The richest race in the English-speaking Caribbean, the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile offering a record purse of $13.5 million, will be run at Caymanas Park on Saturday, December 5, with Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) coming on board as title sponsor.The event is hosted by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) and, according to racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, it promises to be a memorable experience, “bringing glamour, fine entertainment and excitement to the Caymanas racing complex”.Details for the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile were outlined by representatives of SVL, BGLC and CTL at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.PRESTIGIOUS EVENT”Supreme Ventures’ commitment of $5 million to the raceday demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enhancing the horse-racing industry,” said Paul Hoo, SVL’s chairman. “We commend the BGLC for its vision in conceptualising and launching the plan earlier this year for what promises to be the most prestigious horse-racing event in the region.”We certainly share the view of the BGLC chairman, Gary Peart, in his comments at the BGLC’s launch in June this year that an event of this nature will help generate more revenue for CTL and, ultimately, it will help the owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms, and all stakeholders at Caymanas Park.”It is also very encouraging for a stakeholder in the gaming industry to note that the regulators do not see themselves as regulators, but also as facilitators assisting in the growth of the industry by their sponsorship.”Our sponsorship of the Diamond Mile race day, a new investment for Supreme Ventures, is valued at $5 million, which will represent an investment of $18 million in sponsorship at CTL for 2015 alone. Indeed, our investment in the sponsorship of horse racing and the promotion of the racedays to date exceeds $103 million, by far the largest partnership in the horse-racing industry.”As one of the companies bidding for the operations of CTL, our vision is to return horse racing to its former glory, with prestigious events that bring out the attendance of patrons, engender the interest of sponsors to come on board throughout the year and make the track one that all stakeholders will be proud of,” he concluded.Also speaking was CTL’s chairman, Christopher Brown, who said SVL has now raised the bar with the addition of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile “which boasts the single-largest purse of any race – $13.5 million”.Denzil Miler pointed to several of the top horses expected to vie for top honours, including two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ TYPEWRITER; the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR; and the crack imported horse, UPPA TUNE. He added that entries for the Diamond Mile will close on Wednesday, November 4, at 2 p.m.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Ten-man Ceres-Negros kept its six-point gap at the top of the Philippines Football League after a thrilling 1-1 away draw with Kaya Iloilo on Saturday, while the Davao Aguilas ended a four-game losing spell at the expense of JPV Marikina.The league’s top two teams battled tooth and nail in front of close to 2,000 fans at Iloilo Sports Complex with Ceres midfielder Mike Ott opening the scoring in the 86th minute and Shirmar Felongco grabbing the equalizer two minutes later.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ceres was reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Omid Nazari was sent off for a second yellow card.Over in Laguna, Davao finally picked up three points after a 3-0 win over JPV Marikina in a match cut short by heavy rains. Phil and James Younghusband and Dennis Villanueva scored for Davao. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced De Leon strengthens Tornadoes PSL towers Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ
Nike, who is in a 12-year deal with Duke stemming from an extension in 2015, released a statement wishing Williamson, a projected top overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a speedy recovery.Williamson was wearing a school exclusive pair of PG 2.5s that are primarily designed for wing players and guards.“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” said the sports giant. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”WNBA legend Swin Cash,s a two-time WNBA champion and a two-time NCAA champion with University of Connecticut, chipped in in saying Williamson should wear LeBron James’ sneakers that are built for bigger players.“Honestly at Zion’s size he needs to change up & wear Brons shoe. They are literally built for a guy his size. I remember after my back surgery I changed up shoes because of the shock impacted to my back,” said Cash who also wished the best for Williamson.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) falls to the floor with an injury while chasing the ball with North Carolina’s Luke Maye (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Duke rookie sensation Zion Williamson was forced out of the Blue Devils’ game against archrival University of North Carolina after he suffered a knee injury in the two teams’ matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Williamson was about to turn the corner against the Tar Heels’ Luke May when his left shoe exploded resulting in what Duke head coach Mike Krzyewski called a “mild knee sprain” in a report by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward then clutched his right knee in pain just 36 seconds into the game before walking off, in his own power, to the Blue Devils’ locker room without his Nike PG 2.5s.UNC, the no.8-ranked team in the conference, then took advantage of Williamson’s absence and cruised to an 88-72 win over the top seeded Blue Devils.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt put everyone in the position of having to figure it out, playing without him, while playing a really good team. It’s not a good situation,” said Krzyweski in the ESPN.com report.“At halftime the realization that he’s not there settled in. And we played horrible to start the second half. The final 16 minutes I thought we played really well, but it was too late,” Kryzewski added. Pacquiao: No boxing for son Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief
