Troubles in Bassa Deepen, Big Fish Accused, Including T. Nelson Williams II and Buchanan…

first_imgAs the looming trouble in Grand Bassa County deepens, authorities of the county have reportedly accused some prominent citizens of the county of being behind the Aggrieved Bassa Citizens (ABC) who are calling for the immediate resignation of County Superintendent Etweda T. Cooper and Assistant Superintendent for Development Adonie Z. Greaves.The ABC group wants the current leadership of the county to be immediately  unseated for allegedly mismanaging funds intended to kick Ebola out of the county among other funds also intended to develop their devastated county. The amount in question is a staggering US$307,000.During the second day of the ABC’s protest, on October 9, 2014, members of the group “booed at Superintendent Cooper and shouted loud voices.Rogue! Rogue!! Rogue!!! When she was attempting to flee the hostility of the ABC demonstrators gathered around her office on that fateful day. Had it not been for the police and other security officers to escort her away, all  hell would have broken loose.Following this, some supporters of the county administration, already in ‘hot water,’ alleged that the Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) and Executive Director of the T. Nelson Williams Foundation is  one of the staunch supporters of the ABC’s action against the county leadership’s removal from office.During a press conference held at the offices of the foundation in Buchanan last week, Mr. T. Nelson Williams categorically  refuted the allegation leveled against him, describing it as false, misleading and unfounded and intended to tarnish his long built reputation and to discredit his immense contributions to the eradication of the spread of Ebola and the development of our war torn county.Mr. Williams clarified that at no time has he given the ABC US$1,500 to facilitate the unseating of the current county leadership as had widely claimed by his accusers. He challenged them to prove their allegation to the letter.Mr. Williams disclosed that he only gave the amount of US$900 to six local radio stations in the county for the promotion of the prevention of the spread of the Ebola Virus in the county and nothing else.He revealed that his foundation is a non-political, non-profit one, but purely humanitarian.  It continues to help vulnerable people, give  scholarships to needy students at all levels, without any discrimination.He was allegedly linked to a staffer of his foundation, DU-Ben Cleon, who heads the ABC.Predicated upon this, Mr. T. Nelson Williams has suspended Mr. Cleon for time in definite for using the compound of the foundation to host ABC’s meetings.Grand Bassa County Electoral District #3 Representative  Gabriel B. Smith, also denied the allegation that he is one of the supporters of ABC to unseat the county’s current leadership.Mr. Smith then clarified that he only received a letter from the ABC as their direct lawmaker informing him about its action against the county leadership, but he never replied the letter or supported the group’s action.“Under the Constitution of Liberia, every citizen has the right to freedom of speech, but he or she must be responsible for what he or she says,” he added.On Friday, October 10, 2014, pandemonium broke out when another resistance group calling  itself Patriotic Alliance of Bassa (PAB) reportedly attacked the ABC members and violently stoned and wounded some of them at the Unification Pavilion Hall. The victims were rushed to nearby Drug Stores for medical treatment.At the same time the police in Buchanan, headed by the Superintendent Fredrick Nappy, arrested about 20 men of the PAB and detained them for disorderly conduct.The incident erupted when the ABC was awaiting the arrival of the county’s Legislature caucus to present their petition to them during the third day of their demonstration.At the police Headquarters in the Fairground in Buchanan on  that fateful day, the Development Superintendent Adonie z. Greaves, who had carried the Buchanan City Solicitor, Isaac Yorcee, and the county’s Public Defender, Paul P. Jarvan, to release the detainees of PAB, went loggerheads with Buchanan City mayor Julia Bono.Had it not been for the interception of the police, Grand Bassa County supreme grand zoe Edward John Taywayou, the two groups  would have engaged in a fist fight.Mr. Greaves accused Mayor Bono of supporting ABC, while Mayor Bono also accused Mr. Greaves of organizing the PAB to violently attack and disrupt the ABC’s protest.In another development, one  Liberia’s seasoned lawyers, who is also a son of Grand Bassa County, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould, allegedly quoted Mayor Bono as saying the ABC’s petition to the county lawmakers was delayed because she should have been in charge of the Ebola Task Force warehouse but to the contrary.Cllr. Gould then described her as being selfish and unpatriotic.He made the utterances on Saturday, October 12, 2014 when his group, the Ancient  Free and Accepted Masons,  along with the General Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star of Liberia, donated some assorted Ebola preventive materials and food items to Grand Bassa County Ebola Task Force.  The donations were  received by Superintendent Etweda A. Cooper, on behalf of the Task Force.In reaction, Mayor Bono catergorily denied the allegation and described it as false and misleading which she said is intended to create confrontation.She then expressed disappointment over Cllr. Gould, as a renowned lawyer to the country, leveling such  an allegation against her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Communication objectives

