‘Durable Housing Units for Slum Dwellers Could Reduce Poverty’

first_imgOne of Liberia’s foremost businessmen, and a former business analyst at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Darlington B. Fineboy, says inexpensive yet durable housing units for impoverished slum dwellers could be one of the keys to sustainable poverty reduction in Liberia.The 68-year-old Liberian businessman made the assertion recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer.He expressed regret that slum dwellers continue to live in abject poverty because of the neglect of successive Liberian Governments.Mr. Fineboy stressed that a practical and result oriented approach to the housing needs of slum dwellers is critical to addressing the poverty being endured by Liberians.He also pointed out that the current Unity Party led administration must draw a blue print that would address the housing challenges of the nation.Mr. Fineboy further urged stakeholders in the housing sector to graduate from sugarcoated promises and get involved in designing realistic housing programs for the country.“I have listened to many pronouncements and policy statements about the housing sector, but the translation of these ideas into concrete programs are not forthcoming,” Mr. Fineboy observed.He recalled that the late President William R. Tolbert had the political will to implement some radical housing policies for slum dwellers and other Liberians.Sadly, Mr. Fineboy lamented, Tolbert was killed in a military coup, and his housing programs have been swept under the carpet by successive Liberian Governments.“I advise the current administration to wake up and help make the dreams and aspirations of the late President Tolbert a reality,” Mr. Fineboy stressed.He also expressed concern over the current wave of youth unemployment, a major factor that contributes to the population of the slums.Mr. Fineboy called on the Liberian Government and stakeholders in the business sector to decentralize economic activities from within Monrovia and spread them across the country.“We cannot afford to go through another civil crisis,” Mr. Fineboy stated, “therefore swift steps should be taken to address the menace of poverty, not just in the capital, but throughout the 15 counties as well,” he emphasized.In closing, Mr. Fineboy expressed fears that if urgent steps are not taken to address the economic hardships being faced by citizens, he foresees chaos generated by resentment from the masses spreading throughout the country.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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“AG’s claim bizarre, order was granted” – Manickchand

first_imgRed House fiascoPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member and Attorney Priya Manickchand has rubbished claims made by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams that the Conservatory Order requested by the Management Committee of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Incorporated (CJRCI) was refused.Last Friday, the local media was informed that Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Manickchand had secured a Conservatory Order on behalf of Hydar Ally, Chairman of the CJRCI Management Committee. The Order, granted by Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, seeks to restrain the Attorney General, his servants and/or agents and every officer of Government or the State, from interfering with or removing or destroying any property, materials, artefacts of the CJRCI stored at Red House.Priya ManickchandHowever, the following day, the Ministry of the Presidency issued a statement calling for the retraction of reports that the Order was granted. In the State’s release, Attorney General Williams claimed that the Conservatory Order was refused after it was pointed out during Friday’s hearing that the declarations requested by Ally had no basis. He noted too that he had informed the Chief Justice that the lease was already cancelled and Government has taken possession of the Red House.However, on Tuesday, Manickchand told <<>> that the claim by the Attorney General, who along with the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) was named respondents in the legal action, is “bizarre”.She noted, “It was a bizarre claim by the Attorney General that (the order) was not granted when there is a perfected order entered to that effect… It is also a rather bizarre claim from the Attorney General. That really needs clarification, when he said that Government has possession of the property.”Furthermore, Manickchand pointed this newspaper to the Court Order, copies of which were also posted on the Party’s Facebook page, outlining that “… upon hearing Attorney-at-law for the Application/Plaintiff and the Respondent/Defendants it is by consent ordered that the first named Respondent/Defendant give an undertaking that all items property and artefacts of the Application/Plaintiff stored at the demised property that is Area ‘A’, now called Red House, comprising Lots 65, 66 and 67 High Street, Kingston… will not be interfered with or removed until further ordered.”In the court document, the Chief Justice also granted leave to the respondents to file an Affidavit in Answer within 21 days from Friday’s ruling date, and further ordered that the applicant file an Affidavit in Reply within 14 days thereafter.On Thursday last, President David Granger ordered that the lease for Red House, which houses CJRCI be revoked and give the occupants up to December 31, 2016, to vacate the property. He also instructed Minister of State Joseph Harmon to see that the building be assigned to house the National Trust of Guyana, its staff, stores and equipment effective January 1, 2017.However, quick action by the PPP-backed Management Committee saw legal actions taken to reverse the President’s decision.In the meantime, workers from the Ministry of the Presidency on Friday hammered down the hallmark sign of the Red House. A major commotion erupted outside of the High Street premises as the workmen stripped the building of its identity and barred the gates to the premises even though Government had given the occupants up to Saturday (December 31, 2016) to vacate the property.PPP members had rushed to the scene to defend the legacy of former President, Dr Cheddi Jagan. The workmen attempted to transport the wooden sign bearing the words “Cheddi Jagan Research Centre” but fierce opposition from the PPP members and stewards of the Red House prevented them from doing so.The men eventually drove off in a canter; the PPP members worked together with others on the scene to re-hoist the sign onto the building. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who was on site during the standoff with the Government officers, noted that the attacks against Dr Jagan and his legacy is the height of indecency and callousness of the Government.“This is heinous, reprehensible act on the part of this Government. They have so many things to deal with in this country than to come and do what they did here today (Friday) to forcibly eject the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from this building,” Jagdeo said.Later that evening, the PPP’s peaceful candle vigil to voice concerns over Government’s move to evict the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from Red House was marred by a protest by group of People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) supporters, led by the Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence.This ‘Red House saga’ has sparked immense public outrage, with countless of Guyanese condemning the Government for its unjustifiable attack on the legacy of Dr Jagan – who significantly contributed to the struggle for a free, independent and democratic Guyana.last_img read more