Dear Editor,Over the last two weeks or so, we have seen some developments that do not spell well for the future of our nation. It appears that we are rapidly returning to the worst days of the 1970s and 1980s.These matters have emerged from developments in the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and in the ruling of the Court in relation to the legality of the process by which the Chairman of GECOM, Mr James Patterson, was appointed.The Chairman of GECOM tried to muzzle Commissioner Robeson Benn from speaking. Mr Benn raised the issue of the racial imbalance of the composition of the staff at GECOM. He pointed out that it was about 90% African Guyanese, and tried to make a case that GECOM, a constitutional body, should reflect our population in a much better way. This matter is rather urgent, since we know that there exist grounds to believe that the last elections were manipulated from within the Commission with the use of fake statements of poll. It appears to have been an inside job. That matter is in Court, but is not being called up.That raised the ire of the Chairman, who stopped him from speaking.Now, let us be clear here. The Guyana Elections Commission, more than any other single institution, is at the centre of our country’s democratic wellbeing. It is tasked with ensuring that periodic elections in Guyana are free and fair both in substance and appearance. To accomplish this task, GECOM has a responsibility to harness and maintain public confidence in all that it does.It was to achieve that goal that the procedure for establishing the Commission was designed.The Chairperson, it was expected, would have been chosen by a consensual mechanism. Unfortunately, that mechanism was thrown out by the President. Mr. Patterson was not appointed by consensus. He is the nominee of President Granger, who is also the Leader of the PNC/APNU. Given the tenuous circumstances under which Mr Patterson was appointed, and the number of prominent and eminent Guyanese who were overlooked and unceremoniously discarded by the President and Leader of the PNC/APNU to facilitate his selection, one would have thought that he would have made a special effort to demonstrate to all and sundry that the fears regarding his appointment were unfounded.Instead, by his action in trying to muzzle Commissioner Benn from raising real and legitimate concerns of the Commission’s composition, he has shown that the fears regarding his appointment are indeed very well founded.Mr Patterson has displayed his belief that we are back to the period of the 1970s and 1980s, when GECOM facilitated the most massive and fraudulent elections.The concerns raised by Mr Benn have been left unaddressed.After that incident, Mr Patterson has become even more biased in his actions.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
Dear Editor,Now that the no-confidence motion has been passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, some, especially members from the ruling parties are questioning what constitutes a majority as prescribed by Article 106 of the Constitution and what is the meaning of “absolute majority.” As we seek to expose this 34 votes “arithmetic amorality” we are puzzled by the fact that the Government is supporting such sentiments instead of accepting defeat and moving on in order to savor our democracy.In the constitutional context, the term majority acquires its precise meaning in Article 106 (6) which states “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the votes of the majority of all elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” So the questions to ask are – Were all 65 elected members present and voted? (Yes). Is the word shall equal to must in this context? (Yes) Were the persons who voted whole individuals, (Yes) or were they half of a person? (No).So if that is the case, did a vote of the majority take place to command the APNU+AFC Government to resign forthwith? This question then begs another question – what constitutes this majority?The Collins Dictionary defines a majority as “more than half”, “the greater part of”. The etymology of the word “majority” corroborates that it was first used in 1550 by the French when they try to message a condition of “being greater than” when comparing things. The French further explained themselves with the phrase “la majorité des électeurs” which means the majority is absolute. To shed light on this concept of absolute we reflect on how the largest democracy in the world conduct themselves with respect to what is a majority.In the Indian Parliament, they define this absolute majority as more than 50 per cent of the total membership of their house. Their house has 545 voting members. The methodology they use in certifying an absolute majority is that they rounded up the total amount of 545 to 546 and then took 50 per cent of that to derive the absolute majority, which we submit as the mathematical accurate position. Under no circumstances should the rounding up take place at the halfway mark.In Guyana’s case, an absolute majority is 50 per cent of the total voting members rounded up from 65 to 66. Basic arithmetic will reveal that 50 per cent of 66 is 33. So it is clear that Mr Nigel Hughes has bungled his interpretation of the arithmetic and while that is unfortunate, it is also understandable