“I’m A Big Deal” concert for Easter Monday Night at National Park Tarmac

first_imgThe two featured artistes for the “I’m A Big Deal” concert are expected to arrive in Guyana this evening and will travel to the mining community of Bartica for a concert on Saturday evening.Christopher Martin and D’Major, both of Jamaica, are expected to create quite a storm come this Monday evening at the National Park Tarmac.Both artistes have performed in Guyana in the past and have a huge fan base here. The two artistes will be joined by New Jersey top DJ, Banky Hype. He, too, has performed in Guyana and is known for his energetic style. Martin and D’Major are ready to perform and, without a doubt, they will not let down their fans.Martin’s top tunes include “Take My Wings”, “Giving It” and “I’ll Be Your Driver”. Joining the cast will be Guyana’s own Jackie Jaxx, who has been blazing the trail with her provocative performances.The gate to the venue opens at 19:00h and will definitely see several local DJs heating up things to set the mood for a fantastic evening. These local DJs include Gully Ras, Selector Diamond, Selector Face, DJ Seen Up, and DJ Magnum. Father Moey and the Determine Family will also be in the house.The host of the show will be popular radio personality DJ Casual.Tickets cost $2000 and are available at Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop, Durban Street; Jermaine Enterprise, Ketley Street; The Grill Kings, Mandela Avenue; and Big Switch Kitchen & Grill, Enmore, East Coast Demerara.last_img read more

Jovinski set to defend Junior Calypso Monarch

first_imgIt’s February 1, 2019, and Jovinski “The digital Assign” Thorne is set to defend his Junior Calypso Monarch title and lay claim to the Junior Soca Monarch.In February 2018, he sang his way into the Judges hearts with the song “calypso” and won the coveted crown of Junior Soca Monarch.Many felt that he should have also won The Junior Soca Monarch also but he placed second in that competition.One year later, this young trailblazer has his eyes on both crowns.The talented singer says this weekend, Barticians are in for a treat of a lifetime as the juniors take the stage in the Green Town, also known as “the gateway to the interior”.Incidentally, Jovinski’s soca entry is entitled “The Stage” and part of the lyrics read “… I’m the magician, I am in command. You can’t escape, you are not Houdini, cause I control you with my wand. I control The Stage.”Jovinski has been rehearsing and has undoubtedly improved his vocals and his onstage presence. He will be competing with several other young people in the Junior Calypso competition which is set for the Bartica Community Centre Ground commencing at 20:00h.Barticians are urged to come out and support the junior calypsonians this weekend.last_img read more

How well do you deal with conflict?

first_imgConflictis a part of our everyday lives. Each individual is so unique and we have so many differences of opinions, even among friends, that conflict is bound to arise. For good ideas and true innovation to immerge, we need conflict, productive argument and debate.There are those of us who shy away from any kind of conflict, finding it difficult to confront opposing opinions and avoiding it at all costs, while voicing our concerns in a safer space; but mostly being left frustrated at the other persons lack of empathy, failing to realise that if we don’t convey our feelings they will never understand our way of thinking and we will never create the opportunity for discussion.At the other end of the spectrum are those who thrive on conflict, those who love to be in the midst of controversy and are fuelled and excited by the prospect of disagreement; poised to deliver a superior viewpoint. Unfortunately, they can be closed to others’ opinions and too set on being right to consider the other persons perspective, feelings or experiences. This can be a suffocating position because it breeds a false sense of grandeur and stifles development, growth and empathy. Going in to a conflicting situation with a closed mind denies the other person respect and ourselves acceptance of the possibility of our imprecisions.Balanced between the two are those that understand the inevitability and value of conflict and want to use it to learn, to inform and to consider new ways of thinking. Usually this approach allows the conflicting party the room and freedom to express themselves fully and also encourages them to offer the courtesy of listening and considering their opposition’s viewpoint. With this approach even in the eventually of residual disagreement, both parties are likely to be comfortable agreeing to disagree.The conflict many of us avoid and fear is much worse than the reality of voicing a conflicting opinion. The discomfort of the disagreement and the ensuing outcome could be minimised by a firm but fair approach. Often the result of avoiding conflict is that we end up doing things we do not want to do or feeling that we have compromised ourselves by standing by and failing to challenge an ill-informed point of view. Do not leave a conflict rich encounter thinking your silence has won because it is unlikely that it has achieved anything other than leaving the person you are dealing with feeling superior; believing your silence is an admission that if you argue you will lose.You may reason you are above taking time to challenge some people and it doesn’t matter what they think but that shows a lack of care to your fellow human and a lack of responsibility for yourself in the interactions where you arepotentially a facilitator for change. Opportunities during interactions in which you could have a positive or evoking influence should be utilised. Within personal relations avoidance it is not asign of a good relationship; on the contrary avoidance is a symptom of a serious communication problem.Conflict can be foreboding to the pacifist and the aggressor for the same reason. They may be afraid to have to accept another’s valid point. While one moves away silently the other bombards their opponent and refuses to listen, both are afraid of the same thing. Those that debate and consider are strong enough to accept they are not always right; they want to grow, they want to develop, they want to teach and to learn.Anyone who is already, or hoping to, successfully manage the full potential of relations between their workforce, employer, peer group or family would have had to face and embrace conflict. We are all unique and are a product of knowledge personality passions; there is bound to be conflict. Accept there are likely three sides, yours theirs and the truth.Some ways of working towards dealing with conflict either as an involved party or someone trying to facilitate positive outcomes should approach conflict with an eye for resolution. Ask questions to better understand the viewpoint of others – what was expected,, why was it not achieved, can needs be met, were they unrealistic, can they be achieved eventually? Recognise differing perspectives and allow them fair consideration. Look at honest and unintended mistakes and accept them. Someone has to genuinely want to avoid further escalation to find effective ways to resolve issues.The nature of conflict is the nature of human interactions. We can use it for development or hindrance. Decide your approach.last_img read more

