Armed Forces Day Letter to Liberia: Time for Systemic Change by Citizens, Not…

first_imgYesterday was the celebration of Armed Forces Day. We love the men and women of the military and wish them well in their career. On Armed Forces Day, it’s fair to say that the army and police protect the politicians. Politicians have body guards, drivers and cooks. Most of the politicians in Liberia claim to be trained in the United States. However, all across the United States most public servants, including senators and representatives, do not have personal body guards. So while the Liberian National Army is protecting the politicians, who protect the citizens? Service to the country must begin with those at the top. If they cannot serve, they cannot lead. If those who cannot serve are the ones who lead, then the system in which they lead cannot benefit the people. If the system is not benefiting the people, the system must be changed.The current political system in Liberia, like those in most post-colonial African countries is lacking in its legitimacy because the government is not representative of majority of the citizens it governs. From the very inception of the republic of Liberia in 1847 the system of governance deliberately excluded a vast majority of citizens from voting and any input in decision making.  Centuries later, in the just concluded ‘2014 Special Senatorial Elections’ the question of legitimacy has worsened with a whopping 74.8% of registered voters seeing no reasons for which to vote. They refused to legitimize a political ‘merry-go-round’, which, by design, can never benefit majority of the citizens. Contrary to the Constitution, it is politicians – not citizens – who have supreme powers in Liberia. Even if the current cohort of senators did win 100% of the 25.2% of registered voters who bothered to vote in the 2014 Special Elections, those in power today lack the mandate to rule because the system into which they are being baptized is intrinsically corrupt and out of touch with the majority of the electorate.In a democratic system, public servants are paid to serve. In Liberia, politicians are not servants so exactly what are they paid to do? With the 2015 annual budget of $660 million, Liberian representatives each earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare the salaries in poverty stricken Liberia to Massachusetts, USA, where the 2015 annual budget is $36 billion dollars and where lawmakers earn $62,000 salary yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn a meager $200 USD per two year term. In both cases, these American lawmakers receive no cars, no drivers, no gas slips, no body guards, or other tangible benefits.The Liberian presidency now wields more power than President Barack Obama, the Pope and the Queen of England combined. Unlike Obama, the Liberian president appoints all governors of all 15 political subdivisions, all mayors of all cities across Liberia, all cabinet members, all heads of public corporations and the judges at Supreme Court. With such greater powers, things have gone from bad to worse. Thousands of students in colleges and universities will never get a job upon graduation and everyone is sending their children to school. Liberia is in trouble and the politicians are not going to talk about it because the flawed system benefits them.In order to provide civic education to Liberians and prepare citizens to lead, four Liberians have been selected to attend the Citizens’ Initiatives annual conference and training at Citizens University, Seattle, Washington will convene on March 20, 2015. Scholarships are awarded to deserving participates based on their accomplishments and organizing skills for social change.Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) is inviting 10 individuals from Africa to join me, including 4 Liberians. The goal is to give Liberians the necessary skills to peacefully change the corrupt system in Liberia by incorporating citizens Initiatives into the laws of Liberia. Citizens Initiatives gives supreme powers to citizens, not politicians, allowing citizens to propose laws and repeal laws without the permission or approval of the legislature or president. In 2014, there were over 150 ballot measures across the USA, including one in Washington State to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour and another in Arizona to limit the salaries of politicians.  Liberia needs systemic change. Change, consistent with Article one of the Constitution which clearly states that the citizens, not the politicians, have supreme powers in the republic. Liberia is neither a real republic nor a true democracy because supreme power in Liberia rests in the hands of politicians, not citizens. Everyone knows this. And no one can clean up a pool of muddy water by jumping into it. Contrary to what the President says, ‘dual citizenship’ is not the answer. Election is not democracy. Liberians have been voting since 1847 but citizens will never benefit from their citizenship until the politicians become public servants and citizens become the masters of the republic. Therefore no matter who runs for office, nothing will change until the corrupt system is changed peacefully by the people, consistent with Article one of the Constitution, which says the people have a right to change the system if it ceases to serve them.Liberia works but it works only for the elites. As long as politicians have supreme powers, anyone running for office does so to enrich themselves and their families but not to serve the common good.The names of Liberians attending Citizens Initiatives training in the United States are Joe Luamba Jr. graduating senior, University of Liberia and country Director for UHRI Liberia; Kelvin Demey, Journalist; Elvina Kolleh, Nurse; and Activist, Samuel David. They will be joining thousands of people from around the world to learn new skills on how citizens can bring about systemic change to their countries. The training will be in Seattle Washington State beginning on March 20, 2015.Citizens’ Initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the legislature or the president. The purpose of such an initiative is to permit the electorate to resolve issues where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires. Citizens’ Initiative exists in Switzerland, The European Union and United States. No country in Africa has currently has citizens initiatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fulham v Arsenal: Preview and confirmed teams as Ozil out, Aubameyang on bench