because his forte is not mathematics.Then there is the concept of “greater than”. Is 33 greater than 32? Clearly, 33 and 32 are not equal. Elementary arithmetic teaches us that 33 is a larger quantity than 32 and therefore is a majority.But to guide us on this concept let us reflect on scriptures. In the King James Bible in 1 Chronicle 12:29 it says, “And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.” That same verse was interpreted in the Christian Standard Bible as “From the Benjaminites, the relatives of Saul: 3,000 (up to that time the majority of the Benjaminites maintained their allegiance to the house of Saul).”It is clear that the majority is the greater part of the many parts and that 33 is the greater part of and is an absolute majority of 65. All this voodoo arithmetic gibberish of a half man and rounding up at the 32.5 mark is nothing else but subjective fiction of dreamers who are neither idealists nor realists, but theorists. And most theorists are not objective on facts.On that note, we end with Matthew 7:15 which states “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. However you twist it or turn it, the absolute majority of 65 is 33. Therefore, we call upon the responsible leaders in the Government to end this shenanigan and conduct the affairs of the country accordingly. The stakes are very high and this should be taken seriously by those in authority. And while time is of the essence, the acting President certainly does have the power and authority to deal with this issue. We must not hold the nation hostage.Sincerely,Dr Asquith RoseSasenarine SinghMike PersaudCharles Sugrim
Well-placed Liberian advocates against deforestation and environmental experts have cautioned the Liberian Government and key stakeholders in the forestry sector not to permit ‘exploitative and unscrupulous’ logging companies to mortgage Liberia’s precious forests.Liberia and Guinea are the only countries still containing preserved virgin forests in West Africa; that is why conserving them is viewed as vital to the ecological system in the sub-region.Many forestry watch-dogs continue to admonish Liberians and the government to remain steadfast in the preservation of the nation’s forest.Over the years, communities affected as a result of illegal logging have complained about the lack of visible impact on their socio-economic conditions. They not that instead, they seem to become victims of environmental degradation and abject poverty.Earlier this week stern warnings were sounded in several interviews conducted by the Daily Observer. Those interviewed discussed the way forward in the protection and preservation of the Liberian forest from those seeking to plunder the nation’s natural resources.These environmentalists pointed out that owing to previous administration’s bad governance system, millions of logs have been exported with no significant impact on the socio-economic conditions of Liberians.Following the recent democratic elections held in Liberia after years of civil conflict, swarms of advocacy groups sprung up to monitor and keep surveillance on the precious remaining rain forest of the nation.In equal measure, dozens of logging companies also sprung up to take advantage of opportunities in the lucrative forestry business. These companies have found a more progressive business environment under the current administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Being fully aware of the ugly practices of the past administration, the Unity Party led government welcomed— without any hurdles— dozens of forestry watch-dogs to assist government in the forest preservation processes.Some of these watch-dog organizations include the British based groups Global Witness and the Society General on Surveillance (SGS); who have both opened offices in the nation’s capital.Initially, the mechanisms crated and put into place containing some tangible loop-holes and some of the logging companies took advantage of the lapses and infiltrated the system with brown envelopes.Subsequent to the detection of corrupt practices in the forestry sector, the Liberian Government immediately placed a moratorium on the harvest and exportation of Liberian logs on the world market.The Liberian Government then instituted practical steps leading to the dismissal of the former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority and dissolution of the entity’s board of directors.In a bid to restore confidence and credibility to the forestry sector, the Liberian Government appointed an interim management team with the head being one of Liberia’s most respected businessmen, Harrison Karnwea. During former President Charles Taylor’s regime, thousands of hectares of forest in the coastal county of Grand Bassa were mortgaged disregarding international practices and standards.The notorious Oriented Timber Company (OTC) of Malaysia harvested and exported several of Liberia’s finest timber species; leaving behind environmental degradation to the detriment of the citizens of Grand Bassa County.Several attempts at the time by advocacy groups such as the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) to speak on the malpractices in the forestry sector were met with stiff resistance by top former officials of President Charles G. Taylor’s administration.Another newcomer in the fight against malpractice in the forestry sector is Liberia’s lead advocacy outfit the Green Advocates, headed by Attorney Alfred Brownell.Attorney Brownell and his team have spoken out on a number of issues of concern; such as the owners of Liberia’s biggest rubber plantation Firestone Rubber Company’s environmental pollution in the Farmington River in Margibi County.Aside from this, the environmental lawyers have also spoken critically about some of the bad labor practices meted out against vulnerable rubber tappers and other plantation