Representation of interests

first_imgAfter the Forum of African Guyanese by Cuffy 250, some Guyanese expressed alarm at the frank speech on expectations in an ethnically divided society. They insist that only “multiracial” politics can work for Guyana.But what is a “multi-racial” party? Is it one in which the leaders are drawn from all or most of the various racial/ethnic blocs that constitute our polity? Is it one that has members drawn from all the various groups? Do the proportions have to roughly mirror the population or will any assorted agglomeration do like with APNU/AFC? Or does it mean that the interests of all the groups must be expressly articulated and represented? Should those interests be subsumed under some notion of a “national” interest? Who defines that “national” interest? And so on.In Guyana, all of the parties before ROAR claimed that they were “multi-racial”. They took special pains to have individuals from all the major race groups in their executive and courted votes from across the spectrum. They constructed “national” manifestos. Yet when it came to elections, the majority of the people invariably voted for one of the two major parties, which were firmly identified with specific ethnic blocs – the PPP with Indians and the PNC with Africans. Some assert that the WPA was the only authentic multiracial party. This, of course, begs the question posed above as to what is an “authentic multi-racial” party.The question harks back to the roots of what constitutes “representation” in our “representative democracy”. The favoured approach, from both the old Liberal and Marxist ideologies was the “representation of ideas”. That is, once the interests of the group are articulated, then anyone could “speak” for the group. By constructing “national” platforms in personnel and content, both the PPP and the PNC claimed to be capable of speaking for “all”. Yet, based on the results of election after election, it is obvious that there was some way the people were getting signals as to which party better represented their interests – which turned out to be racial/ethnic every time.These ethnic signals were encapsulated in the ethnic identity of the top leader of the party and conveyed during the “bottom house” meetings and by the use of code words that the people understood. Our insertion into Guyanese politics occurred in the immediate pre-1992 years, by that time the Indians saw the PPP as capable of winning on its own in a “free and fair” election and the Africans had no faith that a possible vengeful PPP would protect their interests. Both sides returned to huddling under their own perceived tent. And here we have remained – with some cracks last year.In 1992, as articulated in our 1990 paper, “For a New Political Culture”, we proposed “Shared Governance” and eventually, Federalism, to share power in the country equitably. Our theory predicted ethnic violence, which unfortunately came to pass, with its increased polarisation. So, how do we arrive at “multi-racial” politics that can involve all the groups to their satisfaction?We thought it was self-evident that the parties that the various groups selected via their votes should come together and work on a programme that combined their several platforms. We still believe that this is the way to begin and then work towards a federal approach, which would need the trust engendered during a period of working together. But there remains the evident distaste by the major political parties to acknowledge that they are “ethnic” parties.The greatest irony is that this acknowledgement, coupled with the acceptance to work together, would result in the formation of a “multi-racial” government, which, after all, is what the goal of all their politics is supposedly all about. The “multiracial” party was supposed to only be a way-station to the “multi-racial” government, wasn’t it?But the distaste for acknowledging that one has an ethnic party goes deeper than mere opportunism in some. A multiracial/multi-ethnic party must explicitly articulate the interests of the several constituent groups it purports to represent. This is done, as in the Democratic Party in the US, by having specific “caucuses” for African and Hispanic voters. It is now conceded that in addition to the old “representation of ideas”, there is the need for “representation by presence” especially for those who have been excluded or have experienced unique situations.last_img read more


