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_imgAs the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on a city-wide ban on fur sales, native San Franciscan Alicia Silverstone sent a letter on PETA’s behalf today asking board members to follow the examples of West Hollywood and Berkeley and make San Francisco a fur-free city.“As a native San Franciscan, I’m thrilled to know that you’re considering a ban on fur sales — which is similar to the lifesaving legislation passed in West Hollywood and Berkeley. I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help make San Francisco a fur-free city.“For decades, my friends at PETA have been exposing horrific cruelty in the fur trade all over the world: Investigators have documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, minks are suffering from festering open wounds and eye infections, and much more. One investigator even recorded a skinned raccoon dog who had just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and look into the camera. I hope that after watching this 60-second video, you’ll agree that fur has no place in our progressive, forward-thinking city.“Animals are suffering right now in traps and on fur farms. There’s so much violence in the world that’s beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow. It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, team members, and talent on another remarkable performance at the Canadian Screen Awards. Recognized with 35 television wins overall, Bell Media continues to showcase its growing commitment to creating and developing exceptional original Canadian content.Bell Media and its partners garnered four of the major television awards handed out at last night’s closing gala, including Best Dramatic Series (ORPHAN BLACK), Best Comedy (LETTERKENNY), Best Dramatic Actress (Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK), and Best Dramatic Actor (Adrian Holmes, 19-2). Bell Media-supported film projects won 18 awards, including Best Motion Picture (It’s Only the End of the World), Best Direction (It’s Only the End of the World/Xavier Dolan), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (The Other Half/Tatiana Maslany), and Best Original Screenplay (Weirdos/Daniel MacIvor).Viewers can catch a full recap of the Canadian Screen Awards, including all the red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes coverage with a special edition of ETALK tonight. ETALK AT THE CSAs airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: “We are constantly inspired by the many brilliant minds working tirelessly to create phenomenal homegrown series and films in Canada,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We are humbled by the industry-leading content that Bell Media’s partners and team members have produced this year, representing a diversity of programming from news, sports, scripted, factual, reality, lifestyle, and music.”“As well, congratulations to Beth Janson and everyone at the Academy for elevating this year’s Canadian Screen Week and Awards to new heights.”Space’s juggernaut sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions secured nine wins over the course of Canadian Screen Week, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for the fourth year in a row to Tatiana Maslany, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series. Bravo’s hit drama 19-2 from Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media received one win, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role to Adrian Holmes.CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA from Insight Production Company Ltd. took home six awards, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for the third year in a row, Best Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series, Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series, and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.The CraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, garnered three, including Best Comedy, Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series.Bell Media Studios garnered two awards, including Best News or Information for Discovery’s DAILY PLANET, the first Canadian Screen Award in the series’ 22-year history, and for the second year in a row, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW as Best Talk Program or Series.CTV News received three awards, including Best News or Information Program for W5, while Best National News Anchor went to CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lisa LaFlamme, and Best Local News Anchor went to Daryl McIntyre from CTV Edmonton.TSN garnered a total of four awards, more than all other sports broadcasters, including Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event for the 2015 GREY CUP. TSN’s Chris Cuthbert was recognized for Best Sports Play-by-Play while Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series went to Jack Armstrong. TSN Original Features were also recognized, winning the award for Best Sports Feature Segment for TSN’s “Radical Play”.Television productions supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network received four wins, led by Bell Media Original Documentaries HIP-HOP EVOLUTION, from Banger Films, which received two wins; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, from Met Films, which secured one award; and TMN series SENSITIVE SKIN, from Rhombus Media/Baby Cow Productions, which garnered one award.Seven films supported by The Movie Network and The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg won 18 awards, including: It’s Only The End of the World, which took home six awards including Best Motion Picture; Race, which earned four wins including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Stephan James; and Weirdos, which received two wins including Best Original Screenplay.One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year,One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year, tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, ETALK caps off its coverage of Canadian Screen Week with highlights from Sunday night’s gala. Ben Mulroney reports from the red carpet and Devon Soltendieck hosts winners and stars in Etalk’s backstage lounge, including Canadian Screen Award-winner Tatiana Maslany, the cast and crew of LETTERKENNY, and Dave Chappelle.  Plus, the stars pose to perfection in ETALK’s portrait studio in Bell Media’s VIP Talent Lounge! The 30-minute special also airs on CTV Two at 7:30 p.m. ET.The full list of Bell Media television awards includes:CTV Television and Digital (8)THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (6)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/ Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Guy Clarkson, Ann Camilleri, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series“For Those About to Rock’ – Rob BrunnerBest Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Mike Tersigni, Ben O’Neil, Burak Ozgan, Jonathan Dowler, Allan HughesBest Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Toads! Are you Kidding Me?