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Sports pictures taken at the right moment in 2014

first_imgCheck out the video above – sports pictures taken at exactly the right moment.You really couldn’t have timed these better.From Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, to Bayern’s Ribery via Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, football features heavily.Then there are spectular moments in ice skating, baseball, the Winter Olympics and more.Enjoy!last_img

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Trainer’s goof points to need for training

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Q: I walked into one of my employee’s work stations, and she immediately turned over a sheet of paper on her desk. It is clear that she did not want me to see what was on it, and I said nothing about it at the time. However, I keep wondering if I did the right thing, and how to handle this type of situation in the future. A If you really believe that you did the right thing, you would not keep wondering about the way that you handled this matter. However, you might as well stop wondering because constant ruminating over the past is not going to do you any good. It is easy to conclude that your employee was working on a personal matter rather than doing her job when you approached, and she apparently hoped you did not notice her attempted cover-up. At the same time, there could actually be some acceptable although farfetched reasons for her to do a paper-flip. For example, perhaps she wanted to surprise you with some interesting piece of data that she is fine-tuning, or she may even be planning a surprise party for you. Nonetheless, you are the manager, and you have a right to know what your employees are doing during the hours when they are supposed to be working. As a result, the next time she flips over a paper when you approach, you should simply say, “Hi, what are you working on?” At that point, you will see whatever is written on the paper, and perhaps there will be some writing on the wall, too. Q: Our company brought in an outside trainer, and during the session I thought he made a technical mistake, and not on a minor issue. When I politely asked him about it, he turned my question into a joke and got a big laugh from everyone in the room. Afterward, I did some checking and found out I was right and the trainer was wrong on the issue. Should I say something or just forget it? A Not only was the trainer technically wrong, he was also personally wrong. Even if your question was totally without merit, a trainer has no right to ridicule or embarrass any attendee. If that were the trainer’s only mistake, you would be well-advised to say something about it. However, this trainer also provided you and the other attendees with incorrect information on a significant matter. As a result, there are two solid reasons for you to take further action. The first step is to contact whoever retained this trainer and let him or her know what happened in the session. Secondly, there should be a formal correction sent to all of the attendees so that they will have accurate information on the point the trainer mishandled. Thirdly, the trainer should be advised of his errors, and he should write a formal apology to you and copy the other attendees. And finally, if the trainer is not self-employed, his employer should be advised of this incident. It sounds like this trainer needs some training, not only in his so-called area of expertise, but also in human relations. Q: I am currently looking for a job, and one of my friends told me that he heard that putting a “P.S.” at the end of a cover letter is a good way to get some extra attention. Is this a good idea, or is it something that might put an employer off? A Your friend is actually telling you something that many direct marketing professionals have known for years, namely that a “P.S.” is an excellent way to highlight a particularly important point that could get lost in the middle of an advertisement or promotional piece. When employers read a cover letter, they do not dwell on every word, but more typically read it all quickly. If a few good points jump out, the next stop is the r sum . However, no matter what a letter looks like, most people will read a “P.S.” It easily attracts a reader’s eyeballs, since these after-the-fact messages often contain a piece of information that is particularly interesting, important or intriguing. If you are going to put a “P.S.” on your cover letter, there are a few points to keep in mind. The first is to keep your postscript message so brief that the reader can take in the whole thought in one glance. Secondly, make sure your “P.S.” has information that is particularly important to this employer. For example, if the position calls for a specific skill, certification or ability, you should include it in the body of your cover letter, and then highlight it in your “P.S.” In a word, a “P.S.” can be a very effective Persuasive Strategy. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at lloydonjob@aol.com.160Want 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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VICA honors two today