first_imgThe 2010 National Communication Partnership has the following key strategic communication objectives:A national, nation building perspectiveIn elaborating a vision for 2010 as a catalyst for change we need to look beyond that year and be informed by:Who we are; how we want to see ourselves then and others to see us; how we want ourselves to have changed; what message we want 2010 visitors to hearLinkages between 2010 and milestones of our history marking where we have come from (2010 as the twentieth anniversary of the start of negotiations and release of Nelson Mandela) – where we are going (2014 is the end of the Second Decade of Freedom)African World CupCreative attention will have to be given to building African solidarity, and to the communication of 2010 as an African World Cup, in the continent and globally.Working with relevant institutions such as the AU Commission and the NEPAD Secretariat, and by building communication partnership in the SADC region and more broadly across the continent, appropriate strategies will need to be developed to ensure that the continent as a whole leverages the positive mood created by preparations for, and the actual hosting of, the 2010 World cup.Leverage for marketing and accelerated development2010 brings domestic and global media platforms; infrastructural development; and visitors on a scale that creates immense opportunities to establish linkages across government and the private sector to enhance development efforts through investment promotion; international marketing; tourism and government programmes.This makes 2010 – and the build-up towards the World Cup – a platform for integrated communication by government, IMC, Dept of Sports and Recreation, TISA, Proudly South African, SA Tourism and the private sector in addition to those directly concerned with the World Cup.Mobilising the nationMaking a success of 2010 cannot be done by the football authorities and government on their own – it needs the participation of everyone. There will be need of a strategy of involvement that will engage all South Africans in all their sectors in preparation for 2010 and as hosts to the visitors who come for the tournament.Creating a favourable environment – setting the agendaIt will be critical in the coming period, over the next three to four years, to set the agenda of public discourse concerning South Africa in particular in the foreign media so that the communication environment is more favourable to the achievement of our objectives.Learning from the communication experience of others – best practices and mistakes.The experience of other countries hosting major events like this has important communications lessons for us if married with our own perspective and character.last_img read more

Plea to restore Internet in Darjeeling rejected

first_imgWith Class 9 students being unable to fill up their board examination forms without Internet, the Darjeeling teachers’ association on Monday met the district magistrate and sought restoration of its service, but in vain. The authorities rejected the demand saying they would make special arrangements for students to go to Siliguri to fill up their forms.The authorities have cited persisting law and order problem in the Hills, facing an indefinite shutdown seeking a separate Gorkhaland for the last 40 days. Internet services in the Darjeeling Hills had been suspended on June 18. No violenceMeanwhile, there was no report of any untoward incident from the hill town since Sunday night.GJM supporters took out rallies at the Chowkbazar area demanding Gorkhaland amidst patrolling by police and security forces. Tight vigil was in place at every entry and exit route.Except pharmacies, all other public service installations including shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges have remained closed since imposition of the shutdown.With food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food items among the people.According to officials, the State government sealed the Siliguri-based office of a Nepali language satellite television channel alleging that it was promoting unrest. The administration said the channel was promoting enmity between groups and encouraging violence and arson. The allegations were denied by the channel. “The Internet is banned for last 37 days and now this ban on the channel,” GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said.last_img read more

Goa CM goes to Lilavati Mumbai for treatment after feeling uneasy

first_imgWithin hours of his return to Goa after undergoing check-up and treatment for pancreas related ailment in a U.S. hospital, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday left for Lilavati hospital, Mumbai as he felt uneasy in the morning.Chief Minister was feeling uneasy, perhaps due to a jet-lag after a long flight from the U.S., a senior official in Chief Minister’s Office(CMO) here told The Hindu on Thursday.”The Chief Minister has been flown to Mumbai on Thursday afternoon. He is expected to return in a few days. He was feeling fatigue,” CMO official told The Hindu on condition of anonymity.Mr. Parrikar had returned to Goa on Thursday, after undergoing review treatment for more than a week in a hospital in New York where he had recently undergone treatment for over three months and returned to Goa in June.On August 10, Mr. Parrikar had again left for the US for review of his treatment.last_img read more

