first_imgThe world’s leading economists have long acknowledged the important role of small and medium enterprise in development, job creation and economic growth. Following the Great Recession of 2008, wherein millions of people globally lost their jobs, homes, financial and other assets, entrepreneurship was hailed as the savior of the global economy. Ordinary people were urged to halt their fruitless job searches and start their own business. And many did During this recessive period, a trend emerged: emigrants from developing economies were leaving America, seeking opportunities in their native lands. Fareed Zakaria, award winning journalist and host of CNN’s Geopolitical System (GPS) show, highlighted this trend, and cautioned the US Government against losing millions of talented foreigners – a group that had fueled America’s success since the nation’s inception.A significant number of Liberians followed this trend. The waning US economy, and the promise of a peaceful homeland, drew countless exiled Liberians homeward – many on that proverbial “one-way ticket to Monrovia.” This was the Liberian Government’s chance to absorb into itself the economy the talent, vibrancy, experience, and absorptive capacity of a ready-made middle class. These repatriates, if well accommodated, could yield high returns on investment, and create jobs. Sadly, the Sirleaf Administration did not bite. While many of these returnees have stayed on, they are frustrated and disappointed; and the key factor that keeps them here is the intangible, inexplicable, unquenchable love of country; and a sense of duty. What is behind this conflict between the will of some to serve and the system’s resistance to them? We explain. Government is responsible to create the environment for a thriving private sector: easy access to cheap electricity (God help LEC), running water, and finance; good roads and ports, etc. Straightforward business registration, tax payment, and loan application processes that do not involve rent seeking. Just to name a few. But it does not!The key word used above is ‘straightforward’. As a people, we are anything but. We ‘bluff’ or manipulate one another to get a quick buck on the side; smile in each other’s faces, while stepping on each other’s dreams, simply because those dreams are not our own. Why? The real public enemy #1: Envy. If I can’t or won’t do it, no one should. “The Crime Kokulo Commits,” a piece written by Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, perfectly illustrates this point. The poem tells the tale of slothful Kollie and diligent Kokulo. As the story progresses, Kollie grows increasingly envious of Kokulo’s progress simply because of his own failure. “Because Kollie is unemployed,” it says, “the crime Kokulo commits is to have a job.” This lies at the heart of our private sector troubles. Liberians who endured the war resent those who had a chance to leave, better themselves, and return with a competitive edge. It matters little that the presence of these repatriates is a promising turn in the tide, which could raise all boats. The idea: they are taking our jobs (for which we are not even qualified)!Sadly, the international experience many have received has not erased that seething selfishness. Too many Liberians, location notwithstanding, have a deep dislike for (or fear of) the prosperity of their compatriots. A Liberian approaches government on behalf of legitimate foreign investors, requests an audience with key stakeholders, and is shunned because the success of said investor would spell profit for our fellow Liberian. Private citizens are equally gripped with this complex. Once a Liberian business begins to grow, people cringe – why should he/she be getting rich off of me? Mind you, those harboring this attitude are the same ones groveling to every “Chief” for a penny; but the minute their brother’s downfall arrives, they are the first to rejoice. Liberia’s sweetness, mixed with the bitterness of this envious culture, makes for a torturous experience of loving a country that does not second that emotion. But we can change. After all, we coined that adage that, “If you are mean to other people, you are mean to yourself.” How about we follow our own advice, ditch the crab mentality, and try on some good old fashioned good will. “Be shrewd as serpents,” the Bible says, “and harmless as doves.” Perhaps, then, we will find our way to the prosperity our Pentecostal preachers keep talking about. 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_imgOnly two changes to report today Wednesday January 7th.The Aboriginal Head Start bus will not be running today, but the school is open.  The Blueberry River First Nation School will be closed today as well.  Buses in the rest of School District 60 are running like normal.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgHigh temperature records for September 23rd were shattered yesterday, in cities across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Fort St. John was among them, with a high of 26.4 degrees, breaking the the previous September 23rd record of 25 set in 1975. Lytton, B.C. tied with Drumheller, Alberta, as the Canadian hot spots with maximum temperatures of 34.6 degrees. Vancouver posted a new high of 27.8, Edmonton was scorching hot at 33.5 and Saskatoon along with much of Saskatchewan was hovering around 32 Celsius. – Advertisement -The ridge of high pressure responsible caused record breaking temperatures at 36 weather stations across across the four provinces, stretching from Vancouver to Gimli, Manitoba. However, cooler local temperatures are now in the seven day forecast, with a predicted high today in Fort St. John of only 16 degrees and only single digits highs forecast for Monday and Tuesday of next week.last_img read more