first_imgVAN NUYS – The Valley Industry and Commerce Association will honor two of its members and elect a new board at its 58th annual meeting today. Pete Satuloff, a certified public accountant and principal at the Woodland Hills firm Anderson, Satuloff, Machado & Mendelsohn, will receive this year’s Harmon Ballin award for community service. “Pete Satuloff is just one of those unsung heroes who has been involved with VICA for a long time,” said VICA CEO Brendan Huffman. Satuloff has been a VICA board member since 1988 and for 17 years has served as the treasurer, what Huffman calls a “thankless task.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFor more than two decades, Satuloff has served as the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Van Nuys and the Van Nuys Rotary Club Foundation. He is also actively involved with the Fernando Awards, the Mid Valley Community Police Council and the Mid Valley YMCA. Pegi Matsuda, publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, will receive the second annual President’s Award for assisting and supporting VICA staff. Matsuda was named publisher of the journal in 2001 and was the associate publisher since 1999. “Pegi has put so much energy into VICA, not just board support but she has been helpful to staff,” Huffman said. “When we need someone with good ideas, she is there. When we need someone to lead a tedious but necessary task force, she steps up.” Cheryl Fair, news director at KABC (Channel 7) Eyewitness News, will be speaking about the role a television station plays in a community. In 1994 Fair became the first female news director at Channel 7 in Los Angeles. On her first day at work she directed coverage of the O.J. Simpson car chase. The VICA meeting is being held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members and a second ticket is half off. For more information, visit www.vica.com. julia.scott@dailynews.com 818-713-3735160Want 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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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A man was fatally shot in an unincorporated pocket between Whittier, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs on Friday, a sheriff’s deputy said. The shooting occurred at 5:30 p.m. on the 6100 block of Norwalk Boulevard, near Whittier Boulevard, said Deputy Colin Matsumoto. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Matsumoto said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives were sent to investigate the circumstances of the shooting, Matsumoto said. Murder suspects’ arraignment reset NORWALK – A Norwalk Court judge Friday rescheduled an arraignment for two defendants accused of luring three men to a home and murdering them for $8,500 before leaving their bodies in a Mercedes behind a La Mirada shopping center. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 31, and Briaell Michael Lee, 23, were held to answer after a preliminary hearing in November. They are expected to enter a plea at a Feb. 27 arraignment. The defendants are charged with murdering 23-year-old Mario Larios and 22-year-old Edgar Valles, both of West Covina, and 25-year-old Fernando Pina of Mexico when they allegedly came to Bell’s house to buy his car in January 2004. Bell is also charged with the slaying of Ineka Edmonson, 22, of Compton on Nov. 11, 2004, in La Habra. Genealogists to meet today WHITTIER – The monthly meeting of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave. The featured speaker will be Anne Browning, a descendent of the “Orphan Train.” Between 1850 and 1920s, 150,000 orphaned and abandoned children were sent from East Coast cities to new homes in the West. A computer workshop will meet earlier in the day, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., and a beginner refresher class in ancestry reearch will meet from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (626) 919-1713 or (562) 695-5431. Biola BOLD meeting slated LA MIRADA – A free information session for Biola University’s BOLD program, designed specifically for working adults who wish to complete their college degrees by attending evening classes, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today in the Heritage Room at the campus, 13800 Biola Ave. Seating is limited. In the BOLD program, students attend classes after work. Classes meet only one or two times a week. In as little as 16 months, students can complete their major courses. For more information, call (800) 705-BOLD, or visit www.biola.edu/bold. Home for women sets yard sale WHITTIER – Dwelling In a Secret Place, a new transitional home for women, will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 13634 Mar Vista St. For more information, call (562) 413-3911. CERT training classes offered PICO RIVERA – The city has teamed up with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to provide free Community Emergency Response Team training courses during the months of January and February. The three-day Federal Emergency Management Agency- approved program trains participants to be better prepared to effectively respond to a crisis or disaster. Once certified, CERT members may be called upon to assist emergency response personnel during large-scale emergencies and disasters. Courses will be held from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at the Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200 Mines Ave. To register, or for more information, call (562) 801-4413. – From staff reportslast_img read more

