“Serious Credibility Issues”

first_imgAlthough there are reports of decline in cases of Ebola and more survivors emerging from Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) president, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, has attributed the spread of the virus to the lack of trust in the Government of Liberia on the part of its citizens.Mr. Kemayah in a keynote speech delivered on his behalf by a proxy on October 25, emphasized that because of the wave of corruption in Liberia that has eroded public trust in officials of government, many Liberians denied the presence of Ebola by saying, “The Government wants to eat money, that’s the reason they say Ebola was in Liberia.”It can be recalled that when Ebola outbreak was announced in Guinea in March and subsequently reported in Liberia, many in the general public, including people of Lofa where the outbreak first occurred, denied the existence of Ebola in Liberia and attributed the news to an alleged ploy on the part of government to receive money from donors.According to Mr. Kemayah, on the basis of such perception people have about the government because of rampant corruption, Liberians refused to accept information about the reality of Ebola and take precautionary measures.These perceptions and statements, Mr. Kemayah said, “suggest that we have serious credibility issues that need to be addressed from the social, political, and economic standpoints. In January 2006, when the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led Government was inaugurated, the Liberian people had complete confidence and trust in the leadership ability of… her Administration.”He contended that when President Sirleaf took over in 2006 and promised that “papa will come” with a black plastic to impress the home; Liberians had complete confidence in her administration.But after a few years, especially beginning her second term, the confidence has apparently withered away because they are not seeing anything being done as promised earlier.“The increasing level of hardship and downward trend in the standard of living amongst the masses in Liberia, long before the Ebola virus outbreak, are among many reasons why the trust/confidence in the national leadership has been eroded,” Kemayah stressed.Mr. Kemayah in the loaded speech also questionably stressed, “Can the citizens trust their national leaders again when, for example, the papa na come pronouncement is far from tangible realization? Can they trust their President again? Can they trust their Senators again? Can they trust their Representatives again? Can they even trust their religious leaders again?  To answer these, one must first agree that the fabrics of these institutions have broken down from an analytical point of view.”The LIBA boss indicated that when statements by people concerning failure of the government to meet its promise are analyzed, one deduces serious problem with the national government in misapplying fund.“If one analyzes the views by the ordinary people on the streets, you could deduce that there is an issue of concern. If we say people are not eating money from this Ebola fight, why is it that giving proper account of the initial United States Five Million Dollars (US$5,000,000.00) to fight Ebola has been an issue?”He said while there are reports of decline, community dwellers need to still be conscious of its prevalence because it can break out at any time when people avoid precautionary measures.Mr. Kemayah’s statement was delivered in proxy by Rev. Garlison George, head pastor of Mount Nebo Baptist Church, of which Kemayah is a member. The occasion at which Rev. George spoke marked the launch of the Paynesville Town Hall Community Anti-Ebola awareness campaign, where a total of 100 hand-washing buckets were presented on behalf of the Kemayah family.LIBA, which has a presence in the City of Paynesville with its national headquarters located on AB Tolbert Road, also participated in the program represented by its vice president, David K. Sembeh.  In remarks, Sembeh urged the business community to strengthen its contribution to the fight against Ebola. Mr. Kemayah is currently in Uganda defending his thesis at the Catholic owned Martyrs University, where he is expected to graduate with the Masters of Arts Degree in Development Studies on November 13.Members of the community represented by Darlington Kpayili commended Mr. Kemayah and his family for the gesture and acknowledged his role played in the lives of many in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSLIMMING WORLD: It’s hard to believe next week is the first week of May, the end of another long winter and most of us are looking forward to long, balmy summer days or at the very least, warmer rain!But some of us won’t be looking forward to the summer; for some of us it’s our most miserable time of the year. If you struggle with your weight, the warm summer days that everyone else looks forward to can be absolute hell on earth. Not feeling comfortable or confident enough to remove the winter layers, suffering physically with the heat, the list is endless.And if you went through this on previous years and promised yourself that this year would be different then you’re going to feel even more despondent. But, wait a minute, what did you try? That diet that you went on, did it expect you to survive on meagre amounts of food? Did you find that you weren’t able to live a normal life? Or worse still, did it mean that you were surviving on pills, potions or shakes