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Jennifer PrattGolden Screen Award for TV Reality ShowThe Amazing Race CanadaTHE 2016 JUNO AWARDS (1)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Music Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Tracy Galvin, Pam De MontmorencyTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (1)Bell Media ProductionBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi and John SimpsonSpace (9)ORPHAN BLACK (9)Temple StreetBest Dramatic SeriesDavid Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Claire Welland, Kerry Appleyard, Tatiana Maslany, Alex Levine, Peter MohanBest Direction in a Dramatic Series“Transgressive Border Crossing” – John FawcettBest Original Music Score for a Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Trevor YulleBest Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series“From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” – Aaron MortonBest Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Jay PrychidnyBest Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series“Human Raw Material” – John Dondertman, Liz CalderheadBest Writing in a Dramatic Series“The Collapse of Nature” – Graeme MansonBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or SeriesKevin HanchardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleTatiana MaslanyTSN (4)2015 GREY CUP (2)TSNBest Direction in a Live Sporting EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerChris CuthbertRADICAL PLAY (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Jason Wessel, Darren Oliver, Kevin Fallis2016 NBA PLAYOFFS: HEAT VS. RAPTORS GAME 7 (1)Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or SeriesJack ArmstrongThe Movie Network (4)HIP-HOP EVOLUTION (2)Banger FilmsBest Biography or Arts Documentary Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Darby Wheeler, Rodrigo BascunanBest Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series“From the Underground to Mainstream” – Steve Taylor, Mark StauntonHOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD (1)Met FilmBarbara Sears Award for Best Visual ResearchElizabeth KlinckSENSITIVE SKIN (1)Rhombus  MediaBest Photography in a Comedy Program or SeriesDoug KochDiscovery (2)FRONTIER (1)Take the Shot Productions / ASAP Entertainment Best Achievement in Make-Up“Mushkegowuk Esquewu” – Elizabeth KuchureanDAILY PLANET (1)Exploration Production Inc.Best News or Information SeriesKelly McKeown, Cindy Bahadur, Agatha RachpaulCraveTV (3)LETTERKENNY  (3)New Metric MediaBest Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyBest Direction in a Comedy Program or Series“Super Soft Birthday” – Jacob TierneyBest Writing in a Comedy Program or Series“Super Soft Birthday” – Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoCTV NEWS (3)CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME (1)Best News Anchor, NationalLisa LaFlammeW5 (1)Best News or Information Program“W5: Healing Hands” – Brett Mitchell, Steve Bandera, Victor Malarek, André Lapalme, Brian Mellersh, Anton KoschanyCTV NEWS EDMONTON (1)Best News Anchor, LocalDaryl McIntyreBravo (1)19-2 (1)Sphère Média PlusBest Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleAdrian HolmesE! (1)REIGN (1)Take 5 Productions Best Costume Design“Clans” – Meredith Markworth-PollackTHE MOVIE NETWORK, THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND/LE FONDS HAROLD GREENBERG (18)It’s Only the End of the World | Juste la fin du monde (6)Investment in production by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAcquired by The Movie NetworkBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmNancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil, Xavier DolanAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesAndré TurpinAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationXavier DolanAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesMaïna Militza, Denis VidalAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationXavier DolanPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting Role |Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutienVincent CasselRace (4)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensembleClaude La Haye, Luc Boudrias, Pierre-Jules AudetAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreSenneville, Luc Raymond, Jean-Philippe Saint-LaurentAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMartin Lipmann, Cynthia Mourou, Benoit Touchette, Jonathan Piché-Delorme, Frédéric BreaultPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleStephan JamesWeirdos (2)Acquired by The Movie NetworkOriginal Screenplay | Meilleur scenarioDaniel MacIvorPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role |Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienMolly ParkerBorn to Be Blue (2)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleTodor Kobakov, Steve London, David BraidAchievement in Music –  Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale“Could Have Been” – David BraidTwo Lovers and a Bear (2)Pre-buy By The Movie NetworkSupported by The Harold Greenberg FundAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design |Meilleure direction artistiqueEmmanuel FréchetteAchievement in Editing | Meilleur montageRichard ComeauNelly (1)Investment in production by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesPatricia McNeilThe Other Half (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkSupported by The Harold Greenberg FundPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role |Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleTatiana Maslany.About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K..About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Twitterlast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed students from Madison Middle School and Lincoln Elementary to the state Capitol on Tuesday. The two groups of students took part in the 17th Annual Student Technology Showcase, where student teams from around the state demonstrate how technology can enhance teaching and learning for Michigan students.“This is a great example of what can be achieved by our young and innovative students when given the opportunity to explore their interests,” Rep. Kahle said. “It is encouraging to see the commitment and interest demonstrated by these kids. Our community clearly has a bright future ahead.”The event allowed lawmakers, business leaders and other citizens to see first-hand how technology is being utilized in classrooms across Michigan. Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photos 07Dec Rep. Kahle greets Lenawee students at Student Technology Showcasecenter_img PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle visits with Madison Middle School (top) and Lincoln Elementary School in Adrian (below) students during the Student Technology Showcase at the state Capitol.last_img read more

first_imgArūnas Šikšta, the CEO of Lithuanian service provider Teo, is to leave the company.Šikšta, who has led Teo since 2004, will be replaced on an interim basis by chief financial officer Giedrius Vegys. Antanas Poška, currently director of Teo’s accounting department, will temporarily act as chief financial officer.“Teo proved its success for many years and managed to maintain its leading positions on the market. Teo currently is a strong company and I believe that Giedrius Vegys will lead a smooth transition until appointment of new General Manager. I have a strong confidence that Teo will continue to create a high value for its customers, employees and shareholders,” said Malin Frenning, the chairwoman of Teo’s board.“During the last nine years Teo became one of the largest telecommunication companies in the Baltic States, providing universal communication, data transmission, TV and IT services. I am especially proud that together with the one of the most professional team in Lithuania we managed to ensure not only a high profitability but also high confidence of the customers. After implementing those objectives I am ready for new professional activities,” said Šikšta.last_img read more