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Kids taking a swing at fresh starts

first_img I stopped by the Woodland Hills campus Monday to visit with the Pacific Lodge Boys Home championship softball team, which had just been awarded $5,000 from the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles to buy new sports equipment. The foundation may be the best thing that came out of the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. Surplus revenue from the Games has been used to buy equipment for needy and troubled kids. Those worn baseball gloves the Pac Lodge Sluggers used this season and the plastic ones handed out to kids on Glove Night at Dodger Stadium were finally going in the trash. So were the lopsided softballs, ripped T-shirts, and holey tennis shoes they wore during their undefeated, championship season. They were going to get real uniforms and new equipment. “Before I got here, I had never been on a sports team of any kind,” said David, 17, who’s been at the home for six months. Team sports just weren’t on the neighborhood agenda where he lived. Both David and Steven knelt at home plate and smoothed out the dirt the team had picked up from Dodger Stadium earlier this year. Magic dirt, some say. “The Dodgers were putting new dirt in their infield and we asked if we could use some of the old dirt for our field,” said Larry Flowers, a counselor at the home. Flowers and a few of the players drove down to the stadium in the home’s old pickup truck and loaded up the red clay Dodger dirt. You would have thought they were bringing home gold. “The boys were so excited to be putting in dirt used in Dodger Stadium on our old softball field,” said Kristin Sanders, associate director of development. “It made them feel special, and that’s something most of these kids have never felt before.” Now, nobody’s saying Dodger dirt was responsible for their undefeated season, but there was some magic going on that old softball field at the home. “We came together as a team, which is something none of us ever did in our old neighborhoods,” Steven said. “I guess that’s why we’re here, to learn new things, and turn our lives around. Do some positive things for a change.” Learn what cheering, not yelling, sounds like. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It’s called cheering, son. Steven’s a member of the Pac Lodge Sluggers, which went undefeated in 12 games this year to win the championship of the Placement and Group Home League. Never heard of it? Not too many people have. I’d like to tell you the full names of the players and show you their faces, but that would be against the law. The kids playing in this league are all juvenile wards of the court. They’ve either done something wrong or had something wrong done to them. Most grew up in tough, inner-city neighborhoods, where a good day meant getting home in one piece. The kid swung the bat as hard as he could, then watched stunned as the softball flew over the center fielder’s head and landed on the dirt running track. A home run. He sprinted to first base, still holding the bat as the crowd began to yell. How was he supposed to know he should drop the bat and take his time running the bases? They didn’t play softball in the tough L.A. neighborhood where the kid grew up. So you couldn’t blame the kid for stopping at second base and wondering what he’d done wrong. “It was the first time in my life people yelled at me for doing something right,” said Steven, 17. last_img read more