instead of real food? That exercise plan- were you trying to run 10k in the morning, a kettle bells session in the afternoon and a weight training session at night? All unrealistic, all unsustainable, all dangerous and all designed to make you fail!So why not try something different? A weight loss plan where you’re in control, where you decide what weight you want to be and where you do all that at your own pace in a warm and caring environment by eating real food.The exercise? Yes, it’s important, but guess what? It will also be when you’re ready and at your own pace. At Slimming World we have almost 50 years of experience in helping our members lose weight, live their lives, reach their targets and more importantly, maintain those targets.Each and every week we encourage and support members to make long term, sustainable life changes that will help them achieve those dreams. And starting next week, we’ll be writing a fortnightly column, sharing that knowledge and expertise with all of you. Put simply, we know you’re amazing and we know that together we can do amazing things.Anne Marie Mc Gee:Anne Marie is a busy mum of 4 who runs the Slimming World groups in Newtowncunningham and Buncrana.  She has been working with Slimming World for four years now having lost over 2 stone herself with Food Optimising.  She loves that it suits her busy life and she can cook the same meal for the whole house, with both teenagers and toddlers this suits her perfectly.Her groups meet in Buncrana every Tuesday in The Inishowen Gateway Hotel at 9.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm and in Newtowncunningham every Wednesday in The Columban Hall at 5.30pm & 7.30pm.For more information contact her on 086-0848705 or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/Slimming-World-Buncrana-423959664365435/ https://www.facebook.com/newtownslimmingworld/Catherine Bond:Letterkenny based consultant Catherine joined Slimming World as a member 7 years ago. As a mum to four, she loves how the plan fits in perfectly with family life and went on to lose over 3 stone. She has been enjoying helping members achieve their weight loss goals for almost 5 years. Catherine’s groups are every Thursday in St Eunans GAA clubhouse at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. If you would like to find out more you can contact Catherine on 086 3962666 or find her on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/Slimming-World-Letterkenny-St-Eunans-GAA-Clubhouse-284601928352559/?fref=ts Donna Gillespie: Donna has been a Slimming World consultant for 4 years. She runs her groups in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, every Tuesday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. She’s a mum of 3 and has lost over 4 stone herself with Slimming World. She loves the fact that the plan allows her the flexibility to do whatever she wants and she’s never hungry! If you’d like tocontact Donna for more information you can call her on 087 6264618 or find her on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/Slimming-World-Stranorlar-198291196919521/https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworld.stranorlar.5Geraldine O’Donnell:Slimming World consultant Geraldine joined Slimming World 7 years ago, as a mother of 2 girls she wanted to lose the baby weight in a healthy way that she could sustain without turning to pills or shakes. Geraldine lost over 3 stone and the plan fitted in perfectly with her busy family life and the whole family now enjoy a new healthy way of eating. She’s been a consultant for 3 years and her groups are in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe on a Tuesday night at 7.30 pm and in the Mulroy Woods Hotel, Milford on a Wednesday night at 5.30pm and 7.30 pm if you would like any further information contact Geraldine on 0863348048 or find her on Facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/Slimming-world-Raphoe-and-Milford-1662135120670302/?fref=tsRoisin Mc Colgan:Roisin has been a Slimming World consultant for 4½ years. She runs her groups in The Colgan Hall, Carndonagh every Thursday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. The group has gone from strength to strength and has received a Pearl award. A mum of two children who are very sporty she knows the importance of healthy eating for the whole family and loves the way Slimming World suits. If you’d like to contact Roisin for more information you can call 087 7658900 or message her on her group Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SlimmingWorldCarn/Sandra Wylie:Sandra struggled with her weight for 20 years, until Slimming World come to Northern Ireland 10 years ago.  She’s been a consultant for 7 years and her groups are on a Monday in The Vestry, St Conals at 5.30pm and 7.30pm and on a Wednesday in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 10.00am, 12.00noom, 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Her Mount Errigal group achieved Gold Status in March 2013. Sandra says that Slimming World has changed her life completely, not only her own weight loss, and confidence but her career as well. If you would like more information on these groups call Sandra on 086 0792558 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Slimming-World-Mount-Errigal-104862306235727/?fref=tsSLIMMING WORLD – HOW YOU CAN LOOK STUNNING THIS SUMMER was last modified: April 25th, 2016 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:FeaturesfitnessnewsSlimming Worldsummerweight losslast_img read more