first_img…to starveWe’re all preparing to CELEBRATE Emancipation Day. But we really ought to ask ourselves what exactly was achieved by “Emancipation”. In slavery, we know some folks – mostly blacks – were the property of other folks – mostly whites. But what came afterwards?? The fella behind the free trade argument that precipitated Emancipation – Adam Smith – argued that labour would now be “free”. Interestingly, he suggested this in 1776, the same year the Americans decided to launch their war of Independence!“Free” labour, Smith claimed, would be more efficient than slave labour, since owners of plantations and the labourers could now bargain in a “labour market” that would most efficiently decide on labour’s “worth”. A half-century later, not long after the abolition of slavery, when such matters had moved from the realm of theory to practice, Karl Marx, a close student of Smith, remarked sardonically but presciently: free labour was “doubly free” – free to work or free to starve!!And that’s what we saw right after Emancipation, and what we’re seeing today. The ex-slaves, for instance, exercised this “freedom” to move off the plantations — the site of their degradation for centuries. But were they free to work? Yes, but at wages determined by the planters, who brought in “indentured labour”, which they could control because of their “bound” contract! The ex-slaves were forced to eke out a living as best they could – outside the sugar economy.After Indentureship, THEY were now “free” – but their experience showed Marx was right: they were “free to starve”! Throughout the 19th century and into the 20th, sugar wages kept getting smaller and smaller – but the workers had nowhere to go but starvation street!! That their survival instincts kicked in worked in favour of the planters. They rented small plots of land from the estates and planted rice, which soon expanded into an industry. They caught fish in the canals; reared poultry and sheep/goats, etc, and survived to work at the subsistence wage on the estates.But at least they worked for a wage that provided a minimum safety net against total starvation. So, on Emancipation Day, let’s spare a thought for the 5700 sugar workers fired by GuySuCo directly – and the other 2000 indirectly from cane farmers. They’re now free to starve!! Imagine, this PNC Government trumpeting the significance of Emancipation, yet failing to see the cruel irony of the tragedy that’s unfolding in the sugar belt??They glibly talk about the “callousness” of the colonial order in denying the ex-slaves a living. But what about the land and credit promised to sugar workers when the estates were to be shuttered?Are they not also men and our brothers?…to borrow and spendFinance Minister Jordan says the Government is “cautious” about borrowing!! If what’s going on in this PNC-led Government’s debt portfolio is “caution”, God help us all!! In macro terms, let’s remind Jordan that in 2015 they inherited a debt load of 47.9 per cent of GDP!! The following year, that grew to 48.3 per cent, and in 2017 it jumped to 53.4 per cent. Hello!!! Do we see a trend here??In this year alone, the Government’s MoUs on financing show us where their head’s at as far as borrowing’s concerned. There’s that US$900 million line of credit from the Islamic Development Bank; and then, only yesterday, we heard of an undisclosed mega financing from the China Belt and Road initiative on infrastructure. The World Bank’s US$35 million for getting the financial architecture right and the US$30 million bond for GuySuCo might seem like small potatoes to the new financial wizards with oil dollars in their eyes; but these things add up.When you least expect it, it’ll bring you down when you can’t sustain repayment schedule.Like when oil prices plummet?…to lieEven though it was announced that Raphael Trotman’s no longer responsible for oil, he just can’t let go! He just told a whopper on Dr Valerie Marcel, a Chatham House fellow.He claims she recommended a “National Oil Company” for Guyana. No way Jose!! says Dr Val!!last_img read more