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Vanessa Donohoe well-wishers get positive news update

first_imgThe community support group for Newtowncunningham woman Vanessa Donohue have received some uplifting news and positive campaign boosts in the past day. Vanessa Donohoe, who took ill in Spain last weekend, was taken off life support yesterday and is said to be making progress in her recovery. The mum-of-three is being cared for in a Barcelona hospital following surgery for a severe brain aneurysm.Vanessa’s sister Gillian shared a much-welcomed update on her condition on social media last night. On behalf of the family, she said: “Vanessa is off life support she still has a long road ahead but she has made great progress today thanks to all your prayers! We are so delighted with all the support and well wishes and are forever grateful to you all! Keep the prayers going please.” The community of Newtowncunningham and beyond are passionately fundraising for the Donohoe family to support them financially during this difficult time.A music night and BBQ was held on Tuesday in Peter’s Bar, with the amazing fundraising total revealed at €5250.The Recovery Fund committee also organised a massive country music night for Vanessa in An Grianan Hotel. As of this evening, generous supporters have snapped up all 400 tickets and the event is now been sold out. A GoFundMe campaign for Vanessa‘s fund continues to trend online, with €6,855 raised by 170 people in just two days.The committee are hoping to reach an initial target of €25,000 to support Vanessa’s treatment and to assist her husband PJ and children as they stay with her in BarcelonaMore events are planned in Newtowncunningham this weekend. A fundraising spinning cycle will be held at Kernan’s Eurospar Newtowncunningham on Saturday the 16th June from 9am to 6pm. The U12 boys from Killea and Naomh Chomcille are taking on the challenge in support of their teammate, who is a son of Vanessa’s.Other fundraisers include collections at tea and coffee events after mass, football sponsor cards being sold to win a Zinedine Zidane signed jersey, and an envelope drop throughout the area.If you would like to show your support to Vanessa and her family, click here to donate or share the GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/5o57xa8 Vanessa Donohoe well-wishers get positive news update was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Newtowncunnighamvanessa donohoe recovery fundlast_img read more

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Stones snap up former Watford defender

first_imgWealdstone have signed former Watford youngster Connor Stevens.The 20-year-old defender, who was recently released by the Hornets, spent much of last season on loan at the Stones’ National League South rivals Oxford City.He did not make a first-team appearance for Watford but did feature for their Under-23 side.Wealdstone manager Bobby Wilkinson said: “Connor has done exceptionally well in pre-season in a key area for us and the opportunity arose to sign him as we look to finalise the squad.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youBestFamilyMag15 Apartment Dogs that Won’t Bark a lotBestFamilyMagUndoHealth & Human Research11 Foods to Try to Ease Arthritis PainHealth & Human ResearchUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoMoney Buddy17 Jobs That Won’t Be Around In 20 YearsMoney BuddyUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsInvest in Dubai Real EstateProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoGoGoPeak2017 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Flight AttendantsGoGoPeakUndoCosmoWomensMag17 Photos That Show the Dangerous of Ocean SwimmingCosmoWomensMagUndolast_img read more

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HSU women stay in postseason hunt with win over Cal State Dominguez Hills

first_imgArcata >> Looking to snap a three-game losing streak and stay in contention for the eighth and final spot of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament, the Humboldt State women’s basketball team stepped up when it counted most.The Jacks, nursing a one-point lead heading into the final quarter, outscored to Toros, 24-12, over the last eight minutes to down Cal State Dominguez Hills, 70-57, on Saturday at Lumberjack Arena.“Starting in that third quarter, we fell off defensively …last_img read more

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