workers’ socio-economic conditions over the years.In closing, it is the fervent hope of Liberians, support partners, forestry advocates and the Daily Observer that in 2014 and beyond the Liberian Government continues to work tirelessly to ensure a vibrant forestry sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorThe leader of Rwanda, President Kagame, once said: “African countries need a new kind of leadership – one that has a vision for the country and a passion and commitment for its rapid development, as well as the wellbeing of its people.”Some African scholars have expressed that “despite Liberia’s reputed gains in political and socioeconomic renewal in the past 12 years, when Weah takes over from Sirleaf, he will be inheriting high levels of unemployment and domestic debt, a depreciated currency, donor aid fatigue, growth projections of 4 percent (before the Ebola epidemic the country recorded an average growth rate of 7.5 percent), corruption with impunity – including a secret tax waiver for logging companies – and declining human development indices” (Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor ,19 Jan 2018).Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor pointed out in their article that the initial thing that President George Weah needs to do is to ensure that 25 percent of government contracts go to successful Liberian-owned enterprises through competitive bidding. Because the country imports more than 80 percent of its food – including the staple, rice – preference should be given to Liberian agrobusinesses operating at scale.They emphasized that the Weah Administration needs to cancel contracts with poor performers, renegotiate agreements that may be violating Liberian national laws and international human rights standards in the oil and gas, oil palm, rubber and iron ore industries. The revised agreements should generate improvements in tax collection, value-addition, employment, and corporate social responsibility obligations to affected communities.I was impressed when these young scholars suggested that President Weah would have to build an industrial base in Liberia by insisting that foreign companies work with the Liberian Government to establish wood, rubber, palm oil, and steel rod processing plants in regional hubs throughout the country. Extra revenue generated from these activities should be invested in road reconstruction, electricity expansion, water and sanitation services’ (Robtel Neajai Pailey & Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor, 19 Jan 2018).Since President Weah belongs to one of Liberia’s ethnic groupings – the Kru or Klao – it is important to draw inspiration from some of the forebearers that preceded him. These were individuals who struggled politically against the Americo-Liberian hegemony.Understanding Liberia’s history, for example, will help us, especially the new administration of President Weah, to rebuild our socioeconomic and political institutions, and as may well be necessary, to change those behaviors that are not congruent to nation building. What we have become today in Liberia is the result of the seeds that were planted by Liberia’s founding fathers, many, many years ago; founding fathers that failed to heed the advice and wisdom of previous visionary personalities.There were individuals who paved the path for each one of us, especially for President Weah. It is important to reflect on some of their contributions. The election of President Weah is not accidental, but years of determination, struggle and persistent democratic forces that helped to usher in our present political realities in Liberia. Some people have the impression that the underdevelopment in Liberia, especially within the southeastern region, is not accidental. It was a calculated by the power players in Liberia, from 1847 to 1980. The bravery by Klaos (Kru) have been documented in the world, especially in West Africa.Even European writers have reported about the determination of this tribe. One wrote: “The Kru (Klao) people are an African tribe of coastal southeastern Liberia and neighboring Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The tribe is known for sailing. Many of the Kru people also migrated to neighboring areas such as Sierra Leone to look for work as fishermen and dockworkers. The Kru along with the Grebo, resisted Americo-Liberians, especially Maryland settlers’ efforts to control their trade. They were also infamous among early European enslavers as being especially opposed to capture (https://blackthen.com/kru-people-an-african-tribe-that-refused-to-be-captured-into-enslavement/).History, according to Robert Penn Warren (a poet, novelist, and literary critic), cannot give us a program for the future but it can give us full understanding of ourselves and our common humanity, so that we can better face the future. Professor J. Corfield also pointed out in her article that revisiting a country’s history helps us to understand the linkages between her past and present. Understanding a nation’s history is not just ‘useful’, it is essential (royalholloway.ac.uk).Notable personality, is Didwho Twe…. (pronounced Dee-Woo). An African scholar pointed out that this great African “was born in Monrovia on April 14, 1879 to Klao (Kru) parents. He was light in complexion, with a cicatrice on his forehead, a mark that distinguished people of Klao ethnic group from other indigenous tribes. Welleh Didwho Twe received his early education from the American Methodist and Trinity Episcopal institutions, as well as Patsy Barclay Private School. Also, he graduated from Cuttington Collegiate and Divinity School in Cape Palmas, Maryland (Liberia). In 1894, a US Congressman by the name of William Grout assisted Twe to travel to the United States to further his studies. During his stay in the United States, Twe attended several