The Venezuelan military is too fragmented

first_imgDear Editor,Beatrice Rangel, a former Chief of Staff to former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, has said that a desperate President Nicolas Maduro may well order military intervention into Guyana as a means of trying to divert attention from his internal troubles, but not a single platoon of the armed forces of Venezuela will obey that order. “It is not going to happen. The military is too fragmented,” she said in response to questioning by former Guyanese diplomat Wesley Kirton about such a possibility during a forum here on Thursday, titled “Voices from Venezuela”, put on by the Council of the Americas.Rangel had earlier argued that the Venezuelan president is desperate, and is being “propped up” by a number of international criminal organisations, including the Russian and Chinese Mafia and the Colombian drug cartels, which are believed to be currently directing the Maduro regime’s every move.She criticised the international community’s lack of action on brokering a solution to the crisis in the once oil rich Latin American republic, saying that the violence, which is likely to erupt this Sunday, may force it to act.The Opposition and the Government are scheduled to hold votes this month, the Opposition holding a referendum on Maduro’s leadership this Sunday and Maduro holding a vote for a constituent assembly on July 31. This could be the bloodiest day in Venezuela’s recent history, Rangel said, pointing out that this may be the occasion for the Organization of American States (OAS) to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter and request the United Nations (UN) Security Council to address the crisis in Venezuela.Rangel said the OAS resolution, which fell short of passage by three votes at the recent General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, was a result of threats and scare tactics carried out by Venezuela’s mafia connections, which forced countries like neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to abstain on the resolution out of fear.She said these groups have been terrorizing Trinidadian fishermen off the coast of Tobago, making life difficult for Tobagonians. However, a representative of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s non-governmental organizations participating in the forum later told me that Rangel’s analysis was flawed, and that his country’s abstention had to do with future joint exploitation of oil and gas resources that are to be found in the maritime space of the two neighbouring countries.Asked about the role of the oil industry, Rangel said that is a complicated architecture of relationships, and accused Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA, of helping to finance and facilitate companies and interests whose access to finance and financial institutions has been cut off as a result of US sanctions placed on them. She cited, as an example, a reported recent telephone conversation between Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Putin suggested that Maduro may want to ensure he operates within the Constitution, and Maduro responded that such advice could force him to ask Russian oil interests to leave Venezuela.As for a solution to the crisis in Venezuela, Rangel said the international community has to broker a deal, but in the process of negotiation, has to recognise that it is not dealing in an environment of traditional negotiations, and therefore has to be tough, offering Maduro the option of peaceful exile or imprisonment.She also argued that there will have to be the emergence of a new political entity to counter-balance the current Opposition. The new political party would have to be one that would represent the interests of the working and middle classes that supported the late Hugo Chavez.The forum also heard from a number of other presenters from Venezuela, including Jose Domingo Mujica, National Coordinator of the Electoral Assembly of Education; University Professor Juan Manuel Raffle, and journalists Marianela Balbi and Nathan Crooks, Venezuela Bureau Chief, Bloomberg.President of the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), Mike Mc Cormack, and President of the Transparency Institute of Guyana, Dr. Troy Thomas, were among participants in the forum from CARICOM member states.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in Philippines, jets off to Boracay

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college A meeting with rival Manny Pacquiao is a possibility, according to the report. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption READ: WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in lockerThe two faced each other in 2015 and their mega fight was dubbed as “The Fight of the Century” after nearly a decade of verbal rivalry pitted the generation’s best fighters against each other.Mayweather won the fight via unanimous decision and the two have since kept running into each other in public places.READ: Money well spent: Mayweather’s retirement tour makes stop in El Nido Pacquiao and Mayweather, who both had their respective entourage with them, bumped into each other in a Japanese nightclub back in January.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The two also met in an NBA game where Mayweather was sitting courtside and Pacquiao greeted home from behind.Mayweather also flew to the country last year, taking a quick vacation in El Nido.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands in the ring before Errol Spence Jr takes on Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the Philippines.As per ABS-CBN report, Mayweather’s private jet arrived at a private hangar at 3:30 am Sunday. He stayed in Manila for less than five hours since he flew straight to Boracay at 7 am.ADVERTISEMENT Amid PBA All-star excitement, Louie Alas preoccupied with playoffs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View commentslast_img read more

