first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday, 9th February, my attention was brought to a letter published in the letters to the editor column of one of our daily newspapers. The caption was “Lyrics of junior Calypso Monarch were vulgar”.Well! Being the writer of the song I was simply horrified at this bold face untruth. The extracts of the song as stated by the writer are totally inaccurate. This is what she quoted: “Ah put meh dog in she cat.” This is what the actual lyrics of the song say: “so I took out my dog and put licks in her cat. But for one to get the gist of these lines, it has to be taken in context. Here are the lyrics of the song leading to the line I just quoted: “Because of the thieving in this country I had to get a weapon to protect me, it mek outa leather with some balls inside I call it my dog was my joy and pride, So late one night me neighba call out she seh she got some trouble inside she house. So I put my dog inside my waist and hurry ova to me neighba place, when I get deh she sweating bad and she have her cat inside a bag she say that the cat cause nuff worries and she want me to teach it a lesson please, you can do it what you want ah just don’t mind cause this cat ain’t got place and time so go ahead and perform the act so I took out my dog and put licks in her cat.Her second statement is also incorrect: “she put she salt fish in meh mouth”.Calypso is a fine art, and most don’t understand the nuances of the genre, which can lead to them making empty statements based on their own mindset.Molly George- Simpson was obviously not privy to all the lyrics of the song, but thought it best to launch a verbal attack on the Junior Calypso Monarch, the organizers, and the public who liked the piece. Her rant was based on what she thought she heard, and so she decided to publish those few snippets of fallacy and swear by it.Burchmore SimonCEOKROSS KOLORRECORDSlast_img read more

first_imgBy Rufus S. Berry II, MBAThe job of a cabinet minister in the Liberian government or a mayor is an extraordinary one. You are picked from among your peers, by the President of the Republic, to be a chief decision maker and a joint leader of a large and complex organization that you may know absolutely nothing about.Temporarily, your new role commences the moment you’re appointed by the President – perhaps with some instruction from the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs about the President agenda and vision for the country and what he would like you to do; perhaps you might not get any instruction at all. Officially, your new role starts immediately after you’re confirmed by the Liberian Senate, and it’s certainly is a great privilege and most likely the highlight of your political/professional career.Your boss, the President has broad powers to manage national affairs and the priorities of the Liberian government. He has the authority to issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon all government entities but do not require approval of the Liberian legislature. The president appoints you at ‘his will and pleasure’ and you at all times should be conscious of the fact that your job in President Weah’s administration is an incredible opportunity but it’s also temporary, however well you perform. One day the President could decide that it is time for a reshuffle, and you could leave the ministry or city hall just as suddenly as you entered it – hopefully having averted disasters and achieved your policy goals.The President in his inaugural address promised to do everything in his power to be the agent of positive change. But he cannot do it alone, and this is where he needs you to help him create the ‘Change’ that will positivity affect the Liberian people with the goal of changing the fabric of the Liberian society, especially in developing additional accountability within the administration, drastically reduce corruption as it is the archenemy of development and educating our people so that they have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. I couldn’t agree more with President Weah when he said, “the foundation of the New Liberia must be reinforced by the steel of integrity.”Being a minister or a mayor is undoubtedly a damn hard work. Everybody will want you to pay attention to their issues, speak at their events, make the decisions, they might even go as far as asking you to solve some of their personal problems like paying their children school fees, paying their rent, paying their hospital bills, giving (not loan) them money to start their businesses, purchasing their airline tickets to travel abroad. (Note: You can’t solve everyone’s problems.) You should at all times have the genuine desire and drive to get things done; to deliver on the promises and demonstrate the values on which you were appointed, and for which the CDC was prodigiously elected by the Liberian people. You will all get some life storms and the road will be rough at times, but you should never be frustrated when your efforts to shape policy are slowed down.As the former US President Barack Obama said, “a true patriot is someone who’s armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back to his country, someone who devotes his/her life to empowering people and making government work better for all of its citizens. A patriot works tirelessly to give citizens a louder voice in the society and pushes for more transparency in government and to ensure opportunity for all.”Let’s give our new government the chance to work for the Liberian people, and stop judging the President and his new administration on every word that is uttered, every hour, and instead hold him accountable over time for the implementation of policies under which he ran and promised to deliver for the Liberian people, especially in the battle against corruption. All Liberians who believe in transparency, accountability, and rule of law have a moral duty to speak out. We need to realize that public office is not to be used to enrich individuals at the expense of the general citizenry. We must live by principle. Otherwise, we as a nation will have no safety, no progress, no patriotism, and no trust in the government. Now is the time for the new Liberia to resolve one of its primary problems that stems from entrenched graft and nepotism. It has long been established that Liberia functions like a small town where everyone in government knows everybody. Many people are related to each other. There is an, “I’ll stroke your back, if you stroke mine,” mentality. We need strong and forceful minsters and mayors to oversee and end misuse of taxpayer’s dollars.God bless you all and we wish you well in your various government positions. The nation is with you, and together, we pledge allegiance to the flag of Liberia and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Mama Liberia will Rise Again.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_imgHart says that the College can expect the rig to be delivered sometime in the early fall. The Northern Lights College will soon have a training facility unique to B.C.On Thursday evening, The College’s Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre/Centre of Excellence for Oil and Gas held a public information session, regarding a donation of a fully functional oil rig that will be used to create an educational simulated well site.