first_imgParents clicked away with digital cameras at one pre-prom gathering, then later a row of security guards searched purses for alcohol, cigarettes, drugs – and gum. Nowhere more than on the dance floor was it more evident that proms of the 21st century are far different from just a decade ago. Guys and girls danced provocatively to the beat of the music as if plucked from an MTV video. Another milestone for these teens, the first to attend a West Ranch prom.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA Tresses were curled, teased, ironed and hairsprayed. Flawless triple coats of mascara, bronzer and blush glazed their faces. Some had traveled as far as Las Vegas or Santa Barbara to buy the perfect dress, while a few procrastinators went shopping that day. The gowns spanned every style, from princess froth to barely there lacy numbers. Teenage girls across the nation are primping this time of year for the quintessential event of a high school career – the prom. Many will spend hundreds to attempt perfection and some parents footing the bills will go along in hopes of making the night unforgettable. At West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, boys and girls alike were the height of fashion during their prom last week at a Hollywood backlot. This was a first for these kids – the school is just three years old, and this is the first year there are juniors. Next year, it will be a junior-senior prom. Some coordinated every detail of their outfits – a white suit with a colorful tie and matching sneakers was a popular look for the West Ranch guys. One teen even coordinated a brown-and-orange baseball cap to his same-colored suit – and matched his date’s sequined dress. Many girls went to great lengths to ensure their dresses were one-of-a-kind. One girl returned a dress twice, then arrived to find another girl at the prom with her same canary-colored gown. Some chose gowns that bared their midriff and dropped down to there in back. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars went 1-0 down to hosts Mozambique in a friendly match played in Maputo on Saturday.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – A late equalizer from Sweden based Eric Johanna saw Harrambee Stars rally a goal down to hold hosts Mozambique to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly match played in Maputo on Saturday.Bidvest Wits midfielder Elias ‘Domingues’ Pelembe sent Mozambique ahead in the 59th minute with a powerful right footed shot but Johanna, who plies his trade with Vasalunds IF ensured spoils were shared when he found the back of the net in the 85th minute. Hararambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi handed the Gor Mahia duo of midfielder Kenneth Muguana and forward George ‘Blackberry’ first starts under him as he continues to gauge some of the local based players he will field for the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) next year.The friendly was part of the build up to the second match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where Kenya hosts giants Ghana March 2018.On Friday, a CHAN side, led by assistant coach Musa Otieno recorded a similar result against Mauritania in Morocco. The side will be facing the hosts on Tuesday hoping to get a favourable result.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgStory Links Live Stats Sunday Race ScheduleMorning Event           Time (CT)I Fours–Heat 1            8:20 a.m.I Fours–Heat 2            8:30 a.m.II Eights–Heat 1          8:40 a.m.II Eights–Heat 2          8:50 a.m.I Eights–Heat 1           9:00 a.m.I Eights–Heat 2           9:10 a.m. Afternoon Event       TimeI Fours–Petite Final     11:30 p.m.I Fours–Grand Final    11:40 p.m.II Eights–Petite Final   11:50 p.m.II Eights–Grand Final  12:00 p.m.I Eights–Petite Final    12:10 p.m.I Eights–Grand Final   12:20 p.m. Print Friendly Version Pennsauken Township, N.J. – The Drake rowing team travels to New Jersey this Sunday, May 19 for the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. The MAAC championship’s heats and finals will be streamed online (semifinal and final). This will mark the second time in conference history that the championship will be streamed live. Championship Central Live Video – Heats The 2019 MAAC championship will be contested on a 2,000-meter course on the Cooper River in the Cooper River Park. The winner of the championship will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Championship May 31-June 1 at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.center_img Live Video – Finals Drake enters the weekend in search of the program’s second MAAC title after winning their first in 2012. The Bulldogs finished in fifth place at the 2018 championship, where all three of Drake’s boats advanced out of the morning heats to the afternoon grand finals. The Bulldogs’ varsity 8 boat clocked the third-fastest time in the morning heats and in the afternoon grand finals, claimed a bronze medal finishing behind Jacksonville and Marist. “Sunday is what everyone builds for,” DiSilvestro said. “We never imagined our direction to this point would be what it has been with no water time at home, but we’re ready to race. They’ve become more mature, a stronger team who has really come together through adversity and we’re excited to see how we do on Sunday.” Drake will have an opportunity to practice on the water Friday and Saturday before Sunday. “We’re looking forward to practicing Friday and Saturday before Sunday,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “It will be the first time since spring break we’re able to row on water back-to-back days. It will be good to work on a few technical things. Going inside all spring has made us mentally tough, but we’re ready to race. They’ve done a great job of rising to the occasion and building power to know hopefully produce some good races.” The Bulldogs will compete against nine conference opponents including Jacksonville, who has won the last five consecutive MAAC titles, in a format that includes three races (Varsity 8+, 2nd Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+) with heats and finals for each with the top three boats in each initial heat advancing to the grand final while the other boats move to petite grand finals. The school with the highest point total from the results of all the races will be crowned conference champion.last_img read more