institutions, which included, St. Johnbury Academy in Vermont, Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island University, where he received his Master’s degree, and later studied agriculture at Columbia and Harvard universities” (Taken from Siahyonkron Nyanseor’s Liberian History Archive).On July 27, 1944, Hon. Didwho Twe was Liberia’s Independence Day guest speaker in Monrovia. He spoke on the following topic: The Future in Liberia.The highlight of his presentation is reflected below for the intellectual consumption of the reading public. Interestingly, some of the ‘challenged issues of Education, Agriculture and other essential attributes’ that he discussed, continue to take place in contemporary Liberia.Independence Day Oration, July 26, 1944 At the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, 74 years ago)“Fellow Citizens: I shall speak briefly on the subject: THE FUTURE IN LIBERIABut since there is a great difference between the future of Liberia and the future in Liberia, I want it to be understood that I am not going to discuss the future of Liberia, because in the face of the rapid changes now taking place everywhere no one can undertake such a task without being forced to apologize for his conclusions.EDUCATION—In considering the future in Liberia the first item that comes up one’s mind is education. The greatest indictment against the Republic today is that the governing classes have studiously prevented the education of the masses and have also kept them dependent; and that it is for this reason that ninety- nine and half percent of the people are illiterate. Whether this indictment is true or not, I cannot say, but it is the opinion of majority of our critics and they have to their opinion. All I have to say is, no nation has ever been able to establish and maintain a strong government with a poor ignorant population. Much of our progress in the future will depend upon the rapidity with which we mass educate our people now.In spite of China’s struggle to survive under the heel of the conqueror, her mass education program is turning out one million students annually out of high schools. This report from ‘backward’ China should be an inspiration to us.AGRICULTURE—The second and most vital point in the future in Liberia is agriculture. The nation is now facing conditions hardly distinguishable from famine, not for the lack of many agricultural products, but for one staple diet only—Rice.The greatest question in the country today is—What is the basic cause for the shortage of rice? The answer to this question lies in the investigation of our population. During the past century someone conjectured that the population of Liberia was two and a half million. From that time up to the present we have tenaciously held on to this figure without investigation and without making allowance for increase or decrease. That is, the number of our population has been stationary for more than fifty years. This is incompatible with the law of population, unless the state of our agricultural development has reached the point of diminishing return.The naked truth of the matter is Liberia does not possess the population she thinks she has. This fact was not revealing to the public till the passage of the law prohibiting the importation of rice into Liberia. This revelation renders necessary revision of our “Alien Residence Act” requiring the payment of $50.00 annually by every alien, to admit immigrants freely into the country to compensate for the shortage. The present population of Liberia is not much over one and a quarter million if at all. This statement is based on the number of actually inhabited towns in the whole of the Western Province, which was once considered the most populated part of our hinterland. Indeed the insufficiency of population is one of the knotty problems the present government must prepare to face at no distant date. The shortage of rice, if carefully analyzed, can be largely attributed to shortage of population in the interior plus other factors. But this is a question I cannot go into detail without reviewing our native policies from the administration of Arthur Barclay to that of Edwin Barclay inclusive and without digressing too far from my main purpose.After years of traveling throughout the interior and the coast and after well-matured consideration of conditions everywhere, I am thoroughly convinced that the inauguration of a well-organized compulsory agricultural scheme, such as the herein suggested, is exactly similar to compulsory education which policy has been adopted by all advanced governments; the former is intended to free the individual from poverty and raise him to a state of economic independence for the benefit of himself and the state; the latter for the benefit of the state and of him whose mind is developed. But at all events, this compulsory agricultural policy must be a revolution by consent not by force.INDUSTRY & CAPITAL—I come now to the third point—Industry and Capital. Though we may escape the ravages of this global conflict, yet we cannot escape the inevitable invasion for raw materials. This is the war that Liberia must prepare herself to face. It will be as aggressive as a war of cannon and bombs, for the world will no longer respect the right of any nation over vast raw materials which it cannot develop, but which it refused to release for the advancement of civilization.Coupled with this is the fact that the development of our vast resources requires skill and capital, which we have not. We must therefore for the moment depend upon foreign capital for the development of our country. But in admitting foreign capital into the country for the exploitation of our resources, no monopoly should be granted to any one nation against the interest of other nations. Furthermore, capital, when once invested in the country for the