Six children, driver die as bus falls into gorge in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgSix children and the driver of their school bus were killed on Saturday when the vehicle fell into a gorge in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, the police said.The accident, in which 12 children were injured, occurred at Sangrah around 8 a.m. “A private bus carrying students of the DAV School, Renuka, fell into a gorge. Seven people — six schoolchildren and the driver — were killed,” Sirmaur Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said.Samir, 5, Adarsh, 7, Kartik, 14, and driver Ram Swaroop, 40, died on the spot. Abhishek, his sister Sanjana and Naitik Chauhan succumbed to their injuries at the Nahan Medical College, he said. The injured were admitted to hospital.Deputy Commissioner of Sirmour Lalit Jain asked Sangrah Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rajesh Dhiman to conduct an inquiry and submit a report within 15 days.Mr. Jain also asked Mr. Dhiman to disburse an immediate relief of ₹20,000 to the families of those killed and ₹10,000 to those of the injured.last_img read more

According to the American Cancer Society approxim

first_imgAccording to the American Cancer Society, approximately one-third of all women and one-half of all men in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes.For many of these individuals, a cancer diagnosis will take place during their working years, forcing them to confront a difficult disease while they continue working to support their families.No doubt, a cancer diagnosis is most difficult on the individual, but that does not mean others aren’t affected, including the employer.Businesses rely on employees to get work done, and having a key staff member sidelined by cancer can create challenges even the most collaborative teams find difficult to overcome. These pressures are often exacerbated by the fact that it can be difficult to know where to begin or what’s appropriate to discuss in the workplace. How is sick leave handled? What rights and responsibilities does the employee have? How do both parties make the transition back to work as smooth as possible?To address these common questions and very real concerns, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s parent company collaborated with Cancer and Careers; Pfizer; SEDL, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research; and the US Business Leadership Network to create a free online resource called Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer (Workplace Transitions).Workplace Transitions provides companies of all sizes with an innovative, tested and free resource to support a healthy and productive experience when an employee is facing cancer.Packed with easy-to-understand information, the web-enabled toolkit provides managers and human resources staff with actionable guidance that complements existing company policies and procedures. The e-toolkit also provides employers with further awareness on the law regarding employees with disabilities. For example, oftentimes employers don’t realize that an employee diagnosed with cancer is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.To this end, Workplace Transitions provides managers with important information and resources on topics such as privacy, disability, medical leave and insurance, as well as practical ideas for workplace adjustments and accommodations, such as moving the printer closer to the person’s desk, offering to provide a mini-fridge to store medicines or exploring the possibility of working from home.For coworkers, the toolkit contains real-world advice they can use to constructively offer help, as well as suggestions for what is truly comforting and what not to say to someone working through a cancer diagnosis.Workplace Transitions launched in 2015 after a pilot with Anthem, Ernst Young LLP, Merck, North American Mission Board, Northrop Grumman, and Verizon. Reactions to the program were positive, with the majority of managers who accessed the e-toolkit reporting that it is easy to use and helpful, especially when it comes to providing their employees with needed emotional support and the guidance to create a positive environment for their employees.Additional resources for patients, caregivers and health professionalsOutside of the workplace, a cancer diagnosis prompts a different set of challenges and questions, few of which are broadly considered prior to diagnosis. It’s easy for appointment dates and treatment plan details to get lost among questions, worries and an overwhelming influx of medical information.To help patients, caregivers and medical professionals collect their thoughts and guide conversations, several free tools are available at freecancerresources.com, including:Let’s Talk Treatment Options – Developed with the Cancer Support Community and Genentech, Let’s Talk Treatment Options website helps individuals make sense of their feelings and identify what topics and questions they should discuss with their doctor to find the cancer treatment that is right for their personal situation.Mobile Apps – Self-Care During Cancer Treatment helps cancer patients assess their symptoms and prompts them when it may be time to contact their doctor. My Care Plan helps cancer survivors summarize their past treatments, plan for future care, and provide an overview of what they can expect moving forward. Both apps are available for Apple and Android devices.Help for Cancer Caregivers – Those who take care of others often do so by putting the needs of their friends and loved ones ahead of their own, even to the detriment of their own personal health. To remedy this, Help for Cancer Caregivers walks caregivers through a brief survey and then provides personalized information to help monitor, track and manage the personal health challenges a person may be facing as a result of their caregiver role.Journey Forward – Designed for doctors and nurses, Journey Forward is an online suite of tools that can be used to help cancer survivors and their care teams communicate to share data and develop ongoing care plans.It’s true that mobile apps and web tools will not cure cancer or even eliminate all the stress and confusion that goes along with treatment. That said, these resources are a great place to start, providing valuable information and question prompts that may help patients feel more confident and engaged in their treatment.All of the cancer resources discussed above, including Workplace Transitions, can be found at freecancerresources.com. The information is entirely free and is not specific to any one type of insurance plan or cancer scenario. Please share this website broadly and consider incorporating it into your workplace wellness planning so that your business can be ready for that unfortunate but likely day when cancer touches the workplace. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more