first_imgGlenswilly GAA captain Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden has revealed how his side used their vast underdog status to help them lift another senior county title.Very few gave the Foxhall club any chance of beating the in-form Kilcar side when the pair met at a rain-soaked Mac Cumhaill Park.Indeed the bookies were offering up to 6/1 on Glenswilly lifting their third Dr Maguire Cup (plenty of Glenswilly folk got in on that action!) Hundreds turned up for the team’s homecoming in their clubhouse last night where McFadden told MC Charlie Collins how they always had a plan.‘Copper’ told how he and the rest of his team were sick to the teeth of hearing how well Kilcar could do in Ulster without even a mention that Glenswilly could win the tie.He also had a special word for the media reminding them of how few of them gave Glenswilly any chance of beating Martin McHugh’s charges.There was a tremendous reaction to the arrival of the team on stage where Glenswilly chairman Peter McConnell paid tribute to Michael Canning and his management team and his players. Canning paid tribute to Glenswilly supporters and all those involved with the underage structures at the club whom he said were laying the foundation stones of try future.He said that hopefully in ten or twenty years time, these young players would also be lifting the Dr Maguire Cup.‘Copper’ reveals how underdog status spurred Glenswilly on to become champions was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgThe transfer window is open; premier league sides are in a bit of scouting the best-talented player. These players have shown a great promise, and one team that is having it rough is Fulham FC. It has potential players who are most wanted. Narrowing down to one isn’t, easy. However, in the list below you’ll find one of the most wanted men who you’ve ever placed a bet on sites such as togel online Ryan Sessegnon Ryan is a versatile player who can play as a left-back, left-wing back, full left-sided forward or striker. This is all that managers seek to have in their teams. He has excellent balance, footwork as well as speed and ability to maneuver past defenders with or without a ball. There are very few wide men who can become second strikers with ease like Sessegnon, which is impressive. He is worth a gamble and is one of the most wanted players. Speculations have it that 50 million euros are required to pry him away from Fulham’s clutches. Teams like Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs have shown an interest in the player.Jean Michel Seri This dynamic midfielder is a target by Barcelona. Jose Mourinho has also shown interest in this star player, as he wants to add him to his team at Manchester United. Liverpool had viewed Jean Michel as an exciting alternative for Naby Keita before they struck a deal with RB Leipzig. Jean has shown struggles in Fulham as is likely to be sold this summer. He may soon move to one of the big English premier league football clubs. Alfie MawsonA former Swansea city player and now a craven cottage treasured player, he is worth 20 million euros. There are speculations that Spurs has an eye on the 25-year-old star player. West Ham United have a bid on Mawson. These two teams are routing to have the player on their teamAleksander MitrovicAnother young player who the premier league teams have an eye on is Aleksander. There have been reports that the cost 22 million euros last summer and looking at his impressive game for Fulham this year, the price might double. He has scored six headers this season and the most in the premier league. He is an ideal player for the Cottagers as he looks to get the ball into the areas as his goals are the difference between mid-table finish a push and a Europa League place. Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City manager, has shown interest in this star player and if given an opportunity, he might be calling for the former Newcastle United’s player. Fulham will have to work hard to keep a hold of this powerful Serbian Conclusion Fulham FC is on toes to maintain their star players as they proceed to the next season. Supporting them is going to take extra effort. Punters have placed their bets on the Fulham’s most wanted man on various betting sites such as togel online. It’s only a matter of time to see if the odds will favor them and walk away with cash. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoZen HealthLittle Family Stars Confirm Very Sad NewsZen HealthUndoLifestly.comAt 78, Pele lives in this modest mansionLifestly.comUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – This is how She Does It!HappyTricks.comUndoSky-Elite-NewsHusband Illustrates Everyday Life With Wife In 19 PicturesSky-Elite-NewsUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoStyleReadsMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsStyleReadsUndolast_img read more

first_imgLandon Gomes rushed for two touchdowns, the Wildcats defense forced five turnovers and Ferndale completed a 20-8 upset victory over visiting Little 4 Conference top dog Arcata on homecoming weekend, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.Saturday’s win moves Ferndale (2-1, 3-4) into a three-way tie for first place in the Little 4 with Hoopa (2-1, 4-3) and Arcata (2-1, 3-4) with three conference games remaining in the season.Ferndale flexed its defensive muscle early in Saturday’s …last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — There was something vaguely familiar about the Athletics Monday night in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers.Get a decent start, even if it’s not deep into the game. Get an early lead and build on it. Then let the bullpen close the show.That’s how the A’s came out of nowhere to make the playoffs a year ago, and it’s how they snapped a three-game losing streak before 8,073 fans, the smallest crowd of the year …last_img read more