economic betterment of the state and people, should be given hearty cooperation and adequate support with due regard to protect the interest of the masses.Three classes of people are primarily and vitally concerned in the development of any country. namely: the workman or producer,–in Liberia the native man,–the capital and the Government. Without these three factors the equation is unbalanced. Government being a non-productive organization, depends wholly on the producer and the capitalist for its existence but with legislative and judicial powers in its hands, it can, at any time, create impossible conditions for both producer and capitalist. But Government cannot carry its coercive powers to the extreme in this direction without paralyzing the industry. Because of the lack of understanding of economic laws common among Statesmen, enactments detrimental to the life of industry are often hastily passed into law. It has becomes the business of producers and capitalists therefore, to protect themselves, to use their means and influence to prevent the passage of such laws. This legitimate struggle for existence on the part of capitalists has been interpreted as an attempt to control Government, hence the eternal conflict between governments and capitalists in highly industrialized countries. But these reactions are inevitable in the industrial development of any country.Liberia democracy is in jail. We have placed all sorts of barriers around the Country to shut out capital and foreigners but shutting out capital and foreigners, in this way, we have imprisoned ourselves within; consequently our democracy is in prison and we ourselves have been in prison for nearly one hundred years. The result has been loss of manhood, illiteracy, poverty and the want of the worst kind. These barriers must be broken. We can no longer afford to keep this country forever closed to foreign capital. Liberia must be developed. It is impossible for us to advance to mass education and adequately feed our population without developing the country.CONCLUSIONAs the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so the great revolutionary forces which have influenced the progress of mankind have always come from the east and marched westward, but never from west to east, nor from the north to the south. The ancient civilization of Africa marched from Egypt to the West. “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Said the three wise men. And from the east Christianity marched westward. When Mohammed lifted his sword he pointed it to the west and Mohammedism marched from the east to the west. The Pilgrim Fathers planted Anglo-Saxon civilization on the North American Continent not in the north, nor in the west, nor in the south but in the end from east. American civilization and American democracy marched westward. To fulfill her destiny, Liberia must turn her back to the east and march westward.I thank you” (Taken from Siahyonkron Nyanseor’s Liberian History Archive).Indeed, I will conclude this article by reflecting on one of Hon. Didwho Twe’s quotes that shows that he was a man of vision and a deep spirit of nationalism…..“Among mankind, whether in the lower or in the highest stages of development, the necessity for the protection of the interests of the state, that is, the interest of the masses who constitute the state, is always invariably translated into creed which admits of no questioning and no arguments whatever. It is the doctrine on which society and governments are built. On its strength governments become responsible for the life and happiness of every member of society, and therefore enact laws not only to direct and to control the actions of man to man so as to give freedom and equal justice to all but also to punish their violators. Thus the welfare of the masses become the supreme concern of all governments consequently irrespective of their underlying motive, except in extreme cases, courts do not generally pass upon the constitutionality of acts committed in the name of the state by the ruling classes within the nation, for the implicit confidence that every act of theirs is designed to safeguard the interests of the people who in the final resort constitute the state. But this confidence shall on no account be abused, and the people shall not suffer in the hands of their own government. This is the greatest of all the commandments “on which hang all the laws and the prophets.” There is no mercy on earth or in the heavens above for its violators, they are never allowed to go free. Governments and society are controlled not only by laws but mainly by public opinion. When public opinion comes, therefore to sum up the record of each administration success is not gauged by exceptions nor by rise of revenue, for every rise in the revenue increases the burden of the consumer; nor by erection of costly buildings, but rather by the results of its policies on the spirits of men: whether or not under its influence the people have advanced in industry, in knowledge and in wealth; or whether they have hopelessly declined in courage and manliness, those qualities which are necessary and requisite to produce a vigorous nation.”Africa indeed needs visionary leaders. “Africa needs dreamers to lead it now – men and women with success mentality; who are dissatisfied with the status quo and averse to norm; men and women who could conceive, characterize and commence the process of change and lead the people into new experience. Africa doesn’t need leaders with low sensitivity to people’s distress. It needs leaders who won’t offer vindictive neo-colonial explanation for the continent’s woes; but will through faith and insight conceive of a picture of a developed Africa and wisely employ the continent’s resources to realize the vision” (MANDLA LIONEL ISAACS, 07 JUL 2016).I encourage all Liberians, to support President George Mannah Weah. Indeed, he must succeed, for the sake of our forefathers! Indeed, as Liberians, we should always be guided by our history, for “a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots” (Marcus Garvey).Author: Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA. 