.The hugely popular event attracted a HUGE crowd last year and organisers are expected another large participation to this year’s event.Registration for the 5K starts at 5.30pm and the race begins at 7pm sharp. There will be shower and changing room facilities available for participants, while refreshments will also be served.It’s €8 for an individual adult and €5 for a child, while families can enter the race for €12.Last year’s event was a huge success and organisers are hoping this year can go one better.Keep next Tuesday the 21st FREE for the Coláíste Aílígh road race. ATHLETICS NEWS: COLÁÍSTE AÍLÍGH 5K ROAD RACE RETURNS ON THE 21ST OF APRIL was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:5kathleticsColaiste AliighFeaturesNoticesraceSportlast_img read more

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What Ronaldo said about his goal and Man United’s tactics

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 “I have seen the replay in the dressing room,” Ronaldo told Viasat. “I didn’t realise it was a fantastic goal, but I did good movement and I kicked the ball strongly.“I was happy for the goal but we are a little disappointed because we should have won the game easily, by three or four goals.”However, they couldn’t find a way to kill the game and the former Manchester United player was not impressed with the visitors’ tactics.“Manchester, they didn’t do much, in my opinion,” he continued.“They created two chances, set pieces, I know the English teams they are always looking for the set pieces.“But we will learn from our mistakes and we are still top of the group so we are good.”The win puts United in second place on seven points, while Juventus sit at the top of the Group H table with nine points. Valencia, meanwhile, are on five points. no dice Ronaldo celebrated his sensational opener by showing fans his six pack Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Cristiano Ronaldo scores first Champions League goal for Juventus! ⚫️⚪️And what a way to do it! 😳🙌UNREAL! 👏 pic.twitter.com/6G9siDmXZp— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018And when the ball did crash into the back of the net, United fans, who worshipped him for six years when he played for the club, probably didn’t expect to see him run off in jubilation.However, unlike, his muted celebration when he scored for Real Madrid in 2013, Ronaldo raced away to lift up his shirt and reveal his Adonis-like torso. Cristiano Ronaldo believes Juventus should have beaten Manchester United ‘easily’.The forward scored his first Champions League goal for the club – a brilliant volley – but it counted for nothing as the Premier League fought back with two late goals to stun the Turin crowd and win 2-1. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE huge blow REVEALED RANKED center_img MONEY shining REVEALED BEST OF Most Popular In Football Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

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Football Manager 2019: How football looks 200 years in the future

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football Stories 2 MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REPLY shining getty Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED 2 So, are Manchester City still dominating? Can Scotland win a World Cup? And will Southend United ever get into the Premier League?Find out by watching the video below… Will Neymar’s world-record fee still stand? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury What will football look like 200 years from now?Will VAR have banished refereeing mistakes forever? Will goals be the same size? Will the records set by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still be standing? It’ll be fascinating to know. no dice Unfortunately, it’s unlikely any of us will be around to find out – unless you know a man with flux capacitor.Therefore, the best way to figure out what will happen is to use Football Manager 2019.Football Manager: 28 of the funniest regen names everThe ultra realistic simulator is loved by most fans of the beautiful game, and players themselves, such as Antoine Griezmann.And one gamer on YouTube – WorkTheSpace – has taken it upon himself to find out what the future looks like by simulating the game 200 years into the future. Will Lionel Messi’s records still stand in 2219? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow ADVICE last_img read more

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CALLING ALL MUSEUM DETECTIVES – DONEGAL NEEDS YOU!

first_imgThe public are invited to attend the Donegal County Museum for the launch of the ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ by Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.The launch takes place this Friday, 18th October 12noon in Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny.This fun and educational family backpack is available to borrow free of charge on your visit to the Donegal County Museum. It contains a variety of activities which have been designed to engage children and families with the exhibitions.Each pack contains ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ pencils and badges, which are free to take home. There is also a Museum postcard you can use to tell your friends and family about your visit to the Donegal County Museum.This project was funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2013 Scheme to assist Local & Regional Museums.CALLING ALL MUSEUM DETECTIVES – DONEGAL NEEDS YOU! was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County MuseumMuseum Detectiveslast_img read more