Sandy Arespacochaga appointed as Batang Gilas head coach

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Longtime deputy Sandy Arespacochaga is set to take full charge of his own team after Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas appointed him as the new head coach of Batang Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT Arespacochaga is set to bring that immense championship experience to the Batang Gilas under-19 team that includes Kai Sotto.His first order of business is lead Batang Gilas in the Under-19 World Cup in Greece from June 29 to July 7 where the Philippines is grouped with the host nation, Argentina, and Russia.“Sandy’s demeanor is perfect for our young players. He is a natural teacher whose method of teaching is what our young players will embrace and appreciate. He uses his strong communication skills and low key personality to get the best out of his personnel,” said Panlilio.Arespacochaga is also an assistant coach in the PBA currently under Bong Ravena in TNT but has served before under Black in Meralco and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao in NLEX.“It is important that we teach our young players to not only play good basketball but more importantly, conduct themselves positively inside and outside the basketball court. With his focus on a strong and holistic values enrichment program, we in the SBP are confident that the success of the Batang Gilas program will be sustained and will eventually benefit even our Gilas Men’s program,” said Panlilio.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Pelicans begin interviews for general manager post Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Arespacochaga will be at the helm of the Philippines’ junior national team that will see action in the Fiba Under-19 Basketball World Cup and the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship.“Sandy has proven his worth as a youth basketball coach. He has won championships in the high-school level and has been an active member of the highly successful Ateneo college basketball program,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsArespacochaga served as an assistant in Ateneo’s senior program for nearly two decades and won eight UAAP titles while serving as deputy to Joel Banal in 2002, Norman Black from 2008 to 2012, and Tab Baldwin in 2017 and 2018.Before that, he was the head coach of Blue Eaglets who won the title from 1999 to 2000. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Hott FM Extends Services to Bong County

first_imgThe general manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HOTT FM, DJ Blue, in a recent disclosure has said that the station is about to extend its operation in Gbarnga, Bong County.He said further that one of the goals of the initiative, among others, is aimed at providing job opportunities for residents of Bong County.DJ Blue also said that Hott FM in Gbarnga, linked directly with its parent station in Monrovia, is chiefly a community-based radio station. He said that while the radio station has been in operation for a considerable time, it would, however, officially open on Saturday, June 20. This will be followed, after the arrival of the HOTT FM team from Monrovia, by a series of activities beginning on Thursday, June 18.“We want to broadcast with a distinctive voice across the country, widening the scope of Liberian music and bringing it directly to the people as we have done abroad and in Monrovia,” he explained, adding, “The media is an educational tool for culture promotion and for the sharing of information and entertainment.” He said further that extending HOTT FM to Bong County would foster communication among participants, helping to enhance economic and social development.HOTT FM has become one of the biggest radio stations in Liberia, noted for beginning a revolution that has since promoted Liberian musical talents, organizing a series of programs that has helped to increase awareness of Liberian music. 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_imgThis month among other major MOP-Liberia activities including Ebola Education Outreach Programme sponsored by the International Student Organization (ISO) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), VA, USA through Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) and the Youth Media Education Programme (YMEP) in close collaboration with Radio Veritas/Catholic Media Center, Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, we begin our dialogue on Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development.As the year draws to a close, Liberia, along with other nations, would embrace a post 2015 development agenda following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and roll out the Sustainable Development Goals known as the SDGs.Before then, we would take time to review our accomplishment of the eight MDGs which are aimed to end poverty. With the deadline fast approaching and emanating from fourteen years of civil war, it is expected that Liberia has not realized its MDG targets. We still have a long way to go with our to-do lists which includes fighting diseases like Ebola, high level corruptions of donor aids, cronyism and under-development of our rural infrastructure including roads, energy and water and sanitation facilities.From Monrovia to Zwedru and from Turbmanburg to Voinjama, we can feel poverty as we go along the limited stretch of highways. Our weak health and education systems have been severely tested by the outbreak of Ebola and recovering from it would take some time and tweaking of our socio-economic programmes.To do this, we must first conduct an audit of the MDGs and develop a road map on the way forward. Most peace messengers are of the view that audit alone is not a panacea to achieving MDGs or its offspring the SDGs timed to 2030. They are of the opinion that for developing countries like Liberia to achieve any sustenance, it needs to review its internal programmes on corruption and cronyism. We need to empower young people through tackling capacity building programme and functional education.It is essential that the voices of all people, especially young people, be heard and that all people are involved and engaged in tackling underlying causes of poverty.We must teach young people to live in peace and in country alleviated from poverty, cronyism and corruption which are precursors to national under development. We must also educate the population, especially those in positions of authority on what to do to take the lofty SDGs from rhetoric to reality.According to President Obama during his recent trip to Nairobi and Addis Ababa, “things work out best when Africans strive to solve their own problems”Peace and Development in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of Ebola and the countdown to an Ebola free country is essential and achievable if we address issues of cronyism, bribe and corruption. Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to J-Mart for their donation and look forward to others as we partner to eradicate Ebola from our country.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates: Poverty, Cronyism, Corruption and Development-Part II”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more