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Guyanese are gearing up to celebrate the Easter holiday later this month, and kite-flyers are increasing their presence in open spaces. However, officials at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle (OIA) are warning members of the public to desist from flying kites at, or in close proximity to, this East Coast Demerara facility, as kite-flyers would face legal prosecution, beginning with their being arrested.This was disclosed late last week at the Caribbean Aviation Maintenance and Services (CAMS) Hangar on the occasion of several persons receiving certificates for completing a management course in Emergency Operations.During that event, Ogle International Airport’s Public Communications Consultant Kit Nascimento highlighted the importance of aviation safety, and said the OIA is committed to such practices. The veteran, however, explained that kite-flying in the nearby environs poses a severe threat, especially to the engines of aircraft.He said that kites flown anywhere in the vicinity of any airport can cause a huge emergency, (being) sucked into the engine of an aircraft, or tangled in any way at takeoff, landing, or approach. This could cause a major calamity, Nascimento pointed out.Ogle Airport Inc. (OAI), the company that manages the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, the Caribbean’s busiest airport, contend that members of staff are usually the recipients of threats whenever requests are made for kite-flyers to desist from their practice.“When we ask persons to go somewhere else with their kites, they don’t always appreciate the dangers that they cause. The airport is off-limits when it comes to flying your kite, and if anyone is obstinate (stubborn) enough to persist, you will be arrested,” Nascimento warned. His sentiments were shared by Ogle Airport’s Operations Manager Phillip Lunch, who explained that with Easter being one of the busiest travel seasons, the Airport has to work tirelessly to ensure the travel safety of passengers.“The Easter season is the busiest time the Ogle Airport can ever encounter. Because the problem of kite-flying in the approach path is very dangerous and Easter is the time when we have the most work to do in terms of demanding that people take down kites, it’s not easy. People threaten you, but we are looking after the safety of this airport,” Lynch detailed.He promised there would be an aggressive media campaign to get the word out on the dangers of flying kites near the OIA.“We will be taking steps to send out flyers and put ads in the newspapers, on radio and television,” the Airport’s Operations Manager noted. (Shemuel Fanfair)
MediaPro is the company that currently produces television content for the Kenyan Premier League.The agreement gives Orient Hontai control over lucrative international television distribution rights for Spain’s La Liga, as well as the Italian league’s domestic TV rights.In Spain, Mediapro has the rights for the Champions League and eight out of every 10 La Liga matches.“The agreement will give the group access to the emerging market in China,” Mediapro added in a statement.Mediapro also has television distribution rights for the International Basketball Federation in Spain.Apart from sports, it has produced films such as Midnight in Paris and other Woody Allen movies, and television series including The Young Pope starring Jude Law.The president of the group Jaume Roures, based in Barcelona, is an influential media man in Spain.Fervently pro-independence, he is thought to be close to Catalan separatist leaders.He owns 12 percent of Mediapro, as does Tatxo Benet, another founder.British advertising giant WPP owns the remaining 22.5 percent.Both Roures and Benet will remain at the head of the group.“The acquisition of Imagina will not only allow us to introduce advanced audiovisual production technology in China, but also open up new persectives for exchange and cooperation between China, Spain and Latin America in the fields of content, culture, sports,” said Tony Ma, head of Orient Hontai.The Chinese fund specialises in investments in the technology and media sectors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mediapro holds the Spanish rights for Champions League matches © AFP / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Feb 16 – Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues, the Spanish media group said Friday.The fund bought a 53.5 percent stake in Imagina, a holding company that includes Mediapro, which also produces films and series, and Globomedia, another media producer, for one billion euros.
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan is happy for his side to be written off again ahead of the new campaign.The Foxes defied all expectations – and odds of 5000/1 – to be crowned Premier League champions last season.Few people, if any, are expecting them to replicate their success in 2016/17 and bookmakers have them at short odds to be RELEGATED.But Morgan is quietly confident about their prospects, telling talkSPORT: “If we can go under the radar again and achieve what we did last season that would be fantastic. “Everyone thought we would get relegated last season and we went on to win it. Sometimes it does help not to have that pressure of expecting to finish in the top positions. That could work well for us.“We just need to go and prove people wrong again.”RELATED: Premier League champions Leicester confirm manager Claudio Ranieri has signed new long-term contract Wes Morgan celebrates a Leicester goal 1