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Time for your ‘Leap Second’ resolutions

first_img “This might never happen again in our lifetime, in our great-great-great grandchildren’s lifetime,” he said. Sitting in his living room among an eyepopping collection of electronics, run by some 10 remote controls lined up on his coffee table, are the three clocks that he has labeled by manufacturer and system of timekeeping. To the untrained eye, they differ by the color of the readouts: teal, amber and red. It took some research in recent weeks for Newhall to determine which of his three antenna-tuned atomic-digital clocks (he also has a standard face clock and two atomic watches – one for each wrist) would accurately reflect the time when the leap second occurred. The lower-tech Spectracom red numeral clock was the only one whose manufacturer said testing had showed the 60 would appear in the seconds slot. The others, by the same manufacturer, will either hold 59 or 00 for an extra second. “I want to scold them for not doing a better job,” he said of Symmetricom clocks. Newhall, a descendant of the Santa Clarita Valley’s pioneering family, was an astronomer for Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 35 years before retiring eight years ago. It’s a safe bet he was never late for work. He spends hours a week in his roomful of computers, noting he gets about 800 hits a second on his Web site (http://sn.to) from users who want to know real time, mainly to set computer clocks. A watch that’s a few minutes off is intolerable to Newhall, who said he’s matured beyond the days when such an inaccuracy would trigger his adrenaline. And while super-accurate time isn’t crucial to the average person, it matters for those who launch satellites or work power grids, Mosley said. “When you’re switching energy grids, you’ve got to be dead-on,” he said. “When you and I go shopping for chicken, it doesn’t matter so much.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A huge quake rupturing Earth’s crust, heavy snow in Siberia or even high winds in the Andes Mountains can alter the planet’s rotation and change time, if only by a single second. And for people like retired astronomer Skip Newhall, a second is a big deal – big enough that he’s planning his first, and possibly last, “leap second” party today at his Valencia home to note the extra blink of the clock between 3:59:59 and 4:00:00 p.m. local time. “We’re going to have 30, 35 people,” Newhall said Friday. “I’ve got three different time readouts. One will have a 60 in the second spot – clocks don’t usually do that – and I have a couple of clocks that aren’t going to read right. “I’m going to have everyone give a chorus of ‘boos’ for those.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Leap seconds have been occurring since 1972 in either January or June – every one to seven or so years as needed to maintain Earth, not man-made clocks, as the ultimate timekeeper, said John Mosley, an astronomer at the Griffith Park Observatory. The leap second is actually aimed at midnight, Greenwich Mean Time. But now there is talk among the world’s weights and measures agencies of abandoning the practice of adding seconds as needed to keep up with Earth’s imprecise rotation, Mosley said. Proponents say it would be a simpler way of keeping time. The astronomy community argues that Earth, not humans, should dictate time, even though it means adding a second every few years. “If you let a mechanical clock be the ultimate source, it’s simpler, but then the Earth is going to get out of sync with the calendar,” Mosley said. “The problem is March starts happening when it’s still winter. It’s sort of like abandoning the gold standard when you abandon the Earth as the time standard.” For Newhall, he’s billing his get-together as possibly the last time anyone alive now will experience a leap second. If the world’s time gurus determine it would be simpler to catch up with Earth by adding a leap hour, it would be about 3,600 years before the seconds added up, he said. last_img read more

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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell expected back Wednesday night

first_imgThe Warriors’ expectation is D’Angelo Russell will return to the court Wednesday night in Charlotte after missing their last nine games with a sprained right thumb.The 23-year-old point guard is listed as probable for the Warriors, who will also get Draymond Green (heel) back after a one-game absence as they try to avoid a fourth straight loss on their five-game road trip.Russell has missed 12 of the Warriors’ 22 games, but when he’s played he’s thrived in their offense. He’s averaging a …last_img read more

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