first_imgWhat are the managers saying?Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham): “We are working daily to improve ourselves and find the best formation, sometimes it depends on us and sometimes on the opposite team and I am always open to different ways to play football and for different shape.“Arsenal changed the coach after many years, after two really hard games against top teams they find stability and they are team in most form in the Premier League. They’re a big club and a good team and we don’t need extra motivation, but for another side we need to be motivated for our opportunity to play against this team and to find better level after a few games in the Premier League.“We will be ready and motivated for the battle.”Unai Emery (Arsenal): “For us each match is very important for players to show us and for them to take responsibility and to take confidence. I am very happy how the players are responding on the pitch. Iwobi and the other players the same.“Then, when the match arrives on Sunday in Fulham, for us it is very important. We are going to find and decide the best first XI to continue this way against a very good team like Fulham.” silverware Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Latest Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 Things are looking up for Arsenal fans right now ahead of their trip to Fulham in the Premier League.The Gunners’ midweek Europa League win over Qarabag was their eighth in a row across all competitions as they build up a head of steam under their Unai Emery. REVEALED REVEALED no dice Their opponents on Sunday, Fulham, though are struggling to maintain any kind of form as their style over substance approach stutters in the English top-flight.Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has built a decent squad capable of playing an excellent passing game but it seems far too easy to pick them apart at the back.Their boss has already admitted the threat of relegation is on the horizon but can they pull off a surprise win on Sunday against Arsenal? Cyrus Christie is back in the side in place of Timothy Fosu-Mensah Team newsFulham are without Joe Bryan (hamstring), Neeskens Kebano (ankle) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (shoulder), while Tom Cairney also misses out. They make two changes to the team beaten 3-0 at Everton last time out.Mesut Ozil misses out for Arsenal due to a back problem, while Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey are on the bench. Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan start.Confirmed XIsFulham: Betinelli; Christie, Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand; Seri, Anguissa, Vietto; Schurrle, R Sessegnon; Mitrovic. Subs: McDonald, Johansen, Ayite, Sergio Rico, Mawson, Steven Sessegnon, Kamara.Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Welbeck; Lacazette. Subs: Martinez, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang.Current Premier League tablecenter_img gameday cracker 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Arsenal players celebrate during their Europa League victory over Qarabag. deals REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense last_img read more

New Tourist man fell or pushed Police investigating

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2015 – Magnetic Media has been contacted by family who say they need more information on the case and a person who claims to have information that supports the death of the tourist man at the Seven Stars resort late Saturday night was not a suicide. Now, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is also saying the man “fell” from the building and an investigation is launched into details of how that may have happened. Authorities in media reports reveal that several witnesses including the man’s wife have been questioned. General Manager of Seven Stars resort, Ken Patterson is already on record protesting that this was not a suicide but instead a “grave accident.” Related Items:ken patterson, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, seven stars resort, suicide Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commishlast_img read more

Luis Enrique decries after defeat says football was unfair to Spain

first_imgSpain’s manager Luis Enrique laments they were cheated by football in the last minute after his side’s loss to Croatia in yesterday’s Nations League match.Croatia defeated Luis Enrique’s national team 3-2 but he believes his team were better and deserved more.“It was a great second half from both teams,” said the Coach via Football Espana after La Roja’s defeat in the Nations League.“We were much better than in the first, where we didn’t pose much of a threat because of the many inaccuracies in our play.”“The team deserved more, certainly not a defeat. Their first goal came from a mistake, the second was from a set-piece and their last one was lucky as it came when both teams were going for it.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Obviously it would’ve been much better to win. We did some good things in the second half, but they opted to play on the break and not press very high.”“That shows it was a very, very difficult group. We obviously didn’t expect these two defeats, but we still have a chance going into the last game. If Croatia and England draw, Spain will go through.”“Obviously I’m concerned about the things we have to adjust, like after every game. I really liked the team in the second half.”“We came back twice and deserved something from it. We hit the woodwork and it’s incredible that some of our chances didn’t go in.”“I don’t think football was fair to us tonight.”last_img read more

Gareth Bale nowhere near being a Real Madrid leader – Mijatovic

first_imgFormer Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic is saddened by Gareth Bale’s injury problems and feels he is not a player the club can rely onGareth Bale lacks the qualities to be the leader Real Madrid need now that Cristiano Ronaldo is not at the club, according to former forward Predrag Mijatovic.Gareth Bale was injured during Madrid’s away fixture against Villareal on Thursday. He was taken off at half-time when Madrid were leading 2-1.Mijatovic questioned the possibility of Bale filling the vacuum left by Portuguese Captain Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club in July.“It’s a shame about Bale,” Mijatovic told El Larguero as quoted in AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I like him, but he is nowhere near being a leader at a team like Real Madrid after Cristiano’s exit. It is worrying that he injures himself so often.”Mijatovic was also uncomfortable with the substitutions made by head coach Santiago Solari in the draw against Villareal.“If a player starts the game and feels good, [let him continue],” said Mijatovic. “If he asks to be substituted, then that is one thing, but if not, I do not understand.“The substitution of Modric was wrong. I don’t understand Kroos’ substitution, either.”last_img read more

Lifeguards rescue man stuck on cliff in Torrey Pines

first_imgLifeguards rescue man stuck on cliff in Torrey Pines February 22, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Lifeguards and firefighters Thursday morning rescued an uninjured man who became stranded on a cliff while trying to climb down the beachfront bluffs in Torrey Pines, authorities said.The man called for help a little after 6:30 a.m. while attempting to reach the beach from the Torrey Pines Gliderport after he “found himself in a spot where he couldn’t go any further,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Lifeguards responded to the beach area below the Gliderport in the 2800 block of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, but they were initially unable to locate the stranded man from their vantage point on the sand, Munoz said. An SDFD helicopter spotted the man precariously perched on a ledge roughly half way down the cliffs.“He was lowered down using a rope system by lifeguards and firefighters,” Munoz said, adding the non-injury rescue should serve as a warning to others.“This is a good example of why you should heed the signs and not climb down the cliffs,” Munoz said. Posted: February 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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