- Advertisement -The triple cantilever rig, generously donated by Nabors Canada and Shell Canada, will serve as a hands-on training site, where students will use actual field equipment, simulating a very accurate oil rig experience.The new rig will be part of the College’s simulated well site, where students will gain all the necessary training to work an oil rig efficiently, and most importantly safely, an aspect that the College feels is extremely important.The new rig will allow students access to a full size fully functioning rig, standing 120 feet in height, while drilling into a 200 metre, fully encased hull.The college has also taken into account its surroundings, considering the emission of noise and light, and how it would affect the College’s neighbouring houses. The industry standard lights that will be installed will be facing the college as to not shine on surrounding homes. With regards to noise, the College will strategically place the well 300 feet away from the closest home, reducing the noise made substantially.Advertisement The site will also be operational only during school hours, so neighbouring homes will not be disturbed during the evenings.Dwayne Hart, Vice President of Finance and Administration for the College, says the $6 million project has been ten years in the making and is extremely important to the future of the oil and gas industry in the Northeast. He says there will be a large number of jobs opening up in the near future, and he feels this site will help provide proper training that stresses safety, to make the industry equally successful in the future.According to Hart, 63 per cent of natural resources in B.C. come from the Northeast.The simulated well site will be the only one of its kind in the province, with Alberta holding the only other site similar to this one.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA DONEGAL man caught wielding a sword outside his neighbour’s home later launched a vicious and unprovoked attack, a court has heard.Michael Sweeney, from Glencar Park in Letterkenny, appeared before the District Court in the town today.Garda Una Halligan told judge Paul Kelly that she responded to reports of a man “wielding a samurai sword” on November 18, 2012. She found 40-year-old Sweeney outside a neighbour’s home with the sword.Garda Halligan said when she arrived at the scene a male came out of a house was verbally abusive to the people inside the neighbour’s house.The witness said she arrested Sweeney and he had called her a “f***ing w****”Once at Letterkenny Garda Station, she said: “He hit me in the face with his head; I could see him coming out of the corner of my eye and he connected.“My eyes began to swell up almost immediately. He continued to shout obscenities; I fell backwards towards the door.“He looked down at me and he started laughing and said ‘did you like that?’.”Judge Kelly asked the Garda about her injuries.“I had to take a week off until the swelling went down a bit,” said Garda Halligan.The court heard Sweeney had 30 previous convictions including one for assaulting a Garda.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Sweeney suffered from a number of issues and applied for probation reports.Judge Kelly said the incident was “very serious”.He adjourned sentencing to await the results of the probation report.SAMURAI SWORD THUG HEAD-BUTTED WOMAN GARDA IN DRUNKEN ATTACK was last modified: November 11th, 2013 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:Letterkenny CourtMichael Sweeneyswordlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YORK Personal finances often get a low priority from an entrepreneur who’s trying to build a small business if the choice is between investing in a new company’s future and saving for rainy days or retirement, the business usually wins out. “I felt like really to make a go of it, I had to put my eggs into my business basket,” said Scott Tanner, who started Millennium Media Consulting, an Alexandria, Va.-based marketing business, four years ago. Tanner did what many new business owners do he cashed out his savings and dipped into credit cards. So putting money aside for his own future just wasn’t part of the equation. But Tanner said he’s aware that many people, including financial advisers, wouldn’t recommend that approach. And now, four years later, he is working on his personal balance sheet, paying down debt and recently buying a home. “I’m not totally neglecting it,” he said of his finances. “It’s just not the centerpiece I’d like it to be.” Michelle Tennant, a co-owner of Wasabi Publicity Inc. in Asheville, N.C., also was more focused on building a business than on setting aside money for the future. “I think I kept saying to myself, someday that will be a priority,” Tennant said. “We were making sure the company has enough in reserve to pay our staff, which is a typical small business thing,” she said. Tennant was intent on self-funding Wasabi, now five years old, rather than taking on debt, and was also setting money aside for expansion. Several people, including Tennant’s personal finance-savvy business partner and a financial adviser, helped her see that she needed to rethink her priorities. She’s now putting aside 10 percent of everything she earns for her own future. “I know how to make a profit in business,” she said. “I felt it was time to finally put my personal money to work, too.” Tennant was serious enough about her personal finances that she bought books and gathered as much information as possible so she could make the best investment choices. There are several common reasons why many small business owners don’t make a similar commitment to their personal finances. Some are afraid to divert money away from the company, fearing the business will suffer although even a small amount of money put into a 401(k) account or other investment vehicle will grow exponentially over the years, and that money isn’t likely to seal a struggling company’s fate. Many optimistically expect the company to take care of them financially one day. That shortsighted approach could be a big mistake, because a downturn in business or worse, a complete collapse could leave an owner with very little in the way of money or assets. Owners often overlook the fact that the solution to the problem could be in the business itself creating a retirement account for themselves and their employees. Setting up even the simplest of plans, known as a Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, could actually help the company, giving it a tax break, and making the business more attractive to prospective employees. Building up personal finances can also help a business owner get a little peace of mind not a bad commodity to have amid the stresses of running a young company. Susan Boucher has made her personal finances a priority since she and her husband Dan founded their guitar sales business, which is now in its third year. She had savings, including a 401(k) from a previous job and certificates of deposit, and while they dipped into some of their funds to start Premier Music Services, they are leaving much of their money intact. Boucher said they’re holding the money for big personal expenses such as their home and college tuition. “We put it away where we couldn’t touch it,” Boucher said. They’re also saving whatever they can out of what they earn from the Boylston, Mass.-based business, and from public relations work Boucher also does. “We pay bills and then we put the rest back in, and then put aside some when we can,” she said. There’s plenty of help available for small business owners who decide to start working on their personal finances. Your first stop should probably be your accountant’s office; he or she can help you go over your business and be sure you’re maximizing your profits. Once that’s done, your accountant or a financial adviser can help you determine what’s the best way for you to save.last_img read more